diy project: molly’s crochet heart garland

Valentine’s Day is approaching so quickly! In previous years, I haven’t able to organize myself beyond a little note taped to a PayDay — they are my boyfriend’s favorite, but still. There are so many great projects trickling in, and I want to get a head start so I can make them all! First on the list is this adorable crochet heart garland from Molly Dunham of A Foothill Home Companion.

Molly designed these little hearts for Christmas gifts a few years ago, and they were a huge success with their recipients. Taking inspiration from the crochet necklaces by Wren Handmade, she designed this delicate garland of hearts for stringing up around the house. Molly has a few hanging in her home, and she says they add a little extra love and joy to each day. I will need to polish up on my crochet skills for this, but the pattern seems easy to learn and the results well worth the work! Thanks for sharing, Molly! — Kate

If you love this idea but cannot complete the project in time for Valentine’s Day, don’t fret! Molly has some of the garlands available for purchase in her Etsy shop.

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  • fine crochet thread (20 to 30 gauge) in red and ecru
  • size 10 crochet hook


For the hearts:

1. Crochet 12 hearts using red crochet thread:

  • To begin, Chain 2.
  • Row 1: 2 single crochet (sc) in first chain. Chain 1, turn.
  • Row 2: 2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next stitch. Chain 1, turn.
  • Rows 3 to 6: 2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in each remaining stitch. Chain 1, turn.
  • After row 6, you will have 7 stitches.
  • Row 7: Skip first stitch. In second stitch: 1 half double crochet, three double crochet, 1 half double crochet. Skip one stitch, slip stitch in next stitch. Skip one stitch. In next stitch: 1 half double crochet, three double crochet, 1 half double crochet. Skip one stitch, slip stitch in next stitch.

2. To finish the hearts, slip the stitch down one side of the heart, approximately 6 slip stitches to the bottom. Chain 1 at the bottom of the heart, and slip stitch up the other side of the heart. Slip stitch to first chain of row 7. Fasten off and weave in tails.

For the garland:

1. Create garland using ecru crochet thread:

  • Chain 40, *slip stitch to the top of the right lobe of one heart (though the back of the chain only). Chain 5, slip stitch to the left lobe of the heart. Chain 40*.
  • Repeat from * to * above until all hearts are attached to the garland, ending with chain 40.

2. Fasten off, leaving small tails at either end for stringing up the garland.



It’s been a while since I crocheted anything- this very cute idea is a MUST!


super cute! but i could never commit to crocheting all those hearts. i might try felt instead!


These would be beautiful on a mantle, draped on a chandelier or even wrapped around a kraft paper wrapped gift a few times. Such a versatile project!

Crocheting is something I have never had the courage to try. I would really love to learn and this pattern looks like it could be a good project to try once I get the basic stitch down. Saving this for a future weekend.


ugh, I wish I knew how to crochet just for this! I wonder if felt hearts on yarn would still look cute, cause I love the garland :)


Another way to bring the traditional craft into the modern home. The simplicity makes them so sweet, and I think I could make ‘em. I just have to put down the knitting needles in order to do it.


I need a video. :) My brain doesn’t want to wrap around (argh, pardon the pun) crocheting. I must try to do this with knitting.


MOLLY! i was ready to buy it (there is some things i just can’t do haha) and it was sold out :( wahhhhhhh i guess i will just use felt too


can you please tell us what brand of crochet thread you used?


Such a charming, sweet and heart warming project! Thank you for sharing the pattern – I can see these up all year round and how about it other colors too? So cute!


now this is adorable! I tried to crochet ones…the outcome was…horrific!

ps. love ur quote on matchbook magazine!! LOVE amelie also


I really want to try this but i’m a bit confused, does the pattern start at the bottom or the top of the heart?

molly dunham

a few answers to questions:

the thread i used is from DMC.

the heart is made from the bottom up.

thank you for your kind comments!

Angela Carr

This is gorgeous! What a lovely simple project!
I have a whole bunch of little crocheted hearts ready-made (different pattern, but same effect) waiting to be used and I love the idea of the contrasting colour to string them up.
If all those hearts seem like too much effort, how about making one and mounting it on a card for a lovely hand-made Valentine’s love token? Or string it onto thread or a little chain to wear? Or add a pin and make a brooch? Or, or, or…
I make mine a little larger, sew 2 together and fill with lavender to hang around the home:


Yep. That settles it. I’m going to try crocheting. Something I haven’t done since school. Grandma, please send me some of your skills from the other side;-)


I attempted these last night, and it turns out crocheting is MUCH harder than YouTube tutorials make it look.

I wasn’t able to find any instructions on doing 2 single crochets in the first chain, so if anyone has any links to instructions for that step, it would be much appreciated. Successfully completing one heart is my mission this weekend!

Danielle Rodriguez

This project is so cute!. I started last night but haven’t crocheted in over 10 years when I used to visit my G-ma. I had to look online for some refreshers on crocheting, but its turning out really adorable.


I am teaching myself how to crochet just to make these adorable hearts. Hey, learning how to crochet was on my bucket list anyways=)


Such a cute idea! I had been looking for something new to get back into crocheting and this is it. Have one down…11 more to go! I bought pink/white thread too to make one for my daughter’s room!


I’ve just made this for my sister’s wedding! I made place cards with little ink printed hearts in the corner (used the eraser on the top of a pencil) and it matches perfectly! Thanks for the tutorial!

Beth Miller

This is such a sweet idea! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity! I am imagining hearts in blues, pinks and reds for my little girl’s room, or maybe rainbow colors! Yep, time to pull out that old crochet hook ^_^


Wish I had seen this a bit earlier but I will put this on my “to do & around to it list!”


oooh! I love these. This is one of the ideas that I totally would have used for my wedding…would look amazing strung at a candy table. Thanks again for another great idea.


I think I’m going to try this with some variegated pink yarn to hang in my daughters bedroom.


I am a five year Breast Cancer survivor and always looking for hand made gifts for other B.C.S.’s. Little pink hearts used just any way would be so fine. Any of the suggestions here would do. Then just let your imagination go wild.


i am trying this pattern on a much larger scale with a larger hook and thicker material half inch wide cotton strips to make a rag rug. -so far with a few adjustments it still lies flat


Amazing for valentine. itried it and it turned out very nice. Thank you for sharing the idea.


I love this so so much! I am working on a blog post on valentine’s day crafts for a nonprofit – Would you mind if I linked out to this? It’d be great to include on our list!