Now, I'm back to share the full story behind the Dusty Rose Jumbo Broken Heart Necklace set, and feature more fun project photos too!
It features my go-to-thread, circulo clea - a size 10 cotton thread.
When I was looking through my shash for colours to use, I had very limited choice, but I absolutely adore the colourway 3418 - coral, which looks more like a dusty rose to me.
So, I went with it and paired it with my 1.05mm hook, which is about a size 12 USA or a size 6.5 UK, because I knew I would need to keep the stitches really tight to reduce the chance of too many holes.
Luckily, once I discovered that starting the heart halves as flat layers would be best, no more frogging on the heart development was necessary. And as a bonus, I created an appliqué set in the process!
Got to love the duality of this, right?
I was able to accomplish this on the left heart half, but ended up with the stuffing opening on the jagged edge for the right heart half. This was due to the need to keep the directionality on the same side for both heart halves.
It is stuffed lightly, so it is still on the flatter side - no deeper than half an inch or one centimeter.
The plan was to figure out the perfect spot for the necklace chain to be worked during the join round (this is an option in the official pattern).
As I was looking at the heart halves, I felt the heart shape was harder to see when the hearts were separate. This inspired the need for a lacy border, which was eventually figured out when I started working on the Beaded Friendship Broken Heart Necklace (story for this project coming next week).
In fact, it took crocheting the other two Broken Heart necklace sets to finally settle on the border for this dusty rose set!
The addition of beads switched sides of my heart halves due the wrong side featuring the best view of the beads instead. Though, I think it looks nice from both views.
Originally, I wanted to make the necklace chain with a necklace clasp. Not having any on hand, and it taking so long to finally get some, gave me the chance to see that a longer chain that can easily slip on and off the wearer would actually look best.
Especially seeing as it is rather on the larger side when it comes to normal necklace pendants.
It's amazing the insights one gets, when we take a step back, isn't it?
At any rate, I crocheted the necklace chain as I worked the lacy border row, and I decided that the simplicity of a basic chain would bring the focus onto the pendant better.
Although, I turned this project into a jumbo friendship necklace set, this sizing would make fabulous fashion doll pillows for Barbie's sofa or bed, when the heart halves are joined together! And, it would be pretty awesome as a bag charm fob, a rear-view mirror decoration or a Christmas ornament.
That said, at this size, it is not something I would generally wear. Mostly because it is too big for me.
I am not a tiny person, but I do have a petite frame. And, this size is just to overwhelming for me.
Luckily, this can be crocheted in multiple yarn/thread weights, which naturally makes it bigger or smaller, allowing for all the wonderous possibilities!
Purchase this Broken Hearts crochet pattern as part of "Love it up Valentines! January 2017 Get Stuffed issue #2", or wait until April 1st, 2017 when I release the official Rebeckah's Treasures' PDF version, complete with a photo tutorial!
See the original story about the Broken Hearts project here!
Coming in January 2017:
*Links for the other Broken Heart project stories are publishing on the dates next to them.