|New Age Looping heart pin|
These instructions assume you have some basic skills and vocabulary. If you don't, well, make something up and it will probably work. This is a very intuitive process. Trust me. Better yet, trust you. You might also want to review my basic looping video on You Tube, although it uses a wrapped base cord anchor instead of the needle chain.
|Needle chain base cord|
|Looping into the base chain|
|Needle chain increase|
At the end of the first row (looped into the needle chain base), work another link or two of needle chain to make a linear increase. Those of you who've had me in classes might remember the concept of bachelor stitches -- they're unattached for a while, but we link up with them eventually.
After making the needle chain increase, flip the piece again. (Make a flip turn at the end of every row.)
|Shape begins to develop|
Work into the needle chain linear increase and continue across the row.
|Shaping the first half of the heart.|
|Reorient regularly to see how heart shape develops.|
|Thread added with trapped tail method|
|Reorient the hold to work an outline row.|
|Outline almost complete.|
|Making the heart 3D.|
|Who hearts looping now?|
If you'd like to learn more, these techniques are covered in my book New Age Looping, which is available in my Etsy shop. This specific project is not covered in the book.
Three of the kids whose heights are recorded on my studio doorframe are coming for the weekend, so I'll be playing with them and away from the internet. If you have a question over the weekend, you might try posting it on the Facebook New Age Looping Study Group page. Or, as I said before, make something up. We've all done that at some point, and when it works we just call it a "variation."
I bought the red silk yarn I'm using at The Knitting Tree in Madison last winter, and love it for this project. But this is a great way to use up odds and ends, too. I used some of the indigo-dyed cotton yarn from my freeform looping vest project to make a heart for myself using a couple of variations.
When you "like" the Facebook page you can post pictures there. If you heart looping, I'd love to see!