I designed the Giving Heart for the Cardiac Program at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in the Woodlands, TX. They have a charity program that gives quilted fabric palm sized stuffed hearts out to people in their cardiac unit. I quilt, but decided that the program really needed a knitted alternative as well. The chaplain in charge sent me a St. Luke’s glass heart paperweight when I sent the first batch of hearts.
I always have a heart in progress in a dedicated project bag. This is my project when I am between projects or just want to work on something fairly simple.
I had about 1 ½ pounds of superwash wool and nylon sock yarn in my stash that I’d dyed red. At 4 grams per heart, it will be a while before I run out. I wanted a washable, durable heart so that the staff could keep their Giving Hearts clean. I found that Lion Brand Homespun makes better stuffing for knitted items than the fiberfill I would normally use. It has less tendency to drift out or “beard” since it is cut in longer strands.
The finished heart is about 3” by 3”, so gauge is not really important. The surface crochet adds some stability to the fabric, helping keep the shape. I worked a spiral design on the hearts. The dimple formed by the end of the spiral gives it a nice “worry stone” feel.
See a tutorial on my pivoting technique:
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My youtube video demonstrating the knit on I cord edge and the increase method. The project demonstrated is Peggy Mama Giant Garter Stitch Shawl, which has 3 I cord edge stitches. The technique is the same, you slip 2 stitches for Giving Heart instead of 3:
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