Monday, January 25, 2016

Crochet Stuffed Hearts Tutorial by Susan Ramey Cleveland of Blackberry Creek Home Arts

I always wanted to learn how to crochet.  In fact, I tried several times to teach myself or have my sister-in-law teach me - all to no avail.  I just never could get it.  All my stitches ended up too tight and all tangled up.  So, I have great admiration for crafters who can crochet and make beautiful crocheted items.

Susan Ramey Cleveland of Blackberry Creek Home Arts blog is an amazing quilter, altered art & fiber artist, mixed media artist,  and crochet artist.  She has a wonderful tutorial, that is shown below, that teaches you how to make crochet stuffed hearts.  I hope you enjoy making Susan's crochet stuffed hearts.  I just wish I could.


Crocheted Stuffed Hearts


 

Stitches Used:
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
decrease: Join 2 sc stitches to make one
increase: stitch 2 sc into 1 sc space


Materials:

*any yarn, any weight (mine are made from worsted weight acrylic yarn)
*crochet hook recommended for yarn (I used size H)
*embroidery needle for weaving yarn tails


Finished Size:
depends on yarn and hook (mine are approximately 5" x 6" after stuffing.

Tips:
The heart begins at the bottom point. After working each row, count stitches to be sure you have the correct number.

Heart 1:
Work 3 chains plus 1 turning chain (4 chains). This is your foundation chain.
Work all stitches in both loops, front and back.

Row 1:
3 sc then make 1 turning chairn; turn work. (There is a single turning chain at the end of each row, and you always turn your work at the each of each row.)

Row 2: One increase in first sc, sc in second sc, and another increase in last sc. Total stitches in row is 5. Make 1 turning chain and turn work.

Row 3:
One increase in first sc, sc to last sc, increase in last sc. Total stitches in row is 7. Make 1 turning chair and turn work.

Row 4:
Repeat as Row 3, increasing in first and last sc. Total stitches in row is 9. Make turning chain and turn work.

Row 5: Repeat as Row 3, increasing in first and last sc. Total stitches in row is 11. Make turning chain and turn work.

Row 6:
sc in each stitch across (no increases). Total stitches in row 11. Make turning chain and turn work.

Row 7:
One increase in first sc, sc to last sc, increase in last sc. Total stitches in row is 13. Make turning chain; turn work.

Row 8: Repeat as Row 7, increasing in first and last stitch. Total stitches in row is 15. Make turning chain; turn work.

Row 9: Repeat as Row 7, increasing in first and last stitch. Total stitches in row is 17. Make turning chair; turn work.

Row 10: sc in each sc across (no increases). Total stitches 17. Make turning chain; turn work.

Row 11: Increase in first sc. sc in next 17 stitches. Increase in last sc. (This is your last increase.) Total stitches in row is 19. Make turning chain; turn work.

Rows 12, 13, and 14: sc in each sc across; no increases. 19 stitches in each row. Make turning chain at end of each row and turn work.

Row 15a (starting right lobe of heart): 9 sc, chain 1 and turn.

Row 16a: One decrease (sc first 2 stitches together. To see how to decrease in single crochet, go here.)  Sc in remaining stitches. Total of 8 stitches in row. Make turning chain and turn work.

Row 17a: Decrease in first 2 sc. Sc across to last 2 stitches. Decrease in last 2 sc. Total stitches in row 6. Make turning chain; turn work.

Row 18a: Work as Row 17. Total stitches in row 4. Make turning chain; turn work.

Row 19a: Make 2 decreases. Tie off yarn. Snip yarn and weave in tail on back side of heart. (Right lobe is finished.)

Row 15b (starting left lobe of heart):  Make a slip knot on hook. On right side of heart, sc in 9th stitch from left side. (There will be 1 unused sc in middle of row 15a.) See photo below.


Row 16b: Sc in first 7 sc, then do a decrease in last 2 stitches.Chain 1 and turn. Total stitches in row is 8.

Row 17b: Work 1 decrease in first 2 sc. Sc in next 4 sc. Work 1 decrease in last 2 sc. Total stitches in row is 6. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 18b: Work 1 decrease in first 1 sc. Sc in next 2 sc. Work 1 decrease in last 2 sc. Total stitches in row is 4. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 19b: Work 2 decreases. Total stitches in row is 2.

Finishing first heart: Starting where you finished last decrease, sc around outer edge of heart. (Work 2 sc in the psace at end of each row. Sometimes it's hard to find the right space; just do your best and try not to make more than 1 sc in any one space.)

When you reach the tip of the hear, do 3 sc in 1 stitch to make a point. (Stitch your 3 sc increase into the middle stitch of your original 3 sc in first row.)

When you reach the cleavage of the heart, do a decrease (combine 2 stitches into 1) to gather it in a bit.

When you reach the starting point, tie off and snip yarn, and weave tail in on back of heart.

Your first heart is complete.

Heart 2: Work same as Heart 1

Joining Hearts 1 & 2 and Stuffing: With back sides of hearts facing, please Hearts 1 and 2 together, matching raw edges. Use a pin to hold in place if needed.

Starting on one side of joined hearts, work 1 sc in each pair of sc around heart to join the two hearts. Five or six stitches before reaching the starting point, stop stitching and stuff heart with polyester fiberfil (or stuffing of your choice). When heart is stuffed, finish working sc to the starting point. Tie off yarn and snip. Weave yarn tail into edge of heart.

Finishing: See photos above to embellish your heart. Add ribbon hanger, yoyo, button, charms, bows, or whatever you choose. I used a hot glue gun to attach my embellishments.


Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Susan Ramey Cleveland of Blackberry Creek Home Arts blog at http://blackberrycreek.typepad.com.

Susan's Bio - I am a retired book editor who loves fabric, quilting, and mixed media art (among other things). I began quilting in the 1960s and was sewing clothes while still in high school.

The first four decades of my quilting life were devoted to the wonderful traditional quilts that my mama and grandmother made. It has been only in the past few years that I have gradually become interested in art quilts. While I continue to love traditional quilts, I've also come to love the freedom that art quilting gives me to break rules and go where no quilter has gone before.

I became further interested in art quilting when I discovered fabric postcards and began making and swapping them.

I live in a small town in Alabama with my dog Sophie. I have four adult children, and one grandson. I am a recent widow, still trying to work through sorrow like I've never known with the help of prayer, friends, family, and quilting.

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