Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Free Crochet Christmas Reindeer Pattern

Have you created a handmade Rudolph yet? 

Crochet this quick and easy reindeer before Christmas arrives!

free crochet pattern for Rudolph reindeer by the funky felter

Part of the holiday fun for my family and myself is making some of our decorations each year. This year I've made an abundance of snowmen including a free crochet snowman pattern and a very popular sock snowman craft tutorial. I thought my snowman family would welcome a cute Rudolph to their tribe so I came up with this quick and easy crochet pattern. If you are ambitious, maybe you'll make all eight others of Santa's reindeer...now what are their names again?! Oh, Dasher and Dancer and....  

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!



Free Christmas Crochet Reindeer Pattern:

Crochet materials needed:
Size G/6 hook
Tan cotton yarn for the body
Scissors & Polyfill (or comparable stuffing)
Brown embroidery floss and tapestry needle for mouth
Felt scraps, polymer clay and other choice of embellishments


REINDEER HEAD & BODY CROCHET PATTERN:

Note: Work in continuous rounds throughout the patterns. I recommend using a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round for tracking them as you go more easily.

Make a magic ring, 6 sc into ring and pull tight. 
Rnd 1: 2 sc in each st. around (12 sts.)
Rnds 2-6: sc in each st. around (12 sts.)
Rnd 7: sc2tog around (6 sts., head is formed)
Rnd 8: 2 sc in each st. around (increase to 12 sts., starting the body)
Rnd 9: 2 sc in each st. around (24 sts.)
Rnds 10-23: sc in each st. around (24 sts.)
Rnd 24: sc in back loops only around (24 sts., creates a ridge for the flat bottom to form in next few rnds)
Note: At this point, I recommend you flip the crocheted reindeer right side out. Then stuff it with polyfill before starting the decreases in the next rounds. If you'd like it a little more sturdy, you can also add some beans or filler pellets to the base to weight it down as it sits.
Rnd 25: [sc in next st., sc2tog in next 2 st.] around (decrease to 16 sts.)
Rnd 26: sc2tog around (decrease to 8 sts.)
Rnd 27: sc2tog around (decrease to 4 sts.)
Tie off and weave in ends. Use brown embroidery floss to add on a simple mouth using a backstitch.





REINDEER FACE & BODY EMBELLISHMENTS:

Felt Hat, Scarf & Ears: The hat was made of a long rectangular piece of felt joined at the shorter edges with a strip of hot glue. Then rolled up on end of the open tube for the cuff and tied at the other end with yarn for the top. The scarf is a very long, thin rectangular piece of felt with slits cut for fringe at the end. I used 100% wool felt for both the hat and scarf and 100% cotton yarn for the hat tie. The ears were freehand cut from acrylic craft felt. I hot glued all pieces onto the reindeer head.



Polymer Clay Eyes, Nose, Antlers, Arms & Legs: I used polyclay to mold the different body and facial features. You can see in the photo what colors were used for each piece. These were formed freehand without any patterns to share. (Sorry about that!) Than I baked all the pieces according to the manufacturer's instructions and attached them with hot glue.


handmade polymer clay reindeer parts for a crocheted reindeer by the funky felter


free handmade crochet reindeer pattern with polymer clay nose eyes ears by the funky felter







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