very un-queen of hearts


I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. There goes the shawl again!”
– Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


sometime around valentine’s day, we picked up a bit of yarn that we had lying around and started futzing around to make a heart pattern.  we started with one colour knits & purls and constructed a heart motif.  being all in one shade, the heart motif is rather subtle–and, very un-queen of hearts. but we think it might make for an interesting pattern if repeated over and over again. to make it pop, one could either embroider the outline of the heart with a different coloured yarn, or use a contrasting colour with intarsia or fair isle technique.
in our swatch, we knitted 2 hearts on top of each other.  they are in the inverse of each other, i.e. the bottom would be the backside of the heart on top, and vice versa.
note: we’ve lightened the hearts in the photo so that they are more visible.
YARN J&V Clever Camel (worsted weight)
COLOUR Grey Grey
NEEDLE US6 / 4mm
SIZE (WxH) 5 x 5½”  steam blocked
STS 25 sts x 36 rows
TYPE Knits & Purls

CO 25 sts (a 21 sts repeat; 13 sts repeat if you want less horizontal space between the hearts); knit flat.  Instructions below for the heart on the bottom of the swatch.

R1 (RS): K25 (bottom border)
R2 (WS): K25 (bottom border)
R3: K2 (edge), P10, K1, P10, K2 (edge)
R4: K2 (edge), K9, P3, K9, K2 (edge)
R5: K2 (edge), P8, K5, P8, K2 (edge)
R6: K2 (edge), K7, P7, K7, K2 (edge)
R7: K2 (edge), P6, K9, P6, K2 (edge)
R8: K2 (edge), K5, P11, K5, K2 (edge)
R9: K2 (edge), P5, K11, P5, K2 (edge)
R10: repeat row 8
R11: K2 (edge), P5, K5, P1, K5, P5, K2 (edge)
R12: K2 (edge), K6, P3, K3, P3, K6, K2 (edge)
R13: P25
R14: K25

Repeat R1 – R14 until desired length.  The swatch above was knit over 36 rows.


we’re working as fast as we can.  check back soon!

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