Valentine’s Heart Intarsia Crochet Pillow: Free Crochet Pattern

I normally don’t decorate for Valentine’s Day, but my latest free crochet pillow pattern has me convinced to start doing it! If you’re looking for a cute crochet Valentine’s decoration for your home this Valentine’s Day, this pattern is for you! Reminiscent of vintage Valentine’s Day cards, this intarsia crochet heart pillow is just the crochet Valentine’s Day Decoration your home needs. It features a beautiful heart with roses, that add the perfect splash of Valentine’s decor.

Inspiration

When I think of Valentine’s Day cards, my mind always goes back to the classic vintage cards of the 1930s and 1950s. My favorite of those were the ones with hearts and roses. There’s something about vintage designs like that where my mind immediately goes to classic romance. Maybe it’s because my Grandma always gave us similar ones that reminded her of the Valentine’s cards she would get from my Grandpa.

Either way, those cards were the main driving force behind this free crochet pillow cover. When I came up with the chart for this tapestry crochet pillow, I wanted to create a pillow that looked like a classic heart shaped candy box with roses at the bottom. It looks exactly like a vintage Valentine’s Day card that you can decorate your house with!

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Construction

Sometimes there isn’t a whole lot of time to crochet decorations for every holiday that comes during the different seasons, so I wanted to make sure that this pillow was nice and simple! It’s made from two panels that are sewn together to make the pillow cover.

The color work picture design on the front panel is made with intarsia crochet using half double crochets. By using this simple color work technique, you’re able to create a beautiful Valentine’s design! The back panel is much more simple and just made with normal half double crochets with no color work.

There are two different sizes available for this: the FREE 12″ x 12″ pillow cover, or the 16″ x 16″ available in the discounted PDF copy. The FREE pattern available on this blog post includes the graph for the front panel as well as the written instructions for the back. If you’d like the written pattern for both sizes, as well as the graphs, those are all available in the discounted PDF copy in my Etsy or Ravelry stores.

If you’ve never done intarsia crochet before, I’ve got a great tutorial here on my blog and on my Youtube channel to walk you through it. It shows you how to switch colors, how to use multiple colors, and a lot more tips and tricks that will help you master the technique. You can find it on my blog at “The Beginner’s Guide to Intarsia Crochet” or on my Youtube channel “The Beginner’s Guide to Intarsia Crochet Video Tutorial.”

My favorite tools from Clover USA

I am so happy to say that this crochet pattern has been sponsored by one of my favorite brands, Clover. They were kind enough to send me one of their wonderful ergonomic crochet hooks, as well as bobbins to wrap my yarn around and a chart progress tracker. I love using these tools for a crochet pattern like this!

The ergonomic crochet hooks really help prevent me getting wrist strain, which is something I really struggled with before using their crochet hooks. Their bobbins are a nice sturdy plastic, and are specifically designed to wrap your yarn around for color work. They help take out the hassle of having a bunch of mini yarn balls getting tangled everywhere. If you print out your charts or crochet patterns, their chart progress trackers help you know exactly what row you are working on. When there are so many different things to keep track of on a color work chart, these help you stay focused on what you need to do!

The Yarn

When it came to yarn for this intarsia crochet pillow, I went to my new go to basic yarn: Lion Brand Basic Stitch Anti Pilling. Not only is that yarn super soft, it comes in the perfect colors for a Valentine’s themed pillow. I love all of the shades of pink, purple, and green in that line. You could even throw in some red too. I’ve been using this for almost every one of my designs lately, and can’t get enough of it!

The great thing though, is that if you’d rather just use yarn from your stash, you can use any worsted weight yarn to make this. Since you don’t need very much yarn of each color, then you don’t have to buy a whole skein to make this pattern. Just find your favorite Valentine’s colors lying around in your yarn stash, and give them a new home with this pillow!

Supplies:

  • Lion Brand Basic Stitch:
    • Main Color: 150 yards
    • Contrast Color 1 (Darker Pink): 50 yards
    • Contrast Color 2 (Light Pink): 20 yards
    • Contrast Color 3 (Purple): 20 yards
    • Contrast Color 4 (Green): 15 yards
  • Clover Ergonomic Crochet Hook size I/9 5.5mm
  • Scissors
  • Clover Bobbins (Optional)
  • Clover Chart Progress Tracker (Optional)

Abbreviations:

  • Ch = Chain
  • Hdc = half double crochet
  • MC = Main Color
  • CC1 = Contrast Color 1 (Darker Pink)
  • CC2 = Contrast Color 2 (Light Pink)
  • CC3 = Contrast Color 3 (Purple)
  • CC4 = Contrast Color 4 (Green)

Pattern Notes:

  • This pattern is made using US crochet terminology.
  • The following pattern with the graph is the 12″ x 12″ size. For the 16″ x 16″ size, as well as the written instructions for both and both graphs, there is a premium discounted PDF for just $2 available in my Etsy and Ravelry shops.
  • This pattern is made using the intarsia crochet technique. Color work experience is recommended.
  • If you’ve never done intarsia crochet before, check out my Beginner’s Guide to Intarsia Crochet here on my blog and Youtube channel.

Valentine’s Heart Pillow Crochet Pattern:

Front Panel:

Row 1: Starting with MC, ch 47, starting in 3rd ch from hook, hdc 45.

Row 2: Ch 2, turn, and crochet using the following graph for the rest of the front panel. (Each row begins with a ch 2, turn.)

When you are done with all of the rows, fasten off and weave in ends.

Back Panel:

This panel just uses the MC or any one of the colors you’d like to make it from.

Row 1: ch 47, starting in 3rd ch from hook, hdc 45.

Row 2-32: ch 2, turn, hdc 45

Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing.

Assembly:

Once both panels are done, take your pillow form and place the two panels on the pillow. One on the front, and the other on the back. Pin them together, and sew along the edges to secure them around the pillow. Once you’re done sewing, fasten off and weave in the ends.

Now your pillow is all done! I hope you love your new Valentine’s Day crochet pillow! If you make a pillow of your own, I’d love to see it! Tag me on Instagram and Facebook @eclairemakery, and I’ll share it.

Happy stitching!

~Claire

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