>Valentines Day Pattern Drafting!

>Hey Everybody!
well, in all the hub bub and such and so getting ready for Christmas and that great big cross-country move I just made, I plum forgot about this simply gorgeous pattern for a valentine’s day gift I’d wanted to make for my boyfriend. I saw this pattern on Coco Knits for free by linking it through my ravelry account, and absolutely fell in love with it!

Tragically, not only did I not have a set of DPNs in the correct size, but I had let time grow short! I decided – what’s easier than buying a new set of needles and following directions? why, creating a crochet version of the same pattern, of course! little did I know the antics that would ensue!

However, here, after days of ripping out and figuring out a good stretchy cast on (wound up using a foundation single crochet tutorial from here)…

… is the pattern!

Smitten Heart – Crochet

Cuffs – make two. (tip! if you divide the yarn and work up two at once, you can try them on and see how large you would like to make the ‘heart’ portion of your smitten)

fsc: foundation single crochet
fpdc: front post double crochet
bpdc: back post double crochet
sc: single crochet
sl: slip stitch
sc2tog: single crochet 2 together (an invisible decrease)

fsc 15, join. ch2
1fpdc around next post, 1bpdc around next post. continue around to end, join with sl, chain 2. continue this round till 3 inches, or desired length (for me, 3 rounds is enough.

1sc in first stitch, 2sc in the next stitch (not the space)around till last stitch, 2sc in last stitch, join with sl, chain one.

1sc in each stitch. join with sl, chain one. repeat this round until the round top portion of the heart is as long as you like. 3 rounds of all 1sc in each stitch were what I used for the smitten in the example.

once you have worked up both cuffs as long as you would like them, cut off the yarn for one, leaving a 4 inch tail. next you’ll be joining the two together.

joining

lay one cuff on top of the other, insert hook into the chain attached to yarn first – then into the chain stitch attached to the four inch tail. work one single crochet through both chains. single crochet the two cuffs together for 7 stitches. (tip! if you crochet over the tail, it will prevent having to go in and weave in the ends later)

sc in every stitch around the outside of the cuffs, NOT THE JOINING ROW.

2sctog, sc around till 2 before joining chain on opposite side, 2sctog, sc, 2sctog, sc around till 2 before chain stitch, 2sctog, join sl, ch 1.

sc around, ch1.

sc around, sc2tog in center of join once on each side. the rest of the piece is worked in a spiral.

sc2tog every 8th and 9th stitch. when the heart begins to taper to your desired length, switch to sc2tog every 5th and 6th stitch, then every 3rd and 4th stitch, until only 6 stitches remain. then sc2tog each stitch. when there are too few to work, hook them together, tie off and weave in the ends. you’re all done!

this is the first pattern i’ve posted here, so let me know if you’d like any corections/additions!

My Current Project: Smitten Adaptation!

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