It’s time for the second ornament of Christmas! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out the 12 ornaments of Christmas kickoff post from last week. Today’s installment of the series is in keeping with my promise to hold off on sharing ornaments that are super festive. While you can of course knit this in any color (or color combo!), I went with a nice bluish color to add some variety to my upcoming yarn-covered Christmas tree. Even if you don’t want to knit up this sweet little heart as an ornament, it easily doubles as a nice gift topper or baby toy. As a gift, this simple knit heart could cheer even the humbuggiest of Scrooges!
Don’t forget! If you make this or any other of the 12 ornaments of Christmas, you can share them on social media using #handsoccupiedhohoho!
Knit Heart Ornament Pattern
US size 2 knitting needles
size F crochet hook
Lion Brand Bonbons in Beach – 1 mini skeins in blue
poly-fil (polyester fiber fill, a.k.a. stuffing)
CO – cast on
sts – stitches
(X sts) – X indicates the number of sts that will now be on your needle
WS – wrong side
p – purl
RS – right side
k – knit
M1R – make 1 right-leaning stitch (video tutorial)
M1L – make 1 left-leaning stitch (video tutorial)
sl 1 -k1- psso – slip 1 st, k1, pass slipped stitch over the knit st
ssk – slip one st as if to knit, slip one as if to purl, k 2 sts together
k2tog – k 2 sts together as one
Heart front & back (make two)
CO 3 sts
1, 3, 5. (WS) p across.
2. k1, m1R, k1, m1L, k1. (5 sts)
4. k1, m1R, k to last st, m1L, k1.
Work rows 4 & 5 eight times total. (21 sts)
6 & 8. (RS) k across.
7 & 9. (WS) p across.
10. k 10, sl 1 -k1- psso, k9.
begin working only on left top of heart
11. p 10.
12. ssk, k6, k2tog.
14. ssk, k4, k2tog.
16. ssk, k2, k2tog.
17. p4, binding off as you work.
Break yarn, draw tail through last loop.
righthand heart top
Add yarn and work rows 11-17 once more, forming the top right of the heart.
Knit 2 of these hearts. Using the mattress stitch, sew the two hearts together. Work all the way around with right sides facing outward, stuffing the star with poly-fil as you go. Weave in ends to finish.
New to mattress stitch? I’ve got you covered.
Click here to find patterns & tutorials for all of the ornaments in this series!