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Samhain 2005

Heart Shaped BoxHeart Shaped Box

Finally, a place to store all your industrial love trinkets.

by Zabet Stewart


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Finished Measurements



  • 2 spools 24 gauge Wild Wire, Black
  • US 10/5.5mm wooden knitting needles
  • US 8/H 5.00mm wooden crochet hook
  • 2 bags (24 pieces each) #10 Zinc Exterior Tooth Washers (or beads)
  • 2 bags (14 pieces each) small Zinc Nuts (or beads)
  • 1 pair wire cutters
  • 1 pair needle nose pliers
  • stitch marker or waste yarn to mark RS row



Using backwards loop cast on, CO 2 sts.

Row 1 (RS) - Knit into the front and back of each stitch. Mark RS row.

Row 2 and all WS rows - Knit across.

Row 3 and all following RS rows - Knit into the front and back of the first and last stitch of the row (increasing each RS row by 2 sts). Knit all other stitches.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have 20 stitches.

Divide stitches in half: With WS facing you, place the 10 stitches from the left onto a stitch holder. Leave the 10 stitches from the right on your left-hand needle and work as follows:

Row 1 (WS) - Knit to last two stitches, k2tog.

Row 2 (RS) - Knit across.

Row 3 - Knit across

Row 4 - Knit across.

Row 5 - Knit across

Row 6 - K2tog, knit to last two stitches, K2tog.

Row 7 - Knit across.

Row 8 - K2tog, knit to last two stitches, K2tog.

Row 9 - Knit across

Row 10 - K2tog, K2tog, K1.

Row 11 - Bind off.

With WS facing you, place stitches from stitch holder onto left-hand needle. Follow the directions above, making the following change:

Row 1 (WS) - k2tog, knit across.
Rows 2-11 - as above.

Stretch and mangle the heart-shaped base until most of the slack in the wire has been pulled tight and it actually looks heart-shaped.


Pre-string any hardware or beads that you want to use onto your wire.

Using backward loop cast on, CO 9 sts. (This will make the sides of the box a little more than 2 inches high. Cast on more or fewer stitches for higher or lower sides.)

Knit all rows. Add hardware or beads at random intervals BETWEEN stitches on WS rows (they will show on the RS). Knit until piece measures approximately 16.5 inches long. Be sure to stretch the wire both vertically and horizontally to remove slack and make it as firm and large as it will get before measuring. Check this against your base to be sure it's long enough before you BO. (I actually put my sts on a stitch holder and started attaching the sides to the base to make sure it was long enough. Guess what? It wasn't, and I had to knit about 5 or 6 more rows.) Leave a long tail when binding off (at least 6 inches).


With wire, whipstitch one end of the side to the base, RS facing outward. Start in the valley at the top of the heart. When you have gone all the way around, use the tail from binding off (above) to whipstitch the beginning and end together, starting at the top and working downward. Weave in ends.

With crochet hook and new wire, slip stitch around top of box. This provides stability and neatens the top edge. Weave in ends.


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