Earlier today on the blog we shared the Boho Crochet Cape free pattern. Hopefully you were as excited about it as we are. After all, we think it’s the perfect late summer / early fall accessory. However, you might not like to make capes and that’s okay. Nevertheless, we wanted to point out something in the pattern that might be right for you: the little hearts stitch pattern. This is a unique way for how to crochet hearts in a subtle repeating pattern. You might use this for Valentine’s designs or other heart-themed occasions. Or you might just enjoy incorporating it as a fun new stitch pattern in designs ranging from washcloths to blankets. So, we thought we’d pull that out and show it to you today in case you missed it in the full cape tutorial video.
What Makes It Look Like Little Hearts?
This really isn’t a complicated stitch pattern at all. You’ll use single crochet, double crochet, and chain stitches to create the pattern. It’s just that you’ll use them in a strategic way, with specific placement of hook and stitches, to create what looks like little hearts all joined together in a row.
As you’ll see in the video below, you’ll crochet each individual heart by working:
- Double crochet stitch
- Chain three
- Single crochet
- Chain three
- Double crochet
You’ll work all of that into one stitch. And that’s how to crochet hearts. That’s right – you can actually use this single heart in various ways in your own projects.
Almost a Variation on a Crochet Shell Stitch
The crochet shell stitch is such a popular stitch pattern for beginners who are just learning how to move beyond the basics. Similar to this little hearts stitch pattern, you use super basic stitches worked into the same stitch from the row below to create a shape. Then you repeat that across the row using strategic spacing etc. So, in a way, this is a lot like a variation on a crochet shell stitch. You use a little more variety in terms of the stitches that you combine. Other than that, it’s comparable. Like the shell stitch, it’s a great repeating stitch pattern for all types of projects. Try making a blanket with it!
Yarn To Use to Crochet The Little Hearts Stitch Pattern
You can use any yarn that you want to create this stitch pattern, of course. However, self-striping yarn works particularly well. Since each row will naturally have a different striped color, it’s easier to see the heart shapes than if you were working with solid colored yarn. I used the stitch pattern in the aforementioned cape design. For that we used Red Heart Unforgettable Yarn. This is a great yarn that changes colors easily. It’s a good choice for this type of stitch pattern. But have fun with it! Make this stitch pattern a go-to in your personal design library.
How to Crochet Hearts: Little Hearts Stitch Pattern Video Tutorial
In this quick fifteen minute video tutorial, you’ll learn everything you need to know about how to crochet hearts in this unique repeating pattern:
Of course, remember that this was originally for Red Heart which is now Yarnspirations. Therefore, the full pattern for the aforementioned Catskills Cape that uses this stitch pattern is now free on the Yarnspirations site.