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Tiny Crochet Heart for Beginners Valentine’s Day Bookmark

Little Crochet Heart Pattern with Step-by-Step Tutorial

It’s been a while since I crocheted anything so I decided to make a crochet heart for beginners. The crochet heart for beginners started with using wool and although the Valentine turned out okay, it wasn’t going to work for the bookmarks I wanted to make using them. I tossed the one I made using scrap yarn and grabbed some cotton crochet yarn instead.

Reasons why you’re going to love this project.

  • THOUGHTFUL – It makes a thoughtful and quick Valentine’s Day gift.
  • INEXPENSIVE – it’s a good idea for beginners and can be made with scraps of yarn in different colors.
  • GREAT FOR BEGINNERS – It uses a wide variety of stitches in a small and quick project.  You can toss and start over without any stress.
  • The smaller hearts are great for accessorizing, ponytails, bookmarks, paperclips, or kids’ hats.

Different Sizes for Crochet Hearts

The Valentine’s heart shape size depends on the weights of yarn and mm crochet hook you choose.  You can use any weight of wool or crochet cotton you like with a similar sized crochet hook.  My first attempt was using a medium-weight yarn that was too large for a bookmark.  

The finished Valentine was a couple of inches across and would be the perfect size for a Valentine crochet heart garland.  A crochet heart for beginners we could use a Valentine bookmark not so much.

Starting over I grabbed some large crochet cotton and a 3.75 mm crochet hook and it made nice sized mini hearts that work much better. If you want a larger heart you could use a thick and chunky blanket yarn and an even larger crochet hook.  

The free crochet heart pattern is very simple and short. There are lots of different ways to create easy crochet hearts, but I like this way the best as it uses a magic circle and there is one row with all the stitches going into the magic circle making it very simple to make.

But as I am writing the post for beginners I will do my best to show you a step-by-step tutorial in pictures, and a video tutorial.  I will start with the pattern, and add all the tutorial information afterwards.

A small crocheted heart craft for Valentine's Day.  The crocheted hear is part of a Valentine's bookmark gift idea.

Mini Crochet Hearts Bookmark Free Pattern


We will use the following basic stitches in this mini crochet heart craft.

Chain Stitch  – ch

Double Crochet – dc

Single Crochet – sc

Slip Stitch – ss

Treble Crochet-tc

Crocheted Heart Bookmark Supplies

To make the crocheted heart bookmark you see here I used

  • Bernat Handicraft cotton thread and a 3.75 mm crochet hook. You can use smaller cotton thread if you have some scrap cotton left.
  • yarn needle

The bookmark consists of two hearts and a crochet chain between them. Let’s begin with the crocheted hearts.  

Crocheted Heart Pattern

Start with a magic ring.  Every stitch afterward is then crocheted into the magic ring.

Step One –   Make a Magic Ring.

Step Two – Ch2, then 3tr, 4 dc, 1 tr, 4dc, 3tr, ch2. Put the last slip stitch (ss) into the magic ring. Chain 1 and pull through.  Cut yarn.   Pull the center magic ring cord to tighten the circle. Using a large-eyed yarn needle weave the loose ends into the heart.  Set aside.

Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the second heart.

Crocheted String

Now we will crochet the attachment string to attach the two hearts.

Step One –   Sl st through the magic circle of the first heart.

Decide how long you want your bookmark to be.  I chose 8 inches.  Measure the yarn 6 to 8 inches. Feed the end of your cotton yarn through the center(magic ring of the first heart.and using a slip stitch (sl st ) attach the other end to the magic circle hole in the second heart. You will have a tail of yarn to hide. Fold the yarn over together, do a sl st.. Do a single crochet around all the long threads. Repeat with sc until you reach the second heart.

Do the last stitch as a slip stitch into the magic circle, then chain, and pull through. Snip the cord and weave in the ends with the yarn needle.

Press flat with an iron.

A DIY crochet heart Valentine's Day craft or simple gift idea.  The crocheted heart is done in cream cotton yarn and is sitting ontop of a pink covered book.

Crocheted Heart Video

Here is a video showing the stitches completed in order while crocheting the heart. If you need more help I have enclosed a second video below with larger wool that is easier to see but would be too large for the actual crocheted heart bookmarks.

Basic Crochet Stitches

Although this section may seem complicated I assure you it isn’t. Once you know how each stitch only takes a second or two to finish. I have created two different videos for you. The first one showed how to crochet the crocheted heart books marks. Here is a second slow video that shows you the different stitches one at a time.

The Magic Ring

What is a magic ring? Magic rings are often used on circular patterns, including toques (sweater caps), doilies, and granny squares.  The great thing about the magic ring is that it adjusts, no more squeezing stitches into a tiny hole.  

How to Make a Magic Ring

I had the hardest time figuring the magic ring out.  If a pattern called for one, I found a different pattern.  I found a really simple process that works for me.  It’s awkward looking but I promise it’s super easy and better yet it works!

1 – Place the end of your yarn to the left.  Create a loop.  Place the other end of the yarn  (the yarn you will be working with) to the right.

2 – Put your crochet hook into the center of the loop. Push it upwards and underneath the yarn of the loop. Using the hook grab the yarn to the right, and pull it back underneath.

3 – Wrap the wool over the hook, and pull through.

4 – Place the wool you will be crocheting with over the hook.

5 – Pull through the loop.

6 – Hold on to the magic ring, and pull the loop on the hook tight.

How to Crochet a Slip Stitch

1 – Insert the hook into the magic ring.

2 – Yarn over hook.

3 – Pull the yarn through the stitch and the loop on the hook.

How to Crochet a Chain Stitch

The chain stitch is used to make a single line of stitches in a row. It is often used to create a foundation row in rectangular-shaped crochet patterns. Done in repetition it forms a single long chain of stitches (think of a gold chain of continuous loops).

1 – Holding the crochet hook in your right hand.

2 – Yarn over hook.

3 – Pull the yarn through the slip knot already on your hook.

4 – Done. Repeat this for as many as you need.

How to Do a Single Crochet

1 – Insert the hook in the magic ring.

2 – Yarn over hook, draw up a loop

3 – Yarn over hook, pull through both loops

How to Do a Double Crochet

The double crochet is exactly like the treble crochet, except you begin with ONE yarn over, so it’s quicker to do and a little bit shorter.

1 – Do ONE yarn over hook once. You will have 2 loops on your hook.

2 – Insert your hook into the next stitch (or magic ring),  yarn over hook, and draw up a loop. You should now have 3 loops on your hook.

3 – Yarn over hook and draw through two loops. You should now have 2 loops on your hook

4 – Yarn over hook and draw through the last two remaining loops on your hook. Done

How to Do a Treble Crochet

I broke this stitch down into the tiniest increments I could.

1 – Do yarn over hook twice. You will have three loops on your hook.

2 – Insert your hook into the next stitch (or magic ring)

3 – Yarn over hook

4 – and draw up a loop.  

5 – You should now have 4 loops on your hook.

6 – Yarn over hook

7 – and draw through two loops.

8 – You will have 3 loops on your hook.

9 – Yarn over hook

10 – and draw through the next two loops.

11 -You will have 2 loops

12 – Yarn over hook

13 – and draw through the last two remaining loops on your hook. Done

I hope you love these cute little hearts, and my craft idea for putting them together., I love the beautiful crochet hearts but wanted some way to use them.  

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  1. I’m so glad you shared a WIP video. I’ve just started crocheting and trying to follow a written pattern makes my head go flat. It’s so much easier seeing it in action. Thank you

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