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.
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: