Free Hearted – a free knit pattern for Valentine’s Day

Free Hearted is a free knit pattern

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Every year for Valentine’s Day I give my mom a set of pretty holiday-themed washcloths. She never uses any of them. They are for decoration only and possibly for showing off to her friends what her daughter can do. These washcloths are only for looking at. They never get anywhere near a dirty dish.

(They probably do get cat hair on them though. She has two cats and as an owner human attendant for two cats I know that there is cat hair on everything I have. I’m sure its the same for mom.)

Last year I designed and made her this set of washcloths with cables. You should probably grab that pattern too while you’re here right? Right.

I Heart You Three Times - a free knit pattern for Valentines Day
I Heart You Three Times – a free knit pattern

So this year I went with lace.

Free Hearted - a free knit pattern for Valentines Day

And I’m sharing the pattern with all of you of course! Maybe you have a mom whose kitchen is organized  enough to keep one set of washcloths for cleaning and another for just looking at. Maybe you’re that organized yourself (guess what? I’m not) and want a set of your own.


Free Hearted – a free knit pattern

Yarn: I used about 20 g of Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton for each.

Needles: I used Size 6 (4mm) straight needles.

Stitch Key:

  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • kfb – knit into both the front and back loops of the same stitch (an increase)
  • k2tog – knit 2 stitches together (a decrease)
  • YO – yarn over (an increase)
  • ssk – slip two stitches as if to knit, knit them together (a decrease)

There is a Print/PDF button down near the bottom of this and every post so you can always take a copy with you.

Written Instructions…

Cast On 13 stitches.

Row 1 (RS): k1, kfb, k9, kfb, k1 (15 sts)

Row 2 (WS): k

Row 3 : k1, kfb, k11, kfb, k1 (17 sts)

Row 4: k8, p1, k8

Row 5: k1, kfb, k13, kfb, k1 (19 sts)

Row 6: k7, p5, k7

Row 7: k1, kfb, k6, k2tog, YO,  k7, kfb, k1 (21 sts)

Row 8: k7, p7, k7

Row 9: k1, kfb, k6, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk, k6, kfb, k1 (23 sts)

Row 10: k7, p9, k7

Row 11: k1, kfb, k6, k2tog, YO, k3, YO, ssk, k6, kfb, k1 (25 sts)

Row 12: k7, p5, k1, p5, k7

Row 13: k1, kfb, k6, k2tog, YO, k5, YO, ssk, k6, kfb, k1 (27 sts)

Row 14: k7, p5, k3, p5, k7

Row 15: k8, k2tog, YO, k7, YO, ssk, k8

Row 16: k6, p5, k5, p5, k6

Row 17: k7, k2tog, YO, k9, YO, ssk, k7

Row 18: k5, p5, k7, p5, k5

Row 19: k6, k2tog, YO, k11, YO, ssk, k6

Row 20: k4, p5, k9, p5, k4

Row 21: k5, k2tog, YO, k13, YO, ssk, k5

Row 22: k4, p4, k11, p4, k4

Row 23: repeat Row 21

Row 24: repeat Row 22

Row 25: repeat Row 21

Row 26: repeat Row 22

Row 27: repeat Row 21

Row 28: k4, p5, k3, p3, k3, p5, k4

Row 29: k1, ssk, k4, YO, ssk, k3, k2tog, YO, k4, k2tog, YO, k4, k2tog, k1 (25 sts)

Row 30:  k5, p15, k5

Row 31: k1, ssk, k4, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO, k4, k2tog, k1 (23 sts)

Row 32:  k5, p13, k5

Row 33: k1, ssk, k17, k2tog, k1 (21 sts)

Row 34:  k5, p4, k3, p4, k5

Row 35: k1, ssk, k15, k2tog, k1 (19 sts)

Row 36:  k

Row 37: k1, ssk, k13, k2tog, k1 (17 sts)

Row 38:  k

Row 39: k1, ssk, k11, k2tog, k1 (15 sts)

Row 40:  k

Row 41: k1, ssk, k9, k2tog, k1 (13 sts)

Bind off & weave in ends.


Charted instructions…

Sticth key for Free Hearted -a free knit pattern

Free Hearted - a free knit pattern for Valentines Day

Free Hearted - a free knit pattern
For any that are feeling up to a little intarsia work you’ll probably need the chart. But its worth it!

People say all the time that Valentine’s Day is a nothing-burger of a holiday and companies made it up just to get us to spend money. That may be true. I used to complain about Valentine’s Day every year. But… I’ve changed my mind. Now I think Valentine’s Day is the perfect holiday for giving handmade things. All handmade things come from the heart don’t they?

You only have to spend money if you want to (or if you screwed up big with your sweetie and need to make that up in which case, yeah, a washcloth is probably not going to be enough). Its a crafter’s holiday. I hope these make it onto your crafter’s to-do list!



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My absolute favorite thing to knit–dishcloths/washcloths, whatever you want to call them and you so generously give 2 free patterns for them. Thank you so much.


These are fabulous! Your Mom will love them. Your Mother is bless to have a daughter as talented and thoughtful as you.


These patterns are absolutely beautiful! I can’t wait to try them tonight! Thank you so much for sharing.

Patty L.

They are beautiful and thank you so much for sharing. I know your Mom will love them.


I belong to a Valentine’s swap, & I like to be different & knit mine. So I typed in “heart” in Ravelry’s pattern search, & after dozens of pages, THIS is the one most do-able.
It made me smile, because this is my favorite blog, & if I had looked here first…