free danish heart crochet pattern

The Scandinavian blood in me responds quite strongly to the colors and pattern of the Danish Heart. The simplicity and ingenuity of the pattern is stunning. Two ovals of contrasting colors, folded in half with strategic slits, when woven together produce a charming checkerboard heart that becomes a little basket. Brilliant! Thank you Hans Christian Andersen!

Recently, I saw in a magazine the pattern for a knit version of the Danish Heart and my own heart did several palpitations.  A Danish Heart in YARN?? So absolutely fabulous!! However, the pattern required sewing knit pieces together BEFORE you even got to the weaving of the heart. Sorry, but excessive piecing and joining makes me eventually hate the project that I set out so excitedly to make.

before…….and after blocking

Knowing that I could crochet a flat oval quite easily, I figured out how to incorporate the necessary slits into the pattern so that when the oval is completed WITH ONE PIECE OF YARN the piece is ready to weave. Yay! So easy!

Danish Heart Crochet Pattern

Suggested Yarn and Crochet Hook Size
Fingering Weight + size C/2 – 2.75mm hook
DK Weight + size F/5 – 3.75mm hook
Worsted Weight + size H/6 – 5.00mm hook

Gauge is not important for this project – just make sure that your crochet is nice and tight. Adjust crochet hook size smaller if necessary.

US Crochet Terms
beg: beginning
ch(s): chain(s)
sc: single crochet
st: stitch
sl st: slip stitch

Make 2 Ovals – one in red, one in cream
Ch 30.
Round 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in the next 27 ch. 3 sc in the last ch. Crocheting along the opposite side of the foundation ch, sc in the next 28 ch. 3 sc in the skipped ch from the beg. Sl st in beg sc.

Round 2: Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc in the next 27 sc. 2 sc in the next 3 sc. Sc in the next 28 sc. 2 sc in the last 3 sc. Sl st in beg sc.

Round 3: Ch 1. Sc in same st. Ch 26. Taking care to not twist your chain, skip 26 sc and sc in next sc. (2 sc in next sc. Sc in next sc.) 3 times. Sc in next sc. Ch 26. Taking care to not twist your chain, skip 26 sc and sc in next sc. (2 sc in next sc. Sc in next sc.) 3 times. Sl st in beg sc.

Round 4: Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc in the next 26 ch. Sc in the next sc. (Sc in the next 2 sc. 2 sc in the next sc.) 3 times. Sc in the next st. Sc in the next 26 ch. Sc in the next sc. (Sc in the next 2 sc. 2 sc in the next sc.) 3 times. Sl st in beg sc.

Round 5: Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc in the next 27 sc. (2 sc in next sc. Sc in the next 3 sc.) 3 times. Sc in the next 28 sc. (2 sc in next sc. Sc in the next 3 sc.) 3 times. Sl st in beg sc.

Round 6: Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc in the next 27 sc. (Sc in the next 2 sc. 2 sc in the next sc. Sc in the next 2 sc.) 3 times. Sc in the next 28 sc. (Sc in the next 2 sc. 2 sc in the next sc. Sc in the next 2 sc.) 3 times. Sl st in beg sc.

Round 7: Ch 1. Sc in the same st. Sc in the next 27 sc. (Sc in the next 5 sc. 2 sc in the next sc.) 3 times. Sc in the next 28 sc. (Sc in the next 5 sc. 2 sc in the next sc.) 3 times. Sl st in beg sc.

Leaving an 18” tail, break yarn and knot.

Make 1 Strap in Red
Leaving an 18″ tail, ch 31.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in each ch to end. (30 st)
Row 2 – 4: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each sc across to end. (30 st)
Leaving an 18″ tail, cut yarn and knot.

Assembly
Making sure that the ending tails of yarn on the red and cream ovals are turned towards the outside, fold in half with right sides facing. Position ovals and weave them together using the following illustration as a guide. Use the tails of yarn to sew the heart together in the places indicated. Using the long tails on the strap, sew the strap on the inside of the heart to form a handle in the places indicated. Weave in ends.

Crochet up a bunch to decorate a Christmas tree or to give away as Valentine’s gifts. Or make a few for special people that need to know you love them. Enjoy!

Easy to print pattern here.

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132 comments

  1. Alysann

    I’m working on a braided crochet scarf and it needs a little something. This heart will be the perfect accent as it keeps with the braided look. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Jeanne Turney

    You instructions were great. I would just add the total number of stitches at end of each row. I like this because it helps keep me on track and makes it easier to double check each row. I am having fun making up color combinations for my friends’ kitchens. This pattern is a lot of fun. Thank you so much. Blessings, Jeanne

  4. Beth Torrey

    A picture of my finished Danish Heart :)

    I agree with Jeanne that a count of stitches at the end of each row would be helpful!!

    Great project….thanks for sharing!!

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  7. Doni

    Unbelievable that I found this adorable pattern! I was just thinking about these heart baskets yesterday and wondering if it would be possible to crochet one. I, of course, had no idea how it could be done, but then there it was while I was searching patterns today! You are just awesome to share this, many many thanks.

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  9. Heather

    I would love it if you could make one! I’m absolutely horrible at reading patterns for some reason. I tried this and had no idea what I had at the end. LOL

  10. Patty

    Thank you for sharing. I am new to crochet and I love this! Can you tell me approximately what the finished size of the basket is? Thank you!

  11. Kristina

    Hi Ali,

    How do you make the heart smaller size? I cannot figure out the numbers to make it smaller, but I see you managed to make it smaller on the pictures.

    Thanks,

    Kristina

  12. Kristina

    Hey, I just read you used a smaller hook :) I dont know how I missed that comment just a while ago for my previous message. Sorry about that. Anyway, if anyone figured out how to make it smaller based on stitch count, not hook size, please share, I would be grateful.
    It is a wonderful pattern!

  13. Nancy

    was wondering what the finished sizes are? And.. would you consider doing one in size 10 crochet thread? My sis would absolutely LOVE these.

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  15. Noni shearer

    I am making sachets in thread and plan to try this with some tiny crochet flowers as desired. I remember making these in construction paper in school many years ago.
    I love these. You did a lovely job. Thank you.

  16. cindy oerlemans

    Hello Alison,

    I love your heart, but i’m dutch and my followers are also dutch.
    I translate your pattern in Dutch. Is it alright if I give the dutch pattern to my followers, with a refernce to your blog?

    Thank you, and greetings from Holland!
    Suzanne and Cindy

  17. Allison

    Hi Cindy and Suzanne,
    I’d love it if you translate my pattern into Dutch! Please provide a link back to my original pattern and let me know where the translation is located and I’ll provide a direct link to it from my Ravelry page.
    Thank you!
    Allison

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  19. Lindsey Hunt

    Hey,

    I thought I would ask or inquire about how to get it together when you don’t know how to sew at all. I am great at crochet and the only way I could get it to stay was to SC along the sides. It still looks good though and even looks like it has an edging. Plus this was super super easy pattern.

    Thank you

  20. Allison

    Hi Lindsey! I’m so glad you figured out a way to get the Danish Heart to stay together. I use simple stabilizing stitches through all the layers, trying to keep them hidden along the straight edges. A simple whipstitch also works and looks good. It has always been my plan to post a detailed photo tutorial…maybe this year!! Enjoy!

  21. Tove

    I saw your heart picture and LOVE it. I’m Danish and used to make them with construction paper for my Christmas tree. Now I plan to crochet several to have on hand for gifts – to remind the recipients of the Dane who gave it to them. Thank you so much for generously offering your pattern for free,

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  23. Maria

    I was wondering how to make it bigget instede of 3 strans I want 10 on each side to make a pilow size. Any help please..

  24. Allison

    Hi Maria,

    You can definitely keep going with the pattern to make it bigger. You will repeat Round 3 – Round 7 as many times as you’d like, but you’ll have to figure out a new place for the 3 increase stitches that happen on each row at both ends of the curved part of the pattern as the oval gets bigger. You’ll want to place the increase stitches randomly in such a way that your work looks like an oval with rounded curves, not pointy. If you repeat Round 3-7 once, you’ll end up with 5 strands, repeat it twice and you’ll end up with 7 strands, and you’ll need to repeat Round 3-7 three times to end up with 9 strands. Try using a bulky yarn and a large hook to get to the size you want quickly. Good luck! I’d love to see a picture when you’re finished! A Danish Heart pillow sounds lovely!! xoxo Allison

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  26. Esther

    ARGH! I fell in love with this pattern but I’m doing something wrong. In the 3rd round, the chains get attached unevenly opposit each other – no matter what I do! Has anybody else fased the same issue?

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