Valentine’s Day is almost here, and what could be more fun than to decorate with a knit hearts and pompoms garland?
This garland is quick to knit and simple to assemble. And, you won’t have to worry about size or gauge. Just choose any yarn you like and the appropriate size needles. Feel free to change things, too, by using colors other than red, or making it as long or as short as you wish.
Any yarn you like, split into 2 balls.
Knitting needles, in the appropriate size for your yarn. Because double pointed needles are shorter in length and the hearts in this project are smaller in scale, I tend to like them for these sorts of projects.
Quilting needle for weaving in ends.
With first ball of yarn, cast on 2 stitches.
Rows 1-2: knit
Row 3: k1, m1, k1 (3 total stitches)
Row 4: knit
Row 5: k1, k1 then k-b, k1. To increase here on the second stitch: Knit the second stitch, then, without taking the stitch off the needle, knit another through the back of the loop, creating an additional stitch. (4 total stitches)
Row 6: knit
Row 7: * Knit 1, M1, K to last stitch, M1, K1
Row 8: Knit*
Repeat from *, increasing 1 stitch at each end of odd rows and knitting all even rows, until the end of row 20, with 18 total stitches on needle.
Rows 21-28: knit all
To begin upper half of heart, you’ll split the heart into 2 parts and use the second ball of yarn to knit one half of the heart. Knit 9 with first ball of yarn. Knit 9 with second ball of yarn.
Row 29-32: Continue as above with knitting each half with its own ball of yarn.
Row 33: One half of heart: K1, K2tog, k6. Next half of heart: k6, k2tog, k1.
Rows 34-35: knit
Row 36: One half of heart: k1, k2tog, k5. Next half of heart: k5, k2tog, k1.
Row 37: One half of heart: k4, k2tog, k1. Next half of heart: k1, k2tog, k, k4.
Row 38: One half of heart: k1 k2tog, k3. Next half of heart: k3, k2tog, k1.
Row 39: One half of heart: k2 k2tog, k1. Next half of heart: k1 k2tog, k2.
Row 40: bind off
Weave in the ends. Block the hearts, if you want to reshape them a little. Make the pompoms. Thread the yarn through pompoms and hearts. On mine, I threaded the hanging yarn through the middle of the pompoms and through the backs of the hearts, but you can also try threading through the tops of the hearts, or through only one half of the top of a heart and have your hearts hang on an angle. That would look beautiful.
Hang in a sunny and happy part of your home and enjoy.
Happy Valentine’s Day!