How to knit a heart

Many of you must be looking for Christmas gift ideas right now, so I thought it was the perfect time to share a pattern with you all! You might have seen these knitted hearts before. My pattern first appeared in Gathered (Issue 16) and was then published on the Mollie Makes website.

I initially made these hearts to use as coasters and knitted a few sets, but they actually have many other uses! They’re perfect to add a personalised touch to a gift. Or what about using them to embellish a garment, like Gathered reader Wendy did with her knitted scarf?

This is a great project for beginners – it uses simple knitting techniques (garter stutch, kfb, k2tog). Have fun!

Material

  • Super chunky yarn (I used Sirdar Big Softie)
  • Size 8mm needles
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Instructions
Start by knitting the top of the heart – cast on 5 stitches. 

Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: Increase the first first stitch by knitting in the front and back (kfb) of the stitch, then knit to the end of the row. 
Row 3: Knit.
Row 4: Knit to the last stitch, increase (kfb). 
Row 5: Knit.
Row 6: Increase the first first stitch (kfb), knit to the end of the row.
Rows 7-10: Knit.
Cut the yarn and push your work to the bottom of the needle. 

Now make the other top half of the heart – cast on 5 stitches on the same needle where your work is.
Repeat rows 1-10.
Once completed, the 2 pieces should be on the same needle.


Join the two pieces by knitting across them.
Knit 4 more rows.
On the next row, decrease first and last stitch by knitting 2 stitches together (k2tog).
Knit the next row.
Repeat the last 2 steps until you have 2 stitches left.
Cut the yarn off, take your tapestry needle with the yarn through the remaining 2 stitches and weave in all the ends.

That’s it! Now block your work and start again :)  

Let me know if you give this pattern a try! I’d LOVE to see your pictures – you can post them on my Facebook page or tweet me @Julie_TheKnits.

For more patterns, click here!

And if you can’t knit, you can find sets of 4 hearts for sale in my Etsy shop.

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Translations available: Russian

Knitted Leaf Brooch in Gathered for Mollie Makes

Gathered are celebrating their 50th issue! The amazing crafty app for Ipad & Iphone brings you another helping of inspiration and projects – and one of the projects is my knitted leaf brooch!

Isn’t it cute??? You can learn how to knit this perfect Autumn accessory in 6 easy steps. 

In issue 50, you will also find a tutorial for this very pretty scallop necklace, interviews, fabulous crafty pics & more. Download Gathered NOW!
 

If you give my brooch tutorial a try, I would love to see the result! Send me a picture to julietheknits@gmail.com, post it on my Facebook page or tag #julieandtheknits on Instagram :)

Knitted Word in Gathered by Mollie Makes

I’m so happy to be part of yet another issue of Gathered by Mollie Makes. If you love DIY you have to download this Ipad App, it’s full of brilliant tutorials and crafty ideas. And I’m not just saying this because I’m in it!


In issue 30 you will find out how to make fruity mocktails, cross-stitched coasters AND knitted words. My tutorial shows you how to knit the word ‘craft’. Once you find out about this technique you’ll be able to knit any word you want. I bet you already have loads of ideas as you’re reading this!

 
I have made a couple of knitted names – they make the perfect gift and will look super cute in a baby’s bedroom (love that little pompom!).
 
 

You can also order your personalised word/name from my shop.

If you give this tutorial a try, feel free to send me a picture of the result :)

Knitted Book Jacket in Gathered by Mollie Makes

UPDATE: This pattern is now available for free on the Mollie Makes website!

As I keep going on about it, many of you will know that I have been working with the best craft magazine out there Mollie Makes over the last few months. They asked me to create tutorials for some of my knits for their equally amazing Ipad App Gathered. So far I have made a bow headband, heart shaped coasters and a knitted book jacket… and there’s more to come!

I love the whole creation process for these tutorials, from picking the right colour of yarn to taking some pretty pictures of the finished project. But what got me really excited last Friday is THIS:

My knitted book jacket features on their latest issue of Gathered! Their pictures always look so amazing, that’s one of the reasons why I love their magazine so much. 

My tutorial shows you how to knit an A5 book jacket and its super cute pocket in 3 steps. It’s a very easy project so let me know if you give it a try!

Issue 27 of Gathered by Mollie Makes is now available to download now.

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Bow Headband

 I’m very excited to share with you my first ever published knitting tutorial! I was asked by Gathered to create a step-by-step guide for one of my bow headbands. I really enjoyed doing this, and there are more on the way! Hope you like it, please let me know if you give it a try :)Make sure you download the issue 14 of Gathered for the full tutorial including step-by-step pics!To buy this lovely headband in different colour combos, visit my Etsy shop.

 

UPDATE: You can now get this pattern for free HERE! Happy Knitting :)

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