Beginner friendly, a yarn stash buster, a fun project to sneak in before Valentine’s Day = this String of Hearts Garland!
I figured out how to crochet these hearts side by side while noodling around with another garland pattern I’m working on and I think I like it better! Hence why I’m sharing it first. 😉
If you missed my other Valentine-y garland from last year, I have a puffy heart version as well.
This garland uses slip stitch, double crochet, and even triple crochet! I don’t use triple crochet (tc) that often so I made sure to give a quick tc tutorial in the video (don’t worry, it’s as easy as a double crochet). I also give a brief refresher on how to slip stitch and double crochet. If you need more detailed instruction, check out my Crochet Basics Series.
Let’s get started!
- Yarn – size 4 or 5*
- Hook – 8.00 mm hook for size 4 yarn, 10.00 mm hook for size 5 yarn
- Spray starch, thin cotton cloth, iron
* You can use any type of yarn. I used size 4, acrylic, Loops and Thread Impeccable yarn in “red hot” from Michaels and size 5, wool and acrylic, Hue + Me yarn in “rose water” from Lion Brand. Wool yarn looks the best for this project, but less expensive acrylic yarn comes in a close second, plus it makes more sense for seasonal decor. If you use cotton yarn, I recommend using a stiffer cotton, not mercerized (shiny). You may also need to go down a hook size if the heart looks too open and misshapen.
NOTE: I do not recommend using a super bulky or size 6 yarn or larger because the hearts get too puffy and misshapen. Of course do what you want. If you do go up that large, I recommend using a 12 mm hook. You can also use a size 2 or 3 yarn for itty bitty hearts. You’ll have to experiment to see which hook will work best.
Because you have to crochet a base of chains to start, you have to decide ahead of time how long you want your garland to be.
The hearts tend to stretch out a little when pressed and hung, so I have listed an approximate range for the width of each heart. The weight stays the same though, so I listed the weight of each heart to help you determine how many hearts you can make with the amount of yarn you have. This project makes for a great stash buster!
Size 4 Yarn
- 1 heart = approx. 1 g
- 1 heart = approx. 2.25 to 2.75 inches wide (5.72 – 6.99 cm)*
- 6 ft. garland = approx. 29 hearts
Size 5 Yarn
- 1 heart = approx. 3 g
- 1 heart = approx. 3.0 – 3.125 inches (7.62 – 7.94 cm)*
- 6 ft. garland = approx. 25 hearts
*Note: My size 5 garland was less stretchy than the size 4 yarn one. This may be due to the wool in the yarn or sometimes yarn is just stretchier than others. The Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn seems to (maybe it’s my imagination) have gotten softer and stretchier than it used to be.
There is no gauge, but be aware that if you crochet looser or tighter than the heart sizes I listed above, this may affect how long your garland is and how much yarn you’ll need to complete it.
- chain = ch
- slip stitch = sl st
- double crochet = dc
- triple crochet = tc
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PATTERN & WRITTEN TUTORIAL
Decide how long you want your garland to be. Chain 5 for every heart, plus 2 chains at the end.
We will begin by working pointed scallops which will the bottoms of the hearts.
Ch amount you decide (see above).
Sl st in the 2nd ch from the hook.
* Skip a ch, and then work 3 dc into the next, work tc into the same ch, then work 3 more dc into the same ch. Skip a ch, and sl st into the next.
Slip stitch again and then repeat from * to *. Slip stitch and repeat the process again and again until you reach the end of your chains.
TIP: You should not have any leftover chains, but if you accidentally miscounted and don’t want to rip out your work, simply slip stitch to the end.
Turn, ch 1, sl st into the next ch/space – it can be confusing where to put your hook at this point because the other side of the chains look irregular. I highly recommend watching the video for this part.
*Work 3 dc into the next ch/space, sl st into the larger hole/ch that you crocheted the scallops into on the underside. Work 3 dc into the next ch/space. Sl st into the next ch/space.*
These stitches create the top bumps of your heart. The last slip stitch that completes your last heart, also counts as the slip stitch that starts your next one. You don’t need to sl st again, just jump right into 3 dc into the next for the next heart. Repeat from *to* until you finish the garland.
For the last heart, because there is not a space for a sl st, work one into the side of the heart.
Cut a short tail, pull it through to tie off the end. Weave in the ends or trim them further.
This is optional, but I recommended. Pressing or ironing helps lock the hearts into shape and the garland will twist and tangle less. It does press the stitch definition flat, but the benefits outweigh that.
- 1. Set your iron to the highest heat your yarn can handle. You will be using a pressing cloth (thin cotton cloth or tea towel) so it will protect your garland from burning. I chose “blend” for mine which is a step above the “polyester” setting.
- 2. Spray small sections of the garland with spray starch on both sides.
- 3. Lay the cloth on top and press for 10 or so seconds. Lift the cloth and repeat for the other side.
- 4. Repeat for the rest of the garland.