Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Linked Hearts Bracelet

Hearts, hearts, hearts! It's Hearts Day in less than a week! Let's get on to our yarns and hooks and make our loved ones (including ourselves, too!) some handmade gifts filled with love. ❤

Previously I made a heart cactus amigurumi which is so cute and perfect for Valentines Day. For this post, I made bracelets out of linked hearts. I was inspired to do this design when I saw a beanie with linked hearts, but the pattern was not free so I had to figure this one out myself. I also chose to use a thin yarn so I will have smaller and cute hearts. It took me around three to four trials before I got the size and shape of the heart I want. But it's totally worth it! So what are you waiting for? Check out the pattern below.




Materials
Hook: 2mm crochet hook
Yarns
Any lace yarn of your choice. For me I used the following:
Monaco Salmon Pink (B621)
Monaco Ecru (B61)
Red lace yarn (I forgot what brand this is)

Stitches Used
ch (chain)
sl st (slip stitch)
sc (single crochet)
dc (double crochet)
sc5tog - It's like a sc2tog, but instead of inserting your hook and pulling up a loop in just 2 stitches, you do it in 5 stitches.


Linked Hearts Pattern


First Heart


Ch 20, sl st to the first ch to form a ring. Be careful not to twist your chain!

Sc in the same ch where you slip stitched. Sc in the next 2 sts. (3 sts)

3 sc in the next 3 ch. (12 sts)

Sc in the next ch. (13 sts)

Sc5tog in the next 5 sts. (14 sts)

Sc in the next ch. (15 sts)

3 sc in the next 3 ch. (24 sts)

Sc in the next 3 ch. (27 sts)

Sc, dc, sc in the last ch. (30 sts)

Sl st to the first sc. Fasten off.

Second (and succeeding) Heart


As in the first heart, ch 20. Insert your chain to the first heart, then sl st to form a ring.

Note: It is important that you take note of how you are inserting your chain. If you insert it from behind the previous heart, the next heart will have its curved part on top of the previous heart. If you insert it from the front of the previous heart, the previous heart will appear to be on top of your next heart. Check this out on the pictures below:

Left: inserting the tail end of the yarn from the back of the previous heart
Right: inserting the tail end of the yarn from the front of the previous heart


Because I didn't know about this when I made my third heart, the second (white) heart appeared to be on top of the first and third hearts. This wasn't how I intended the linked hearts would look like, but I thought it looked nice too so I continued alternating the way I inserted my chains. Refer to the images below to see how the hearts look like using the two ways of linking them.

Top: alternating inserts of chains
Bottom: insert the chains consistenty from the back of the previous heart


Going back, once you've inserted your chain and formed a ring, repeat the same steps mentioned above in the first heart. You can now keep on making hearts until you reach your desired length.

Finishing the bracelet


There are several ways on how you can finish your bracelet.

Continuous Hearts

The first one is by linking your last heart to the first heart as well. The bracelet looks good with this technique because the hearts are continuously linked, but you have to make sure that your hand will fit through the bracelet to be able to wear it.

If you choose this, end your bracelet by linking the last heart to the second to the last heart and first heart at the same time. It can be tricky, but it's doable.

1. If you chose method 1 to link your hearts, insert the tail end of your last chain from behind the previous heart, and then insert the working end from behind the first heart as well.

2. If you chose method 2, insert the tail end of your last chain from behind (if you chose to insert your previous hearts from behind) or from the front (otherwise) of the previous heart, and then insert the working end from the front (or the back) of the first heart. Note that the ways you insert the tail and working end should be opposite. If you inserted your tail end from the back, insert the working end from the front.

You hook might get caught up in the first heart, so what I did was I removed the hook and held on to the loop until I was able to insert it to the first heart, and then I returned my hook to the loop. Your working yarn will be caught through the first heart, but that's okay; you can still pull through it and work with it. When you fasten off, just pull the working yarn from your heart and through the first heart.

Once you've slip stitched to your first chain and formed a ring, you can start finishing your last heart as usual.


Using a chain string for tying

This method is more flexible because you can easily resize the bracelet using the chain string. Your hearts might not look like it's linked continuously, but at least you won't have to worry if your bracelet's not gonna fit your hand or the hand of the person you're going to give this to.

To do this, starting on the leftmost heart such that the tips of the hearts are to the left, join your yarn to the 7th sc from the bottom tip of the heart, chain 1, and sc to the next st.  Chain up to your desired length, fasten off and cut your yarn. Do the same to the rightmost heart, but this time join your yarn on the 6th sc from the bottom tip of the heart.


Other ways

Button - You can also use a button to fasten your bracelet. Attach one button to one end of your linked hearts, and then to wear it just insert the button through the opposite heart. Your button, however, should be the right size so it won't come off easily.

Clasps - Alternatively you can also attach clasps to each end of the bracelet by sewing them on the 6th st from the bottom tip of the heart.

Continuous Hearts and Using a chain string


Some tips


These linked hearts look pretty, and they are really unruly too! They tend to twist and turn and move around, so I suggest sticking the hearts together by either using hot glue on the overlapping parts, or sewing them together. That way you keep the hearts in place.


And that's it! It was my first (kinda) time working with a 2mm hook and such fine yarn. I thought I was gonna get dizzy because of the smallness, but luckily that didn't happen. I am even getting the hang of it - these hearts just turned out to be so cute! I will probably do more projects using these yarns in the coming weeks; I actually have some ideas already right now. So stay tuned!

Start making these bracelets now, wear them, give them, spread the love. ❤

Enjoy crocheting AF! \m/




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