Knit and Crochet for Valentine’s Day
In honor of Valentine’s this year I’ve drawn a simple heart chart to inspire your next knit or crochet project. The panel can be a wash cloth, the start of a potholder/hot pad, or even a block for a blanket. I saved the chart as a PDF file you can download and print.
For our knitters out there, the edges are 5 rows/stitches in garter stitch (knit both sides). This not only adds a nice frame to the piece, but it also stops it from curling. If you’d like the final product to be a wash cloth, use 100% cotton worsted weight yarn. For my sample shown here, I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Dusty Green and Cranberry and size 8 needles. The interior of the square is stockinette stitch (knit right side, purl wrong side).
The graph can be knitted as shown, changing yarn colors for the heart. Or if you’re not comfortable yet with changing colors, knit the panel all in one color, then use Duplicate Stitch and a second color yarn, as I’ve done in the sample, to add the heart.
If you would rather crochet the heart, use the single crochet stitch throughout. You can single crochet in back loops only for the border stitches, to give the edges a slightly different texture than the main body, and single crochet in both loops for the interior. When you need to change colors for the heart, use the tapestry crochet technique of carrying the unused color along the tops of your stitches and crocheting over it as you go. This way you don’t need to worry about weaving in cut ends or attaching multiple balls of yarn as you move back and forth following the chart. It also gives you a firm fabric, which is nice if you plan to use the square as a pot holder or hot pad.
Just as with the knitted version, there is a stitching alternative if you don’t want to change colors while crocheting, and add the heart design after the piece is finished. With crochet, you can cross-stitch over the single crochet rows with your second color, following the blocks on the chart.
These links below provide additional information to help you with this project:
Sweaterscapes.com: Changing Yarn Colors While Knitting (Intarsia)
Squidoo.com: Intarsia Knitting Tutorial and Video
KarensVariety.com: Knit Duplicate Stitch
Videojug.com: Changing Yarn Colors while Crocheting (Video)
iWeb.tntech.edu: Tapestry Crochet Technique For Working With Two Colors
CraftStylish.com: Cross-stitch on Single Crochet
Additional inspiration for your crochet this Valentine’s Day–frame a heart shaped doily:
Valentine’s Day Crochet Framed; Pattern “Hearty Welcome” — Magic Crochet October 1989