Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Monthly Inspiration - February, Free Heart Bag Pattern









Often I see a pattern I want to try, or get a design idea in my head ... and then I'm off to the store to find the perfect ball of yarn. 

What about those times when you find that perfect ball of yarn first ... and then need an idea to go with it. What does the yarn feel like in your hands? What does it inspire in you when you look at it?

When I saw this yarn in the store, I thought of clouds. And when I felt it I just knew I was in love. Which inspired me to make this "Love is in the Air" Mini Heart Bag, and offer it to you as a free pattern. If you scroll down a little ways, there is a detailed step-by-step photo slideshow presentation of the pattern, below the slideshow is the pattern itself, with a little less illustration. And all the way at the bottom of this blog post you can access a 3 page PDF format of the pattern if you want to skip all the illustrations.


Bernat Blissful Bulky Weight Yarn (Size 6 yarn). Colors #89001/Cream Marble; #89007 Inky Teal; 89006/Ruby

So, I went ahead and designed the pattern ... so soft ... so simple.

Heart Bag made with Bernat Blissful Bulky Weight Yarn, SouthMaid Orchid Pink size 10 crochet thread for handle.
But when I attempted to do a photo slideshow of the process of making the heart and discovered that this textured yarn is very difficult to take clear step-by-step photos. The softness and texture are nearly impossible to photograph (to show stitch count) of individual stitches. So I needed a new plan.

I tried the exact same pattern with worsted weight yarn (I used some left-over Red Heart Comfort yarn that I had) with a smaller size hook. It worked great and I liked the outcome also.

I followed the pattern instructions exactly with the worsted weight yarn, and shortened the handle.
So, for illustration purposes this free pattern will be demonstrated with worsted weight yarn; but you can also use a bulky weight yarn by following the pattern demonstrated.

Finished Measurements: (excluding handle)
Bag made in Bulky (size 6) weight yarn: 7 inches down center, 9 inches across widest point.
      (with Worsted Weight (size 4) yarn: 5.5 inches down center, 6 inches across widest point)

Material Used:

Bernat Blissful Bulky Weight Yarn
     Color A = #89006/Ruby
     Color B = #89001/Cream Marble
     Color C = #89007/Inky Teal

        (Red Heart Comfort worsted weight yarn
               Color A = Purple
               Color B = Butter Yellow
               Color C = Peacock )

SouthMaid size 10 crochet thread
     Color # 0401/Orchid Pink

Size L/11 - 8.00mm crochet hook - for bulky weight yarn
     (Size I/9 - 5.50mm crochet hook - for worsted weight yarn)

Size B/1 - 2.25mm crochet hook

Yarn needle & Tapestry needle for working in ends.

Pattern Notes:
Weave in loose ends at work progresses.

Join with slip stitch in stated stitch or space unless otherwise indicated.

Stitches used / Abbreviations:
chain = ch
slip stitch = sl st
skip = sk
hook = hk
single crochet = sc
double crochet = dc
half double crochet = hdc
stitch(es) = st(s)




Now we can get started with the pattern. For a very detailed step-by-step illustration of the pattern click through the slide show below. Or scroll check out the pattern instructions written below the slide show if you don't want quite so much illustrations.

If you are using worsted weight yarn, use hook size I/9 - 5.50mm hook. If you are using bulky weight yarn, use hook size L/11 - 8.00mm hook.





 With color A, ch 2


Rnd 1: (Sc, 7 dc, sc) in 2nd ch from hk, join to beginning ch-1. [9 sts]


Rnd 1, all that's left is the joining with slip stitch.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in next sc, [3 dc in next st, hdc in each of next 2 sts] twice, 3 dc in next st, sc in next st, join to beg ch-1. [15 sts]


This is what rnd 2 looks like, all that's left to do is join in beg ch-1

Rnd 3: Ch 1, 3 dc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts, hdc in next st, 3 dc in each of next 2 sts, join to beg ch-1. Fasten off color A. [25 sts]

Here is rnd 3.



This is what your heart looks like so far.


The heart to the right shows rnds 1 -3 worked in bulky weight yarn

Join color B in same ch-1 sp as rnd 3 joining.

This shows the color B joining, along with the ch 1 on rnd 4, be careful not to miss
the stitch where the 1st sc is to be worked.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in next st, 2 dc in each of next 3 sts, hdc in each of next 3 sts, sc in each of next 5 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in each of next 5 sts, hdc in each of next 3 sts, 2 dc in each of next 3 sts, sc in next st, join in beg ch-1. [33 sts]

Rnd 4



Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in next st, [dc in next st, 2 dc in next st] 3 times, hdc in each of next 5 sts, sc in each of next 4 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts, hdc in each of next 5 sts, [2 dc in next st, dc in next st] 3 times, sc in next st, join in beg ch-1. Fasten off. [41 sts]


Rnd 5 with just the last sc and joining left.


Heart made from worsted weight yarn after rnd 5 fastening off.


Here is the heart, after finishing rnd 5, made from bulky weight yarn.
Join color C in same ch-1 sp as rnd 5 joining.

Rnd 6: Ch 1, [sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times, sc in each of next 11 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 11 sc, [2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 2 sc] 3 times, join in beg ch-1. Fasten off.


Here is one completed heart made from worsted weight yarn.

Here is one heart completed with bulky weight yarn.

Set your heart aside (but not your love for crochet)!!! Repeat Rnds 1 - 6 of to create a second heart.

You should now have two hearts.

To join the two hearts together:

With right side of one heart facing, sk first 7 sc, insert hk into next sc,


Holding second heart, with sc lined up with first heart sc, sk first 7 sc and insert hook through next sc. Crochet hook will now be through the 8th sc on both the first and second hearts. Join color B with slip stitch through the sc's on these hearts.


With sc's lines up, and working through rnd 6 of both hearts: sc in same sc as joining and in each of next 16 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 17 sc. Leave remaining sc un-worked, fasten off. Weave in ends.


Opening at top of heart.

Heart Handle: Heart handle is worked with size 10 crochet cotton and hook size B/1 - 2.25mm.

First Heart: 
Ch 4, join in first ch to form ring.


Rnd 1: Ch 1, (sc, 7dc, sc) in ring, join to beg ch-1. [9 sts]

Just 1 sc and joining left for rnd 1

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, [3 dc in next st, hdc in each of next 2 sts] twice, 3 dc in next dc, sc in next st, join in beg ch-1. [15 sts]

Starting ch 1 of rnd 2, showing placement of first sc.



Only 1 sc and joining left to do on rnd 2.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, 3 dc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts, hdc in next st, 3 dc in each of next 2 sts, join in joining st st of rnd 2. Do not fasten off.

Starting ch-1 and next stitch placements of rnd 3.


join here and then ch 5

With chain 5 just worked, join with sl st to first sc made on Heart Bag joining rnd; then chain 5 again. Join with sl st in same st as rnd 3 joining on heart just made.








Don't forget to weave in your ends.

Next heart for heart handle:

Repeat rnds 1 - 3 of first heart, ch 5, join with sl st in center sc of 3 sc grouping on rnd 3 of previous heart worked, ch 5, join with sl st in same st st as rnd 3 joining on heart just made. Fasten off.








Now repeat the heart just made. The worsted weight heart bag should have a total of 5 hearts for the handle; the bulky weight heart bag will need a total of 8 hearts for handle.




To join the last heart worked on heart handle to the other side of heart bag:

Join crochet thread in center sc of 3 sc grouping on last heart made.


Ch 5, join with sl st to last sc worked on heart bag joining rnd; ch 5, join in same center sc joined in of 3 sc grouping on last heart made. Fasten off. Weave in ends.



Hanging Hearts:

Create a heart handle heart rnds 1-3 for each side of heart bag. After completing rnd 3, ch 2 and join to end sc's on heart bag joining rnd.



Here is a completed Heart Bag worked in worsted weight yarn.
Here is a completed heart bag made from bulky weight yarn.
If you would like to download or print out the free pattern for "Love is in the Air" Heart Bag without all of the photo illustrations you can access the pattern below:





I would love to add your photos of this creation to this post. If you would like your photos of this Love is in the Air Heart bag, or any other photos of projects you've created from either my free or purchased designs, you can e-mail them to me to everydaywomancrochet@outlook.com or everydaywomancrochet@gmail.com to have your photos posted on my blog!!!!

If you liked this pattern, check out my February Inspirations - Love is in the Air Scarf pattern for sale. Just click the photo below to be redirected to the pattern's ordering page along with a photo slideshow to see more photos of the scarf.




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