Knitted Pillow Heart Pin with Tatted Edging

Pictures & Instructions by Sabina Carden-Madden
©Paradise Treasures, February 2009

This is sweet little knitted heart I made using a pattern on Martha Stewart's website. It can be found here. The model above measures 1 3/8" without the tatted edging, 2" across with the tatted edging, knitted with Size 0 knitting needles. The size of the heart is determined by the size of the yarn and the knitting needles. If you are not a knitter, you can use felt or fabric heart cut outs instead. A helpful template for hearts graduated in size can be found here. In addition you will need a small amount of stuffing, a pin back, needle and sewing thread matching the heart color. A stick pin is another option instead of a pin back. For the tatting, a shuttle, size 20 thread, beads in the picots are an additional option. The edging is a simple ring/josephine knot mignonette work with an 1/8" thread space between the rings. It is a tat what you need edging.

R = Ring
JK = Josephine Ring
" - " = picot
+ = Join
"=" = Next picot to be joined
. = Close Ring

R: 6 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 = 4.
1/8" thread space between each ring that follows
JK: 10.
*R: 4 + 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 = 4.
JK: 10.*
Repeat * to * for length of one side of the heart.

At the point of the heart, following a large ring, omit the thread space between the next 3 rings to form a clover of the large rings with one Josephine ring. This will form the point of the heart in the edging.

R: 4 + 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 = 4.
JK: 10.
R: 4 + 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 = 4.

Continue repeating the Rings and JK's so that you have an equal number of rings on the second side less the center ring of the clover. Finish the last ring of the edging as: R: 4 + 2 - 2 - 2 - 6.

Place wrongs sides of the heart together. Whip stitch the edging to the sides of the heart to the thread spaces between the rings beginning at the dip in the heart. This can be done as it is being stuffed. If you are adding a pin back(or stick pin), press the pin side and the closure side through the wrong side knitting so that the pin back bracket (or stick pin base) is on the inside of the stuffed heart.

Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine's Day!!

Created February 10, 2009