Sunday, February 03, 2008

Here's my heart...

Here's my heart....another loom knitted quickie! It took much longer to write up the pattern than designing and making the heart, which is why I'm a bit late with this blog post. I designed some little hearts last year that I called My Cheatin' Hearts, but the Double Heart is a vast improvement over the former. The new hearts are made in the round using seven pairs of pegs on any of the Knifty Knitter long looms. They can also be made larger or smaller by varying the number of pegs used; however, the best results are obtained when using an odd number of peg pairs.

Making the hearts in the round on the long loom has several advantages:
  • they don't curl
  • the front and back are made at the same time since they are made in the round
  • they hold their shape
  • the edges have a neat smooth chained look
  • they can be stuffed to make a puffy heart
  • plus, they are just really cute

I have two projects worked up that incorporate these hearts, but that is another story for another time. In the meantime, you can get creative by making your own. The basic Double Heart pattern is listed in my pattern box and can also be accessed here.

These are also really nice when made with wool yarn and felted. I made a little amigurumi heart similar to a needle knitted one pictured on the Mochimochi Blog. I love the hearts with the amigurumi look, and you will probably be seeing more amigurumi designs on my blog in the future.