6 Feb 2013

He Wears His Heart on His Sleeve

It must be a knitting week around here.  I have another handkint project to share with you that is SO cute that it warranted an overload of pictures. :)  I decided to add heart elbow patches to Co-pilot's hand-me-down sweater which I knit while expecting Little Pilot.

I'm going to show you some pictures of the sweater on my model.  Isn't he too cute?  You can see that the sweater is still a little big, but I'm afraid it won't fit next year as Co-pilot is so much bigger than Little Pilot was.  Also, don't mind Tech Guy's hand in the photos.  Co-Pilot is not yet sitting on his own at not quite 4 months.  I'm glad that I was able to make the sweater new for Co-pilot with the addition of the heart patches. :)

Here are some pictures of just the sweater with its new heart elbow patches.  The sweater pattern is "duffle coat" from Debbie Bliss' Essential Baby. It is knit from Debbie Bliss Rialto DK.  If you don't knit it looks like this etsy seller has the same sweater for sale (different wool though).

I asked Mummu to help me figure out how to make knit hearts for the sleeves.  She ended up knitting both of them.  Mummu tends to be like that - gets so wrapped up in a project.  :)  I did, however, get to do the blanket stitch around the hearts.  I used a slightly darker grey wool so that the hearts would have some definition.  You can find the pattern for our heart at the bottom of this post.

I took a couple photos of the sweater hanging in our front entry.  This gives you an idea of how tiny the sweater is.  I cleared out all the shoes/boots because I wanted to focus on the itty bitty sweater.  I haven't posted about this room of our house yet either, but hopefully will soon.  We finished it last year around the time I got my pregnancy sickness and became nauseous at the sight of the computer?!  So I ended up having a long break from blogging and have lots to catch up on.  Stay tuned...

Back to this, oh so sweet, sweater.  I think it is my favourite baby sweater I have made so far now that it has the hearts.  I really heart it. :)

Now these final two photos are the obligatory pictures of my pilots.  Little Pilot was there to help us out with the photo shoot.

Little Pilot's smile in this photo is priceless!  He's responding to reverse psychology/challenges lately.  Tech Guy told him, "You don't know how to smile for the camera." - so Little Pilot did of course!   Co-Pilot thought it was pretty funny too!

Now here's the pattern for the heart.  You could use this heart for any number of crafts (It would look super cute on the front of a handmade card).

Nalle's House Knit Heart:
cast on 2 stitches
knit 1 row
purl 1 row
right side: knit 1, M1(increase), M1, knit one
wrong side:  purl 4x
continue the above increase (2 stitches) every right side row until you have 16 stitches on your needle.
wrong side:  decrease row - purl two together, purl 12, purl 2 together  (14 stitches remain)

now you will need to make the two tops of the heart: divide the 14 stitches in two to get two- 7 stitch sections (you can leave them on the same needle, but will be working the sections separately)

First heart top:
with right side facing: knit 2 together, knit 5 
next row:  purl 2 together, purl 2, purl 2 together
next row: cast off 4 stitches knitwise

Second heart top:
join yarn on purl side, purl two together, purl 5
knit 2 together, knit 2, knit 2 together
cast off 4 stitches purlwise

I hope the above makes sense.  Let me know if you try to make your own heart(s).  I'd love to see what you've created.  Happy knitting!

sharing with: 36th ave, inspiration gallery, tidy mom, whipperberry, tatertots&jello, iheartnaptime


  1. Awww...Those heart patches are so sweet!

  2. How absolutely adorable!!!! Love the little gray sweater, it's beautiful, and love those heart patches! They really make the whole sweater!

  3. love this sweater!! and that baby is the cutest baby i've ever seen, so cute!!

    would love it if you could share this on my link party - Serenity Saturday - which will be live tomorrow from 9am GMT

    Natasha @ www.serenityyou.com

  4. That is super adorable and so is your son!

    1. Thanks! We had a lot of fun with this heart project. :)

  5. the baby and the sweater and beautiful!!! :o) Love it!

    I host a Tasteful Tuesday Link Party and I would love for you to join if you get a chance. www.nap-timecreations.com

  6. Oh, I love that! I'm in awe of people who can knit well....I tried once and it was a miserable failure. I think my attention span is too short.

  7. Love this! I've been trying to think of what to do for my son for a Valentine's outfit- everything is just too girly. But this is perfect! Pinning!!!

  8. That is SUCH a cute sweater! Love it!

  9. This is gorgeous! Would be really easy to do in girly colors as well!

    1. Thanks! I actually made this sweater for my friend's baby girl and it looked so sweet on her as well.

  10. Adorable. Look at those eyes!

  11. voi että!! little pilot in that last picture!! such smiling eyes ♥

    1. I don't think he can see anything when he smiles that big! I love it. :)

  12. oh, my serious? How cute! I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out I love it!

    Melanie Reasons To Skip The Housework

  13. This sweater is adorable! I love it :)

  14. I am in love. This turned out so adorable! I think I want my own

  15. I love this! I have a cardigan that I think needs some heart elbow patches :)

  16. Absolutely illegally cute that cardigan. The hearts really do make it! :) Great job!

  17. Thanks! I was so excited to give the sweater a new look. Now I need to make one for Little Pilot too. :)

  18. Visiting from House Of Hepworths, love the sweater!

  19. OH MY GOODNESS! I LOVE ELBOW PATCHES! Especially on tiny clothes! hahah!!! You should enter your photos from this project into Craftbaby's Hearts Craft Challenge :-) http://www.craftbaby.com/contests/43/those-tiny-toes-hearts-craft


    1. Thanks. I will definitely come take a look at your craft challenge. Thanks for letting me know about it. :)

  20. I love this idea! Really cute baby as well!

  21. you are so creative and have such a beautiful and happy place.... I am glad that I stumbled here through google ..... and I have picked up a pic from this post for a haiku of mine here -


    I have linked it back dear still if any issue is there kindly drop a word and I'll remove it :)
    Thanks and cheers


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