How to Knit a Heart

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How to Knit a Heart

Knitting doesn’t have to limit your creative projects to sweaters, scarves and bootees. Step outside the box with a fun, unique pattern like this charming heart. You can make it small or large, wild, mild, striped or solid, add a bunch to an existing garment as appliqués, or hang it on the wall. Whatever you choose to do with yours, this heart is a versatile, quick and easy knitting project for any time of the year. This garter-stitch heart pattern is presented with the assumption that the user already has basic knitting skills. The heart shown is knit in worsted weight yarn on size six needles; using the suggested yarn and needle size produces a heart approximately five inches tall by four and a half inches wide. Changes for a larger heart are in parentheses. For a small heart, use smaller gauge yarn and needles.

K1 = knit one M1 = make one S1K1 = slip one, knit one PSSO = pass slipped stitch over K2tog = knit two together

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 28.4gr. Worsted weight yarn
  • Size 6 knitting needles
  • Stitch holder
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Make a half-hitch knot on one needle.

    How to Knit a Heart
  2. 2

    Use two-tail method to cast on one stitch next to half-hitch, for a total of two stitches.

    How to Knit a Heart
  3. 3

    K1, M1 by knitting into the stitch below the next stitch, K1 turn.

    How to Knit a Heart
  4. 4

    K1, M1, knit to end, turn. Knit one row, turn. These three rows make up the pattern – repeat all three rows a total of 9 (12) times, until there are 20 (26) stitches.

    How to Knit a Heart
  5. 5

    Divide stitches in half and place one set of stitches on an extra needle, a stitch-holder or thread a piece of yarn through them to hold them in place while you work with the other side.

    How to Knit a Heart
  6. 6

    K1, S1K1 PSSO, knit to last three stitches, K2tog, K1, turn. Knit across one row, turn. Repeat these two rows a total of 3 (5) times, ending up with 4 (3) stitches. Bind off remaining stitches. Cut yarn, leaving a tail of several inches.

  7. 7

    Join yarn ball to stitches on stitch-holder. K1, S1K1 PSSO, knit to last three stitches, K2tog, K1, turn.

  8. 8

    Knit across one row, turn. Repeat these two rows again, a total of 3 (5) times, ending up with 4 (3) stitches. Bind off remaining stitches. Cut yarn, leaving a tail of several inches. Weave in ends and trim excess.

Tips and warnings

  • Weave all ends to one side so that no ends are sticking out the front side.
  • Make two hearts and sew together and stuff with fiberfill for a child’s gift or Valentine’s Day.
  • Embellish your heart with buttons or ribbon.

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