Clarice the Reindeer – Free Crochet Pattern

It just isn’t Christmas without Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer…and you simply can’t have Rudolph without Clarice!

Clarice is a sweet reindeer whose bright red bow and smile are sure to light up your holiday season.

She’s a cuddly, huggable reindeer who stands about 12 inches tall. Rudolph stands about 14 inches tall, and together they make quite a pair. If you haven’t made Rudolph yet, you can find the pattern for him here. For my Clarice, the yarn I used was slightly lighter weight than what I used for Rudolph, so she naturally came out smaller. You could use the same weight of yarn and the same hook, and leave out a repeat or two in the body, neck, and legs if you wanted to adjust her size in that way. Otherwise, go down a size and make Clarice using a size F hook.

Though I have not had any official pattern testers for Clarice, she is based on the same pattern as my Rudolph, and several people have emailed pictures of their finished Rudolphs to me. If you make either of these happy reindeer, I would love to see your work!

Happy crocheting!

Abbreviations used:
sc – single crochet
dec 2 tog – decrease two together (sometimes called sc2tog)
F/O – fasten off
dec 3 tog – decrease three together (sometimes called sc3tog)

Supplies needed:
Yarn in the following colors: light brown, red, off-white, black, and white
Fiberfill
Yarn needle
Scissors
G hook (4.0 mm) (or F if you want to adjust your size that way)

Head – make 1, starting w/ light brown
1. 6 sc in ring (6)
2. 2 sc in ea around (12)
3. 2 sc in ea around (24)
4. *1 sc, 2 sc* around (36)
5. 1 sc in ea around (36)
6. *1 sc in 2, 2 sc* around (48)
7. 1 sc in ea around (48)
8. 1 sc in ea around (48)
Repeat row 8 (9  times)
18. *1 sc in 2, dec 2 tog* around (36)
19. 1 sc in ea around (36)
20. 1 sc in ea around (36)
21. 1 sc in 18, *1 sc in 1, dec 2 tog* 6 times (30)
22. 1 sc in ea around (30)
23. 1 sc in 15, *1 sc, dec 2 tog* 5 times (25)
24. 1 sc in ea around (25)
25. *1 sc in 3, dec 2 tog* around (20)
26. 1 sc in ea around (20)
27. 1 sc in ea around (20)
28. 1 sc in ea around (20)
29. *1 sc in 2, dec 2 tog* around (15)
30. *1 sc, dec 2 tog* around (10)
31. *dec 2 tog* around (5)
weave end thru 5, pull tight & F/O
weave in ends

Nose – make 1 in black
1. ch 5, turn, sc in ea across (4), turn
2. sc in next 4, make 2 sc evenly along side of nose shape, sc in next 4 on the other side of the nose, 2 sc evenly along remaining side of nose. F/O

Body – make 1 in light brown
1. 6 sc in ring (6)
2. 2 sc in ea around (12)
3. 2 sc in ea around (24)
4. *1 sc, 2 sc* around (36)
5. 1 sc in ea around (36)
6. *1 sc in 2, 2 sc* around (48)
7. 1 sc in ea around (48)
Repeat round 7 (29 times)
37. *1 sc in 2, dec 2 tog* around (36)
38. *1 sc, dec 2 tog* around (24)
39. *dec 2 tog* around (12)
40. *dec 2 tog* around (6)
weave end thru 6. pull tight. F/O

Belly – make 1 in off-white
**Note: with amigurumi, I prefer not to chain when I turn. This creates a straighter edge, which makes for neat assembly
1. Ch. 7, turn, sc in ea (6), turn
2. 2 sc, sc in 4, 2 sc, turn (8)
3. 2 sc, sc in 6, 2 sc, turn (10)
4. 2 sc, sc in 8, 2 sc, turn (12)
5. sc in ea across, turn (12)
Repeat round 5 until piece is long enough to go under body
– dec 2 tog, sc in 8, dec 2 tog (10)
– dec 2 tog, sc in 6, dec 2 tog (8)
– dec 2 tog, sc in 4, dec 2 tog (6)
– *dec 2 tog* three times (3)
– dec 3 tog F/O

Neck – make 1 in light brown
1. Ch. 30, sl st to join (30)
2. sc in ea around (30)
Repeat round 2 (8 times)  F/O

Ears – make 4 in light brown
1. Ch. 9, turn, sc in ea, turn (8)
2. sc in ea across, turn (8)
3. 2 sc, sc in 6, 2 sc, turn (10)
4. dec 2 tog, sc in 6, dec 2 tog, turn (8)
5. sc in ea across, turn (8)
6. dec 2 tog, sc, dec 2 tog, sc, dec 2 tog, turn (5)
7. sc in ea, turn (5)
8. dec 2 tog, sc, dec 2 tog, turn (3)
9. dec 3 tog, F/O

**Note for assembly:  Each ear is made up of two ear piece stitched together

Tail – make 2 in off-white
1. Ch. 9, turn, sc in ea, turn (8)
2. sc in ea, turn (8)
3. 2 sc, sc in 6, 2 sc, turn (10)
4. dec 2 tog, sc in 6, dec 2 tog, turn (8)
5. sc in ea across, turn (8)
6. dec 2 tog, sc, dec 2 tog, sc, dec 2 tog, turn (5)
7. sc in ea across, turn (5)
8. dec 2 tog, sc, dec 2 tog, turn (3)
9. dec 3 tog, F/o

Top of Tail – make 1 in light brown
1. Ch. 6, turn, sc in ea, turn (5)
2. sc in ea, turn (5)
3. sc in ea, turn (5)
4. sc in ea, turn (5)
5. dec 2 tog, sc in 1, dec 2 tog (3)
6. dec 3 tog, F/O

Legs – starting w/ black
1. 6 sc in ring (6)
2. 2 sc in ea (12)
3. 2 sc in ea (24)
4. BLO – sc around (24)
5. sc in ea around (24), switching to off-white
6. sc in ea around (24)
Repeat round 6 (24), switching to orangish-brown
8. sc in ea around (24)
Repeat round 8 – 2 times (24)
11. *sc in 4, dec 2 tog* 4 times (20)
12. sc in ea around (20)
Repeat round 12 – 20 times
33. *sc in 2, dec 2 tog* around (15)
34. 1 sc around
35. *sc in 1, dec 2 tog* around (10)
36. *dec 2 tog* around (5)
Weave end thru 5 and pull tight, F/O

Neck Fluff – make 1 in off-white
1. Ch. 8, turn and sc in 7 down (7), turn
2. sc in ea (7), turn
3. 2 sc, sc in 5, 2 sc (9), turn
4. sc across (9), turn
5. dec 2 tog, sc in 5, dec 2 tog (7), turn
6. dec 2 tog, sc in 3, dec 2 tog (5), turn
F/O

Muzzle – make 1 in off-white
1. ch 11, turn, sc in ea across (10), turn
2. sc in ea (10), turn
Repeat row 2 four more times F/O

Eyes – make 2, beginning with black and switching to white at round 3
1. with black, 6 sc in ring (6)
2. continuing to work in the round, 1 sc, 2 sc, 2 sc, 1 sc, dec 2 tog (5) F/O
3. join white at rounded end of pupil (as shown in pic above)

Note: For a 3-D look, I stitch with black around the eyes

Assembly: using the pictures as a guide. Add stuffing to pieces as you go along. 


For the bow, I used the tutorial over at Craftiness Is Not Optional. I did not glue the ends together. I stitched them together with my yarn needle and the tail that was left after crocheting the piece. With white, I stitched on details for the spots on Clarice’s bow.

This pattern is accurate to the best of my knowledge. If you find something that needs corrected, please let me know, and I’m happy to answer any questions if some come up while you are working. If you do decide to make this happy reindeer, please share your pictures. I’d love to see them!

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer- Free Crochet Pattern

…but do you recall the most famous reindeer of all?

It’s Rudolph! Doesn’t he look like he’s ready to guide Santa’s sleigh?

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Not only is this Rudolph cheerful, he’s also quite huggable. He is pretty big, too. From toe to antlers, he measures about 12 inches tall. I crochet pretty tightly, so yours might end up even a little bit bigger. Clarice is made very similarly, and you can find the pattern for her here.

Though this pattern has not had any official testers, several of you have sent me pictures of your finished work. I’m so glad to see that this pattern is working out great for you. If you haven’t shared your pictures with me yet, I’d love to see what you come up with!

Happy crocheting!

Abbreviations used:
sc – single crochet
dec 2 tog – decrease two together (sometimes called sc2tog)
F/O – fasten off
dec 3 tog – decrease three together (sometimes called sc3tog)

Supplies needed:
Yarn in the following colors: orangish-brown, dark brown, red, off-white, black, and white
Fiberfill
Yarn needle
Scissors
G hook (4.0 mm)

Head – make 1, starting w/ orangish-brown
1. 6 sc in ring (6)
2. 2 sc in ea around (12)
3. 2 sc in ea around (24)
4. *1 sc, 2 sc* around (36)
5. 1 sc in ea around (36)
6. *1 sc in 2, 2 sc* around (48)
7. 1 sc in ea around (48)
8. 1 sc in ea around (48)
Repeat row 8 (9  times)
18. *1 sc in 2, dec 2 tog* around (36)
19. 1 sc in ea around (36)
20. 1 sc in ea around (36)
21. 1 sc in 18, *1 sc in 1, dec 2 tog* 6 times (30)
22. 1 sc in ea around (30)
23. 1 sc in 15, *1 sc, dec 2 tog* 5 times (25)
24. 1 sc in ea around (25)
25. *1 sc in 3, dec 2 tog* around (20)
26. 1 sc in ea around (20)
27. 1 sc in ea around (20)
28. 1 sc in ea around (20)
29. *1 sc in 2, dec 2 tog* around (15)
30. *1 sc, dec 2 tog* around (10)
31. *dec 2 tog* around (5)
weave end thru 5, pull tight & F/O
weave in ends

Nose – make 1 in red
1. 6 sc in ring (6)
2. *1 sc, 2 sc* 3 times (9)
3. 1 sc in ea around (9)

Antlers – make 2 in dark brown
1. 6 sc in ring (6)
2. *1 sc, 2 sc* around (9)
3. 1 sc around (9)
Repeat round 3 (1 time)  F/O

Body – make 1 in orangish-brown
1. 6 sc in ring (6)
2. 2 sc in ea around (12)
3. 2 sc in ea around (24)
4. *1 sc, 2 sc* around (36)
5. 1 sc in ea around (36)
6. *1 sc in 2, 2 sc* around (48)
7. 1 sc in ea around (48)
Repeat round 7 (29 times)
37. *1 sc in 2, dec 2 tog* around (36)
38. *1 sc, dec 2 tog* around (24)
39. *dec 2 tog* around (12)
40. *dec 2 tog* around (6)
weave end thru 6. pull tight. F/O

Belly – make 1 in off-white
**Note: with amigurumi, I prefer not to chain when I turn. This creates a straighter edge, which makes for neat assembly
1. Ch. 7, turn, sc in ea (6), turn
2. 2 sc, sc in 4, 2 sc, turn (8)
3. 2 sc, sc in 6, 2 sc, turn (10)
4. 2 sc, sc in 8, 2 sc, turn (12)
5. sc in ea across, turn (12)
Repeat round 5 until piece is long enough to go under body
– dec 2 tog, sc in 8, dec 2 tog (10)
– dec 2 tog, sc in 6, dec 2 tog (8)
– dec 2 tog, sc in 4, dec 2 tog (6)
– *dec 2 tog* three times (3)
– dec 3 tog F/O

Neck – make 1 in orangish-brown
1. Ch. 30, sl st to join (30)
2. sc in ea around (30)
Repeat round 2 (8 times)  F/O

Ears – make 4 in orangish-brown
1. Ch. 9, turn, sc in ea, turn (8)
2. sc in ea across, turn (8)
3. 2 sc, sc in 6, 2 sc, turn (10)
4. dec 2 tog, sc in 6, dec 2 tog, turn (8)
5. sc in ea across, turn (8)
6. dec 2 tog, sc, dec 2 tog, sc, dec 2 tog, turn (5)
7. sc in ea, turn (5)
8. dec 2 tog, sc, dec 2 tog, turn (3)
9. dec 3 tog, F/O

**Note for assembly:  Each ear is made up of two ear piece stitched together

Inside of Ear – make 2 in off-white
1. Ch. 6, turn sc in ea, turn (5)
2. sc in ea, turn (5)
3. dec 2 tog, sc in 1, dec 2 tog (3)
4. dec 3 tog, F/O

Tail – make 2 in off-white
1. Ch. 9, turn, sc in ea, turn (8)
2. sc in ea, turn (8)
3. 2 sc, sc in 6, 2 sc, turn (10)
4. dec 2 tog, sc in 6, dec 2 tog, turn (8)
5. sc in ea across, turn (8)
6. dec 2 tog, sc, dec 2 tog, sc, dec 2 tog, turn (5)
7. sc in ea across, turn (5)
8. dec 2 tog, sc, dec 2 tog, turn (3)
9. dec 3 tog, F/o

Top of Tail – make 1 in orangish-brown
1. Ch. 6, turn, sc in ea, turn (5)
2. sc in ea, turn (5)
3. sc in ea, turn (5)
4. sc in ea, turn (5)
5. dec 2 tog, sc in 1, dec 2 tog (3)
6. dec 3 tog, F/O

Legs – starting w/ black
1. 6 sc in ring (6)
2. 2 sc in ea (12)
3. 2 sc in ea (24)
4. BLO – sc around (24)
5. sc in ea around (24), switching to off-white
6. sc in ea around (24)
Repeat round 6 (24), switching to orangish-brown
8. sc in ea around (24)
Repeat round 8 – 2 times (24)
11. *sc in 4, dec 2 tog* 4 times (20)
12. sc in ea around (20)
Repeat round 12 – 20 times
33. *sc in 2, dec 2 tog* around (15)
34. 1 sc around
35. *sc in 1, dec 2 tog* around (10)
36. *dec 2 tog* around (5)
Weave end thru 5 and pull tight, F/O

Neck Fluff – make 1 in off-white
1. Ch. 8, turn and sc in 7 down (7), turn
2. sc in ea (7), turn
3. 2 sc, sc in 5, 2 sc (9), turn
4. sc across (9), turn
5. dec 2 tog, sc in 5, dec 2 tog (7), turn
6. dec 2 tog, sc in 3, dec 2 tog (5), turn
F/O

Muzzle – make 1 in off-white
1. ch. 15, turn, sc in ea across, turn (14)
2. dec 2 tog, sc in 10, dec 2 tog, turn (12)
3. sc in ea, turn (12)
4. dec 2 tog, sc in 8, dec 2 tog, turn (10)
5. sc in ea, turn (10)
6. sc in ea, turn (10
turn to work up side: hdc, dc, hdc, then sc across top

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Eyes – make 2, beginning with black and switching to white at round 3
1. with black, 6 sc in ring (6)
2. continuing to work in the round, 1 sc, 2 sc, 2 sc, 1 sc, dec 2 tog (5) F/O
3. join white at rounded end of pupil (as shown in pic above)

Note: For a 3-D look, I stitch with black around the eyes

Assembly: using the pictures as a guide. Add stuffing to pieces as you go along. 

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This pattern is accurate to the best of my knowledge. If you have any questions or find needed corrections, please feel free to comment. And, if you make this lovable character, I’d love to see your pictures!

Happy crocheting!

Spotted Misfit Elephant – Free Crochet Pattern

How can you not love this sweet, polka-dotted elephant from the classic TV Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?

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I think his spots give him so much character! The finished character measures about 9.5 inches tall.

There are many variations you can try as you make your own spotted elephant, but I chose to crochet my spots, and stitch the toenails on with felt. Some prefer to glue on their felt details, but I’m always afraid they will come off too easily. Feel free to do whatever works best for you.

I’ve made many crochet patterns over the last few years, but I’m relatively new to sharing those patterns with others. I’ve chosen to make my patterns free because free patterns helped me so much as I’ve learned to crochet. I want you to be able to enjoy these patterns without worry about the cost.

Supplies:
*G hook (4.0 mm) – for all pieces of the elephant
*E hook (3.5 mm) – for the spots
*White yarn (worsted weight) – not sure how much, but it did not use an entire skein
*Rosy pink yarn (worsted weight) – enough to make about 18 spots
*2 safety eyes (12 mm)
*Small amount of felt in pink and purple
*Thread to match the pink and purple felt
*Polyester fiberfill, for stuffing
*Assembly materials: scissors, yarn needle, sewing needle

Note: for all pieces worked in the round, do not join at the end of each round

Head – make 1 with white yarn

1. 6 sc in ring (6), do not join (here or in remaining)
2. 2 sc in each around (12)
3. *1 sc in next stitch, 2 sc in next*, repeat around (18)
4. *1 sc in next 2, 2 sc in next*, repeat around (24)
5. *1 sc in next 3, 2 sc in next*, repeat around (30)
6. *1 sc in next 4, 2 sc in next*, repeat around (36)
7. *1 sc in next 5, 2 sc in next*, repeat around (42)
8. *1 sc in next 6, 2 sc in next*, repeat around (48)
9. 1 sc in ea around (48)
10-14. repeat round 9
15. *1 sc in next 7, 2 sc in next*, repeat around (54)
16. 1 sc in ea around (54)
17. 1 sc in ea around (54)
18. *1 sc in next 7, dec2tog*, repeat around (48)
*somewhere in here is a good time to place your safety eyes
19. *1 sc in next 6, dec2tog*, repeat around (42)
20. *1 sc in next, dec2tog*, repeat around (28)
*this is a good point to begin adding stuffing, continue adding it as you go
21. *1 sc in next 2, dec2tog*, repeat around (21)
22. *1 sc in next dec2tog*, repeat around (14)
23. *dec2tog* around (7)

Fasten off, leaving a tail. Make sure head is stuffed firmly. With yarn needle and tail of white yarn, weave through remaining 7 stitches. Pull tight to close. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

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Body – make 1 with white yarn

1. 6 sc in ring (6)
2. 2 sc in ea around (12)
3. 2 sc in ea around (24)
4. *1 sc in next 3, 2 sc in next*, repeat around (30)
5. *1sc in next 4, 2 sc in next*, repeat around (36)
6. *1 sc in next 5, 2 sc in next*, repeat around (42)
7. *1 sc in next 6, 2 sc in next*, repeat around (48)
8. *1 sc in next 7, 2 sc in next*, repeat around (54)
9. 1 sc in ea around (54)
10. *1 sc in next 8, 2 sc in next*, repeat around (60)
11. 1 sc in ea around (60)
12-13. repeat round 11
14. *1 sc in next 8, dec2tog*, repeat around (54)
15. *1 sc in next 7, dec2tog*, repeat around (48)
16. 1 sc in ea around (48)
17-20. repeat round 16
21. *1 sc in next 6, dec2tog*, repeat around (42)
22. 1 sc in ea around (42)
23. *1 sc in next 5, dec2tog*, repeat around (36)
*this is a good place to begin adding some stuffing, continue adding as you go
24. 1 sc in ea around (36)
25. 1 sc in ea around (36)
26. *1 sc in next 4, dec2tog*, repeat around (30)
27. 1 sc in ea around (30)
28. *1 sc in next 3, dec2tog*, repeat around (24)
29. *1 sc in next 2, dec2tog* repeat around (18)
20. 1 sc in ea around (18)
Fasten off. Stuff firmly.

Ears – make 4 with white yarn
Note: I prefer not to chain 1 at the end of my rows for the smooth look it leaves. You are welcome to ch. 1 before turning each row, if you prefer.

1. ch 6, turn, sc in ea across (5), turn
2. 2 sc in next, sc in next 3, 2 sc in last (7), turn
3. 2 sc in next, sc in next 5, 2 sc in last (9), turn
4. 1 sc in ea across (9), turn
5. 1 sc in ea across (9), turn
6. dec2tog, sc in next 5, dec2tog (7), turn
7. 1 sc in ea across (7), turn
8-10. repeat row 7
11. dec2tog, sc in next 3, dec2tog (5), turn
12. 1 sc in ea across (5), turn
13. 1 sc in ea across (5), turn
14. dec2tog, sc in next 1, dec2tog (3), turn, do not fasten off.

Evenly sc around the shape you just made. In the corners, I did 2 sc to help the shape lay flat.

Note: The ears will not be stuffed. In order to put the ears together, take 2 ear shapes, and put together with right sides facing out. Whip stitch shapes together.

Trunk – make 1 with white yarn

1. 6 sc in ring (6), do not join
2. 2 sc in ea around (12)
3. Working in Back Loops Only – 1 sc in ea around (12)
4. Now working through Both Loops again – 1 sc in ea around (12)
5. 1 sc in ea around (12)
6. *1 sc in next, 2 sc in next*, repeat around (18)
7. *1 sc in next 5, 2 sc in next*, repeat around (21)
8. 1 sc in ea around (21)
9-10. repeat round 8
11. Working in Back Loops Only – 1 sc in ea around (21)

Fasten off. Cut small circle out of purple felt. Either glue or stitch the circle at the tip of the trunk, as shown in picture.

Mouth – make 1 with white yarn

1. ch 9, turn. Sl st in ea across (8)

Fasten off. When assembling, position trunk under safety eyes on head, as shown in the picture. Stitch on small piece of pink felt under the trunk where the mouth will go. Beginning by fastening one end of mouth shape to bottom base of trunk, stitch mouth into place around the pink felt you just stitched on.

Arms (or Upper Legs)  – make 2 with white yarn

1. 6 sc in ring (6), do not join.
2. 2 sc in ea around (12)
3. *1 sc in next, 2 sc in next*, repeat around (18)
4. Working in Back Loops Only – 1 sc in ea around (18)
5. Working in Both Loops again – 1 sc in ea around (18)
6-15. repeat round 5
16. *1 sc in next, dec2tog*, repeat around (12)
Fasten off.

Note: For assembly, I stuff the arms, and then pinch them shut and stitch them closed. Then stitch onto the body.

Legs – make 2 with white yarn

1. 6 sc in ring (6), do not join
2. 2 sc in ea around (12)
3. *1 sc in next, 2 sc in next*, repeat around (18)
4. *1 sc in next 2, 2 sc in next*, repeat around (24)
5. Working in Back Loops Only – 1 sc in ea around (24)
6. Working in Both Loops again – 1 sc in ea around (24)
7-13. repeat round 6
14. *1 sc in next 4, dec2tog*, repeat around (20)
Fasten off.

Note: Unlike the upper legs/arms, I do not pinch these shut and sew prior to attaching. Stuff firmly, and stitch onto the body as shown in the picture.

Spots – I made 18 with rosy pink yarn, and using an E hook, you can do more or fewer

1. ch 2, turn
2. 5 sc in last ch from hook (5), begin working in the round
3. 2s in ea stitch around (10), sl st. to join
Fasten off.

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To assemble:
1. Stitch head onto body.
2. Assemble ears as noted above, stitch onto the head.
3. Stitch trunk into place. Add felt for smile, and stitch mouth in place.
4. Stitch on arms/upper legs, and legs.
5. Stitch spots on as desired.
4. Cut out toenail details with purple felt, and stitch into place, using picture as a guide.

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I would love to see what you come up with! If you have any questions, or notice anything that needs corrected, please let me know.

This is an original pattern. You are free to make items from this pattern, and share what you make with others. When appropriate, I’d appreciate it if you’d let others know where the pattern came from. Thanks! Enjoy!