A sweet single heart embellishes these simple accessories. Share your love with warmth, softness, and hand-knit goodness, for yourself or someone you care for.
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The techniques will be familiar to intermediate knitters: Classic mittens with a thumb gusset and a ribbed headband with a heart panel inset. It’s the cabled heart that’s so much fun to knit. You’ll use several types of cable crosses, including a special 7-to-1 decrease at the top of each heart to create a uniquely rounded sweetheart shape. But don’t worry! Even if you’ve never knit a cable before, the tutorial for the cable panel walks you through each step.
About the Materials
Use a smooth solid-color or semi-solid worsted weight yarn for best results. I used Malabrigo Worsted in color Fucsia. It took me one skein of yarn for both mittens (smaller size) and the ear warmer.
Malabrigo Worsted is a kettle-dyed 100% merino wool. It comes in 3.5 oz [100 g] skeins of 216 yds [198 m] each.
Knit the mittens and ear warmer in the round using double-pointed needles or a long circular needle to use the Magic Loop method. You could also use a 16″ [40 cm] circular needle to knit the ear warmer. The instructions suggest US size 8 needles [5 mm], but of course you should use whatever size you need to obtain pattern gauge.
You’ll also need a cable needle, stitch markers, and a small amount of waste yarn to serve as a holder.
About the Pattern
The pattern has been tech edited and test knit for accuracy. The design is intended for adults.
The mittens and ear warmer pattern is written in standard “knitting language”, with all special techniques defined. The Lonely Hearts Cable Panel is presented in several ways, so you can take your pick: text, a traditional gridded chart, and a Stitch Map. There’s a step-by-step video tutorial to help you knit the heart.