Free Knitted Heart Pattern: NHS Appeal to Crafters
NHS nurses’ requests for help from crafters made national news, and we thought it made sense to get our crafting community involved – which is why the lovely Mandy Cameron was only too happy to put together a fantastic, and completely free, knitted heart pattern at only a moment’s notice! Read more about the NHS request for knitted hearts here, and check out Mandy’s free pattern below, if you’d like to put your crafty skills to work to help this fantastic cause.
Time to Make: 1 hour, approximately
Skill Level: Easy
You Will Need:
- Caron Simply Soft Aran yarn (I’ve used colours Watermelon and Soft Pink)
- 4mm knitting needles
- Stitch marker
- Yarn needle
- Printable pattern [DOWNLOAD HERE]
- K = Knit
- P = Purl
- M1 = Make a stitch, using the left-hand needle lift the strand from the front between the two needles and knit into the back of that strand.
- K2TOG = Knit the next 2 stitches together
- P2TOG = Purl the next 2 stitches together
- ST(S) = Stitch(es)
Free Knitted Heart Pattern with Tutorial:
Make 2 sides.
Cast on 3 sts.
Row 1: Purl
Row 2: K1, M1, K1, M1, K1 (5sts)
Row 3: Purl
Row 4: K1, M1, K3, M1, K1 (7sts)
Row 5: Purl
Row 6: K1, M1, K5, M1, K1 (9sts)
Row 7: Purl
Row 8: K1, M1, K7, M1, K1 (11sts)
Row 9: P5, K1, P5
Row 10: K1, M1, K3, P3, K3, M1, K1 (13sts)
Row 11: P4, K5, P4
Row 12: K1, M1, K2, P7, K2 M1, K1 (15sts)
Row 13: P1, M1, P2, K9, P2, M1, P1 (17sts)
Row 14: K3, P11 K3 (17sts)
Row 15: P1, M1, P1, K13, P1, M1, P1 (19sts)
Row 16: K1, M1, K1, P15, K1, M1, K1 (21sts)
Row 17: P3, K15, P3
Row 18: K1, M1, K2, P7, K1, P7, K2, M1, K1 (23sts)
Row 19: P4, K7, P1, K7, P4
Row 20: K4, P6, K3, P6, K4
Row 21: P5, K4, P5, K4, P5
Row 22: K5, P3, K7, P3, K5
Row 23: Purl
Row 24: K11 (turn work leaving the remaining 12sts unworked and continue on these 11sts only)
Row 25: P9, P2tog (10sts)
Row 26: K2tog, K6, K2tog (8sts)
Row 27: P6, P2tog (7sts)
Row 28: K2tog, K3, K2tog (5sts)
Row 29: P2tog, cast off purl wise
With right side facing, re-join yarn top centre back, to complete left mound as follows:
Row 24a: K2tog, K10 (11sts)
Row 25a: P2tog, P9 (10sts)
Row 26a: K2tog, K6, K2tog (8sts)
Row 27a: P2tog, P6 (7sts)
Row 28a: K2tog, K3, K2tog (5sts)
Row 29a: Cast off 2sts, P2tog, cast off
With tail ends left on the heart, begin to sew around the sides using over sew stitch, leaving a gap to insert stuffing.
Turn inside out, fill with stuffing and sew up gap to close, and secure in ends.
Your first knitted heart is now complete! Repeat the whole process to create another heart, and complete the matching pair.
For more details on what to do with your hearts, and what they will be used for, here’s another article explaining the knitted hearts appeal.
Of course, if you prefer crochet, you can also crochet your small hearts – you’ll find a pattern explaining how to create crochet hearts, right here!
Have you joined to appeal to craft projects for the NHS? Let us know in the comments below!