Making the Hearts


GUIDELINES FOR MAKING THE HEARTS

Please make the hearts between 1.5 inches and 2.5 inches  (4cm – 6.5cm).BlueOnBricks

The patterns below are free. The finished loop must be 5 inches to 6 inches (12cm-15cm) [not including the tails], for the tags to be connected to. Don’t make it longer than that because a child may try to use it as a necklace which could cut off their air supply if it became entangled on something.

 

 

 

 

Please do not use a chain stitch to create the loop. It makes it too
bulky to go through the hole in the tags.

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Also, please do not make a single stranded loop…

single strand loop

These pull apart easily.

… make a loop with the 2 ends tied together, like the 5 pictured below.

No automatic alt text available.The Tail end of your yarn (where you started from) and the Ball end of your yarn (where you ended with) should BOTH come up through the center of the top of the heart…

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not from the side or from the bottom.

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Please use a knot whose ends come out of the knot parallel to each other, like in a figure-eight knot or an overhand knot (think rabbit ears) …

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Figure-Eight Knot

 

 

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Figure-Eight Knots and Overhand Knots

 

because it looks better and holds together better than a knot whose ends go off in opposite directions, like a granny knot or square knot (think cat’s whiskers).

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Granny Knots and Square Knots pull apart easily

 

If you want more pattern choices you can find them on Ravelry.com. It is a free website for people who knit and crochet.

Please, do not attach buttons, snaps, beads, or anything else on a heart that a small child could choke on.

Knit heart patterns (free):

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hearts


http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knit-hearts-to-be-my-valentine

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/my-whole-heart

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/0-878-sweet-heart

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hanging-heart-2

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knitted-hearts

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/giving-heart

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heart-pattern-4

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/valentine-heart-shaped-puffs

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heart-of-it-all

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/seamless-heart

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ewe-ewe-heart-heart

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heart-pendant

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heart-shape-softie

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heart-pattern-3

Crochet heart patterns (free):

http://www.planetjune.com/blog/free-crochet-patterns/love-hearts

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-easiest-crochet-heart-pattern-ever

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crochet-heart-pattern

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crochet-heart-pattern-in-3-sizes

https://www.facebook.com/CrochetWorldMag/photos/a.138337576197035.18402.113171868713606/1018462151517902/?type=1&theater

http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/other/hearts/145223?ext=FB_CC_LP_Registrations_Free_Pattern_FreePattern49_20150906_1700&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social%20Engagement&utm_campaign=Crocheting%20Club-Registrations&initialPage=true


https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=125&v=W0f-x3ByaMw

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heart-catnip-toy

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heart-motif-2

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heart-applique

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hearts-13

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heart-applique-with-bonus-chart-reading-tutorial-video

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hearts-18

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/boho-hearts

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/simple-but-unique-heart

http://snovej.com/archives/crochet-felted-swirly-heart

Here’s a popular pattern:

Use a K-size hook and chunky/thick yarn to make the heart 2 inches (5 cm) wide. Make a magic loop… Chain 3, In the loop, 3 triple crochet, 3 double crochet, chain 1, 1 triple crochet, chain 1, 3 double crochet, 3 triple crochet, chain 3. Pull the loop to tighten the center of the heart. Slip stitch in the center of the heart and fasten off, knotting both tail end and working end together at V at the center of the TOP of the heart. Cut both about 5 inches (13 cm). Attach the two ends together with a figure eight knot or overhand knot (not a granny knot or square knot), creating a 4-inch loop to attach the tags to.

MORE KINDS OF HEARTS

AutumnWrappedYou don’t have to knit or crochet the hearts. We actually make some of our hearts by wrapping yarn around heart-shaped cardboard. For example, from a cereal box. If you have trouble with the yarn slipping off the rounded edges then you can switch to corrugated cardboard. Here is the simple pattern. Please be sure to leave a 5-inch loop (12 cm) at the top of the heart so a tag can be attached to it.

http://www.uber-craft.com/home/2012/2/9/yarn-wrapped-heart-valentines.html

Here is a video showing how to wrap the hearts. It says you can use any color but please don’t use black.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7fqaUEvdI8

 

This is another option for making hearts that you might enjoy. It says NOT to use a hot glue gun.

 

 

A SIMPLE WAY TO MAKE FELT HEARTS

Thank you to Don Lawson and his wife, Terry, for creating this video for the Peyton Heart Project. It shows a way to make hearts for us if you don’t know how to knit or crochet. This would be great for kids, too.

MAKING THE TAGS

Please use only thick paper to print out the tags, like heavy duty card stock (65lb). Ordinary printer paper is not strong enough.

 

Memorial Tags

We know that many of you have expressed an interest in being able to scatter your hearts in memory of friends or relatives who have passed away and we wanted to make that possible for you. We are now offering the option to add a second tag to the hearts that you scatter. The tag is a memorial tag that you can fill in the name of someone you are scattering hearts in memory of. The memorial tag is NOT meant to be used in place of the quotes tag. It is only to be used WITH the tags that have the quotes on them.

 

All tags are on this page:

www.thepeytonheartproject.org/tags

Please do not alter the files in any way. This includes changing any quotes; changing the layout; changing the font; changing any colors; adding or deleting icons.

If you have an old file that says anywhere on the tag “Sidewalk Smiles”, please discard that file and download a new, updated file.

 

SCATTERING THE HEARTS

Release your hearts out into the wild…

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But, please do not insert hearts or tags into vending machine slots or ATM slots. It can jam the machinery.