It’s super quick and easy, and is a great project to hook up on Christmas eve while you’re waiting for the big man to arrive. Originally published in issue 64 of Simply Crochet, this crochet Santa face pattern was design by Simply Crochet editor Sara Huntington and is a great Christmas crochet motif for embellishing a plain jumper, or you could always use it on a Christmas card or as Christmas tree decorations. And if this Christmas crochet motif has you feeling festive and you're looking for more quick makes to hook up for the big day, check out our pick of over 60 free crochet Christmas decoration patterns!


You can find the free crochet Santa face pattern below, or if you would like to print the pattern you can download our handy PDF here!

We hope you have fun Ho-Ho-Hooking up this jolly crochet Santa face pattern, Merry Christmas!

You will need

Yarn and Colors Must-Have (100% cotton, 50g/125m), or alternative 4ply cotton yarn, 1 ball of each:

  • White (001)
  • Peach (042)
  • Cardinal (031)
  • Soil (028)

A 3mm (US C/2) hook

Tapestry needle


Each motif measures 5½ x 9cm (2¼ x 3½in)


Tension is not critical for this project


4-tr cluster (yrh, insert hook in st indicated, yrh and pull up loop, yrh and draw through 2 loops) 4 times, inserting the hook in the same st each time, yrh and draw through all 5 loops on hook

You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This crochet Santa face pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.

Free Crochet Santa Face Pattern

Free crochet Santa Face pattern - Christmas crochet motif


Using White, make a crochet magic loop.

Round 1 (RS) Ch4 (counts as dtr), 15dtr into loop, change to Peach, 8dtr into loop, change to White, ss into top of beg ch-4 to join. [24 dtr]

Fasten off Peach.

Round 2 (RS) Ch1 (does not count as st), (ch3, dc into next st) 16 times, dc in last 7 sts, ss in first dc to join, turn.

Row 3 (WS) Ch1, dc in each of next 6 sts, ss in next st, fasten off leaving remaining sts unworked, turn.

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Row 4 (RS) Join Cardinal in first dc, ch3 (counts as tr throughout), tr in next st, 2tr in next st, tr in each of last 3 sts, turn. [7 tr]

Row 5 (WS) Ch3, tr2tog, tr in next st, tr2tog, tr in last st, turn. [5 sts]

Row 6 (RS) Ch3, tr3tog, tr in last st. Fasten off.


With RS facing, join White to the last st of Row 6 at top of Hat, ch3, 4-tr cluster into same st.

Fasten off.

To finish

Using a tapestry needle and Soil, embroider eyes and eyebrows onto the face just underneath the Hat. Using Cardinal, embroider a nose slightly above the centre point of the magic loop on the face. Weave in all ends. Block each motif before sewing to your chosen garment.


We hope you’ve enjoyed this free crochet Santa face pattern. Don’t forget, if you need any help with your crochet stitches you can always check out our crochet for beginners guide. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, check out our list of the best crochet hooks and the best crochet kits for beginners.


Sara HuntingtonEditor, Simply Crochet magazine

Crochet designer, teacher and Editor of Simply Crochet magazine, Sara Huntington is a legend in the crochet community. Sara started as a crochet designer for Simply Crochet before becoming the editor in 2015. She still regularly designs for the magazine as well as teaching crochet in her spare time. You can keep up to date with Sara on Instagram at @crochetdeli

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