I thought it would be a fun opportunity to get to know fabulous people, so I said "YES!"
With everything getting started for my 2016 Fall into Christmas contest, I knew there was no way that I would be able to design and have something ready to go for the first issue, so I looked to January's theme of Valentine's / Anti-Valentine's and started brainstorming ideas...
Now, the question I had was, "How am I going to design a jagged broken heart - amigurumi style?"
I decided to try winging it first and just started with the basic sc 6 into a magic circle - epic fail!
For one, without a clear picture in my mind, I was getting nowhere, and for another, working in continuous rounds wasn't going to work either.
So, I grabbed a blank sheet of paper and drew a pretty heart. Inside that heart, I drew lines to visualize the heart's rows. Now, I was getting somewhere!
Once I had the basic shape of both heart halves completed, I crocheted one more of each and joined the pairs together.
From there, I was able to visualize a pretty border. I also started to think about how I wanted to do the necklace chain.
As usual, I was overcomplicating it at first. Although the complicated version was pretty, it didn't suit the necklace when worn. So, to safe myself from crojo-loss, I decided a simple chain was all that was needed, and so right I was! :D
The dusty rose necklace was the orginial heart. It uses cotton thread 10 with a 1.05mm hook. Although, it turned out great as a necklace, I personally prefer smaller charms and lockets.
I used my 0.75mm hook again with this one as it is the smallest hook I have on hand. And, I decided to play with three colours this time too as the heart halves would be joined for this variation. I wanted the jagged cut to be visible. It would not have been so easy to see if both halves were the same colour.
The sewing thread heart was the first model to have the lacy border test completed, which I implemented for the others.
It ended being the perfect size for a little doll pillow too, which is awesome!
*Pictured with Style Me Dolly below - click to purchase the doll pattern today (doll clothes are free on this blog here).
Not only can it be a necklace, but it's a doll pillow too and will work out great as fobs for your charm bracelets, keyrings and backpacks. AND, some of my testers even turned theirs into Christmas tree ornaments and one is planning to keep hers as an appliqué for a broken heart card!
Wow - amigurumi and appliqués all-in-one - totally awesome, right?!
Thanks so much to Alexandra R. (Eye Love Knots), Despina T., Laura D. and Sharon E. for testing the Broken Hearts design so quickly for me, and to Theresa P. for your help tech editing the pattern too!
Either way, you'll end up with a fun Valentine's themed amigurumi design to enjoy.
Plus, you may crochet yours with or without beads for a unique added flare!!!
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Congratulations Cindy! You've won the free copy of Love it up Valentines! January 2017 Get Stuffed issue #2, featuring the Broken Hearts pattern. Please see the email I sent you to claim your prize.