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The knit valentine.

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My Fuzzy Valentine:

You might not have thought before of knitting a valentine for someone special in your life, but this is a pretty quick and easy project that is sure to be kept around long after the holiday is gone.

All you need is a small bit of medium weight yarn and a 5X7 card. A similarly sized picture frame completes the gift; just pop the knitting in the frame after you've given the card.

Materials:

  • about 18 yards medium weight (or slightly heavy worsted weight) yarn (I used Stitch Nation Full O Sheep in Passionfruit)
  • one pair size 10 US (6 mm) knitting needles
  • copy of the heart chart
  • scissors and yarn needle
  • 5x7 blank greeting card and envelope
  • 4 decorative brads

Gauge:

16 stitches and 24 rows per 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch (4 stitches and 6 rows per inch). Gauge is not critical, but finished project needs to fit on card.

Size:

Finished panel is 4 inches wide and about 5.75 inches tall.

Instructions:

  1. Cast on 18 stitches.
  2. Knit 2 rows.
  3. Starting with a purl row, work 5 rows in Stockinette Stitch, keeping the first 2 and last 2 stitches of each row knit stitches.
  4. Begin to work heart chart, starting on a knit row, again keeping the first 2 and last 2 stitches (not shown on the chart) in knit.
  5. Once chart is complete, work 3 rows Stockinette, again starting with a purl row.
  6. Work the chart again.
  7. Start with a purl row again and work 5 rows Stockinette, still keeping the Garter Stitch edging.
  8. Purl 2 rows, keeping Garter Stitch edging.
  9. Bind off in knit.
  10. Cut yarn, weave in ends and block as needed.

Finishing the Card:

Once your piece has been blocked and dried, you can attach it to the card. I used decorative brads, which just require punching a small hole in the card where you want them to go. Place the panel on the card, punch the holes and thread the brads through the holes. Fold the ends over on the inside of the card.

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