Did you spot the hanging heart in the pictures of my zigzag Christmas stocking? Well I received a few requests for the pattern, which was flattering because there are a few similar patterns around. Sorry these aren’t in time for Christmas – but they are in time for Valentine’s Day! (Or you can really use them all year- my grey and white version is a permanent fixture in the dining room.)
These are made in the round and are really just an extension of my heart motif pattern. The chunky version of these pictured with my Christmas stocking was just me using up some yarn scraps!
You can use any yarn and matching hook size, or double up some dk weight and use a size 6.5mm hook for a chunky look. These are made using scraps of dk with a 4mm hook. You’ll also need some fibre fill – or why not add some dried lavender and make some cute sachets for your linen cupboard?
Start by making a magic ring and chaining 1.
R1: 3dc, 1hdc, 2sc,1dc,2sc,hdc, 3 dc into ring. Chain 1 and sl-st into ring, pull to close.
R2: ch1, sc into chain space before the first dc of the last round. 2hdc in each of the next 3 sts, 3hdc, (hdc, dc) in next st, (dc, hdc) in next st, 3hdc, 2hdc in next 3 sts, sc into chain space.
R3: Starting in the first sc made in the last round: 3sc, (2sc), sc, (2sc), 5sc, (3sc), 5sc, (2sc), sc, (2sc), 3sc, sl-st into 1st st to join.
R4: Starting in the next unsed st: 2hdc, (2hdc), *hdc, (2hdc), repeat from *, 6hdc, (hdc, dc), (dc, hdc), *(2hdc), hdc, repeat from * 2 more times, hdc in final st. Fasten off and make an invisible join.
Repeat R1-R4 to make a second heart, leaving a long tail for sewing. Line up the hearts with the ends on the insides so that you don’t need to weave them in.
Use the tail to sew the hearts together – I used blanket st, working one stitch through each aligned pair of stitches on the hearts. When you are nearly done, stuff with the fibre fill, and then sew closed. Use the remainder of the tail to make a hanging loop if you like.
Where will you hang yours?