First and foremost, all photo credits to Korie Hayes Photography. <3

I have some (sad? disappointing?) news. The Knitting in the City pattern book (my collaboration with Heather from Highland Handmades) is being pushed back to August 2019. I don’t want to release a rushed product, and it’s important to me that the quality of this book be SUPER DUPER FANTASTICO!

I’m so sorry for this change of plans, I hope you all understand, but no worries if you don’t. As a sign of gratitude for your patience, I’ve added the knitted hearts pillow project to Ravelry (here) and made it available for you here (below).

Go get your knit on!



1 skein Fibernymph Dyeworks Cozy (pink)


1 skein Berroco Vintage Chunky (dark red)

+ Small quantity of waste yarn for holding stitches


Needle: 3-US size 7 double pointed needles -OR- knit in the round and place stitch markers to separate/denote the two halves.

Gauge: Not important, but fabric should be tight enough that stuffing doesn’t show through.

Stitches used:

k = knit

m1 = make 1 (for this pattern, m1 is made by knitting through the front and back of stitch)

k2tog = knit two stitches together (right slant decrease)

ssk = slip, slip, knit (left slant decrease)

For more on how to decrease, go here:


Techniques used:

Judy’s magic cast on (

Knitting in the round (3 double-pointed needles recommended)

Backward-e cast on (

Kitchener stitch (



PART 1: Bottom of Heart

Using Judy’s magic cast on, Cast on 4 stitches. Divide so there are two stitches on each needle. You will be knitting in the round with 3 double pointed needles.

Row 1: k1, m1 across (8).

Row 2: (and all even rows): Knit.

Row 3: k1, m1, k2, m1, k1 (12)

Row 4: (and all even rows): Knit.

Row 5: k1, m1, knit to last 2 stitches, k1, m1, k1 (16)

Repeat rows 4 and 5 as above until there are 100 stitches total (50 per needle).


PART 2: Sides of Heart

Knit straight for ten rows.


PART 3: Top of Heart

  1. Knit 25, put next 50 stitches on waste yarn, cast on 2 stitches with backward-e cast on, knit remaining 25 stitches (52 working stitches). Adjust so there are 26 per needle.
  2. Knit 3 rows.
  3. Begin decreases:

Row 1: k1, k2tog, knit to last 3 stitches, ssk, k1

Rows 2 & 3: Knit all stitches

  1. Repeat these three rows until 28 stitches remain (14 per needle).
  2. Kitchener stitch the top of the heart together. Break yarn. Perform step 12 (below) with yarn tail.
  3. Pick up 25 stitches from waste yarn, starting in the heart crease. Also pick up the 2 cast on stitches from the other side. Distribute so there are 26 stitches per needle.
  4. Knit 3 rows. Take time now to weave in the cast on yarn tail, tightening any holes near the cast on edge.
  5. Stuff the heart – bottom and completed side. Leave working side free of stuffing so it is easy to work.
  6. Work decreases as with side one (step 3), stuffing as you go.
  7. Before kitchenering side #2, make sure heart is stuffed evenly and the point at the bottom is full.
  8.  Kitchener.
  9. Thread tapestry needle back into heart, trying to catch a few inner loops if possible to help anchor it. Pull through heart and trim off excess.

So, there you go!

Be sure to send in pictures or link us to your finished objects!! Also, please enjoy this photo of an adorable baby enjoying the hear pillows and try not to smile… 🙂