A Simple Valentine Heart Pattern and Out In the Garden

I’ve been knitting more hearts today, I just love them! They are addictive, so quick and easy to make and amazing for yarn bombing too! I have knitted so many, they just seem to knit themselves, so here we go, you can knit a few too if you want, but I warn you, once you start, you won’t be able to stop:)

Materials:
4mm needles
Yarn compatible with 4mm, I have used hand spun stash.
Needles for sewing ends

Pattern: (This one is the heart with a little cross in the middle, I will also include the basic heart pattern below which is just garter stitch.)

All my increases are kfb (knit front and back ie. knit into the front of the stitch and then before you move the stitch off the needle, knit into the back of the stitch too, this makes the extra stitch:)

Cast on 2 stitches
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: kfb on both ends of this knit row. (4 stitches)
Continue alternating these 2 rows until you have 10 stitches.
Knit row
kfb into the first stitch, k 3, p 2 middle stitches, k 3 and kfb into the last st. (12 stitches)
knit row
kfb into the first st, k2, p 6, k2, kfb into the last st.
knit row
kfb into the first stitch, k5, p2, k5, kfb into the last stitch (16 stitches)
knit 4 rows
k 8 stitches, turn work (the remaining stitches can stay on the needle or you can put them on a stitch holder).
k 2 tog, k4, k 2 tog, turn work (6 stitches on your working needle)
knit row, turn work
k2 tog, k 2, k 2 tog, turn work (4 stitches on your working needle)
k row, turn work
k 2 tog, k 2 tog, turn work(2 stitches on your working needle)
k 2 tog
cast off

Now attach the yarn to the remaining stitches at the centre of the heart:
k 8 stitches, turn 
k 2 tog, k4, k 2 tog, turn (6 stitches on your working needle)
knit row, turn
k2 tog, k 2, k 2 tog, turn (4 stitches on your working needle)
k, turn
k 2 tog, k 2 tog, turn (2 stitches on your working needle)
k 2 tog
cast off
I sew all my ends to the centre of the little hearts so I can crochet a loop to make a holder on the top.

Basic Heart Pattern: (garter stitch only)
Cast on 2 stitches
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: KFB on both ends of this knit row. (4 stitches)
Continue alternating these 2 rows until you have 16 stitches.
Knit 4 rows.
k 8 stitches, turn (the remaining stitches can stay on the needle or you can put them on a stitch holder).
k 2 tog, k4, k 2 tog, turn (6 stitches on your working needle)
knit row, turn
k2 tog, k 2, k 2 tog, turn (4 stitches on your working needle)
k, turn
k 2 tog, k 2 tog, turn (2 stitches on your working needle)
k 2 tog
cast off

Now attach the yarn to the remaining stitches at the centre of the heart:
k 8 stitches, turn
k 2 tog, k4, k 2 tog, turn (6 stitches on your working needle)
knit row, turn
k2 tog, k 2, k 2 tog, turn (4 stitches on your working needle)
k, turn
k 2 tog, k 2 tog, turn (2 stitches on your working needle)
k 2 tog
cast off

If there are any errors in the patterns I do apologise most sincerely, do let me know though and I will fix them right away:)

Please note these patterns are for personal use only:)

I have discovered what the strange tomato was that was growing in our veggie garden!!! It is called an Ox Heart Tomato! Yay! I am going to save seeds and dry them out on the kitchen windowsill for future planting. I think it was Carrie who suggested Ox Heart, thanks Carrie!

This is what we discovered on the mesh roof of our veggie garden today, what an exciting find! We planted quite a few heirloom seeds in our garden, it was great fun, the tomatoes took over just  slightly (as they tend to do) and torrential rain rinsed out most of our labels in the veg beds and displaced a few of the seeds, so now we have these amazing surprises coming up all over the place. I am still not sure what this is I’m sad to say, but I can’t wait to find out, I thought it was a marrow or a squash but the skin is so smooth and now they are rounding out. We also planted sugar baby watermelons and we will just have to wait and see, unless you could tell me perhaps?

There are quite a few, as you can see.

The Spearmint is flowering in our kitchen windowbox and each time we brush past it on our way into the house, a heavenly scent goes wafting up through the air.

The Echinacea are in full bloom, so beautiful…
Have a wonderful day…

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15 Responses to A Simple Valentine Heart Pattern and Out In the Garden

  1. eidolons January 21, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    What a beautiful garden! I think we need to live somewhere more.. middling than our current location. Summers are just too hot and everything seems to wilt and die. I’m going to make another effort this year, though. You’ve got me wanting to plant right away – and with this weirdly warm weather, I’m almost tempted to give in and do it!

  2. Mia Foley January 22, 2012 at 2:46 am #

    All really beautiful photos Linda and I do love your hearts. Thanks so much for your generosity once again in sharing the patterns. I look forward to trying these out and the yarn bombing idea is wonderful for Valentines : ) I imagine waking up to a tree outside my window laden with candy coloured hearts! x

  3. Restless Prairie Farm January 22, 2012 at 2:59 am #

    How wonderful! So much fun to have surprises everywhere. I loved the year we had surprise pumpkins from an old compost pile. :o) We are just starting to plant here. Hopefully this year will be better than the last.

    Wendi

  4. angelina January 22, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    ive always thought ‘roof trellising’ for gourds was such a tops idea. doesnt waste any precious garden space , you can just let those babies grow and grow. but how do you get up there to harvest?

  5. Tracey January 22, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    Thank you once again Linda for a great pattern.

    We had a large crop of suprise tomatoes come up in our stawberry patch last year, they were great.

    I showed my husband[the farmer] your picture and we can’t decide what you have growing! Maybe your plants crossed with each other and you have a new vegetable. I do hope you post when you are ready to harvest as we would like to know.

  6. Lori ann January 22, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    you are the queen of hearts linda! thank you for sharing once again, i’ll love to make these!
    and your garden, such a wonder, i love how it surprises and delights.
    have a wonderful week ahead!
    xox

  7. basicliving@backtobasicliving.com January 23, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    The hearts are just adorable! I love all the different colors. Thanks so much for sharing the pattern.

    I love seeing your beautiful vegetables growing in your garden. The trellis is such a nifty idea! I was also wondering how you harvest from it? It will be interesting to hear what you eventually find out it is – it almost looks like a cross between a Sugar Baby watermelon and a zucchini!

  8. K January 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    MY favorite names for tomatoes have the same sounds in them – Beef Steak, Ox Heart – all juicy, bright sounds that are almost onomatopoetic when you think about the experience of eating a great tomato. I wish I loved gardening as much as you do. But I do love hearts, and having needles and a hunger for the charming, I CAN make those.

  9. Natalie January 23, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    Your garden is such a dream Linda, makes me feel quite homesick, and I heard you are having some amazing storms lately…….:-( my favourite part of the African weather….

    Love the hearts, so sweet
    xx

  10. Kelly de Vries February 7, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    Linda, I added your pattern for the simple hearts (linked to here) to my site of free knitting patterns that I love. If you would prefer I remove it, please let me know. You can check out the site here- http://freeandsimpleknittingpatterns.blogspot.com/

  11. Patty January 18, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    I love your hearts, & they seem easy even for a beginner knitter like me. I’ve made several, but mine look more like butterflies! Help!! Can’t imagine how I screwed up – the bottom of mine is rather straight across instead of nicely pointed. Thank you for any help you can offer!

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