Be Mine

Love is in the air.

Well, love is around the fireplace at least.  Valentine's Day is coming and I couldn't resist another garland for the occasion.  It's been looking so bare and lonely since Christmas that it needed something to perk it up again.

I started playing around with different heart patterns a few weekends ago, back in January.  Using up bits and bobs of left-over yarns in different weight and textures.  Some angora from these, some aran from these, that sort of thing.

 I even got out the embroidery cotton and made some itty bitty hearts, including a teeny tiny, oh so adorable little version of my Grannie Heart.  I do love it like that,  almost better than the originals.

I was happy to keep this one nice and simple, so it's just plain hearts in different colours and sizes, tied to string.  With all their dingly dangly bits hanging any old how and I'm very happy with that.

 I think the fireplace looks most cheerful and loveable now.  Much better than the plain look it's been sporting this last month or so.

 It's easy peasy to do if you fancy whipping one up in time for next week.  Grab any old bits of yarn.  It doesn't matter which weight, the more variety the better if you ask me.  These three hearts about are all made from the same pattern.  (Number 1, in the list below), but they all look nice and different because of weights and types of yarn.

Now, I bet you'd like to know which heart patterns I used wouldn't you?

I used 4 patterns in total, but of course you could use many others.
Here they are:

2.  Teeny Tiny Hearts 
(As above but with another row  added before you finish):

1ch, 1dc into 1st dc, 1dc into next dc, 2dc's into next 3 dc's, 1 dc into each of the next 4dc's, into picot work: (1dc, 2ch, ssto 2nd ch from hook, 1dc) - to make another picot, then 1 dc into each of the next 4dc's, 2dc's into next 3dc's, 1dc into next 2 dc's, ss to start and fasten off.

3.  My Small Heart pattern
(Which is just here):

♥ Make magic loop to start

♥ Chain 3, make 10 tr into ring

♥ Chain 1, make 5tr into next st, 2 tr into next st, 2 htr into next st, 1 dc in next st, (1tr, 2 chain, make picot, 1tr) into next st, 1 dc in next st, 2 htr in next st, 2 tr in next st, 5 tr into next st, skip 1 and ss into ss of row below.

♥ Chain 1, 1 dc into next stitch, 2 dc into next 4 sts, 1 dc into next 6 sts, (1dc, 2ch, make picot, 1dc) into picot of row below, 1 dc into next sts, 2 dc into next 4 sts, 1 dc into next st, ss into ss of row below.

Lots of lovely hearts to try.

And, a little update while I'm here...

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S x