02 January 2017

Heartflake Monday

Last week I got to meet four of my adopted daughter's children, two for the first time since they were babies, and two for the very first time. I also had the pleasure of playing with granddaughter Kathy for the second time.

My heart is so full of love right now, it's spilling over into my snowflakes. (And my quilts!)

And just what do you do if you don't have a heart-shaped button? Well, a round one will work, too.

As will the non-button snowflake center of your choice. For this mini rendition skipping the final round, I used the popcorn center with 5 chains between each.

Today's addictive and simple heartflake will have you geared up for Valentine's Day in a fun way a whole month early! And stay tuned for next week's special non-button take on this week's flake!

And for those who care, this is my 450th flake pattern!

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!

Finished Size: 5 inches from point to point
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

Full of Love Heartflake Instructions

Round 1: 1 dc in button hole, ch 7,[1 dc in same buttonhole, ch 7] 2 times, 1 dc in next buttonhole, [ch 7, 1 dc in same buttonhole] 2 times; ch 2, 1 tr in starting dc to form 6th ch 7 space of Round.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of tr directly below, * ch 1, 1 sc in next dc, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 7 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 1, 1 sc in next dc, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 7 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Round 3: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 dc over post of dc directly below, * 1 dtr in next sc, ch 9, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), ch 6, 1 dtr in same sc (open heart shape made), 1 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 9, 1 dc in 4th ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch (right half of heart picot made), ch 5, 1 dc in 4th ch from hook and in next ch, 1 hdc in top of next dc (third dc of right half of heart picot), 1 sc in bottom of same dc (heart picot made), sl st around top of ch 3 (at bottom of heart picot), ch 2, 1 dc in same ch 3 tip, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 2 dc and ch 3 of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 5; bind off. Weave in ends.

NOTE: If you're having trouble with the heart picot, see the photo tutorial here, although the left half stitches are just a bit different here than in the tutorial. The technique is the same, however.

And yes, you can pin it differently, if you don't want to be a blue heart...

Finish: Tape wax paper or plastic wrap to top of empty pizza box. Pin heartflake to box on top of wax paper or plastic wrap.

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. Wash paintbrush and container thoroughly. Allow heartflake to dry at least 24 hours. Remove pins. Gently peel heartflake from wax paper or plastic wrap. Attach 10-inch clear thread to one spoke, weaving in end. Wrap fishing line around tree branch (or tape to ceiling or any overhead surface) and watch heartflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Heartflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.

1 comment :

  1. Spending time with them all must have been grand indeed. Button or not, good a snowflake can come to be.


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