Valentine’s Day is this Friday!
Not all of us celebrate this occasion, but few would argue that any excuse for spreading some love can be all bad.
Take back Valentine’s Day and make this snugly anatomically inspired heart for someone close to your heart. It’s not so hard to make for knitters who are adept with the double pointed needles and it knits up fast too.
This pattern appears in Knitty Magazine – published in 2008. I made it up!
I also wrote up a little tutorial on how to start the project in case anyone has trouble. You can find it HERE
If anatomical heart’s don’t make your heart go boom, then I will leave you with something that certainly will. Combine babies, with hearts and rainbows – that’s off the charts on the “cute-scale”. The pic above is from the Tin Can Knits pattern called “I Heart Rainbows”. We have it here at the Knit Cafe or you can find it on ravelry HERE
Last minute V Day presents anyone?
Our Hat Workshop happens to be the day before Valentine’s Day. It’s a good opportunity to learn how to knit in circles using those pesky double pointed needles. A hat is fast to knit and there’s a good chance if you start on the evening of the 13th it will be ready by evening on the 14th to present to your sweetheart.
Thursday February 13th, 6:30-9pm
Call us to register 416 533 5648
ps. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this knitting related Olympic story
There’s still time to make your sweetheart one of these guys for Valentines day.
It’s an oldie, but a goodie. A pattern of mine that was published in the wonderful online knit magazine Knitty. You can find the pattern there for free too. If you are down with the double pointed knitting needles then this pattern is a breeze and fun to make too. I have made plenty over the years.
The heart on the left is the only heart I kept from all the plenty. The heart on the right is a mini version of the heart (great for pinning on your sleeve or lapel). The mini heart pattern is found here. The left heart is improvised.
I kept this heart partly for the very special yarn it was made from. Leftovers from socks I made for my Dad, my last bit of fuzzy, neon, orange, angora, and hand dyed cashmere from Handmaiden yarns. Using bits and pieces from projects-past made this heart even more special to me. The cable is a nice touch too.
Lots of other folks have made their own versions of the heart. See them on Ravelry. There are currently 710 to peruse.
If you decide to make your own heart here’s a tip!
Beginning the heart is the hardest part. You must cast on 6 stitches and join in the round and immediately increase stitches. Over the years many have cursed my name trying to accomplish this. Over these same years I have learned some tricks to make lighter work of this tricky maneuver. This is how I do it.
1. Cast on your 6 stitches onto a double pointed needle
2. The next instruction is to increase the stitches with a (Kf&b, K1) repeated, but first you must join the round to start knitting in a circle. Instead of dividing the stitches onto the double pointed needles try joining the round like you would if you were making an I-cord. First move the stitches down to the other point on your double pointed needle. Let the yarn drape over the back of your work as you insert your needle into the first stitch closest to the tip (the first stitch you cast on). Work your Kf&b into that first stitch making sure you give some tension to the stitch to close the circle. Continue working the stitches on the needle making your increases as you go.
3. You will now have 9 stitches on your double pointed needle
4. Reorganize your stitches on the double pointed needles, 3 stitches on each needle and join in a round.
If 9 stitches still seems too puny to start using all your double pointed needles on, then use the I-cord technique to do your next row. This will increase your stitches to 12. Now get out the rest of the needles and put 4 stitches on each.
Apply this I-cord technique to anything that requires you to cast on only a few stitches and then knit in rounds, like the Knit Cafe’s Tedster pattern or the Wee Owlie too.
Happy Groundhog Day, 2 out of 3 groundhogs say spring is coming early!
So the big-love day is coming up, and although we may not all pay heed to this “holiday”, most days are good days to tell someone you love them.
Four years ago now, I submitted this pattern to the illustrious online knit magazine Knitty. This Canadian institution is a great place to find free and fantastic patterns (but I digress). Since the publish date of this pattern 559 knitters have made it (ravelry statistic).
I feel great about this pattern. Like a hug I sent out to the universe that keeps multiplying as folks make their hearts and then give them away. I receive notes. They tell me that hearts have been passed on to heart-transplant recipients, or friends who have had surgery on their tickers, they have been given to friends and lovers too.
If you would like to make a heart and wear it on your sleeve. The Knit Cafe has a mini version of the heart pattern that would look lovely as a lapel pin. Find it here
You can never have enough friends. You could make some new ones or show you’re appreciation to old favorites with this project from the Purl Bee. There, you will find a great tutorial on how to make these Heart Friendship Bracelets
Happy February 14th, no matter how you spend it.