From thoughtful gifts and sparkly decorations to delicious roast dinners with the family, Christmas truly is the best time of the year. One of the things that makes the holiday particularly special, though, is the fun, distinctive characters – Rudolph, Santa, Mrs Claus, the elves… they’re all so cheerful and festive. It’s no wonder why there are so many crochet toy patterns of them!
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite seasonal patterns for you to create. They make great decorations and even better gifts – if you haven’t put up your tree yet, crocheting one of these guys is a fantastic way to get into the Christmas spirit. Many of these makes can be crafted in an afternoon, but if you plan to make a few, or tackle a more difficult project, you’ll have to be quick – there are only so many more sleeps until the big day!
Pretty Angel Tree Topper
With her cute bows and lovely dress, Carol Bateup’s sweet tree topper is a must-crochet. She’s a quick and easy make too! Try using special tinsel thread to create her halo and dress trim, and let the little ones get creative drawing her face.
Robbie the Reindeer
Much like Rudolph, Heather Gibbs’ little reindeer friend is essential for delivering all the wonderful gifts on Christmas. He’s a perfect project to tackle if you’re a beginner, as you can practise joining different pieces together on his horns, and colour changes on his smart blue and white jumper.
Simon the Snowman
Heather Gibbs’ little Victorian-inspired pal is always dressed in his finery, with his cute top hat and earmuffs, and he certainly wouldn’t say no to a new bow tie and waistcoat if you’re feeling adventurous.
Did you know the first elf appeared in literature in 1850, after Louisa May Alcott completed (but never published) a book called Christmas Elves? Heather Gibbs’ cheeky guy is simple to whip up, which means you can get creative with the finishing touches.
Emma the Elf
Sarah Louise Read has crafted this adorable elf doll using various techniques, such as working in the back loops only on some sections. Have a go yourself, and crochet a brand new best friend for the season.
Arthur the Christmas Bear
Made by the talented Sarah-Jane Hicks, little Arthur is a crochet project you absolutely have to get on your hook this Christmas. He’s a doddle to whip up, crocheted in continuous rounds, and cute as a button in his little dungarees!
Milo and Moira the Naughty Mice
‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house… this naughty pair was getting into mischief. Sarah Louise Read’s loveable pair are quick and easy to crochet, and they make great playtime toys for little ones… just make sure to hide the cheese!
Flipper and Flapper the Penguins
Heather Gibbs has added plenty of character to this sweet duo, with wide blue safety eyes and little pink cheeks made with a dab of blusher. Have a go at crocheting with eyelash yarn on their bellies, or switch to a regular DK yarn if you prefer something simpler.
Designed to look like primary school nativity plays, this adorable set is sure to become a regular fixture in your festive display. You’ll love the level of detail, from the Wise Men’s gifts to the shepherd’s crooks.
Robert and Richard the Robins
Made using only three simple stitches, Heather Gibbs’ little feathered friends are the perfect project for a crochet newbie. They’re sure to add a touch of merriment to your home this season and keep the little ones entertained too.
Janine the Winter Fairy
Cute and quirky, Sarah-Jane Hicks’ sweet fairy, Janine, is bound to be an instant hit with the kids this Yuletide. She’s also a great pattern for crocheters who have practised their basic amigurumi technique and are now ready to try a few more stitches and colour changes.
Perry the Christmas Pudding
Christmas wouldn’t be the same without the traditional festive pudding, and Hannah Cooper’s delightful treat looks good enough to eat. Decked with a sprig of holly and a drizzling of cream, Perry will certainly add some cheerfulness to your home.
Whether you’re choosing a live one or digging your plastic version out of the loft, there’s nothing like a festive tree to get you in the holiday spirit. Hannah Cooper’s mini versions won’t take up much space, but they can be made in any colour scheme you like, from traditional red, green and yellow to pink and purple!
Possibly the most popular character throughout the festive season, this jolly guy is ready to claim his seat of honour on the mantelpiece. Heather Gibbs has cleverly crafted him a beard by unplying strands of yarn to appear fluffy.
This tuneful trio perfectly captures the festive mood, and what’s more, they’re easy to crochet. Switch up the hair and clothing colours to recreate a family member or friend, or even your whole carolling group.
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