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Heart on a String – Free Pattern!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I am happy in my heart to bring you this sweet hat pattern today. The hat is just as cute without the heart. It is one of the simplest and quickest hats you will find! Here is some information you may want to know about this project:

Sizes: baby (child, adult)

Finished hat circumference to fit head sizes: 16-18 (18-20, 20-22) inches

Note: The hat is stretchy and is designed to fit snuggly on the head.

Yarn: Sample worked in Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 100 grams/160 yards), 1 (1, 2) skein(s) in Ice Cream #7500 and 1 skein in Watermelon #7512

*Note that the yarn is held double for the hat.

Needles: US size 11 sixteen inch circular and a set of 4 double-pointed needles for the hat OR size to obtain gauge and US size 6 set of 2 double-pointed needles for the heart

Gauge: 3 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch with the Sweater yarn worked with 2 strands together


Ruler or tape measure


Yarn needle

Stitch marker

Stitch holder

Have fun whipping up this fun and fast project! Yay!

Here is the Ravelry page for Heart on a String!

Click here to download the free pattern for Heart on a String!

46 Responses to “Heart on a String – Free Pattern!”

  1. January 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm Bev says:

    Thanks so much Susan, I’ve been watching and waiting for this – adorable for valentine’s day!

  2. January 13, 2010 at 12:58 pm burnsey says:

    Yipee!!! I now have great gifts for my nieces. I want to make it today.

  3. January 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm Summer says:

    Thank you for such an adorable, free hat pattern! I have a three-year-old daughter and cannot wait to make this hat for her in time for Valentine’s Day. I am a beginning knitter and have two of your books, “Itty Bitty Toys” (just purchased) and “Itty Bitty Hats.” I made the cupcake hat without any difficulty– your directions are great! I also enjoy this website very much. I think the children’s designs are adorable. Thanks so much for sharing your talents and work.

  4. January 13, 2010 at 1:57 pm sauceyjill says:

    Holy smokes! That is the cutest hat!!! Love it! :) You are amazing Susan!

  5. January 13, 2010 at 2:37 pm Terrie says:

    This is such an adorable hat; thanks for sharing the pattern!

  6. January 13, 2010 at 4:52 pm Renee says:

    I just love the new hat! It will make a great Valentine’s day gift for a little friend of mine. Thanks sooooo much.

  7. January 13, 2010 at 5:07 pm Kimberly says:

    oh i love this pattern. Thank you for more of your creative work! I just had a baby this past Sunday and I may have to make this one for her. Mind you, she is such a peanut, it probably wont’ fit her until fall! :) (6lbs 10ozs)

  8. January 13, 2010 at 5:35 pm erin says:

    thanks susan for this super fast pattern!! i whipped out the chunky yarn and my double pointed needles this afternoon and the hat is already on my 7 month olds head! as a busy mom of two who never seems to have time to finish anything, this was the perfect pick me up project for today. not only did i cast on a project today, i finished it too! i feel great and my katey looks awesome!

  9. January 13, 2010 at 8:47 pm Vismajor says:

    Aw, thanks so much for sizing this adorable hat from babies up to adults. I can’t wait to make one for myself. :)

  10. January 14, 2010 at 12:34 am Lucy says:

    Thanks Susan, for the lovely pattern.

    Is it possible to use Outer instead of two strands of Sweater held together? Thanks again.

  11. January 14, 2010 at 9:47 am Rhonda says:

    Susan, thank you so much for this pattern.
    A little 3 year old girl I know was just diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. She had surgery to remove the tumor and is now going through chemotherapy.
    I wanted to make her something and this hat is absolutely perfect.
    I couldn’t have found anything more fitting.

    Thank you!

  12. January 14, 2010 at 10:02 am Sylvia says:

    I heart heart on a string! Can’t wait to start knitting!

  13. January 14, 2010 at 10:14 am Barb Yerke says:

    THANK YOU, Thank you, thank you SO MUCH.
    Your generosity blows me away. I really appreciate the free patterns you send us.
    I am sure I will be making this hat before Valentines Day for my 3 granddaughters.

    Thank you, again.


  14. January 14, 2010 at 12:49 pm Sara in WI says:

    Thank you, Susan! I can’t wait to get my Spuds and Cloe from the Sow’s Ear when it comes in!

  15. January 18, 2010 at 9:52 pm LDSVenus says:

    That is so cute!!! My grand daughter will love it. :)

  16. January 19, 2010 at 10:05 am Tonda S. says:

    can you tell me what the wrought iron thing was you used to display your hat I need to get something like that for display purposes

  17. January 19, 2010 at 9:42 pm KAREB says:

    Thanks so much for the pattern – I love it. I have you ittybitty hats book and have made several. I have never used Spud & Chloe, but I will definately use it on this hat. Thanks again

  18. January 21, 2010 at 5:00 pm Jean says:

    Please help on this one!! My heart did not turn out as nice as the one on the pattern page. I used smaller needles and I used one strand of yarn instead of the double strands like the hat.


  19. January 26, 2010 at 12:57 am santaananana says:

    hi susan,
    to make this hat for a toddler (2 1/2 years old) would you make the baby size or the
    child size? And for an and 8 week old infant?


  20. January 30, 2010 at 1:57 pm RICARDO says:

    Thanks for this wonderful post! I really can’t belive it’s almost Valentine’s Day!

  21. January 27, 2011 at 10:33 pm aimee says:

    Love the website- love the patterns- love the books!! Thanks so very much for all the fun!

  22. March 21, 2011 at 10:19 pm Lynn Hall says:

    Heart on a string…so cute. Do I do the heart and string in double strands of yarn as well??? Anew knitter…many questions. Thank you for giving away such a cute pattern. lynn

    • March 22, 2011 at 11:17 am sanderson says:

      single strand:)

  23. April 3, 2011 at 1:14 am Christi says:

    I love this hat. It’s the pattern my knitting instructor chose for her students in knitting class! Thanks for the free pattern. May I post a picture of my own completed project with a link to this blog/ I already posted a link to your blog on mine and will do so again if I can post a picture. Thank you again!
    Christi Ingram

    • April 3, 2011 at 10:34 am sanderson says:

      Of course! How fun.

  24. July 9, 2011 at 6:07 pm Jessica says:

    Hi, I am having problems with the heart. I am not quite sure what reattach at the center of the heart” means. When I finish the right hand side of the heart, I end up with the tail at the very top of the heart. So I am not quite sure where I am supposed to be reattaching the yarn. Please help!

    Thank you!

    • July 10, 2011 at 6:45 am sanderson says:

      The center refers to the point in between the two humps at the top of the heart. Reattach the yarn at this point to start the second hump.

      • July 13, 2011 at 12:31 am Jessica says:

        I’m really sorry if this sounds dumb, but does this mean that I cut the yarn, pull it through the loop and then immediately reattach the yarn to continue knitting the left side of the heart?

        Thank you so much for your patience. This is the first time I am attempting something like this…I usually stick to scarves and blankets which are much easier. :)

        • July 13, 2011 at 6:42 am sanderson says:

          no problem. yes, you are correct!

          • July 13, 2011 at 7:17 pm Jessica says:

            Thank you thank you!!! It didn’t come out as good as the one in your picture, but at least it looks like a heart. :D I can’t wait to try other patterns!

  25. September 6, 2011 at 1:12 pm Renee says:

    Been having problems loading the PDF for this pattern, is it possible to get it sent to me or something?

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  27. January 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm Sylvia Cantrell says:

    Thank you for the free heart patterns. I have your book “Itty Bitty Hats”. I have made most of them. Also I made your hat download of what I call the sweet pea hat! It is adorable. Your instructions are so simple that even a beginner like me can make them and they are all adorable. Keep up the good work.

    Sylvia Cantrell

  28. January 13, 2010 at 5:37 pm sanderson says:

    Kimberly! Congratulations. Drop down the number of stitches to 42 or even 36 and work to 4 inches. Do the same decrease. You will have a tiny baby hat! You may have to do the whole thing on dpns of course.

    Have fun!

  29. January 13, 2010 at 5:38 pm sanderson says:

    Well, look at that!!! That is fantastic and my goal for this super fast, super fun little project. Big needles, thick yarn, loads of cuteness!! Yay to you for jumping to it!!! Awesome.

  30. January 14, 2010 at 6:47 am sanderson says:

    Yes, you could use Outer for the hat. Make sure you are getting 3 stitches per inch in stockinette!

  31. January 14, 2010 at 10:01 am sanderson says:

    That makes me cry. I am so glad you are making your sweetheart this hat. It will show your love.
    p.s. I also heard from a woman knitting the Heart on a String hat for a little girl who just lost her mom to breast cancer last week. Unbelievably sad. My heart goes out to these little people with such monumental heartache.

  32. January 14, 2010 at 10:22 am sanderson says:

    Ooooh, Barb you are on my list to email today. Thank you for the fun email. Have fun with your heart hats and granddaughters.

  33. January 19, 2010 at 10:18 am sanderson says:

    I have no idea where my hat stands are from. I had them ordered from a store no longer in existence a long time ago. There is no tag, label or anything. I get asked that same questions every time I include my stands in a photo. I wish I knew:)

  34. January 21, 2010 at 5:09 pm sanderson says:

    Hi Jean,
    I don’t know how to help! Hmmmm…..

  35. January 26, 2010 at 5:30 am sanderson says:

    I would probably make the child size for the 2.5 y.o. and the baby size for the 8 week old.

    Can you measure their heads by any chance? That is what always works the best.

    Good luck and have fun!