kfb= knit front & back (bar increase)
k2tog=knit 2 together decrease
Cotton yarn in two colors - medium weight, like Handicrafter. The kind you would use for a dishcloth
Size 9 needles & size 9 double pointed or circular needles for edging
c/o 1 or just knit in a slip knot - whatever it takes to get ONE stitch on the needle
1) kfb /2stitches/
2 (and all even rows) k
3) kfb, kfb /4stitches/
5)k, kfb,kfb, k /6 stitches/
7)k, kfb,k,k, kfb, k /8 stitches/
9)k, kfb, k,k, k, k, kfb, k /10stitches/
11) k, kfb, k, k, k, k, k, k, kfb,k /12 stitches/
13 )k, kfb, k, k, k, k, k, k, k, k, kfb, k /14stitches/
15) k, kfb, k, k, k, k, k, k, k, k, k, k, kfb, k /16stitches/
keep going in the pattern until there are 28 stitches on the needle
Pattern - knit, kfb, k across to last two stitches, kfb, k
I put a marker on one side to remind me to only knit and not increase since I can get a bit ahead of myself at times. If the marker is to my right, I knit only, if it's left then it's time to increase.
After the increases are done and there are 28 stitches
k 8 rows
Start lobe 1
1)k 13, place remaining stitches on holder
7)k2 tog, k across to last two, k2tog
repeat rows 6&7 until there are 7 stitches left
bind off. I like to b/o purlwise so that it fits well with the garter stitch
Place stitches back on needle. You'll continue working from middle of the heart.
bind off first two stitches on needle
repeat lobe 1
with circular needles or double point pick up stitches around the heart. I picked up one every row except for the bottom point where I went front to back and then back to front and front to back to pick up 3. I wanted to keep some curve in the bib, so it would bow outwards and fit around baby's body, but if you want it flatter then pick up a couple of extra stitches along the top corners.
Work seed or moss stitch for 3 rows. k1,p1 across and then reverse it for the next row
Pick up 3 stitches on the top of one lobe.
Knit 8 inches in stockinette stitch (knit front, purl back)
I used stockinette's natural tendency to curl for making the ties. An I-cord would work just as well, but this seemed easier. After 8 inches, fasten off. I didn't bind off, just took yarn through all 3 stitches and pulled them tight before securing.
repeat for other side.
weave in the ends and you have a cute bib for your little Valentine. I didn't decorate this one, but I think little words like "Be Mine" would be cute - or some flowers.