Coming soon, down a chimney near you, it’s our very jolly crochet Father Christmas! This crochet Santa pattern has a traditional look – dressed head to toe in red and white, with smart black boots and a matching belt, he’s a classic Santa, amigurumi style! Sit him on the mantelpiece to greet the real Santa on his way in, or on a toy shelf to let children know that Father Christmas is always watching to see if they’re naughty or nice! This free crochet Santa pattern would also make a fab stocking filler too!

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P.S. Can't get enough of ol' St Nick? Then you might also like our free Santa crochet motif pattern!

You will need

DMC Natura Just Cotton (or alternative 4ply yarn), 1 ball each in:

  • Yarn A - Nacar (N35) – Cream
  • Yarn B - Ibiza (N01) – White
  • Yarn C - Passion (N23) – Red
  • Yarn D - Noir (N11) – Black

A 2.5mm (US C/2 or B/1) crochet hook

Yarn needle

Sewing needle and invisible thread (or matching colour thread)

Toy stuffing

2 x 5mm safety eyes

2 x 8mm black buttons

1cm diameter bell

Measurements

Approx. 19cm (7½in) tall

Tension

Tension is not critical for this project but stitches should be tight so that stuffing does not show through

Abbreviations

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

Free Crochet Santa Pattern

Free Crochet Santa pattern main

Head

Using Yarn A, make a crochet magic loop
Round 1 Ch1 (does not count as st), 6dc into the magic loop. [6dc]
Round 2 2dc in each st around. [12dc]
Round 3 (Dc in next st, 2dc in next st); rep 6 times. [18dc]
Round 4 (Dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st); rep 6 times. [24dc]
Round 5 (Dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st); rep 6 times. [30dc]
Rounds 6-16 Dc in each st around. [30dc]
Round 17 (Dc in next 3 sts, dc2tog); rep 6 times. [24dc]
Round 18 (Dc in next 2 sts, dc2tog); rep 6 times. [18dc]
Round 19 (Dc in next st, dc2tog); rep 6 times. [12dc]
Round 20 Dc2tog 6 times. [6dc]
Ss into next st, fasten off and weave in ends.

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Beard

Using Yarn B, ch22.

Row 1 Dc in second ch from hook and in next 2 ch, (dc in next 4ch, 2dc in next ch); rep 2 times, dc in next 3 ch, turn. [24dc]
Row 2 Ch1 (does not count as st), dc in first 3 sts, (dc in next 5 sts, 2dc in next ch); rep 2 times, dc in next 3 sts, turn. [27dc]
Row 3 Ch1, dc in first 3 sts, (dc in next 6 sts, 2dc); rep 2 times, dc in next 3 sts, turn. [30dc]
Row 4 Ch1, dc in first 3 sts, (dc in next 7 sts, 2dc); rep 2 times, dc in next 3 sts, turn. [33dc]
Row 5 (WS) Ch1, dc in each st across. [33dc]

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Moustache

Using Yarn B, ch10.

Row 1 Ss in first ch from hook, dc in next 2ch, 2htr in next ch, ch1, ss in next ch, ch1, 2htr in next ch, dc in next 2 ch, ss in last ch.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Free Crochet Santa pattern head
Top Tip - Give your crochet Santa some rosy cheeks or a little mouth using blusher and a thin brush

Body

Using Yarn C, make a crochet magic loop

Round 1 Ch1 (does not count as st), 6dc into the magic loop. [6dc]
Round 2 2dc in each st around. [12dc]
Round 3 (Dc in next st, 2dc in next st); rep 6 times. [18dc]
Round 4 (Dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st); rep 6 times. [24dc]
Round 5 (Dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st); rep 6 times. [30dc]
Round 6 (Dc in next 4 sts, 2dc in next st); rep 6 times. [36dc]
Round 7 (Dc in next 5 sts, 2dc in next st); rep 6 times. [42dc]
Round 8 (Dc in next 6 sts, 2dc in next st); rep 6 times. [48dc]
Rounds 9-13 Dc in each st around. Change to Yarn D.
Rounds 14-16 Dc in each st around. Change to Yarn C.
Round 17 (Dc in next 6 sts, dc2tog in next st); rep 6 times. [42dc]
Rounds 18-19 Dc in each st around.
Round 20 (Dc in next 5 sts, dc2tog in next st); rep 6 times. [36dc]
Round 21 Dc in each st around.
Round 22 (Dc in next 4 sts, dc2tog in next st); rep 6 times. [30dc]
Round 23 Dc in each st around.
Round 24 (Dc in next 3 sts, dc2tog in next st); rep 6 times. [24dc]
Round 25 Dc in each st around.
Round 26 (Dc in next 2 sts, dc2tog in next st); rep 6 times. [18dc]
Round 27 Dc in each st around.
Round 28 (Dc in next st, dc2tog in next st); rep 6 times. [12dc]

Ss into next st, fasten off and leave a long tail.

Free Crochet Santa pattern buckle
Changing from red to black yarn on the body makes Santa’s belt.

Buckle

Using Yarn A, ch14, join with ss into first ch to form a ring.

Round 1 Ch1 (does not count as st), *dc in next 3 ch, (dc, ch2, dc) in next ch, dc in next 2 ch, (dc, ch2, dc) in next ch*; rep from * to *, ss into first dc to join. [18dc]

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Arms (make 2)

Using Yarn C, make a crochet magic loop

Round 1 Ch1 (does not count as st), 6dc into the magic loop. [6dc]
Round 2 (Dc in next st, 2dc in next st); rep 2 times. [9dc]
Rows 3-13 Dc in each st around. [9dc]

Ss into next st, fasten off and leave a long tail.

If you're enjoying making this free crochet Santa pattern and want to make him some festive friends, then we've got some fab amigurumi patterns for you to try! Why not go traditional with our free crochet angel pattern or our free crochet donkey pattern. Or perhaps you'd prefer our free Christmas gnome crochet pattern or our free amigurumi Christmas pudding crochet pattern.

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Legs (make 2)

Using Yarn C, make a crochet magic loop.

Repeat rows 1-7 of arms.

Boots (make 2)

Using Yarn D, make a crochet magic loop

Round 1 Ch1 (does not count as st), 6dc into the magic loop. [6dc]
Round 2 2dc in each st around. [12dc]
Rounds 3-6 Dc in each st around.
Row 7 Ss in next st, ch1 (does not count as st), dc in same st as ss, dc in next 8 sts, turn. [9dc]
Rows 8-10 Ch1 (does not count as st), dc in each st across, turn.
Fasten off and leave a long tail.
Rejoin Yarn D with ss in first st of last row.
Round 9 Ch1, dc along side of row, over unworked 3 sts of round 6, and along other side, join with ss into first dc made. [11dc]
Row 10-12 Ch1 (does not count as st), dc in each st around, join with ss into first dc made.
Fasten off and leave a long tail. Use the tail from end of Row 10 to sew up the seam at the end of the boot.

Hat

Using Yarn C, make a crochet magic loop

Round 1 Ch1 (does not count as st), 6dc into the magic loop. [6dc]
Rounds 2-3 Dc in each st around. [6dc]
Round 4 (Dc in next st, 2dc in next st); rep 2 times. [9dc]
Rounds 5-6 Dc in each st around [9dc]
Round 7 (Dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st); rep 2 times. [12dc]
Rounds 8-9 Dc in each st around. [12dc]
Round 10 (Dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st); rep 2 times. [15dc]
Rounds 11-12 Dc in each st around. [15dc]
Round 13 (Dc in next 4 sts, 2dc in next st); rep 2 times. [18dc]
Rounds 14-15 Dc in each st around. [18dc]
Round 16 (Dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st); rep 5 times. [24dc]
Rounds 17-18 Dc in each st around. [24dc]
Round 19 (Dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st); rep 5 times. [30dc]
Rounds 20-21 Dc in each st around. [30dc]
Round 22 (Dc in next 4 sts, 2dc in next st); rep 5 times. [36dc]
Change to Yarn B.
Rounds 23-25 Dc in each st around. [36dc]
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Free Crochet Santa pattern hat
Our crochet Santa hat has a shiny bell, but you could replace it with a small pompom if you prefer

To make up

Insert safety eyes into head and stuff. Position beard in place on head and sew into place with thread, sewing along the sides of row and starting chain edge only. Position moustache in place and sew to head with a few stitches in the middle of moustache. Firmly stuff body, and using thread sew buckle to the black band and sew the two buttons above the buckle. Use the long tail left on the end of body to sew the body to the bottom of the head. Sew arms to side of body. Roll a very small amount of stuffing into a ball and place in toe of each boot. Firmly stuff leg and place into boot (if you’re struggling use your hook to push it in). Use tail of leg to sew legs to body. Sew bell to end of hat.

If you've enjoyed this free crochet Santa pattern, why not try some other crafty Santa makes like our free Santa hat knitting pattern or our Mini Santa embroidery designs. Or grab your pens and pencils and Learn how to draw Santa with our easy Santa drawing tutorial!

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We hope you’ve enjoyed this free crochet Santa 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.

Authors

Matt SpiersDigital Assistant, Gathered

Matt Spiers is a crochet artist and designer who has been overseeing Gathered's crochet articles for over 2 years. He previously worked as Digital Assistant for Simply Crochet magazine and is our in house video editing pro. What started as a hobby a decade ago led to Matt developing a passion (and then a career) with crochet. As well as still regularly writing and designing for Simply Crochet magazine, Matt is a crochet artist in his own right, having displayed and created crochet installations at festivals and fibre events across the UK. You can keep up to date with Matt at @onemancrochet on Instagram.

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