Crochet Santa Ornament – Free Pattern

This year, I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in a lovely ornament exchange hosted by Amy at One Artsy Mama. It was so exciting because I have never participated any kind of exchange before. I was even more excited when I got Amy, herself. I love her blog and admire her greatly so it was a true honor to make an ornament for her. Since I am a crocheter and so is Amy, I decided to make a crocheted ornament. Plus, I wouldn’t be worried about it breaking or being damaged in transit. I came up with this crocheted Santa Claus ornament. I’m glad to say that Amy loved it and so did her adorable little man =) After sending it to her, I figured, why not share it with you all so you can make one as well. The pattern is an intermediate pattern. I hope you enjoy it and make one for your Christmas tree!
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Crochet Santa Ornament

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Skill Level:

Experienced

Materials:

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Abbreviations:

ch – chain
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
sc – single crochet
sc dec – single crochet decrease
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
yo – yarn over
() – indicates stitch counts
* – indicates instructions to be repeated

Notes:

  • This pattern is written in US terms.
  • All stitches are worked through both loops unless otherwise noted.
  • For rounds 10-12, if you don’t want to cut the yarn and have to weave too many ends, you can use the carry along method listed in the tutorial section below.
  • This pattern uses safety eyes. If you do not feel comfortable using safety eyes, you can embroider the eyes using yarn or embroidery floss.

Special Stitches:

Bobble Stitch:

  • yo, insert into designated st
  • pull up a loop
  • yo, pull through 2 loops
  • yo, insert into same st
  • pull up a loop
  • yo, pull through 2 loops
  • yo, insert hook into same st
  • pull up a loop
  • yo, pull through all four loops on hook
  • yo and lock the bobble st with a ch

Tutorials:

Magic Circle (Magic Ring)
Carry Along Method
Double Loop Stitch

Instructions:

Santa’s Body:

Magic Circle, ch 1.
Round 1: 6 sc into magic circle, join in beginning sc with a sl st. (6)
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc into each st around, join in beginning sc with a sl st. (12)
Round 3: Ch 1, *2 sc into first st, 1 sc into next st.** Repeat from * to ** around, join in beginning sc with a sl st. (18)
Round 4: Ch 1, *2 sc into first st, 1 sc into the next 2 sts.** Repeat from * to ** around, join in beginning sc with a sl st (24)
Round 5: Ch 1, *2 sc into first st, 1 sc into the next 3 sts.** Repeat from * to ** around, join in beginning sc with a sl st (30)
Round 6: Ch 1, *2 sc into first st, 1 sc into the next 4 sts.** Repeat from * to ** around, join in beginning sc with a sl st (36)
Round 7-9: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join in beginning sc with a sl st. (36)

Change to black yarn in last yarn over of last stitch.

Round 10: Ch 1, sc into the next 16 sts, change to mustard yarn, sc in the next 4 sts, change back to black yarn, sc into the next 16 sts, join in beginning sc with a sl st. (36)
Round 11: Ch 1, sc into the next 16 sts, change to mustard yarn, sc in the next st, change back to black yarn, sc into each of the next to sts, change to mustard, sc in next st, change to black, sc in each of the next 16 sts, join in beginning sc with a sl st (36)
Round 12: Ch 1, sc into each of the next 16 sts, change to mustard, sc into each of the next 4 sts, change to black, sc into each of the next 16 sts, join in beginning sc with a sl st. (36)

Change to red in last yarn over of last st.

Round 13: Ch 1, *sc into each of the next 4 sts, sc dec** Repeat from * to ** around, join in beginning sc with a sl st.(30)
Round 14: Ch 1, *sc into each of the next 3 sts, sc dec** Repeat from * to ** around, join in beginning sc with a sl st. (24)

Change to white yarn in last yarn over of last st.

Round 15: Double loop stitch (see tutorial listed above) in each st around. (24)

Change to tea rose in last yarn over of last st

Round 16: *sc into each of the next 2 sts, sc dec** Repeat from * to ** around, join in beginning sc with a sl st. (18)
Round 17: Ch 1, sc into each of the next 9 sts, bobble st in the next st, sc into each of the next 8 sts, join in beginning sc with a sl st.
Round 18: Ch 1, *sc in the next st, sc dec** Repeat from * to ** around (12)

At this point, start stuffing your ornament with the fiber fill. You want it to be firm because the fiber fill will flatten over time. Add safety eyes.

Round 19: Ch 1, sc dec around. Fasten off, weave ends. (6)

Santa’s Hat:

Magic Circle, ch 2.
Round 1: 3 dc into the magic circle, join in beginning dc with a sl st. (3)
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc in each st around,  join in beginning hdc with a sl st. (6)
Round 3: Ch 1, *1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st** Repeat from * to ** around, join in beginning hdc with a sl st. (9)
Round 4: Ch 1, *1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st** Repeat from * to ** around, join in beginning hdc with a sl st. (12)
Round 5: Ch 1, *1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st** Repeat from * to ** around, join in beginning hdc with a sl st. (15)
Round 6: Ch 1, *1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st** Repeat from * to ** around, join in beginning hdc with a sl st. (18)
Round 7: Ch 1, sc into each st around, join in beginning sc with a sl st. (18)

Change to white yarn.

Round 8: Working on the wrong side, 2 hdc in each st around, join in beginning hdc with a sl st.(36)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Hat Pom-Pom:
Magic Circle, ch 2.
Round 1: 4 dc into magic circle, join in beginning dc with a sl st. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Assembly:

  • Attach pom-pom to the top of the hat using the long tail and yarn needle.
  • Attach the 3″ piece of ribbon onto the back of your hat by slipping it in between a couple of stitches and tying a knot on the inside.
  • Sew hat onto body.
And there you have it…a cute and handmade ornament for your tree. They make the perfect gift and will last for years to come. Happy Holidays!

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24 Comments

    1. Hi Jenny! There are several ways of working rounds in crochet. I chose to join because it is easier for some of my beginner crocheter readers to understand. You can always work in a continuous round if you rather do it that way 🙂

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  2. Help please.

    I’m making this ornament and when doing the Loopy beard I ended up with the beard on the wrong side. I tried ch1 and turn and then did the beard but had the red yarn showing. Please help.

    Xeng

    1. Nevermind. I figured it out. I did one row of white and then ch 1 and turned then did the loopy beard. That corrected the beard from ending up on the wrong side. 🙂

  3. How did you get the beard to look that way? When I follow the tutorial for the double loop stitch I end up seeing red from the previous row between each stitch. on the wrong side of the work it comes out clean but I couldn’t figure out how to have the loops and the clean look of the stitch on the same side of the work.

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