So how cute is this little mug mat?!
For this project, you will need:
1 ball of cotton worsted weight yarn (like Sugar-n-Cream), your choice of colors (I used a hot pink)
Size 6 needles (I used 7's)
Size D crochet hook
piece of scrap cardboard
Following the pattern, cast on 19 stitches.
The first row of the pattern is just a plain knit stitch (k), but here's where you start to weave in that leftover tail of yarn. Start by knitting 1 stitch.
So this is where our next new stitch comes in. Start by knitting 9 stitches.
The next stitch is a purl (p). Begin by bringing your working yarn forward to the front of your piece.
Pull through the loop on the needle. Slide old loop off the left needle. It's just like a knit stitch, but in reverse. By working k's and p's, the yarn creates "bumps" on one side and a smooth side (what we typically recognize as a knitted texture) on the other. Switching back and forth allows the knitter to control where the bumps are, which in this pattern, creates the little heart.
By the way, when I first learned to purl, I CONSTANTLY would lose my stitch off my needle. If this happens to you, DON'T PANIC! Just slide your left needle CAREFULLY back into the little loop and try again. Keep trying until you get it - remember, practice patience and persistence.
Now you will knit the other 9 stitches across the row. I know just making 1 purl stitch isn't going to teach you how to do it very well, so that's why this pattern is really great. Continue following the pattern, working k's and p's as directed. After 6 rows, you'll start to see the bottom of the heart.
Bind off and fasten off. Use your yarn needle or crochet hook to weave the loose end in on the back side. If you need to, use the hook to pull the beginning tail to the back side, too.
original pattern photo has fringe, and if you'd like to add fringe to yours, here's how to do it.
Cut a rectangle from scrap cardboard (think cereal box - I used a leftover butter box) that's approximately 5" long. It doesn't have to be exact - it's not like it's a heat shield tile on the space shuttle.
Wrap the yarn around the rectangle LENGTHWISE 19 times, ending when you get back to the top of the rectangle on the back side.
To add this fringe to your mug mat, insert your crochet hook from BACK TO FRONT in the corner of the base row.
Pull through, then loop the tails over the hook.
Pull those through the loop on your hook. Pull tight.
Enjoy your newest knitting stitch!