People seem to have a lot of strong reactions to Valentine's Day as a holiday. Those folks who aren't in a happy coupled relationship often find themselves feeling lonely on the holiday. And people who are in relationships sometimes feel unnecessary pressure to buy the right gift then feel irritated that it's such a materialistic holiday.
I, on the other hand, have always liked Valentine's Day, seeing it as an excuse to celebrate the many different kinds of love in my life with... small, cheesy, inexpensive tokens of affection. Photographs of poetry made using Conversation Candy Hearts, playlists of syrupy country love songs and hand-written love letters to friends are just a few of the things you can find me making at this time of year. And, of course, I make a lot of things in crochet.
Crochet hearts are always a popular choice at Valentine's Day. You can make small motifs and hand them out to everyone you like. You can turn crochet hearts into pillows, gift bags and so much more. Here is a roundup of crochet heart patterns in case you're a little sappy like me and want an excuse to give handmade items to the people you like most in your life.
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This is one of my favorite crochet heart patterns from the About.com Crochet site. It is a simple crochet pattern that can be embellished in a variety of different ways to truly personalize it. This crochet heart can be used to store anything from inexpensive candy to a pricey piece of jewelry, making it an item that you can crochet to give with any gift that you're already getting for someone in your life.
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This is an easy free crochet heart motif pattern that you can make in a variety of different sizes by adjusting your hook and yarn selections. You could give a single one of these to anyone in your life. You could make a set of four and give them as a coaster set. You could crochet a string of them and connect them for bunting to use as Valentine's party decor. Get creative with this simple design!
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If you're looking for a more ambitious crochet project to make for Valentine's Day then consider trying your hand at this adorable heart sampler baby afghan. The squares themselves (two different designs alternated again and again) are fairly easy to make but of course it's a bigger project so it will take a little bit of time. It's fun to play with the color choices on this one to create a really unique design! This one works as a baby gift but is also a good lapghan for anyone... elderly or ill who might need a Valentine's gift this year.
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This free crochet heart appliqué pattern is worked in the round, which might be a fun technique to try in comparison to many of the other crochet heart patterns out there. The appliqué can be given as a gift on its own or sewn on to a wide variety of other projects.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Crochet designer Amy Solovay shares about this one: "This is a mixed media craft project combining wire, beads, embroidery floss and crochet. The heart shape makes a great applique for use on bags, purses or similar projects."
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Crochet Heart Potholders
This free crochet pattern makes a great gift for Valentine's Day. The crochet heart fits the theme of the holiday but the item can be used all year long in the kitchen of someone you love. This is a tapestry crochet pattern, so it offers you a chance to practice a niche crochet technique that you may not do so often.
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This is another tapestry crochet heart pattern. This circle could be worked into a hot pad and would make a great addition to the crocheted potholder. It could also be used to make a variety of other round crochet projects or could simply be framed to hang as crochet art.
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In keeping with the theme of crocheting for the kitchen, here's another free crochet pattern for a hot pad or trivet. This one is made using fabric strips, so it's a great upcycling project.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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This lovely crochet chart can be used to make a variety of items in filet crochet, including simply making a piece of fabric that could be turned into crochet wall art as described for the circle crochet heart shown above. The rectangular shape of this design also makes it idea for a Valentine's crochet scarf or a decorative table runner.
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All of the other crochet heart patterns featured in this article can be found right here on About.com. However, I had to include one off-site pattern because it's my favorite crochet heart pattern. This one is a free tutorial from Bunny Mummy for the Sunburst Granny Heart.