Half asleep, on my way to the bus stop this morning, the sidewalk gifted me this beautiful Valentine… a sacred heart, dropped perhaps by a student or faculty at the nearby Catholic highschool.
I also share with you an easy pattern for a crocheted Valentine. Mine was worked with a size L hook and worsted weight cotton and produced a facecloth sized Valentine (about 8″ across), however you could also work it in a finer gauge to stick on a greeting card, use as a coaster…etc.
1: Ch 4, 3dc in 4th ch from hook; ch 4, turn
2: Dc in next dc below, ch1, in nxt st (dc, ch1, dc), c1, dc ch2 turn
3: 2dc in ch1, 3 dc in next ch, 2 dc in last ch, ch3 turn
4: dc in last dc from previous row, dc in each st across, 2 dc in last st; ch4, turn.
5: skip 1st st, 2 dc in next dc below, 1 dc in nxt st, 3 dc in nxt st, 1 dc in nxt st, 3 dc, 1 dc, 3 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc in nxt st, ch4, turn
6: Skip 1st st, 4 dc in next st, *sk 1 st, sc in next st, sk nxt st, 5 dc in next repeat from * 2 more times, ch2 turn.
7: sc in 3rd dc, sk next two dc, in next sc st, work 5 tr, sk 2 dc, sl st in next 2 dc, slip one stitch in sc to form the center dip at the top of the heart, sl st in nxt 2 st, sk nxt 3 dc, work 5 tr in sc, sk nxt 2 dc, sc in nxt st.
Sc around the entire perimeter of your heart, when you reach a curve, such as the curve of the heart tops or the point at the bottom, work 2 sc in the same stich. Work two full rounds in this manner.
For the Lacy Edge: *ch3, sc in next st, repeat from * around. When you reach the center dip at the top of the heart, ch 16 stitches and sc in the same stitch to create a loop for hanging if desired. Once you created a lacy edge around the entire heart. Bind off and weave in ends.