A Valentine’s Gift for You

Happy Valentine's Day! As a single teenager, I was never very fond of Valentine's Day. Then I learned that this special holiday provided me with the opportunity to celebrate my love for anything. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, I propose that today we celebrate our love for all the yarn inspired crafts in our lives.

I'm sure you can think of innumerable ways to celebrate your love for yarn crafts. You could buy yourself a skein of that special yarn you have had your eye on (even better than a dozen roses in my mind) or start a new project for yourself. I am planning on crocheting up several quick motifs. I'll pin them on jackets and bags and plan on making enough to give several away for friends to decorate their own clothing and accessories as well. And while crochet is my first love, I have been teaching myself to knit; the two techniques seem to love each other.

This means I will be making both the crocheted Primrose flower and the Knitted Mitered Solid Leaf, both found in 150 Knit & Crochet Motifs. Don't worry if you find that your crochet and knit motifs don't get along quite as well. I counted the motifs, and they are split almost exactly in half between crochet and knit; plus the author provides great ideas for combining the motifs to create a variety of projects.

And in the spirit of Valentine's Day, we have created a heart pattern where knit and crochet work together. Make both the knit and crochet halves or just the crochet, and be sure to share your love of crochet with others this Valentine's Day.

Best wishes,


 

Crocheted Lace Heart
By Toni Rexroat

Finished Size:5 1/4" tall and 3" wide at widest point.
Yarn: South West Trading Company Terra
Hook Size: E/4 (3.5 mm)


Section 1
Ch 12, sl st in first ch to join.Row 1:  Ch 4 (counts as tr), [tr in ring, ch 3, dc in top of tr just worked, tr in ring] 2 times, tr in ring, ch 2, 10 tr in ring, turn.
Row 2: Ch 5, sl st in first tr (picot made), sc in next 9 tr, turn.

Section 2
Set-up row: Ch 1, sc in first sc, ch 3, sk next 3 sc, sc in next sc, ch 9, sc in first sc.Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), [dc in ring, ch 3, dc in dc just worked, dc in ring] 3 times, dc in ring, 9 dc in ring, ch 2, sl st in picot from previous section, turn.
Row 2: Ch 5, sl st in first sl st (picot made), sk first dc, sc in next 8 dc.

Section 3
Set-up row:
Ch 1, sc in first sc, ch 3, sk next 3 sc, sc in next sc, ch 9, sc in first sc.
Row 1: Ch 4 (counts as tr), [tr in ring, ch 3, dc in tr just worked, tr in ring] 3 times, tr in ring, ch 2, 9 tr in ring, sl st in picot.
Rep Row 2 of section 2.

Section 4
Rep section 3.

Finishing
Turn, ch 1, sc in next 3 tr, working in row ends, work 2 dc and 3 sc, ending with last sc just before first ring. Fasten off and weave in loose ends.

     

Knitted Entrelac Heart
By Eunny Jang

Finished Size: 5 1/4" long and 3 1/4" wide at widest point.
Yarn: Tahki Coast, distributed by Tahki Stacy Charles.

Needles: Size 6 (4 mm)

CO 4 sts

Tier 1
Block 1

Row 1: (RS) Knit.

Work 7 more rows in St st, slipping first st of RS each row, ending WS row.

Tier 2
With RS facing, CO 4 sts with knitted CO.

Block 1

Row 1: (RS) K to last st, ssk (you will join last st of current block and first st of block below).

Row 2: Sl1, work to end.

Rep rows 1 and 2 until all sts of block below are used up, ending Row 1.

Tier 3
With WS facing, CO 4 sts with knitted CO.

Block 1

Row 1: (WS) P to last st, p2tog (you will join last st of current block and first st of block below).

Row 2: Sl1, work to end.

Rep Rows 1-2 until all sts of block below are used up, ending with Row 1.

Block 2

With WS facing, pick up and purl 4 sts along empty edge of block below.

Beg with a knit (RS) row, work 8 rows in St st, slipping first st of each RS row, ending WS.

Tier 4
With RS facing, CO 4 sts with knitted CO.

Block 1

Work as for Tier 2, Block 1.

Block 2

With RS facing, pick up and knit 4 sts along empty edge of block below.

Row 1: (WS) Work to end.

Row 2: Sl1, k2, ssk.

Rep Rows 1-2 until all sts of block below are used up, ending with Row 2.

Tier 5
With WS facing, CO 4 sts with knitted CO.

Block 1

Work as for Tier 3, Block 1.

Block 2

With WS facing, pick up and purl 4 sts along empty edge of block below.

Row 1: (RS) Work to end.

Row 2: Sl1, p2, p2tog.

Rep Rows 1-2 until all sts have been used up, ending with Row 2.

Block 3

Work as for Tier 3, Block 2

Tier 6
With RS facing, CO 2 sts using knitted CO.

Block 1

Row 1: (RS) K1, ssk.

Rows 2, 4, 6: Sl1, work to end.
Row 3: Sl1, ssk.
Row 5: Sl1, m1, ssk.
Row 7: Sl1, m1, k1, ssk.

Block 2
Work as for Tier 4, Block 2.
Block 3

Work as for Tier 4, Block 2.

Tier 7
With WS facing, CO 4 sts with knitted CO.
Block 1

Work as for Tier 3, Block 1.

Block 2

Work as for Tier 5, Block 2.

Block 3

Work as for Tier 5, Block 2. BO 3 sts.

Tier 8

Block 1
Work as for Tier 4, Block 2, picking up only 3 sts along block below.

Block 2

Work as for Tier 4, Block 2. BO 3 sts.

Tier 9
Block 1
With WS facing, pick up and purl 3 sts along empty edge of block below.
Rows 1, 3, 5, 7: (RS) Sl1, work to end.
Row 2: Sl1, p2tog, p2tog.
Row 4:
P2tog, p2tog.
Row 6:
P3tog.
Row 8:
P2tog.
Fasten off.

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