Knitting is a very enjoyable and useful hobby, but don't think your selection of things to make ends with hats and mitts and scarfs! You can knit almost anything, with the right instruction, and I'm here to show you how to knit a heart! This particular heart can be used as a coaster, cloth for wiping things, a present for a friend, or just decoration without a specific purpose except for looking nice. Whichever use you have for it, you'll be surprised how simple it is to make a heart, using only the basic knitting materials.
(I got this pattern from a website called "Julie and the Knits".)
Step 1: Materials
Chunky yarn - I used red, but the colour you use is your choice.
Pair of knitting needles - I used 9mm needles, but any needles around that size should be fine.
Scissors - When do you not need these?
Tapestry needle - Another thing you need for all knitting projects!
Let's do this! :)
Step 2: Cast On
Cast on five stitches.
Step 3: Row 1: Knit
Knit this row, using the standard knit stitch.
Step 4: Row 2: Increase First Stitch
Increase the first stitch of this row, by knitting in the front and back of the stitch (KFB). Knit to the end of the row.
Step 5: Row 3: Knit
Knit the whole row, standard.
Step 6: Row 4: Increase Last Stitch
Knit to the last stitch, and increase it (KFB).
Step 7: Row 5: Knit
Knit stitch this row.
Step 8: Row 6: Increase the First Stitch
Increase the first stitch of this row (KFB), and knit to the end of the row.
Step 9: Rows 7-10: Knit
Standard knit the four rows 7, 8, 9, 10.
Step 10: Cut Yarn
Cut the yarn leaving a tail a couple inches long, and push your work to the bottom of the needle it's currently on.
Step 11: Cast On
Cast on five stitches on the same needle your work is on.
Step 12: Repeat
Repeat what you did for rows one to ten.
Step 13: Finished the Top Half
If you've counted correctly, both pieces should now be on the same needle. If they are... congrats! If they're not... go back and see what you did wrong, and fix it.
Step 14: Joining the Top
Now join the two pieces of knit work, by knitting a row across them.
Step 15: Knit Four More Rows
Standard knit the next four rows.
Step 16: Decrease First and Last Stitches
Decrease the first and last stitches of this row, by knitting two stitches together (k2tog). Knit the stitches in between normally.
Step 17: Knit This Row
Knit stitch this row.
Step 18: Repeat Last Steps
Repeat the two last steps, until you have only two stitches left.
Step 19: Finishing
Cut the yarn, take your tapestry needle with the yarn through the remaining 2 stitches and weave in all the ends.
Step 20: Tada!
And you're done! Don't worry if your first heart looks a little off; the first couple times you make this, you might lose count of what row you're on.
This is my first Instructable, and I'd be very happy to hear thoughts on it! And, of course, share pics of the hearts you knit! :)
Thanks for reading!