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I’m on a hanging tags kick. It started with my Hope Hanging Tags and is spreading to the holidays. Hint: there may be more to come. 🙂
I made these and actually hung all four of them along my banister with those tiny command hooks you can buy. They looked so cute for Valentine’s Day, but it got me thinking. There had to be other ways to decorate with these sweet little heart tags.
What about a child’s room? Or a romantic dinner at home? Or a photo prop for an engagement announcement? How about an anniversary party?
So go ahead! Make a few of these (or 10, I won’t judge). Change the colors, have fun with it. These work up quickly so it would be no trouble at all to make multiples. I would also recommend blocking the tags. I obviously did not block the ones in the pictures and they started to curl and twist slightly. It’s not a super bad thing, but I think they will look much nicer once I block them.
I’ve included the written instructions for how to perform the Reverse Single Crochet a.k.a. the Crab Stitch for the border. It may feel awkward at first, but keep going. I know you can do it! You also have the option to just single crochet around the edges if the crab stitch just really isn’t working out for you. Just make sure you do three single crochets to make a corner. These tags use tapestry crochet to make, but if you are unfamiliar with or simply don’t want to use this technique, you are welcome to use the graph to cross stitch the hearts on a solid crocheted tag. The choice is yours!
Hanging Heart Tags
* Less than 1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver – Perfect Pink 7 oz / 198 g – 364 yds / 333 m
* Less than 1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver – White 7 oz / 198 g – 364 yds / 333 m
* Less than 1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver – Cherry Red 7 oz / 198 g – 364 yds / 333 m
Or any worsted weight yarn.
* Boye Aluminum 6-Inch Crochet Hook, H8/5mm
Adjust your hook size if needed to obtain the required gauge.
* 4 – 17” lengths of white satin cord
* Tapestry needle
Finished Size Approximately:
6 ¼”H x 5 ½”W
16 stitches by 17 rows in a 4” (10cm) square.
Reverse Single Crochet or Crab Stitch
Insert hook into the stitch to the right, YO, draw back through st, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook. Continue working to the right the whole way around the tag. Finish off and weave end into the first crab st made.
Color-changing using a graph as a guide, where each square on the graph represents one sc.
FC – foundation chain
ch – chain
st(s) – stitch(es)
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
This pattern is worked from the tapered top of the tag to the wider bottom. The written instructions are for the tapered part of the tag and the first three rows of the graph. You will continue to crochet the bottom portion with the heart on it by following the graph and changing colors accordingly.
If you aren’t able to do the tapestry crochet, you have the option of cross stitching the letters onto the tags. Each single crochet st will be equal to one square on the graph. Each colored square on the graph would be one “X” stitch.
I recommend printing out the graph and, with a pencil, marking each row with an arrow to indicate which direction you are working as well as which row you are on.
* American crochet terms used throughout.
FC: Ch 10
Row 1: In 2nd ch from hook, sc across; ch 1, turn. (9 sc)
Row 2: 2 sc in 1st st; sc in next 7 sts; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (11 sc)
Row 3: 2 sc in 1st st; sc in next 4 sts; ch 1; sk next st; sc in next 4 sts; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (12 sc)
Row 4: 2 sc in 1st st; sc in next 5 sts; sc in ch-1 sp; sc in next 5 sts; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (15 sc)
Row 5: 2 sc in 1st st; sc in next 13 sts; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (17 sc)
Now you will be working the first three rows of the graph.
Row 1: 2 sc in 1st st; sc in next 15 sts; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (19 sc)
Row 2 – Row 3: Sc across; ch 1, turn. (19 sc)
This pattern is the same for all four tags.
Continue by following the graph and changing colors accordingly. Once you’ve completed Row 19, ch 1 and proceed to the edging instructions.
Note: If you will be cross-stitching the heart on, you will need to repeat Row 2 until you have 19 rows of 19 single crochets. Don’t finish off. Ch 1 and follow the edging instructions. Then finish off. With your second color and using the graph, cross stitch the heart on your tag.
For all four tags, crab stitch (reverse single crochet) evenly around the entire tag with 2 crab sts for ea corner. Finish off. Weave in end.
Cut 4 – 17” lengths of the satin cord or however many you need for the amount of tags you make.
For each tag, take one length of cord and (from behind the tag) insert both ends of cord through the hole. Without pulling the cord the whole way through, tie a bow using the 2 ends of cord sticking out the front of the tag.
Note: I actually inserted my cell phone (width-wise and with no cover on it) into the loop that poked out the back to keep the whole thing from pulling through. Using the cell phone enabled me to comfortably tie a bow in the cord on the front side of the tag. I slid the cell phone out of the loop and the bow held the cord in place.
You can block the tags if desired. I did not, as you can probably tell, and that is why they are curling a bit. I may block them in the future.
I’d love to see your finished projects as well! Feel free to post any of your finished projects made from the patterns found here at Highland Hickory Designs to my Facebook page. We can have our own little showcase! (No spam please. It will be deleted. Thank you for understanding.)