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.