Heart Stitch – Week 20 of The 50 Stitches CAL

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.

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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 need a 3.5mm hook for this square

Chain 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)

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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. Add an extra stitch in the corners for the turn (124 sc in total)

The Interlocking Border

If you are joining as you go, we need to add the interlocking border and weave it into the border of the previous square so they are joined together. Use a 4mm hook for this part of the border on all squares.

Start the border in the extra corner stitch on the bottom left hand side with a standing single crochet, and single crochet in the next corner stitch.

*Chain 4, skip the next 3 stitches, single crochet in the next two stitches* repeat this pattern across the bottom edge until you reach the next corner (you should have 6 loops). Make a single crochet in all 3 corner stitches. Carry on the pattern above. Do this for 3 sides.

When you get to the top left corner, single crochet in the 3 corner stitches then chain 4. Pull up a loop, then insert your hook into the top right loop of the previous square. Hook the loop from your chain 4 and pull it up through the loop on the adjoining square. Pull your loop tight, skip 3 and single crochet in the next 2 stitches of the adjoining square.

You should have joined the first 2 loops together. Repeat this for all 6 loops until you get back to the bottom left hand corner. Single crochet in the corner stitch, and join into the standing stitch.

You can now tie off and weave in your ends.

If you would like to close the gap between the corners of your squares, you can do this with a single stitch. I show you how in this video

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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