Sunday, February 5, 2012

Valentine's Day Wreath

I didn't get around to making a Christmas wreath this year (or putting up lights) so we were that sad, Grinchy-looking house.  So I'm making up for it with a fun Valentine's Day wreath - cheerful, handmade, and cheap!  I've never understood why wreaths are only associated with Christmas, anyway.

Using four colors of leftover acrylic yarn, I knit a heart every couple of days over the latter half of January while watching TV.  With a 40% off coupon and $5.50, I pickup up a grapevine wreath and an over-the-door hook at JoAnn's. Possibly the least money I have ever spent at a fabric store in my life.  I simply tied the hearts on with yarn so that I can snip them off and reuse the wreath for St. Patrick's Day, Easter, and whatever else strikes my fancy!  If you'd like to knit up some hearts of your own, the instructions are below.

To Knit Hearts:
For all sizes, knit two heart.  Place right sides together and seam, leaving hole to turn.  Tun right sides out and sew up hole - easy!

Small Hearts
1. With size 7 needles and sport (or worsted) weight yarn, cast on three stitches.
2. Purl.
3. Kfb, knit to last stitch, Kfb.
4. Purl.
5. Repeat rows 3 and 4 until 11 stitches are on the needle.
6. Purl.
7. Knit 5, Kfb, Knit 5.
8. Purl.
9. K2tog, knit 4.  Turn but don't wrap.
10. P2tog, knit 1, P2tog.
11. K2tog, knit 1.
12. P2tog.  Break tail and pull through.
13. With remaining stitches on needle, knit 4, K2tog.
14. Repeat steps 10-12.

Medium Hearts
1. Work as for small heart through step 5, working until there are 17 stitches on the needle.

2. Purl.
3. Knit 8, Kfb, Knit 8.
4. Purl.
5. K2tog, knit 7.  Turn but don't wrap.
6. P2tog, knit 4, P2tog.
7. K2tog, knit 2, K2tog.
8. P2tog twice.
9. Cast off two stitches.
9. With remaining stitches on needle, knit 7, K2tog.
10. Repeat steps 6-9.

Large Hearts
Work as for medium hearts, but work on size 10.5 needles and hold yarn doubled throughout.

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