Heart On My Sleeve

When Emily from Tin Can Knits told me about this project last year I was blown away. A collection of sweaters by some of the most respected and inspiring designers out there to raise money for charity, what a fantastic way to spread love and give back!

When you buy the ebook, $16.80 of the $18 USD purchase price goes to the Against Malaria Foundation (the other $1.20 is made up of Paypal and Ravelry fees).

Each sweater is worked in DK from the bottom up, with a yoke construction and the same gauge. If, like me, you are indecisive it means you can start knitting and decide on the finer details of which yoke later for a few of the styles. As the sweater is worked from the bottom up you can also use your sleeve as a swatch – win / win! What are you waiting for you could cast on right now….

As part of the collection Emily and Alexa asked three designers to contribute a heart motif that can be used to embellish the sleeve or hem of your sweater.

I was bowled over when Emily told me that they wanted me to create a woolly heart motif that could be duplicate stitched onto a completed garment. If you have not used duplicate stitch before I have created a handy video tutorial to help you learn the basic – the technique is very easy too! Scroll to the bottom of this post to find the video tutorial…

We invited designers to contribute heart motifs to adorn the
sleeves (or hems) of our sweaters, to act as a woolly ‘logo’ for the
project.
From lace and fair isle, to duplicate stitch, crochet and and woolly
tattoo, these motifs are a way to add a bit more ‘story’ into your
sweater. When you’re asked why your’re wearing your heart on
your sleeve, you can reply that by knitting this sweater, you have
contributed to an important cause …

The Designs

There are eight amazing designs to choose from and I love that each one has such a strong identity. Each designer’s style really shines through and that is what makes this such a special collection.

As with all tincanknits patterns the sweaters are sized from itty bitty 0-6mnth to 4XL, so you can knit one for everyone in the family (just take a look at the stunning front cover shot of Tanis Lavallee from Tanis Fiber Arts and her lovely family).

I certainly have my favourite – the yoke on Bristol’s sweater just melted my heart the moment I saw it. I have plans to make one for me and one for little Miss M …

Wholehearted by Bristol Ivy | Copyright tincanknits

Heartstring by Joji Locatelli | Copyright tincanknits

Tenderheart by tincanknits | Copyright tincanknits

Lionheart by Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond | Copyright tincanknits

Ironheart by tincanknits | Copyright tincanknits

Hearthstone by Ysolda Teague | Copyright tincanknits

Crazyheart by Tanis Lavellee | Copyright tincanknits

Brightheart by Rosemary (Romi) Hill | Copyright tincanknits

Want to buy the collection?

Hop over to www.heartonmysleeve.com for more details and a spot to buy the book.

Fancy a KAL?

tincanknits are running a fabulous knit-along over in their group. There are amazing prizes and it will defintely be a friendly and supportive knitting place to chat about your project and ask questions if you need help.

Click HERE for more details.

Ready to Duplicate Stitch?

Duplicate Stitch Tutorial