Knit a Pocket Heart

by | Jun 18, 2022

Free Pocket Heart

Designed by Jen Hurley | www.rainydayknits.com

These knitted hearts are fun for beginners and expert knitters alike. Stick one in your pocket to gift to a friend or teacher, use it as a coaster, embroider a design on it, string a row of hearts to make a garland, sew two hearts together and stuff it with dried lavender to make a sachet, or sew just the sides to make a gift card holder. Use yarn scraps to color block or add stripes to your heart. Your hearts will be as special and unique as you are!

Construction

The heart is worked flat in a garter stitch (knitting every row), beginning with the body of the heart from top to bottom tip. Stitches are then picked up across half of the top to work one upper semi-circle, then the other semi-circle is worked. Yarn tails are then woven in.

Skills

working flat, garter stitch, backward loop cast on, knit stitch, sl1 knitwise, k2tog & ssk (two different decreases), psso, weaving in ends

Size

The finished size will vary depending on the yarn used and your gauge (gauge is how many stitches per inch there are in your knitted fabric).

The heart shown above, in sport weight yarn, measures approximately 2¼” square. Thicker yarn will result in a larger heart; thinner yarn will yield a smaller heart.

Materials Needed

Yarn
  • approximately 2g / 4g / 8g of fingering or sport / DK or worsted / bulky weight yarn 
  • shown above in sport weight yarn 
Needles
  • 2 double-pointed needles or 1 circular needle in a size appropriate for your yarn weight; for example:
    • US 8–10 for bulky weight yarn 
    • US 6–8 for worsted weight yarn
    • US 4–6 for sport or DK weight yarn
    • US 1–3 for fingering weight yarn
Notions
  • tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Abbreviations 

K2tog: knit 2 stitches together (decreases 1 stitch)

LH: left hand

RH: right hand

Ssk: slip slip knit (slip 1 st as if to knit, slip another st as if to knit, then knit both stitches together through their back loops; decreases 1 stitch)

 

Pattern Begins

Cast On

With worsted or bulky weight yarn, make a slip knot leaving a yarn tail 4–5” long and place the slipknot on your right hand (RH) needle. This is your first stitch. 

Holding a needle in your right hand with the tip pointing to the left, and using the yarn coming from your yarn ball (not the tail), loosely cast on 13 more stitches using the backward loop cast on until you have 14 stitches total on your needle.

 

Heart Body

Holding needle with stitches in your left hand with the tip pointing to the right, work:

Row 1: Knit across 14 stitches.

Rows 2–10: Repeat Row 1. 

You will have 5 ridges on each side after Row 10.

Decrease Row A: Knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog (knit 2 stitches together), knit last 

stitch. (1 stitch decreased)

Repeat Decrease Row A until 4 stitches remain.

Decrease Row B: Slip 1 stitch as if to knit, k2tog (knit 2 stitches together), 

pass slipped stitch over, slip stitch on RH needle to LH needle, 

lift 2nd stitch on LH needle over 1st stitch. (1 stitch remains)

Break yarn leaving a 4–5” tail; pull tail through remaining stitch. 

 

Top Semi-Circle

Return to the top of the heart. Working from one outside corner to the middle, pick up 7 stitches along cast on edge. 

Next Row: Starting at the heart’s middle, knit across the 7 stitches. 

Decrease Row C: Slip 1 stitch as if to knit, knit 1 stitch, pass slipped stitch over, 

knit to end. (1 stitch decreased)

Repeat Decrease Row C until 4 stitches remain.

Decrease Row D: Ssk (slip slip knit together through back loops), k2tog (knit 2 

stitches together), pass slipped stitch over. (1 stitch remains)

Break yarn leaving a 4–5” tail; pull tail through remaining stitch. 

 

Repeat instructions for the other top semi-circle. 

 

Finishing

 

With a tapestry needle, use yarn tails to close any holes and/or smooth out any significant bumps before weaving tails on the same side of the fabric.

 

Enjoy your Pocket Heart!

Special thanks to Craft Academy and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis!

 

Find more crafting class opportunities at www.craftacademy.org.