Palpitation by Hunter Hammersen


January 2018
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
28 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette. Because you're not aiming for an exact size, gauge isn't as important as usual. Instead, aim for the tightest fabric you can comfortably manage.
25 - 50 yards (23 - 46 m)
3 different stitch counts in the pattern. Depending on your gauge, you'll get hearts between 3 and 5 inches across and between 3 and 5 inches tall.
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Palpitation noun
- a rapid pulsation; a fast or irregular beating of the heart

You know those bits of gorgeous yarn left over from your favorite projects? The ones you just can’t bear to throw away? Well why not turn them into a pile of adorable little hearts!

Each one takes only a few yards of yarn (these took between 25 & 50 yards each) and about two hours to knit. That’s about as close to instant gratification as knitting gets!

As for what you’ll do with them? Well that’s limited only by your imagination!

  • String them on ribbon or twine and use them as bunting or a garland.
  • Bring a branch inside and hang them from it to ward off the winter gloom—bonus points if it’s a branch from a flowering plant and it blooms!
  • Pop one in a card and send it to someone who could use a little extra love—they are light and squish down flat, so they’re easy to mail.
  • Add some lavender or rosemary and tuck one in your sweater drawer.
  • Make one to match a baby sweater you’re giving as a gift.
  • Add some catnip and use one as a cat toy.
  • Fill them with dried beans or rice and use them as microwaveable hand warmers.
  • Add a rattle insert and use one as a baby toy.

I suspect you’ll want to make a bunch and you’ll come up with no end of ideas for what to do with them!

And I promise they’re quick and easy! They’re about 95% stockinette worked in the round (with just a few increases and decreases thrown in here and there).

If you’ve never made something 3D before, don’t worry, the pattern is extremely detailed (really, it’s 12 pages long…it holds your hand the whole way through). I’ve got a three-page photo tutorial showing you every step of the process. And I’ve included all sorts of helpful tips on everything from what to fill them with to how to block them to how to weave in your ends. You can totally do this!

I think the only hard part will be knowing when to stop…I’ve made a pile of them and I still want to make more!

These are perfect for you if:

  • You need something cheerful and quick
  • You have a jar of yarn leftovers you’ve been wanting to do something with
  • You’re already thinking of all the things you could do with these

They’re not for you if:

  • You’re looking for a somber, serious project
  • You just can’t handle this level of cheerful right now