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With Valentine's Day fast approaching I thought I'd work up something lovely and unapologetically pink! This chunky Sweetheart Cowl definitely fits the bill. These gorgeous colours make me think of sugared almonds, fondant fancies, candy floss and my daughter's teeny tiny ballet slippers when she was so little.

I used a nice and chunky squishy yarn - Cygnet Chunky - in shades Pink, Fuchsia, Sorbet and the lovely buttery shade Bisque for the background. I also added a touch of Kiwi for a slight accent in the border. Cygnet Chunky is a 100% acrylic yarn which is an affordable chunky and makes this super easy to machine wash (I'd put it in a delicate garments laundry bag though to stop it getting caught on hooks or buttons). You could also work this up in a gorgeous 100% Superwash Merino Bulky for a different feel.

I started this project by crocheting granny hearts which I then crocheted into squares by working a framework behind the heart and then building rows of granny stitches. I might make a video of this at some point - but actually, I tell you - that got quite fiddly fast! In the end I think it's far easier and much nicer to appliqué the hearts onto granny squares, which is what I eventually did after a weekend experimenting.

Watch the video below to learn how to crochet a granny heart.

I played around with arranging the hearts in different patterns but decided on all the hearts facing the same direction, which gives a nice modern uncomplicated feel.

You can make the granny squares and then join together by slip stitching or Join As Your Go (JAYGO) which is my preferred method as it creates a nice flat seamless finish. Watch the video below to learn how to join granny squares as you go.

I'd love to see your own versions of the Sweetheart Cowl so please share your photos and tag me on Instagram @dawniecrochet or Facebook

And if you'd like a printable PDF of this pattern, you can purchase it in my shop. Sweetheart Cowl Pattern.


  • Crochet hook - 6mm (USJ/10)

  • Needle for darning in ends


Cygnet Chunky 100% Acrylic

  • Colour A: Bisque - 2 x 100g ball

  • Colour B: Sorbet (light pink) 1 x 100g ball

  • Colour C: Fuchsia (hot pink) 1 x 100g ball

  • Colour D: Pink 1 x 100g ball

  • Colour E: Kiwi (green - optional) - 1x 100g ball

Finished Size

  • Approximately 11 x 9 inches.

Glossary ( UK Crochet Terms)

  • st- stitch

  • sts- stitches

  • ch- chain

  • ch sp- chain space

  • sl st- slip stitch

  • hdc- half double crochet

  • dc- double crochet