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Reindeer Head Ornament Free Pattern

Designed by Sandi Marshall

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You can change the personality of this little reindeer by making the eyes in different ways. Shown below are some various ways that I did the eyes ... maybe you'll have fun coming up with lots more variations of your own. This is a fun Christmas tree decoration.

Reindeer Decoration Pattern Directions

Materials

Worsted weight yarn: small amounts of colors light tan for head and ears, also white for antlers; a strand of dark brown for shading, if desired.

Size G crochet hook

Wiggly eyes or felt scraps in black and in white to make eyes

Acrylic cabochon, red button or red felt circle for nose

Finished Size: 3 1/2 inches long (not counting antlers)
5 1/2 inches long (including antlers)
5 inches wide (from ear to ear)

Abbreviations:
sc = single crochet, ch = chain
ea = each, tog = together

Head (Make 2)

Beginning Chain: Chain 8.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea ch across (7 sc)
Row 2: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in last sc. (9 sc)
Row 3: Sc in ea sc across. (9 sc)
Row 4: Sc first two sc together (for decrease), sc in ea sc across until two sc remain, sc last two sc tog.
Row 5: Repeat row 4. (5 sc)
Row 6: Repeat row 4. (3 sc)
Rows 7, 8: Sc in ea sc across. (3 sc)
Row 9: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in last sc. (5 sc)
Rows 10, 11: Sc in ea sc across. (5 sc)
Row 12: Repeat row 4. (3 sc)
Now working around outside edge, ch 1, sc in end of ea of next 9 rows down side of head,
2 sc in end of next row,
sc in end of next row,
2 sc in end of next row
sc in ea sc across bottom;
now working along other outside edge, 2 sc in end of next row,
sc in end of next row,
2 sc in end of next row,
sc in end of ea of next 8 rows,
2 sc in end of next row,
sc in next sc (at top of head),
2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, slip stitch in beginning stitch of this round. End off.


Reindeer above has
oval cabochon nose,
felt eyes with
green cabochon stars
Ears (Make 4)

Beginning chain: Chain 3.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch. (2 sc)
Row 2: Sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc. (3 sc)
Row 3: Sc in ea sc across. (3 sc)
Row 4: Sc first two sc tog (for decrease), sc in next sc. (2 sc)
Row 5: Sc 2 sc tog. (1 sc)
End off.

Antlers (Make 2)

Abbreviation: sl st = slip stitch

Starting chain: Chain 2.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook. (1 sc)
Row 2: Ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, sc in next sc.
Row 3: Ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next sc. (Leave rest of row unworked.)
Row 4: Sc in one sc. (Leave rest of row unworked.)
Row 5: Repeat row 2.
Row 6: Repeat row 3.
Rows 7, 8: Sc in one sc. (Leave rest of row unworked.)

End off.

Optional shading detail: If desired, add shading to the head piece and two ear pieces (which will be on right side when assembled), using a darker color of yarn and a large-eye yarn needle. Make shading in plain straight stitches.

Assembling pieces:

Ears Weave in (to wrong side of ear) the yarn end that's at row 5. The other yarn ends can be tucked inside the main reindeer head pieces before joining those, so you won't have a lot of ends to weave in. Holding two ear pieces with wrong sides together, attach yarn at end of row 1, then (working through both thicknesses to join pieces and , if you shaded, with right side of ear with shading facing you) slip stitch in end of each row along one side of ear to the end of that side (at row 5), next, chain 2 (this creates a point at end of the ear), then slip stitch in end of each row along other side of the ear, ending at end of row 1.


red cabochon nose,
felt eyes with
blue cabochon dots
Using yarn and a large-eye yarn needle, sew one ear to each side of the reindeer head, with edge of each ear tucked slightly behind (wrong side of) head piece.

Antlers Sew antlers in place at top of head piece, tucking bottom edge of each antler slightly behind (wrong side of) head piece.

Head Holding wrong sides together, using yarn of matching color and large-eye yarn needle, join two head pieces with a whip-stitch, catching one back loop of each piece with each stitch. (Tuck in left-over yarn ends of the pieces to inside of head where possible, if you'd like to avoid weaving in these yarn ends.) Stuff head very lightly with polyester fiberfill (if desired) before closing.

Nose Glue acrylic cabochon on or sew on a round button for the nose.

Eyes Glue on purchased wiggly eyes or make eyes from black and white felt. Use acrylic cabochon shapes for eye centers, if desired. Tiny blue acrylic cabochons were used in center of eyes in this example.

Hanger Attach strand of gold crochet thread to center top of head, tie strand together 1/2 inch from top of thread strand.

Copyright: Reindeer Head Ornament Pattern copyright 1999 by Sandi Marshall, licensed to About.com, Inc. Free for your own personal use only. For personal use only indicates that the pattern may be used only for non-commercial use (meaning that you may make items from the pattern for yourself or for gifts but that you may not sell items made from the pattern). Per copyright law, do not copy onto any other website and do not distribute reproduced copies of the pattern instructions or pattern photos, in any other way. Instead, please give the URL of this page to anyone who would like to have the pattern. Thank you.

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