Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Crochet Valentine's Card

I've just found the cute valentine's day card at eskimo rose blog which you can make 
for everyone you love ^^

Before you start on the card, you need to make a mini version of crochet heart first.

You will need to use single crochet (sc), decreasing by crocheting 2 together (sc next 2 tog), 
and a magic circle  - US terms (sorry fellow Brits!)
sc [single]: insert hook through stitch, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch 
(two loops on the hook), yarn over and pull through two loops.
sc2tog [crochet 2 together]: insert hook through first stitch, yarn over, pull the loop back 
through the stitch (two loops on hook), insert hook through second stitch, yarn over, 
pull the loop back through the stitch (three loops on hook) yarn over and pull through all three loops.

1.  Round 1: Start with a magic circle, 6 sc into ring, and pull tight (6 stitches).
2.  Round 2: 2 sc into each stitch of the first round (12 stitches)

3.  Round 3: 1 sc into next stitch, 2 sc into next stitch, repeat 6 times to end of round (18 stitches) 
and fasten off. Repeat the process to make a second circle but DO NOT fasten off this time.
4.  Next join the two circles together. Keeping your hook in the last loop of the second circle, 
insert it into the first circle in the same space that the last stitch went into.
5.  1 sc into this space - look where I have drawn the arrow, can you see I have made 
the joining stitch right next to the last stitch on the first circle.
6.  Continue with 1 sc into each stitch all the way around the first circle.

7. Now insert the hook back into the second circle, again into the same space that 
the very last stitch went into. 1 sc into this space - look again at my arrow, can you see 
the joining stitch is right next to the  last stitch I made on the second circle.
8. Continue with 1 sc into each stitch ...
9. ... Until you get all the way around the second. This figure of eight will make 
the two top bumps of the heart.
10. Next you start to decrease to make the point of the heart. 1 sc in next 4 stitches 
(labelled these 1-4), sc2tog (labelled 5 & 6 - can you see the yarn that is pulled 
through stitch 5, and again through stitch 6, before finishing the stitch) - repeat this 
until you have roughly gone all the way around.

11. Then decrease again, 1 sc in next 3 stitches, sc2tog - repeat this until you have roughly gone 
all the way around. And again, 1 sc in next 2 stitches, sc2tog - once again repeating 
until you have roughly gone all the way around. Your crochet should be starting 
to look more like a heart now ...
12. Deacrease again, 1 sc into next stitch, sc2tog - repeat until the hole is about the size 
of your thumbnail.
13. Stuff with toy stuffing, but if you don't have any you can improvise with cotton wool ...
14. Continue decreasing (1 sc, sc2tog) until you can't do it any more.

15. Fasten off, then thread yarn into needle. Insert the needle into the very tip of the heart, 
push through to the top, pulling yarn through. You can either trim the yarn or 
leave it long if you want to use it for something else.
16. Continue making lots more little hearts in scrummy jewel coloured hearts ... It is easy 
to vary the sizes of your hearts just by using different size hooks and yarns 
of differing weight. But to make a more dramatic difference in size simply make larger 
or smaller circle in the first 4 steps. See in the picture, I made a tiny little red heart, 
instead of 3 rounds I stopped after two (12 stitches).

Next step: making your cards

1.  Trim two sheets of card to the size that you want your finished valentine's card to be 
(remember it will be folded in half!). Stack the two sheets so that they are perfectly 
lined up, then in one corner cut a circle with the 3" circle punchThe hole should be 
in exactly the same place on each piece of card.
2.  Take one of the card sheets and use a ruler to mark the centre fold of the card 
(see the squiggly arrow), and lightly score a line with a craft knife
3.  Carefully fold the card (this should be easy as you have already scored the line). 
Next trim the second sheet of card so that it is slightly smaller than the front 
of the folded card.
4.  On the inside of the main card stick a teeny bit of double sided tape just above 
the middle of the hole at the top (see another wiggly arrow).

5. Prepare the double sided tape by removing the backing and position the heart in the centre 
of the hole. Then holding the heart with one hand, pull the tail of the yarn to the top 
of the card and stick it firmly on to the double sided tape. Make a right angle with the yarn
so that the tail will not be visible at the top of the card and add a little more double sided tape
to secure the end (see the wobbly arrow).
6.  Now take the backing card and place a tiny bit of double sided tape at the top just as you did
with the main card (see another wavy arrow). At this point, don't forget to smother 
the rest of the backing card with ample amounts of pritt stick glue.
7. Place the backing card over the inside of the card to conceal the tail of the yarn (sticky side down),
making sure that the hold is perfectly lined up with that of the main card.

Have a Happy Valentine!!

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