Last weekend I decided it was time for another tidy up in my ‘yarn room’. I have an addiction to yarn; when I see something I like I tend to buy it even if I have no particular use in mind. A beautiful skein of 4 ply yarn could make a shawl, so it doesn’t matter if I have no use in mind, as a use will come to me one day, won’t it?!
You can imagine that this addiction means I have a large stash of yarn. However, I am quite organised – I keep a list of what I have on a spreadsheet and I store it all in large plastic tubs in a large cupboard.
When the cupboard starts to strain at the hinges, I know it is time for a tidy up! Last weekend’s tidy up meant I found about 15 balls of yarn that I do not think I will use. So I bagged it up and took it to knitgroup to give to any friends who wanted it (in return for a small donation to charity), and the small remaining amount went to the charity shop. 3 balls of yarn that were bagged up came straight out again when I realised they were red aran, and perfect for a little Valentine! You see even at the point of giving away yarn, I can still find a use for it!
So out came my hook and I made this:
It’s a simple design, and I thought I’d share it with you. A little Valentine gift for you.
I used Aran weight yarn and a 5mm hook.
This is written in English crochet terms:
St = stitch
Ch = chain
Tr = treble (US dc)
Htr = half treble (US hdc)
Dtr = double treble (US tr)
Ss = slip stitch
Sp = space
Ch-sp =chain space
Make a 4ch foundation ch and join into a ring with a ss.
3ch (counts as 1tr), 2tr in ring, 2ch, (3tr, 1ch) in ring, (3tr, 2ch) in ring, (3tr, 1ch) in ring, ss into 3rd ch from start to join.
1ch (does not count as st), (1dc, 1htr) in top of 3ch, (1tr, 2dtr) in next st, (2dtr, 1tr) in next st, 1dc in 2ch-sp, (1tr, 2dtr) in next st, (2dtr, 1tr) in next st, (1htr, 1dc) in next st, 1dc in 1ch-sp, 1dc in each of next 3 sts, (1htr, 1ch, 1htr) in 2ch-sp, 1dc in each of next 3 sts, 1dc in 1ch-sp, ss to 1st dc to join. Break yarn, fasten off and sew in ends.
Mine came out at 7cm tall by 7cm at the widest point. And it is destined for bunting. I also made a larger heart, which will be added to a pattern in due course.
Happy Valentines Day (yes a little early, but you need the time to make some Valentine hearts!) xxx
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