15 February 2016

Heartflake Monday

This is Heart Strings the quilt.

This is Heart Strings the book.

And these are heart strings with which I'm making this week's heartflake! (Okay, so I had planned to publish this pattern before Valentine's Day. But then the Broncos had to go and win the Super Bowl!!!)

You may do whatever you'd like with heartflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell or republish the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy! Happy Valentine's Day!

Finished Size: 3 to 4.5 inches from point to point, depending upon how far apart you space your hearts
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, water soluble school glue or desired stiffener, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

Heart Motif Instructions

NOTE: This motif is NOT worked in the round.

Make 6.

Leaving a very long tail, make magic ring.

Row 1: Ch 2, 5 dc in ring; ch 2, turn. Pull magic circle tight.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Row 2: 2 dc in next dc, 1 hdc in next dc, 1 sc in next dc, 1 hdc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc; turn.

Row 3: Sk next dc, 5 dc in next dc, sk next dc, sl st in next dc, sk next dc, 6 dc in next dc, sl st in next dc, sl st down side of heart motif to tip; bind off, leaving a very long tail. Don't weave in ends!

Heart Strings Snowflake Instructions

Tape wax paper or plastic wrap to top of empty pizza box.

Pin heart motifs around template at equal intervals. Pinning them further apart will make a bigger heartflake, and pinning them closer together will make a smaller heartflake. I anchor each of my hearts in two places to keep them from moving around as I weave the ends into snowflake shapes.

Place more pins at strategic points inside the circle created by hearts.

Weave ends as desired around pins, knotting along the way if desired, until satisfied with design created by woven strings.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

If using glue, mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint heartflake with glue mixture or desired stiffener. Sprinkle lightly with glitter if desired. Wash paintbrush and container thoroughly. Allow snowflake to dry at least 24 hours.

For some of these heartflakes, I twisted the unused strings into a bead in the center of the heartflake. For others, I wove the ends back out to make more snowflake points and then cut off the excess after the heartflake dried.

NOTE: This heartflake may require more than one coat of stiffening to give the woven threads enough strength to hold the weight of the heart motifs. It also may have glue residue after drying. One of my heartflakes took three trips to the glue pot before it would hold firm. I used my fingernails to break off the glue residue. This isn't the strongest snowflake/heartflake pattern, but it still was lots of fun.

Remove pins. Gently peel heartflake from wax paper or plastic wrap. Attach 10-inch clear thread to one heart, weaving in end. Wrap fishing line around tree branch (or tape to ceiling or any overhead surface) and watch the heartflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Heartflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.


  1. Sure a post taken to heart today at your bay. Couldn't help myself lol

    1. That's cool, Pat! Always welcome hearty comments here!

  2. All your heartstrings are awesome. Kind of like this past weekend!

    1. Yes, we just filled up the entire weekend with hearts, didn't we, Lizard!

  3. How fun! Lots of possibilities with this one. And hearts are good year round, as far as I'm concerned. :)

    1. Why thank you, Sue! I'm somewhat partial to hearts, too. Almost as awesome as snowflakes!


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