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Heart Handwarmers

February 2, 2011

Lately I’ve been on a knitting kick, which I’m going to blame entirely on the snowy winter we’ve been having here. Just my luck to move to Boston in an especially harsh year. When it’s cold and wet outside and you don’t need to go out, snuggling in front of a movie with some knitting is a great way to spend an evening. Since my hands tend to get cold when I’m using my computer, in honor of Valentine’s Day I decided to knit up some lacy heart handwarmers.

They’re knit flat with hearts on both sides, so when they’re seamed up they’re interchangeable. I used a skein of yarn from my stash for these, but unfortunately I’ve lost the label. I know it’s worsted weight wool, but I don’t know how big the skein was. Judging from other handwarmer patterns, I’m guessing you’ll need about 100 yards.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, you have no excuse not to knit a friend (or yourself!) a pair.

K: Knit
P: Purl
Sl: Slip
SKP: Slip the next stitch, knit, pass the slipped stitch over.
YO: Yarn over
K2tog: Knit two together
RS/WS: Right side/wrong side
St/s: Stitch/es
Psso: Pass the slipped stitch over

Gauge: 5 sts per inch in stockinette stitch.
Yarn: Worsted weight wool
Needles: US size 8

Cast on 36 stitches.

Rows 1-6: K2, P2
Row 7: K
Row 8: P

heart lace pattern (1 heart = 12 sts, with a border of 4 stitches on each side):
Round 9: K4 *YO, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, SKP, yo, k1* K4, repeat between **s, then K4 (RS row) (You should have 40 stitches on your needle.)
Round 10: P (WS row)
Round 11: K4 *k1, YO, slip2-k2tog-pass slipped stitches over, yo, k3, yo, slip2-k2tog-pass slipped stitches over, yo, k2* K4, repeat between **s, then K4. (You should be back to 36 stitches.)
Round 12: P (WS row)
Round 13: K4 *k1, K2tog, YO, k5, YO, SKP, K2* K4, repeat between **s, then K4
Round 14: P (WS row)
Round 15: K4 *K2tog, YO, k7, YO, SKP, K1* K4, repeat between **s, then K4
Round 16: P (WS row)
Round 17: K4 *YO, k9, YO, Sl-1-st-k2tog-psso* K4, repeat between **s, then K4
Round 18: P (WS row)

Repeat rows 9-18 three times, then rows 9-12 a final time.
Knit one row
Purl one row.
K2, P2 for four rows, then bind off.

Seam the sides 4.5 inches from the bottom and 2 inches from the top, leaving a 2-inch gap for your thumb.

Repeat for a second handwarmer.

If you’re a member of Ravelry, here is the Ravelry project page.

Looking for more tutorials and DIY projects? Check out my What I Made page!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 16, 2011 5:29 pm

    Oooh pretty! Thanks for the cute pattern, I’ll be adding it to my own gotta-knit-it list and spreading the word.

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