Reindeer Ornament Crochet Pattern

Crochet reindeer ornament

Day 8 of the 12 Days of Crochet Christmas is a sweet reindeer ornament crochet pattern.

Christmas wouldn’t be complete without reindeer. After all they have the very important job of pulling Santa’s sleigh. And Rudolph’s job is the most important of all with his big old shiny red nose.

The pattern is quick and easy with all pieces being worked separately and then assembled at the end.


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  • DK Weight Yarn in light brown, dark brown, red and white (I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in Soft Fudge, Coffee Bean, Pillar Red and Paper White)
  • 2.5mm crochet hook
  • 6mm safety eyes
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Stitch marker, yarn needle, scissors
  • Yarn/twine for hanging


  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • inc – increase
  • invdec – invisible decrease
  • hdc-inc – half double crochet increase
  • dc-inc – double crochet increase
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st/s – stitch/es
  • […] – repeat the instructions in brackets
  • (…) – indicates stitch count at end of round


The pattern is written using US terminology and measures approximately 2.5″ x 2″ (6.5cm x 5cm) when using the materials listed.

Pieces are worked in a continuous spiral starting with a magic ring unless otherwise specified. Mark the first stitch of each round with a removable stitch marker.

Gauge is not important in this pattern. Use a hook size to match your chosen yarn. Make sure that your stitches are tight enough to prevent stuffing showing through and adjust hook size if necessary.


HEAD (light brown)

R1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
R2: [Inc] x6 (12)
R3: [Sc, inc] x6 (18)
R4: Sc, inc, [2 sc, inc] x5, sc (24)
R5: [3 sc, inc] x6 (30)
R6: 2 sc, inc, [4 sc, inc] x5, 2 sc (36)
R7: [5 sc, inc] x6 (42)
R8-15: [Sc] x42 (42)
R16: [5 sc, invdec] x6 (36)

Insert safety eyes between R9 and R10, 5 sts apart.

R17: 2 sc, invdec, [4 sc, invdec] x5, 2 sc (30)
R18: [3 sc, invdec] x6 (24)

Start stuffing and continue to stuff as you go.

R19: Sc, invdec, [2 sc, invdec] x5, sc (18)
R20: [Sc, invdec] x6 (12)
R21: [Invdec] x6 (6)

Fasten off and weave in end.

MUZZLE (white)

R1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
R2: [Inc] x6 (12)
R3: [Sc, inc] x6 (18)

Fasten off invisibly leaving a long tail for sewing.

NOSE (red)

R1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)

Fasten off invisibly leaving a long tail for sewing.

EARS (make 2, light brown)

R1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
R2: Inc in first st, hdc-inc in next, dc-inc in next 2 sts, hdc-inc in next, inc in last st (12)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Pinch the ears together at the base and stitch to hold in place.

ANTLERS (make 2, dark brown)

All stitches are worked in the back bump of the chain.

R1: Ch 9, sl st in second ch from hook and next 3 chs. Ch 5, sl st in second ch from hook and next 3 chs. Sl st back onto original ch, 4 sl st.

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.


  • Sew muzzle to the face between the eyes over R10 and R16.
  • Sew the nose to the muzzle close to the top edge. Using black embroidery floss, sew a short line down from the nose.
  • Using red yarn, surface slip stitch a collar between R17 and R18. I find it helpful to mark out the path with pins. Fasten off and weave in end.
  • Sew ears to either side of the head on R7.
  • Sew antlers to the top of the head 2 rounds from the centre of the magic ring.
  • Attach hanging loop.


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Happy Crocheting x

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