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. The instructions are downloadable as a PDF below. Enjoy! — Laura
Click the link below for the free pattern.
Oh, just in case you were wondering what the back of the work looks like, here it is: