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St. Valentine’s Day – 5 Crochet Gift Ideas for Him

It’s January 14th and you have exactly one month to plan your perfect date or to prepare a small gift/surprise for your Valentine! Here I have 5 ideas for a small handmade gift. No matter who your boyfriend/husband/almost boyfried is – a sceptical, practical person or a romantic and sensitive guy – you can always find a perfect crochet match for him!

1) Heart

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Of course, a symbol of the most romantic day is always a heart! You can use it to decorate your place or a breakfast tray. Also you can place eyes on it and embroider a smile and he will get the cutest stuffed heart ever. Just a bit of imagination and the 3D heart pattern!

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For decorating you might want to make more of the small 2D hearts. Tutorial for that you can find here.

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2) Princess Leia

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If your beloved one is a Star Wars fan (even if he is disappointed by the last episodes), he will be happy to get a crocheted Princess Leia! It is creative and funny and he will be amazed by your talent! Besides, I am sure that Princess Leia was his first love 🙂

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3) Key Ring

If your boyfriend is a practical one and does not like things laying around, crochet a funny key ring for him! Maybe he likes sushi? Then this pattern is for you!

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4) Earwarmer

One more option for a practical man would be something he can wear. Why do not you make a earwarmer for him? Not a lot of work for you and he will stay warm!

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Especially useful for those guys, who bike a lot and do not use hats 🙂

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5) Nutcracker and Marie

Your second half has a romantic nature and he likes classical music? What can be more romantic than making a lovely couple: The Nutcracker and Marie? Their love story has become the classics and millions of people watch it every winter again and again.

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No matter what pattern you have chosen and how exactly it will turn out, I am sure: you present will be a great surprise because it was made with love!

Happy St. Valentine’s Day!

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Earwarmer for Him, Crochet with Love!

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Recently I have crocheted an earwarmer for me (the pattern is here) and my husband wanted to get one as well. We bike a lot, so the thing is pretty practical for both of us. I found it boring just to crochet one more earwarmer the exact same way so I designed another pattern for him. Well, obviously the only difference between men’s and women’s earwarmer is the size (and sometimes decorations). So by just changing size you can make the earwarmer for a woman or even a child 🙂

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You will need:

  • 5 mm and 3 mm crochet hooks
  • recommended for the bigger hook yarn of the main colour (I have grey) and yarn of a different colour matching the smaller hook (I took mixed colour, mostly blue)
  • scissors

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • FPtrc – front post treble crochet (US crochet terms)
  • exFPtrc – extended front post treble crochet (US crochet terms), this stitch is explained in the other tutorial.

The Pattern:

Start with the main colour and 5 mm hook: 99 ch, join with sl st, 2 ch.
Finish every round with sl st and start a new one with 2 ch.
Round 1: dc in all ch (99)
Rounds 2- 6: (dc in next  3 st, exFPtrc in dc under next 3 st) X 33 (99)
Take care that every second round is inverse previous round: you always crochet dc over exFPtrc and the other way around. That will live you a “chess bord” ornament.

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Now we make the ears:

Note, that here we don’t make sl st and 2 ch to change a round.
Round 7: 16 sl st, sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next st, FPtrc in next st, exFPtrc in next 4 st, FPtrc in next st, dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in next st.

Turn the earwarmer around and move to the opposite direction now.
Round 8: sc in next st, dc in next 5 st, 2 dc together in next st, dc in next 5 st, sc in next st, sl st in back loop of the next st. Fasten off, cut the yarn. The first ear is finished.
Count 28 st to the other direction from the first st of round 7. Here we start crocheting the second ear. Repeat Rounds 7-8.
The ears are finished!

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Now change to the yarn of the second colour. Take the 3 mm hook and start crocheting from the first st of Round 7.
Make 2 ch to start the round.
Round 9: hdc in next 15 st, hdc in next 3 st together, hdc in next 5 st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 5 st, hdc in next 3 st together, hdc in next 42 st, hdc in next 3 st together, hdc in next 5 st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 5 st, hdc in next 3 st together, hdc in next 15 st, sl st (100)
Round 10: dc in next 14 st, dc in next 3 st together, dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, 3 dc in next st together, dc in next 40 st, dc in next 3 st together, dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, 3 dc in next st together, dc in next 14 st, sl st (102)

Now turn the earwarmer upside down. Work with the yarn of the second colour and the 3 mm hook. Insert the hook in the first st of the first round.
Rounds 11-12: 2 ch, dc in all st, sl st (99)
Fasten off, cut the yarn and weave in all ends. The earwarmer is finished!

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Amigurumi Heart Free Pattern

St. Valentine Day is coming and it’s so great to make the day special for the ones we love! Today we learn how to crochet a cute puffy heart! It’s so easy and you will need not more than an hour to make it! You can choose any size you like for the heart! So at the end it can be cosy pillow or cute keychain! You can embroider a funny face on it or the name of your second half! You can use the heart to decorate the room for your romantic date! If you hate St. Valentine Day, you can use the heart as a base for your needles 😉

Materials:

  • a crochet hook (any size you like)
  • yarn (a bit bigger than it’s recommended for the hook)
  • fiberfill
  • sewing needle and scissors

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • inc – 2 sc in one st (used to increase the number of stitches)
  • dec – 2 sc together (used to decrease the number of stitches)
  • X N – repeat N times
  • at the end of every round total number of stitches is shown in brackets

Ok, now you know everything you need and we can finally start crocheting! Before you start have a look at my tricks for crocheting amigurumi. I am sure you will find it helpful! Have fun crocheting!
And now we will see what 5 Little Monsters have prepared for us 🙂

The pattern:

Round 1: 4 sc in magic ring (4)
Round 2: (inc, sc in next st) X 2 (6)
Round 3: (inc, sc in next st) X 3 (9)
Round 4: (inc, sc in next 2 st) X 3 (12)
Round 5: (inc, sc in next 3 st) X 3 (15)
Round 6: (inc, sc in next 4 st) X 3 (18)
Round 7: (inc, sc in next 5 st) X 3 (21)
Round 8: (inc, sc in next 6 st) X 3 (24)
Round 9: (inc, sc in next 7 st) X 3 (27)
Round 10: (inc, sc in next 8 st) X 3 (30)
Round 11: (inc, sc in next 9 st) X 3 (33)
Round 12: (inc, sc in next 10 st) X 3 (36)
Round 13: (inc, sc in next 11 st) X 3 (39)
Round 14: (inc, sc in next 12 st) X 3 (42)
Round 15: in next 21 st (21 – now we start to crochet one of the upper halfs)
Round 16: insert the hook in the first st of the Round 15 ans sc in next 21 st
Round 17: (dec, sc in next 5 st) X 3 (18)
Round 18: (dec, sc in next st) X 6 (12)
Round 19: dec X 6 (6)
Cut the yarn, take a sewing needle and weave the yarn through the last round, fasten off and weave in the end.
Round 20: Begin working with the 22nd st of Round 14. sc in next 20 st, dec (the second st of dec is a st of the finished part) (21)
Rounds 21 – 24: the same as Rounds 16 – 19.
Cut the yarn, stuff the heart and finish it the same way as the first half.

The heart is finished! Are you impressed how nice it worked out? This was really fast!

I hope this little heart helps to make the day romantic and special!
Happy St. Valentine Day and enjoy the romantic time with your love! And don’t forget to show your feelings to the people you love! Not only once per year but in every day life! Maybe we should crochet hearts more often?.. 🙂

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Was it fun to crochet with this tutorial? Have a look at my other patterns, maybe you will find something you like there!