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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Embroidered Conversation Heart Knit Coasters


It's a little early but over the past couple evenings I have been working on my Valentine's Day projects.  These coasters were on the top of my to-do list and I finally finished them up last night.  They are inspired by the sweet little conversation hearts we all passed around as little children on Valentine's Day.  Although I actually can't stand the taste of these little hearts I do love the way they look and wanted to find a way to incorporate them into my V-day decor.


To make these coasters I used Julie's beautiful Knitted Heart Pattern from "Julie and The Knits" with a slight modification.  I wanted them to be a little longer than the original pattern calls for so in between each decrease row in forming the apex of the heart, I added 3 rows of knit.


Materials:
US size 8 knitting needles
worsted weight acrylic yarn, white and V-Day inspired colors
yarn needle


Once the hearts are knitted up, embroider the romantic messages on them.  To do this just take an arm's length of white yarn threaded it into a yarn needle and start stitching.  Look the pictures below for a guide.  This did take me a couple attempts to get the letters to look how I wanted, but my time spent was so worth it!

To get the letters in a straight line, pick a row in the knitting that you want all the letters to sit on and and do the same for the uppermost boundary of the letters.  My letters were all about 3 rows tall.  Keep scrolling down to see my quick "Marry Me" stitch photo tutorial.

To start the M, bring the needle in from the back pulling the yarn through and leave about an inch of tail hanging out in the back.  Then just proceed to stitch the message.

After that last E from "Marry Me" is stitched, cut yarn and secure the loose ends.  Repeat the same steps for "XOXO".



Repeat again for "Be Mine".



Grab a drink and enjoy all your hard work!

Or...package them up and give to all the Valentines in your life. :)

Have a great day!!

22 comments:

  1. These are so charming! I love practical and romantic gifts like this!

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    1. Thank you Stacia, so glad you stopped by! :)

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  2. You've got some serious knitting skills. Crochet and knitting, wow lady! Thanks for linking up at our Link It or Lump It party.

    Amy @ http://www.delineateyourdwelling.com

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    1. Thanks Amy! I am pretty much obsessed with anything that can be with yarn, hahaha. And I'm happy to be a part of Link It or Lump it, thanks for hosting! :)

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  3. I want you to know you're the inspiration for me adding "Finally learn how to knit!" to my new years resolutions. :) Love these coasters! All of your projects are so cute!

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    1. Hi RaChil! Thank you so much! I'm so happy you found inspiration at my blog, you have no idea how happy that makes me!!

      Youtube has helped me a lot with both knitting and crocheting, I am a visual learner. If are looking for knitting books to get you started I can forward you info on my favorites that have helped me a lot over the years. Let me know :)

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    2. I am super late responding to this but I would love any source material you could send my way, that would be very nice of you :) Thank you!

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  4. You are making me want to learn how to knit. Gosh, these are so cute. You are so talented.

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    1. Thank you so much Carrie, I'm so happy you stopped by! :)

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  5. This is such a sweet idea! I just started on my valentines day knitting (is there even such a thing?); I may have to add some conversation heart coasters to my list.

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    1. Hi Heidi, thanks for stopping by! I hope you do and Valentine's Day knitting totally a thing, haha!

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  6. These are adorable! I have tried knitting several times, but I struggle, so I go back to crochet. Love the way these look though and the embroidery is so sweet! If you have a minute, I'd love if you came and linked up to The Makers Link Party over on my blog.

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    1. Hi Alexis, I'm so glad you stopped by!! Knitting takes a lot of practice, I have been at it for about 15 years but its been just the past couple years that I have branched out from making plain rectangles, haha. Crocheting is awesome too and I really enjoy it!

      Thanks for the invite, headed over now!! :)

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  7. These look great just like the Valentine's candy.

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

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  8. Hi Brittany, I have just found your blog post and absolutely love this project and how you made the hearts your own, thank you so much for sharing my pattern :)

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    1. Hi Julie, I'm so happy you stopped by! You do such beautiful work, thank you so much for creating/sharing the pattern!! :)

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  9. These are just plain adorable. I would love for you to share this great post at our WIW Linky Party. I hope you can join us.

    Paula
    Ivy & Elephants

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  10. So cute. Great idea. Everyone needs to know that they are loved.

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  11. Thank you for linking up at Link & Share Wednesday last week :) and Congratulations! You are one of the featured favourites!! Rhondda http://www.oombawkadesigncrochet.com/2014/02/link-share-wednesday-party-28-crochet.html

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