The Mini Heart Border Pattern practically makes itself. I was just trying to figure out what to put on the edge of a burp cloth and my 6 year old granddaughter asked if I could make a heart. I smiled and took that little challenge.
This design just popped out of my hook. It’s so easy that I decided to share it with all of you immediately. If you’d like to try something new and easy, this is it. It’s fast and there are no new and tricky stitches to learn. In fact I made my first crochet chart for this pattern. It’s on the PDF which you can download below.
You’ll need to start out by making a single crochet foundation row on the item you are making. I used #5 crochet cotton and a 1.75mm hook. I suggest that if you are using woven cloth like cotton or flannel that each stitch should be a single crochet to cover the cloth’s edge despite the zigzag edging or hemstitching you are using, it will look much better if the edge is completely covered in crochet thread.
For the burp cloth above I tried something new: I zigzagged with a wing-needle around the edges of my layers of cloth and made the foundation row using an Edgeit hook. It has a very pointy, almost sharp top on the hook and it made it very easy to crochet through the holes made by the wing-needle. I recommend this method and will use it again.
Theoretically, you can make your project a ‘no-sew’ by marking a line 1/4″ from the edge of your project and piercing the cloth with the hook in 1/8″ increments apart and turning down the edge as you make your stitches. I haven’t tried this as yet.
You can also use this border on a fleece blanket. For fleece, I prefer to make my stitches 1/4″-1/2″ apart and chain stitch between. You can pierce the fleece with tiny sharp scissors or a very sturdy and tiny hole punch (1/16″th)about 1/2″ from the edge or a wide skip rotary blade.
I’ve used Havel’s rotary blade on occasion as it is thely one that promises 1/4″ slits. In the example pictures I used a medium weight 4 ply cotton yarn (I Love This Cotton – Hobby Lobby). I used a 4.25 G hook. A nice square of fleece that is 40″-44″ is a lovely and generous size for a baby blanket.
I had fun designing this little border. The instructions are so short that the Mini Heart Border will be flying off your hook in no time.
Oh, just in case you were wondering what the back of the work looks like, here it is:
Mini Heart Crochet Border Pattern
Description: This is an easy and speedy crochet mini heart border that uses basic stitches.
‐The Item that the border will be attached to.
‐Yarn or thread and crochet hook suitable for the item it is edging.
‐The first example in picture above is a medium 4 ply yarn with a 4.25 mm (G) hook, used to edge a fleece baby blanket.
‐The second example is with #5 crochet thread and a 1.75 mm steel hook, used to edge a cotton and flannel baby burp
‐Use whatever yarn or thread and hooks needed to make the border lay flat and evenly spaced on the edge of your project.
Note: All instructions are given in US terms.
Prepare the item using one of the perforating methods described above.
Make foundation row or round on prepared item. Sc around edge of prepared item, giving enough ease (loosely enough) in stitches to lay flat and not pucker the cloth
Make the hearts. ‐Slip to join to foundation row and ch up 5.
‐Dc into the base chain –bch‐ (first chain at base of chain 5)
‐Sl into bch
‐Dc into bch and ch up 4
‐Sl to bch.
‐Sl to same foundation stitch the below heart. Heart complete.
Slip stitch 6 along foundation and repeat from the beginning of round 2 around or to the end of
the row. Finish off and weave in tails.
Blocking: For projects using the #5 cotton crochet thread, tug the ‘wings’ of each heart open and iron hearts to lie flat. Alternatively, spritz with water and pin each heart open on a blocking board and allow them to dry.
For projects using 4 ply yarn, no blocking is necessary, but use one of the above methods if