This is part 2 of a 2 part special featurd today which I like to call “Crafting from R2.” You can also find some crafty inspiration by checking out part 1, Kati’s tutorial.
Several weeks ago, in celebration of Handmade Christmas 2010, our friend Kelly instructed us in Beginning Knitting 101: Class 1 and Class 2. Today we are putting our lesson’s to use with her adorable knit heart ornament tutorial! Take it away, Kelly:
This ornament was based on a heart potholder pattern that I found. (You do have to log in to the site to see the pattern, but its free so no worries.)
This pattern is worked from the tip of the heart up.
I honestly don’t know what my gauge was when I made them, but I would suggest giving one a try and seeing how it turns out since they are very quick to make. I used size 5 needles, and scrap worsted weight yarn. It makes about a 2”x2” heart.
- Knitting needles: I used size 5, but I tend to knit loosely, so you might use a larger size.
- Yarn: a small amount of worsted weight in whatever color you want your heart to be.
- Sewing needle: either metal or plastic with a large enough eye for your yarn to go through.
- Stitch holder – or scrap yarn
Terms to know:
(these are all easy things to do, if they don’t make sense to you, Google them, or go to Knitting Help and they can explain them better than I can.)
- CO: Cast on stitch
- K: Knit stitch
- KFB: Knit the front and back of the same stitch. This allows you to increase a stitch without creating a hole.
- SL: Slip stitch from the left to right needle without knitting a stitch.
- PSSO: Pass the slipped stitch over the the stitch you knit that is now on the right needle.
- BO: Bind off stitch
- Row 1: CO 1 stitch
- Row 2: K
- Row 3: KFB
- Row 4: K
- Row 5: KFB, KFB
- Row 6: K
- Row 7: KFB, K2, KFB
- Row 8: K
- Row 9: KFB, K4, KFB
- Row 10: K
- Row 11: KFB, K6, KFB
- Row 12: K
- Row 13: KFB, K8, KFB
- Row 14: K
- Row 15: K
- Row 16: K
- Row 17: K
- Row 18: (SL1, K1, PSSO) K to end.
- Row 19: (SL1, K1, PSSO) K to end
- Row 20: (SL1, K1, PSSO) K3. Put the stitches on the right needle onto a stitch holder or a spare piece of yarn. Knit the rest of the stitches on the left needle.
- Row 21: (SL1, K1, PSSO) K3
- Row 22: K
- Row 23: K
- Row 24: (SL1, K1, PSSO) K2
- Row 25: BO all stitches
- Row 26: Pick up the stitches on the stitch holder.
- Row 27: K
- Row 28: K
- Row 29: (SL1, K1, PSSO) K2
- Row 30: BO all stitches
At this point you will have a small knit heart.
To put the “hanger” on, simply thread some scrap yarn onto a needle and insert it in between the two bumps of the heart. Trim the yarn to desired length, and tie the two ends together in a knot at the top.
You now have a cute heart ornament.
For my heart ornaments, I decided to add a little more. I happened to have some Yogi tea bag tags around – sometimes I like to keep random things, these happen to have quotes on them and I like them, so I kept them. But now I have a use for them!
1) Measure the string so the tag lands in the middle of the heart.
2) Tie string onto the “hanger” part of the heart.
I think the little tag adds uniqueness to the ornament, and also it can be personalized with different quotes – or, you could even make your own “tea tags” with different quotes.