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Knit a Puffy Heart

pattern and images by Carole Terwilliger Meyers

 puffy pink knitted heart with lacy trim
puffy pink knitted heart with lacy trim

●size 7 knitting needles
●worsted weight yarn
●stuffing–polyester, dry beans, potpourri
●tapestry needle
This pattern is best for medium-level knitters.  It makes a heart measuring approximately 3 inches by 3 inches.  You can make a smaller or larger heart by changing your yarn type and/or knitting needle size.  For one heart I made for a granddaughter, I substituted the combed fur from my Turkish Angora cat–which worked very well indeed. 

knitting abreviations
K – Knit
P – Purl
KFB – Knit in front & in back (increase)
K2tog – Knit two together (decrease)


Make two heart pieces.

first heart arc
Cast on 3 stitches.
Row 1:  K3
Row 2:  KFB, P1, KFB  (5 stitches)
Row 3:  K5
Row 4:  KFB, P3, KFB (7 stitches)
Row 5:  K7
Cut yarn.
Move heart arc down your needle.  Begin a second heart on the other needle and repeat above, making a second heart arc, but don’t cut yarn at end this time. 

heart body

Joining the two heart arcs takes a little careful manipulating.  Adjust the two arcs so that they are on your right needle correctly, purl rows facing you.  This can require taking one heart off the needle and turning.   As you begin, 14 stitches are on your needle.  Turn to purl side. 
Row 6:  P14 (14 stitches)
Row 7:  K14 (14 stitches)
Row 8:  P14 (14 stitches)
Row 9:  K14 (14 stitches)
Row 10:  P14 (14 stitches)
Row 11:  K2tog, K10, K2tog (12 stitches)
Row 12:  P12 (12 stitches)
Row 13:  K2tog, K8, K2tog (10 stitches)
Row 14:  P10 (10 stitches)
Row 15:  K2tog, K6, K2tog (8 stitches)
Row 16:  P8 (8 stitches)
Row 17:  K2tog, K4, K2tog (6 stitches)
Row 18:  P6 (6 stitches)
Row 19:  K2tog, K2, K2tog (4 stitches)
Row 20:  P4 (4 stitches)
Row 21:  K2tog, K2tog (2 stitches)
Row 22:  Bind off.

With pins, tack the two heart shapes together with the knitted sides facing out.  Then, either:
Use a yarn needle to join the two pieces. 
Use a G hook to single crochet the two pieces together.  It looks very nice to use a contrasting yarn color in this step. 
Optionally, make an additional lacy row: 
*sc in first sc, ch 2, sc in next sc on first row; repeat from * until last sc, sl st to close.  End off.
Remember to stop when you are about two-thirds the way around to add in stuffing before closing.

(; copyright Carole Terwilliger Meyers)