Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, and we celebrated in our usual way over here at cookquiltmakeandbake, by putting away our work and bloggage, switching off our phones / emails / assorted electronic devices, cooking a delicious dinner and taking time out to be just the two of us. It’s not very fancy or even remotely commercial, but it works for us and every year I look forward to it more and more. So, in my excited Valentines anticipation I made a quick, but fun, using-up-leftovers project to add a little bit of handmade charm to our celebrations; a knitted heart garland!
Luckily I had absolutely everything I needed right here in the house so it cost us zippo! The whole thing was very therapeutic, you can whip out a heart in less than 30 mins (or one episode of Big Bang Theory as we like to call it lol- yep we’re still hooked!) and feel like you achieved lots of mini goals in your down time.
The hearts are knitted with left over British breeds wool from my cable knit cushion, and just to make them smell deliciously relaxing (which is, afterall, what our Valentine’s evening was about) I stuffed them with some of our left over lavender from my lavender sachet project a few weeks ago (I actually still have a ton of the stuff left too, so you can be sure I will share any more projects I think of to use it up!)
I’m really pleased with the end result. Cozy, cute and a little bit rustic. Spot on for our living room wall, for now, although I have a habit of migrating projects like this around the house to add colour to forgotten corners, so today the wall tomorrow the bookcase, who knows :D.
I found the pattern for the hearts on this cute website, but found the instructions a little tricky to follow at first, so thought i’d would rejig them for you all to make things a little more clear.
Knitted Heart Garland
To make a garland with 10 hearts you will need:
1 pair size 3mm knitting needles.
approx 50g of yarn (I used Jamieson & Smith Soft Spun Yarn in shade SS73 – which I had leftover from my Cable Knit cushion cover)
a tapestry needle
2 M of contrasting yarn or string to thread your hearts onto (I used Rowan Cotton Glace yarn in Oyster – which I had leftover from knitting my Christmas stockings)
Stuffing – I used Lavender but you could use anything you wanted, from traditional wadding to left over yarn scraps even pine needles like I used for my Balsam Scented Sachets!)
The hearts are made using two knitted heart shapes sewn together and stuffed, so to make ten stuffed hearts you will need 20 knitted heart shapes. They come together SO quickly, by the end of the project I was on one every 10 minutes or so, so they’re a super fun thing to pick up and occupy a coffee break.
k = knit
p = purl
kfb = knit into front and back of stitch (to make an extra stitch)
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
p2tog = purl 2 stitches together
Pattern starts below:
Cast on 2 stitches
Row 1: kfb twice (4 stitches)
Row 2: purl row
Row 3: kfb, k2, kfb (6 stitches)
Row 4: purl row
Row 5: kfb, k4, kfb (8 stitches)
Row 6: purl row
Row 7: kfb, k6, kfb (10 stitches)
Row 8: purl row
Row 9: kfb, k8, kfb (12 stitches)
Row 10: purl row
Row 11: kfb, k10, kfb (14 stitches)
Row 12: purl row
Row 13: k2tog, k5, turn leaving remaining 7 stitches on the needle
Row 14: p2tog, p2, p2tog
Row 15: Cast off 4 stitches and break off yarn.
Row 16: (using 7 remaining stitches on needle) Reattaching yarn k5, k2tog
Row 17: p2tog, p2, p2tog
Row 18: Cast off remaining 4 stitches.
Place 2 of your hearts back to back and using mattress stitch, sew around the edge of the hearts to attach them together, using either the tails of yarn left from your knitting or a fresh piece of the same yarn as you used for knitting. Leave a 1 inch gap in the end of your sewing (so don’t quite sew all the way around) and use this gap to turn the heart right side out.
Stuff you hearts with whichever filling you choose. I found the hearts looked their best when I filled them with tightly packed stuffing, so they were fairly solid when they were finished. Sew up the remaining 1 inch gap in your heart with wool to hold all the stuffing inside.
String your hearts together into a garland. I did this by threading my contrasting wool onto my tapestry needle and poking twice through each heart, evenly spacing them along the string.
That’s all there is too it, now your can use them anywhere you fancy as pretty and festive decorations!
The good news is, I was having so much fun making mine, that I made a whole other string. So, I have opened an etsy shop to offer it up to all of you. You can find it here. It is the perfect solution for if you fancy bagging yourself your very own knitted heart garland without having time to knit one! There is only one available so first come first served I’m afraid.
So, what did you all get up to on valentines? Did you have a loved up evening at home like us or were you out painting the town? Let us know, you know we love all your comments and emails.
Enjoy the rest of your week!