Who- You! Me! Everyone we know!
What- Cover the facade (and marquee) of Jimmy Valentines with knit hearts- size to be determined by you but preferably ranging from 6″-26″ (and preferably in the colors of red/white/pink)
When- NOW! Seriously. NOW. Start knitting! This is going be their part of Artventures on H st which is a cool event for H street NE. Follow the link to find out more (i mean it’s all about art and food and who doesn’t like that?)
Where- Jimmy Valentines is located at 1103 Bladensburg Rd. NE Washington DC 20002. It has no sign. Really. That’s part of its charm. Also really.
Why- Because, to the best of my knowledge, there has never been a yarnbombing of this size in DC. This place is really rad and I can’t imagine a better pairing.
How- I’ve found some links to make hearts and I’ve included my own method. I’m not a teacher, I’m not good at explaining stuff. I can try to make it more clear but really I don’t care if they’re misshapen or wonky. I think the wonkier the better! really!
Once you’ve completed a heart (or 7) (and told your friends) you are welcome to drop them off at Jimmy Valentines (1103 Bladensburg Rd. NE) or Little Miss Whiskey’s (1104 H street NE DC) or contact me and I’ll figure out how to get them.
I’ve found a few free patterns for hearts- here and here. But really, it’s pretty easy- this is what I did to test:
Cast on 3 stitches. knit 1 row.
2nd row: knit 1, make one, knit two, make one, knit one.
3rd row: purl entire row.
4th row- knit 1, make 1, knit to the 2nd to last stitch, make one, knit one.
5th row- purl entire row
6th row: keep increasing on the knit rows- making one new stitch inside the last stitch on either side.
7th row- purl. purl all the odd rows or every row you’re not increasing on.
When you get to a width you like, divide stitches in half. let’s for arguments sake call them left side, & right side. So put something in the half of the right side stitches to hold them.
With the left side stitches- knit & purl a row, not increasing. So you’re keeping it the same width- dig?
On the next stitch row- decrease at the begining and end of each knit row but keeping true on the purled rows. (you can decrease by knitting two together. or your favorite decreasing method. I’m not picky)
Now move your needles to the right half of the stitches. do the same decreasey thing. Does it look wonky? that’s ok! IT’S CHARM!!!!