Crochet Reindeer Applique Pattern + Video Tutorial

Bring the holiday spirit to your crochet projects with my easy and free Crochet Reindeer Appliqué Pattern. This pattern is perfect for adding a dash of festive cheer to your Christmas-themed creations.

With step-by-step instructions, basic crochet stitches, and the added bonus of a video tutorial, you’ll be able to craft these adorable reindeer appliqués with ease.

These reindeer appliqués are perfect for decorating holiday stockings, sweaters, scarves, or any other seasonal items you have in mind. So, grab your crochet hook, yarn, and tune into the video tutorial. The free crochet pattern is below.

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Crochet Reindeer Pattern Information

crochet reindeer being made

Skill Level

Beginner. This pattern uses basic crochet stitches in basic form and in simple repeats. 

Project Materials

Finished Size

My reindeer measures 8″ long and 4″ wide.

Crochet Gauge

I used the body to measure my gauge.

4 rounds and 6 stitches= 1 inch

Important Notes

  • The chain 2 at the beginning of a round never counts as your first stitch.
  • The body and head are worked in the round.
  • Instructions between two asterisks (*) should be repeated for the remainder of the round.

Related Patterns

You may also like my Christmas Lights, Christmas Ornaments, Snowman, and Christmas Tree appliqué patterns.

Terms & Abbreviations

  • sc = single crochet stitches
  • st = stitch
  • sts = stitches
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch = chain
  • chs = chains
  • rnd = round
  • rnds = rounds
  • rem = remaining

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crochet reindeer pattern

Crochet Reindeer Pattern Instructions

Reindeer Head

Yarn: light brown

Rnd 1: magic circle, ch 2, 10 dc, join with sl st in top of first dc (10 stitches)

Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 dc in each st, join (20 stitches)

Rnd 3: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next st*, join (30 stitches)

Rnd 4: slip st in the next st (after the st you joined to), sc in 3 sts, hdc in 2 sts, dc in 3 sts, hdc in 2 sts, sc in 3 sts, slip st in next st and finish off

Scarf

Yarn: blue

Your 3 dc from round 4 of the head should be positioned at the top of the head.

1. Join blue yarn on right side of head (see picture), ch 2 and dc 9. 

Now you will make the part of the scarf that hangs down.

2. Chain 6, dc in the 3rd chain from the hook, dc in each of the 3 rem chains and join with a slip stitch to the main part of the scarf.

Fasten off leaving a long tail that you will need for later.

crochet reindeer being made

Reindeer Body

Yarn: light brown

Rnd 1: magic circle, ch 2, 10 dc, join with sl st in top of first dc (10 stitches)

Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 dc in each st, join (20 stitches)

Rnd 3: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next st*, join (30 stitches)

Rnd 4: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 2 sts*, join (40 stitches)

Rnd 5: ch 2, dc 4, hdc 3, sc 6, hdc 3, dc 8, hdc 3, sc 6, hdc 3, dc 4, join and fasten off

crochet reindeer being made

Use a tapestry needle and the yarn tail from the scarf to attach the head to the body.

crochet reindeer being made

Antlers

Make 2
Yarn: dark brown

Step 1: Chain 12, sc in the 2nd chain from the hook and sc in 4 more chains (your first “branch” is made), do not fasten off. Begin step 2 from here.

Step 2: chain 6 and sc in the 2nd chain from the hook and in each of the 4 rem chains (second “branch” is made)

Step 3: sc in the 6 rem chains from your original chain 12. Fasten off.

crochet reindeer being made

Use a tapestry needle to sew the antlers onto the top of the head. See pictures for positioning.

crochet reindeer being made
crochet reindeer being made

Nose

Yarn: red and white

Rnd 1: magic circle, ch 1, 6 hdc, join with sl st in top of first hdc (6 stitches)

Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 hdc in each st, join and fasten off leaving a long enough tail to sew onto head (12 stitches)

crochet reindeer being made

Use a tapestry needle  to sew the nose onto the head. The bottom of the nose should be positioned at the top of the scarf.

crochet reindeer being made

Use a tapestry needle and a scrap of white yarn to add some “sparkle” to the nose.

crochet reindeer being made

Arms & Legs

Make 4

Yarn: light brown and dark brown

Start with light brown yarn.

Tip: Leave a long yarn tail when you start your chain. You will need this when you sew the arms and legs onto the body.

Row 1: chain 4, sc in 2nd chain from hook and each rem ch, turn (3 stitches)

Row 2: ch 1, sc in each st, turn (3 stitches)

Row 3: ch 1, 2 sc, sc, 2 sc, turn (5 stitches)

Rows 4-6: ch 1, sc in each st, turn (5 stitches)

Switch to dark brown yarn.

Row 7: ch 1, sc in each st, turn (5 stitches)

Row 8: ch 1, sc in each st, fasten off

crochet reindeer being made

Use a tapestry needle to sew the arms and legs onto the body. See pictures for positioning.

crochet reindeer being made
crochet reindeer being made

Eyes

Yarn: black

Use a tapestry needle and a scrap of black yarn to make two lines above the nose for eyes.

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crochet reindeer being made
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