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Here's My Heart Scarf »
InstructionsThis is a fast and easy project. With less than 2 ounces of wool and just a few short hours, you'll have a really adorable scarf that can also be used as a headband. It's charming to wear on Valentine's Day, but you don't have to limit yourself to only red Valentine hearts. It looks lovely in white with little flowers appliqued to the hearts. I'm also planning to make one for St. Patrick's Day ...
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Type of item: Accessory
Style: Casual, Holiday, Whimsical, Classic, Romantic, Funky, Cute, Eco-Friendly, Retro / Vintage
I used knitting worsted weight Merino wool to knit this.
What was your inspiration?
I'm a total romantic and love knitted and crocheted hearts all year round. I sold this scarf on Etsy for years and got frequent requests for the pattern. I finally got it published in PDF format this February which is always an appropriate time for hearts.
What are you most proud of?
Explaining how to make those big shaping eyelet decreases at the top of the hearts was a challenge. I wrote the text over and over until I was sure that it was really clear.
In all of my patterns, I'm most proud of the way they are written out in clear sentences with no abbreviations. When patterns are published in magazines, there are space limitations which have led to the development of "Knittish" a language like no other that's open to a lot of misinterpretation. I prefer to use English in my patterns. Over the years on my website - http://www.KnittingGuru.com - the most frequent questions I have received have to do with confusion about the abbreviations and wording of commercial patterns people are using. That's why I decided to use no abbreviations at all in my patterns.This seems to be working out very well.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
First, use a beautiful smooth yarn for this project. I prefer Merino wool, but if you want to splurge try a bit of cashmere or silk. A soft cotton would be lovely for the summer months. You only need an ounce or two, so this is a good project for some luxury yarn.
Most of this pattern is extremely simple. The only two challenging areas are the top of heart decreases and the grafting of the two scarf sections with Kitchener Stitch. If you follow the instructions step by step you should have no trouble at all with this.
It is possible to join the two scarf pieces with a 3-needle bind off, but then you'll have a little ridge on the inside of the center of the scarf. I think it's a much better idea to use Kitchener Stitch and you won't be sorry you've learned it. There are only a few stitches on the scarf band, so it's a good project to learn this grafting. Also, it's very satisfying to look at a piece you joined with Kitchener Stitch and to see that the seam is invisible. This is definitely Knitting Magic!