I have always loved Valentine’s Day, but not in the traditional sense.
My parents took the holiday as an opportunity to celebrate familial love with my sisters and me, and always had special homemade valentines waiting for us on the kitchen table on Valentine’s Day morning.
I also loved the school parties, the treats, and making valentines for my friends and family. As I got older, I started celebrating Galentine’s Day with my single girlfriends. We threw elaborate parties every year!
I was almost kind of sad when my husband and I got married, because we both felt obligated to start making Valentine’s Day “romantic,” and either of us are very romantic people. 😂
Now that our kids are a little older (4-years-old and 2-years-old) they’re starting to “get” the holidays a bit more and it’s so fun to celebrate with them.
This year I knew I wanted to do something special on Valentine’s Day for our kids, just like my parents used to do for me.
And what better way to say “I love you” than with a soft, cuddly bear made with love by their mama?
Benedict the Bear was one of the first patterns I published, and was in dire need of some TLC. Making a bear for my kids was the perfect opportunity to update and streamline the pattern.
There is now a lot less assembly – woohoo! 🎉 The only sewing required is attaching the nose to the snout, and the head to the body.
What Valentine’s Day stuffed animal would be complete without a heart to hold?
This heart amigurumi crochet pattern is 4 inches tall when crocheted with a 3.5mm hook and weight 4 yarn – the perfect size for pairing with any of my free animal crochet patterns. Consider it my Valentine’s Day gift to you! 😘
- sc – single crochet
- inc – complete two single crochets within the same stitch
- dec – combine two stitches into one with an invisible decrease
- *sc x* – repeat the instructions between asterisks(*) the indicated number of times.
- This pattern is worked in one continuous spiral.
- Use a stitch marker to keep track of where one round ends and the next begins. I prefer to place my stitch marker in the last stitch of the round.
Crochet Video Tutorials
Heart Bumps (make 2): 01. start 6 sc into a magic ring 02. inc in each st around 03. *sc, inc* 6 times 04. sc, inc *sc 2, inc* 5 times, sc 05 – 07. sc in each st around  At the end of Bump 1: fasten off, leaving an 8” tail. At the end of Bump 2: Do not fasten off. Insert your stitch marker into the last stitch of round 7 as normal. In the next round, we’ll combine the bumps into one piece. 08. sc in each st around of Bump 1, then without fastening off, sc in each st around of Bump 2 09. sc in each st around 10. sc 3, dec, *sc 6, dec* 5 times, sc 3 11. sc in each st around 12. *sc 5, dec* 6 times 13. sc in each st around 14. sc 2, dec, *sc 4, dec* 5 times, sc 2 15. *sc 3, dec* 6 times 16. sc in each st around  Stuff the heart ¾ full. 17. sc, dec, *sc 2, dec* 5 times, sc 18. *sc, dec* 6 times  Finish stuffing. 19. *dec* 6 times  Fasten off, leaving an 8” tail. Close with an Ultimate Finish, then hide the tail inside the work. If you have a gap between your two bumps at the top of the heart, Close it up with the tail from Bump 1, then hide the tail inside the work.