This quick and easy knitting pattern makes a cute heart to stuff with batting or fill with herbs for a relaxing aromatherapy pillow next to the bed or as a sachet to keep your drawers, closet or car smelling fresh.
It uses a small amount of yarn and you can make them in a bunch of different colors to throw in with gifts and reduce your stash.
- About 25 yards of bulky acrylic or wool yarn (try Lion Brand Alpine Wool), which should be divided with a couple of yards in a smaller ball
- One pair size 10.5 US needles
- Yarn needle
- Batting, dried herbs, or whatever you'd like to fill the heart with
24 stitches and 24 rows per inch (6 rows and 6 stitches per inch) in garter stitch. Gauge is not critical.
The finished heart is 6 inches tall and 5 inches wide at widest point.
- Cast on 3 stitches.
- Knit one row.
- Knit if the front and back of the first and last stitch, and knit the other stitch.
- Knit the next row.
- Continue in this manner, increasing two stitches every other row until you have 17 stitches.
- Knit 10 rows straight.
- On the next row, knit 7, knit 2 together. Join your second strand of yarn, knit 8.
- *Slip, slip, knit, knit 4, knit 2 together. Repeat from *.
- *SSK, knit 2, knit 2 together. Repeat from *.
- *SSK, knit 2 together. Repeat from *.
- Bind off.
- Make a second heart in the same way. Sew up part of the heart, stuff with your desired filling, and finish sewing.
Joining the second strand of yarn in step 7 is vital to getting the heart shape because the two sides of the top of the heart need to be worked separately to make that V of empty space happen.
If you don't use a second strand, you won't end up with a heart shape at all. But you don't need to buy two balls of yarn -- just snip off a length of yarn before you start or work from both ends of the ball, if possible.
You can always add this project to your Ravelry queue.