How to Knit a Heart You’ll Love

knit heart-shaped dishcloth

Knit your heart out — literally. This heart pattern is the perfect make for Valentine’s Day, whether you stitch it on its own and use it as a dishcloth, or incorporate it into a larger project.

Knit Heart

Level: Easy

Finished size: 7″ x 7″

What You Need

  • Worsted weight cotton yarn
  • US 8 circular needles
  • Darning needle
  • Abbreviations

  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • k2tog – knit 2 together
  • m1R – make 1 right
  • m1L – make 1 left
  • psso: pass slipped stitch over
  • RS – right side
  • ssk: slip, slip, knit
  • st/sts – stitch/stitches
  • WS -wrong side
  • Instructions

    Knit the Base

    CO 3 sts.

    Knit one row.

    Increase row: K1, m1R , k to 1 st from end, m1L, k1.

    Repeat the increase row 13 times more — 31 sts.

    Next row: K1, ssk, k9, k2tog , k1, slip 1 knitwise, k , psso , ssk, k9, k2tog, k1 — 5 sts decreased.

    Right Heart Bump

    You will now work only on the last 13 sts. The first set of 13 sts will remain on the needle but will be resting.

    Next row (and every WS row): Knit all sts.

    Decrease row: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.

    Next row: Knit all sts.

    Repeat these two rows until 5 sts remain.

    Next row (RS): K1, ssk, k to end — 4 sts.

    Bind off all sts. Cut yarn.

    Left Heart Bump

    You’ll now work the first set of held sts.

    Join yarn on WS and knit all sts.

    Decrease row: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.

    Next row (and all WS rows): Knit all sts.

    Repeat these two rows until 5 sts remain.

    Next row (RS): K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.

    Bind off all stitches. Cut yarn.

    Weave in the ends with a darning needle.

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