OML dream teamer Kathleen here, and I'm so excited to be back with a second pattern for you guys! This time I'm featuring a lovely knitted heart pattern by Vicky of toowooltobecool
Ready to make and swoon over this pattern courtesy of Vicky's amazing maker skills? Ok let's go!
Vicky and I hope you’ll have loads of fun with this wonderful little step-by-step tutorial.
What you’ll need:
yarn and knitting needles size 8 EU/ 11 US (We recommend this gorgeous Phil Corde yarn)
approx. 1 hour of quality knitting time
STEP 1: Your knitted heart will be purled in every right side row and knit in every wrong side row so in the end you’ll see plain stitches only when looking at it’s front side.
To start, cast on 9 stitches and purl the first row.
Start picking up 1 stitch at the beginning and at the end of every wrong side row (this means 2 new stitches per row) until you’ve got a total of 15 stitches on your needle.
This will take 3 wrong side and 2 right side rows in total.
Knit 4 more rows according to the sample, cut the cord at about 15cm/6inches after 10 rows in total and Boom – you just finished the first part of your knitted heart!
For this step you should have a row with plain stitches ahead of yours.
Knit/Purl together two stitches at the beginning of the next two rows.
Then knit two rows according to the sample without decreasing any stitches.
Repeat this step one more time. There should now be 26 stitches left on your needle.
Keep knitting/purling together 2 stitches at the beginning of every row (both right &wrong side rows) for the next 8 rows.
At the end of this step you should still have 18 stitches left to work with.
Get ready for the final sprint because you’re about to knit the tip of your woolen heart!
For this knit/purl 2 stitches together twice at the beginning of every row (means -2 stitches per row).
It will take 16 rows until there’s only one stitch left – cut the woolen cord, pull it through the last stitch and voilá: the prototype of your woolen heart is completed.
At this point you have all the right to look at your heart in full proud maker glory!
Bonus STEP 8:
Take some more of the yarn you used before (either in the same or, like i did, a contrasting color), a crocheting hook size 10 EU/ N (15) US and single crochet your way all around this wonderful heart in front of you for one row. Doing so will easily add a little stability and more of a polished look to your heart!
Isn’t it a real pity how fast this project is done? Here's the possibilities for how to use your handmade heart:
- as a wonderful coaster for tea/coffee parties, for romantic breakfasts, or even as a nice valentine's or mother's day gift
- as a vase for your favorite flower bouquet
- as a picture wall for you favorite (polaroid) snapshots
- as a suspension gear for your earrings, bracelets and necklaces
- as a cute little cushion if you knit two of them and stuffed it with wool leftovers inside
- as a cute top to wear to the beach or anywhere relaxing and lovely for a perfect spring/summer view and feel
Let us know what you use your heart for by tagging #OMLpatterns on our @makerlife IG for a chance to be featured! We hope y'all enjoy making these! If you have any questions, please reach out to myself or anyone on the OML team and we'll do our best to help!
Kathleen, OML dream team
Kathleen is the face behind Country Pine Designs crochet and knitwear. Kathleen has been in love with fiber arts since she was young, and has recently turned her passion into what is now Country Pine Designs. Knitting is a way for Kathleen to express herself creatively, and bless others in the process. She recently moved to a cattle ranch in Texas, and spends her days taking care of beloved cattle and knitting to her heart’s content!
Vicky likes to think of herself as a wool-a-holic, yarn snob, crazy dog lady from Austria living way ahead of her age when it comes to my hobbies. Connect with her @toowooltobecool
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