Monday, March 15, 2010

Updated Heart Cable Pattern

A reader asked me the other week to give written instructions for the heart cable pattern I published here some time ago. I've done so, with the caveat that I have not knitted from the written instructions, only from my chart. If anyone finds typos, please let me know so I can post corrections. I'm reposting the entire pattern here. Enjoy!

If you find errors in the chart, please let me know and I'll correct them.


2 skeins Jamieson's Heather Aran for hat; 4 skeins for scarf
size US 4 and US 8 needles OR size to get gauge
tapestry needle

18 sts/4" in St st unblocked
Hat fits 20" around when worked to gauge on size 4 needles. For bigger hats, increase needle size to 5 or 6 to get 22" and 24" around.


1) CO 92 sts with size 4 (5, 6) needle. 2 sts will be selvedge sts. K1, p1 ribbing for 3", inc 23 sts last row in K only to 113 sts. Change to size 8 needles.
2) Set pattern as follows: selvedge st, P1, * 12 sts heart cable chart, rep from * across row, end P1 (selvedge st).
3) Repeat 18 row pattern twice.
4) Work chart a third time to row 16; DO NOT DO YO's (this will be 1st decrease for crown shaping, in other words). Next row: selvedge st, P1* P2 tog, P2, P2 tog, P1, repeat across, end P2, selvedge.
5) Next row: K across, end P1 (selvedge).
6) Next row: P1, *P1, P2 tog, repeat across, end P2, selvedge (3rd dec row).
7) Next row: K across.
8) Next row: Repeat 3rd dec row.
9) K across.
10) Selvedge, P2 tog across, end P1 (4th dec row).
11) K across
12) Repeat 4th dec row.
13) You should now have only 8 sts remaining on your needle. Break yarn, leaving 12" tail. Draw through sts using tapestry needle. Sew up seam, reversing at ribbing.

1) Using invisible CO, CO 62 sts on size 8 needle. Do garter st for 6 row border.
2) Start pattern row 1: selvedge, P3, *11 st repeat of chart, repeat from *, end P3, selvedge.
3) Cont in pattern as set until piece measures approx 24", ending after a row 18; place on holder.
4) Make 2nd half same as 1st.
5) Graft 2 halves together invisibly. Block flat. Finished size will be approx 11" wide by 50" long.

1) Chart begins on Row 1 but repeats of pattern begin on Row 3.
2) Pattern is a 12-st repeat.
3) Cabled sts are twisted (knit or purl tbl) for more relief.
4) Row 15 - knit the cables loosely to make P 3 tog or p 3 tog tbl on row 14 easier.
5) Row 17 - knit the yo's tbls to close up the holes.
6) 2/1 Right purl cross - Sl 1 to cn, hold at back, k2 tbl, p1 from cn.
7) 2/1 Left purl cross - Sl 2 to cn, hold at front, p1, k2 tbl from cn.
8) 1/1 Right purl cross - Sl 1 to cn, hold at back, k1 tbl, p1 from cn.
9) 1/1 Left purl cross - Sl 1 to cn, hold at front, p1, k1 tbl from cn.
10) 1/1 Right cross - Sl 1 to cn, hold at back, k1, k1 tbl from cn.
11) 1/1 Left cross - Sl 1 to cn, hold at front, k1, k1 tbl from cn.

Heart Cable written instructions
(Important: please read notes accompanying pattern).

Row 1: P across.
Row 2: K across.
Row 3: P1, *P4, K2, P5* (repeat between *'s), P1.
Row 4: K1, *K5, P2, K4* (repeat between *'s), K1. Always repeat between *'s in following rows.
Row 5: P1, *P3, 1/1 right cross, 1/1 left cross, P4*, P1.
Row 6: K1, *K4, P4, K3*, K1.
Row 7: P1, *P2, 2/1 right purl cross, 2/1 left purl cross, P3*, P1.
Row 8: K1, *K3, P2, K2, P2, K2*, K1.
Row 9: P1, *P1, 2/1 right purl cross, P3, 2/1 left purl cross, P1*, P1.
Row 10: K1, *K1, P2, K4, P2, K2*, K1.
Row 11: P1, *2/1 right purl cross, P4, 2/1 left purl cross, P1*, P1.
Row 12: K1, *K1, P2, K6, P2*, K1.
Row 13: P1, *K2, P6, K2, P1*, P1.
Row 14: K1, *K1, P2, K6, P2*, K1.
Row 15: P1, *2/1 left purl cross, 1/1 right purl cross, 1/1 left purl cross, 2/1 right purl cross*, P1.
Row 16: K1, *K2, P3tog tbl, K2, P3tog, K1*, K1.
Row 17: P1, *P2, YO, P1, YO, P2, YO, P1, YO, P1*, P1.
Row 18: K across.
heart set


fleegle said...

Thanks for this, but can you point me to the original scarf?

Experimental Knitter said...

I added a photo, how's that?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the beautiful pattern. I want to start knitting but am a bit confused. Your chart looks like it has 12 sts between *repeat*, but the instructions say 11 sts between *repeat*. If you cast on 62 sts, and k1 on each end, you have 60 sts in pattern remaining. 12 sts repeated makes more sense than 11 sts repeated. Could you please clarify?

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Experimental Knitter said...

You are so right! My terrible error, it is a 12-stitch repeat.
I'll post a revised pattern to Ravelry as soon as I can.

Unknown said...

I would love to put these cabled hearts up the back of my knee high socks! How would I go about converting this pattern from flat to in the round? Any tips or link referrals would be greatly appreciated.

Experimental Knitter said...

Hi CC,
Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed wrote an article in Vogue Knitting (Fall 2009) on converting flat knitting to round. I'm sure you can still find thast issue; if not give me a holler and I'll find a copy for you.

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Hello, I will use the hearts in a jacket for my little girl. Thank you!

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