These charming small hearts have a soft and squishy texture and would look adorable fashioned into a crochet heart garland.
If you’re looking for a modest homemade present to make for Valentine’s Day — or to show your love any day of the year! — you’ll adore this crochet heart design!
A heart is not the easiest shape to crochet a square around. But, after some trial and error, I discovered a stitch combination that will work for this Free Crochet Heart Granny Square Pattern!
This week, a friend texted me and asked if I could develop a pattern for a granny square around a heart. She had the heart design and had created them, but she couldn’t figure out how to go around them in a granny square pattern. So I gave it a try and see what I could come up with.
Guess what? It worked! I came up with these cute squares after taking my work out several times and experimenting with different methods to work around it! I shared them on my Facebook page, and everyone asked for the pattern, so here it is.
FREE CROCHET HEART GRANNY SQUARE PATTERN
Crochet Heart Granny Square, however, is not mine; it is by Okie behind. I’ll just show you how to make a granny square pattern around the heart.
- ch = chain
- sc = single crochet
- mc = magic circle (find my tutorial for this stitch here)
- hdc = half double crochet
- dc = double crochet
- tr = treble (triple) crochet
- sk st = skip stitch(es)
- st = stitch (es)
- Sl st = slip stitch
I used a 5.5mm / I crochet hook and #4 worsted weight yarn.
Let’s get started on the granny square when you’ve completed your heart!
Begin by joining yarn in the second stitch to the right of the middle sl st. For round 1, merely work all stitches into the back loop.
- Round 1: ch 3 (counts as a dc), tr, sk sl st, sk st, tr, dc, ch 1, sk 2 st, hdc, dc, ch 2, dc, hdc, ch 1, sk st, hdc, dc, dc, ch 1, sk st, dc, (tr, ch. 2, tr) in next st, dc, ch 1, hdc, sc, hdc, ch 1, dc, (tr, ch 2, tr) in next st, dc, ch 1, sk 2 st, dc, hdc, hdc, ch 1, sk st, hdc, dc, ch 2, dc, hdc, ch 1, sk 2 st, sl in top of ch 3
The square may appear uneven after the first round. Simply stretch it with your hand, and the more rows you add, the more it will balance out.
- Round 2: ch 4 (counts as st and ch 1) [ * 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1* repeat * to * until ch 2 sp, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 sp, ch 1] repeat [ to ] until you reach last ch 2 sp, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 sp, ch 1, 2 dc in next ch 1 sp, sl st in 3rd ch up of ch 4
- Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as a dc), ch 1, [ * 3 dc in ch 1 sp, ch 1* repeat * to * until you reach ch 2 sp, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 sp, ch 1] repeat [ to ] until you reach last ch 2 sp, ( 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 corner, ch 1, * 3 dc in ch 1 sp, ch 1* repeat * to * until you reach end of round, sl st into top of ch 3
- Round 4: ch 4 (counts as st and ch 1) [ * 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1* repeat * to * until ch 2 sp, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 sp, ch 1] repeat [ to ] until you reach last ch 2 sp, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 sp, *ch 1, 3 dc in ch 1 sp* repeat * to * until you reach last ch 1 sp for round, 2 dc in ch 1 sp, sl st in 3rd ch up of ch 4
Repeat round 3 & 4 as many times as you’d like.
Video Crochet Heart Granny Square By Okie behind
How to Crochet a Heart
This crochet heart design is suitable for advanced beginners because it requires several increases and a variety of crochet stitches, including single crochet, half-double crochet, double crochet, treble crochet, and slip stitches. The heart pattern is knitted in rounds and begins with a magic ring.
This pattern calls for worsted weight yarn, however it is easily adaptable to any weight yarn. Simply use the appropriate size crochet hook.
The center heart pattern, however, is not mine; it is by Sarah Maker, and you can find a tutorial for the heart HERE.
Pattern Variations: 3 Sizes
This design can be used to construct three different sizes of hearts. Stop after Round 1 to make a little heart, Round 2 to produce a medium-sized heart, and Round 3 to construct a huge crochet heart.
You can also make the heart larger or smaller by using thicker or thinner yarn.
Stuffed Crochet Heart Option
You may make a puffy heart by stitching two hearts together and stuffing them with a small bit of polyfill.
Crochet Heart Pattern
I know I’m not the first person to make a crochet heart pattern, and I certainly won’t be the last! But, the pattern I’m sharing with you today is my absolute favorite way to crochet a heart.
Here’s how to crochet a heart step by step.
- Difficulty: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate
- Finished Size: 3.25″ wide and 3″ tall, using worsted weight yarn and size 5.0 mm hook
- Gauge: The gauge of this pattern is unimportant to its success. Having said that, I prefer to use a hook that is one or two sizes smaller than the hook specified on the yarn packaging. This makes the hearts firmer and more substantial (without gaps between stitches).
Feel free to change the yarn and hook size to make your hearts larger or smaller.
- Yarn: worsted weight yarn
- Hook: H (5.0mm) hook
You’ll also need:
- yarn needle
- stitch markers, if desired
Stitches and Abbreviations
- st/sts – stitch/stitches
- ch – chain
- sc – single crochet
- hdc – half double crochet
- dc – double crochet
- tr – treble crochet
- sl st – slip stitch
- This pattern is written in US terminology.
- The heart is worked in rounds.
Begin with a magical ring. If you need a quick reminder on this method, see How to Crochet a Magic Ring.
- Round 1: Ch 2. Into the magic ring, make 3 tr, 4 dc, tr, 4 dc, 3 tr. Ch 2, and sl st into magic ring.
Pull the yarn end to close the magic ring.
Note: You can stop here if you want to make mini crochet hearts.
- Round 2: Continue in joined rounds, working into the stitches of the previous round.
Sc in ch-2 sp, (2 hdc and 1dc) in next st, 3 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts, (dc, tr, dc) in next st, dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st, 3 dc in next st, (1 dc and 2 hdc) in next st, sc in ch-2 sp, sl st in sl st from the previous rnd.
Where is the ch-2 sp? You’ll start Round 2 by working into the chain-2 space that was formed by the ch 2 you made at the beginning of Round 1. You’ll finish the round in the same way, working into the chain-2 space you made at the end of Round 2. Both of these chain spaces lay alongside the neighboring treble crochet stitches.
Note: You can stop here to make a medium-size heart.
- Round 3: Continue working in the round.
Sc in first 2 sts. (2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the next st) three times, sc in next 6 sts, (sc, hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next 6 sts, (1 sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st) three times, sc in next 2 sts.
Cut yarn and join with an invisible join. Tighten up the magic ring one more time, and weave in the ends.
I like to complete the heart with an invisible join rather than a slip-stitch join at the end of Round 3. An invisible connection looks like a stitch.
To create an invisible join, follow these steps:
- Cut the yarn, leaving a 6′′ tail. Thread the yarn through the final stitch. Thread a tapestry needle with the yarn tail.
- Insert the needle through both top loops of the previous round’s initial stitch. Pull snugly but not too firmly.
- Insert your needle into the top of the current round’s last stitch. Insert the needle between the two top loops. Pull the yarn tight enough so that the invisible join is the same size as the rest of the stitches.
Then, as usual, weave in the ends.
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