Valentine Heart Hot Pads – Free Pattern

Valentine Heart Hot Pads – Free Pattern

Valentine’s Day is in less than a month. Valentine’s is such a fun holiday, specially for crafters!  I made up this super cute set of Valentine Heart Hot Pads to use in my kitchen this Valentine’s Day.  They make great gifts too!

This pattern is very easy, it’s perfect for beginners!  It uses rows of alternating single crochet and double crochet stitches to get the textured look.  To make it heart shaped you just increase and decrease stitches at the appropriate rows.

I used Lily’s 100% Cotton Sugar’n Cream Yarn in Pink, Red, and White for the main colors and Azalea Ombre  for the border and the matching ring holder.  The holder is made by crocheting SC stitches in a plastic shower ring I got from Walmart.  The shower rings come in a set of 12 rings and sells for about $1.  You can buy them in different colors, but I like to buy the clear ones so that I can use it for several projects.  It doesn’t really matter what color you buy as you will be covering it in yarn and will only see the ends.

You will need to make 2 hearts in the main color, the hearts are held together by the boarder.  Using 2 hearts makes the pad thicker and less floppy.  If you only want to make 1 heart you can, but it would be more like a washcloth, which are super cute too!

I used a J hook to make these Valentine Heart Hot pads, but really you can use any size hook you want as guage  really isn’t an issue.  Here’s the pattern, hope you love it!

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Supplies:

Hook size J

100% Cotton yarn in colors you want for the main color or colors – I used Pink, Red, and White

Yarn in color you want for border and ring holder – I used Lily’s Sugar’n Cream Azalea Ombre

Plastic Shower Ring

Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Stitches:

Ch – Chain

Sl St – Slip Stitch

SC – Single Crochet

HDC – Half Double Crochet

DC – Double Crochet

Sts – Stitches

Pattern:

Main color heart – Make 2

This pattern starts at the bottom point of the heart.  Ch 1 at the turn does not count as a stitch.

Increases are made in the 1st. st of each increase row with a HDC & DC in the same st, and in the last st of each row with a DC & HDC in the same st.  This adds 2 sts every time you increase.

Decreases are made in the First 2  sts of each decrease row with HDC decrease, and HDC decrease over the Last 2 sts.  This subtracts 2 sts every time you decrease.  Decrease begins on Row 18.  To make an HDC decrease – yo (yarn over), insert hook in 1st. st, pull up loop (you will have 3 loops on hook), yo, insert hook in 2nd. st, pull up loop (you will have 5 loops on hook), yo and pull thru all 5 loops.

 

With main color Ch 2

Row 1:  SC, DC, SC in 2nd. Ch from hook, Ch 1, Turn (3 sts)

Row 2:  HDC, DC in 1st. st, SC in next st, DC, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (5 sts)

Row 3:  HDC, DC in 1st. st, SC in next st, DC in next st, SC, in next st, DC, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (7 sts)

Row 4:  HDC, DC in 1st. st, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 2 times, SC in next st, DC, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (9 sts)

Row 5:  HDC, DC in 1st. st, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 3 times, SC in next st, DC, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (11 sts)

Row 6:  HDC, DC in 1st. st, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 4 times, SC in next st, DC, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (13 sts)

Row 7:  HDC, DC in 1st. st, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 5 times, SC in next st, DC, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (15 sts)

Row 8:  HDC, DC in 1st. st, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 6 times, SC in next st, DC, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (17 sts)

Row 9:  HDC, DC in 1st. st, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 7 times, SC in next st, DC, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (19 sts)

Row 10:  HDC, DC in 1st. st, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 8 times, SC in next st, DC, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (21 sts)

Row 11:  HDC, DC in 1st. st, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 9 times, SC in next st, DC, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (23 sts)

Row 12:  HDC, DC in 1st. st, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 10 times, SC in next st, DC, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (25 sts)

Row 13:  HDC in 1st. st, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 11 times, SC in next st, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (25 sts)

Row 14:  HDC in 1st. st, (DC in next st, SC in next st) 11 times, DC in next st, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (25 sts)

Row 15:  Repeat Row 13

Row 16:  Repeat Row 14

Row 17:  Repeat Row 13

Row 18:  HDC decrease over first 2 sts, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 10 times, SC in next st, HDC decrease over last 2 sts, Ch 1, Turn (23 sts)

Row 19:  HDC decrease over first 2 sts, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 9 times, SC in next st, HDC decrease over last 2 sts, Ch 1, Turn (21 sts)

First Lobe of heart:

Row 20:  HDC decrease over first 2 sts, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 3 times, SC in next st, HDC decrease over last 2 sts, Ch 1, Turn – leave rest of heart unworked (9 sts)

Row 21:  HDC decrease over first 2 sts, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 2 times, SC in next st, HDC decrease over last 2 sts, Ch 1, Turn (7 sts)

Row 22:  HDC decrease over first 2 sts, SC in next st, DC in next st, SC in next st, HDC decrease over last 2 sts, Ch 1, Turn (5 sts).  Fasten off and weave in ends.

Second Lobe of heart:

Row 20:  Turn work so that unworked portion is on the right side.  Attach yarn to the 1st. st on row 19.  Ch 1, HDC decrease over the same st you attached yarn to and the next st, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 3 times, SC in next st, HDC decrease over last 2 sts, Ch 1, Turn ( 9 sts)

Repeat Rows 21 & 22 of the first lobe.

Edging:

Round 1:  Hold 2 hearts together and match sides and points.  Attach contrasting yarn to the bottom tip of the hearts making sure you attach to both hearts.  Ch 1, SC, HDC, SC in same st you attached yarn to.  SC evenly along the side 20 times until you get to about row 16 ( the part that starts to curve out), 2SC in each st along the curve (15 times) until you get to middle point.  SC in middle point st, Ch 7, SC in to the same middle point st you placed the last SC in (this forms a chain loop), 2 SC in each st along the curve (15 times) , SC evenly along the side until you reach the bottom tip, Sl St to first st, Ch 1, DO NOT Turn.

Round 2:  SC in same st as join, SC, HDC, SC in next st (HDC of round 1), SC in the next 30 sts, (2SC in next st, SC in next st) 4 times, SC in next 12 sts – this takes you to the middle point, HDC into the middle point st you worked SC in the 1st. round, work 8 SC into the loop you made in round 1, HDC into the middle point st you worked HDC in, SC in next 12 sts, ( SC in next st, 2SC in next st) 4 times, SC in next 30 sts, Sl St to first st of round, fasten off and weave in ends.

Ring Holder:

Attach yarn to one end of plastic ring, attach to the main part of the ring leave the opening clasp free so you can open and close the ring.  Work 40 SC in to the ring,  bunch st close together so that the plastic ring is completely covered.

Valentine Heart Hot Pads

Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

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Kids’  Valentine’s Day Party Ideas

Kids’ Valentine’s Day Party Ideas

valentine's day partySo you want to throw a Kids’ Valentine’s Day Party, how fun!

As you may know our family loves to throw parties,  we use any excuse or holiday.  So  of course we think Valentine’s Day is a great day to have a party!  A Valentine’s Day Party  doesn’t have to take too much thinking, you already know your colors are going to be red and pink for the most part.  And you have to have hearts, lots of hearts!

Here are some ideas to help you plan a Valentine’s Day Party!

valnetine's day partyCheck out this centerpiece by Amanda’s Parties To Go.

All you need is a pretty glass container to fill with conversation hearts.  The tulle pom poms add fun, but you can use lollipops, flowers, or whatever you can put on a stick![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

valentine's day partyServe Somewhat Simple’s Cupid Floats!

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valentine's day partyPink Cookies!

Whip up a batch of Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies, yum!  Get the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

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valentines day partyPopcorn Mix

Try Two Sisters Crafting’s popcorn mix, it looks so pretty![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

valentine's day partyHeart Chains

Decorate with heart chains.  Learn how to make them from One Good Thing By Jillee

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valentine's day partyParty Games

A Valentine’s Day Party needs games!  I just love this punch a prize game by Paige’s Party Ideas!

Click here for more party games by Paige’s Party Ideas.

4 Valentine Cards for the Classroom that Don’t Have Candy

4 Valentine Cards for the Classroom that Don’t Have Candy

Valentine cardsAll kids love to give and receive Valentine Cards, specially those that come with a sweet treat.

The easiest way to give out Valentine Cards is to buy ready made one, some even come with the treat.  Just print your child’s name on the card and send him to school with a bag of boxed conversation hearts or whatever.

I know my grandkids come home with lots of Valentine Cards and candies.  But do you really want kids to have all that candy?  Or if your child has allergies, like my grandson Jett, edible treats aren’t such a good idea.   That’s why instead of candy we look for creative ways to send a non-edible treat to school on Valentine’s Day.

 

Here are 4 ideas for non-edible Valentine Cards to send to your child’s classroom.  Trust me the parents will appreciate it!

valentine cardsStar Wars Card

Star Wars is popular again so why not send a Star Wars Card with a glow stick.  This is one of my favorites!

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Valentine cardsDino-Mite Card

Print out these cute Dino-Mite cards and attach a small dinosaur on them.  Kids will love it!

You can get a bag of dinosaur figurines at most discount stores.  [spacer height=”-5px”]
 

 

valentine cardsRace Car Card

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valentine cardsHeart Cut Out Card

If you believe that all Valentine cards must have a heart then make these simple cards with a heart cut out.  I used a a Sizzix Big Kit to cut out the heart design, but you can use a heart shaped punch or stamp instead.

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Popcorn Stitch Baby Headband

Popcorn Stitch Baby Headband

Baby Headbands, or any headband for that matter, are great projects to use up yarn scraps.  They’re quick and easy to make.  They’re also good projects for beginners.  I made this cute Popcorn Stitch Baby Headband for my granddaughter Harper.  I think she looks adorable in it!

I used #4 Worsted yarn for this headband, but you can use any kid of yarn you have, not to mention you of course can make it in any color.  This is a great pattern to learn or practice the Popcorn stitch.  It’s really a simple stitch, just 5 DC cluster that’s slip stitched together to make the cluster “pop” out.  I like the way it gives texture and dimension to a headband or any other project.  I think the headband is pretty enough on its own, but if you want to you can clip or sew on a bow, flower, or other decoration.

Popcorn Stitch Baby Headband

The headband I made measure 16″ when finished and will fit up to an 18″ head circumference.  You can make it smaller or larger by making more or less FSC in the beginning.

Best way to measure for size is to measure the head circumference then make your foundation chain 2″ less than the measurement to allow for the stretching.  If you make your foundation chain equal to the head measurement it will be too big and will not stay in place.

I used a foundation single crochet (FSC) to start this headband.  I love this technique because I get bored quickly and hate making a foundation chain and then going back and making a row of SC.  This technique makes the chain and SC together saving time.  To learn this technique here’s a short tutorial from futuregirl.com.

Gauge: 7 SC = 2″

              4 rows of SC = 2″

Hook Size F 3.75mm (affliliate link)

Stitches:

Ch = Chain

FSC = Foundation Single Crochet

SC = Single Crochet

DC = Double Crochet

Pop = Popcorn cluster – in same st work 5DC, remove hook from last loop, insert hook to top front of 1st. DC you made, pick up loop from last DC and pull thru the 1st. DC, Ch 1

Row 1:  FSC 50, Ch 1, Turn

Row 2:  *DC in next 2 Sts, Pop* Repeat across ending with DC in last St, Ch 2, Turn  (16 Pop)

Row 3: *HDC in each DC of row 2, DC in Ch on top of each Pop in row 2* across, Do Not Fasten off

Border:  SC in each st at the end of row 3 working towards FSC, 3SC in st at the corner, SC in each st of FSC, 3SC in st at the corner, SC in each st of end piece working towards row 3, Sl St this end to the other end to form a band.  Fasten off and weave in ends.  Be careful band does not twist when slip stitching ends together.

Popcorn Stitch Baby Headband

 

Picot Baby Headband

Picot Baby Headband

Last week I was in a mad frenzy making headbands for my only granddaughter Harper.  She looks too cute in them! Being our only Princess, Harper is a bit spoiled by us all.  We have 4 grandsons including her twin brother Sadi, none of them want or need crochet headbands.  But I have a blast creating cute things for Harper.  This Picot Baby Headband looks adorable on her.  It was perfect for Valentine’s Day, or any other day for that matter.

Baby Headbands are a great and easy way to use up all those yarn scarps we seem to accumulate.  I have a whole basket of them.  Plus headbands are quick and easy to make, and a Princess can never have too many of them!

I used scarps of #4 worsted yarn to make this Picot Baby Headband, but you can use whatever yarn scraps you have. I attached a big flower on my headband but you can attach anything you want, or even leave unadorned, it’s pretty either way.

The headbands I made measure 16″ when finished and will fit up to an 18″ head circumference.  You can make it smaller or larger by making more or less chains in the beginning.  You can make it smaller or larger by making more or less chains in the beginning.  just be sure your number of chains is a multiple of 5 + 1 chain stitch to account for starting your pattern in the 2nd. chain from the hook.

Best way to measure for size is to measure the head circumference then make your foundation chain 2″ less than the measurement to allow for the stretching.  If you make your foundation chain equal to the head measurement it will be too big and will not stay in place.

To make this headband you will be working on both sides of the foundation chain.  It uses Picot Clusters that are worked on both sides of the foundation chain, in the same stitch as the one above it.

Gauge: 7 SC = 2″

              4 rows of SC = 2″

Hook Size F 3.75mm (affiliate link)

Stitches:

Ch = Chain

Sl St = Slip Stitch

SC = Single Crochet

DC = Double Crochet

PC = Picot Cluster – SC, DC, Picot (Ch 3 after DC, Sl St into DC), DC, SC

Sk St = Skip Stitch

St(s) = stitch or stitches

Headband

Ch 71, PC in 2nd. Ch from hook, *Sk St, Sl St into next st, Sk St, PC*, repeat ** to the end, ending with PC in last st, Ch 1, turn work around so that you can work on the bottom part of the foundation chain.  PC in same st as the one you worked PC above, *Sk St, Sl St into next st, Sk St, PC*, repeat ** to the end, ending with PC in last st, (be sure to match up the Sl St & PC with the corresponding Sl St & PC above it).   Sl St to the beginning of the work to form a band.  Be careful not to twist the band when you Sl St.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Picot Baby HeadbandTo make flower click here for free pattern!

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Picot Baby HeadbandTo make a bow click here for free pattern!

 

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Shell Pattern Baby Headband – Free Pattern

Shell Pattern Baby Headband – Free Pattern

When you have been crocheting or knitting for a while you tend to accumulate bits of extra yarn.  I know I have a basket full!  One of the best ways to make use of yarn scraps are quick easy projects such as this Shell Pattern Baby Headband.

This baby headband takes less than an hour to make and they are so cute!  I made a couple for my one and only granddaughter Harper, my grandsons were not interested in any!  Once you make the basic headband you can decorate it with just about anything, or leave it plain, it’s pretty enough to stand alone.

I made a couple of different ones for Harper, one with a big bow and the other with a big flower.  I have directions for both add-ons.  I made these for Valentine’s Day, hence the colors of pink and red, but you can make it any color you want!

This is a great project for beginners!  To make this headband you will be working on both sides of the foundation chain, the shell cluster is made by working (SC, DC, SC) in the same stitch.  The headbands I made measure 16″ when finished and will fit up to an 18″ head circumference.  You can make it smaller or larger by making more or less chains in the beginning.  just be sure your number of chains is a multiple of 5 + 1 chain stitch to account for starting your pattern in the 2nd. chain from the hook.

Best way to measure for size is to measure the head circumference then make your foundation chain 2″ less than the measurement to allow for the stretching.  If you make your foundation chain equal to the head measurement it will be too big and will not stay in place.

For the pink headband with a bow I used 100% cotton yarn for the band and sparkly #4 yarn for the bow.

For the red headband with the flower I used #4 yarn for both.

But you can use any kind of yarn you have.

Gauge: 7 SC = 2″

              4 rows of SC = 2″

Hook Size F 3.75mm (affiliate link)

Stitches:

Ch = Chain

Sl St = Slip Stitch

SC = Single Crochet

DC = Double Crochet

Sh Cl = Shell Cluster (SC, DC, SC) in same stitch

Sk St = Skip Stitch

St(s) = stitch or stitches

Headband

Ch 74

Sh Cl in 2nd. Ch from hook, *Sk St, Sl St in next st, Sk St, Sh Cl in next st* repeat ** until you reach the last st, in last st work Sh Cl, Ch 1, turn the work so that you can work on the bottom of the foundation chain, *Sh Cl in same st as Sh Cl above, Sk St, Sl St in same st you worked Sl St above, Sk St* repeat ** to the end, ending with Sh Cl in the same st as the first cluster you made.  Sl St to the beginning of the work to form a band.  Be careful not to twist the band when you Sl St.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

Bow

Stitches:

Ch = Chain

SC = Single Crochet

FPSC = Front Post Single Crochet (see video tutorial from CrochetNCraft if need to learn how to work this st)

For this bow Ch 1 at the end of each row does not count as a st, it is just a turning st.

Ch 21

Row 1:  SC in 2nd. Ch from hook, SC in each st across, Ch 1, Turn (20 SC)

Row 2 & 3: SC in each st across, Ch 1, Turn (20 SC)

Row 4:  FPSC in each st across, SC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (20 Sts)

Row 5-7: Repeat Row 2 , Do not fasten off

Border:  SC around entire work, working 3 SC in each corner, fasten off, weave in ends.

You should now have a rectangle.

Taking yarn wind it around the middle of the rectangle to form a bow.  Wind yarn around at least 15 times.  Tie knot in the back to secure bow.  Stitch or tie bow to head band.

Shell Pattern Headband

 

Flower

I made my flower to have 4 rounds of petals, you can make it bigger by adding more rounds, just follow the increases in the pattern to make more rounds with larger petals.  (add chain 1 ch to chain rounds & 2 DC to the petal rounds).

You can make it smaller by working less petal rounds.

Petals are worked in clusters in the Ch spaces created in the previous round.

This pattern can get a bit confusing for beginners, best way to work it is to hold petals forward so you can see where to place the stitches for the next round which will always be a Ch round.

Rd. 1:  Ch 2, 4 SC in 2nd. Ch from hook, join to 1st. SC. (4SC)

Rd. 2: Ch 1, 2SC in each st around, join to 1st. SC.  (8SC)

Rd. 3:  (Chain space round) *Ch 2, Sl St into next st*, repeat ** around, Sl St into first Ch2 space. (8 Ch spaces)

Rd. 4: (Petal Round)  work SC, DC, SC in each Ch2 space.  (8 Petals)

Rd. 5:  (Chain space round)  Hold petals forward, *Insert hook from BEHIND work into the Ch2 space you made in Rd. 3, pull yarn over and Sl St ending up BEHIND petal in Rd. 4, Ch 3* Repeat ** ending with Sl St into first Ch 3 space.   (8 Ch spaces)

Rd. 6: (Petal Round) Work SC, 3DC, SC in each Ch3 sp. (8 Petals)

Rd. 7: (Chain space round) Hold petals forward, *Insert hook from BEHIND work into the Ch3 space you made in Rd. 5, pull yarn over and Sl St ending up BEHIND petal in Rd. 6, Ch 4* Repeat ** ending with Sl St into first Ch 4 space.   (8 Ch spaces)

Rd. 8: (Petal Round) Work SC, 5DC, SC in each Ch4 sp, Sl St to 1st. Ch 4 Sp and fasten off.  (8 Petals)

Rd. 9: (Chain space round) Hold petals forward, *Insert hook from BEHIND workp into the Ch4 space you made in Rd. 7, pull yarn over and Sl St ending up BEHIND petal in Rd. 8, Ch 5* Reeat ** ending with Sl St into first Ch 5 space.   (8 Ch spaces)

Rd. 10:  (Petal Round) Work SC, 7DC, SC in each Ch4 sp, Sl St to 1st. Ch 5 Sp and fasten off.  (8 Petals)

If you want a larger pattern continue this pattern for more rounds adding 1 ch to create Ch spaces, and 2 Dc to each petal in the next round.  If you want a smaller flower make less petal rounds.

Click here for a free printable version of the flower pattern!

Shell Pattern Baby Headband