Free Pattern – Heart of Gold Medal

This pattern came about from a conversation about the cyber-bullying that Gabby Douglas had to deal with during this year’s Olympics. No matter what critics (or even fans) might say, you know what really matters is what’s in your heart. If you know someone who has a heart of gold, show them you see it with this special gold medal.

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Heart of Gold Medal

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Easy – Basic stitches, each piece worked separately and then seamed.


Medal is about 3.75 inches in diameter, cord is about 28 inches long.


Use first medal piece as gauge swatch – should be about 3.75 inches in diameter. Gauge is not critical for this pattern.

Abbreviations used:

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp(s) = space(s)
  • rnd = round
  • WS = wrong side
  • RS = right side

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  • Join rounds where indicated, with a slip stitch into the first stitch of the round.
  • Ch 3 at the beginning of a round counts as first dc.




First half:

Rnd 1 (RS): With gold, work 12 dc inside a magic circle, join. (12 sts)

OR Alternate Rnd 1: With gold, ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, join. (12 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in first st, 2 dc in each st around, join. (24 sts)

Rnd 3: Ch 3, turn, dc in first 2 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in next st) 11 times, join. Fasten off (36 sts).

Weave in tails

Second half:

Repeat instructions for first half. When fastening off, leave a long tail (about 24-36 inches) for sewing. Only weave in the starting tail.

Heart (make 2):

With red, inside a magic circle work (ch 2, 4 dc, 3 hdc, dc, 3 hdc, 4 dc, ch 2, sl st), do not join. Fasten off, leaving a 12-18 inch tail for sewing. Pull magic circle closed tightly.

OR Alternate Version: Ch 4, join to make a circle. Inside the circle, work (4 dc, 3 hdc, dc, 4 hdc, dc, 3 hdc, 4 dc, ch 2, sl st), do not join. Fasten off, leaving a 12-18 inch tail for sewing.

Weave in starting tail

Medal Pieces - Heart of Gold Medal - a free pattern on


Row 1: With green, ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (3 sc)

Rows 2-95: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across (3 sc).

Note: To adjust the length, work more or fewer rows as desired.


  • Ch 1, do not turn, working in sides of rows, sc in each row.
  • Ch 1, working across short end, sc in each st across (3 sc)
  • Ch 1, working in sides of rows, sc in each row
  • Ch 1, working across short end, sc in each st across (3 sc)
  • Ch 1, join, fasten off.


Gold Tab: Hold the cord ends together, with a half twist in the cord so that it lays flat when worn.  The easiest way to do this is to actually put it around your neck so it’s nice and flat, hold or pin the ends together, and take it off.  Working through both thicknesses, join gold in corner chain space, ch 3, dc in next 3 sts, dc in corner ch sp, fasten off.

  Joining Gold - Heart of Gold Medal - a free pattern on    Cord - Heart of Gold Medal - a free pattern on

Weave in tails.


  • With right sides up, place a heart on center of a medal piece. Using the red tail, sew heart into place with a running stitch around the entire edge (just under the tops of the stitches). Repeat for the other heart and medal piece.


medal with heart

  • Hold medal pieces with wrong sides together, making sure the hearts are oriented the same way on both sides. Using yellow tail, sew medal pieces together with a running stitch around the edge, stopping 2 stitches away from the center top.
  • Insert  gold tab of ribbon between the two medal pieces as shown below. Now sewing through all pieces, continue to sew around.


insert tab

  • Optional: For extra stability, once you have sewn all the way around, turn and sew around again in the other direction.
  • Weave in any remaining tails.


I hope you enjoy the pattern. Thanks to Wilmaelee and Reshanda for testing it!

A downloadable pdf of this pattern is also available in my Craftsy store or on Ravelry, for a $1 fee. The fee for the pdf format is to offset the advertising revenue lost when you print or download the pattern rather than viewing it online.

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