True Heart is Here
Introducing the True Heart Knitted Ornament and Cat Toy.
This cleverly constructed little heart measures approximately 3 ¼” at its widest point and 2 ¾” in height. It's knit in the round on DPNs, though one of our test knitters easily adapted to knitting it on two circulars.
True Heart was a collaboration between your intrepid publisher and my good friend Martha. We spent a bleak winter together knitting in front of a wood stove, drinking too much tea and bemoaning life's difficulty. Martha invented these hearts during those dark days, and I helped tweak the pattern here and there until we felt it was ready to share with you all.
The result is a quick knit, perfect to use up small amounts of leftover yarn - or to allow you to splurge on something really decadent without breaking the bank.
The most entertaining use of the True Heart is as a cat toy. It's just the right size for those little paws: but if you knit hearts for your furry friends, use a very tough wool yarn, and be sure to stuff the heart with something pet-friendly. Over time your kitties WILL succeed in shredding the heart.
The True Heart also makes a wonderful sachet, stuffed with lavender, cedar chips, or any other moth-repellant herb. You could make a set for a fiber-loving friend to protect her yarn stash.
Required skills are increasing, decreasing, and knitting in the round. Learning a figure 8 cast-on will greatly improve both the ease of the project and the look of the finished heart, but you can use another method if you can't conquer the figure 8.
I love that this whimsical, sweet little pattern came out of such a fraught time: the experience is a beautiful example of the healing power of the creative arts. It also seems appropriate that the True Heart is a collaboration between dear friends. We hope you'll enjoy knitting it as much as we have.