Crochet Reindeer Cuddler

My Crochet Reindeer Cuddler is a free pattern here on the blog! This holiday project is a quick crochet gift idea! Scroll down for the free pattern and video tutorial!

My Crochet Reindeer Cuddler is a free pattern here on the blog!

Pattern Design + Construction

The Crochet Reindeer Cuddler is the cutest, cuddliest red-nosed companion for the holidays and sure to bring some holiday cheer! This design makes a great Christmas photo prop for little ones or a fun, handmade holiday gift idea. It pairs well with my crochet gingerbread man and crochet christmas tree cuddler! His favorite snack is marshmallows and he loves the movie ELF!


The Crochet Reindeer Cuddler consists of the front and back panel, nose, ears and antlers. We will be attaching safety eyes and adding a bit of stuffing between the front and back before joining with a round of single crochet. The ears and antlers are attached using a tapestry needle. I would classify this pattern as intermediate since the antlers are fun yet challenging. There are two options for the antler construction. The finished reindeer measures approximately 7 inches tall by 4-5 inches wide. You could easily make a larger version of this lovey and turn him into a pillow by using a larger crochet hook and yarn.


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Yarn:

We'll be using medium Worsted Weight (4) Yarn for this crochet Reindeer Cuddler pattern. This is my favorite yarn weight to work with for crochet rag dolls and it has a great price point. It's versatile and wears well while also being soft and cozy which is perfect for a lovey or cuddler pattern! You could easily substitute brands of worsted weight yarn as long as the ounces per gram are similar.


For this tutorial, I used the following yarn:

  • Red Heart Super Saver, Medium 4, 7 oz / 198 g, in the color Café Latte

  • Red Heart Super Saver, Medium 4, 7 oz / 198 g, in the color Hot Red

  • Red Heart Super Saver, Medium 4, 7 oz / 198 g, in the color Coffee

Red Heart Super Saver, Medium 4, 7 oz / 198 g, in the color Café Latte used for the Crochet Reindeer Cuddler Free pattern.

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Stitches:

This pattern is written in US crochet terminology.

  • Chain

  • SC - Single Crochet

  • DC - Double Crochet

  • TC - Triple Crochet

  • HDC - Half Double Crochet

  • DEC - Single Crochet Decrease

  • INC - Single Crochet Increase

  • Slip Stitch

  • Magic Circle

  • * - Repeat sequence until the end of the round

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Crochet Reindeer Cuddler - Free Pattern

This holiday project is a quick crochet gift idea!

Reindeer Front & Back Panels (Make 2):

With light brown yarn, Chain 13


Row 1: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (12 stitches)


Row 2: INC, SC in the next 10 stitches, INC, chain 1 (14 stitches)


Row 3: INC, SC in the next 12 stitches, INC, chain 1 (16 stitches)


Row 4: INC, SC in the next 14 stitches, INC, chain 1 (18 stitches)


Rows 5-8: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (18 stitches)


Row 9: DEC, SC in the next 16 stitches, chain 1 (17 stitches)


Row 10: DEC, SC in the next 15 stitches, chain 1 (16 stitches)


Row 11: DEC, SC in the next 14 stitches, chain 1 (15 stitches)


Row 12: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (15 stitches)


Row 13: SC in the first 13 stitches, DEC, chain 1 (14 stitches)


Row 14: SC in the first 12 stitches, DEC, chain 1 (13 stitches)


Row 15: SC in the first 11 stitches, DEC, chain 1 (12 stitches)


Row 16: SC in the first 10 stitches, DEC, chain 1 (11 stitches)


Row 17: SC in the first 9 stitches, DEC, chain 1 (10 stitches)


Row 18: DEC, SC in the next 6 stitches, DEC, chain 1 (8 stitches)


Tie off and pull through the chain 1 to secure.


Weave in and trim ends.


Reindeer Nose:

With red yarn,


Round 1: In a magic circle, SC 12, pull tight (12 stitches)


Round 2: There will be two stitches in each stitch around except the last, grouped together below with parenthesis.

(slip stitch, SC)

(HDC, DC)

(TC, TC)

(TC, TC)

(DC, HDC)

(SC, slip stitch)


this makes one half of the nose; then, we repeat for the second half


(slip stitch, SC)

(HDC, DC)

(TC, TC)

(TC, TC)

(DC, HDC)

(SC)


Slip stitch into the first stitch of the round instead of the same stitch you just SC in.


Chain 1, tie off with a long tail.


Pull through the chain stitch to secure.


Set aside.



Reindeer Ears (Make 2 per Ear):

With light brown yarn, chain 6


Row 1: slip stitch, SC, HDC, HDC, 4 HDC in the last stitch (turning as you go)


Then continue up the other side of your chain stitches:


Row 2: HDC, HDC, SC, slip stitch


Chain 1, tie off with a short tail pulling through the chain stitch to secure.


Ear Assembly:

Line up the two sides of your ears and join them together with a row of SC beginning at the bottom of the ears.


At the top of the ear where it comes to a slight point, chain 1 in between the top two stitches.


You can use polyfil for a little stuffing, or the tails from both sides of the ears.


When you've completed the last stitch, slip stitch into the first SC of the join to complete, chain 1 and tie off with a long tail pulling through the chain stitch to secure.


Set aside.

The cuddliest red-nosed companion, the crochet reindeer cuddler is a great gift idea!

Reindeer Antlers (Make 2)

(Magic Circle Option/Recommended):


Little Antler

With dark brown yarn,


Round 1: In a magic circle, SC 4, pull tight (4 stitches)


Rounds 2-3: SC 4 (4 stitches)


I had to trim off the short tail to see what I was doing :)


Chain 1, tie off with a medium tail pulling through the chain stitch to secure.


Set aside.


Big Antler

Round 1: In a magic circle, SC 4, pull tight (4 stitches)


Rounds 2-4: SC 4 (4 stitches)


I had to trim off the short tail to see what I was doing :)


Round 5: Without tying off, SC into the last stitch of the round on the little antler and insert a stitch marker, continue to SC around both antlers until you reach the stitch marker again (8 stitches)


Keep the medium tail from the little antler accessible through the bottom.


Rounds 6-7: SC in each stitch around (8 stitches)


Chain 1, tie off with a long tail.


You can see there is a little bit of a hole in between the antlers where we joined them together. Using your yarn needle and the tail from the short antler, insert the needle through the bottom and out through the top placing a few small stitches to close up the hole. Then run the leftover yarn back out through the base of the antlers.


Set aside.



Reindeer Antlers (Make 2 per Antler)

(Non-Magic Circle Option):


With light brown yarn, Chain 3


Rows 1-3: SC 2, chain 1 (2 stitches)


At the end of row 3: chain 5, SC 4 stitches down the chain and slip stitch into the center stitch of the left side of rows 1-3 we just created. You can tell the yarn 'wants' to go down that side naturally.


Chain 4, SC 3 down the chain, slip stitch into the last stitch on that side, and slip stitch in the next.


You're now at the bottom where your chain stitches from the beginning are and you're going to SC in those two base chain stitches, chain 1 and tie off pulling through that chain to secure (this cleans up the edge of the bottom of the antler base).


Line up two of these and stitch together using your yarn needle.



Crochet Reindeer Cuddler Assembly:

  • To assemble the face, use a yarn needle and the long red tail to attach the nose to the front panel.

  • Attach the safety eyes.

  • Line up both sides of the base panels (making sure the face is on the outside).

  • Join the front and back together with a round of single crochet.

  • Be sure to add your stuffing before closing entirely and tying off.

  • Using a tapestry needle and the long tails, attach the ears and antlers.

  • Tie off, weave in and trim any excess yarn.

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Signature - Heather Corinne






OTHER FREE CHRISTMAS PATTERNS:

Other Free Christmas Patterns:

Gingerbread Man / Christmas Tree Cozy / Christmas Tree Cuddler


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