Valentine's Heart Bookmark

 Welcome! I continued to play with magic heart patterns and made it upside down to create a bookmark. If you haven’t seen my Magic Heart Free Patterns, they are easy-peasy patterns made into a magic circle. 

 

A Magic Crochet Valentine’s Bookmark is also a beginner pattern and I designed it to enable you to have a quick start with crocheting.

 

Hearts are funny small projects. If you are a parent or grandma wanting to teach your child how to crochet this is also a great project to start with. Learning stitches by making repeating rows without aim is boring. Making something e.g. creating a heart or a bookmark will immediately make them more motivated and proud of themselves.  I designed the pattern using only simple basic stitches, so you can learn them all at once.

 

Make bookmarks for all your classmates – you will be an advanced beginner crocheting all the basic stitches flawlessly,  before you will finish the final bookmark 🙂

cutting crochet project on Cricut Maker

Cricut and Crochet

To make this project an even more fun craft project for kids, and to make it look more neat, I designed a Valentine’s Card on a Cricut Design Space. On the front page it says ‘Happy Valentine’s’. Adding the crocheted heart bookmark inside the card would create the letter ‘Y’ in the word “Day” inside. Clever, eh?

  

If you prefer to crochet by yourself, but engage the little ones in the project, engage them by cutting the shapes on the Cricut and let them color the letters on the cardstock Valentine’s cards.

You can download it for free from my profile on the Cricut Design Space. To make this card, you will need a (fine point)  cutting blade, scrolling wheel, and a cricut marker to draw the letters. Optionally, you can cut the Valentine’s Card and write the greetings by hand. 

How to Crochet a Magic Heart Bookmark, Step by Step:

 

Gather the following materials: 

Materials Needed:

  • Yarn in any color: You can use any yarn, but different weights will affect the heart size. I used Super Saver Red Heart Solid in Pretty N’Pink – it’s a worsted weight yarn (medium 4) 

  • Crochet hook: I used a size I- 9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook

  • Yarn needle

  • Scissors

  • Wooden bead (optional)

Start with a magic ring.

 The pattern is based on a magic ring. A magic ring (also called a magic circle or an adjustable ring)  is an easy technique to make a circle with no visible hole inside. It is widely used when making a circle for potholders, doilies or when starting a granny square. A magic circle is an essential technique for amigurumi toys, allowing the center to be very tight, making all of the inside stuffing invisible and ensuring a neat and professional finish. If you are not sure, how to make it, go to the magic ring tutorial.

Follow the  Magic Crochet Valentine’s Bookmark Pattern.

Magic Crochet Valentine’s Bookmark Pattern:

Abbreviations:

Ch = Chain

Sl St = Slip Stitch

Tr = Treble Crochet

Dc = Double Crochet

Hdc = Half Double Crochet

Sc = Single Crochet

St = Stitch

Sts = Stitches

 

Start with a magic ring (see the tutorial above), ch 1..

Next make all the following stitches into the magic ring: 

1 dc, ch 1, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 2 tr, ch 2, sl st, ch 2, 2 tr, 2 dc, 2 hdc.

 

Tighten the magic ring by pulling the tail end of the yarn.

 Sl st into ch 1 from the beginning of the round and Sl st into db. 

 

Make a chain: 

Ch 40. 

Measure the desired length across the medium size book. Adjust the chain to make it slightly longer than a book. Make one additional chain and cut the yarn end. Pull the yarn to tighten the end.

 

Make a fringe: 

Wrap the yarn around your hand 10 times and tie at the top. Thread a bead on the fringe. Cut the fringe ends from the opposite site and even out the edges. 

 

Using a tapestry needle or yarn needle sew the fringe onto the chain.    

Cut the yarn, fasten off and weave in any loose ends using a yarn needle.

Enjoy creating these adorable bookmarks, and don’t forget to share the love with your friends and family!

 
A Step-by-Step Guide to Crochet a Heart-Shaped Valentine's Bookmark and Designing a Stunning Cricut-Printed Valentine's Day Card - pin
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FAQ:

Can you use Cricut for Crochet?

Yes, you can. A cricut and crocheting go very well together. While it’s not optimal to cut crochet creations with a Cricut, it’s an absolute gem for appliques, details and accessories for your crochet projects. It’s a match made in heaven.


Cricut and cutting machines are versatile tools for crafters. They can cut cardboard, foil, felt, acetate, basswood, canvas, construction paper, cotton, delicate fabric like tulle, fleece, faux leather, genuine leather, vinyl and many other materials. 


Using Cricut, Silhouette or other cutting machine,  you can cut shapes from fleece or fabric to make  embellishments for your projects. Cutting black and white vinyl on the Cricut allows you to make quick and attractive eyes for your amigurumi project.

 

The most popular material used with Cricut and crochet is cardboard. You can upgrade your crocheted item for a gift or for sale with a personalized box or dedicated package.

 

You can use a Cricut machine to cut and  press premium vinyl or printable Iron-on on crochet projects to add signs, funny sentences or shapes to your crocheted items.

 

With a Cricut’s deep-point blade and engraving tip, you can make printable stickers or leather tags to elevate your crochet hat or wooly weather. You can also cut cotton or felt for a fabric lining to your crochet bag to make it look store-bought.

Can you press vinyl on crochet? 

Yes, you can press vinyl previously cut on a Cricut or other cutting machine onto a crochet item. It will work beautifully. If you want to see how it looks, go to project 6 below – the Iron-Vinyl cocktail crochet napkins  made by Tamara Kelly. It looks nice, doesn’t it?

Can you cut shapes from yarn?

The edges of your cut will be fuzzy, and uneven. When you crochet small shapes or letters, you are getting a nice edge, created by chain top stitches which is very unique to crochet projects. Cutting the shapes on a cricut or other cutting machine, doesn’t create any edges. It will cut the stitches in the middle, leaving the edge uneven and make it  unravel intensively. 

 

I tried to cut shapes from crocheted projects, and it is useless. It looked awful, and made a big mess.  You can glue a yarn project first before cutting, but still it won’t give you a satisfying result. 

 

However, if you love to cut on a cricut and love to crochet, you can combine those hobbies by making a part of the project on a cricut and part by crocheting. See the amazing examples below.

How to Combine Cricut with Crochet

Amigurumi with Cricut-made felt eyes

photo source: okiegirlblingnthings.com

Amigurumi toys with felt eyes cut out on the Cricut are easy to personalize and save you time.

Custom Leather Tags for a Hat

Photo source: 5littlemonsters.com

The next material you can cut on the Cricut to use in your crochet work is leather. Adding a custom label or for your handmade items will elevate their style.

Cardboard Boxes for Handmade Items

photo: Laura Sutcliffe, Pinterest

The material used the most frequently with a Cricut is cardboard. Combining cut cardboard shapes with your crochet project is an easy way for enhancing your handmade item.
With a Cricut or another cutting machine, you can create a personalized box matching your handmade gift, gift card or an envelope to pack your crochet gift inside.

Cricut Made Valentine's Cards with A Crocheted Bookmarks

 Photo source: Crochet Frog

 

The great occasion to print and cut option on a Cricut are crocheted hearts glued into cardboard Valentine’s Day or Birthday cards or crocheted bookmarks inside a Valentine’s.

A Valentine’s Day card with a crochet heart bookmark is an easy way for show – off your double skills.

Coffee Cups for Crocheted Coffee Sleeves

Photo source : Sweet Softies

A brilliant idea for using a cricut are sleeves for crocheted headbands, scrunchies, bookmarks or even hats.

Here are crochet coffee sleeves beautifully presented on cardboard cups made by Sweet Softies. You can download a printable for those cups here.

Everyday Iron-On Labels On Crochet Napkins

Photo source: Tamara Kelly

As I said, you can press vinyl previously cut on a Cricut or other cutting machine onto a yarn project. Here are Iron-On Vinyl cocktail crochet napkins. It looks nice, doesn’t it?

Please leave a comment if you found information here useful. Happy crocheting!

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