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Crochet Reindeer Cozy

The Crochet Reindeer Cozy is a beginner friendly free crochet pattern that makes a great holiday gift idea! Full pattern and video tutorial below.

Two images of the Crochet Reindeer Cozy. Left: displayed on an iced coffee mug. Right: Laying flat on a counter. The yarn colors are red, light brown and dark brown.
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Pattern Design + Construction:

This festive crochet pattern is quick and beginner friendly! I really enjoy the simplicity of this design, using only a few elements to create a little reindeer. It's an absolutely adorable Christmas gift idea to add some cheer to your favorite mug.


Images of the Crochet Reindeer Cozy displayed on a reusable mug. The yarn colors are red, light brown and dark brown.

The Reindeer Cozy is great for beginners since it uses only the single crochet stitch and one color change for the base. The antlers and nose are crocheted separately and stitched on using a tapestry needle. The cozy is then seamed together using a tapestry needle.


This pattern is designed to fit a 16-20 oz. Starbucks travel mug, but another great feature is the cozy base can be adjusted to fit your mug of choice (details further down). The finished Crochet Reindeer Cozy measures approximately 3.5" tall by 4.75" wide when lying flat.


Pin this Crochet Reindeer Cozy Free Pattern to your crochet board on Pinterest for later!

Images of the Crochet Reindeer Cozy displayed on a reusable mug. The yarn colors are red, light brown and dark brown.  The text reads Crochet Reindeer Cozy free pattern + video tutorial.




Yarn:

This free crochet pattern is created using medium Worsted Weight (4) Yarn. I really enjoy designing projects using worsted weight yarn since it wears well while also being soft. It's the weight of yarn I consistently have on hand in a variety of colors. Below I've listed the specific brands and colors I've used, but you could easily substitute worsted weight as long as the ounces per gram are similar!


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

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

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

Red Heart Super Saver worsted weight yarn in the color Café Latte.

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Stitches/Techniques:

This pattern is written in US crochet terminology.

  • Chain

  • SC - Single Crochet

  • Slip Stitch

  • Magic Circle

  • INC - Single Crochet Increase

  • DEC - Single Crochet Decrease

  • *repeat until the end of the round

(If you'd like to skip the magic circle nose, you could easily use a large red button or felt instead)


Crochet Reindeer Cozy - Free Pattern

Images of the Crochet Reindeer Cozy displayed on a reusable mug. The yarn colors are red, light brown and dark brown.

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To follow along with the video tutorial: CLICK HERE



Mug Size Adjustment

This pattern is designed to fit a Grande 16 oz. Starbucks travel mug (but I can also fit it on a venti). However, you can easily adjust your chain stitch amount on the base of the coffee cozy pattern to fit the mug of your choice! You'll chain the amount that fits perfectly around your mug + 1 chain stitch. For instance, if 32 stitches fit perfectly around your mug you will chain 33 and each row will be 32 stitches.

Images of the Crochet Reindeer Cozy displayed on a reusable mug. The yarn colors are red, light brown and dark brown.



Reindeer Cozy Base:

With light brown yarn, chain 35


Rows 1-7: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (34 stitches)

on the last stitch of the 7th row, switch to red yarn; leave a long brown tail


Rows 8-14: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (34 stitches)


Tie off with a long red tail.


Rows 1-14 laying flat in a rectangle for the Crochet Reindeer Cozy.



Reindeer Antlers:

  • With dark brown yarn, chain 7

(This gives us 6 working chains and the 7th is for the turn; so your first stitch will be in the 2nd chain from the hook)

  • Slip stitch in the first 3 chains

  • Chain 3 more

  • Slip stitch into the first 2 chains

  • Slip stitch into the last 3 chains of the original base chain.

Detailed instructions for how to crochet the reindeer antlers.

In order to have the antlers symmetrical on the cozy, I turned the right side around backwards.

The completed crochet antlers for the Reindeer Cozy laying flat on a counter.



Reindeer Nose:

With red yarn,

Round 1: In a magic circle, SC 6 (6 stitches)


Round 2: INC in each stitch (12 stitches)


Round 3: SC in each stitch (12 stitches)


Round 4: DEC, SC in the next stitch* (8 stitches)


Slip stitch into the first stitch of the round.


Tie off with a long tail.


I used the beginning tail as stuffing, but you could easily add polyfil or some scrap yarn if you'd like.


The red reindeer nose laying flat on a counter.

Reindeer Cozy Assembly:

Using the long tails and a tapestry needle, attach the antlers and nose to the cozy base. There are 5 stitches in between the antlers and I centered the nose beneath them. Tie off on the back side and trim any excess yarn.


Image displaying the crochet antlers on the Reindeer Cozy.


Image showing the crochet nose on the Reindeer cozy.

Invisible Seam

  • Fold the coffee cozy with the wrong side facing out (nose on the inside) and line up the rough edges.

  • Using a tapestry needle and the long cozy tails, stitch the rough ends together. You can use a whip stitch, or a simple back and forth stitch. Pay close attention to the top and bottom of the join to ensure it won't pull apart when stretched over the mug.

  • Tie off toward the center and weave in the loose ends.

  • Trim any excess yarn.

  • Turn right side out.

Image of whip stitching the seam together on the Crochet Reindeer cozy.


The completed Crochet Reindeer Cozy laying flat on a counter. The yarn colors are red, light brown and dark brown.

I'd love to see your creations! Tag me on Instagram @heathercorinne_ or Facebook @heathercorinnecrochets


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Three images of more free Christmas crochet patterns. Left to right: Christmas Tree Garland, Christmas Tree Cozy, Mini Christmas Wreath Cozy

(You're welcome to make and sell items using my patterns but do not use my pattern or pictures and claim them as your own. Clearly credit the design to me and provide a link back to my pattern. Personal Use Only. ©2022 Heather Corinne)

4 Comments


Sarah Mitchell
Sarah Mitchell
Oct 25, 2023

I see this says "free" but I don't see a free template! Where do I find that?!?

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Heather Corinne
Heather Corinne
Nov 07, 2023
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Hey there! The pattern is free here on my blog on this post. The paid printable version is available in my Etsy shop.

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Janet Buzick
Janet Buzick
Oct 13, 2023

Love the easy cozy patterns, can't wait to start them for Christmas. Do you have a pattern for a cow one?

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Heather Corinne
Heather Corinne
Nov 07, 2023
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Thank you! I don't currently have a cow cozy, but I do have cow cuddle buddies :)

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