I have created a tutorial for them, with some photos included which I will post up here for all to see. The main focus of this is to teach the magic circle (the way I do it, anyway) - but it is also a great way to practise some basic stitches and create something really cute.
The class is actually a freebee for a group of friends and is a great way for me to get back into teaching crochet as I haven't done any for a good six months (events conspired and all that...). There will be six ladies attending and I expect that more cups of tea will be drunk than love hearts made!
Take a look at the tutorial and pattern here:
Tiny Valentines Hearts (using a magic circle)
Make a magic circle: Wrap the wool around your three fingers from front to back.
Wrap again, this time taking the wool to the left of your original wrap.
Now take the left hand strand under the right hand strand with your hook – hold this in place.
Now take your wool (the end attached to the ball) and make a ss to hold the wool on your hook in place.
Pull the short end of your wool and see how the circle closes. But leave the circle open for now.
The rest of your stitches will be worked around the magic circle over the two strands. The left hand side of the circle.
Now for the love heart!
Work all of the following stitches into your magic circle (apologies for the slightly blurry photos - I was losing light)
2ch This is the bottom of your heart
Pull the magic circle tight by pulling on the short end and ss into the centre using the ball end. Cut yarn and feed it back through the loop to secure. Now knot the yarn with the other tail on the back of the work.
Pull a different colour yarn though the centre and secure with a dc.
Now complete 4dc into first ch 3 space
1dc, 1tr, 1sc into ch 2 space at bottom of heart
4dc into ch 3 space,
ss into the centre as before.
cut yarn and tie off to the rear. Weave in ends
Make several in different colours and then a length of chain to hang them on. Use as bunting, on the Christmas tree or wrap around the bedhead for a romantic look! Or just sew onto your hat or glue on to a valentines card.