Knitting for Charity: Have a heart (and a free pattern)

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 knitting pattern!

Felted Heart Milagros

These little charity knitting 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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About Kathleen Cubley

Hello daily knitters! I'm the editor of Knitting Daily. I've been obsessed with knitting for about ten years now and my favorite projects are sweaters. I like the occasional smaller project, but there's nothing like yards of stockinette with a well-placed cable or a subtle stitch pattern here and there. I crochet a bit now and then—especially when I need to produce a baby blanket in time for the baby shower. I've been in publishing for 20 years and I'm finally exactly where I want to be: at the crossroads of knitting and communication. I live in Spokane, Washington and when I'm not knitting I enjoy gardening, snuggling with my dogs, swimming, reading, and playing in the snow in the winter. But, really, I'm pretty much always knitting!

24 thoughts on “Knitting for Charity: Have a heart (and a free pattern)

  1. 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. 🙂

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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. 🙂

  6. 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

  7. 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????

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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?