Knit A Heart

Knit A Heart 1

It is not valentines yet!!!! But I knitted some hearts, just to celebrate Craft Passion’s 1st anniversary month in this August :-D I specially like the one shown above, red heart with beige background, it is also meant to symbolize “Passion” – so it does denote the name of “Craft Passion”, right?

I haven’t been knitting for years….. Yesterday, when I picked up my knitting needle again, I faltered, not because I forgot the way to knit but I was surprised that I still remember how to knit!!!! This is so natural, once I gripped my needle and yarn on my hand, I started to knit automatically. I don’t even have to refer to books or diagram for a warm-up. This could be due to my learning curve involved in this crafts……

I love knitting, like all my handicrafts know-how, I learned it from books.  That was 28 years ago since I bought my first pair of cheap alloy knitting needle for a tryout. I bought my knitting needle without buying a book since I can’t find one with basic illustrations and diagrams in Malaysia, which has no great resources in this handicraft then. I asked and begged the craft store lady owner to teach me the basic knit and purl stitches thinking that she should know since she was selling those craft supplies, but to my surprise her answer was no, not because she didn’t want to teach but she has no clue how to knit too. I didn’t blame her, not many people knew how to knit then since it just has no such demand in knitting here, who will want to knit a jumper or overcoat and wear it in such a warm weather in Malaysia. So, with a pair of cheap alloy needle and a ball of salvaged gray yarn, I experienced it and thought that I could think out a way how to knit. I was 11 that time, naive but determined. When all my friends were playing in the park, I just sat there and squeezed my brain juice to imagine my way to knit. Everywhere I went or anything I did, I just kept on thinking of it…..

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I knew that I was determined in handicrafts, I knew that my determination will bring me there, but “NO”….. after months of blindly trying, no book no guidance no clue, I really couldn’t think of a way to make a simple loop onto the needle, not to mention a stitch of a knit or a purl. I felt miserable and I remembered strongly this distressing feeling even it has been 28 years now. Helpless is really hopeless!!!!

My mum was worried about me because she knew that I wouldn’t give up until I found the solution, and I think she was way worried that I might became insane because of thinking of it too much, ha ha ha… sorry mum!

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I was kind of lucky in some ways…. my late uncle found a very basic knitting books in a book store in Singapore. He bought it for me!!!! It was a thick book in green-scale printing and I remember it was from Taiwan with mandarin explanation and diagram illustration. I was so happy, so happy to see the light at the end of the tunnel after all these while. I learned to knit since then, step by step through the book…. Thanks to my late uncle who gave me my very first knitting book. I will never forget him, who had just passed away in June, 2009…. this knitted blue heart is for him —- he loves jeans.

This is the pattern of a heart design just in case you are interested to make one for your love ones.
Microsoft Word - PATTERN.doc

[Update: 09 December 2013] If you would to have a bigger heart, I have updated here with a heart knitting pattern that is almost double the size.
big-heart-knit-pattern

I would wish to show you some of my early projects, where I knitted some vests and tops. Let me dig it out from my wardrobe first since I haven’t been wearing them for quite sometimes  ;-) It is just too warm here these days!!!

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  1. My late auntie was great in knitting mittens and shoes for new born. But whenever I asked her to teach me, she would ask me to read her hand-written instructions. As a lazy person, I gave up eventually. Your knitting skill is really good! You must be a very patient person.

  2. Happy 1 st Anniversary, the little heart is just so heart warming! I love your handmade craft so much, so lovely and so heart touching! :)

  3. hi, i’m a beginner knitter and am knitting a scarf for my boyfriend and i really would like to use the pattern above. yet, i am a little unsure about how to create the pattern on the scarf mainly because i am doing a stockinette stitch. my question is: on the knit row, do i purl where the pattern (heart) tells me to, and if so, in the purl row (next row) do i knit it or purl it?
    sorry it might be confusing, but i would appreciate it if you help me
    thank you :)

  4. hey! cool website! im just starting my own and really love your first square with the heart – very pretty! I’ve tried to take photos of mine, but it never comes out clear enough…any tips?

  5. How did you knit that top one? The red heart into the white background? I’ve been looking for that pattern/how-to guide for ages but I can’t find it! Thank you so much.

    • I just changed color for the heart, they were all knit stitches :)

      • Oh. But. Is there a way I can start knitting say, red into a blue scarf I’ve already started? Usually I change colors the sorta-cheating way (just tie the new color in and cut the other one off, hehe) but I know there’s no way I can do that to knit a heart into the blue scarf…

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      • Oror, rather, how did you change colors then change back in the same row? Like going from white, to red, then back to white, then back to red, then white again, for the top of the heart? that’s where I keep gettin stuck :(

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        • Just crossed the yarn at back of the knit. Bring the correct yarn to the needle and knit. You need to cross the yarn at the changing point.
          Google for some good videos for better illustration :)

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  6. Hi,

    I’m very much a beginner. I really don’t understand how you make the heart? I’ve tried knitting everything and purling the X’s of the pattern and knitting one row then purling the next and doing the alternate stitch for the X’s but it all just looks the same! Please help…

    Georgia

  7. Hi,

    I’m a beginner at knitting and I really like the first heart picture! I can knit a heart But I’m confused on how you change the colors?

    • When you need to change color in knitting, pick-up the new color yarn, cross it on the wrong side with the existing yarn and continue with your stitches with this new color. Depends on how wide the new color goes in the pattern, if it is only for a few stitches before you change back to the old color, just cross your old color over behind the new color on the wrong side, continue with your knitting; otherwise, start a new yarn if the new color goes too far away.
      Hope this help :)

  8. If you’re not busy(which you probably are)I think it would be a big help if you made a video for the different color heart and background. Please! and thanks for the help.

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  10. Hi can check with you where is your shop location? If i wanna knit
    a nice jacket for myself estimated how much and is it free of charge
    for learning how to knit as i have no basic knowledge.

  11. HI,
    How do I get the tutorial for Knitting the heart on a scarf? Please email it to me.
    Thanks,
    Judith

  12. Will you help? I am struggling with trying to knit the cute little heart. I cast on 15 stitches. Is that considered row 1? Do i knit or pearl row 2?

    This is what i am doing: and it does not look right:

    Row 1. cast on 15 stitches
    Row 2. Knit all the way across
    Row 3. Knit 7 stitches, pearled one stitch, knit 7 stitches
    Row 4. Knit 6 stitches, pearled 3 stitches, knit 6 stitches
    Row 5. Knit 5 stitches, pearled 5 stitches, knit 5 stitches
    Row 6. Knit 4 stitches, pearled 7 stitches, knit 4 stitches. Etcetera

    It does not indicate a heart and the stitches all look wonky :-(. Can you tell in my write-up where i am going wrong? I love this little panel with a heart SO much, i have GOT to learn how to do that correctly, and i hooe you can help.

    Thanks sooo much!

    It l

    • I thought of doing the same thing as Marci (above), but it didn’t work for her, then it’s not going to work for me.. I’m a bit confused now as well. I would really like to make something like this.. Please help!

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  15. hi there, this is absolutely cute! im busy making a blanket with different squares, but i would need to double the size of this pattern, how would one go about doing that?

  16. thanks! i started this on a larger scale abt 32 stitches and 43 rows long. its taking shape nicely, but somehow its looking better the opposite way, where my heart is purl and the rest is garter stitch. but quite excited to see how it turns out. busy putting the pattern step by step together for my sister in london. thanks so much!

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