CROCHET: Reindeer Cuddle Buddy (Christmas Crochet Project)

Updated: Feb 5

Hello, hi & welcome back! I'm so excited to share my Reindeer Cuddle Buddy Crochet Pattern with you! He is the cuddliest companion for the holidays and sure to bring some holiday cheer. He is also a great photo prop for little ones. His favorite snack is marshmallows and he loves the movie ELF.


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Stitches:

  • Chain

  • SC - Single Crochet

  • DC - Double Crochet

  • TC - Triple Crochet

  • HDC - Half Double Crochet

  • Slip Stitch

  • Magic Circle

* indicates repeat until the end of the round.






Reindeer Face - Base (Make 2):

With Brown, Chain 13

Row 1: SC 12, chain 1 (12 stitches)

Row 2: 2 SC in the first stitch, SC in the next 10 stitches, 2 SC in the last stitch, chain 1 (14 stitches)

Row 3: 2 SC in the first stitch, SC in the next 12 stitches, 2 SC in the last stitch, chain 1 (16 stitches)

Row 4: 2 SC in the first stitch, SC in the next 14 stitches, 2 SC in the last stitch, chain 1 (18 stitches)

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

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

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

Row 11: SC 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, SC dec, chain 1 (14 stitches)

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

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

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

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

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

Tie off and pull through the chain 1 to secure.




Nose:

Round 1: With red yarn 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.



Ears (Make 2 per Ear):

With brown, 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.





Antlers (Magic Circle Option/Recommended):

(Make 2)


Little Antler

With dark brown

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 for joining to the head.



Antlers (Non-Magic Circle Option):

(Make 4)

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.


Assembly:


To assemble the face, use your yarn needle and the long red tail to attach the nose.

Next, insert the safety eyes.


Line up both sides of the face and join with a row of SC, adding stuffing before closing completely.


Using your yarn needle and the long tails, attach the ears and antlers.


Tie off and weave in any loose ends.

I hope you have enjoyed creating with me!

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