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Free Knitting Pattern: Valentine Hearts

My boys and I love making handmade cards for friends and family, and nothing says I love you, like a hand~knit valentine heart.
Here’s how to make one {or a dozen!}
Supplies You’ll Need:
Size 6 {4mm} Knitting Needle
Worsted Weight Yarn
Darning needle
Abbreviations:
sts = stitches
M1 = make one stitch by lifting the running stitch
from the row below and knitting into it
K1 = knit
ssk = slip, slip, knit
k2tog = knit two together
Hint:
Slip the first stitch in each row for a nice finished border
Directions:
Cast on 3 sts.  Turn
K 3 sts.  Turn
K1, M1, K1, M1, K1.  Turn
K 5 sts.  Turn
K1, M1, K3, M1, K1.  Turn
K7 sts.  Turn
Break yarn.
Slide all these stitches to the end of the needle and repeat the last section again.
Don’t break yarn the second time.
You should now have both tops of the heart on one needle.
Making sure both pieces are ridge side up, knit across.  Turn
K 3 more rows.  Turn
K1, ssk, K to last 3 sts, k2tog, K1.  Turn
K across.  Turn
Repeat the last two rows until 2 sts remain.
Bind off.
Finishing
Darn in ends, coaxing the heart into shape.
To make a larger heart, add more increase rows to each top piece.
To make a taller heart, add more plain rows between each decrease row.
For the valentine card, I hand stitched the heart in place with a bit of embroidery thread and a very sharp needle.
Enjoy~
Elizabeth Murphy   Come join me under The Sitting Tree for stories about my life as a wife to my best friend, proud mama of three unschooled boys, obsessed knitter and lover of Mother Earth.