I needed a last minute ornament so I whipped up this little reindeer guy the other night in no time at all. I think it took me about an episode and a half of ‘Star Trek: Voyager’! 😂
Does this ornament look a little familiar? You’ve seen it before! Yep, I used the pattern for my Avocado Keychain! I’m all about that pattern re-purposing life. I made one tiny little change to the original pattern and added antlers, and voila, Rudolph!
This pattern is made using separate pieces worked in flat rows and then joined together, except for the nose, which is worked in the round.
Rudolph has 5 separate pieces and the finished measurement is approximately 9 cm/3.5″ long.
Here’s what I used:
- 3.25mm hook (I use THESE hooks!);
- Red Heart Super Saver in Cafe Latte;
- Bernat Super Value in Mushroom;
- Red Heart Super Saver in Cherry Red;
- Red Heart Super Saver in Black;
- 9mm Safety Eyes;
- Tapestry needle;
- Ornament hook (optional – you can simply use a loop of yarn as well!)
Terms and Stitches:
Ch – Chain
MR – Magic Ring
Sc – Single crochet
Inc – Increase. Work 2 sc in the same st.
Dec – Decrease. Work 2 sc together.
Hdc – Half-double crochet
Dc – Double crochet
Let’s get started! (Or Pin it for later!)
*Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row*
Body (make 2 panels) in Cafe Latte:
Row 1: Ch 8, sc across (7 sts)
Row 2: Inc, sc 5, inc (9 sts)
Row 3: Inc, sc 7, inc (11 sts)
Rows 4-6: Sc across (11 sts)
Row 7: Dec, sc 7, dec (9 sts)
Rows 8-9: Sc across (9 sts)
Row 10: Dec, sc 5, dec (7 sts)
Rows 11-12: Sc across (7 sts)
Row 13: Dec, sc 3, dec (5 sts)
Row 14: Dec, hdc, dec (3 sts)
Tie off. Set aside for assembly later.
Nose (make 1) in Red:
Rnd 1: MR 7 sc (7 sts)
Rnd 2: Inc around (14 sts)
Rnds 3-4: Sc 4, hdc, dc, hdc, sc 4, hdc, dc, hdc (14 sts).
Slst to next st and tie off.
Right Antler (make 1) in Mushroom:
The antlers are made differently so that the branches are facing in opposite directions. The right antler is worked from the top down, while the left antler is worked from the bottom up.
Row 1: Ch 9, starting in 3rd ch from hook hdc 3, ch 5, starting in 3rd ch from hook, hdc 3, slst to original ch, hdc 4.
Here are the steps in photos:
Your finished antler will look a bit wonky (second last picture), but simply tug on the ends a bit and adjust it until it looks a little more antler-like (last picture).
Left Antler (make 1) in Mushroom:
Row 1: Ch 9, starting in 3rd ch from hook hdc 4, ch 5, starting in 3rd ch from hook hdc 3, slst to original ch, hdc 3.
Tie off. Adjust by tugging on the ends of the antler to straighten it up. Weave in ends.
Step 1: Nose and Eyes:
First, we need to attach our facial features to the front panel.
With a length of red yarn about 30cm/12″ long, stitch the nose onto the centre of the front panel. Stuff lightly after you’ve stitched it about three-quarters of the way around.
Next, insert 9mm safety eyes.
After I had assembled my reindeer, I decided I wanted to add a mouth, but you can stitch on the mouth using black yarn now.
Step 2: Body:
Here are all the pieces you should now have at this step.
Cut two lengths of Cafe Latte yarn about 30cm/15″ long and put them aside for later.
Place the two body panels together, matching up all sides.
**Make sure the front of your Reindeer is facing you as you crochet around the outside of the piece.**
Starting on the left side, begin attaching the panels together by chaining one and single crocheting around the outside of the panels in Cafe Latte.
Crochet all the way down and around the Reindeer and up the opposite side. Stop here and pull up a long loop.
Stuff your Reindeer.
Now we’ll attach the antlers. With a length of yarn you set aside earlier, sew the first antler in place by sewing through all three panels, the back panel, the antler, and the front panel.
Do the same for the second antler.
Top up stuffing if necessary.
Now, picking up where you left off, continue single crocheting around the outside. When you get to the antlers, simply crochet in the stitches of the front panel only, since this portion is already sewn shut.
Close with a slst to first st. Tie off. With your tapestry needle, poke the yarn tail back inside the piece.
Attach an ornament hook or loop of string at the top and you’re done!
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