Jacob & Julia lived on opposite sides of a big wall. They could talk through cracks in the wall, but it wasn’t enough. They needed to be together.
Jacob built a ladder on his side of the wall, and Julia built a ladder on her side.
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Jacob & Julia
- Worsted weight yarn – 20-30 yds each of red and white
- Size G / 6 (4 mm) hook
- Size I / 9 (5.5 mm) hook
- Yarn needle
- 2-3 locking stitch markers, safety pins, or scrap pieces of yarn.
Intermediate – Techniques include magic circle, foundation sc, Jacob’s ladder stitch, and working in the sides of rows.
One size fits most / adjustable
Gauge is not important as the design is adjustable – see Notes.
- RS = right side
- ch = chain
- sc = single crochet
- fsc = foundation single crochet
- hdc = half double crochet
- dc = double crochet
- sl st = slip stitch
- st(s) = stitch(es)
- sp(s) = space(s)
- sk = skip
- To change the size of the hearts, try using a smaller or larger hook. If you do, be sure the hook you use for the white heart (Jacob) is 2 sizes smaller than the one for the red heart (Julia). Whatever size hook you use for the red heart, use the same size for the bracelet (the wall).
- The length of the bracelet can be adjusted by doing more or fewer rows. See “the wall” section for more information.
- Magic Circle (photo & video) by Articles of a Domestic Goddess
- Magic Circle or Finger Wrap (video) by Yarn Obsession
- Whip Stitch Seaming (photo & video) by Moogly
- Using the Running Stitch for Attaching Amigurumi (photo) by Freshstitches
- Changing yarn or color (video) by Yarn Obsession
- Braiding Crochet Loops (photo & video) by Moogly
- Jacob’s Ladder Stitch (photo & video) by Jessie at Home
Jacob (white heart):
Rnd 1 (RS): With white and with smaller hook, make a magic circle. In magic circle, ch 3 (counts as hdc & ch 1), sc, hdc, 3 dc, ch 1, sl st, ch 1, 3 dc, hdc, sc, ch 1, join with sl st to 2nd ch of starting ch 3. Pull magic circle closed tightly. Fasten off, leaving an extra long (about 12″) tail for sewing.
Finishing: Weave in both short (starting) ends, leaving the longer ones for later. When weaving in one of the ends, bring it up over the top of the heart from the back, then back down through the center of the heart from the front, and pull tightly this will give the top of the heart better definition.
Joining: Place both hearts with wrong sides together. Using the one of the remaining (long) tails, sew them together as desired. I like to use a running stitch just under the tops of the stitches, but a whip stitch over the edge looks nice too. The other long tail will be used for sewing later.
Julia (red heart):
With red and with larger hook, ch 8 and join to form a circle (be careful not to twist the chain).
Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 4 (counts as dc & ch 1), sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, 3dc in next ch, ch 1, sl st in next ch, ch 1, 3dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, sc in last ch, ch 1, join with sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch 4. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Finishing: Weave in starting tail, but leave ending (long) tail for sewing later.
The Wall (bracelet):
With white and with larger hook, ch 5, switch to red.
Row 1 (RS): With red, sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 7, sk next ch, sc in last ch, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, ch 7, sk ch sp, sc in last sc, change to white, turn.
Row 3: With white, ch 1, sc in first sc, ch 7, sk ch sp, sc in last sc, turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first sc, ch 7, sk ch sp, sc in last sc, change to red, turn.
Row 5: With red, ch 1, sc in first sc, ch 7, sk ch sp, sc in last sc, turn.
Repeat rows 2-5 four more times, or until desired length is reached, then repeat row 2 once more.This is where you can adjust the length as desired. Just be sure to do the rows in sets of 2. If you don’t end with a red row, that’s OK.
Next Row: With white, ch 1, sc in first sc, ch 2, sc in last sc. You can fasten off (and join a new yarn later), or can secure working loop with a stitch marker for later use, whichever you find easier.
- Position the wall as shown in fig 1a, with right side facing and last row worked on top.
- Find the middle two rows (shown in fig 1a with stitch markers).
- Take the lower of the two middle rows and pull it up under the row above it (fig 1b)
- Twist the same row 1/2 turn to create a loop (fig 1c)
- Pull next row through the loop (fig 1d). There is no need to twist.
- Repeat the last step for the remaining rows, pulling each one through the loop created by the one before it. There is no need to twist any of these rows. You should be left with a loop at the top (fig 1e). Use a stitch marker to secure this for the moment.
- Turn the the wall around so the starting chain is on top.
- Twist the remaining center row 1/2 turn to create a loop (fig 2a)
- Pull each row through the loop from the row before, as you did for Julia’s ladder (fig 2b). Remember, there is no need to twist the remaining loops.
- With right side facing, pick up the working loop from the wall section, or join a new yarn in that same corner stitch. Ch 1, 3sc in same (corner) sc, ch 1, sl st in top of last loop from Jacob’s ladder, ch 1, 3sc in next (corner) sc.
- Working along sides of rows, sc in the side of each row to next corner st.
- 3 sc in next (corner) sc, ch 1, sl st in last loop from Julia’s ladder, ch 1, 3sc in next (corner) sc.
- Working along sides of rows, sc in the side of each row, join with sl st to first st of edging, fasten off.
- Using the remaining tail, sew Jacob’s heart to the end of Jacobs ladder (fig 3). Tack it down only at the center of the heart, and somewhat loosely, like a button. Do not sew around the edges.
- Using the remaining tail, sew the edge of Julia’s heart to the end of Julia’s ladder (fig 3). Be sure the center (buttonhole) is hanging over the end of the ladder, as shown.
- Weave in any remaining ends.
- Insert Jacob’s heart into the hole in Julia’s heart to join them together.
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