Saturday, 12 January 2013

DIY: Knitted Heart Garlands

DIY: Knitted Heart Garland @owlprintpanda.blogspot.co.uk

Hello Lovelies!

Since valentines day is fast approaching (eep!), I delved into my loving spirit and knitted up a few of these little beauties to decorate my fireplace!! 

Or, y'know, you could actually give them to someone you love.

It's been a crazy busy week at uni/work, and this is a brilliantly satisfying quick knit when you sit down at night :)  It's also good for using up those loose ends, you can use any size yarn and any size needles which suits it, your hearts may just end up bigger or smaller depending on your needle choice.

My little hearts are knit in worsted weight yarn on size 4mm (US 6), and end up around 4cm.

You can also make the medium and large hearts too and chain those!!  (see the photo below)

The hearts are knit in the round, and the chain holding them together is crochet!  

Find all the instructions below, and get in touch with any of your finished objects or questions about the pattern!!

Are you planning to make anything for valentines?

p.s. If you don't knit, you can buy knitted heart garlands and knitted heart keychains here on etsy :)


Have a lovely weekend!

Amanda :) x


DIY: Knitted Heart Garland @owlprintpanda.blogspot.co.uk

To make a heart garland:

You will need some small hearts (I used 12!), you can find all the knitting patterns for the hearts at the bottom of the page.

For the string:  Crochet (I used size 4 hook with worsted yarn) 40 chains - just simple crochet chain stitch.  If you're unsure how to do this, there are lots of helpful tutorials online, includidng this one from the knit witch!  

Every 15 crochet chain stitches, slip your crochet hook through any of the knit stitches on the top of your little heart and crochet this into your next chain stitch (as if doing a double stitch, but with your crochet yarn and a loop of knitting)!

Chain 40 stitches at the end of your crochet chain to finish off.  

Congratulations on your pretty heart garland :p


DIY: Knitted Heart Garland @owlprintpanda.blogspot.co.uk

To Make a Heart Chain:

Knit one of each the large, medium and small hearts.  

Using crochet chain stitch, hook through a knit stitch on top of your large heart, and use this to begin you crochet chain.  Chain for 25 stitches, and tie the end back into the top of your large heart to make a loop.

In the same manner, pick up a stitch from the bottom of your large heart, begin your crochet chain, 6 stitches, then hook up a loop from the top of your red heart and incorporate this into your chain before tying it off.  Do the same with your med and small heart.



How to Knit the Hearts



Abbreviations

CO – cast on
K – knit
K2tog – knit two together
 

Small Heart

CO 16 stitches, using judy's magic cast on.
 Knit into both sides of the cast on, remembering the second row of 8stitches will be turned, so knit into the back loop!

Row 1: K7, kfb, kfb, k7 (18).    
Row 2: K8, kfb, kfb, k8 (20)
Row 3: K around (20)
Row 4: K around (20)
Row 5: K8, k2tog, k2tog, k8 (18)
Row 6: K7, k2tg, k2tog, k7 (16)
Row 7: K5, k3tog, k3tog, k6(12)
Row 8: K around (12)
Row 9: K around (12)
Row 10: K around (12)
Row 11: (K2tog, k2, k2tog) x2 (8)
 To cast off: Thread your tail through a needle and pass it through these 8 stitches. Draw tight to close.
 

Medium Heart

CO 26 stitches, using judy's magic cast on.
 Knit into both sides of the cast on, remembering the second row of 8stitches will be turned, so knit into the back loop!

Row 1: K12, kfb, kfb, k12 (28)
Row 2: K13, kfb, kfb, k13 (30)
Row 3: K30
Row 4: K30
Row 5: K30
Row 6: K30
Row 7: K13, k2tog, k 2tog, k13, (28)
Row 8: K12, k2tog, k2tog, k12 (26)
Row 9: K11, k2tog, k2tog, k11 (24)
Row 10: K9,  k3tog, k3tog, k9, (20)
Row 11: K7, k3tog, k3tog, k7 (16)
Row 12: K16
Row 13: K16
Row 14: K16
Row 15: (K2tog, k4,  k2tog) x2 (12)
Row 16: (K2tog, k2, k2tog) x2 (8)
 To cast off: Thread your tail through a needle and pass it through these 8 stitches. Draw tight to close.
 

Large Heart

CO 36 stitches, using judy's magic cast on.
 Knit into both sides of the cast on, remembering the second row of 8stitches will be turned, so knit into the back loop!

Row 1: K17, kfb, kfb, k17 (38)
Row 2: K38
Row 3: K18, kfb, kfb, k18 (40)
Row 4: K40
Row 5: K19, kfb, kfb k19 (42)
Row 6: K42
Row 7: K42
Row 8: K42
Row 9: K19,k2tog, k 2tog, k19 (40)
Row 10: K40
Row 11: K18, k2tog, k2tog, k18 (38)
Row 12: K17, k2tog, k2tog, k17 (36)
Row 13: K16, k2tog, k2tog, k16 (34)
Row 14: K14, k3tog, k3tog, k14 (30)
Row 15: K12, k3tog, k3tog, k12 (26)
Row 16: K26
Row 17: K26
Row 18: K26
Row 19: K26
Row 20: K26
Row 21: (K2tog, k9, k2tog) x2 (22)
Row 22: (K2tog, k7, k2tog) x2 (18)
Row 23: (K2tog, k5, k2tog) x2 (14)
 To cast off: Thread your tail through a needle and pass it through these 14 stitches. Draw tight to close.



DIY: Knitted Heart Garland @owlprintpanda.blogspot.co.uk


4 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this pattern! I just knit one of each size and they turned out really cute. The shape is good, it is the best heart pattern I ever tried and I like the size: just right for a bunting, cute doorhanger, keychain etc. I am thinking of mailing some hearts to a friend who can use a bit of love, she'll love them!

    Love,

    Ilse

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    1. I'm glad they worked out so well for you! I never could quite find little hearts I was totally happy with, so that's why this pattern was brewed up! I'm sure your friend would love that,it's such a nice gesture :)

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  2. This pattern is so clever! I only figured out by accident that one half slips inside the other and voila! I have a heart! What a fun discovery and it will be the cutest garland on my Stitch Red and Sew Red display at Stitches West!

    Thanks for sharing.

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