Nordic Christmas: Crocheted Heart Ornaments

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This post is part of our series exploring Nordic Christmas traditions. To see the entire collection, visit the Nordic Christmas home page.

As soon as I announced that 2018 would be a Scandinavian themed Christmas, a long-time friend contacted me about a family treasure. When her father was stationed in Oslo he had picked up some delicately crocheted ornaments that she has coveted her whole life. While she has searched far and wide in her travels across the US, she has been unable to find anything similar.

Her story combined so many things I love: a family connection, handmade items -crocheted no less, and of course a little bit of mystery. I took immediately to Dr. Google and sent her screenshots of things I found until she confirmed I had found the elusive ornaments.

The link to the pattern, of course, was broken. After an exhaustive search I came up with only image instructions. Using those I was able to recreate the ornaments. I made a batch and sent her some. Dreams do come true.

What I think is really neat about this particular heart-shaped ornament pattern, is that it resembles the Danish heart baskets

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I know you want to make these so grab some crochet thread and your favourite hook and let’s get started!

Materials:
* Red crochet thread, I use size 10.
* Crochet hook – you’ll see I don’t use the same size recommended by the thread manufacturer. After years of working with crochet thread I’ve settled on a #3. Your mileage may vary.
* A small pair of scissors.
* Starch, if you prefer a slightly stiffer ornament.

Instructions:

Chain 15

Row 1: dc in 9th stitch, ch 2, dc in 3rd stitch, ch 2, dc in first ch. Turn.

Row 2: ch 5, dc in dc stitch, ch 2, dc in dc stitch, ch 2, dc in 3rd ch. Turn.

Row 3: Repeat row 2.

You should have three rows of three squares, as shown below:

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Row 4: Ch 1, sc in same stitch, 2 sc in space, ch 5, sc in dc, 5 sc in space, ch 5, sc in dc, 2 sc in space. Turn.

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Row 5: Ch 1, 15 dc in space, sl st in 5th sc, 15 dc in space, sc in 1st sc of previous row.

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Row 6: Sc evenly around the bottom of the heart. For added definition, use a single chain to mark the bottom point. Sl st to connect with dc. Finish off.

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For hanging loop: begin in top center of heart, sl in the sc; ch 40, sl in same sc. Finish off.

Finally, starch if you prefer a stiffer ornament. And that’s it!

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Great! Now make dozens of them. They’re fun and easy. Keep some for your own tree and give some away.

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Optional: skip the ornament loop at the top. Use an ornament hook if you prefer. OR string the set and make a garland. (Bonus: keep it up through Valentine’s Day.)

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