Yarn: I held one strand of fingering weight with one strand of lace weight mohair for all of the hearts.
The fingering weight was FDW Mountain Tweed BFL in a variety of colors. The mohair or mohair/silk was a variety of what I had leftover in my stash, including some Crystal Palace Kid Merino as well as some FDW Floof in Goth Purple.
Yarn Availability: Mountain Tweed BFL (or currently available Mountain Tweed Merino minis) and Floof are both available through my shop, Fibernymph Dye Works. If there are no active listings for custom dyed colors on minis or full skeins when you visit, feel free to request a special order using this link!
Pattern: I improvised this pattern, but see below for the general idea of what I did. I’m planning to write it up soon as a freebie pattern called “Soft Hearted”. I’ll link to the pattern when it’s published.
Needles Used: US1.5 (two sets of 24″ circulars)
Other: Stuffing. I used some messed up leftover fiber from a spinning project.
This is my own pattern, after not liking the others I kept finding. I’ll add my notes here, or else I’ll write it up as a freebie.
I worked them holding a strand of fingering weight tweed with a strand of kid mohair/silk laceweight.
2/7: The general gist of how I made these:
Body of heart:
Using Judy’s Magic Cast-On, I cast on four stitches (two on each needle).
First round: knit all stitches.
Second round: Kfb both stitches on each needle. (8 stitches total, 4 per needle)
Third and subsequent odd numbered rounds: Knit.
Fourth round: Kfb, Knit to last stitch, Kfb; repeat on second needle. (4 stitches increased, 2 per needle)
Repeat rounds three and four until you have 16 stitches on each needle (ending after Fourth round.)
Knit three rounds.
“Bumps” of heart:
Knit eight stitches. Slip the next eight stitches onto a separate circular needle. Then slip the first eight stitches from the other side of the heart onto that needle as well. Returning to your original circ, knit the final eight remaining stitches. This forms the first “bump” on the top of the heart.
Knit around this bump straight for two more rounds.
*First round: SSK, knit to last two stitches, K2tog. Repeat on second side.
Second round: knit all stitches.
Repeat these two rounds until only four stitches remain on each needle.
Repeat first round one more time. (2 stitches remaining on each needle.)
Break yarn and kitchener the remaining stitches together to close the top of this bump.
Stuff the body and first bump of the heart as much as you can before proceeding to the second bump.
Return to the second set of circs that are holding your remaining 16 stitches.
Knit three rounds.
Now repeat the instructions from the first bump beginning at the *.
Once the second bump is closed, you will have a little hole in the “V” between the two bumps. Using your pinkie or a chopstick or pencil, push in additional stuffing to fill the second bump and any remaining space you want filled. Moosh the heart around as needed to distribute the stuffing. Then taking your one cast on tail that should be hanging at that point, stitch up the hole and cinch the two bumps close together (if desired) by running the tail through the bottom stitches at the base of each bump.
Weave in all ends beneath the surface of the heart and through the stuffing. Pull to the surface and snip ends, leaving the remaining tails buried in the stuffing.
Adorn your hearts however you’d like!