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Knit with Love: Free Patterns for Valentine's Day

Updated on January 4, 2012

For You With Love

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to show your loved ones just how much they mean to you. Nearly everyone loves a big box of chocolates. But, if your loved ones are like me, by mid-February they're holding onto their New Year's resolution to eat more healthily by the skin of their teeth. Instead of a sweet treat, try showing your love with a little fiber. You know, like cashmere.

Below, you'll find totally free patterns featuring the big three of Valentine's Day: hearts, flowers and candy. Knit them and give them to your heart's content, then watch the faces of your friends and family light up with surprise at the unique expression of your love.

(photo by Squirrel Cottage.)

Looking for crochet? Click here for the crochet version of this page.

Double Knitting

Double your pleasure, double your fun with double knitting. (Whoo, that was cheesy. Sorry, but I couldn't resist.) This technique creates two parallel panels of fabric at the same time. Usually, it's used to make reversible items, with each side being a negative image of the other. (Like in the Knitted Heart Ring above.) Here's a video tutorial on how it works.

To make the little hearts on the ring, you'll need to combine double knitting with intarsia. You can check out explinations for colorwork on the lens Intarsia and Stranded Knitting: Two Ways to Add Color to Your Knitting.

I-cord Flower

Want to make a flower without all that pesky shaping? Here's a video showing you how to make a cute little doo-da with a simple i-cord.

Mmmmm, Chocolate

Whew, it was hard to find knitted chocolate. You'd think there would be more yarn-y homages to that wonderful stuff. Oh, well, here is what I found. Any one of them would make fantastic gifts for the chocolate lover(s) in your life.

P.S. If you know of any more free chocolate knitting patterns out there, please let me know and I'll add them here tout de suite.

Luxury Defined - lux-u-ry (noun): Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk paired with chocolate covered ginger

(photo by meknits)

Lovely Lace - Nothing says romance like a little lace

Many of the lingerie patterns above incorporate beautiful lace. If you've never knitted lace before, take a look at this video for an intro to common lace stitches and chart reading

The Book Of Love

Love to knit for others? (Me, too!) Here are some books to inspire your gift knitting impulses.

Love doesn't make the world go 'round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile. - Franklin P. Jones

Hot Stuff

For those who really want to share the love with a chocolate treat instead of (or in addition to) a knitted one, here's a video about how to create the miracle called "molten lava cakes!" Make them for you and your sweetie on Valentine's Day and let the fun begin...

(gasp! Did I just say that? How naughty of me. tee hee.)

Feel free to leave a (love) note. ;)

Thanks For Stopping By!

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      Michele Kelsey 24 months ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

      This is a great hub for us knitters for this upcoming holiday! Could I share a link to this hub in my upcoming Valentine's Day knitting series of hubs? Would you in turn link to mine? I look forward to hearing back from you and nicely done! What a fantastic hub! You have provided knitters a lot of choices! :) ❤️ ~Michele Kelsey (theflirtyknitter)

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      MerryChicky 5 years ago

      @julescorriere: Thanks! I did a little happy dance when I saw my lens on there. :)

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Congratulations on making the Top 40 Valentine Craft Ideas. Well Deserved.

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      MerryChicky 5 years ago

      @julieannbrady: Happy Valentine's Day to you, too. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you've had a lovely day celebrating love. :)

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Happy Valentine's Day my dear ... what a lovely thought ... to knit a valentine heart with love.

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      MerryChicky 5 years ago

      @JoyfulReviewer: Thanks for letting me know you liked the lens. I'm especially grateful you took the time to leave a comment. Greatly appreciated! ;)

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Thanks for this extensive resource. Especially liked the how-to videos. Nicely done!

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      Great lens. Handmade gifts always say I Love You.

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      Welcome2iceland 5 years ago

      Like your lens a lot.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      beautiful knitting indeed, my daughter does this, I enjoyed looking at these tonight.

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      I loved the videos and your lens is beautiful. blessed by this squid angel.

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      Lemming13 6 years ago

      Sweet patterns! Blessed.

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      MerryChicky 8 years ago

      [in reply to S Rauscher] Unfortunately, I don't have the pattern to that. I found it on flickr using the Creative Commons option on the Advanced Search. Here's the link to the picture. Maybe the photographer can hook you up. :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Where is the pattern for the cabled heart at the top of the page?


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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Nice resource for those who are looking for what and how to make Valentine's Day gifts by hand.