Kawaii Heart Keychain


Kawaii Heart Keychain

Hello again!

I wanted to show you one more way to put that heart pattern to use! If you didn’t catch the posts from last week using the heart pattern, you can check them out here and here. Did you really think I was going to let an opportunity to add a cute kawaii face to the heart pattern go by? Nope! I can’t resist.

I mentioned in the original Heart Pillow post that the pattern is pretty versatile and I think this picture really shows it. All three of these were made using the exact same heart panel pattern. No changes were made to the pattern whatsoever; the only things I changed were the hook sizes and the yarn.

Three crocheted hearts

I’ve also seen some crocheters on Instagram make medium sized hearts with a lovely scalloped edging instead of the pompoms. They are the perfect size to fill with potpourri or other essential-oil infused material to make little sachets or to fill a bowl with beautifully smelling hearts for a centrepiece. The possibilities are all so fun!

Let’s get started! (Or Pin it for later!)

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I’ll repost the heart pattern here for convenience. Here’s what I used for this one:

*If you’d prefer a formatted, printable, and ad-free version of the Heart Pillow pattern, you can find an inexpensive PDF HERE.*

Terms and Stitches:

Ch – Chain

Sc – Single crochet

Inc – Increase. Work 2 sc in the same st.

Dec – Decrease. Work 2 sc together.

Heart (make 2 panels) in red:

Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row, Using a 1.50mm hook:

Row 1: Ch 3, sc across (2 sts)

Row 2: Inc twice (4 sts)

Row 3: Inc, sc 2, inc (6 sts)

Row 4: Inc, sc 4, inc (8 sts)

Row 5: Inc, sc 6, inc (10 sts)

Row 6: Inc, sc 8, inc (12 sts)

Row 7: Inc, sc 10, inc (14 sts)

Row 8: Inc, sc 12, inc (16 sts)

Row 9: Inc, sc 14, inc (18 sts)

Row 10: Inc, sc 16, inc (20 sts)

Row 11: Sc across (20 sts)

Row 12: Inc, sc 18, inc (22 sts)

Rows 13-14: Sc across (22 sts)

Row 15: Inc, sc 20, inc (24 sts)

Row 16: Sc across (24 sts)

Now we will start the heart shape. Each “bump” is done separately, so you will be crocheting only half way across the panel and then we’ll go back and do the second bump afterwards.

Row 17: Sc 12 (12 sts)

Row 18: Dec, sc 10 (11 sts)

Row 19: Dec, sc 7, dec (9 sts)

Row 20: Dec, sc 5, dec (7 sts)

Row 21: Dec, sc 1, dec twice (4 sts)

Tie off. Turn your heart panel so that the bump you just completed is on the left, as seen in the pictures below. Join your yarn and repeat rows 17 to 21 for the second bump. Repeat all of the above for the second panel. Move on to assembly below!


Step 1: Face

You should now have two completed heart panels, like so:

heart panels

First, you will add your facial features to the front panel. Insert your safety eyes and stitch on a mouth. Feel free to add eyebrows or cheeks for extra character!

Step 2: Heart

Place the two panels together, matching up all sides. Starting on the left side at the top, begin attaching the panels together by chaining one and single crocheting around the outside of the panels in red using a 1.75mm hook.

Crochet all the way down and around the heart and up the opposite side. Stop here and pull up a long loop.

Stuff your heart.

Continue crocheting the panels together, topping up stuffing as you go. Slst to first st to join. Tie off. Poke the yarn tail inside.

Step 3: Optional

I also decided to add some needle sculpting to the eyes to give them extra character. You can do that as follows:

  • Insert your tapestry needle behind Eye A (I started with the right eye, but it doesn’t matter) leaving a long tail;
  • Exit the needle from behind Eye B ;
  • Reinsert the needle into a different stitch behind Eye B;
  • Exit the needle out the back of your heart;
  • Thread the yarn tail from Eye A into your needle. Reinsert your needle into a different stitch behind Eye A.
  • Exit your needle out the same stitch in the back of your heart.
  • Gently tug on both yarn tails to create the sculpting.
  • Tie a knot in the yarn tails and poke back inside the piece.

Attach a key ring and you’re done!


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