Free Heart Bunting Pattern
I always think knitting for Valentine's Day is a little risky. In the past I've made Mr. SL scarves, hats and jumpers, and he never wears them. This year I thought I'd try something different, and spruce up the house with some Valentine's bunting! Red and pink is my absolute favourite colour combination, so alongside knitting pink hearts I added some red pompoms which really brighten up the project!
The hearts are knitted in garter stitch which makes them super easy to knit, but also keeps the shape of the heart. I used a paper yarn for the hearts as it added more texture than acrylic yarn. I love unusual yarns and think the Creative Paper is great fun for a quick project.
Rico Creative Paper - Chunky
100% paper fibre, 55m per 100g
M - Main Colour - Pink
Stylecraft Life - Chunky
75% acrylic, 25% wool, 162m per 100g
C - Contrast Colour - Red x 1 ball
To find alternative yarns I recommend using yarnsub.com.
6mm (US 10) knitting needles
For this project tension isn't important. However, you can change the size of hearts by how tightly or loosely you knit them. If you find the finished hearts are very tight and small, you may want to consider using 7mm or 8mm knitting needles instead.
K2tog Knit 2 stitches together, decreasing from two stitches to one stitch
SKP Slip a stitch, knit a stitch, pass the slipped stitch over. Decreasing from two stitches to one stitch
St st Stocking stitch, knit a row then purl a row alternately
TURN Turn the work around in the centre of the row
* Repeat the instruction within the asterisks
THE HEARTS - Make as many as you'd like! For a small row of bunting, I recommend making at least three hearts.
Cast on 2 stitches in M.
Row 1 K
Row 2 K
Row 3 Kfb, Kfb (4 sts)
Row 4 K
Row 5 K1, Kfb, Kfb, K1 (6 sts)
Row 6 K
Row 7 K1, Kfb, K1, Kfb, K2 (8 sts)
Row 8 K
Row 9 K1, Kfb, K3, Kfb, K2 (10 sts)
Row 10 K
Row 11 K1, Kfb, K5, Kfb, K2 (12 sts)
Row 12 K
Row 13 K
Row 14 K
Pattern note: The following parts of the pattern have different sections to create the shape of the heart.
Right side of the heart
Row 15 SKP, K2, K2tog as per usual (10 sts). You'll have 4 stitches on the right needle, and 6 unworked stitches on the left, as shown below.
Now you need to TURN the work, so the wrong side is facing you, as shown below.
Before starting the next row, move the yarn between the knitting needles, making sure it's at the back of the work, as shown below. This is important as if you don't move it you'll accidentally add an extra stitch at the beginning of the next row.
Row 16 K the 4 stitches after the TURN. Leave the unworked 6 stitches on the right needle as you purl the 4 stitches.
Row 17 After working row 16, all the stitches will be on the left knitting needle.
Cast off the first 4 stitches, leaving the 6 unworked stitches on the left knitting needle, as shown below.
Left side of the heart
Now you need to work the left side of the heart. You need to reattach the yarn at the point of the TURN at Row 15. The pattern below is therefore written from that row.
Row 15 Start by slipping the first stitch from the left needle to the right, as shown below.
To reattach the yarn, push the right needle through the next stitch on the left needle. Take the yarn coming from the ball and wrap it around the right needle, as shown below.
Using the yarn wrapped around the needle, knit the stitch as per usual. Then, slip the first stitch over the second. As shown below.
Next, K2 and then K2tog as usual (4 sts)
Row 16 K this row
Row 17 Cast off and weave the loose ends into the wrong side of the heart.
Make the pompoms using the C yarn, I recommend making at least five. To make your pompom you could make a pompom maker or a piece of cardboard, or you can watch my easy pompom video!
Once you've made the amount of hearts and pompoms that you desire you can turn them into bunting. Cut a piece of C yarn and sew the hearts and pompoms to it. Hang it up and the room will look instantly more romantical.
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