Feel the love with our heart cross stitch patterns created by a variety of talented designers available to download for free right here on Gathered! Whatever occasion you are looking to stitch for, these pretty hearts say so many special things. Whether you're looking for romantic designs for Valentine's Day or weddings and anniversaries, or you just want to send your love for a friend's birthday, we're sure these will make anyone's day.


Not only that, but we have a choice of free cross stitch patterns for you to choose from. Check out the soft pastel shades of Lucie Heaton's heart cross stitch. Or how about a beautiful heart with subtly shaded roses and tendrils of rosebuds? You'll find that heart cross stitch pattern from Rhona Norrie. You can also try Susan Bates' delightful heart made with an organic feel that will be so fun to recreate.

1. Heart cross stitch by Lucie Heaton

heart cross stitch card

Stitch this gorgeous geometric style heart designed by Lucie Heaton for Cross Stitch Crazy 264. We love the soft pastel colours contrasted by the bright blue button and think it would make the perfect Valentine's Day card for your sweetheart! This pattern is ideal for beginners as it only contains whole cross stitch and a small amount of backstitch.

You can find more amazing designs from Lucie Heaton here:

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Stitch Time: 5-6 hours (approx)
Stitch Types: Whole cross stitch, backstitch

Heart cross stitch card materials

  • Threads - Stranded cotton as listed in the key
  • Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle
  • Fabric - 14-count white perforated paper measuring 12x12cm (4¾x4¾in) for each design
  • Extras - Card for mounting

Download the free heart cross stitch pattern

2. Rosebud heart cross stitch by Rhona Norrie

homemade valentine cards with floral cross stitch

This beautiful heart cross stitch was designed by Rhona Norrie, and is one of our most versatile cross stitch charts on this website. Download the pattern below and check out issue 110 of Cross Stitch Gold magazine to stitch the rest of this sweet card collection. It makes a lovely heart cross stitch gift, but won't take as long to stitch as the heart cross stitch sampler, as it is a card-sized design and the central section of the rosebud heart cross stitch is not densely stitched. As well as making this heart cross stitch faster to stitch, leaving a blank area in the centre of the heart cross stitch means you can add names and dates too, making this heart cross stitch a brilliant wedding sampler or anniversary or engagement memento. Just leave off the tendrils coming into the middle of this heart cross stitch and use the space for personalisation instead.

Rosebud heart cross stitch materials

  • Fabric: Zweigart 14-count white aida, measuring 20 x 20cm (8 x 8in)
  • Threads: Stranded cotton as listed in the key
  • Needle: Size 24 tapestry needle
  • Extras: Craft Creations single fold, deckle edge card (DEC1U) in creative linen white
  • Ribbon: of your choice

Click this link to download the Rosebud heart cross stitch

3. Heart cross stitch sampler

cross stitch heart main

What could be more pleasing than fresh flowers, especially when they are arranged as beautifully as they are on this gorgeous heart cross stitch? With its delightful collection of unsymmetrical, collage-style motifs, this heart cross stitch has a fresh, organic feel that will be so fun to recreate. You’ll enjoy adding depth and definition with the delicate shading, and creating subtle details and accents with pretty-coloured backstitch. Stitched on evenweave for a finer finish, this stylish piece is perfect for stitchers looking for a rewarding challenge. This heart cross stitch was designed by Susan Bates for The World of Cross Stitching magazine issue 254.

Heart cross stitch sampler materials

  • Threads: Stranded cotton as listed in the key
  • Needle: Size 26 tapestry needle
  • Fabric: 28-count white evenweave measuring 39x42cm (15½x16½in)
  • Extras: Frame of your choice with a minimum aperture of 25x28cm (9¾x11in)
  • Stitching time: 30 hours
  • Type of stitches: Whole cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch
  • Level: Intermediate

Click this link to download the patterns for the heart cross stitch sampler

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More like the heart cross stitch

You'll find more heart cross stitch patterns for you to choose from elsewhere on Gathered. Take a look at our cross stitch necklace design and our free flower cross stitch chart. You'll find more hearts in our wedding cross stitch archive, too.


Lucie HeatonCross Stitch Designer

Lucie is a freelance designer with over 25 years-experience in creating cross stitch patterns for magazines, books and needlecraft companies in the UK and around the world. Her work has been featured in Cross Stitch Gold, The World of Cross Stitching, Cross Stitcher, Just Cross Stitch and Cross Stitch Crazy. She enjoys creating designs that bring pleasure to all who stitch them and loves to see stitchers bring her patterns to life.

Rhona NorrieCross stitch designer

Rhona Norrie is a prolific and popular cross stitch designer from Scotland who now calls New York home. Her work is regularly featured in magazines including The World of Cross Stitching, Cross Stitch Crazy, and Just Cross Stitch. Rhona is a total cross stitch addict! If she doesn’t have a needle in her hand, then it will be a camera that she’s carrying to capture the wonders of nature and she shares her nature pictures (and cross stitching!) on her Facebook and Instagram accounts.

susan bates cross stitch
Susan BatesCross Stitch Designer

Susan Bates creates cross stitch and needlepoint designs for UK craft magazines including The World of Cross Stitching, Cross Stitch Crazy and Cross Stitcher. Her work is also featured in Turkish publication Kanavice and she has 7 cross stitch books published in Turkey by Tuva Publishing. Susan has created stamp and embossing folder designs for cover gifts with Papercraft Inspirations magazine. You can also purchase her charts as PDFs from her Etsy store CrossStitchSuzie. She is based in Brighton.

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