Dala Horse Cross Stitch Pattern

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 12 customer ratings
(12 customer reviews)


A super simple project requiring only four DMC colours, this Swedish red dala horse cross stitch pattern is reminiscent of olden times, when poor people made their living carving and painting dala horses for toys. Today, we’ve moved on from this intense labour to bring you an enjoyable needlecraft project that can kept, given or sold. Included in the PDF are dyeing instructions to make your white or cream Aida fabric darker using a common household staple.



This cute Swedish red dala horse cross stitch pattern is an easy Christmas project to make. With elements of Nordic folk art and Scandinavian style decoration, this holiday craft makes a beautiful gift or Xmas wall ornament, with no back stitches or half stitches and only four colours. The finished piece fits perfectly into a 6” hooped embroidery frame when embroidered on 14 count Aida. Included are instructions on dyeing white or cream Aida fabric using a common household ingredient to create the darker Aida in the photo, so the white stands out more.

The dala horse is usually a carved, red painted Swedish wooden horse given to children as a toy. Horses were highly valued in 17th century Switzerland and making small horses offered additional income for poor families and travellers. In 1939, the dala horse became famous throughout the world and became symbolic of Sweden. Dala horses are often associated with Christmas these days but they used to be popular all year round. Please note this is a cross stitch pattern in PDF format only and no fabric, DMC floss or other materials are included in the listing. If you want the frame to look like the one in the photo, please purchase our popular frame wrapping tutorial separately, for complete step-by-step instructions in a full colour photo PDF.


Skill Level: Beginner
Fabric: 14 count Aida
Stitches: 54 x 56
Backstitches: None
Half Stitches: None
Size: 3.86 x 4.00 inches or 9.8 x 10.16 cm
Colors: DMC x 4
Hoop Size: 6″
Use: 3 strands of thread for all cross stitch


  • Color photo of finished design
  • Aida dyeing instructions
  • Pattern in black & white symbols with key
  • Pattern in colour symbols with key

You can use non-DMC stranded cottons such as Anchor in conjunction with the color symbol chart included, though you will need to pick the colors to match. Your instant digital download link will be available upon successful checkout and will also be emailed to you. To open the PDF file, you will need Adobe Reader, which can be downloaded for free online.

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12 reviews for Dala Horse Cross Stitch Pattern

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Very nicely designed pattern comes in color and black and white versions.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Cute pattern that looks easy to do.

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  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Johanna Hornung

    This pattern is so cute and easy to follow. If you’re like me and are new/slightly clueless, the seller is incredibly helpful to get you started successfully.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Katherine Wright

    Lovely pattern. Easy to follow! Thanks

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sophie Wilson

    Beautiful pattern with clear and easy-to-follow instructions, thank you!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5


    Lovely pattern, really simple to follow!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Heather Dickinson

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Arlene Catalan

    Loved it!! I am thinking about getting one for my friend- exactly as seen in the picture.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is a really darling embroidery pattern. I am excited to stitch it!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Thelin Blackowski

    Beautiful design and easy to follow pattern. Can’t wait to stitch it up!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Pedersen

    Super cute cross stitch pattern!

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