Week 20 of The 50 Stitches crochet along features the Heart stitch. The Heart stitch allows you to add these pretty hearts to your project without having to applique them on. They are made while you make rows of dc and secured while you work later rows.

You can find the links for all the squares in the crochet along here. The free pattern is below, but if you’d like the ad free printable version, it is available either as part of my Lifetime Pattern Pass, or you can purchase it on its own for £5 from Ravelry

This pattern is written in US terms, but the UK translation is below.

UK Translation

Double crochet (dc) = treble crochet

Single crochet (sc) = double crochet

Treble crochet (tr) = double treble crochet

The Pattern

You will need a 3.5mm hook for this square

Start by making a foundation chain of 32

Row 1. In the 4th chain from your hook make a double crochet (turning chain counts as a stitch) dc in the next 7 chains. 

Next we need to make our first heart.

To make a heart, Chain 7. In the 3rd chain from your hook make a slip stitch. Slip stitch in the next 4 stitches – keep your slip stitches loose.

Chain 1 (I recommend putting a stitch marker in the chain). 

On the opposite side of your chain, skip the first 2 stitches, then make a sc, hdc in the next stitch, then dc in the next stitch.

In the next stitch make 4trc, chain 4 and slip stitch into the same stitch.

Working in the opposite side of the same stitch, chain 4 and make 4 trc in the same stitch. In the next stitche make a dc, a hdc in the next stitch, and sc in the following stitch. Slip stitch into the chain 1 we marked earlier. Slip stitch through the top and side of the dc we chained 7 from.

This completes the heart.

DC in the next 21 stitches.

Turn

Row 2. Chain 1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) make the alternate turning chain in the 1st stitch. Dc in each stitch across.

Turn.

Row 3. Chain 1, make the alternate turning chain. Dc in the next 8 stitches. When you complete the last dc, take your hook out of the loop, and insert it through the slip stitch at the back of the heart from 2 rows below, right to left. Catch the loop from the dc back onto your hook, and pull it through the slip stitch. This secures the top of the heart to your square.

In the next 12 stitches make a dc. Then make another heart. Dc in the next 9 stitches

Turn

Row 4. Chain 1, make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in each stitch across. (30 stitches)

Turn

Row 5. Chain 1, make the alternate turning chain. Dc in the next 15 stitches then make a heart. Dc in the next 5 stitches then take your hook out of the loop, and insert it through the slip stitch at the back of the heart from row 3, right to left. Catch the loop from the dc back onto your hook, and pull it through the slip stitch. This secures the top of the heart to your square.

Dc in the next 9 stitches.

Turn

Row 6. Chain 1, make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in each stitch across. (30 stitches)

Turn

Row 7. Chain 1, make the alternate turning chain. Dc in the next 8 stitches then make a heart. Dc in the next 6 stitches then take your hook out of the loop, and insert it through the slip stitch at the back of the heart from row 5, right to left. Catch the loop from the dc back onto your hook, and pull it through the slip stitch. This secures the top of the heart to your square.

Dc in the next 15 stitches

Turn

Row 8. Chain 1, make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in each stitch across. (30 stitches)

Turn

Row 9. Repeat row 3

Turn

Row 10. Chain 1, make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in each stitch across. (30 stitches)

Turn

Row 11. Chain 1, make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in each stitch across, Securing the heart in row 9 in stitch 21 (30 stitches)

Turn

Rows 11 – 14. Chain 1, make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in each stitch across. (30 stitches)

The Border

Sc in each stitch across the top and bottom edge

For the sides make 3sc in the side of rows 1 and 14. Make 2sc in the side of all other rows.

You should have 30 sc down each side, plus an extra stitch in each corner for the turn. This will make your stitch count as 32 stitches across each side and 124 stitches total (remember the extra stitch corner stitch is counted in the stitch count for both sides)

You have now finished your square and join and you can tie off and weave in the ends

You can now add the interlocking border, joining this weeks square to last weeks as you join. You can see how to do this here

If you have any questions about the pattern or the CAL, then come on over to the Facebook group – 50 Stitches where you can show us your completed squares too.

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