Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hearts for Valentine's Day

Perfect present for some one special on Valentine's Day. Use it to make a key chain or hanger for a door. Or just give heart to your love one, decorate it with bids or ribbon, do an embroidery with his name on it. I made those hearts based on Martha Stewart Knitted Catnip and changed that up for medium & large hearts. See instructions below...


Abbreviation Key
St= Stitch
K= Knit
KFB= Knit into front and back of stitch (to make 2 stitches where there was 1)
P= Purl
K2Tog= Knit 2 stitches together
P2Tog= Purl 2 stitches together
BO= Bind off

Instructions
To knit 1st (small) heart:
Cast on 2 St.
Row 1: KFB, K to last St, KFB.
Row 2: P.
Repeat these 2 rows until there are 14 St (12 rows total).
Row 13: K2Tog, K5, and turn work; leave remaining 7 St on needle.
Row 14: Working with the 6 St closest to end of needle, P2Tog, P2, P2Tog.
Row 15: BO 4 Sts, and trim remaining yarn to 24 inches. Use large needle to weave yarn through back of piece to beginning of reserved 7 St.
Row 16: Working with reserved 7 St, K5, K2Tog.
Row 17: P2Tog, P2, P2Tog.
Row 18: BO 4.

To assemble toy:
1. Using a large needle, weave loose ends of yarn into back of heart.
2. Repeat knitting instructions above to make a second heart.
3. Stack hearts with right sides out. Using a mattress stitch and a needle threaded with yarn, sew hearts together along perimeter, leaving a 1-inch gap.
4. Tuck half the stuffing inside heart, and insert a bell and catnip. Add remaining stuffing to fill heart.
5. Sew closed the 1-inch gap in the heart pillow, and weave yarn up inner side of heart. Trim excess yarn at edge of heart so that the loose end is hidden inside.

To knit 2nd (medium) heart:
Cast on 2 St.
Row 1: KFB, K to last St, KFB.
Row 2: P.
Repeat these 2 rows until there are 18 St (16 rows total).
Row 17: K2Tog, K7, and turn work; leave remaining 7 St on needle.
Row 18: Working with the 8 St closest to end of needle, P2Tog, P4, P2Tog.
Row 19: K.
Row 20: P2Tog, P2, P2Tog.
Row 21: BO 4 Sts, and trim remaining yarn to 24 inches. Use large needle to weave yarn through back of piece to beginning of reserved 9 St.
Row 22: Working with reserved 9 St, K7, K2Tog.
Row 23: P2Tog, P4, P2Tog.
Row 24: K.
Row 25: P2Tog, P2, P2Tog.
Row 26: BO 4.
Knit another side of the heart and assemble toy just like you did the 1st heart.

To knit 3rd (large) heart:
Cast on 2 St.
Row 1: KFB, K to last St, KFB.
Row 2: P.
Repeat these 2 rows until there are 22 St (20 rows total).
Row 21: K2Tog, K9, and turn work; leave remaining 9 St on needle.
Row 22: Working with the 10 St closest to end of needle, P2Tog, P6, P2Tog.
Row 23: K.
Row 24: P2Tog, P4, P2Tog.
Row 25: K.
Row 26: P2Tog, P2, P2Tog.
Row 27: BO 4 Sts, and trim remaining yarn to 24 inches. Use large needle to weave yarn through back of piece to beginning of reserved 9 St.
Row 28: Working with reserved 11 St, K9, K2Tog.
Row 29: P2Tog, P6, P2Tog.
Row 30: K.
Row 31: P2Tog, P4, P2Tog.
Row 32: K.
Row 33: P2Tog, P2, P2Tog.
Row 34: BO 4.
Knit another side of the heart and assemble toy just like you did the 1st and 2nd hearts.

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