Pieces of My Heart

Jan 28, 2006
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by Melissa Mall

Introduction

Need practice seaming? Looking for something – anything – within your skill level that isn’t rectangular? Trying to find something to work on that you don’t have to think about? This attractive little pillow is just what you’ve been searching for. Simple shapes are sewn together to form a soft heart shape that makes a perfect accent for Valentine’s day – or any day that you want to say ‘I love you.’

I’ve also discovered that this pillow is the perfect size to wedge between your head and your shoulder if you’re trying to get some sleep in a sitting position. Make one for your favorite frequent flyer – now that’s love.

Materials List

  • Red Heart Super Saver (52 yds per ounce), 4 ½ oz Country Rose
  • 5.00mm (size H/8) hook
  • Fiberfill or stuffing
  • Yarn needle

Gauge

4 sts x 4 rows = 1” x 1”

The Pattern

Semicircle (make 4)

With Country Rose, ch 2.

Row 1: Make 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Work sc inc in each of the next 3 sts. (6 sc) Ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Work [sc inc, sc in next sc] 3 times. (9 sc) Ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Work [sc inc, sc in each of next 2 sc] 3 times. (12 sc) Ch 1, turn.

Row 5: Work [sc inc, sc in each of next 3 sc] 3 times. (15 sc) Ch 1, turn.

Row 6: Work [sc inc, sc in each of next 4 sc] 3 times. (18 sc) Ch 1, turn.

Row 7: Work [sc inc, sc in each of next 5 sc] 3 times. (21 sc) Ch 1, turn.

Row 8: Work [sc inc, sc in each of next 6 sc] 3 times. (24 sc) Ch 1, turn.

Row 9: Work [sc inc, sc in each of next 7 sc] 3 times. (27 sc) Ch 1, turn.

Row 10: Work [sc inc, sc in each of next 8 sc] 3 times. (30 sc) Ch 1, turn.

Row 11: Work [sc inc, sc in each of next 9 sc] 3 times. (33 sc) Ch 1, turn.

Row 12: Work [sc inc, sc in each of next 10 sc] 3 times. (36 sc) Ch 1, turn.

Row 13: Work [sc inc, sc in each of next 11 sc] 3 times. (39 sc)

Finish off and weave in ends.

Square (make 2)

With Country Rose, ch 2.

Row 1: Make 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sc in first sc, make 3 sc in next sc, sc in last sc. (5 sc) Ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Sc in each of first 2 sc, make 3 sc in next sc, sc in each of last 2 sc. (7 sc) Ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Sc in each of first 3 sc, make 3 sc in next sc, sc in each of last 3 sc. (9 sc) Ch 1, turn.

Row 5: Sc in each of first 4 sc, make 3 sc in next sc, sc in each of last 4 sc. (11 sc) Ch 1, turn.

Row 6:  Continue to add one additional sc stitch before and after the center increase.  Ch 1, turn.

Repeat Row 6 until you have 23 sc stitches before and after the center increase.  
Finish off and weave in ends.

Side (make 2)

With Country Rose, ch 66.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. (65 sc) Ch 1, turn.

Rows 2-5: Sc in each sc across. (65 sc) Ch 1, turn.

Row 6: Sc in each sc across. Finish off, weave in ends.

Finish

  1. Sew 2 semicircles to each square as pictured, using a flat or invisible seam. (Flat seam is worked by placing pieces flat, edges together, and sewing back and forth so that there is no ridge or bulk at the join.)
    I find that having row 1 of the square at the top makes the rows go together more attractively.
    pieces  invisible seam  
  2. Sew side pieces together as pictured, sewing slightly in from edges rather than at them to make ridged seams.
    Like so.
  3. With wrong sides together, whipstitch edges together to sew front to sides.
  4. Sew back to side the same way as front, pausing three-quarters of the way around to stuff pillow. Finish seaming, weave ends.
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Comments

Cherie j wrote
on Jan 29, 2006 2:30 PM

This looks lovely. A pity Red Heart cant be found here in Australia but I will attempt it in another fibre.

maria wrote
on Jan 29, 2006 4:00 PM

That's really beautiful Melissa and it's so nice done in a color other than red!

Anonymous wrote
on Jan 29, 2006 7:57 PM
Just love the heart. I saw it when I was looking for the crazy stitch pattern for doing a baby blanket.
I love it cause I do not have to think. I didn't even have to print out the directions....just followed along on my lap top.
I just did one in red now I am trying a different color and a larger crochet hook.

I loved the baby holding the pillow because it showed what it really looked like. You are the best. Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl wrote
on Jan 30, 2006 11:03 AM
Has there been a formatting change?

It's nigh impossible to print this pattern without the rightmost edge cut off. Has the index frame on the left been widened? This is really inconvenient.

on Jan 30, 2006 11:16 AM

Cheryl -- click the "printer friendly version" link at the bottom of any pattern.

Cheryl wrote
on Jan 30, 2006 2:06 PM
Ah! I had looked for it but it was invisible, hidden between the pattern and the new comments. My bad. Maybe a printer icon or repeat the link either at the top of the pattern or in the left frame?

Aside from that, I adore the site. It's about time crochet was seen as up-scale and deemed worthy! Each time I visit, I feel validated.

Yolanda wrote
on Jan 30, 2006 5:49 PM

Lovely Pillow--Wish I Seen It Earlier

Melissa,

I love your heart-shaped pillow. I wish I had seen it a couple of weeks ago. I was looking for an easy pattern to use for our Valentine's Day raffle. I belong to a crochet club on my job and we do chariable work for differnt organizations in Philadelphia. We usually do "theme" projects, and your pillow surely would have been a hit. I say "would have been" because it is only 2 days before we have to submit our projects which will be raffled on Thursday and Friday of this week. Since I work full time and go to school part time, I would need a little more time to crochet.

Needless to say, I have multiple projects going on at the same time and taking on another, even one as easy as yours, would only put me under the gun. I recently completed 20 heart-shaped refridgerator magnets.

I would like to use it for our Mother's Day raffle--embellish it with a lacy border and maybe make a pair.

Thanks for sharing.

Melissa wrote
on Jan 31, 2006 7:38 AM

Thank you, everyone! I'm glad that you like the pillow. Yolanda, it should be easy to add a border - you could try just dc-ing around the edge in a contrasting color, or even just sewing in some lace when you're sewing the front to the sides. I hope it works out well for you!

Melissa

Anonymous wrote
on Jan 31, 2006 9:38 PM

This looks really cute. I want to try it!

Anonymous wrote
on Feb 1, 2006 9:19 AM
I love the pattern, as I have recently been looking for something "different" with valentines coming up. But I sometimes don't like working with classic red heart as I find it very stiff and hard on the fingers. But I have enough "other" yarn in my stash to try it with, I bet it would be a good scrap project too. especially with fashions these days going toward the old 60's 70's trend, My daughter has a "chill" room and I feel like I'm back at my friends rooms from high school.
However I had no problem printing the project as I highlighted it and saved it to a word processing program and it lined up just nice and you can put the pictures wherever they are more convenient for you or enlarge the font for those of us like myself who are finding the little print more and more difficult. But again Great pattern. I can see it as a bowl too without the top if stiffened.

I bet you could make a real nice sachet with it out of thread too.

Anonymous wrote
on Feb 1, 2006 1:38 PM

I don't think there needs to be any change to the printer friendly button, it's large & right there at the bottom of the page. No worries ladies!

Melissa B wrote
on Feb 3, 2006 9:47 AM

This is a great pattern, I just printed it out and can't wait to try -- also is good gift idea for beyond Valentines day -- also am thinking to do in very small gauge with lavender inside for sachets! Thanks for sharing! Melissa

andricongirl wrote
on Feb 5, 2006 8:44 PM

I've seen red heart is now available in Australia at Spotlight stores, but you can substitute the red heart super saver (and any worsted weight) for Any (Aust) 8ply yarn.

Sarah wrote
on Feb 15, 2006 10:02 AM

I have to admit I'm one of the lurkers here. But when my gf was away in OK for the weekend and I was still here in CA with our daughter I got very lonesome for her. So I made this heart pattern then stitched a simple letter A on it in chennile yarn. I stuffed it with chennile scarves that were simply too hidious to wear, (christmas present)I beleive in recycling whatever I can. She was so suprised when she got home. I also made her a sprite using your pattern. It lives in her office now and everyone at her work wants one!

Sarah wrote
on Feb 15, 2006 10:03 AM
Melissa,

I did make this in a small guage and stuffed it with Rosemary. It's heavenly! And very easy to make. Good luck!

Anonymous wrote
on Feb 15, 2006 8:21 PM

I love this pillow! I just finished mine tonight, except I used simply soft yarn which works well except I had to do 25 stitches before and after the increase for the square. Great pattern!

Anonymous wrote
on Feb 16, 2006 2:11 PM

Hey Kim! The square is not one of those gappy ones you hate! Possibilities, right? ;-)

on Feb 17, 2006 9:33 AM

I don't hate granny squares. I just don't love them with... all my heart. *wink*

aarti wrote
on Feb 17, 2006 5:28 PM

it looks so cute. i want to make it. but, stupid question: what does "sc inc" mean?

thanks!

on Feb 17, 2006 5:43 PM

"sc inc" means "single crochet increase"

aarti wrote
on Feb 17, 2006 6:33 PM

oh ok, that's what i thought. i love this website by the way... it's a godsend!

on Feb 17, 2006 6:56 PM

Thanks! I'm glad you like it!

Amanda wrote
on Feb 18, 2006 9:50 AM

Thank you for this pillow pattern. Last night I received news that my dad has had 3 heart attacks. He's in ICU now while they determine if he needs surgery. I'm going to make him this pillow as a reminder to take care of his heart for his three daughters, his 2 grandchildren, his wife and his mother. In making this pillow, I am also reminding him of my love and devotion even though I'm not able to be with him all of the time. My dad always signs notes and cards with a heart with an arrow through it. Sometimes I'd come into work and find a wee post-it note with a heart with an arrow through it and I'd know that he'd been there. This pillow will also symbolize that - his signature - his way of saying "you are my heart" without words. I often find it difficult to say all the things I want to say and make things instead. I think this is the perfect thing to make for my dad. Thank you so much.

Jennifer wrote
on Mar 11, 2006 11:39 AM

Thank you for sharing your pattern. It's beautiful!!!! I'm getting married next year and I was looking for a heart pillow to make for my ring berrer. This is going to be perfect. THANKS!!!!!!!!!!

Rebecca wrote
on Jun 11, 2006 8:02 AM

This is wonderful..exactly what I have been looking for.

shazia wrote
on Mar 8, 2007 5:03 AM

Hi Melissa,

THis heart shaped pillow is so awesome. I just couldnt resist from making it. Have actually started working on it. I have got a daughter who is 2 now, and she just love the heart shape... She doesnt have a baby cushion in that shape which am making... all because of you i could do this.... Thanks so much... the kid up holding the heart looks very cute.. I wanna see my daughter doing the same.

Thanks for sharing this Knowlege..
God bless You.

Shazia.

on Jul 31, 2008 5:51 PM
Hi-
Okay... I'd love help... I'm stuck on how many single crochet increases you do in the semi-circle section... I just can't figure it out! Thanks, all help re: this would be greatly appreciated!

--trish

sn4pdr4g0n wrote
on Feb 3, 2009 4:13 PM

I just finished making this! What a rush. It was my very first crochet project. I taught myself to crochet 3 days ago from youtube videos, and I didn't think I could do this, but it was nice and simple! You can see the finished product here. Don't mind my grumpy cat xD

On the squares though, I had to go to 28 on either side of the increase (not 23) to make it match up with the semicircles. Maybe I did it wrong, but it still looks normal =D My boyfriend isn't expecting anything from me this Valentine's Day, but he'll be thrilled with this. He's the sentimental type, loves homemade things :)

Thank you!

-Lea

on Mar 16, 2009 2:19 AM

hi!

Im just new at crochet and am having problems with the pattern.

I started with the sides because they seemed easiest but it looks wrong. Compared to everyone elses it seems WAY too small. The side length is just over 30cm. Is this right.

I really don't want to have to rip it all out but if its wrong i will.

If it is too small what could have caused this?

Im using a 5.00mm hook .

Thanks to anyone who can offer any help!

Cute as pattern though ^___^

on Jul 3, 2009 12:23 AM

This is so sweet! What a lovely pattern, thank you for sharing. I'm going to make one for my boyfriend :)

rdssoccer wrote
on Jul 15, 2009 11:46 AM

I was looking for an afghan to make for a wedding gift, that wasn't the traditional "wedding rings" afghan. I was looking for an actual heart shaped afghan and found this pattern. Don't quote me because I did make this a couple years ago, but I believe all I did was continue the pattern, increasing each row in the saw manner as the rest. I did in in a deep purple, which was their wedding color. I can out beautiful!!!

A Crocheter wrote
on Oct 3, 2009 4:58 PM

I have made two pillows with this pattern and I love it! Thank you!

Yarnmonkey23 wrote
on Nov 21, 2009 8:07 PM

YES! just what I'm looking for! I've been crocheting for a while and I can't seem to get past afghans and scarves! Now, I can actually make something other than that!