Today’s lovely square was designed by Noorain from Noor’s Knits. She designed this square in Tunisian Crochet. The Heart of Gold Square features some easy colorwork and a textured heart pattern on a background of simple stitches. Perfect for Valentine’s day!!
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Here is the original square made by Noorain. She made hers with a solid pink background and gold heart. Mine is below. I chose to make my background striped and you may notice my heart looks a little different too.
Do you ever make a project and end up with a finished object bigger or smaller than you expected? This is because your gauge was off. Well, designers are not immune to this problem! We all crochet with a different natural tension so it’s important to check your gauge in a pattern. I could not get gauge for this square to save my life so I did a little math and started the square with less stitches. Its really important that each square is the same dimensions for easy joining.
Noorain’s original pattern used Lion Brand Jeans yarn and Caron simply soft which is alot thinner than the Vanna’s choice I’m using so if you are using a yarn similar to mine you may run into a sizing issue. You can either follow my modification below or do the math and get your own starting number.
I also changed the bobble stitches used for the heart to a Tunisian Purl Stitch. I know not everyone is comfortable with Tunisian Crochet so I wanted to make it a little easier but still add texture because I know some of you are doing these squares in a solid color. In the pattern wherever it says to use the coordinating color I did a purl stitch instead of a bobble. Easy peasy. You could also do this whole thing in Simple Stitch and just change color that the appropriate spots.
Yarn I used: Vannas Choice
Hook: 5mm Tunisian Crochet Hook — This set is my favorite!
My Guage: 8 sts x 7 rows = 2 inches
Modified Starting Chain Number: 44 chains (less 8 stitches on either side of heart in pattern)
Modified Row Count: 38 (less 1 row before heart and after heart)
I also did my rows in random stripes rather than a solid color. To make weaving in ends easy I carried yarn up the side of my square. For rows after the heart, I cut and wove in ends after each color. I did not cut yarn on heart stitches. I dropped it and picked it back up when it was needed again.
At the end, I needed to do 2 rounds of single crochet to bring it up to 12 inches.
This square benefits greatly from blocking. Tunisian Crochet has a natural curl to it. I pinned it out to size and steam blocked it.
How to modify a pattern using gauge.
First, you need to make a gauge swatch in the pattern stitch – Tunisian Simple Stitch in this case. Then measure how many stitches are in 2 inches and how many rows are in 2 inches. I count the v’s between the bars
Then take your target dimensions – in this case, I wanted my square to be 11 inches (adding a border will bump it to 12 inches) – and divide by the 2 inches from above.
Multiply that number by how many stitches you had in for your gauge. The answer is how many stitches you need to start your square. Repeat that sequence to get how many rows needed.
Now take a look at your original pattern and modify the row count evenly on both sides. I needed to do one less row at the beginning and one less at the end.
You’ll also need to modify how many stitches you do before and after the heart design. I needed to do 16 less stitches than the original pattern so I subtracted 8 stitches on each side of the heart. This kept the heart in the middle of the square.
Noorain has helpful video tutorials for the stitches and techniques used. While you are there be sure to give Noorain some love and check out her other great patterns and tutorials.
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