It is that time of year again. February. February is my favourite month of the year. It is short; the days are getting longer; Valentine’s Day means presents; my birthday means even more presents. This year we also have the Winter Olympics in Sochi to make the month seem even more colourful. So I thought I’d post a little free pattern for all your Valentine/birthday/Sochi needs.
Fuelled by coffee and my love of late 1980s synthpop, I give you..my heart in my hand. It hasn’t been tech-edited, it’s nothing earth-shattering, and you won’t get a fancy PDF (or a glossary). On the other hand, it uses up tiny amounts of yarn, it is very quick to knit and it is versatile. I am going to wear my heart in my hand as a brooch – but you can turn it into bunting, use it as a bookmark, stick it on a card or (if you make two) a pin cushion. The last bit is particularly useful if you want to practise voodoo on an ex!
MY HEART IN MY HAND
sportweight/light DK yarn (shown using Rowan Felted Tweed) – 10 yrds max
tapestry needle for weaving in ends
gauge is not important but aim for roughly 25 sts over 4 inches, if you must.
(Rainbow version uses the same pattern as below but changes colour every fourth row. I used shades 150, 154, 161, 167, 181 and 186 – take care when you weave in ends)
CO 2 sts
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Kfb into both sts. 4 sts
Row 3: Knit (slipping first st of this row makes for a prettier edge)
Rep rows 2 and 3 another 6 times. 16 sts
Knit 4 rows
Row 19: k8, turn w rem sts put on waste yarn (or kept unworked on needle)
Row 20: ssk, k4, k2tog. 6 sts
Row 21: Knit
Row 22: ssk, k2, k2tog. 4 sts
Row 23: ssk, k2tog. 2 sts
Row 24: k2tog and pull yarn through st.
Pick up rem 8 sts and rep rows 19-24.
Weave in ends. You can make the heart shape even more prominent if you use the end of yarn from where you rejoined yarn at the top to pull in the centre of the heart a tiny bit.
If you really, really enjoy this pattern, please consider donating to your local LGBT charity. Spread the love. Love is never a crime.