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Valentine Heart Coaster Knitting Pattern, Colour Work

I’ve been working on a little (almost, not sure if it is really) Fair Isle colour work for a Valentine heart coaster, you could even attach some yarn and make it into a picture to hang up or make a little banner with a few of these attached to it, or a garland. I haven’t written a pattern for colour work before, so please bare with me, I hope it makes sense, if not just send me an email and I will answer any questions:) lindadawkins@mweb.co.za Also if you find any errors do let me know and I will sort them out.

Here we go:

Materials:
Oddments of beige and red hand spun or DK yarn, DK would look better as it is even.
4mm straight needles
Needle for sewing in ends

Pattern:
Cast on 17 stitches in beige wool.
Knit 5 rows in garter stitch
Row 6: knit 3 purl 11, knit 3
Row 7: knit
Row 8: knit 3, purl 11, knit 3
Row 9: knit 8 attach red, k 1 in red, twist yarns, leave red,  knit 8 in beige.
Row 10: knit 3 in beige,  purl 4 in beige, twist yarns, purl 3 in red twisting the beige and red as you go, twist yarns, leave red, purl 4 beige, knit 3 beige.
Row 11: knit 6 beige, twist red and beige yarns and knit 6 stitches in red, carrying the beige at the back, twist and leave red, knitting in beige to the end.
Row 12: knit 3 beige, purl 2 beige, twist red and beige on facing side of work and purl 7 in red, twist red and beige yarns, leave red and continue, purl 2 beige,  knit 3 beige on end.
Row 13: knit 5 beige, twist yarns knit 7 in red carrying the beige at the back, twist yarns, leave red an knit 5 beige to end.
Row 14: knit 3 , p 2 in beige, twist and purl 7, twist yarns together across, leave red and purl 2 beige, k 3 beige.
Row 15: knit 5 beige, twist red and beige, k 7 red, carrying beige at the back, twist yarns, leave red k 5 in beige.
Row 16: knit 3 beige, purl 2 beige, twist yarns, purl 7 red, carrying beige along, twist yarns, leave red, purl 2 beige, knit 3 beige.
Row 17: knit 6 beige, twist yarns, knit 2 red, twist yarns, knit 1 beige, twist yarns, knit 2 red, twist yarns, knit 6 beige.
Row 18: knit 3, purl 4, twist yarns, purl 1 red, twist, purl 1 beige, twist, purl 1 red, twist, p 4 beige, k 3 beige.
Row 19: knit
Row 20: knit 3, purl 11, knit 3 all beige
Row 21: knit all beige
Row: 22: knit 3, purl 11, knit 3
Row 23: knit
Row 24: knit
Row 25: knit
Row 26: knit
cast off

Sew in all your ends and block by dampening your coaster slightly with water and then pinning it into a square shape with pins on a suitable surface, remove when dry.
And there you go.
I am sure this would be much easier as a chart, still working on learning how to chart patterns:)
Happy Monday and enjoy knitting:)
Linda

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Ready for Another Valentine Heart Pattern? Yarn Along

I know, I have been knitting a lot of hearts… I love knitting them and the other night while dozing off to sleep, I thought about this heart within a heart. I thought about how I could place a small heart-shaped opening right in the centre of a knitted heart. So, this is what I came up with, starting off with one piece, knitting up each side, one at a time and then joining again at the top. I think they are perfect for decorating gifts for birthdays, holidays, Valentine’s Day etc…

I am going to put all these little hearts together and make a garland…

Materials:
Oddments of DK or hand spun yarn, I tried both and found the DK to work the best as it gives a wonderful heart shape.
4mm needles
Sewing up needle

Pattern:
Cast on 2 stitches
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: kfb into the front stitch and kfb into the second stitch. (4 stitches)
Continue alternating these two rows until you have 8 stitches on the needle.
Knit 4 stitches, turn work (you can leave the remaining stitches on the other needle)
Knit 2 together, knit 1, kfb, turn work
Knit 4, turn work
Knit 2 together, knit 1, kfb, turn work
Knit 4, turn work
Knit 2 tog, knit 1, kfb, turn work
Knit 4, turn work
Knit 4 rows, turn work

Cast on 5 stitches.

Cast off 2 stitches (cast off by knitting 2 stitches and taking the back stitch over the front stitch, then knitting another stitch and then taking the back stitch over the front stitch) knit 4 stitches, knit 2 together, turn work.
Knit 6 stitches

Put these 6 stitches on a stitch holder. Break yarn.
Join ball of yarn to the stitches in the middle of the heart, and now to knit the other side of the heart.
Knit 2 together, knit 1, kfb, turn work
Knit 4 stitches, turn work
Knit 2 together, knit 1, kfb, turn work
Knit 4 stitches, turn work
Knit 2 together, knit 1, kfb, turn work
Knit 4 stitches, turn work
Knit 4 rows, turn work,
Cast on 5 stitches, cast off 2 stitches, knit 4 stitches, knit 2 together, as you did above for the other top of the heart.

Place all the stitches on one needle.
Knit 1 row with all stitches.
Knit 6 stitches, turn work.
Knit 2 together, knit 2, knit 2 together, turn (4 stitches on working needle)
Knit stitches on working needle, turn
Knit 2 together, knit 2 together, turn
Knit 2 together.
Bind off
This is the top of one side of the heart finished.

Now to finish the other top of the heart. Attach the yarn at the middle of the heart , shown in the above photo.
Knit 6 stitches,
Knit 2 together, knit 2, knit 2 together,
Knit row
Knit 2 together, knit 2 together,
Knit 2 together.
Bind off

Once your little heart is finished, you can begin sewing in all the ends. The two pieces in the centre that were ‘cast off’ need to be sewn together all the way down to form the heart shape. I usually leave long ends when I cast off the top pieces, then I sew them in towards the centre and have long pieces of yarn on the top that can be braided etc…

Please note, this pattern is for personal use only:)

Have a lovely week:)
Happy knitting
xo

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Valentine, Heart Shaped Kitchen Trivet Pattern

I have knitted up this simple Valentine Pot Trivet for our kitchen. I need a few of these and I will probably knit up a few for my mom too. They are really easy to make, just garter stitch with increasing and decreasing and sewing in ends. You could also crochet a sweet border around your heart if you wish or just leave it as is. I think having little heart trivets adorning the kitchen counter tops will make me smile whenever I see them…

Materials:

Chunky cotton
6mm needles
Wool sewing up needle

Pattern:

Cast on 1 stitch
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Increase 1 stitch at the beginning of the row, knit across the row, increase 1 stitch at the end of the row.
Row 3: Knit row
Continue alternating these rows 2 and 3 until you have 23 stitches on the needle.
Knit 1 row.
Knit row and increase one stitch in the middle of the row, you now have 24 stitches.
Knit another 6 rows.

Now you are going to knit the two top areas of the heart separately.

Knit 12 stitches, turn work, (the remaining stitches will be held by the other needle until you need them or you can put them on a stitch holder)
Knit 2 stitches together, k 8, knit 2 stitches together, turn, (10 stitches)
Knit 10 stitches, turn,
Knit 2 stitches together, k 6, knit 2 stitches together, turn (8 stitches)
Knit 8 stitches, turn
Knit 2 stitches together, knit 4 stitches, knit 2 stitches together, turn (6 stitches)
Knit 6 stitches, turn
Knit 2 stitches together, k 2, knit 2 stitches together, turn (4 stitches)
Knit 4 stitches, turn
Knit 2 stitches together, knit 2 stitches together, turn (2 stitches)
Knit 2 stitches together (1 stitch)
Cast off

Return to your knitting that is on the needle and attach the cotton at the middle of the heart.
This will be the other top of the heart.
Knit 12 stitches, turn,
Knit 2 stitches together, k 8, knit 2 stitches together, turn, (10 stitches)
Knit 10 stitches, turn,
Knit 2 stitches together, k 6, knit 2 stitches together, turn (8 stitches)
Knit 8 stitches, turn
Knit 2 stitches together, knit 4 stitches, knit 2 stitches together, turn (6 stitches)
Knit 6 stitches, turn
Knit 2 stitches together, k 2, knit 2 stitches together, turn (4 stitches)
Knit 4 stitches, turn
Knit 2 stitches together, knit 2 stitches together, turn (2 stitches)
Knit 2 stitches together (1 stitch)
Cast off

Sew in all the ends and you have a pot trivet for your kitchen:)

***If you would like to make your trivet larger, just continue increasing either side of the alternating rows, knit straight for a few rows as per pattern instructions, you might have to add a few more straight rows for the increased size. Remember to increase 1 stitch in the middle to make your pattern an even number of stitches and then when you are happy with the size, start casting off one top edge at a time, 2 stitches per row alternating with knit rows ending with one stitch on each top edge.***

Happy knitting!


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