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I have to say—love is in the air! And what a better way to show it than with your very own crocheted heart shaped Valentine’s Day Wreath.
Originally I had made a round wreath. It was nice, but it wasn’t really screaming Valentine’s Day to me. (This was back in February.) I actually stumbled upon a heart shaped wreath form when I was out shopping one day and stuffed it in my cart immediately with zero hesitation! It was perfect! There would be absolutely no mistaking which holiday this wreath was dedicated to.
The circle wreath form didn’t go to waste though. I ended up using it for the St. Patrick’s Day Wreath pattern that is also available on this blog. Circles work fine for that holiday.
The heart by itself—while adorable—needed a little something extra. A kick in the pants, if you will. A shot through the heart. So I designed Cupid’s arrow piercing the heart just like the pictures I used to draw as a child.
And I wouldn’t even limit this wreath to just a Valentine’s Day decoration! How about hanging one on a baby’s room door or in a little girl’s bedroom? How about your own bedroom? Hearts are so versatile. They shouldn’t be limited to a single holiday and then hidden away until the next year. There’s always a teacher’s classroom as a place to hang a heart wreath. A prop in an engagement photo. A decoration for an anniversary party. You can change the colors to customize the wreath, if you wish.
There are no complicated stitches in this pattern. Just chains, single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet. These stitches may be used in combinations to make the V-stitch and the shell stitch, but I’ve added explanations of each of these in the Special Stitches section of the pattern. Be sure to check that out before you begin.
A word of caution though. I wouldn’t recommend hanging it outside where it would be exposed to the elements. I’m not sure the yarn could hold up to rain, snow or sunshine. It’s better as an indoor decoration where you or someone you know can feel the love for years to come!
Valentine’s Day Wreath
* 1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver – Cherry Red 198 g / 7oz – 333 m / 364 yds
* 1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver – White 198 g / 7oz – 333 m / 364 yds
* 1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver – Perfect Pink 198 g / 7oz – 333 m / 364 yds
* Small amount of Red Heart with Love – Pewter 7 oz / 198 g – 370 yds / 338 m
* Boye Aluminum 6-Inch Crochet Hook, H8/5mm
* 3.75mm (F/5) hook
* FloraCraft, 16″ Heart Wire Wreath
* 1/2” wooden dowel rod — F.Y.I. — you can buy single dowel rods at Walmart.
* glue gun
* tapestry needle
* hand saw or other tool to cut dowel
Finished Size Approximately:
The Heart: 18” tall x 17” wide
The Arrow: 26.5” long
(dc, ch 1, dc) in same stitch
5 dc in same space
BLO – Back Loops Only
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
st(s) – stitch(es)
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
FC – foundation chain
BLO – back loops only
V-st – V stitch
The wreath body is made by making 3 separate garlands, stitching the 3 garlands together and then wrapping the group evenly around the form.
* American crochet terms used throughout.
Make 3 (one in each main color)
FC: Ch 500
Row 1: In 5th ch from hook, dc (counts as a V-st); V-st in every ch to the end; ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc in ch-1 sp, *shell st in next ch-1 sp, sc in next ch-1 sp* Repeat from * to * to the end. Finish off.
Holding the ends of the three garlands together (red, white then pink) and using the F hook and white yarn, sl st through the FCs of all three colors. For example, insert hook into the first FC st of the red, and then through the corresponding FC st of white, and then again through the pink, then sl st. Repeat with every st to the end of the FC.
Note: Stitching the garlands together is optional, but I found that it made it easier to keep everything even and in line when wrapping around the wreath form.
Wrapping the “garland” around the wreath form can be a bit tricky around the hard angles. I just had to play with it until I thought it looked right. The FCs that you stitched together are what needs to be touching the wreath form when wrapping so that the shells are facing out. Make sure you wrap the form tightly. The tension helps hold the arrow in place later on.
Using a saw, cut the dowel rod to approximately 24 ½”. With a glue gun, dab a pea-sized amount of hot glue at the very end of the rod and tightly wrap white yarn around the entire rod. Dab another pea-sized amount of hot glue at the opposite end of the rod to secure your yarn.
FC: Ch 2
Row 1: 2 sc in second ch from hook; ch 1, turn. (2 sc)
Row 2: 2 sc in first st; 2 sc in next st; ch 1, turn. (4 sc)
Row 3: Sc in ea st across; ch 1, turn. (4 sc)
Row 4: 2 sc in first st; sc in next 2 sts; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (6 sc)
Row 5: Sc in ea st across; ch 1, turn. (6 sc)
Row 6: 2 sc in first st; sc in next 4 sts; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (8 sc)
Row 7: Sc in ea st across; ch 1, turn. (8 sc)
Row 8: 2 sc in first st; sc in next 6 sts; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (10 sc)
Row 9: Sc in ea st across; ch 1, turn. (10 sc)
Row 10: 2 sc in first st; sc in next 8 sc in next sts; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (12 sc)
Row 11: Sc in ea st across. Finish off. (12 sc)
Put the 2 arrowheads together and with a tapestry needle, whip stitch around leaving a hole in the bottom to put arrow rod into. Leave center two sts open (#6 & #7) for the hole.
FC: Ch 4; sl st in 1st ch to form a loop; ch 1.
Row 1: 8 sc in loop; sl st in top of 1st sc; ch 1.
Row 2: 8 sc around; sl st in top of 1st sc; ch 1.
Row 3 – Row 14: Repeat Row 2 or until piece measures 3”.
FC: Ch 6
Row 1: In 2nd ch from hook, sc across; ch 2, turn. (5 sc)
Row 2: In BLO, 5 hdc across; ch 1, turn. (5 hdc)
Row 3: In BLO, 5 sc across; ch 1, turn. (5 sc)
Row 4: Repeat Row 2
Row 5: Repeat Row 3
Row 6: Repeat Row 2
Row 7: Repeat Row 3. Finish off.
Put 2 wing pieces together. Stitches are meant to angle downward, away from arrowhead. Try to flip pieces around before sewing to achieve the correct angles. Sc evenly around, 2 sc at the end of every row (to make a corner). Sl st in top of first sc made. Finish off. Weave in end. Repeat with last 2 wing pieces.
With tapestry needle and pink yarn, whip st “wings” to sides of tube. (There was no special technique for this. I just eyeballed it the best I could.)
Slide the tube over the end of the dowel rod at one end and slide the arrowhead over the other end of the dowel. Secure with thread if desired.
From behind the wreath, separate the folds (once on the left and once on the right) at an angle like the arrow is piercing the heart. Wedge the dowel rod in as close to the wreath form as you can get. You can secure with some stitches if desired. I left mine just wedged in. I thought it would make it easier to store away if I could remove the arrow.
The choice is yours!
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What colors will your heart wreath be?