How cute are these little hearts? These heart strings are quick to make and can be used for lots of craft projects. Mini garlands, gift wrapping, bracelets and even as a fancy edging. I tied some round a jar candle as an easy alternative to making a jar cover!
The best bit is it is just 2 rows of crochet with no joining of motifs, and no cutting and re-joining of the yarn. Scroll down for pdf patterns! (US and UK notation) You can use any leftover stash yarn and a matching hook size. Mine are made with size 3mm and 4mm hooks.
Ch a multiple of 4 +1 (eg for a 5 heart string ch21)
Tip: crochet R1 through both loops of the chain – this keeps the dip in the middle of the heart from stretching upwards.
R1: In 3rd ch from hook, *(2dc, ch1, sl-st, ch1, 2dc), sk 1 ch, sl-st in next ch, sk1 ch, repeat from * to end of ch. Rotate the piece in order to work back along the string making the points of the hearts.
R2: (hdc, sc, sc, dc, sc, sc, hdc) into centre ch of heart. Sl-st over the sl-st and ch between this heart and the next (see picture above). Repeat from * to end, and finish with a sl-st into the turning ch of the first heart.
Fasten off and weave in ends. Or alternately tie the ends to make hanging loops or use them to tie around a parcel. If you are making a bracelet then sew a button or bead just bigger than the central hole onto the end heart to make a fastening.
That’s it for this week, I’m off on a week’s holiday to sunny (I hope) Northumberland and I need to go and pack!
What will you use your heart strings for?
Downloadable pdf patterns: Heart Strings US and UK
79 thoughts on “Heart Strings”
Thank you for this lovely pattern. Have a great holiday, nice people in that part of the world.
Thank you! Yes, we are going again after enjoying it so much last year! :)
These are exactly what I need for a project I am doing with knitted bunting, thank you so much.
Great! This is like mini bunting which I think makes it cuter! :)
yes that right – must get on with it!
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These are exactly what I need to finish a project with knitted bunting – watch this space.
Pretty! Love it. And could be used for lots of different projects, too. :-)
Thank you! I kept finding things to do with it once I had made some I couldn’t stop! (Hence all the colours) :)
Do you have the pattern for the yellow flower in picture??
Yes! It’s my Water Lily pattern: https://makemydaycreative.com/2014/03/06/water-lily/
I found it thanks
I’m not usually a fan of heart-shaped crafts–many are too cutesy for my taste–but I love this!
I know what you mean – it can get a bit much! But I’m glad you like this, and I think it’s good for small projects so you can put a touch of hearts here and there! :)
very beautiful! Simple but so beautiful. thank you for tutorial and free pattern
Love, love, love it, thank you for sharing this sweet little pattern, just what I was looking for.
Amazing! Do you have an estimate on how much yarn for a certain number of hearts? If not, I’ll just measure out some yarn and see how it goes. Thanks!
Thanks Cheryl! I think the best thing is to make a short string of 3-5 hearts and then measure how much you used, because obviously it will depend on your yarn thickness and hook size. :)
this is a lovely cute pattern thank you xx
Thanks Joyce! I hope you enjoy making it :)
very simple n beautifull
Thank you! I hope you enjoy making these :)
Wonderful idea! thank you :)))
I also dream of finding or thinking of such “2sided” pattern for simple lace string …you know , to make my own lace with fine thread :)
Thanks Lily! I love fine lace, how cool to make your own for edgings :)
what a lovely idea to crochet these little hearts in a string. I shared this post at fb I hope, it’s ok. Some of my friends asked me to translate it into German, would it be ok for you? Of course I would give you the translation to share here when I’m ready. Please tell me your opinion.
Greetings from Germany,
Hi Sabine! Thanks for sharing the link to my page. :) yes, please feel free to translate it – if you can credit me then I’m fine with that! If you let me know where you’ve shared it I will link to you. :)
I did it! ;-) Look here: http://terra3311.wordpress.com/2014/08/07/anleitung-herzchenbander-tutorial-heart-strings/ Hope, you enjoy this. Greetings, Sabine.
Fast work! :)
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I want to try and felt some heart strings. Thanks for the pattern.
Cool idea! :)
Thank you for sharing :)
You have a lovely blog!
Thank you! :)
Love this :). Thanks for the pattern :).
I’m glad you like it! :)
Gracias por compartir. Precioso!! Saludos desde España
Thank you for sharing. Really Beautiful!! Greetings from Spain
I’m glad you like this! :)
Thank you so much! Great tutorial…. I am not that great at patterns but you made this so nice and easy for me to work up! Thank you again!
Thanks Stacey! That’s nice to hear. :) I hope you like your heart strings :)
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Love this! Super simply and great for decorating. Plus, add some wire and you’ve got a headband!!
– Leeloo the Tall
I like your thinking! )
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So CUTE !
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I really like your pattern! It’s super pretty!
Would it be OK if I translate it into Swedish and post it in my blogg? I will of course link to your original pattern in the text.
//Yvette from Sweden
Hi Yvette! Yes, that would be fine as long as there is a link I’m happy! Also, if you send me your blog link then I can add it to my post for anyone looking for the pattern in Swedish! :)
The pattern translation is finished and I’ve published it on my blog with a link to your blog. You can find it here:
Hope you like it! =D
Great! Thanks Yvette!
I love your little heart strings. I am crazy for crochet jewelry and plan to use the pattern for that. Honestly I like most of your designs, but I need instant gratification these days. Thanks so much for sharing and I have also shared your items on Pinterest where they are popular.
Thanks Cattycay! I know what you mean. I like to do quick projects between the longer ones! And these are great fro using up leftovers. :)
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Here is a great design for making crochet jewelry. Instead of making a lot of separate hearts and attaching, these are made together. I plan on using this soon and will add some pictures of what I come up with. Of course this can be an edging or trim for anything else you might be making!
Hi, I should have asked first before I did it. I’m hoping it’s ok with you? I posted a link for the heart strings to http://www.Facebook.com./groups/ArtAbandonment because someone asked how I made the pretty little heart choker that I made to abandon. I am trying not to be such a dinosaur with the computer but every once in a while I still make mistakes like this! I should have asked first. But on the bright side, Art Abandonment has members all over the world that are abandoning (there’s a list of countries on the site and lots of people have put their towns up) so you are getting a LOT of exposure. I hope that makes up for the fact that I forgot to ask first. Have a wonderful New Year, Debby.
Hi Debby! Thanks for sharing the link. That’s always ok! :)
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These are super cute, but I’m a bit confused. What do you mean by a multiple of 4+1 (eg. for a 5 heart string chain 21?) 21 isn’t a multiple of 4, unless you mean 4 plus 1, which equals 5. 5 isn’t a multiple of 21 either…I guess I just don’t get it. Could you explain what you mean?
Hi Emily! Multiply the number of hearts you want by 4, then add 1. So if you want 5hearts, 5×4 is 20, then add 1, to get 21. :)
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So cute! I can’t do much decorating yet as we are renovating but THESE are perfect for so many little spaces! I am definitely tying some around my candles!
Thanks Kathleen! Yes, I love mine for that. I hope your renovating goes well!
Hey! I want to make a cutesy valentine’s day crown out of this and sell it on etsy. If I give you credit and link to the pattern in the description, is that okay?
Love the pattern!
Hi Rosie, that sounds lovely! My policy is here: https://makemydaycreative.com/about/pattern-notes-2/
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Absolutely adorable. What a cute way to use up some of my yarn stash. I’m going to make a bunch of garlands. Thank you so much for sharing.
I’m so glad you like these Carol! :)
Hey, I’m a complete beginner and I thought I’d try these because they’re so cute! I was given a starter kit years ago but the instructions are terrible, the crochet hook is tiny and the wool is very thin, so I’m sort of bumbling along and self teaching. So I’ve given up on the project in the kit and wanted to do these instead.
I’m having trouble with the instructions for the first row. I’m okay with the 2dc, but I’m really confused about the “ch1” instruction. Are you just making another stitch like you do with a foundation chain or is it linked in to the row below it? And if so, how is that different from a slip stitch? I’ve seen a couple of ways to do a slip stitch and none are the same so I feel like I’m losing the plot!
These are probably really silly questions but I can’t work it out. Hope you can help! :)
Hi Francesca! I’m glad you are inspired to learn to crochet! To make a ch1, just do the same as you did when making the foundation chain. The chain makes a bit of space so that when you do the sl-st, the dc’s you just made don’t get pulled out of shape (try it without the ch1 if you want to see what I mean – the top of your heart will be kind of scrunchy). To make a sl-st, just insert your hook into the stitch and draw up a loop (2 loops on hook). Pull the first loop through the second. Hope that helps! :)
Thank you so much! That really, really helped, think I know what I’m doing now :)
Great! Happy to help :)
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This is perfect for the little hat i made, i am gonna use it for a hat band…so cute!
Oooh that sounds like a cute idea! I’m glad you like these :)
If I wanted to make various sizes, how would I increase. I want to make these for a gift and I want to give three strings of hearts but in different sizes. Thank you.
Hi Jess! To make a string of your desired length just make a chain length which is a multiple of 4 and then add one chain. :)
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These are wonderful! What a neat idea to create the tops first and go back to do the points! I would never have thought of that. I have done a number of crochet hearts for garlands (I really, really decorate my house for every occasion and crochetted garlands are now a big part of that!), but the ‘string’ I put them on is always just a long chain. I’m thinking this would be absolutely wonderful to hang the hearts from, so I can have a more sturdy (and adorable) garland string that will add interest. Thanks so much for sharing it! I’m thinking of modifying to try doing eggs, too, for Easter garlands! :)
Thank Christine! Your house sounds amazing :) I love your eggs idea too!
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