Thursday, 13 November 2014

Knitted Christmas Heart decorations









I know knitted hearts are everywhere this Christmas but I couldn't resist having a go at making a few designs. These are so easy and quick to knit and can be made in lots of different colours to suit your Christmas Theme.  

If you try this pattern please leave me a comment as I would love some feedback.  If you're a member of Ravelry please post a project with links to the pattern.   Thanks.



Christmas Heart decorations Knitting pattern

You will need: Approx 25 g double knitting yarn in various colours
No 9 knitting needles, 3.25 crochet hook or tapestry needle, cable needle
small button, small amount of toy stuffing
Tension isn't important for this item but my tension on no 9 needles over stocking stitch is 24sts x 30 rows to 4"
Size of heart 4" x 4" 

Abbreviations:  k: knit, p:purl, M1, make one by picking up loop between sts and knitting into back, St: stitch/es, k2tog, knit 2 together, C4b: slip next 2 sts onto cable needle, leave at back of work, k2, k sts from cable needle

Plain Heart

Make 2 peices = the front and back are the same

Using no 9 needles cast on 3sts 
1st row       purl 
Next row:   k1, m1, k to last st, m1, kl 
Next row:   purl 
Repeat last 2 rows to 23sts ending on right side 
Work 3 rows in stocking stitch
Next row:  (right side) k11, cast off 1st, k11 
Turn and continue on 11 sts 
*Next row: purl 
Next row:   k2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog 
Repeat last 2 rows to 3sts 
Cast off loosely 
Rejoin yarn to remaining 11sts, wrong side facing 
Work as first side from * 
Finishing 
Neaten ends on wrong side 
Place wrong sides together and beginning at lower edge of heart work a round of double crochet around edges working through both pieces to join, ending an inch before the beginning of round- do not break off yarn. 
Stuff lightly with toy stuffing, then continue with double crochet edging to beginning of round. Fasten off ends. 
OR work a round of blanket stitch through both edges to close and stuff as above. 
Crochet  30ch and sew onto heart at centre. 
Sew on small button. 


Striped Heart 

As above but working 2 rows of alternative colours. Beg each new colour on the purl row. 




Fair Isle Heart 

As above following the chart. 


fair isle chart




















Cable Heart

Make the front piece with cable and if preferred, make the back piece plain.

Using no 9 needles cast on 2sts 
1st row:     purl 
Next row:   k1, m1, k to last st, m1, kl 
Next row:   purl 
Repeat last 2 rows to 8sts ending on wrong side 
Next row:   k1, m1, p1, c4b, p1, m1, k1 
Next row:   p2, k1, p4, k1, p2 
Next row:   k2, m1, p1, k4, p1, m1, k2 
Next row:   p3, k1, p4, k1, p3 
Continue pattern as set increasing at each end of right side row to 24sts,ending on a right side
Work 3 rows stocking stitch
Next row:   k11, cast off 2sts , k11 
Turn and continue on 11 sts 
Work as plain heart from