Friday, February 4, 2011

Project #9 Hearts a plenty

I love this project. It's one I invented years ago and periodically revisit around Valentine's. Some time ago, I discoved this bookmark pattern at JPF Crochet Club. After making several bookmarks, inspiration hit... Two hearts could be turned into a puffy heart.

Using #10 thread and the basic heart pattern (without the edging), I made two of them, then single crocheted two together along the outside, filling with fiber fill just before closing. Sew a pin back on and wear it on a lapel or a magnet and put it on the fridge.

Well these turned out so great that I wanted to try out different kinds of thread, then different kinds of yarn... I've made them out of every kind of yarn (felted even) by now but these are definitely a favorite. They are made from cotton yarn, filled with poly fiber fill. The size is perfect for little hands and the cotton is machine washable and durable. You can fill it however you want, but fiber fill is my first choice because the hearts are made with double crochet, some fillings poke through.

Another favorite project from the heart pattern is to single crochet around just one, using two strands of eyelash yarn. It makes the most wonderful coaster for the Valentine's dinner table.

Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. Erica Jong

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