Tuesday, 3 December 2013

New Knitting Magazine from the makers of Inside Crochet Magazine


New Knitting Magazine hits our UK stores! always a cause for celebration for us crafters. (^-^)

Not only am I excited to see this scrumptious knitting delight in the form of a knitting bookazine but I am also rather delighted to see our very own knitting designer Deborah Reader featuring a baby beanie pattern in this new knitting magazine.

The Knitting Collection is from the lovely people behind Inside Crochet magazine and Deborah has designed an adorable Fairisle inspired baby beanie, which she describes as;

"a beautifully soft baby beanie inspired by traditional Norwegian designs and wintry days".

The Knitting Collection is packed with over 40 projects for you to enjoy and the first ever issue came out on the 29th November (2013).

The first issue also features some other gorgeous patterns such as an Angel Cake Top, a Chunky Cable Throw, a Textured Cropped Cardie, an adorable Vintage style teddy bear, which just makes me wish I could knit so much better, and many more sophisticated and inspiring knit projects for you to try.

For more information on the Knitting Collection bookazine and Inside Crochet magazine then please head on over to www.insidecrochet.co.uk

Happy crafting folks!





Sunday, 1 December 2013

FREE Crochet and Knitting Pattern Treats this December with HappyBerry

December is rather a special month here at HappyBerry as we will be delighting you with a host of festive pattern treats and I am delighted to announce our biggest Christmas gift of all to you.

As a huge thank you for your continuing support and kind words, we at HappyBerry have decided to give a little something back to you this Christmas and have been very busy putting together an advent calendar of free crochet and knitting patterns for you to enjoy each day until Christmas Eve!

Our homepage on our website is now home to your very own fully interactive advent calendar, where you can enjoy searching for the date of the day, and open a little door to receive a little surprise free crochet or knitting pattern to try that day. It will always be a written pattern but sometimes an extra video tutorial will accompany the written pattern.

You can't open them all at once though he he peeking is not allowed (^-^)

So if this tickles your festive fancy then do make sure to pop by our website throughout December here www.happyberry.co.uk


Mini Star Tutorial

In the meantime you can also check out my recent video tutorial on how to make an ultra quick mini star, just perfect as a Christmas decoration either for your tree or for adding to presents.

To make your star you will need;

- DK/Light worsted weight yarn
- 3.5mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle and scissors

Round 1
Crochet 10hdc into a magic circle, pull to tighten, sl st to join - (10)

OR ch4, sl st in ch1 to form a loop and crochet 10hdc into your loop - (10)

Round 2
*ch4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1sc in next ch, 1dc in next ch, sl st in next st on main circle, sl st in next st* repeat from * to * until end and you have 5 points.

I am also amazed to announce that our YouTube channel has reached over 10,000 subscribers just this last week but even more amazingly we have now over 11,000+ subscribers! I didnt even have time to change the image opposite. I was hoping just to reach 10,000 before Christmas so this has been an absolute delight and I hope that I can continue bringing all my subscribers fun and exciting crochet projects to try. If you haven't subbed already then you can do so here, as well as watch my embarrassing introduction video he he http://www.youtube.com/happyberrycrochet

Happy crocheting!

Any questions just post below or join me on Facebook or Twitter at http://www.facebook.com/happyberrycrochet and http://www.twitter.com/happyberryUK

For more free patterns please join me on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/happyberrycrochet or visit my website at http://www.happyberry.co.uk






© HappyBerry This pattern can not be reproduced in any way without credit given to HappyBerry. This includes copying and pasting into another blog or website, and filming the pattern for use on YouTube. You can however print it off for personal use or for use in a crochet group. Thank you.

Monday, 29 July 2013

An interview with Thistles and Tulips Crochet

As a crochet designer myself I love nothing better than chatting to other crochet designers and asking what inspires them to do what they do!

Juicy Grape Beanie
by Thistles and Tulips Crochet
Today we asked Carmen, who runs Thistles and Tulips Crochet, if she would be kind enough to answer a few questions for you guys and share her thoughts on being a crochet designer.

HappyBerry: So how long have you been crocheting for?

Carmen: My mom taught me how when I was maybe 10 or 11 years old. I didn’t much care for crocheting then, but when I had my oldest child, I wanted to make something for her with my own hands and not something bought. I’ve been crocheting ever since.

HappyBerry: So what inspired you to start designing?

Carmen: I saw some truly amazing designers on the market already like Speckled Frog Crochet and Inner Hooker, but I thought why not?

Loralei Dress
by Thistles and Tulips Crochet 
HappyBerry: What do you love designing the most?

Carmen: I usually like the instant gratification projects like hats, but lately I’ve been interested in designing garments for children. I love making crochet pieces for my children and so it was an easy step from smaller designs like the hats to bigger things like dresses and sweet cardigans.

HappyBerry: What do you least like working on?

Carmen: I would say anything requiring a lot of joining.

HappyBerry:  What has been your most rewarding moment so far?

Carmen: I love my fans, and I feel the most rewarding moment for me came when a fan sent me a photo of their newborn modelling a hat from one of my designs. It was truly a wonderful moment. Anyone willing to send me a photo of a child or adult modelling a hat made from one of my patterns will certainly make my day.

HappyBerry: What are you currently working on?

Birthday Bolero
by Thistles and Tulips Crochet
Carmen: Where do I start? I have a ton of projects skittering around in my brain trying to work their ways out. Most recently I learned how to Tunisian crochet thanks to you. With your videos, I have been able to design a turban in Tunisian knit stitch. This design will be heading to a photographer very soon. I also have a lace cardigan which I am still trying to work out. Sometimes these things can take a while. Hmm. I also have a headband or two I will be releasing in the next few weeks.

HappyBerry: You sound quite busy! So who inspires you the most?

Carmen: My little girls are my biggest inspiration. They really helped me step out of my comfort zone and work on larger projects like the lace cardigan I mentioned before. I also designed the Birthday Bolero for my oldest daughter’s fourth birthday. And my little Gena modelled the Loralei Dress.

HappyBerry: Thank you so much for answering our questions Carmen, any advice for those wishing to start out on the path to being a crochet designer?

Carmen: Never give up hope. And don’t let anyone ever tell you what you are doing is “just a hobby”. It’s more than that when you really put your heart into it.

Thank you Carmen! We love your work very much. Thank you for sharing it with us today (^-^)

Dainty Crown
by Thistles and Tulips Crochet
FREE Pattern via her Ravelry page here:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dainty-crown

You can learn more about what Carmen gets up to at Thistles and Tulips Crochet on her Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/thistlesandtulipscrochet

You can also visit her Etsy store here to buy any of her patterns:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThistlesandTulips

Or join her on Ravelry where you can find some of her free patterns:
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/carmen-statham




Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Free crochet patterns at HappyBerry

I thought I would just put out a quick blog post that lists all my recent free crochet patterns at HappyBerry as there have been quite a few lately I have designed over the last few months.

Amigurumi Bear Necklace

We all love a free crochet pattern, especially quick and easy crochet patterns so let's start with my very cute little amigurumi bear necklace.


You can grab this free crochet pattern via my blog here:
http://happyberrycrochet.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/how-to-amigurumi-bear-necklace.html

Amigurumi Bear Soft Toy

My next free crochet pattern is for another very cute amigurumi bear but this time a little soft toy version which measures 'bear'ly a few inches high. I know my jokes are terrible!


You can grab this pattern via my blog as well here http://happyberrycrochet.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/how-to-crochet-amigurumi-baby-shower.html

A video tutorial is also available for this little guy on my YouTube channel here.



Crochet Coin Purse

This free pattern is a great little project as they make such perfect gifts and stocking fillers. Just pick up some sew in purse handles from eBay and away you go!


This pattern is also available via this blog and here is the link
http://happyberrycrochet.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/how-to-crochet-coin-purse-and-sew-in.html

However this pattern is also available as a video tutorial via our YouTube channel here!


Small Crochet Gift Box

This quick and easy crochet project is a fantastic way to package up any small gifts you may have. Just pop in some chocolates or maybe some earrings for a very unique gift idea!



This pattern is available here:
http://happyberrycrochet.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/how-to-crochet-small-box.html

Loveheart Bracelet

This crochet pattern is a fun project for any beginner crocheter or for those younger crocheters who love to make friendship bracelets and so far it has been one of our most popular free patterns to date! What colours will you choose?


Grab this pattern now here!
http://happyberrycrochet.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/quick-and-simple-crochet-heart-bracelet.html

Mini Cup Cake

Next up is a free crochet video tutorial to make this teeny tiny mini cupcake. A perfect treat for any summer picnic, well, maybe the children's play versions but they still look good enough to eat! Perhaps make one in brown for a chocolate cake. The choices are endless.


Quick and Small Crochet Butterflies

These fun little bright butterflies are a sweet project to add to bags, hats or even made into a children's mobile. Knowledge of the magic circle is required and this pattern may not be a beginner's project but hopefully it's a fun pattern to try all the same. 

Written pattern is available and also a video tutorial.




Simple Crochet Newborn Booties and Newborn Beanie

These two projects are both video tutorials but are designed for the beginner crocheter in mind but also to challenge the beginner a little too. I hope you enjoy them. Remember , be inspired!




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Whether you are new to HappyBerry or a valued customer I hope you enjoy our patterns. If you have any questions don't hesitate to comment below or pop on over to me at https://www.facebook.com/happyberrycrochet or tweet me on https://twitter.com/happyberryUK  I am always so happy to hear from you guys.

There are also a lot more free patterns here on my blog or on my YouTube channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/happyberrycrochet as well as on my website at http://www.happyberry.co.uk/

All patterns are in US terminology unless otherwise stated. The British accent is a ploy to confuse you he he

Remember stay happy! and happy crocheting (^-^)



© HappyBerry This pattern can not be reproduced in any way without credit given to HappyBerry. This includes copying and pasting into another blog or website, and filming the pattern for use on YouTube. You can however print it off for personal use or for use in a crochet group. Thank you.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Is it ok to sell items made from crochet patterns?

Is it ok to sell items made from your crochet patterns?

This is a question I get asked ALOT and I am always surprised at just how many crochet designers out there prohibit the selling of items made from their patterns. So what is and isn't allowed?

The way I look at things is that probably 99.9% of my customer base is going to be someone who is at home most of the day, perhaps looking after the kids or enjoying retirement but most importantly, people who love to crochet.

So someone says to them one day, hey! you should sell what you make because they look so good! The crocheter thinks to themselves, hmmm... I could do with the extra cash.

So they make a plan. They start to sell some items made from patterns they find online, they start their own Etsy store perhaps, they make a few sales, all seems great and exciting! But then bam!! they get a nasty surprise when they see their favourite designs are 'for personal use only'. They feel angry, upset, can't understand why.

Well, I would say crochet designers have some valid concerns as to why they put these clauses into their transactions but for me? I thought about it a bit harder.

Will people really make millions from selling items from my patterns when all I got was say $5 for the pattern? What happens if I want to sell items made from my own patterns, will sales be hindered? Will some factory somewhere swoop in and mass produce my work? WILL PEOPLE TAKE CREDIT FOR MY WORK???? aaarrgggh ... look designers, you'll drive yourself mad and you're doing yourself a dis-service.

Most crocheters are not heading out to buy their own yachts or French villas when you're slaving away over a hot hook and items you make will be what ... you ... make! Other crocheters are not you but regardless, for me I don't have time to sell actual items, I prefer to spend my time designing and sharing those designs with as many people as possible but if I did start to sell my own items then these items would be official merchandise!

What you need to remember too is that the vast majority of people WILL credit you as a designer, it is the least to ask of customers, and when they do, that is free advertising. If I started to say 'for personal use only' I would be pushing away a lot of custom and exposure to my business, and making a lot of crocheters struggle to make just some extra cash and I just don't want to do that.

Weighing up the risks I go with what feels right. HappyBerry is about being happy, it's the fundamental company ethos so at HappyBerry we want to help promote crocheters to start up their own crochet businesses and by doing that, as a designer, I do allow items made from any of my patterns to be sold in people's stores, that could be a small Etsy store online or even a small retail shop on the high street. All I ask is that credit is given to HappyBerry and that the patterns themselves are not sold (obviously - that would daft), and for people to be happy, successful and enjoy what HappyBerry can bring to their lives.

So have fun guys and let me know where items made from my patterns do end up! Happy crocheting everyone (^-^)

 
Are you a designer? What are your concerns and worries?
Are you a crocheter? What annoys you and how do you cope?
Comment below and let me know!
 

Sunday, 2 June 2013

The Afternoon Scarf - A quick and easy knitting tutorial for absolute beginners

This Afternoon Scarf has this name because you can literally knit it up in an afternoon.

This pattern is designed for absolute beginners because well, I am one! My knitting designer is a little busy today so I thought I would share with you this very simple knitting pattern but one that gives stunning results!

This scarf is using two chunky weight yarn colours that have been knitted together, just a chunky yarn in a light blue and a deeper turquoise blue.

The key to this pattern is the size of your knitting needles. You will need 20mm knitting needles which are quite large but give this scarf the stunning results you see.

To begin you need to cast on 12 stitches using both coloured yarns. To cast on is the same as knitting, so let's explain the basics of casting on and the knit stitch in one go.

Firstly you need to create a slip stitch and place that onto your left knitting needle. Then put your right knitting needle through the slip stitch you have just created.


The photo above shows the same idea.

Then you need to wrap your yarn around your right needle and down through the middle of the needles, over your stitch.


Then it gets a little more tricky. Making sure the yarn you've wrapped around isnt too loose, twist your right needle over the wrapped yarn, down and then up through the main stitch you're working.


The wrapped yarn you have 'captured' becomes your new stitch and if you are knitting, this stitch stays on your right needle and you push off the old stitch from your left needle but when casting on you need to keep the old stitch on your left needle and your new stitch needs to be moved from your right needle to your left needle, so you have cast on your first stitch.


The above photo shows the old stitch being pushed off the left needle to create a knit stitch, where you just keep the new stitch on your right needle.

So now you know how to cast on and to knit a knit stitch, at least I hope so! I'm thinking some video tutorials may be in order from my knitting designer.

So you should cast on 12 stitches.

Now you just need to knit as normal using the above technique for the knit stitch where you push off the old stitch instead of saving it. Knit to your desired length, 1 ball of yarn in each colour should be sufficient for an average lengthed scarf.


When you are happy with your length, just repeating the knit stitch over and over again on each row, you need to cast off.

To cast off knit 2 stitches as normal so you have 2 stitches on your right needle, pull the first stitch over the second and off the right needle so you are left with 1 stitch on your right needle.

Now knit another stitch so you have two stitches again on your right needle and repeat the same process. Repeat this until you have just 1 stitch left on your right needle. Cut your yarn and simple pull it up through your remaining stitch, letting go off the needle.

And now you're done! One very quick and easy chunky knit scarf with stunning results all ready for your Etsy store.

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial. Make sure to subscribe to me on Twitter and Facebook and YouTube for more fun crochet and knitting projects!

If you would like to buy the scarf shown or would like to have one made just pop me a message.

Happy knitting everyone.






© HappyBerry This pattern can not be reproduced in any way without credit given to HappyBerry. This includes copying and pasting into another blog or website, and filming the pattern for use on YouTube. You can however print it off for personal use or for use in a knitting group. Thank you.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Lovers' Knot Shrug Crochet Pattern - Inside Crochet Magazine Issue 41

Wedding season is most definitely in the air and I have already received my first invitation to a friend's wedding so I was delighted to have the opportunity to design a crochet pattern for Inside Crochet magazine's special wedding May issue that comes out today. 

I decided on an ornate, light and airy shrug to compliment either a wedding dress or just simply for that special outfit.

I also selected the Lover's Knot stitch which is very similar to the Solomon Knot stitch, also known as the Half Knot stitch. I thought that stitch would be appropriate for such a romantic occasion as well as give the shrug the drape I was looking for.

This pretty shrug is inspired by Spring's warming sun, fresh colours and romantic feelings and is complimented with finer detailing of a picot edge and flowers, all made with Sublime Egyptian Cotton DK yarn which gives the shrug its beautiful drape.

As you can imagine I was also very excited to see the photographs of the modelling session and honoured to discover I had two beautiful models model my shrug for the magazine of which both made the shrug look stunning.

I was also delighted to discover my Lovers' Knot Shrug pattern made the front cover! As you can imagine I have become a very delighted crochet designer and I hope you enjoy crocheting this shrug as much as I have enjoyed designing it.

Issue 41 also has lots of other beautiful designs too for your own home-made wedding such as Tracey Shears Wedding Dress and Claire Montgomerie's Wildflower Buttonholes as well as lots of other inspiring ideas for your special day.

Issue 41 of Inside Crochet is on sale today, 26th April 2013 in local stores such as WHSmiths. 

Inside Crochet magazine is also available in various US stores and as a digital subscription. 

For more information please visit www.insidecrochet.co.uk

Happy crocheting everyone and thank you Inside Crochet! (^-^)






Friday, 5 April 2013

How to make your own shabby chic, beach weathered, vintage backdrop for your props!

The shabby chic, beach weathered, vintage look is very much in fashion these days but sadly finding authentic inexpensive items has become a bit of a task, especially as the big stores have jumped on the band-wagon and are now selling shabby chic items at rediculous prices, kinda ironic I always thought.

So, if like me, you don't want to fork out a small fortune but still want that shabby chic backdrop for your craft items to be photographed against then maybe my tutorial on how to make your own will be useful! It is easier than you think and doesn't require any DIY skills. Believe me, I can't even put a shelf up! And the best thing is, it can all be done for under £10, less than $15, maybe even less if you already have the paint, sandpaper and brushes!

You will need;
  • Tongue and groove slats in your desired length, something cheap and cheerful will do
  • Olive oil
  • Coffee
  • Matt emulsion tester pots in white and slate blue
  • Sandpaper
  • Something to damage the wood with, such as a screwdriver
  • Paint brushes

So the first thing to do is to head down to your local hardware store and pick yourself up a cheap packet of tongue and groove wooden slats. These are wooden slats that slot together, which are used for flooring or walls. I managed to find a cheap slat pack for less than £5 in HomeBase. Quality really isn't a concern as we want that knackered look remember, so don't spend a fortune, find the cheapest pack in the lengths you require.

I also picked up some small tester paints pots of matt emulsion paint, in white and a slate blue colour, which were about £1.50 each.

You don't need very much paint so tester pots are perfect. I also picked up some sandpaper and some cheap paint brushes. The sandpaper needs to be fairly gritty so get something fairly harsh.

At home I slotted my slats together and the first job I did was to damage the wood, that's right, scratch the wood and add some dents, as many as you like. It may feel a bit weird damaging such perfectly good wood but we need to give our final piece that nice, well used finish.

Next you want to sand down your slats, especially the edges and corners so they are nicely rounded. This will make the wood look like it has been weathered by the sea and give a softer feel.

Then I painted over the wood with olive oil which brings out the wood's natural colour, like a varnish but without all the chemicals and mess. This will also enable the paint to not stick as well. Let that dry overnight.

Next morning sandpaper your slats again quickly, not too harshly, just a once over and then you want to paint on some of your white emulsion paint but don't paint the slats completely, just brush it on here and there, as lazy as you like and as messy as you like, don't be afraid to do a bad job! Now let that dry.

Once your white coat of paint has dried, sand the wood down again to take off some of the paint and blend it into the wood. You can also scratch the paint off with the sandpaper as well.





Now get your slate blue paint and paint that onto your slats haphazardly as well, like you did with your white paint.

Make sure to leave gaps and allow the brush to do a bad job, allowing for an uneven coat. Let that dry.

When your blue paint is dry, get your sandpaper again and this time work hard to sandpaper off some of the paint. Scratch it off too with the edges of the sandpaper.

Suck up any paint/wood dust as you go with your vacumn cleaner.





Now take some black coffee and paint that on as hapharzardly as you did your paint. Before it dries, wipe it down with some kitchen roll.

This will give your wood a deeper brown colour but in a more weathered look than a strong varnish would give.







Let that dry and then bring back your white paint. Paint on some white paint again, just as hapharzardly as you did before and let that dry.

This is just to build up a few layers of paint as if the wood had been painted a few times.

Sandpaper it all down again gently and then you're finished!





Now you have the perfect shabby chic, beach weathered, wooden backdrop for your projects to be photographed against and for less than £10.


I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!
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Saturday, 26 January 2013

Free Knitting Heart Pattern - Step by Step

Simple Valentine Heart ~ The perfect project for the beginner.


This pattern is by Deborah Reader of ArdreeDesigns

This perfect little gift for Valentine’s Day is knitted entirely in garter stitch, every stitch and row knitted with a plain knit stitch. No purl knitting is involved.

Using 3¼mm, (US, UK) needles and Light Worsted/ Double Knitting yarn in the colour of your choice, begin by casting on 2 stitches. This is done by making a loop stitch and pulling it gently tight on LH needle. (Fig. 1)


Insert the RH needle into the stitch through the front of the stitch, the RH needle going under the LH needle. (Fig.2)  Wind yarn round the RH needle (Fig 3) and pull the stitch through (Fig 4). Place new stitch on the LH needle. (Fig. 5)


Knit 1 row by putting RH needle into first stitch on the LH needle as you did before to cast on. Wind wool round the needle and pull the yarn through. (Fig. 6). Pull this new stitch onto the RH needle. Repeat this step for the 2nd stitch on the LH needle. You should now have 2 stitches on the RH needle. (Fig. 7)


This is where it gets a little more interesting.

Put RH needle into your left hand. Now you are going to increase the stitch count to 4 by making an extra stitch in each of the 2 sts on your LH needle.


Insert RH needle into first stitch on LH needle as start by knitting it as you did before. This will put a new stitch onto your RH needle. (Before you pull the old stitch off the LH needle, knit into it again by taking your RH needle over the top of this stitch and push it into the back of the first stitch. (Fig. 8) Repeat the knitting action, pulling the yarn through onto your RH needle. (Fig. 9) This time, pull both stitches firmly onto the RH needle and allow the old stitch to fall off the LH needle. Repeat this with the second stitch on the LH needle. You now have 4 stitches on the RH needle.  (Fig. 10) Knit 1 row without increasing. (Fig. 11)


Repeat this increasing by making an extra stitch at both ends of next and every alternate until there are 38 stitches on your needle. Knit all alternate rows without increasing them.  (Fig. 12) Knit a further 15 rows without any shaping (Fig. 13)


Now it is time to divide the knitting to form the top two curves of the heart.

Knit 16 sts, then knit 2 stitches together. This is done by putting your RH needle into the next 2 stitches together, (Fig. 14) and knitting them in the same way as before. Knit one further stitch. You know have 18 stitches on your RH needle.


Turn your work, so you know have these 18 stitches on your LH needle, and knit all 18 stitches. Leave the other 19 stitches on the LH needle. These will be knitted later.

Now knit 15 stitches, Knit 2 tog, then knit 1. Turn and knit these 17 stitches.

From now on you will be decreasing a stitch at both ends of the next and every alternate row.

1.    K1, K2 tog, K11, K2 tog, K1          
2.    K15
3.    K1, K2 tog, K9, K2 tog, K1              
4.    K13
5.    K1, K2 tog, K7, K2 tog, K1              
6.    K11
7.    K1, K2 tog, K5, K2 tog, K1              
8.    K9
9.    K1, K2 tog, K3, K2 tog, K1              
10.    K7

Bind off by knitting 2 stitches, (Fig. 16), hook the point of the LH needle into the first stitch (Fig. 17) and pull it over the second stitch (Fig. 18) and off the end of the needle, leaving only the second stitch on the needle. (Fig. 19)


Continue in this way until you have 1 stitch left. Break off the yarn, leaving a long end, and feed this through the loop of the last stitch (Fig. 20) and pull gently tight. (Fig. 21)

That is the first top of your heart completed. (Fig 22)

Insert your RH needle into the first of the 19 stitches still remaining on your LH needle and wind the yarn round your RH needle. Pull the stitch through, taking care not to pull the unjoined yarn end all the way through. Keep the new yarn end firm, K 2 together then knit 16 stitches.
Turn and Knit 18 sts. As you knit the last stitch, pull loose end of yarn tight. Turn, Knit 1, Knit 2 together, then Knit 15. Turn and knit all 17 stitches on the LH needle.

Continue knitting to match the other side, decreasing at both ends of alternate rows.

This is the first side of your heart complete. Repeat this pattern for the second side.  (Fig. 23)




Sew two sides together by oversewing edges together, leaving a small gap for filling. Stuff gently and sew up gap.

If you want to hang the heart, cut a 6” length of ribbon, fold in half and sew the ends into the top of the heart before you sew up the stuffing gap. Using the same ribbon, thread a 6” piece through the top of one of the curves, and tie in a bow. Trim ends.

If lavender is in season, add this to the stuffing to give a beautiful scent.

You now have a lovely little Valentine Heart.



© Deborah Reader. This pattern can not be reproduced in any way without credit given to Deborah Reader. This includes copying and pasting into another blog or website, and filming the pattern for use on YouTube. You can however print it off for personal use or for use in a knitting group. Thank you.