Use this adorable, cozy heart shaped handwarmer knitting pattern (or use them as sachets!) this winter, they make a perfect gift!
Friends, I am in LOVE with this cute heart shaped handwarmer knitting pattern. It’s the most fun I’ve had knitting in a while!
And I’m extra excited because I am pretty sure I came up with a totally unique strategy for knitting hear shapes. I did a TON of research when I was planning these, because you know, if you’ve ever knit a shape, like a heart that has two unconnected sections (the curves on top of the heart), it’s a pain in the neck.
You pretty much have to knit each section separately and then you need stitch holders and there are extra ends to weave in. It’s just annoying.
And I knew I needed to knit 4 identical heart shapes for this handwarmer knitting pattern so I did NOT want to be doing that 8 separate time. Ugh.
So I set out to see if I could knit a heart shape on straight needles with no stitch holders, no extra ends, no short rows, etc.
And guess what?! I did it! Yay! These heart shapes are SO easy and today I’m using them to knit handwarmers but I can imagine tons of future uses for this beyond easy knitting technique.
If you use it for something else, just give me a little credit, yeah?
Tips and Tricks for Knitting Handwarmers
- Use a natural fiber like wool, alpaca or cotton, not acrylic, you don’t want it to melt!
- If you knit loosely, size down your needles. You want a dense fabric so the filling doesn’t leak out between stitches.
- Block your heart shapes before assembling your handwarmers for best results.
- When heating your handwarmers in the microwave, heat in short 5-10 second increments, and NEVER walk away while heating, let’s not start any fires, ok?
- To make the assembly step easy, you can pin the heart shapes together so they don’t shift while you sew.
Heart Shaped Handwarmer Knitting Pattern Supply List
- Us 7 12″ straight knitting needles
- Yarn needle
- Dried rice
(If you need help, my favorite knitting reference book for everyone from beginners to advanced knitters is THIS ONE!)
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Heart Shaped Handwarmer Knitting Pattern Instructions
Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches
Finished Size: approx. 4 1/4 inches wide x 4 inches tall x 1 inch thick
Note: Gauge is not that important for this project. If you want smaller handwarmers, use thinner yarn and smaller needles.
sl1: slip one stitch purlwise
Errata: There was a typo in row 5, it should read p12, sl1, p12 and it has been corrected in all version of the pattern.
To Knit a Heart Shape (make 4):
Cast 19 stitches onto your knitting needles
Row 1 (WS): pfb, p8, sl1, p8, pfb (21 stitches)
Row 2 (RS): kfb, k9, sl1, k9, kfb (23 stitches)
Row 3: pfb, p10, sl1, p10, pfb (25 stitches)
Row 4: k12, sl1, k12
Row 5: p12, sl1, p12
Rows 6-7: repeat rows 4 & 5
Row 8: ssk, k10, sl1, k10, k2tog (23 stitches)
Row 9: p11, sl1, p11
Row 10: knit all stitches
Row 11: purl all stitches
Row 12: ssk, knit across until there are 2 stitches left, k2tog
Row 13: purl all stitches
Repeat rows 12 & 13 until you have 3 stitches left after a right side row. Then p3tog.
Cut yarn and pull through remaining stitch to finish. Leave a 24 inch long cast off tail to assemble the handwarmers on two of the 4 heart shapes. Weave in the other ends.
Block your heart shapes.
To Assemble the Handwarmers:
Place two heart shapes (one with a long cast off tail, and one without) on top of each other wrong sides together.
You may pin them in place. Thread one long cast off tail on a yarn needle and use it to carefully stitch the two hearts together along the edges.
I used a basic running stitch with VERY small stitches (so the rice won’t leak out). Stitch around 80% of the heart, leaving about 1 1/2 inches open along one straight edge to fill the handwarmers.
Use a spoon to fill your handwarmer with dry rice.
When it is full of rice, continue sewing with the yarn needle to close the opening.
Tie a small, secure knot and bury the yarn tail end inside the middle of the handwarmer (you can do this by sticking the yarn needle all the way through the middle and out the other side, then trimming the yarn close to the surface. As you handle the handwarmer, that yarn tail will be pulled back into the center and remain hidden.)
Repeat with the other two heart shapes to make a second handwarmer.
To warm your handwarmers, heat them in the microwave for short 5-10 second increments until they are warm but not hot.
Watch carefully, check their temperature frequently and never leave them unattended in the microwave. Never get handwarmers wet or heat to a temperature hotter than you can hold comfortably with bare hands. Be careful not to burn yourself.
Do not give hot handwarmers to children.
Variations on Knit Heart Shaped Handwarmers
To make beanbags:
Instead of rice, fill the heart shapes with dried beans. Use for supervised play or sensory activities. Do not heat.
To make sachets (photo below):
Instead of rice, fill the heart shapes with dried lavender flowers. Place in closets or dresser drawers. Do not heat.
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