I’m a big fan of Twinkie Chan’s blog and patterns. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, I’m sure you’ve seen her food-inspired crochet items featured in numerous magazines, books, and websites. She recently released a video tutorial for a conversation heart crochet garland, and I knew I had to make one.
She used worsted weight yarn, but I thought this project was a great opportunity to use up my stockpile of Lion Brand Bonbons for a smaller crochet heart garland. I made a few hearts from the glitter set, but the bright, solid color acrylic yarn is a little thicker and better mimics the colors of conversation hearts. I used a “D” hook to crochet the hearts.
You can add the letters before or after adding the string for hanging (I used a “D” hook and thin, “soft” worsted yarn for the string. You have to crochet pretty tight, but the resulting string is strong and looks great with the small hearts).
Lowercase letters fit best on these tiny hearts. I used crochet thread and a 1.65 mm (7) hook to make the letters. Because I was using thin, vintage thread (gotta work that stash), I double-stranded, but I also tried it with #10 crochet thread and it fit perfectly.
Pin your letters into place and then using a yarn needle and the running stitch, fasten character to heart. Then just weave in the ends. For this worsted weight heart, you can use anything from crochet thread to a sport weight or DK weight yarn (here, I used leftover Bonbons yarn on a cotton-acrylic worsted weight heart). If you’re worried about the back, you can always crochet a second heart and join together, wrong sides facing.
And there you go – a very sweet Valentine’s Day decoration!
PS – OK, one more sweetheart for you:
Photos by Erin Markan – Thanks, Erin!