Knit a Valentine’s heart puff

Very excited to create my first ever design, not counting the “hat” made when first beginning.  Decided then not to bother following a pattern nor to do a gauge swatch – hat turned into a mushroom cloud, cue much hilarity.  It’s now a tea cosy, hiding a monstrous teapot.

This pattern uses the neat trick from the Beekeeper’s Quilt hexipuff, knitting two sides of a 3D item at once, so there’s no seams but also no fiddly small-diameter knitting in the round. Magic.  

To make a heart a few inches wide and high you will need a small amount of DK yarn and some DPNS – I used 3.5mms (am a loose knitter so most people would want 4mms).

Cast 4 stitches onto a DPN.  Take two more DPNs and transfer stitches 1 and 3 purlwise onto one DPN and 2 and 4 purlwise onto the other.  

With the working yarn coming from the right side of the back needle, with a third DPN knit across the front needle then use the empty DPN to knit across the other two stitches.  Knit two more rounds.  

Round 4: K1, M1, K1 on each DPN (3 stitches per needle)

Knit 3 rounds.

Round 8: K1, (M1, K1) twice on each DPN (5 stitches per needle)

Knit 3 rounds.

Round 12: K1, (M1, K1) four times on each DPN (9 stitches per needle)

Knit 3 rounds.

Round 16: K1, (M1, K1) eight times on each DPN (17 stitches per needle)

Knit 5 rounds (feels a bit tight on the needle now).

Round 22 – begin right hump.  K8, M1.  Leave remaining 9 stitches on old DPN and ignore. Take new DPN and slip first 8 stitches onto it, then ignore.  Take fourth DPN and knit 9 remaining stitches.   

Round 23 – K8, M1, K1 on first live needle, K1, M1, K8 on second needle (10 stitches per needle)

Knit 1 round.

Round 25: (K1, K2tog) three times, K1 on each DPN (7 stitches per needle)

Knit 3 rounds.

Round 29: K2tog three times, K1 on each DPN (4 stitches per needle)

Use two needle bind off (you should end towards the centre of the heart).

Start left hump – join yarn to dormant stitches and knit a round.  Remember one DPN only has 8 stitches on it so M1 on this on the first round towards the centre of the heart.  (I started on the front centre, following the above instructions except doing M1s at the other end of the rows so they are towards the centre of the heart, and doing K2tog, K1 instead of K1, K2tog – perhaps would be easier to start at the back edge then repeat exactly as above?). 

Stuff just before decreasing to 4 stitches.

Knit an extra half round (if started at the centre) in order to end bind off towards the centre of the heart.   Sew the hole at the centre and poke ends into middle of heart.

Optional: Felt it down to make nice and tight.  

Photo to come. And tweaks to get the shaping more pleasing, then lots will be found at The Sheep Shop!

Now to snack, washing up and bed… 

P.S. Pattern is basically the Berroco Heartfelt pattern modified to use the beekeeper’s quilt principle of construction. 

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