Two hands holding a knitted heart made from free knitted hearts pattern. A handmade tag is attached with a special message for a loved one
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Free Heart Knitting Pattern for your Valentine – a little love token

There’s a unique and undeniable joy that comes from creating something with your own two hands, especially when it’s intended for someone special. Handmade gifts carry a personal touch, and when it comes to expressing love, what better way than with a knitted heart from my free heart knitting pattern.

In this blog post, we’ll explore why knitting these charming knitted hearts from my free heart knitting pattern, are not only enjoyable, but also a heartfelt way to show your love, by adding a personalised message for your loved one.

Knitted heart made from free heart knitting pattern. A personalised message is attached to make it unique and sentimental

What sets these knitted hearts apart is the ability to add a personalised message. In a world dominated by digital communication, a handwritten note or a custom message knitted into a heart brings a unique and heartfelt touch. Whether it’s a favourite quote, a shared joke, or a simple “I love you,” these messages turn a charming handcrafted item into a sentimental keepsake, serving as a constant reminder of your love.

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HOW TO KNIT A HEART FROM MY FREE HEART KNITTING PATTERN

MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED

Oddments of double knitting (light worsted weight) yarn; 3.5mm (US 4) knitting needles; small amount of toy filling; wool/tapestry needle; sharp scissors; card; short length of thin ribbon

ABBREVIATIONS

k = knit; p = purl; k2tog = knit next 2 sts together as one st; p2tog = purl next 2 sts together as one st; kfb = increase 1 by knitting into the front of the next st but don’t remove it from the left hand needle. Knit into the back of the same st then remove st from left hand needle (two stitches made from one stitch); st(s) = stitch(es); st st = stocking stitch (k on right side and p on wrong side).

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FREE HEART KNITTING PATTERN

With your chosen yarn and 3.5mm needles, cast on 2 sts.

Row 1: Kfb, k1. (3 sts).

Row 2 and every alternate row: P all sts.
Row 3: K1, kfb, k1. (4 sts)
Row 5: Kfb, k to last st, kfb. (6 sts)
Row 7: As row 5. (8 sts)
Row 9: As row 5. (10 sts)
Row 11: As row 5. (12 sts)
Rows 12-14: Starting with a p row, st st 3 rows.
Row 15: As row 5. (14 sts)
Rows 16-18: Starting with a p row, st st 3 rows.
Row 19: K7, turn and work on these sts only.
Row 20: P to last 2 sts, p2tog. (6 sts)
Row 21: K.
Row 22: P2tog, p to last 2 sts, p2tog. (4 sts)
Row 23: K1, k2tog, k1. (3 sts)
Cut yarn and thread onto a darning needle. Thread needle through last 3 sts on needles and pull tight. Bind off yarn and trim.

Attach yarn to remaining 7 sts (with right side facing) and work second hump as follows:
Row 19: K7, turn and work on these sts only.
Row 20: P2tog, p to end. (6 sts)
Row 21: K.
Row 22: P2tog, p to last 2 sts, p2tog. (4 sts)
Row 23: K1, k2tog, k1. (3 st

Cut yarn and thread onto a darning needle. Thread needle through last 3 sts on needles and pull tight. Bind off yarn and trim. Place the two heart pieces together, right sides facing. Stitch together with a mattress stitch (trapping all yarns ends inside the heart) until approximately 3cm of the seam remains. Fill with toy filling and stitch the remaining seam. Tie off yarn end and weave end into the heart.

Use ribbon or yarn to attach a message printed onto a small piece of card and pop your heart into your secret place, to be found during the day. It’s sure to make your loved one smile.

Knitted hearts made from free heart knitting pattern. A personalised message is attached to make it unique and sentimental

If you enjoyed knitting this whimsical heart, you may also enjoy my knitted carrot pattern which is also free. You can find the blog post here

knitted carrots made from my free knitted carrot pattern

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12 Comments

  1. Thanks for your lovely comments – so sorry Carol – I've just realised I didn't reply. You can either pop your stitches onto a stitch holder or just leave them on the needle whilst you knit the first hump – whatever you prefer. Good luck x

  2. Thanks for your lovely comments – so sorry Carol – I've just realised I didn't reply. You can either pop your stitches onto a stitch holder or just leave them on the needle whilst you knit the first hump – whatever you prefer. Good luck x

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this easy pattern. Just made a heart for my husband for our first valentines day as a married couple. Only took 1/2 an hour and I'm beginner so really pleased with myself.

    To carol, I left my stitches on the needle and had no problems.

    Jo x

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this easy pattern. Just made a heart for my husband for our first valentines day as a married couple. Only took 1/2 an hour and I'm beginner so really pleased with myself.

    To carol, I left my stitches on the needle and had no problems.

    Jo x

  5. Lynne,
    First, thank you for this pattern! I am making them for my grandchildren for Valentine's day. My question is this: When you get to row 19 do you put the other seven stitches on a stitch holder while you work on the first seven? Sorry if this is a stupid question.

    Carol

  6. Lynne,
    First, thank you for this pattern! I am making them for my grandchildren for Valentine's day. My question is this: When you get to row 19 do you put the other seven stitches on a stitch holder while you work on the first seven? Sorry if this is a stupid question.

    Carol

  7. Dear Mary – many thanks for your lovely comments. Your idea is so thoughtful. It's often difficult in these circumstances to say or do the right thing so I'm sure your friend will appreciate the time you've taken to make something so caring and personal. I'm pleased that my patterns are useful and inspiring. Thank you too Mary, Lynne xx

  8. Dear Mary – many thanks for your lovely comments. Your idea is so thoughtful. It's often difficult in these circumstances to say or do the right thing so I'm sure your friend will appreciate the time you've taken to make something so caring and personal. I'm pleased that my patterns are useful and inspiring. Thank you too Mary, Lynne xx

  9. Lynn, I wanted to thank you from the bottom of your heart for your pattern. My friend at work just lost her husband this morning so I was looking for something to make her. When I came across your pattern I knew it was perfect. A coworker had donated white, pink, red, and yellow supersaver yarn to me a couple of months ago so I'm going to make several hearts, 1 for each person in my department to write a note such as "My heart is with you", "Your in my prayers". I think my friend will enjoy the gift. Thank you. Mary

  10. Lynn, I wanted to thank you from the bottom of your heart for your pattern. My friend at work just lost her husband this morning so I was looking for something to make her. When I came across your pattern I knew it was perfect. A coworker had donated white, pink, red, and yellow supersaver yarn to me a couple of months ago so I'm going to make several hearts, 1 for each person in my department to write a note such as "My heart is with you", "Your in my prayers". I think my friend will enjoy the gift. Thank you. Mary

  11. Love your heart design Lynn, and lots of your other creations…I've been having a look around your inspiring creations…I'm a crochet newbie!
    As a new reader of your blog I have nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award..you can pop over to my blog for details… but I'll not be offended if you choose to just silently know that I enjoy your work.
    Keep up the woolly work!..
    Ali

  12. Love your heart design Lynn, and lots of your other creations…I've been having a look around your inspiring creations…I'm a crochet newbie!
    As a new reader of your blog I have nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award..you can pop over to my blog for details… but I'll not be offended if you choose to just silently know that I enjoy your work.
    Keep up the woolly work!..
    Ali

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