Arms are sewn on 3rd row from the head.

ASPEN THE REINDEER CROCHET PATTERN

Welcome to Aspen’s debut!

He is made with so much love for my kids! I already have another one in the works for my daughter. She has requested a reindeer with a pretty purple sweater! Do you think I can make it in time before Christmas??

I do! This pattern worked up incredibly quickly! Even while writing up the crochet pattern! I made it to be simple/easy but cute. Don’t let those antlers shy you away from making this cutie. The joining part makes more sense as you work them up.

My favorite thing about this reindeer is the sweater, it’ss worked up along with the body and two legs! So easy! And that little nose is an easy circle, but BOY does it add character! I am in total awe of this little guy! So excited to share him with you!

Thank you for all your support! Sales help keep this dream of mine alive 🙂

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Please no sharing pictures or patterns are allowed. Feel free to make as many to sell and gift. I just ask to give credit to Ariana Hall. Thank you!

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What is an amazing fact about reindeer?

Both male and female reindeer grow antlers, while in most other deer species, only the males have antlers. Compared to their body size, reindeer have the largest and heaviest antlers of all living deer species. A male’s antlers can be up to 51 inches long, and a female’s antlers can reach 20 inches.

Materials:

  • E – 3.50 mm crochet hook
  • Medium Worsted weight (#4) yarn

Beige (RH)- for the body, Legs, and ears (@260 yards)

Brown (cafe latte RH) – hooves and antlers (@335 yards)

Cherry Red (RH) – for the nose

White (RH) – forehead (optional)

Cranberry (Craftsmart)- For the Sweater (@ 172 yards)

  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch markers (highly recommend this extra piece of yarn works great)
  • 12 mm black safety eyes
  • 1 button Approx 1 inch ( Have fun with this one!)
  • Poly-fil

The (RH) above is for Red Heart yarns. That is what

Abbreviations:

Stitches:

CHchain

ST – stitch (stitch space)

Sl Stslip stitch

SC – single crochet

SC INC. – single crochet increase (2 sc in the same st)

INV SC – invisible single crochet ( decrease using FLO)

FLO – front loop only

BLO – back loop only

Other:
F.O: fasten off
MC – magic circle / magic ring

I have YouTube tutorials for beginners if you need guidance for the stitches named above. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuWQd_rk8KzRLcIOzCbiffmm8-TcKo5sP

Notes:

  • You will be working in rounds so keep a stitch marker close to use when working up the reindeer.
  • I will have photos available here to help you through what I think may use a visual.
  • Make sure you use a tight enough tension to help close any “holes” a loose tension may cause.
  • I started by making the body then following with the head, antlers, ears, nose, white specks on the forehead, and ending all four limbs.
  • You will do color change and I do have 2 photos to help down below.
  • Leave a long tail at the end of everything except the head for sewing purposes. This will make sewing easier, IMO.
  • Personally, I have trust issues when it comes to sewing so I did want to let you know I went over the sewing portions 2x to ensure it will last.
  • Reindeer measures approximately 18 inches tall including the antlers.

I tried to make this pattern with the intention of simplicity, I hope you find this pattern a joy to work up as much as I did for my kids! Happy Crocheting!

Pattern – BODY- using Beige yarn to start and color change to sweater color

Start here

8 SC in MC

Round 1 – 2SC in each st to the end. (16)

Round 2 – [SC in 1 st, SC INC in the next]. Repeat [] ending with SC INC. (24)

Round 3 – SC in every st to the end. (24)

Round 4 – [SC in 2 sts, SC INC in the next]. Repeat [] ending with SC INC. (32)

Round 5 – SC in every st to the end. (32)

Round 6 – [SC in 3 sts, SC INC in the next]. Repeat [] ending with SC INC. (40)

Round 7 – [SC in 4 sts, SC INC in the next]. Repeat [] ending with SC INC. (48)

Round 8 – 12 – SC in every st to the end. (48)

Color change to sweater color (See image ‘C’ for visual on color change)

Round 13 – 20 – SC in every st to the end. (48)

Round 21 – [SC in 4 sts, INV DEC in the next]. Repeat [] ending with INV DEC. (40)

Round 22- SC in every st to the end. (40)

Round 23 – SC in every st to the end. (40)

Round 24 – [SC in 3 sts, INV DEC in the next]. Repeat [] ending with INV DEC. (32)

Round 25 – SC in every st to the end. (32)

Round 26 – SC in every st to the end. (32)

Round 27 – [SC in 2 sts, INV DEC in the next]. Repeat [] ending with INV DEC. (24)

Round 28 – SC in every st to the end. (24)

Round 29 – SC in every st to the end. (24)

Round 30 – SC in every st to the end. (24)

Round 31 – SC in every st to the end. (24)

Round 32 – SC in every st to the end. (24)

Round 33 – SC in every st to the end. (24)

Round 34 – [SC in 1 st, INV DEC in the next] Repeat [] to the end. (16)

Round 35 – INV DEC to the end. (8)

Sl st in the next st and fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing the head on the body.

Use the eyes and nose to help guide you when sewing the head on the body, I went around twice and pulled gently after every hand stitch to make sure it was tightened. Make sure to sew the back of the head aligned with the slightly visible color change on the body.

Pattern – HEAD – using Beige color

Start here

8 SC in MC

Round 1 – 2SC in each st to the end. (16)

Round 2 – [SC in 1 st, SC INC in the next]. Repeat [] ending with SC INC. (24)

Round 3 – SC in the FLO to the end. (24)

Round 4 – SC in every st to the end. (24)

Round 5 – [SC in 2 sts, SC INC in the next]. Repeat [] ending with SC INC. (32)

Round 6 – SC in every st to the end. (32)

Round 7 – [SC in 3 sts, SC INC in the next]. Repeat [] ending with SC INC. (40)

Round 8 – SC in 14, SC INC 2 times, SC in 8, SC INC 2 times, SC in 14 (44)

Grab your 2 stitch markers or some yarn and mark in between both of them one row down, around the previous SC post. (See photos in A below) 

Round 9 – SC in every st to the end. (44)

Round 10 – SC in 4 sts, [SC INC, SC in 4 sts] Repeat [] ending with 4 SC sts. (52)

Round 11 – SC in every st to the end. (52)

Take your 12 mm safety eyes and place them on the inner side of the stitch marker. (See photos in A below)

Round 12 – 16 – SC in every st to the end. (52)

Round 17 – [SC in 4 sts, INV DEC] Repeat [] ending with SC in the last 4 sts (44)

Round 18 – SC in every st to the end. (44)

Round 19 – [SC in 3 sts, INV DEC] Repeat [] ending with SC in the last 4 sts (36)

Round 20 – [SC in 1 st, INV DEC] Repeat [] to the end. (22)

Start stuffing the head

Round 21 – SC in every st to the end. (22)

Round 22 – [SC in 1 st, INV DEC] Repeat [] to the end. (16)

Round 23 – SC in every st to the end. (16)

Round 24 – INV DEC to the end. (8)

There will be an opening at this point. Leave a long tail and fasten off. Use that to weave your yarn needle through the front loops of all 8 sts. Pull the tail to cinch the center closed, make a knot to secure and fasten off. Weave in the end.

(See photos in B below) 

Pattern – Antlers – Using Brown yarn

Start here – Repeat 2 x

8 SC in MC

Round 1 – 6 – SC in every st to the end. (8)

(Sl st in the next st, and fasten off) This applies to only this first piece of the antler.)

Second piece

8 SC in MC

Round 1 – 6 – SC in every st to the end. (8) DO NOT fasten off.

Joining

Join the first antler piece by making a SC in any of the sts.

(make sure you place your stitch marker in the first SC made)

Round 1 – 2 – SC in every st to the end. (16) – Stuff antlers as you go

Round 3 – [SC in 2 sts, INV DEC] Repeat [] 4x (12)

Round 4 – 5 – SC in every st to the end. (12)

Round 6 – [SC in 1 st, INV DEC] Repeat [] 4x (8)

Round 7-8 – SC in every st to the end. (8)

Fasten off and leave a long tail to sew on the top of the head.

I placed the antlers about 4 rows above the eyes and approximately 4 stitches in between each other. You can use Pins to help keep the antlers in place if you’d like, personally, I placed both free-handed trying my best to keep them even as possible. These are some of my favorite additions to the reindeer.

Joining the two antlers together to make it one.

Pattern – Ears – using Beige yarn

Start here – Repeat 2 x

4 SC in MC

Round 1 – 2 – SC in every st to the end. (4)

Round 3 – SC INC in every st to the end. ( 8)

Round 4 – 5 – SC in every st to the end. (8)

Round 6 – [SC in 1 st, SC INC in the next] Repeat [] to the end. (12)

Round 7- 8 – SC in every st to the end. (12)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing on the side of the head. Approximately 4 stitches below the antler. angled slightly. Make sure to pinch the bottom of the ears and go over it about 2x with the needle to make sure it stays pinched for when you are ready to sew on the head. 🙂

Pattern – Red Nose – using cherry red yarn

Start here

8 SC in MC

Round 1 – [SC in 1 st, SC INC in the next] Repeat [] 3x (11)

Sl st in the next st, Fasten off, leave a long tail to sew in the center of the face.

Red nose

White reindeer marks on the forehead, ( Optional)

Using some white yarn.

I inserted the needle two rows below the left antler (facing me) until it came out centered to the antler.

Go one stitch down and insert the needle exiting towards the right, under two stitches.

Pull out the needle and go up one stitch and insert the needle exiting towards the right, under two stitches.

Repeat until you have about 5 on the first row. (See images 1 -3)

Insert the needle and go under an entire row and make 3 ‘spots’ on that next row. (See image 4)

Make a ‘V’ in the center. (See images 5- 6)

When finished with the final “v” take your needle and have the yarn exit to meet with the other end. Make a knot (2x) then weave in the ends. You can use a crochet hook to pull them in and hide them if you need to.

Image 1
Image 2
Image 3
Image 4
Image 5

Pattern – Arm + Legs

Start here – Repeat 4x

MAKE 2 with sweater color for the sleeves.

MAKE 2 with the body color.

Start all four with the brown for the “hooves”

NOTE: do not overstuff the limbs you don’t want them to be stiff especially on the last few rows when sewing. Stuff with poly-fil slightly.

8 SC in MC

Round 1 – SC INC in every st to the end. (16)

Round 2 – [SC in 1 st, SC INC in the next] Repeat [] to the end. (24)

Round 3 – SC in every st to the end. (24)

Round 4 – SC in the BLO to the end (24)

Round 5 – 6 – SC in every st to the end. (24)

Round 7 – [SC in 1 st, INV DEC in the next] Repeat [] to the end. (16)

Make a color change here. Note: 2 sweater colors, 2 body colors. (see image ‘C’ below) I like to take the time here to cut off the brown yarn and make a knot with the new one to secure the end,

Round 8 – 25 – SC in every st to the end (for 18 rows total). (16)

INV DEC to the end. Sl st in the next st. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing (8)

Bottom legs are sewn on at the bottom

Arms are sewn on 3rd row from the head.

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