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Valentines Crafts: Knitted Hearts

| January 31, 2014 | 10 Comments

How to knit a heart

31 Days of Love

Goodness, I can’t believe that this is the very last day of our 31 Days of Love series we have had Valentine’s Cards, we have had Valentines Gifts, we have had Valentine’s for Grown Ups, we have had Valentines Treat and we have had a number of Valentine’s Decorations. I hope you have enjoyed the series and that you have had the opportunity to discover new blogs in the process. To close the series off, we have Liz from Me and My Shadow sharing her How To Knit a Heart craft.

Thank you so much to Maggy for having me over here on Red Ted Art during this love-fest!  I usually blog over at Me and My Shadow where I craft, upcycle and generally try to make the most of the resources I have.  I love vintage style and am happiest when surrounded by pretty china and homemade cake!

I’m not a natural knitter (as you can see from the pictures!) but this project is very much suitable for a beginner, and I think is fairly forgiving too.  There’s something quite quirky and rustic-looking about them so don’t worry too much if you make a mistake. And anyway, your loved one will appreciate the effort you’ve made I’m sure. More experienced knitters might want to experiment with changing colours, stripes or different stitches.

I’ve made lots of these and filled a glass bowl with them.  Or, you can incorporate a hanging loop and use them as decorations around the home.  Or add one to your Valentine’s gift as a finishing touch to the wrapping.


1. Cast on 2 stitches and leave a long trail (this can be crochet chain stitched into a loop at the end if you require).

2. Row 1: knit into front and back of stitch (making 2 stitches where there was one), knit to last stitch, knit into front and back of stitch.

3. Row 2: purl 1 row.  Repeat these 2 rows 6 times in total (14 stitches).

UPDATE – to make clear, Step 3: Repeat these 2 rows another 5 times, making it 6 x (knit1, purl1, increase at both ends) in total and therefore 14 stitches

4. Row 3: knit 2 stitches together, knit 5 and turn, leaving 7 stitches on the needle.

5. Row 4: purl 2 stitches together, purl 2, purl 2 stitches together.

6. Cast off 4 stitches.  Cut a long piece of wool (about 10 inches) and weave through the back of the piece to reattach to the other side where you left off.

7. Row 5: knit 5, knit 2 stitches together.

8. Row 6: purl 2 stitches together, purl 2, purl 2 stitches together.

9. Cast off 4 stitches.

You should now have one heart.

knitted heart pattern

Repeat to make your 2nd side.

Tidy up your loose ends by threading through the wrong side and hide away.  If you want a hanging loop, chain stitch one of the yarns near the top, and fold over into a loop to secure when you stitch around. With the wrong sides together, use a tapestry needle and matching coloured cotton to stitch around the edges, leaving a small gap to stuff with wadding, before finally closing up.

I hope you enjoy making these – they’re quite addictive once you’ve mastered the first one.

For more heart themed crafts you might like:

009 053 glass14

Rustic willow heart wreaths

Birch bark candle holders

Stained glass sweetie wrapper sun catchers

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  1. Jenni Tulip says:

    Going to have a go at this. They are so so cute! x

  2. Abigail Cervantes says:

    These instructions are very confusing for a beginner. :(
    A video would be very helpful!

  3. Emily says:

    Yeah this is confusing and I knit :(… How do you knit INTO a stich?

  4. stephanie says:

    Iam not sure where to weave the ten inch strand….?

  5. Amy says:

    This turned out so cute!!

    Stephanie, I was a little confused by that as well, so I just kept that stitch on the my needle while I worked the rest of the instructions. When it came to casting off, I used my yarn needle to pull through the last stitch of #9 in the directions, then I wove the tail through the stitches to the one remaining stitch on my needle (the last stitch I was supposed to cast off in #6). There was the connecting yarn from one side of the top to the other which gave the appearance of a little hole, but I just made sure to stitch under that yarn when sewing the two sides together and I can’t even tell it was there in the first place. Not sure if this all makes sense. I’m fairly new to knitting, but I figured it out!

    Knitting into the front and back of the stitch is known as kfb. Just google that and there will be plenty of you tube videos showing how that’s done.

    • Nikki says:

      These look so cute! I started doing it, but am having trouble on Rows 1 and 2. I cast on 2 stitches. As per instructions, on row 1, I kfb on the first one and knit into the last one(2nd one). Instructions say kfb again. There are not cast on stitches to do it. Am I missing something? If I continue this way and purl on the next row – do this 6 times, I don’t end up getting 14 stitches as mentioned in the instructions. Can someone help me out here please!

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