Raised Heart Pattern

Raised Knit Heart

Materials:

Yarn worsted weight

Needles size 8 or size needed for correct gauge

Gauge: 17 stitches = 4″ 23 rows = 4″

Notes:

Increases and decreases instructions below.

Stitch count varies from row to row.

Wrong side row is Knit the knit stitches & purl the purl stitches.

Pattern

CO 35 sts

Rows 1-11: Knit in stockinette stitch

Row 12 (purl side is the RS): P17, M1, Make a central double increase, M1, P17.

Row 13: K17, P5, K17

Row 14: P17, K1, right lifted increase, k1, left lifted increase, k1, p17.

Row 15: K17, p7, k17

Row 16: P17, k1, right lifted increase, k3, left lifted increase, k1, p17.

Row 17: K17, p9, k17

Row 18: P16, slip the next st onto cn and hold in back, k2, k1 from cn, k5, slip the next 2sts onto cn and hold in front, k1, k2 from cn, p16

Row 19: K16, p11, k16

Row 20: P15, slip the next st onto cn and hold in back, k2, k1 from cn, k7, slip the next 2 sts onto cn and hold in front, k1, k2 from cn, p3.

Row 21: K15, p13, k15

Row 22: P14, slip the next st onto cn and hold in back, k2, k1 from cn, k9, slip the next 2 sts onto cn and hold in front, k1, k2 from cn, p2.

Row 23: K14, p15, k14

Row 24: P13, slip the next st onto cn and hold in back, k2, k1 from cn, k11, slip the next 2 sts onto cn and hold in front, k1, k2 from cn, p1.

Row 25: K13, p17, k13

Row 26: p12, Slip the next st onto cn and hold in back, k2, k1 from cn, k13, slip the next 2 sts onto cn and hold in front, k1, k2 from cn.

Row 27: K12, p19, k12.

Row 28: P12, Knit 19, p12

Row 29: K12, p19, k12

Row 30: p12, k19, p12

Row 31: K12, p19, k12

Row 32: P12, K6, slip the next 2 sts onto cn and hold in back, k1, p2 from cn, p1, slip the next st onto cn and hold in front, p2, k1 from cn, k6, p12.

Row 33: K12, p7, k5, p7, k12

Row 34: P12, Slip the next 2 sts onto cn and hold in front, p1, k2 from cn, k2, slip the next st onto cn and hold in back, k1, p1 from cn, p5, slip the next st onto cn and hold in front, p1, k1 from cn, k2, slip the next st onto cn and hold in back, k2, p1 from cn.

Row 35: K13, work 5 to 1 st decrease, k7, work 5 to 1 st decrease, k13.

Rows 36: P across

Rows 37-46 work stockinette stitch

Bind off

(M1) Raised M1 increase:

Use the horizontal strand of yarn that hangs between the knitting needles. Work into the strand, carefully twisting it to prevent a hole. Raised increases can slant to the right or to the left. When no indication is given M1 left.

Use the left-hand needle to lift up the horizontal strand that’s hanging between the needles., from front to back, and knit the strand through its back loop, twisting it to prevent a hole in your fabric.

Make a central double increase:

Use this type of increase to create 3 stitches out of a single stitch without a hole or bump.

Knit into the back and then into the front of the indicated stitch, in that order, and then slip the original stitch off the left-hand needle, 2 stitches made.

For 3rd stitch of this special increase, insert the left-hand needle from back to front into the little vertical strand that’s beneath the 2 stitches just made. Just pull up on it a little to create enough space for your needle to fit.

Now swing your right-hand needle around and knit into this vertical strand through its front loop. This maneuver might seem awkward at first because of how tight it feels, but that’s normal. The main goal here is to add new stitches without creating holes below them.

Right lifted increase: Make this increase by working into a stitch in the row below the stitch that is currently on the needle, and also working into the stitch on the needle in the regular way. This can be worked slanting either left or right.

To do a lifted increase slanting to the right, knit into the back of the stitch in the row directly below the first stitch on the left-hand needle (into its purl “bump”).

Left lifted increase: Insert the left-hand needle into the back of the first stitch on the right-hand needle, just below the stitch just knit and knit it.

5-to-1 stitch decrease: This decrease technique involves manipulating stitches without knitting them, pass each stitch over a center stitch, one by one in alternate directions, until only the middle stitch remains.

Drop the working yarn to the back, slip 3 stitches from the left-hand needle onto the right-hand needle.

*Pass the second stitch on the right-hand needle over the first stitch as if you’re binding it off. Slip this stitch from the right-hand needle back onto the left-hand needle, and pass the second stitch on the left-hand needle over the first stitch (as if you’re binding it off, except it will be in the opposite direction)**

Slip this stitch from the left-hand needle back onto the right-hand needle, and repeat the steps between the * and the ** once more.

Knit this remaining stitch. Five stitches have been combined into one stitch.