Do you love creating quick, easy and cite crochet decorations for the festive season like me? I’m excited to share my next design in my new collection of bauble patterns with you – a crochet reindeer decoration!
This one has a few little reindeer faces on it and a little pop of colour for the nose which you can make as big as you like!
Made in rounds it uses split crochet stitches at the bottom and top then single crochet in the back loop only for the tapestry section. You can either pop a ready made bauble in it like I have or stuff it to create the shape.
Scroll down to find a free version of the pattern to view, or purchase an ad-free, printable PDF Ebook of all 21 bauble patterns with charts and written colour block changes in the collection here:
More about the reindeer crochet decoration pattern
The bauble pattern collection has 21 different designs and so a great mix of styles in it! Some have repeating geometric patterns, some have images like this one and others have words.
Whilst designing them I asked our youngest son Oliver what he would like on his and he said ‘reindeer!’ and so of course, that’s what he got!
You can make yours in any colour you like to match your theme. Oliver chose these for me and of course the red nose!
More about tapestry crochet baubles
I designed 7 tapestry crochet bauble patterns in all (along with 7 Fair Isle and 7 mosaic ones) and love all of them!
Tapestry crochet is such a great technique that only uses beginner stitches in a really easy way to create awesome patterns and images on your work.
The only stitch you’ll need to know for the tapestry section of the baubles is a single crochet stitch worked in the back loop only.
Here are the other baubles in the collection to show you how fun the technique can be!
Bauble-ing Crochet Along 5th – 22nd December 2022
I am thrilled to be hosting a crochet along between the 5th and 22nd December 2022 where we can all get bauble-ing together and share in our joy of crochet in the lead up to the festive period.
It would be so wonderful to have you join!
There are 3 options for accessing the patterns depending on what you prefer –
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You can find details of all the crochet bauble patterns here.
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To make my version of the baubles I used Color Theory yarn, 100% acrylic, 246yds/100g, Category #4 weight.
Each bauble uses approx 20g of yarn (50yds) if you’d like to raid your stash!
For the whole collection of baubles I used the following colours:
3 balls of Ivory
1 ball each of Nutmeg, Canyon, Raisin, Satellite, Dijon, Caper, Stonewash and Thunder
Here are some that I think would work really well for this pattern in various price ranges:
- Lion Brand Heartland:100% acrylic; 252yds, 230m/140g
- Sirdar Country Classic Worsted: 50% wool, 50% acrylic; 218yds, 200m/100g
- Swish Worsted by WeCrochet: 100% superwash merino wool, 110yds, 100m/50g
Tension and Sizing
My baubles cover an 8cm/3.15″ plastic bauble with slight negative ease.
Tension isn’t essential for this project so just make sure to match up the Base to your bauble so that you know it will fit before working the main body.
If you are going to stuff your baubles then you don’t need to worry about tension at all and they can be as big or small as you like 🙂
Along with your yarn, you will need the following:
- A 2.75mm(C) crochet hook- my favourites are Clover Soft Touch or Furls Odyssey (use HANJAN15 to save 15%)
- 8cm/3.15″ plastic baubles available here in a pack of 24: Fillable plastic baubles
- Alternatively, you could cover existing baubles that you have at home.
- You could also use Fibre Fill to stuff them or scraps of yarn ends! You just need to make sure to stuff them really full to get a good shape.
- Pair of sharp scissors
- Ribbon for hanging
You can watch a video tutorial for the tapestry crochet bauble technique here:
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Glossary and Abbreviations
ch(s) – chain(s)
sp – space
ss – slip stitch
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
sk – skip
rep – repeat
yoh – yarn over hook
blo – back loop only
flo – front loop only
rem – remaining
tog – together
The stitches used in the baubles are as follows:
sc – single crochet (UK dc – double crochet)
exsc – extended single crochet (UK exdc – extended double crochet)
The baubles use basic stitches but worked in perhaps a new way. It’s great fun and not much of a change to create something really different!
Extended split single crochet
Insert hook into the centre (between the ‘legs’) of stitch. Yarn over and pull through a loop. Yarn over and pull through one loop on the hook. Yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook.
Extended split single crochet 2 together
Insert hook into the centre (between the ‘legs’) of stitch. Yarn over and pull through a loop. Yarn over and pull through one loop on the hook. Insert hook into the centre (between the ‘legs’) of next stitch. Yarn over and pull through a loop. Yarn over and pull through one loop on the hook. Yarn over and pull through all loops on the hook.
Single crochet in the back loop only
Insert hook into back loop of next stitch. Yarn over and pull through a loop. Yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook.
The Tapestry baubles are worked in continuous rounds with increases until Round 7, a set amount of 42 sts until Round 17 and then decreases until Round 22 to complete.
Always change yarn on the the last ‘yarn over and pull through’ when you need to change colour.
All stitches in the Tapestry Section are worked as back loop only (blo) single crochet.
Carrying your colours across the back of the work is a great idea! These are known as ‘floats’. make sure to catch your floats regularly in long sections that don’t use that colour to avoid them pulling too tight.
A ch1 at the beginning of a Round does not count as a stitch.
The pattern is written in standard US crochet terms.
Reindeer Crochet Bauble Pattern
US Crochet Terminology
Using 3 colours of your choice: A, B and C. I used A: Thunder, B: Ivory, C: Canyon.
Work all stitches as split Exsc in this section using B.
Make a magic ring.
Round 1: 6 Exsc into the ring .
Round 2: 2 split Exsc into each stitch around .
Round 3: * split Exsc in next st, 2 split Exsc in next st; rep from * around .
Round 4: * split Exsc in next 2 sts, 2 split Exsc in next st; rep from * around .
Round 5: * split Exsc in next 3 sts, 2 split Exsc in next st; rep from * around .
Round 6: * split Exsc in next 4 sts, 2 split Exsc in next st; rep from * around .
To download your basic chart all you need to do is click on the button below that says ‘DOWNLOAD THE CHART’
The PDF will open up in another tab for you and you can save it to your device however you would normally with a download and then print it off too if you would like.
Work all stitches as sc in blo in this section working colour changes as follows.
At the end of each Round ss in 1st st to join.
At the beginning of each Round ch1 to begin (this does not count as a st).
Round 7: (A) sc in blo next 5 sts, 2sc in blo next st; rep from * around 
Round 8: (A) x 2, (B) x 3, (A) x 11, (B) x 3, (A) x 11, (B) x 3, (A) x 9
Round 9: (A) x 1, (B) x 5, (A) x 9, (B) x 5, (A) x 9, (B) x 5, (A) x 8
Round 10: (A) x 1, (B) x 2, (C) x 1, (B) x 2, (A) x 9, (B) x 2, (C) x 1, (B) x 2, (A) x 9, (B) x 2, (C) x 1, (B) x 2, (A) x 8
Round 11: (A) x 1, (B) x 5, (A) x 9, (B) x 5, (A) x 9, (B) x 5, (A) x 8
Round 12: (A) x 1, (B) x 5, (A) x 9, (B) x 5, (A) x 9, (B) x 5, (A) x 8
Round 13: (A) x 1, (B) x 5, (A) x 9, (B) x 5, (A) x 9, (B) x 5, (A) x 8
Round 14: (A) x 2, (B) x 3, (A) x 11, (B) x 3, (A) x 11, (B) x 3, (A) x 9
Round 15: (A) x 2, (B) x 1, (A) x 1, (B) x 1, (A) x 11, (B) x 1, (A) x 1, (B) x 1, (A) x 11, (B) x 1, (A) x 1, (B) x 1, (A) x 9
Round 16: (A) x 1, (B) x 1, (A) x 3, (B) x 1, (A) x 9, (B) x 1, (A) x 3, (B) x 1, (A) x 9, (B) x 1, (A) x 3, (B) x 1, (A) x 8
Round 17: (B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, (A) x 7, (B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, (A) x 7, (B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, (A) x 7
Before making the Top, weave in ends and insert the bauble into the cover. Work the remaining rounds with the bauble in place. If your bauble has a removable cap then taking it off at this point could be helpful.
Round 18: using B * Exsc in blo in next 5 sts, Exsc2tog in blo over next 2 sts; rep from * around .
Work all stitches as split Exsc in this section using B.
Work all stitches from now on as split Exsc.
Round 19: * split Exsc in next 4 sts, split Exsc2tog over next 2 sts; rep from * around .
Round 20: * split Exsc in next 3 sts, split Exsc2tog over next 2 sts; rep from * around .
Round 21: * split Exsc in next 2 sts, split Exsc2tog over next 2 sts; rep from * around .
Round 22: * split Exsc in next st, split Exsc2tog over next 2 sts; rep from * around .
Weave in ends and add a ribbon to hang if desired.
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Thursday 22nd of December 2022
Thank you so much for such a wonderful cal! Looking forward to your projects on the year 2023! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!