Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Pattern for a Small Knit Heart

Small Knit Heart Pattern
copyright Better Than Eden 2012

I was looking for a pattern for a small knit heart to create a garland for St. Valentine's feast but couldn't find one I could understand or that would make the kind of heart I wanted.  SOOO...I figured it out on my own :)  Finished, this heart measures three inches tall by three and a half inches wide and each one takes only about 5 minutes to make.  These could be used for a garland, sachets, stuffed, or any number of little projects.  The pattern looks long but is very simple...I just prefer patterns I read to be very clear.   You are free to use this but please link back to this site if you publish or share anything about it and please keep my copyright in place.  Thank you! 

Worsted Weight yarn (shown in Paton's wool yarn in red)
Size 7 dpns
Darning Needle

Be sure to maintain the same tension and not knit too tightly.  Otherwise, you'll get a curly heart.

CO 2
Row 1:  Knit
Row 2:  K1, yo, m1, K1
Row 3:  Knit (4)
Row 4:  K1, yo, Knit to 1 before last stitch, yo, K1
Row 5:  Knit (6)
Row 6:  Repeat row 4
Row 7:  Knit
Row 8:  Repeat row 4
Row 9:  Knit
Row 10:  Repeat row 4
Row 11:  Knit
Row 12:  Repeat row 4
Row 13:  Knit
Row 14:  Repeat row 4
Row 15:  Knit (You should now have 16 stitches on needle)

Row 16:  K1, yo, K2tog, K12, K2tog, yo, K1
Row 17:  Knit
Row 18:  Repeat row 16
Row 19:  Knit

This is where the top of the heart begins...
Right Side:
Row 20:  K1, yo, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K1  **Leave the remaining 8 stitches on the other needle for later, turn work and begin the next row that you just did)
Row 21:  Knit (8)
Row 22:  K1, yo, K2tog x3, yo, K1
Row 23:  Knit (7)
Row 24:  K1, yo, K2tog x3 (5)
Row 25:  Knit
Row 26:  K2tog, K1, K2tog (3)
Row 27:  K2tog, K1 (2)
Thread yarn through remaining 2 stitches, cut, and weave in.  (Use the remaining yarn to round out the heart and fix any spots that need tightening or filling.)

Left Side:
Pick up the remaining 8 stitches on the other dpn...
Row 20:  K1, yo, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K1
Row 21:  Knit (8)
Row 22:  K1, yo, K2tog x3, yo, K1
Row 23:  Knit (7)
Row 24:  K2tog x3, yo, K1
Row 25:  Knit (5)
Row 26:  K2tog, K1, K2tog (3)
Row 27:  K1, K2tog (2)
Thread yarn through remaining 2 stitches and weave in. 

Weave in all ends.  Block if desired.  The hearts I made were 3" tall by 3 1/2" wide.

To make a garland, simply make as many hearts as desired, then thread them using the length of yarn you desire.  You could also knit an I-cord or crochet a chain but I preferred the simplicity and thickness of the plain yarn.  Weave through the tops of each heart wherever you would like them placed!  Enjoy!

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