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Christmas Reindeer Tree Decoration

Today I am sharing another free tutorial for a crochet Christmas Tree Decoration, It’s a Reindeer!!

This is my third Crochet Tree Decoration, you can find my Christmas Pudding Tree Decoration here & my Christmas Robin Tree Decoration here

Wanna see my Christmas Reindeer Tree Decoration?………scroll down for the FREE pattern.

 

Inspiration & Design

I wanted to create a collection of Christmas tree decorations, after the success of my pudding, this pattern actually sells all year round!

After playing around with designs, I couldn’t decide on a favourite, so you will get two tree decoration patterns this year.  a robin and a reindeer to go with my pudding.

For the latest addition to my Crochet Christmas Tree Decorations, I have designed Santa’s favourite animal, his trusted reindeer. Which one will yours be? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen or Rudolph?

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Yarn

I wanted to keep the colours matching throughout my Christmas decoration collection, so chose to use Deramores Studio DK, is an Anti-pilling super soft yarn, that comes in 48 amazing colours! You can purchase the yarn from Deramores here.

For this pattern I used

Yarn A – Oatmeal

Yarn B – Pearl

Yarn C – Ruby

Yarn D – Chocolate

Whatever DK weight yarn you chose to work with, you’ll have some stunning new home decor for the festive season!

 

Pattern

Get the inexpensive, printable ‘ad-free’ PDF from Etsy here or Love Crafts here

Purchase as a Kit (PDF + Yarn) for all three Xmas decs from Deramores here

Pin it for later here

Add it to your Ravelry queue here

 

 

Description

This sweet little reindeer, is my little girl Summer’s, favourite of the three decorations.  The thought of a reindeer landing on top of your roof on Christmas Eve, Flying across skies & pulling Santa Sleigh blows her mind!! all of this is a worthy enough reason for a reindeer to make it into my collection.

Your Christmas Reindeer can be hung anywhere in the home to decorate, other then just the tree! It’s the perfect addition to your Christmas decoration collection.

The Reindeer is made in separate pieces, then sewn together and stuffed at the end.

This pattern is suitable for beginners, I’ve included lots of photos to help you.

 

Materials

Your chosen DK yarn

Hook – 3mm

2 x 12mm safety eyes

Stuffing

Tapestry Needle

Scissors

 

Finished Measurements

Gauge is not important for this project.
Width 7cm (3″) x length 10cm (4″) excluding hanging loop.

 

Notes

The Reindeer is made in separate pieces, then sewn together and stuffed at the end.

Back bump – the back bump of the chain can be found when you twist the chain towards you, it’s the little bump on its own.

Ch2 does not count as a stitch throughout.

This pattern is written in US crochet terms {for UK terms click here}

Abbreviations

Ch – chain.

Sl st – slip stitch.

St – stitch.

Sc – Single Crochet – insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch (two loops on
hook), yarn over and pull through both loops on hook.

Hdc – Half Double Crochet – yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch
(three loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook.

 

 

Pattern

Ok let’s start!

Reindeer Head – Make 2 with yarn A – Worked in the round
Make a Magic Circle

Round 1: Ch2, 11 hdc into the loop, sl st into the 1st hdc to join [11]

Round 2: Ch2, 2 hdc in each st, sl st into 1st hdc [22]

Round 3: Ch2, *(2 hdc in 1st st, hdc in next st) rep from * around, sl st into 1st hdc [33]

Round 4: Ch2, *(2 hdc in 1st st, hdc next 2 sts,) rep from * around, sl st into 1st hdc [44]

Round 5: Ch2, *(2 hdc in 1st st, hdc next 3 sts,) rep from * around, sl st into 1st hdc [55]
Hanging loop (on one head only – the back) – ch 35, sl st to the base to the chain to join and create the loop. leave a long tail for sewing, fasten off.

Reindeer Mouth – Make 1 with yarn B – Worked in the round
Make a Magic Circle

Round 1: Ch2, 11 hdc into the loop, sl st into the 1st hdc to join [11]

Round 2: Ch2, 2 hdc in each st, sl st into 1st hdc [22]

Round 3: Ch2, *(2 hdc in 1st st, hdc in next st) rep from * around, sl st into 1st hdc, leave a long tail for sewing, fasten off. [33]

Reindeer Nose – Make 1 with yarn C – Worked in the round
Make a Magic Circle

Round 1: Ch2, 11 hdc into the loop, sl st into the 1st hdc to join, leave a long tail for sewing,
fasten off. [11]

 

If you’re enjoying this pattern so far, you’ll love these:

 

1. Christmas Pudding Tree Decoration 2. Christmas Robin Tree Decoration 3. Tweed Stripe Beanie

 

Reindeer Antler – a – Make 2 with yarn D – each st that is made into a chain st, is worked into the “back bump” of the chain.

Step 1: Ch 9, hdc in the 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th chs from the hook.

Step 2: Ch 8, hdc in the 3rd, 4th & 5th chs from the hook.

Step 3: Ch 5, hdc in the 3rd, 4th & 5th chs from the hook, sl st into the 5th ch aswell.

Step 4: Hdc in the nxt 3 chs.

Step 5: Hdc in the side & base of the nxt hdc.

Step 6: Hdc in the last 3 chs.


leave a long tail for sewing, fasten off.

Reindeer Antler – b – Make 2 with yarn D – each st that is made into a chain st, is worked into the “back bump” of the chain.

Step 1: Ch 12, hdc in the 3rd, 4th & 5th chs from the hook.

Step 2: Ch 5, hdc in the 3rd, 4th & 5th chs from the hook.

Step 3: Hdc in the side & base of the nxt hdc.

Step 4: Hdc in the nxt 3 chs.

Step 5: Ch 6, hdc in the 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th chs from the hook, sl st into the 6th ch aswell.

Step 6: Hdc in the last 4 chs.


leave a long tail for sewing, fasten off.

Assembly
Yarn C – sew the nose onto the mouth piece.


Yarn D – sew a line for the mouth.


Yarn B – sew the mouth onto the head. Insert the eyes, attach the safety backs.

Yarn D – sew antler a & b together using a whip stitch, twice.


Yarn D – sew the antlers onto the back of the head.


Yarn A – hold the two head pieces, right sides out & with hanging loop at the top, starting to the right of the antlers sc around, when you reach the first antler sew through both front & back pieces, sandwiching the antlers, on the last stitch of the antler, change back to sc around, leave a gap for stuffing.


Stuff with filling, finish with sc using Yarn A until closed.


Fasten off.

Here is the Reindeer pattern in UK crochet terms.

Abbreviations:
Ch – chain.
Sl st – slip stitch.
St – stitch.
Dc – Double Crochet – insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch (two loops on hook), yarn over and pull through both loops on hook.
Htr – Half Treble Crochet – yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch (three loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook.

Ok let’s start!

Reindeer Head – Make 2 with yarn A – Worked in the round
Make a Magic Circle
Round 1: Ch2, 11 htr into the loop, sl st into the 1st htr to join [11]
Round 2: Ch2, 2 htr in each st, sl st into 1st htr [22]
Round 3: Ch2, *(2 htr in 1st st, htr in next st) rep from * around, sl st into 1st htr [33]
Round 4: Ch2, *(2 htr in 1st st, htr next 2 sts,) rep from * around, sl st into 1st htr [44]
Round 5: Ch2, *(2 htr in 1st st, htr next 3 sts,) rep from * around, sl st into 1st htr [55]
Hanging loop (on one head only – the back) – ch 35, sl st to the base to the chain to join and create the loop, leave a long tail for sewing, fasten off.

Reindeer Mouth – Make 1 with yarn B – Worked in the round
Make a Magic Circle

Round 1: Ch2, 11 htr into the loop, sl st into the 1st htr to join [11]
Round 2: Ch2, 2 htr in each st, sl st into 1st htr [22]
Round 3: Ch2, *(2 htr in 1st st, htr in next st) rep from * around, sl st into 1st htr, leave a long tail for sewing, fasten off. [33]

Reindeer Nose – Make 1 with yarn C – Worked in the round
Make a Magic Circle

Round 1: Ch2, 11 htr into the loop, sl st into the 1st htr to join, leave a long tail for sewing, fasten
off. [11]

Reindeer Antler – a – Make 2 with yarn D – each st that is made into a chain st, is worked into the “back bump” of the chain.

Step 1: Ch 9, htr in the 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th chs from the hook.
Step 2: Ch 8, htr in the 3rd, 4th & 5th chs from the hook.
Step 3: Ch 5, htr in the 3rd, 4th & 5th chs from the hook, sl st into the 5th ch aswell.
Step 4: Htr in the nxt 3 chs.
Step 5: Htr in the side & base of the nxt htr.
Step 6: Htr in the last 3 chs.
leave a long tail for sewing, fasten off.

Reindeer Antler – b – Make 2 with yarn D – each st that is made into a chain st, is worked into the “back bump” of the chain.
Step 1: Ch 12, htr in the 3rd, 4th & 5th chs from the hook.
Step 2: Ch 5, htr in the 3rd, 4th & 5th chs from the hook.
Step 3: Htr in the side & base of the nxt tr.
Step 4: Htr in the nxt 3 chs.
Step 5: Ch 6, htr in the 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th chs from the hook, sl st into the 6th ch aswell.
Step 6: Htr in the last 4 chs.
leave a long tail for sewing, fasten off.

Assembly:
Yarn C – sew the nose onto the mouth piece.
Yarn D – sew a line for the mouth.
Yarn B – sew the mouth onto the head. Insert the eyes, attach the safety backs.
Yarn D – sew antler a & b together using a whip stitch, twice.
Yarn D – sew the antlers onto the back of the head.
Yarn A – hold the two head pieces, right sides out & with hanging loop at the top, starting to the right of the antlers dc around, when you reach the first antler sew through both front & back pieces, sandwiching the antlers, on the last stitch of the antler, change back to dc around, leave a gap for stuffing.
Stuff with filling, finish with dc using Yarn A until closed.
Fasten off.

 

Happy Hooking!!

4 thoughts on “Christmas Reindeer Tree Decoration

  1. Thank you! This will be a wonderful Christmas tree decoration. I need to crochet a bunch of different ornaments I love your reindeer, pudding and robin. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Amanda

  2. Hello, I’m anxious to try this as part of Christmas bunting. I will send photo when done. Thank you for posting this.

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