I've never made a crochet heart before, so I went in search of free (of course) online patterns and gave three of them a try. All three were great patterns, easy and quick to make. Here are my notes on each of them:
Little Birdie Secrets
This is a tiny heart, only one round and it took me 5 minutes to complete the version with the thin red yarn (I think my eyesight is going). The thicker beige yarn was much faster (I could see the stitches better) and only took 2 minutes. This is a cute heart, but I was looking for something with a little more presence.
Planet M Files
This heart had two rounds so it had a meatier look but I wasn't as pleased with the end result. I found that the top part of the heart wasn't pronounced enough; it looked too round. The tutorial for this heart, however, was fabulous with awesome step-by-step photos, but I still didn't have the beautiful heart I needed for my Valentine piece.
Skip To My Lou
This pattern was my favourite. This heart was both more substantial and more complex with the extra rounds. I still had some difficulty seeing the smaller stitches when using the thinner red yarn (totally a me thing, not a pattern thing), but the hearts look so adorable that I struggled through with my bad eyesight. This was the heart that I ended up using for the,.....oops, I almost gave it away. For the secret gift.
Stay tuned and I'll be sure to share the actual Valentine gift once I have sent it off, and Carol-Anne of Use The Good Dishes (my lovely Valentine) has received it.
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