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Love Hearts

© June Gilbank 2011

This is a clever little pattern to make sweet hearts in three sizes – each heart builds on the pattern of the previous heart. You can also make a bonus puffy heart to give a total of 4 different designs in this one pattern! String them into a garland, add a pin back to make a cute brooch, or fill a bowl with pretty hearts for Valentine’s Day decorating.

UPDATE April 2020: If you’re making pairs of matching hearts for COVID-19 patients and their families, use the Puffy Heart (D) pattern, preferably in pink or red. I thank you for offering some comfort to those who are suffering.

UPDATE March 2022: If you’d like to make hearts to support the current Ukraine crisis, please see my new Two-Tone Heart versions of this pattern, to make hearts in the colours of the Ukranian flag.

love hearts crochet pattern by planetjune

A: Small Heart; B: Medium Heart; C: Large Heart; D: Puffy Heart
love hearts crochet pattern by planetjune

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love hearts crochet pattern

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NEW! Now, in addition to the standard (US) terminology PDF pattern, with your donation you’ll also receive a second PDF file with a version of the pattern in UK crochet terminology.
NEW! Both the US and UK versions of the pattern have been updated again to include the complete Two-Tone Heart pattern (flat and puffy versions) and colour change tips.

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This is a PlanetJune original crochet pattern. Feel free to use items made from this pattern however you wish, but I’d appreciate credit as the pattern designer. Please do not reproduce the pattern anywhere else; instead post a link to www.planetjune.com/hearts

Not ready to make it yet? Add it to your Ravelry queue:

Terminology

ch chain
ch-sp chain space
dc double crochet (treble crochet for UK/Aus)
hdc half double crochet (half treble crochet for UK/Aus)
sc single crochet (double crochet for UK/Aus)
sl st slip stitch
st stitch
tr triple (treble) crochet (double treble crochet for UK/Aus)

You will need…

  • E US/3.5mm crochet hook
  • Small quantity of worsted weight yarn in red, pink, or the colour of your choice
  • Yarn needle to weave in ends
  • Optional: small amount of polyester fibrefill stuffing for the puffy heart

Gauge

Gauge is unimportant for this pattern. I like to crochet the hearts with a small hook so they are rigid and there are no gaps between the stitches; if you prefer a looser, floppier heart, use a G or H hook instead.

Notes for all hearts

To make these hearts, you must be comfortable with the magic ring technique. Instead of single crocheting into the magic ring, the entire first round (Heart A) is crocheted directly into the ring, and then the ring is pulled tight to complete the round. This same pattern also forms Rnd 1 of all the other hearts, so read these instructions before beginning any of the hearts!

  1. As you crochet Rnd 1, you may need to stop and snug together the bases of the stitches you’ve already made, so that you can fit all the stitches into the magic ring.
    love hearts crochet pattern by planetjune
    Left: Halfway through Rnd 1. Right: The same stage after pushing the bases of the stitches together.
  2. When you reach the end of Rnd 1, pull the magic ring almost closed, leaving a small hole in the middle.
    love hearts crochet pattern by planetjune
    Left: Rnd 1 finished. Right: Magic ring pulled almost closed with a small hole remaining.
  3. To complete Rnd 1, make the final sl st into the remaining hole, and then pull the magic ring tightly closed.
    love hearts crochet pattern by planetjune
    Left: Final sl st made. Right: Magic ring pulled tightly closed.

A: Small Heart

love hearts crochet pattern by planetjune
Make a magic ring, ch 2.
Rnd 1: (3 tr, 4 dc, tr, 4 dc, 3 tr) into magic ring.
Pull the magic ring mostly closed, leaving a small space in the middle, ch 2, sl st into the remaining hole in the magic ring. Pull the magic ring tightly closed.

Fasten off. To complete the heart, see Finishing (below).

B: Medium Heart

love hearts crochet pattern by planetjune
Make a magic ring, ch 2.
Rnd 1: (3 tr, 4 dc, tr, 4 dc, 3 tr) into magic ring.
Pull the magic ring mostly closed, leaving a small space in the middle, ch 2, sl st into the remaining hole in the magic ring. Pull the magic ring tightly closed.

Note: do not turn work, continue working anti-clockwise (clockwise for left-handers) around the heart, working into the stitches of Rnd 1, and starting by working into the ch-sp formed by the ch 2 you made after the magic ring.

Rnd 2: sc in ch-sp, 2 hdc in next st, 3 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 st, 2 hdc in next st, (hdc, dc, hdc) in next st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 st, 2 hdc in next st, 3 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, (sc, sl st) in ch-sp.

Fasten off. To complete the heart, see Finishing (below).

C: Large Heart

love hearts crochet pattern by planetjune
Make a magic ring, ch 2.
Rnd 1: (3 tr, 4 dc, tr, 4 dc, 3 tr) into magic ring.
Pull the magic ring mostly closed, leaving a small space in the middle, ch 2, sl st into the remaining hole in the magic ring. Pull the magic ring tightly closed.

Note: do not turn work, continue working anti-clockwise (clockwise for left-handers) around the heart, working into the stitches of Rnd 1, and starting by working into the ch-sp formed by the ch 2 you made after the magic ring.

Rnd 2: sc in ch-sp, 2 hdc in next st, 3 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 st, 2 hdc in next st, (hdc, dc, hdc) in next st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 st, 2 hdc in next st, 3 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, (sc, sl st) in ch-sp.

Note: do not turn work, continue working anti-clockwise (clockwise for left-handers) around the heart, working into the stitches of Rnd 2.

Rnd 3: sc in next 2 st, (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) three times, sc in next 6 st, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 6 st, (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) three times, sc in next 2 st.
Join with sl st into first st.

Fasten off. To complete the heart, see Finishing (below).

Finishing (Hearts A, B ,C)

As Hearts A, B, and C are flat, you’ll need to weave in the yarn ends.

Starting tail
Note: Make sure your magic ring is pulled tightly closed before you begin weaving in the ends – this is your last chance to avoid having a hole in the middle!
This yarn end should already be at the back of the work (the side facing away from you as you crochet). Using a yarn needle, weave the end, a few stitches at a time, underneath the backs of the stitches of Rnd 1.

love hearts crochet pattern by planetjune

End tail
If you’d like to make a hanging loop to string your hearts into a garland, keep the end tail long and use it to form the hanging loop. If not, draw the yarn end to the back of the heart (the side facing away from you as you crochet). Using a yarn needle, weave the end under the backs of the stitches of Rnd 1, as you did for the other end.

D: Puffy Heart

love hearts crochet pattern by planetjune
Heart D is a puffy version of Heart C, made by crocheting 2 hearts together with a small amount of stuffing in between them.

  1. Begin by crocheting 2 x Heart B, but do not fasten off the yarn when you have completed the second heart.
  2. Holding both hearts with wrong sides together, begin to work Rnd 3 of Heart C, inserting the hook through both layers to begin each stitch (see picture below).
    love hearts crochet pattern by planetjune
  3. When you have one lobe of the heart left to crochet together, stuff all the yarn ends into the heart, then add a small wisp of stuffing to puff up the heart a little (see pictures below).
    love hearts crochet pattern by planetjune
  4. Complete Rnd 3, again crocheting through both layers.
  5. Fasten off. If you’d like to make a hanging loop to string your hearts into a garland, keep the yarn tail long and use it to form the hanging loop. If not, use a yarn needle to lose the end between the two layers of the heart.

love hearts crochet pattern by planetjune

I hope you enjoy this pattern. Please leave me a comment below if you do, and consider leaving me a donation. Thanks!

225 Comments »

  1. lully said

    beautiful hearts! thank you so much! truly lovely!!!

  2. Bre 13 yrs old said

    thanx so much…dis is easy and a quick gift to give to my friends on Valentines day

  3. Ruby said

    Hello!

    These are sweet little hearts and I just wanted to add that a magnet glued on the back (or a piece of magnet strip) would make these a cute little fridge magnet (fridgie).

  4. Ed Cookman said

    Dear June, Thank you for being so generous with your patterns and help. I am madly making Valentine hearts for all my “adopted” nieces. Your instructions on the magic circle about keeping the starting yarn to the left and working yarn to the right were the “trick” I needed although I am still mastering the hold as I begin the first stitches. Your ability to explain the many small details is remarkable. Retired to Puebla, Mexico, Ed.

  5. Zenzile said

    You have no idea how frantically I have been looking for this pattern. I am so excited to go home and try in after work today! YAAYY!! Thank you!!

  6. Jacqueline Martens said

    I’ve used your pattern to make little “pocket hearts” for Hospice Nurses. I’m a Hospice volunteer and know what they go through…it helps when they have a little heart for their pocket….instead of wearing it on their sleeves…it’s a really tough job and one that is often thankless… Your pattern is simple, easy and for breast cancer patients, edging the large one with the fun fur makes it special. Thank you again. I believe I’ve already donated some time ago because I already had the pattern. Have a Blessed New Year. Sincerely,
    Jacqueline

  7. Martha said

    Can this pattern be made larger for a pillow?

  8. Sihem said

    Thank you, I love it,it’s beautifull

  9. jennyfer said

    Merci pour le partage j’aime bien vos coeurs c’est tre beaux.

  10. Myat Mon said

    Thank you very much for your free patterns. I like these lovely hearts very much. I am from Myanmar. I am very interested in crochet.
    Thanks a lot!

  11. Nati said

    thank you!!! the best crochet heart! I love it!!!

  12. Jesse said

    I love your hearts. They are very cute and super easy to make, it literally takes minutes to make. I can see these on all kinds of stuff, my daughter was born on Valentines day. I see a lot of heart stuff in her future. Thank you so much for sharing, I love crochet and learning new ways to crochet. Do you know how to make a star that is just as easy?

  13. Sherry said

    Hey!

    Awesome pattern for the hearts! Too Cute!

    I go every day to nursing home to care for my mom. She used to decorate her home with hearts and bows! I have her fav pictures on the wall even though she doesn’t remember them anymore. In between the pics I place hearts I crocheted of many colors! Just started a few weeks ago! Its going to look amazing!

    Thanks for sharing an awesome pattern! I’m not going to use it until I have some money to donate! Will send pics when I’m do! I can’t wait to try some with the center a different color!

    Take Care,

    Sherry

    P.S. Found you on Ravelry. My name is “icrocheticreate”.

  14. lella said

    You make the most beautiful things. Such an inspirational blog.

  15. Tita Carr said

    Hi friend I love your blog always has beautiful things here, beijokas …

  16. Catesway said

    How can I make this patteren big enough to b a pillow?

    • June said

      I’m sorry, Catesway, you can’t scale it up by that much – it’s designed to be a small embellishment. You could crochet a regular square pillow and then stitch the little hearts onto it though…

  17. Rosana said

    Excellent! 🙂 Thank you

  18. I love your little crocheted hearts. They are so adorable.

  19. cyn gordon said

    thanks for the pattern. enjoyed making the first one. will make more later.

  20. Maretta said

    My daughter is 16 and launching into the wonderful world of crochet… this large heart is perfect in its pattern and it fits perfectly with what she was wanting to make. Thank you for such quality and for sharing.

  21. Miami said

    That is rally cute. lets see if the one i try tonight turns out the same as the one posted.

  22. Margriet said

    Hi June, thanks for sharing this , I love them and got started right away. It seems your link to the magic ring doesn’t work anymore, so I just made a ring with 6 chains, works as well, but you will have a little hole in your hart ;-)) greetings from the Netherlands

    • June said

      Margriet, thanks for letting me know about the magic ring link – I’ve fixed it now 🙂

  23. Jacqueline M said

    I work with Hospice in my city and they present hearts for pockets to families in crisis…. I’m in a prayer shawl ministry and we also gift the Hospice nurses…their job takes so much from them. I’ve been unemployed for over 2 years…but if you send your address to my email address, I’ll mail you a check… I can’t afford much, but your pattern is exactly what I’ve needed to make this work. Bless you…and when I give credit, I’ll be sure to mention “PlanetJune” Thank you so much.

    • June said

      Jacqueline, thank you so much! I’m really pleased you’re enjoying my pattern. I’m actually in the process of moving to South Africa at the moment, so I don’t have a way to accept checks, but thanks for the thought, anyway! I’m very happy my hearts are being used for a good cause 🙂

  24. Hey June! 🙂

    been looking around the web for an easy heart crochet pattern and yours is the easiest and prettiest so far!

    thanks!

  25. Kelli Farrar said

    I’m a beginner and I’ve made two of these hearts now. The first I messed up a little on the count I guess and the bottom point ended up in the wrong spot. The second one came out much better… didn’t realize that I had to chain 2 right off the bat after the magic ring and so couldn’t figure out what the chain space was! I think I have it figured now!! They look great even with the mistakes. Thanks so much for sharing your pattern and your tips!

    • June said

      You’re welcome, Kelli! You’re not the only person to misunderstand the ch-sp at the start of Rnd 2 – I’ll modify the pattern to clarify that 🙂

  26. rita jean said

    Wonderfully easy pattern! (this was the first time I’ve tried the magic ring) Turned out beautiful! Love it! Thanks for Sharing it!!!

  27. Ellen Cottis said

    Oh the Puffy heart looks like it could be made into a cat toy. So yes am going to see if that is the case 🙂

  28. Joanne said

    What a cute idea just in time for Valentine’s Day, I plan on giving it to my husband. Thanks again,

    Joanne

  29. Kat said

    I loved this pattern. I used it to whip up some valentines for some girlfriends of mine. You can read all about it here — steeler-gal-thoughts.blogspot.com/2011/02/ta-dah-valentines-part-2.html

  30. olga said

    The best heart pattern i’ve ever tried! they are awesome! Thank u so much for sharing!

  31. LKK said

    I used your C heart pattern to adorn a grapevine wreath and as the body base for a heart man amigurumi. Being a novice crocheter, I had some problems with making the early hearts. (My fault totally!) By the end, I had the hang of things. If you would like to see what I made from your wonderful pattern, feel free to drop my my LiveJournal and see my posts.

    Wreath post: lkk.livejournal.com/380564.html
    Henry Heart post: lkk.livejournal.com/380925.html

    Thank you for sharing this pattern with us!

  32. Sreekala said

    Dear June,

    The little hearts are totally adorable! Thanks for putting up the pattern!

  33. Gretchen said

    Hi June! Thanks so much for sharing this adorable pattern! It’s so cute I spent an afternoon & evening watcing how-to crochet video tutorials until I could make them. I can still only successfully make the smaller sized hearts though! ^_^;

  34. Taru said

    Thank You very much for Your heart pattern. These are the best I have seen. I love these hearts 😀

  35. Jen said

    This would be wondeful to use as the pulls on my nieces Pink Bible Cover the dogs chewed the pulls off. Thanks for sharing it June.

  36. lisa said

    thank you so much for the heart pattern…love it!!

    Question…on the puffy heart it states that it’s 2 “C” versions together, then proceeds to tell crochet 2 “B” hearts then return to “C”… you use 2 “C” hearts, correct??

    • June said

      Lisa, you form Heart C by crocheting the sc edging around Heart B. To make the puffy heart, you work the same edging around two Heart Bs held together – so the puffy heart ends up as the same size as Heart C, but twice as thick. I hope that makes more sense now!

  37. So cute!!!

  38. You are so talented! I’m so happy I found your blog. It’s very inspirational. I grew up in South America and currently I live in Edmonton, Alberta.Thanks for sharing this pretty pattern and your knowledge!
    Gloria x

  39. Christina said

    Thanks so much for sharing your patterns with us! I love this one so much!! Completely adorable!! I can’t wait to make them – I love having decorations for every holiday, of course my pocketbook can’t carry that love into every single holiday! LOL But this is the sort of thing that’s perfect for someone like me! Thanks so much – you have an amazing talent!

  40. Kimi said

    So excited to play with this one! I’m going to make some Valentine necklaces for the girls in my son’s church class — sewing two big hearts together, open at the top, with a chained loop to put around their necks, attached to the tops of each lobe. We’ll slip a little chocolate and a note into the necklace, and then they can use it for little treasures or whatever they want after that 🙂

  41. evispir said

    Thanks for the great tutorial!
    My name is Evi. I’ m from Greece, from Athens. My blog is: www.dimiourgw.ning.com

  42. Ronda said

    Those are great! I have been looking for a cute heart and these are the cutest yet!

  43. Marian said

    As always, a beautiful pattern. Thank you very much. Question- if you don’t mind:
    What will you be doing in South Africa?

    • June said

      I don’t mind at all! I’ll be doing the same thing I always do: running PlanetJune and designing new crochet patterns! My husband is an astronomer and he’ll be working at the astronomical observatory in Cape Town (that’s why we’re moving) 🙂

  44. Maneki said

    So cute! I am going to share to Japanese crafters.

  45. Sarahwww said

    Sweet little pattern! I see lots of hearts in my future!!
    Thank you for sharing this!

  46. Jessica said

    This is a really lovely pattern June – thank you so much for making it available!

  47. Lisa said

    These would also be really great face scrubbies if you make them with cotton.

  48. Jannika said

    Super cute hearts! Thanks for sharing the pattern. 🙂

  49. Heidi said

    These are the cutest ever!! Thanks for sharing…

    Heidi

  50. Amanda said

    Super cute little hearts, June! Great job! I’ll have to try these out and scatter them in presents! 🙂 thank you!

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