Thursday, 9 February 2012

Free Knitting Pattern #4 - Valentine Heart - a little love token

Here's a cute pattern for a little knitted heart. Simply attach your own personal message and pop into your loved one's pocket, lunchbox or work bag. They'll find it during the day and know how much you love them.



Abbreviatons:
st(s) = stitch(es)
k = knit
p = purl
k2tog = knit next 2 sts together as one st
p2tog = purl next 2 sts together as one st
kfb = increase 1 by knitting into the front of the next st but don't remove it from the left hand needle. Knit into the back of the same st then remove st from left hand needle (two stitches made from one stitch)

Materials:
Oddments of double knitting yarn
3.5mm needles
small amount of toy filling
darning needle
scissors
card
ribbon

Instructions:
With your chosen yarn and 3.5mm needles, cast on 2 sts
Row 1: kfb, k1 (3 sts)
Row 2 and every alternate row: p
Row 3: k1, kfb, k1 (4 sts)

Row 5: kfb, k to last st, kfb (6 sts)
Row 7: repeat row 5 (8 sts)
Row 9: repeat row 5 (10 sts)
Row 11: repeat row 5 (12 sts)
Rows 12-14: starting with a p row, st st 3 rows
Row 15: repeat row 5 (14 sts)
Rows 16-18: starting with a p row, st st 3 rows
Row 19: k7, turn and work on these sts only
Row 20: p to last 2 sts, p2tog (6 sts)
Row 21: k
Row 22: p2tog, p to last 2 sts, p2tog (4 sts)
Row 23: k1, k2tog, k1 (3 sts)
Cut yarn and thread onto a darning needle. Thread needle through last 3 sts on needles and pull tight. Bind off yarn and trim.
Attach yarn to remaining 7 sts (right side facing) and work second hump as follows:
Row 19: k7, turn and work on these sts only
Row 20: p2tog, p to end (6 sts)
Row 21: k
Row 22: p2tog, p to last 2 sts, p2tog (4 sts)
Row 23: k1, k2tog, k1 (3 sts)
Cut yarn and thread onto a darning needle. Thread needle through last 3 sts on needles and pull tight. Bind off yarn and trim. Place the two heart pieces together, right sides facing. Stitch together with a mattress stitch (trapping all yarns ends inside the heart) until approximately 3cm of the seam remains. Fill with toy filling and stitch the remaining seam. Tie off yarn end and weave end into the heart.

Use ribbon or yarn to attach a message printed onto a small piece of card and pop your heart into your secret place, to be found during the day. It's sure to make your loved one smile.

10 comments:

  1. Love your heart design Lynn, and lots of your other creations...I've been having a look around your inspiring creations...I'm a crochet newbie!
    As a new reader of your blog I have nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award..you can pop over to my blog for details... but I'll not be offended if you choose to just silently know that I enjoy your work.
    Keep up the woolly work!..
    Ali

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  2. Lynn, I wanted to thank you from the bottom of your heart for your pattern. My friend at work just lost her husband this morning so I was looking for something to make her. When I came across your pattern I knew it was perfect. A coworker had donated white, pink, red, and yellow supersaver yarn to me a couple of months ago so I'm going to make several hearts, 1 for each person in my department to write a note such as "My heart is with you", "Your in my prayers". I think my friend will enjoy the gift. Thank you. Mary

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  3. Dear Mary - many thanks for your lovely comments. Your idea is so thoughtful. It's often difficult in these circumstances to say or do the right thing so I'm sure your friend will appreciate the time you've taken to make something so caring and personal. I'm pleased that my patterns are useful and inspiring. Thank you too Mary, Lynne xx

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  4. Lynne,
    First, thank you for this pattern! I am making them for my grandchildren for Valentine's day. My question is this: When you get to row 19 do you put the other seven stitches on a stitch holder while you work on the first seven? Sorry if this is a stupid question.

    Carol

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  5. Thank you for this easy pattern. Just made a heart for my husband for our first valentines day as a married couple. Only took 1/2 an hour and I'm beginner so really pleased with myself.

    To carol, I left my stitches on the needle and had no problems.

    Jo x

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  6. Thanks for your lovely comments - so sorry Carol - I've just realised I didn't reply. You can either pop your stitches onto a stitch holder or just leave them on the needle whilst you knit the first hump - whatever you prefer. Good luck x

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  7. What does kfb stand for??? Please

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  8. Hi there what does kfb stand for

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  9. Julie Adams... see kfb in the abbreviations. :-)

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  10. Love this pattern but made a few alternation when I knit my hearts this year. I wrote a review of the pattern on my blog, check it out!
    http://knittingpatternreview.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-wool-nests-valentines-heart-pattern.html

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