How to Crochet a Heart

How to Crochet a Heart

Learning how to crochet a heart is an excellent beginner-friendly crochet project because they’re made quickly and using only a few basic crochet stitches. When you’re first learning how to crochet, it’s important to select projects that are motivating, inspiring, and satisfying. 

The needlecraft of crochet allows you to create whatever your heart desires with just a crochet hook and yarn. No fabric or sewing skills required! If you’re ready to learn how to crochet a heart for beginners with set by step instructions, keep reading. This article will cover:

    • How to crochet a small heart for beginners
    • How to make a crochet heart that is simple
    • How do you crochet a heart with an open shape

How to Crochet a Small Heart

Crocheters recommend beginners start with small projects to avoid feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. These tiny crochet hearts come together in minutes and provide an opportunity to practice the half double crochet stitch, double crochet stitch, and the magic ring.

Supplies needed for this project include:

The hook and yarn weight are especially important for this project because they determine the finished size of the crochet heart. Using a larger hook and heavier yarn would create a bigger heart.

The magic circle (also known as the “magic ring”) is essential for this pattern. You cannot substitute crocheting a (regular) circle in this project as you often can with granny squares.

Magic Circle Regular Crochet Circle
    • Doesn’t leave a small hole in the center
    • Automatically start crocheting over the tail so the hole always stays shut
    • Great for amigurumi or other projects that need to be tightly cinched
    • Leaves a small hole in the center
    • Option to cinch it shut by crocheting your first round over your tail yarn
    • Great for granny squares or other crochet lace patterns

Follow the instructions and images below to learn how to crochet a small heart shape.

    1. Make a magic ring/magic circle. Chain 2. 

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      2. Double crochet twice into the magic circle.

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      3. Half double crochet twice into the magic circle.

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      4. Chain one, half double crochet into the magic circle, and chain one.

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      5. Half double crochet twice into the magic circle.

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      6. Double crochet twice into the magic circle.

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       7. Chain two, then slip stitch into the magic circle.

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       8. Pull the tail of the magic circle tight. The magic circle will close and the shape of your small crochet heart will (almost magically) appear.

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9. Fasten off to secure the heart and trim yarn ends if desired.

You have two options to finish the heart, depending on how you’d like to use it.

Finishing Method

How To Use It

Weave in ends

To use as an applique for other crochet projects, such as:

Leave two yarn ends

Attach onto other projects, such as a heart-themed crochet garland.

Congratulations, you have just learned how to make a crochet heart for beginners! With the addition of a custom hang tag, these sweet, small hearts make a unique Valentine’s Day card.

You can also sew together two of these hearts and stuff them with sustainable stuffing to create a stuffed heart. Use the stuffed hearts as an ornament, decoration, or anything else your heart desires.

How to Crochet a Simple Heart

Once you’ve mastered how to crochet a small heart, you’re ready to expand your horizons. Crocheting larger hearts doesn’t require a complex pattern. Believe it or not, you can create beautiful crochet hearts without the more advanced techniques of decreasing and increasing.

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This simple crochet heart pattern only uses a few basic stitches and measures 1.5 inches across at the widest point (when made with sport weight yarn and a 3 mm hook). Follow along with the written pattern and pictures to create your own simple crochet heart.

    1. Create a magic ring.
    2. Chain two.

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      3. Work 15 double crochets into the ring.

      4. Join round one with a slip stitch into the top of the first double crochet. You can slightly tighten the magic ring, but do not pull it fully closed yet.

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      5. Chain two and work one double crochet into the same stitch.

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      6. Work four triple crochet into the next stitch.

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      7. Work two double crochets into the next stitch.

Simple heart crochet guide
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      8. Work one-half double crochet into each of the next four stitches.

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      9. To work the bottom point, work one double crochet, 1 triple crochet, and one double crochet into the next stitch.

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     10. Work up the other side of the heart by stitching one half double crochet into each of the next four stitches.

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     11. Put two double crochets into the next stitch.

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     12. Work four triple crochets into the next stitch.

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     13. Place one double crochet into the next stitch.

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     14. Chain 2 and turn the heart so the back is facing you. Place your hook into the last stitch from the wrong side to the right. Pull the yarn through to the back and through the loop on your hook. This creates a much neater finish on the front of your heart.

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     15. To finish off, fasten off your slip stitch, pull the magic ring tight, and weave in your ends.

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You’ve just made another crochet heart! Just as with the pattern before, you can choose to use this as an applique or create a stuffed heart by sewing two together.

Easy crochet heart guide
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This heart can also be immediately transformed into a touching hanging decoration for the home, bag tag, and anything else. Simply add a chain to the top of the heart and get creative! Add a custom care label or woven label for a one-of-a-kind gift tag that can be used infinitely!

How to Crochet an Open Heart

Once you’re ready to move beyond basic crochet hearts to create open heart shapes, you can follow along with this open heart crochet pattern

How to crochet an open heart
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In addition to the basic crochet stitches, you’ll need to learn how to make the mini picot (chain two, then work a slip stitch in the first stitch). This pattern uses a size K crochet hook and chunky weight yarn.

Feel free to follow along with the video tutorial or the step-by-step instructions below. 

To create this charming open heart for yourself, follow the steps below.

    1. Chain eight, work a mini picot, and then chain eight again. Close round one with a slip stitch.
    2. Single crochet 11 around the chains, skipping over the middle mini picot you created in round one. Continue by single crocheting 11 more in the remaining chains. Close round two by putting a slip stitch into the first single crochet of this round.
    3. Before taking the yarn off of your hook, cut your yarn tails. Then pull them through the stitch.
    4. Sew your yarn ends into the heart, stitching each end one or two times into opposite sides of the heart. This helps to create the point at the bottom of the heart.

More Beginner-Friendly Crochet Heart Patterns

With endless crochet heart patterns to choose from, your journey doesn’t have to end here. Check out the list of additional beginner-friendly crochet heart patterns below for more inspiration.

    1. Crochet Heart Scrubbies

How do you crochet a heart
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This crochet heart scrubbie pattern is the perfect gift that’s personal and practical. You’ll need to stitch some utility fabric to the back to provide real scrubbing power.

      2. Crochet Amigurumi Heart

Amigurumi heart pattern
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If you’ve been wanting to explore the world of amigurumi crochet, this amigurumi heart pattern is the perfect place to start. It comes together with just a magic ring and single crochet stitches, plus some filling to add dimension.

      3. Granny Chic Heart

Granny chic crochet heart
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Crochet hearts made granny square style! Customize your granny chic hearts with your favorite color patterns and discover new ways to combine them into larger projects.

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