I have really been getting to the Valentine's Day mood around here. What can I say though, I am a sucker for red, pink, and anything with hearts. I went onto Ravelry searching for a basic crochet heart pattern. I wasn't even sure what I was going to use them for yet, but I just knew I wanted to make some hearts. Plus, I had just enough red leftover from my Cloudburst Shawl project to made some. I just love this yarn color because I think it's the perfect shade of red.
I found this crochet hearts pattern to use. I liked that it is done in three rows, and you can stop at any row depending on what size you want to make. I started by making the large size and just kept going. Soon I had a whole pile of these cute hearts.
I knew I wanted to make a garland out of them, so I played around with different looks. I thought they looked best when attached next to each other in a row. I took a long piece of yarn and a yarn needle and attached two hearts together using a couple stitches, then carried the yarn piece through the back of each heart, catching a couple crochet stitches on the back side. Then I finished by adding a ribbon bow on each end.
The crochet heart pattern itself was pretty simple. It is a bit fussy, however, because it uses a magic ring. I got pretty good at these after while though and barely needed to refer to the pattern. The pattern calls for an 'E' hook so that the stitches are nice and tight. However, I did not have an 'E' hook. It was the second pattern I used in a week that called for an 'E' hook. For some reason I had a 'D' and an 'F', but not 'E'. Grr. Since the yarn I'm using is a bit lighter than worsted weight, however, the 'D' hook worked fine. I just had to be extra careful not to split the yarn while crocheting. [I have since bought an 'E' hook to help complete my crochet hook alphabet ;)].
The tealight holder I just made up this morning because I felt my mantle was still a bit too plain. I have the tiniest ledge so it's tricky to find things that will safely fit on it. I had recently finished a jar of homemade pomegranate jam my mom had made, which I'm sad about finishing, but on the upside I had a cute little jar to repurpose. I took out the metal lid, but kept the metal ring on. Then I popped in a little tealight candle. To finish it off, I crocheted the small version of the crochet heart. Then I tied it around the jar. Simple, but I think it's cute.
Well, that's it. My very modest Valentine's decorating. For now anyway, I have more projects in mind! Have you done any decorating for Valentine's Day yet? I'd love to hear about it. Or better yet, take a picture! You can tag me on Instagram or Twitter, or post it to my Facebook page. And be sure to follow me on Bloglovin' or Google+ to keep up with the latest on my blog!