Valentine’s Day

February 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching!  Right about now is the perfect time to start thinking about what to knit!

Valentine’s Day or Saint Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14 by many people throughout the world. In the English-speaking countries, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine’s cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. The holiday is named after two Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year, behind Christmas. The association estimates that, in the US, men spend on average twice as much money as women.

Traditional Victorian Valentine's Day Card

The day is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of “valentines”. Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

What this blogger finds interesting is that St. Valentine (and there were 3) has nothing to do with anything romantic. All were martyered for different things and no one knows which St. Valentine February 14th is devoted to. It’s interesting how things we follow every year are lost to history and their meaning changes from the original truth so much that is has nothing to do with anything! Let’s make it about knitting!

To celebrate this holiday, here at Be Sweet, we’d love to offer this adorable free pattern:

Be Sweet Valentine Pillow Pattern
designed by Bardet Wardell


Materials:
1 Be Sweet Brushed Mohair ball for background (A)
1 Be Sweet Brushed Mohair ball for letters (B)
US 9 Circular Needle – 16″
Measuring tape, Stitch marker, Yarn needle
1 – 12″ square pillow form covered in white
(Actual size of pillow is 11″ square)


Gauge: 20 st = 6.5″ 7 rows = 1.5″

Cast on loosely 68 st
Knit (K) in the round making sure not to twist the first row
Place marker at beginning of row
K til piece measures 4.75″ stopping at marker.
Place another marker here
Row 1:
K5 A, K1 B, K2 A, K2 B, K1 A, K2 B, K1 A, K1 B, K3 A, K1 B, K1 A, K2 B, K2 A, K2 B, K1 A, K3 B
K all the way around until you get to the B stitch
Row 2: K1 B, K3 A, K1 B, K2 A, K1 B, K1 A, K2 B,
K1 A, K2 B, K1A, K1 B, K4 A, K1 B, K1 A, K1 B, K1 A, K1 B
Knit around with A to B stitch
Row 3: K1 B, K3 A, K1 B, K2 A, K1 B, K1 A, K1 B, K1 A, K1 B, K1 A, K1 B, K1 A, K1 B,
K4 A, K1 B, K1 A, K1 B, K1 A, K1 B
Knit around to B stitch
Row 4: K1 B, K2 A, K2 B, K1 A, K2 B, K1 A, K1 B, K1 A, K1 B, K1 A, K1 B, K1 A, K2 B, K1 A, K2 B, K1 A, K3 B
Knit around to B stitch
Row 5: K1 B, K3 A, K1 B, K2 A, K1 B, K1 A, K1 B, K3 A, K1 B, K2 A, K1 B, K3 A, K1 B, K1 A, K1 B, K1 A, K1 B
Knit around to B stitch
Row 6: K1 B, K3 A, K1 B, K2 A, K1 B,
K1 A, K1 B, K3 A, K1 B, K2 A, K1 B, K3 A, K1 B, K1 A, K1 B, K1 A, K1 B
Knit around until 1 stitch before B stitch
Row 7: K3 B, K1 A, K2 B, K1 A, K2 B, K1 A, K1 B, K3 A, K1 B, K1 A, K2 B, K2 A, K2 B, K1 A, K3 B
Knit until piece measures 4.50″
Cast off loosely. Leave long tail for sewing edges together.
Tie and clip ends in back
Place around pillow form and hold ends together to sew top and bottom seams to finish. Be sure to pull corners out so they are sharp.

Knit it for a loved one, knit it for a friend, or even better, knit it for yourself!

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