In this post, you will see a crochet heart pattern.
Pairs of small crochet hearts have been given to people in hospital and to their families.
At a very difficult time for so many, these little hearts can be a way for loved ones to stay connected.
The Knitted Heart Appeal
The idea behind the appeal for small knit and crochet hearts is to provide some comfort for families whose family members are unable to be with them.
This first started happening at a hospital in Swindon, England.
Members of the community have been asked to knit or crochet pairs of wool hearts, each small enough to fit inside a hand.
The hearts are then given to families with a loved one suffering from the virus and in palliative care.
If you would prefer to knit a heart please see this pattern here – Knitted Heart Pattern.
The Guidelines For Making + Sending The Hearts
There are guidelines to be followed when making and sending these hearts to hospitals which include:
- Make sure the yarn is clean.
- Once the hearts are made please seal them in whatever way you can i.e. zip lock bags = freezer bags with seal = bin liner sealed with tape.
- 72hrs is the time for these to stand to be safe. So please don’t consider passing these to anyone before this time is up.
- Please date the hearts when they have been sealed so we know when the 72 hours have elapsed.
- Please only go to the Post Office as part of your daily exercise allowance or on an essential shopping trip. Please observe social distancing rules at all times.
- If you fall into the high-risk category PLEASE ASK SOMEBODY ELSE TO POST THEM FOR YOU.
- Please DO NOT try to hand-deliver them to the hospital, this is not an essential journey.
- Stay safe everyone and if you’re worried about doing this then please don’t your support is still appreciated.
Where Can You Send The Crochet Hearts?
There are many local hospitals that you can send your hearts to when finished.
One hospital in the UK who are accepting hearts is – Brighter Futures, Brunel Treatment Centre, Great Western Hospital, Marlborough Road, Swindon, SN3 6BB.
Another hospital in the North East – the UK who are accepting hearts is – Ward 1 ITU, South Tyneside District Hospital, Harton Lane, South Shields, NE34 0PL.
You will be able to find out if your local hospital is accepting the hearts, by checking their website or doing a quick google search.
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:
This pattern is great for any advanced beginners.
- You should be comfortable making a slip knot and creating a chain.
- You should be comfortable working single crochet.
- You should be comfortable making a single crochet decrease.
- You should also be comfortable reading crochet patterns.
- And understanding crochet abbreviations and terms.
- Leftovers from your yarn stash - less than 10g per heart of any DK yarn.
- DK yarn / Lightweight yarn 03
- Toy stuffing/fiberfil
- 4mm (US 6) Hook
- Darning needle
With your yarn choice and a 4mm (US 6) crochet hook make a slipknot.
- Ch 3 – join to form a circle.
- R1 – ch 1, work 6 sc through the centre of the ring.
- R2 – 12 sc – work 2 sc into every stitch around.
- R3 – Work sc into every stitch (12)
- R4 – One sc in every stitch (12)
- Complete 2 more rounds of 12.
- Make 2 of these circle pieces – In the first circle to end – slip stitch to even the round, cut your yarn and thread through.
- In the second circle – leave 5 remaining sc before you finish.
Attaching the circles together
- Count 5 stitches back on the first circle piece and sc the two pieces together back to back.
- R5 – work 1 sc in every stitch around – until you come back to the beginning tail.
- R6 – work in the round – sc – there will be a decrease at each side of the heart as follows:
- To do a sc decrease – put your hook through the first stitch, wrap yarn over, pull it through – 2 loops on hook – put hook through next stitch, yarn over then pull yarn through when you have 3 loops on hook. (See the video tutorial in the pattern post for help)
- Work sc until you come to the opposite side, decrease on the opposite side.
- Continue to do a sc decrease on either side of the heart for all rounds until the heart is forming a point.
- Stuff the heart with toy stuffing or polyfill as you work, as the opening will get smaller and harder to work.
- In the last round – one sc decrease in each stitch.
- Cut the yarn and pull tail through to secure.
- Weave in any loose ends.
Finished Size - The finished heart when stuffed is around 6.5cm high x 6.5cm wide.
Stuff - Stuff the heart as you work.
Gauge - Don't worry too much about gauge for this pattern. The gauge of the heart I made is 4 sts/ 5 rounds in 1 inch.
Yarn choice - Any DK yarn/ Lightweight 03 yarn will be ok to use for this project. Stash busting your leftovers is great as you need less than 10g per heart.
ch – chain
sc – single crochet