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Feb 6, 2012

Heart shaped items are a weakness of mine, and we're headed toward Valentine's Day, so hearts are everywhere. These little felted hearts from the book Gifted by Mags Kandis are so perfect for gift giving, and if you're knitting for children, they make a perfect decoration for a little girl's nursery. Aren't they darling?

Felted Heart Milagros from Gifted, by Mags Kandis
Here's the free pattern!

Felted Heart Milagros

These little hearts bring me such joy that I can't stop myself from making and sharing them! Knitted in one piece with a bit of short-rowing for shape, there is just one quick seam and a little stuffing before you shout, "Everyone in the pool!" Well, the "pool" may be the washing machine or a basin, but I do promise it will be fun. These hearts can be used for anything you can imagine-pins, bookmarks, place markers, welcome garlands, good-luck charms, etc.

Finished Size: About 2 inches (5 cm) high and 2 inches (5 sm) wide
Yarn: Sportweight (#2 Fine). Shown here: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sportweight (100% wool, 184 yd/[168 m] 50 g). Each heart uses less than 10 yards (9.1 m).
Needles: Size U.S. 6, straight or circular
Notions: Tapestry needle, small amount of polyester or bamboo fiberfill
Gauge: About 21 stitches and 30 rows = 40 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch, before felting. Exact gauge is not crucial for this project.

Loosely cast on 12 sts. Work short-rows as follows:

Short-row 1: (RS) K8, wrap next st, turn.
Short-rows 2, 4, and 6: Purl to last st, p1f&b-1 st increased.
Short-row 3: (RS) K7, wrap next st, turn-13 stitches.
Short-row 5: (RS) K6, wrap next st, turn-14 stitches.
Short-row 7: (RS) K5, wrap next st, turn-15 stitches.
Short-rows 8 and 10: Purl.
Short-row 9: K4, wrap next st, turn.
Short-row 11: K3, wrap next st, turn.
Short-rows 12, 14, and 16: Purl to last 2 sts, p2tog.
Short-row 13: K5, working wraps together with wrapped sts when you come to them, wrap next st, turn-14 sts rem.
Short-row 15:
K6, working wraps together with wrapped sts when you come to them, wrap next st, turn-13 sts rem.
Short-row 17: Knit to end, working wraps together with wrapped sts when you come to them-12 sts.
Short-row 18: Purl.

Repeat short-rows 1-18 three more times—piece measures about 9½ (24 cm) from, cast-on at widest point. Loosely bind off all stitches.

With yarn threaded on a tapestry needle, sew the CO and BO edges together. Stitch top of heart closed, leaving 1 inch (2.5 cm) open for stuffing. Stuff with fiberfill until lightly firm but not bursting. Stitch closed. Felt and enjoy!

—From Gifted, by Mags Kandis

I hope you'll make some of these little cuties and give them to someone close to your heart. And if you're looking for more patterns for Valentine's day, check out our InspiRED patterns in the Knitting Daily Shop! We're teaming up with Jimmy Beans Wool for their Stitch Red initiative, sticking it to heart disease. With each red pattern sold on, we'll donate 5% of the profits to The Heart Truth®, a National Awareness Campaign for Women About Heart Disease.


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trumphodge wrote
on Jan 5, 2015 8:03 AM

I obviously did something wrong. I don't see a way to include a photo here, but my end-result isn't 9 inches long--it's about 3-4 and like a butterfly. I assumed the "butterfly" stitched together to form the front and back but doesn't seem to be the case.

Did I do the last three sections wrong by just knitting row 1 (plus wrap and turn) after completing row 18?


pbeau wrote
on Feb 6, 2013 5:02 PM

Why is the pattern repeated three times?? What does the third repeat do?

siouxian wrote
on Nov 11, 2012 2:43 PM

Such a clever little pattern.  Thanks so much.  Don't just restrict it to Valentine's Day.  It makes a fab little knitted tree decoration.

dianevdl wrote
on Mar 15, 2012 9:48 PM

@kimiikins - there are lots of crochet heart patterns - here is one site

Hope you will be able to make some!

onefibergirl wrote
on Mar 9, 2012 10:47 PM

I make one of these hearts for each of my students for Valentine's Day. One little boy told me he slept with his heart every night. I've also followed the pattern with bulky yarn and larger needles to make bigger hearts.

kbbeutler wrote
on Feb 22, 2012 7:04 PM

So I took this one and ran with it!  I put some bubble wrap inside each heart I knit and then felted, so that there was a pocket.  I decorated each heart with some embroidery and then I filled each heart with lavender from my garden and then sewed up the opening.  They were a hit!

cosmicmuffin wrote
on Feb 11, 2012 4:23 PM

Kimikins, don't feel left oout! Just try searching's patterns for "crochet heart"-- lots of wonderful options!

kimiikins wrote
on Feb 11, 2012 1:07 PM

Too bad there isn't a pattern of this for those of us who crochet. I wish I knew how to knit but alas no teacher to teach me.  :)

amkube71 wrote
on Feb 9, 2012 8:45 AM

I started knitting hearts last night and fell in love. I chose to do a double needle bind off to connect the CO and BO edges - it worked like a charm.

readbabyread wrote
on Feb 7, 2012 6:07 PM

Thanks Galeforcewind and Kathleen!!! Off to knit hearts and watch Miss Marple.

on Feb 7, 2012 4:33 PM

Hi folks! Sorry about the missing lines! Everything's as it ought to be now. And here are two videos that show short-rows and working stitches and wraps together, from our friend Cat Bordhi, author of New Pathways in Sock Knitting.

Video 1:

Video 2:

Hope this helps!

wkimtony wrote
on Feb 7, 2012 2:41 PM

I'm having a hard time understanding rows 13,15, and 17. What does it mean "working wraps together with wrapped sts hen you come to them wrap next st."

Do i knit 5 ( r 13) first?  what does this mean????

MeganW@12 wrote
on Feb 7, 2012 1:32 PM

Thanks, galeforcewind!

on Feb 7, 2012 1:13 PM

Here are the missing rows (From the Knitting Daily email):

Short-rows 8 and 10: Purl.

Short-row 9: K4, wrap next st, turn.

Short-row 11: K3, wrap next st, turn.

Short-rows 12, 14, and 16: Purl to last 2 sts, p2tog.

Short-row 13: K5, working wraps together with wrapped sts when you come to them, wrap next st, turn—14 sts

FarmerCathy wrote
on Feb 7, 2012 1:04 PM

Can you fill in the missing rows?  I would like to make one tonight for my son.  Rows 9, 12, 14 and 16 are missing!!  Thx a bunch!  Can't wait to finish one. :)

EmilyH@24 wrote
on Feb 7, 2012 6:45 AM

I love the look of the felted hearts but could not get to twelve stitches after picking up and knitting the wraps.  I assumed that row nine was to knit four and then wrap and turn.  Will you please advise as to how the pattern decreases again to twelve stitches.  thank you.

MeganW@12 wrote
on Feb 6, 2012 10:46 PM

I don't understand where the decreases come in. Are they in rows 12, 14, and 16?

readbabyread wrote
on Feb 6, 2012 8:40 PM

chase6005- there are a few videos on youtube under How to Wrap Stitches for Short Rows.

Has anyone finished one yet? Could be user error (often is, lol) , but my first one came out wrong. I'll try another.

chase6005 wrote
on Feb 6, 2012 8:19 PM

I am unfamiliar with "short-rowing" (at least by that name).  Would you explain what it is to "wrap the next stitch"....the rest of the instructions seem pretty straight forward.   Thanks.

Lori@44 wrote
on Feb 6, 2012 7:38 PM

I'm with readbabyread!  Some of the rows are missing in this pattern.  

readbabyread wrote
on Feb 6, 2012 5:24 PM

I know I must be missing something, but are rows 9,12,14,and 16 missing?

on Feb 6, 2012 3:26 PM

Jane—You do stuff them first, a bit loosely, and then when they felt they're nice and firm.

MB—it probably would be easier, but I just love the shape these make with the short-rowing. :)

on Feb 6, 2012 12:40 PM

I like these...but wouldn't it simply be easier to just take some roving and felt your ball until you get a heart shape?

JaneC@35 wrote
on Feb 6, 2012 9:06 AM

Did I read the pattern right?  You stuff with fiberfill & sew closed before felting?  Thanks for confirming!