Make this: Valentine’s Day Knitted Heart (Two Ways)

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Pretty much any holiday/seasonal event is an excuse for my to break out my knitting needles. Over the past few weeks, I made two Valentine’s Day-themed projects – one a simple heart hair clip and the other a more time-consuming stuffed, anatomical heart.

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I actually gave the anatomical heart to Emily for her birthday a couple weeks ago, but I still think it would make a pretty rad Valentine’s Day present. (My valentine was kind enough to model it as well.) The pattern for this is a little more involved and can be found here.

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The hair clip can be made in just an hour or two and doesn’t require a lot of skill. I came up with a really basic pattern to match the shape I wanted, but you could tweak it if you wanted your heart to a different size/shape.

Simple knitted heart:

Materials – scrap yarn, knitting needles (I used US size 5)

Cast on 2 stitches
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: KFB (knit through the front and back) on both ends of row (4 stitches)
Row 3-14: Continue alternating first two rows (16 stitches)
Rows 15-18: Knit
Row 19: knit 8 stitches, turn (the remaining stitches can stay on the needle or you can put them on a stitch holder).
Row 20: k2 tog (knit two stitches together), k4, k2 tog, turn (6 stitches on working needle)
Row 21: knit, turn
Row 22: k2 tog, k2, k2 tog, turn (4 stitches on working needle)
Row 23: knit, turn
Row 24: k2 tog, k2 tog, turn (2 stitches on working needle)
Row 25: k2 tog
Cast off and cut yarn.

Attach yarn to the unworked stitches in the middle of the heart and repeat rows 19-25 on second half of heart. Cast off.

Hot glue an alligator clip to the back and you’re done!

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