Crochet Santa Pattern (Christmas Crochet)


This Crochet Santa Pattern is an excellent project for anyone who wants to make their own crochet Christmas decorations!

Designed and made by guest crocheter Zoe Kotsia, the maker and owner of The Dotty Duck.

The sweet little Santa is a great project you can make for yourself, the kids or to gift.

Free Crochet Santa Claus Pattern

Santa Amigurumi

This amigurumi Santa is made in a series of pieces that are stuffed.

The crochet Santa doll’s body is made in one piece, while the arms and head are attached separately.

The beard and hat are then stitched into place and a belt is added on with a sparkling gold-embroidered belt buckle.

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Make A Crochet Santa On The Shelf

You may have heard of Elf on the shelf, but how about Santa on the shelf?!

This Santa, standing at 11 inches/29 cm tall is the perfect alternative to that naughty elf who sits on the shelf.

This cute alternative will look great in your home, as a decoration, or for the kids to play with.

The Santa can be made in around 7-8 hours, so there is still plenty of time to make one (or two!) before Christmas.

Santa amigurumi

A free pattern for the advanced beginners

The crochet Santa Claus pattern below will be easy for any advanced beginners or intermediate-level crocheters.

If you are new to amigurumi, this pattern will be perfect for you to try out!

Using a series of basic crochet stitches like single crochet, there are also some HDC stitches, plus increases and decreases used.

Christmas crochet patterns

The hook size

  • You need a 2.5mm (US C/2) hook for this pattern.
  • You can use any hook size that matches the type of yarn you want to use.
  • Depending on the size hook/yarn weight you choose – the Santa could end up being bigger than the size given in the pattern.
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The yarn you need…

  • Alize Cotton Gold in red, black, and white, skin tones was used to make the Santa.
  • This yarn is Cotton 55% / Acrylic 45% blend.
  • Recommended crochet hook size for this yarn is 2mm(US B/1)/4mm (US G/6).
  • You can substitute this yarn with any yarn that is weight 01 – Superfine.
  • Superfine weight yarn is also known as fingering/sock/baby yarn and is 3ply/4ply.
  • A good substitute yarn is Rico Essentials Cotton 4ply.
  • A full skein of each color is not needed, this pattern is great for stash busting as you just need small amounts in each color with around 50g of red yarn.
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Christmas Crochet

This Christmas crochet pattern is great for any advanced beginners who are learning how to crochet amigurumi toys.

For more festive free crochet patterns please take a look at these posts:

Santa amigurumi

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern

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Crochet Santa Pattern

Free Crochet Santa Claus Pattern

Make a cute little Santa that the kids will love with this free crochet pattern.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 8 hours
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 9 hours
Difficulty Advanced Beginner
Estimated Cost $15


  • Yarn:
  • Alize Cotton Gold in red, black, white, skin tone
  • (This yarn is Cotton 55% / Acrylic 45% blend.)
  • Yarn weight - Superfine 01.
  • Full skeins are not needed for the Santa, as scraps of yarn will do - but you will need approx 50g of red.
  • Gold embroidery thread
  • Toy stuffing/polyfil


  • Crochet hook size - 2.5mm (US C/2)
  • (or size suitable for your own yarn choice)
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle
  • Pins



(In white yarn)

  1. ch 28, 1 hdc in the second chain from hook, 2hdc, ch 1, turn,
  2. 27 hdc, ch 1, turn,
  3. 27 hdc, ch 2, turn,
  4. 4 dc, 2 hdc, 15 sc, 2 hdc, 4 dc
  5. Cut yarn leaving a long tail for sewing f/o.


(In skin tone coloured yarn)

  1. 6 sc in mc (6)
  2. inc in every st (12)
  3. *1 sc, inc* rep (18)
  4. *2 sc, inc* rep (24)
  5. *3 sc, inc* rep (30)
  6. *4 sc, inc* rep (36)
  7. *5 sc, inc* rep (42)
  8. Rounds 8 -15 - sc all sts (42)
  9. Round 16 - *5 sc, dec* rep (36)
  10. Round 17 - *4 sc, dec* rep (30)
  11. Round 18 - *3 sc, dec* rep (24)
  12. Round 19 - *2 sc, dec* rep (18)
  13. Stuff the head cut a length of yarn and f/o.


(Red + white yarn)

  1. Start working in red yarn, 6 sc in mc (6)
  2. sc in every st (6)
  3. inc in every st (12)
  4. sc in every st (12)
  5. sc in every st (12)
  6. *1 sc, inc* rep (18)
  7. sc in every st (18)
  8. sc in every st (18)
  9. sc in every st (18)
  10. *2 sc, inc* rep (24)
  11. sc in every st (24)
  12. sc in every st (24)
  13. *2 sc, into next st, 3 times, 9 sc* rep twice (30)
  14. *2 sc into next st, 3 times, 12 sc* rep twice (36)
  15. sc into every st (36)
  16. *2 sc into next st, 3 times, 15 sc* rep twice (42)
  17. sc into every st (42)
  18. *2 sc into next st, 3 times, 18 sc* rep twice (48)
  19. Change to white yarn
  20. Rounds 19-22 - sc every st (48)
  21. f/o leaving a long tail for sewing.

Crochet Pom Pom For Hat

(In white yarn)

  1. 6 sc in mc (6)
  2. *inc in every st (12)
  3. sc in every st (12)
  4. sc in every st (12)
  5. sc in every st (12)
  6. *1 sc, dec* rep to end of the round.
  7. dec to end of the round.
  8. f/o leaving a long tail for sewing.

Legs And Body

(In black and red yarn)

  1. Make 2
  2. Start working in black yarn, 6 sc in mc (6)
  3. * 1 sc, inc* rep (9)
  4. sc every st (9)
  5. sc every st (9)
  6. change to red yarn - sc into every st (9)
  7. sc into every st (9)
  8. sc into every st (9)
  9. sc into every st (9)
  10. sc into every st (9)
  11. sc into every st (9)
  12. sc into every st (9) f/o - don't fasten off on the second leg, stuff legs and continue stuffing as you work.
  13. ch 6, join first leg, 12 sc on the second leg, 1 sc in each of the sts between the legs (36)
  14. Rounds 13-24 - sc in every st (36)
  15. Round 25 - *3 sc, dec* rep (24)
  16. Rounds 26-27 - sc in every st (24)
  17. Round 28 - * 2 sc, dec* rep (18)
  18. Rounds 29-32 - sc in every st (18)
  19. f/o leaving a long tail for sewing.


(In skin tone and red yarn)

Make 2

  1. Start working in skin tone colored yarn, 6 sc in mc (6)
  2. *2 sc, inc* rep (8)
  3. sc in every st (8)
  4. sc in every st (8)
  5. Change to red yarn.
  6. Rounds 5-14 - sc in every st (8)
  7. Round 15 - Flatten the arm and crochet through both thicknesses, 4 sc (4)
  8. f/o leaving a long tail for sewing.

Making Up

  1. Sew the head onto the body making sure to stuff the neck tightly.
  2. Pin the beard to the head to keep it in place while sewing. With row 4 of the beard towards the top sew the sides between rows 8-12 and row 1 of the beard onto row 19 of the head, (where the head joins the body).
  3. Stuff tightly.
  4. Sew crochet pom pom to the top of the hat.
  5. Fold the white part of the hat in half.
  6. Pin it to the head to keep it in place while you sew.
  7. Sew through both thicknesses of the hat onto the head.
  8. Sew the front of the hat on row 6, the back of the hat on row 15, and the sides overlapping the first row of the beard. Amigurumi Santa crochet
  9. Sew the arms onto the body on round 32.
  10. Embroider the eyes between rows 9-10 leaving 5 sts between them.
  11. Embroider nose between rows 11-12 over 2 sts.

Belt and White Arm Cuffs

  1. sc over every column of the body between rows 21-22
  2. With gold embroidery thread, sc a square over the belt.
  3. With white, sc over every column of the arm between rows 4-5.


The pattern is written using US crochet terms and abbreviations.

You can find a free PDF of both US and UK terms and abbreviations here.


mc - Magic circle

ch - Chain

sc - Single crochet

dc - Double crochet

hdc - Half double crochet

inc - Increase (sc twice into the same st)

dec - decrease (sc2tog)

f/o - fasten off

st - stitch

sts - stitches


Height including hat w/pom pom - 11 inches / 29 cm

Width not including arms - 3.5 inches / 9cm

Gauge - 3x3 cm / 1 x 1 inch = 6 rows / 7 sts. (On body)

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Meet The Maker – Zoe Kotsia

Hi! My name is Zoe Kotsia. I’m 27 years old and a mum to an amazing little boy! I live in Kavos, Corfu. My mum taught me how to knit 4 years ago and I instantly fell in love. I thought myself how to crochet just over a year ago after seeing all the amazing things you can make. I have to confess that I am now addicted! 🙂

Find more of Zoe’s creations on Facebook here – The Dotty Duck.

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