When it’s cold and wet outside and you don’t need to go out, snuggling in front of a movie with some knitting is a great way to spend an evening. Since my hands tend to get cold when I’m using my computer, in honor of Valentine’s Day I decided to knit up some lacy heart handwarmers. Even though Valentine's Day just passed this year, you can wear these handwarmers any time your hands get chilly.
SKP: Slip the next stitch, knit, pass the slipped stitch over.
YO: Yarn over
K2tog: Knit two together
RS/WS: Right side/wrong side
Psso: Pass the slipped stitch over
Gauge: 5 sts per inch in stockinette stitch.
Yarn: Worsted weight wool, about 100 yards
Needles: US size 8, or size to achieve gauge
Cast on 36 stitches.
Rows 1-6: K2, P2
Row 7: K
Row 8: P
heart lace pattern (1 heart = 12 sts, with a border of 4 stitches on each side):
Round 9: K4 *YO, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, SKP, yo, k1* K4, repeat between **s, then K4 (RS row) (You should have 40 stitches on your needle.)
Round 10: P (WS row)
Round 11: K4 *k1, YO, slip2-k2tog-pass slipped stitches over, yo, k3, yo, slip2-k2tog-pass slipped stitches over, yo, k2* K4, repeat between **s, then K4. (You should be back to 36 stitches.)
Round 12: P (WS row)
Round 13: K4 *k1, K2tog, YO, k5, YO, SKP, K2* K4, repeat between **s, then K4
Round 14: P (WS row)
Round 15: K4 *K2tog, YO, k7, YO, SKP, K1* K4, repeat between **s, then K4
Round 16: P (WS row)
Round 17: K4 *YO, k9, YO, Sl-1-st-k2tog-psso* K4, repeat between **s, then K4
Round 18: P (WS row)
Repeat rows 9-18 three times, then rows 9-12 a final time.
Knit one row
Purl one row.
K2, P2 for four rows, then bind off.
Seam the sides 4.5 inches from the bottom and 2 inches from the top, leaving a 2-inch gap for your thumb.
Repeat above for a second handwarmer.