CAL - Week 2

Hi friends!
And welcome back to the second week of the Amethystry CAL!
I hope you've enjoyed making your squares! If you're anything like me though, you've reached the point (and beyond) where you're sick of looking at squares. So hopefully this next part will give you a much needed rest from making squares, if you still have some left to do, or will provide you with something of a palette cleanser if you have beaten challenge one and are itching to do something different!
This week we will be making the hearts for our blanket!! How exciting!
We will be needing hearts for each of the squares pink squares (or whatever colour you chose to do instead) so that is a total of 18 hearts!
Things you will need this week:
- 5mm Crochet Hook
- Red Yarn
- Stitch Markers (optional but recommended for this one)
- Scissors
- Yarn needle
This week we will be using a whole bunch of stitches: Slip Stitches, Single crochets, half double crochets and double crochets so it's going to be fun! 
So the following pattern and this whole project will be written in American terminology.
There's no real tips or anything for this week other than be patient, give yourself the right to make mistakes and start again, I've made mistakes and did even in the video. In fact, there is a moment where you will get to see my face as I try to explain that I got confused and mixed up and had to start again but started at the wrong point. AH! I have tried my best to edit it to make it make sense but I'm not too great at editing so my apologies for any choppyness! I also feel like the written pattern is probably going to be easier to understand than the video. You can use the video for me to show you how to do the stitches but as a warning I babble ALOT on this one. More than the first haha. But that's exactly the experience you would get if you were sat with me which, as you know, is what I'm trying to achieve here. 
But anyway. Enough of my rambling! Lets get on with it!
Solid Heart
Difficulty: Medium
Finished Size: 6″ diameter approx. (6 rounds)
Stitches and terms we will use: 
st/sts: stitch/stitches
- ch: chain
- sc: single crochet
- hdc: half double crochet
- dc: double crochet
- sl st: slip stitch
Pattern Notes:
- Written in American terminology 
- Chain stitches at start of first few rounds count as a double crochet
Instructions:
Start by making a magic ring.

Round 1:

- Ch 3 (this counts as your first double crochet
- Into the ring: work 11 dc
- Pull the cut end from your magic ring tight so it closes the ring completely.
- Join with a sl st in to the 3rd ch st you started with (officially the top of your first dc) [12 sts]

Round 2:

- Sl st into the top of the stitch of the previous round, then ch 3
- Work: 1 dc into the same st
- Work: *2 dc into the next st* repeat x 11
- Joint with a sl st [24 sts]


Round 3:

- Sl st into the top of the stitch of the previous round, then ch 3
- Work: 1 dc into the same st
- Work: *1 dc into the next st, then 2 dc into the next st* repeat x 11
- Work: 1 dc into the last st
- Joint with a sl st [36 sts]


Round 4: - this is where things start to get a little tricky. If you need to write it down and tick it off as you go, that’s cool. That’s what I do :) this is also a good spot to use a stitch marker if you have one

- Sl st into the top of the stitch of the previous round
- Sc into same st
- Into the next st work: 1 hdc and 1 dc
- In the next 5 sts work: 2 dc
- Work: 1 dc into the next 2 sts
- Work: 1 hdc into the next 2 sts
- Into the next 4 sts, work: 1 sc
- Work: 1 hdc into the next st
- Work: 1 dc into the next st
- Work: 3 dc into the next st
- Work: 1 dc into the next st
- Work: 1 hdc into the next st
- Into the next 4 sts, work: 1 sc
- Work: 1 hdc into the next 2 sts
- Work: 1 dc into the next 2 sts
- In the next 5 sts work: 2 dc
- Into the next st work: 1 dc and 1 hdc
- Sc into next st
- Into the next st: sl st [51 sts]


Round 5:

- Sl st into the top of the stitch of the previous round
- Sc into next st
- Hdc into next st
- Into the next st work: 1 hdc, 1 dc
- In the next 6 sts work: 2 dc
- Work: 1 dc into the next 3 sts
- Work: 1 hdc into the next 2 sts
- Into the next 19 sts, work: 1 sc
- Work: 1 hdc into the next 2 sts
- Work: 1 dc into the next 3 sts
- In the next 6 sts work: 2 dc
- Into the next st work: 1 dc, 1 hdc
- Hdc into next st
- Sc into next st
- Sl st into next st
- Skip the next st
- Into the next st: sl st [64 sts]

Fasten off and there you have it! A heart! You can use the weaving in of the tail to define the ‘v’ in the top of the heart a little more. Now lets talk about getting it attached to your square!

 It's down to personal preference how you want to attach it but I'll tell you how Ive done it. Using the tail from the magic ring, I sew into the centre of the magic ring from the pick square and go round the same way I would when weaving in the tail, following the direction of the yarn  and then I bring it up to the back of the heart and go round a few time in the centre of the heart too. I feel like this is a very very brief and not very good explanation of this. I will leave the time stamp for the video where I talk about this here >>>(55 minutes 40 seconds)<<< as I feel a visual explanation works a lot better. But you're welcome to look up other ways to sew this on!

I hope this all makes sense!!! Part of me doesn't think it does haha! But as with the first one, if you have ANY questions, please don't hesitate to reach out and I will try and answer for you!!!

Dont forget to tag me in your photos on instagram! (@lauraemily.amethystry) and use the hashtag #amethystrycal so we can all see how each other are doing <3

 
Thanks guys! And enjoy!
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