Valentine’s Day: Knit a Heart, Give a Heart

Valentine’s Day – the day you’re supposed to tell your sweetheart how much you love them, by buying them a romantic card along with chocolates, flowers, or another thoughtful gift.  Well, how about tiny knit hearts!  Okay, so it may not be exactly what they’re expecting, but it’ll be made with love and that’s way better than any flowers or chocolates!

Felted Heart Milagros

This simple pattern is knitted in one piece with a bit of short-rowing for shape.  There’s just one quick seam and a little stuffing before you put them in the washing machine or basin for felting.  These hearts can be used for anything you can imagine – pins, bookmarks, place markers, good-luck charms, or string a few of them together to make a garland – a perfect decoration for a little girl’s room.

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Felted Heart Milagros

Finished Size: About 2 inches (5 cm) high and 2 inches (5 sm) wide
Yarn: Sportweight (#2 Fine).
Each heart uses less than 10 yards (9.1 m).
Needles: Size U.S. 6, straight or circular
Notions: Tapestry needle, small amount of polyester or bamboo fiberfill
Gauge: About 21 stitches and 30 rows = 40 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch, before felting.
Exact gauge is not crucial for this project.

Heart Knitting Pattern

Loosely cast on 12 sts.  Work short-rows as follows:
Short-row 1: (RS) Knit 8, wrap next st, turn.
Short-rows 2, 4, and 6: Purl to last st, purl 1 front & back—1 st increased.
Short-row 3: (RS) Knit 7, wrap next st, turn—13 stitches.
Short-row 5: (RS) Knit 6, wrap next st, turn—14 stitches.
Short-row 7: (RS) Knit 5, wrap next st, turn—15 stitches.
Short-rows 8 and 10: Purl.
Short-row 9: Knit 4, wrap next st, turn.
Short-row 11: Knit 3, wrap next st, turn.
Short-rows 12, 14, and 16: Purl to last 2 sts, purl 2 together.
Short-row 13: Knit 5, working wraps together with wrapped sts when you come to them, wrap next st, turn—14 sts remaining.
Short-row 15: Knit 6, working wraps together with wrapped sts when you come to them, wrap next st, turn—13 sts remaining.
Short-row 17: Knit to end, working wraps together with wrapped sts when you come to them—12 sts.
Short-row 18: Purl.

Repeat short-rows 1-18 three more times—piece measures about 9½ (24 cm) from, cast-on at widest point.  Loosely bind off all stitches.

Finishing

With yarn threaded on a tapestry needle, sew the cast-on and bind-off edges together.  Stitch top of heart closed, leaving 1 inch (2.5 cm) open for stuffing. Stuff with fiberfill until lightly firm but not bursting. Stitch closed.  Felt and enjoy!

This pattern is from the knitting book, Gifted by Mags Kandis.

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