Pieces of My Heart

Author

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 = 1â€Â x 1â€Â

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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