A little Love Token - Free Heart Knitting Pattern


With Valentine's Day rapidly approaching, I thought I'd share my quick and easy pattern for these cute little love tokens. They're the perfect thing to pop into a loved one's pocket, lunch box or work bag. Imagine their surprise when they find your message.

Here's how to make them: 

Abbreviations: 
k = knit.
p = purl. 
k2tog = knit next 2 sts together as one stitch (to decrease 1 stitch). 
p2tog = purl next 2 sts together as one st (to decrease 1 stitch).
kfb = increase 1 by knitting into the front of the next stitch but don't remove it from the left hand needle. Knit into the back of the same st then remove st from left hand needle (two stitches made from one stitch).
st(s) = stitch(es).
WS = wrong side.
RS = right side. 

Materials: 
3.75mm needles (or you could use 3.5mm or 3.25mm needles - whatever you have available)
Oddments of double knitting yarn
small amount of toy filling
darning needle 
scissors
card
thin ribbon 

Instructions: 
Cast on 2 sts, leaving a long tail end for sewing up later.

Row 1: Kfb, K1. (3 sts).
Row 2 and every alternate row: P.
Row 3: K1, Kfb, K1. (4 sts).
Row 5: Kfb, K to the last st, Kfb. (6 sts).
Row 7: Repeat Row 5. (8 sts).
Row 9: Repeat row 5. (10 sts).
Row 11: Repeat row 5 (12 sts).
Rows 12-14: starting with a P row, st st 3 rows.
Row 15: Repeat Row 5. (14 sts).
Rows 16-18: starting with a P row, st st 3 rows.
Row 19: K7, turn and work on these 7 sts only.
Row 20: P to the last 2 sts, P2tog. (6 sts).
Row 21: K.
Row 22: P2tog, P to last 2 sts, P2tog. (4 sts).
Row 23: K1, K2tog, K1. (3 sts).
Cut yarn and thread onto a darning needle. Thread needle through last 3 sts on needles and pull tight. Secure yarn end with a few stitches, weave end into WS and trim.
Next, with RS facing you, work on the remaining 7 sts to work second hump as follows:
Row 19: k7, turn.
Row 20: P2tog, P to end. (6 sts).
Row 21: K.
Row 22: P2tog, P to last 2 sts, P2tog. (4 sts).
Row 23: K1, K2tog, K1. (3 sts).
Cut yarn and thread onto a darning needle. Thread needle through last 3 sts on needles and pull tight. Secure yarn end with a few stitches, weave end into WS and trim.

Making Up:
Place the two heart pieces together, with WS together and RS facing out. Stitch the sides together using mattress stitch (trapping any yarns ends inside the heart) until approximately 3cm of the seam remains open. Fill with toy filling (you could even add lavender) then stitch the remaining seam closed. Tie off yarn end and weave end into the heart.

Uses:
Use ribbon or yarn to attach a message printed onto a small piece of card and pop your heart into your secret place, to be found during the day. It's sure to make your loved one smile.

Make a dozen hearts and attach a hanging ribbon to each one. Hang onto twigs for a rustic look.
 
 
Have fun with your hearts, Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Knitting, Lynne x

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