String of Hearts

Lace trim or bookmark
by Judy Gibson, March 2000

[String of Hearts bookmark] Note: A yarnover at the beginning of a row is made by holding the thread to the front of the work, putting your right needle through the first stitch, then bringing the yarn over to the back of the work before knitting that first stitch.

Materials: Crochet cotton size 20, needles size 1 US (or substitute other yarn and appropriate needles). Ribbon, 1/4" wide, about 18 to 24 inches.

Cast on 4 sts.

To form the point of the first of the string of hearts, k2tog, yo, k2 tog, turn. K1, k1 and p1 into the yo, k1.
There are now 4 sts on the needle.

Row 1: yo, k1, yo, k2, yo, k1.
Basic instruction for every remaining row: yo, k2 tog, yo, knit across to within 2 sts of the end of the row, yo, k2tog.

Eyelets (for inserting the ribbon): See detail photo below.
When your stitch count reaches 20, work an eyelet at the center by working that row like this:
yo, k2tog, yo, k6, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k6, yo, k2tog. On the return row, work a knit and a purl into the yo.
Work another eyelet in a similar manner:
yo, k2tog, yo, k7, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k7, yo, k2tog. On the return row, work a knit and a purl into the yo.
You now have 24 stitches on the needle.

[Detail of String of Hearts, showing eyelets.] Top of heart:
When you have reached a total of 24 stitches, form the top of the heart like this:
Slip 11 sts to the right needle. One by one, lift the stitches on the right needle over the leftmost stitch. One stitch remains on the right needle.
Slip 2 sts to the right needle. Now there are three.
One by one, lift the stitches on the left needle over the rightmost stitch on that needle. One stitch remains on the left needle.
Slip the three stiches from the right needle to the left needle.
You're back at the four stitches you need to begin the next heart from Row 1.

If you want to end the string, instead of working row 1, work a lace bindoff on your four stitches, like this: k1, *slide the new stitch back onto the left needle, k2 tog*, repeat between asterisks until one st remains, draw end through and tie off.

The string of hearts may be made as long as you like. Run a ribbon (1/4 inch ribbon for the gauge given above) through the eyelets, so that it is behind the body of the heart and on the front for the little distance between the two eyelets. The cast-on and bind-off ends may be used to secure the ends of the ribbon.

To make a bookmark, make four or five hearts. Run a doubled ribbon from the bottom to the top, leaving a loop at the top for handling, and leaving long tails. Sew a bow or other ornamentation to the ribbon where it shows through the top heart.

Copyright statement: This is an original design by Judy Gibson, March 26, 2000. Permission is granted to print and use this pattern for personal noncommercial use, provided this notice is included, and also to make and sell items based on this pattern for charitable purposes. No commercial use or publication of this design--in hard copy or electronic form--are permitted without explicit consent from the designer. Contact:

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