No matter who you’re crafting for this Valentine’s Day, a handmade token of your love will certainly be appreciated. Giving a gift at this holiday is a great way to promote love, friendship and kindness, and there’s definitely no harm in that! If you’re anything like us, the 14th may have crept up on you a little quicker than expected. But, never fear – there’s still time to get crafty for the special people in your life! Read on to be inspired by some of the best simple-yet-effective heart-themed patterns we could find.
1. Crochet hearts
Everybody loves a romantic gift, and what could be more romantic than a classic love heart? Once you master the shape of the heart, you can make as many as you like to give to whoever holds yours! Try stuffing these three dimensional hearts with a pinch of lavender to create a lovely-smelling drawer freshener.
2. Heart coasters
A sweet-yet-practical gift comes in the form of these heart coasters. Whether you spend Valentine’s Day having a celebratory glass of champagne, or you prefer to curl up with a cup of tea, a coaster will always come in handy – and these ones will look great out on display!
3. Crochet motifs
If you’ve left your Valentine’s crocheting to the very last second, mini makes are the perfect solution – these teeny tiny motifs are ideal for crafting during your lunch break. Whip up a mixture of flowers and hearts and string them together for a pretty bunting, or try out a twist on the mixed media approach by adhering some mini love hearts to the front of a card blank.
4. Valentine’s breakfast
Treat your loved one to breakfast in bed… with a twist! This pattern for a heart-shaped waffle is an adorable gift for little ones to get creative with imaginative play. Plus, you can craft whatever toppings you’d like to go alongside the waffle! Try using brown yarn for the cream to make it look like nutella, or a deep red colour for the blueberries to create a raspberry effect.
5. Heart pendant
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style with a pretty lace-effect pendant. This pattern is super versatile, as you can attach the pendant to any type of jewellery you like, whether it’s a pair of earrings, a necklace or even a broach.
6. Heart headband
This darling headband by Jackie Carreira is perfect for Valentine’s Day, but it’s also a sweet accessory all on its own. The ribbed effect, which gives the headband its stretch as well as its lovely texture, is created by working into the back loop of only one of each stitch, instead of through both loops as normal. And, best of all, your loved one will be reminded of how much you care for them each time they put it on!
7. Crochet heart decoration
Looking for a subtle but sweet way to decorate your home for Valentine’s Day? Try Irene Strange’s brilliant crocheted heart charms. The two different shapes are created separately and then linked with a crochet chain. You could also make up several of the smaller heart shapes and attach them to a length of ribbon to create some pretty bunting.
8. Granny square
The charming heart pattern from Irene Strange’s granny square is a fabulous make for the day of love. Once you’ve mastered this motif, you can give it to your Valentine as a special keepsake, or you can whip up a whole batch of different coloured hearts to create a granny square blanket or another patchwork design. The options are endless!
9. Heart clutch bag
If you’re after a challenge, Tilley Bancroft’s crochet bag is a really fabulous make. The fabric created is firm enough that you can pop your treasures inside straight away – but it’s not for the faint of heart. Keep an eye out when working on the curved flap in particular. Sometimes you’ll be working back and forth but at other times you’ll need to cut your yarn and join the next colour on the same side without turning. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!