Posted on Wednesday, January 18 2012 at 9am
Valentine’s Day really is on the horizon, and half of us in the Simply Kntting office are gleeful with anticipations, while half are grimacing at the prospect. Whatever you feel about this day celebrating love and romance, we have plenty of suggestions for gifts to knit. They’ll also make perfect wedding favours or gifts. Plus they’re all great stashbusters!
In issue 89 of Simply Knitting (on sale till 24 Jan 2012) Kirstie McLeod came up with an array of gorgeous quick knits to please cupid, with knitting patterns for six special gifts, including a calorie-free array of dainty chocs, a sweet soft heart, dinky cuff links, a single knitted rose and a cosy mug hug embellished with the heart-shaped buttons that come free with this issue.
We love them so much we thought we’d share one with you here.
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YARN Sirdar, Country Style (40% nylon, 30% wool, 30% acrylic, 50g/155m)
1 ball Brown (409)
Oddments of cream and pink DK yarn
NEEDLES A pair of 31/4mm needles YOU WILL NEED Tapestry needle, oddments of coloured yarn, toy stuffing
Cast on 5 sts using 31/4mm needles.
Row 1 Purl.
Row 2 Kfb into every stitch. [10 sts]
Row 3 Purl.
Row 4 * K1, kfb; rep from * to end of row. [15 sts]
Row 5 Purl.
Row 6 * K2, kfb; rep from * to end of row. [20 sts]
Row 7 Purl.
Starting with a knit row, work 4 rows in stocking stitch.
Row 8 *K2, k2tog; rep from * to end of row. [15 sts]
Row 9 Purl.
Row 10 *K1, k2tog; rep from * to end of row. [10 sts]
Row 11 Purl.
Row 12 *K2tog; rep from * to end of row. [5 sts]
Row 13 Purl.
TO MAKE UP
Using cream and pink, embroider chain stitch patterns and French knots on the
top of the knitting.
Weave in all the loose ends. Sew up halfway up the seam, fill with stuffing and close the seam.
Why not hide some real sweets among the knitted chocs?