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Fabric Knit Heart

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The knit heart using fabric yarn.

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Red Heart sent me some of their Red Heart Boutique Sassy Fabric yarn (the term yarn is used a bit loosely here) to play with, and I wanted to use if for something other than the classic frilly scarves that are usually made with this type of yarn.

After some experimentation I learned that I could work with this fabric along with some regular yarn (in my case, a medium weight cotton) to give the fabric "yarn" enough structure to shape.

I made a heart with the intention of making a pillow out of it. But on its own, this piece is 2 inches thick, so you can almost use it as a pillow by itself. More ideas for using it are at the bottom of the pattern.

Materials

  • One hank Sassy Fabric from Red Heart Boutique (I used color 9934, Red Dots)
  • about 20 yards coordinating medium weight yarn of your choice (I used red kitchen cotton)
  • one pair size 9 US (5.5 mm) knitting needles

Gauge

Gauge is not critical and basically unmeasurable.

Size

Finished heart is about 8 inches tall and 9 inches wide at widest point.

Pattern Note

I mention in the pattern to cast on and bind off with just the base yarn. I worked the increases with both yarns, which is not that easy to do, but I did the decreases just with the base yarn, which was a lot easier and saved a little yarn. You can't tell at all.

When I was finished I had 6 "holes" left, so that would actually not be enough to work all the decreases holding both yarns. You may choose to increase and decrease without the fabric yarn to make your life a little easier, in which case you will have a little extra yarn. I'll bet you can come up with something to do with it.

Knitting the Heart

With the cotton or base yarn, cast on 3 stitches. As you knit the first row, pick up the fabric yarn and work it into each stitch as you go.

After knitting 1 row, increase 1 stitch at each end (I used knit in the front and back, but you can use whatever increase you can manage).

Repeat these two rows until you have 25 stitches.

Knit 2 rows straight. Knit 2 together, knit 9, knit 2 together. Turn, leaving remaining stitches on the needle (or place on a stitch holder, if you'd rather).

K9, k2tog.

K8, k2tog.

K7, k2tog,

K6, k2tog.

K5, k2tog.

K4, k2tog.

K3, k2tog.

K2, k2tog. 3 stitches remain. Bind off using only the base yarn.

Cut yarn and reattach to the remaining stitches. K2tog, k8, k2tog.

Work as on other side, decreasing at the end of each row, until 3 stitches remain. Bind off using only the base yarn. 

Cut yarn and weave in ends. With the fabric yarn, you may just need to tuck in the cut edges a bit so they don't stick out like ears. Use a crochet rather than a yarn needle.

Working with Fabric Yarn

The one thing that's a bit tricky and tedious about this project is that the fabric yarn has holes in it, which are the places you insert the needle to make the stitches. These are placed 1.5 inches apart, so you can't just hold the fabric yarn together with your base yarn and knit as normal, or you'd end up with loops of yarn as well as ruffles.

To combat this you have to manipulate each "yarn" separately. I did it by carrying the cotton yarn over first, then finding the next hole in the fabric, then forming the stitch. Like I said, tedious, but this project does go really fast (you can do it in an evening, no problem) so it's not too bad.

Project Ideas

  • Use as is as a "throw pillow" on your couch or chair.
  • Add a backing and make a pillow form to fit inside.
  • Sew it onto a bag or onto the front of a plain purchased pillow.

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