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.

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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  2. Ellisen

    Thank you for sharing the Danish Heart pattern with us. I used to make these in basketry materials, but am looking forward to crocheting them now.

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  4. Lea van Rossen

    Thank you, very nice pattern. I’ve used it 11 times in a gift for the 50th wedding anniversary of my parents.

  5. Allison

    I’m so glad to hear that the Danish Hearts were a lovely addition to your parents anniversary! Thank you for sharing that with me!

  6. Barbara

    These are so cute. I definitely will be trying them. They would make great stocking stuffers. Thanks so much for offering the pattern free.

  7. Carolyn

    I made these some time ago for “special” students (my sister is a Special Education Teacher). I don’t remember the size I made, but I am interested in covering a small heart-shaped table (about 12″) with this design. You mentioned that A Shropshire Lass on was able to work it out with 5-7 rows but I’m having trouble finding her on the site. Beautiful Design.

  8. Allison

    Hi Carolyn,

    Here is a link to A Shropshire Lass’ instruction on how to make a 5-strand Danish Heart. She chained 46 to begin and made the slits on 42 stitches, then adjusted the half circle ends accordingly. Does that help?

  9. Barbara

    Thank you so much for this special gift–my heart jumped when I saw this. My Danish grandfather taught me how to make this hearts from paper in wallpaper books when I was about three. Have also made them in fabric over the years. But I love to crochet and as I said, your pattern is indeed special to me.

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  12. Tamara - Moogly

    Hi! I love your pattern and would love to feature it on my blog next week! Please let me know if you’d rather I did not at the email attached to my comment. Thanks so much!

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  17. Barbara J. Barger

    I am a basic Crocheter, I have been since I was in my 20′s I am now just about to celebrate my 72 birthday. I have remained a basic crochet fan for so long simply because I never wanted to do piece work, I always have liked the solid feel of a continuous blanket and have come up (on my own) with many variations to make them unique. I am very happy I found your timeline and join your group.

  18. Allison

    Bobbi Jo,
    I’m so glad you found my pattern! I love to hear of women who have continued to innovate and create throughout their lives – especially with their hands. Thank you for your comment!

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  24. Benjamin

    I’ve been getting into crocheting, and I usually stick with Amigurumi, because the dolls are just so adorable. But I was bored of making just those, and wanted to expand my skills just a bit. I found your pattern and it looks lovely! I just have one question. When it says to put 3sc in the stitch you skipped in the beginning, I get all confused. Because at that point, I am on the opposite end of the oval.

  25. Allison

    Hi Ben! I’m glad that you’re trying out new stuff to crochet! Let me try and explain…On round 1, you are putting single crochets in both sides of the beginning chain of 30. As you start round 1, you single crochet in the 2nd chain from your hook (in effect, skipping the chain directly underneath your hook, this is the “skipped chain from the beginning.” If it helps, place a stitch marker in this skipped chain so that you can easily identify it when you get back to it. I would also put a stitch marker in the single crochet you just made into the 2nd chain from your hook because this is where you slip stitch to finish your round. So that is two stitch markers right together), and then continue to put 1 single crochet in every chain stitch on your way down the chain. 3 single crochets go in the last chain (in reality this is the very first chain that you made to begin everything) and then you single crochet into the opposite side of the beginning chain on your way back up to where you started round 1. To end the round you put 3 single crochets in the skipped chain from the beginning (the first stitch marker). Then, to close up and finish round 1, slip stitch into the single crochet you made to begin the round (the second stitch marker). You’ve made a really skinny oval shape. You’re now ready to begin round 2.

    I often use stitch markers in my work – especially when I make amigurumi, spiral crochet projects, or items with predominantly single crochet construction. It helps me identify the beginning of the rounds or other complicated pattern features. Stitch markers are a little more fiddly with crochet because you have to insert the stitch marker INTO your stitches, and remove and replace it to it’s new spot as you go along. But, I find that using stitch markers in crochet helps a ton.

    Good luck and please email me with other pattern questions!

  26. Carol Valentine

    Love your patterns. I am always looking for ways to decorate for our Valentine Brunch at church.

  27. Eustsacia

    Hello – thanks for sharing your wonderful pattern! I have a felt Danish Heart that my Danish babysitter gave my 40+ years ago! I am trying to follow your pattern but I am stuck on the 1st step. I made 2 ovals which are lobsided so I am going back to the foundation to try to correct.
    Step 1 is to chain 30 then SC in 2nd chain on hook (which is effectively the 28th chain right? Then SC in the next 27 ch and then 3 sc in the last ch – clearly I am misunderstanding something – because isn’t that 31 ch?

  28. Allison

    Hi Eustsacia,
    To begin, you chain 30. The second chain from the hook is actually the 29th chain (the 30th chain is the first chain from the hook, 29th chain is the second from the hook, and so forth). So, you begin single crocheting down the chain at the 29th chain. This makes the numbers add up correctly. When you’ve gone all the way around and you are about to finish the first round, you will be making the last three sc into the first skipped chain – which is essentially the 30th chain from the beginning.

    As far as your ovals being lopsided or twisty when you’re done crocheting them, you might try a different sized hook with your yarn to get a different gauge. This might help it from being too twisty. Or you could block them like I did to get them to lay flat.

    I hope these explanations helped! Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have!

  29. Clair

    I have tried this 4 times and not any of the lengths will add up for me…..they are always different lengths from one another…..go figure.

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  31. Bernadette

    I was so taken by the picture of the Danish heart, that I can’t wait to try
    Thank you so much for the pattern

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  34. Rosie

    Please help if you can, I just can’t get the stitches to add up correctly when I try this pattern!
    At the end of each round i never seem to be in the correct place to slip st into beg unless I skip at least one or two stitches. And I keep either having extra or not enough stitches when doing the increase rounds.
    Any idea what I’m doing wrong? I’ve tried this pattern so many times but it never works out correctly.

  35. Allison

    Hi Rosie!
    I’m so sorry that that stitches aren’t adding up correctly when you crochet the pattern. I would use a stitch marker to mark the very first single crochet you make to start Round 1 and continue to use a stitch marker to indicate your first stitch on every round. A stitch marker could be a safety pin, a scrap piece of yarn, or a plastic slip ring. Marking the first stitch you make will indicate which stitch you need to finish the round at.

    I hope that helps!

  36. Allison

    Brooke, to adjust the pattern smaller, I would just go down in yarn and hook size. Start with the smallest hook recommended for your yarn and see if you like how it looks. Good luck!

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