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Rudolph Crochet Hat

Red-Nosed Reindeer Hat Crochet Pattern


Rudolph Crochet Hat Side ViewMy little one saw me looking at a reindeer hat crochet pattern online and asked for a reindeer hat, so he’s the inspiration for this crochet pattern.

This is the perfect crochet pattern for the holidays – for both kids and adults alike! You could easily make the nose black for a regular reindeer hat. I’m really glad he requested it, as I love the way it turned out.

This particular hat is sized for an adult (my little one has a lot of hair so he wears adult-sized hats), but if there is enough demand, I will alter it for smaller sizes and post those, as well.

This pattern assumes you are familiar with the basic crochet stitches below, as well as a magic circle.

There are some parts that are a little complicated, so if you think something needs further explanation, feel free to comment below or email me and I’ll see if I can elaborate further. Likewise if you catch any mistakes.

I recommend reading through the full pattern before beginning.


  • Medium worsted weight yarn in light brown, dark brown, red, white and black (I used a combination of Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn! and Red Heart Super Saver)
  • Size I 5.5mm Crochet Hook
  • Size H 5.0mm Crochet Hook
  • Yarn Needle, Scissors
  • Polyfil or Similar Stuffing


SS – Slip Stitch
SC – Single Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
TR – Treble Crochet
Kaylen Wearing Rudolph Crochet Hat


You will use a size I crochet hook for the hat and an H crochet hook for the remainder of the pieces.


Row 1 – With size I crochet hook and light brown yarn, create a magic circle. 8 HDC in magic circle. (8)
Do not chain 1 or turn. You will continue working this in a single round, so mark your place with a stitch marker.
Row 2 – 2 HDC in each stitch around. (16)
Row 3 – *2 HDC, HDC*. Repeat around. (24)
Row 4 – *2 HDC, HDC x 2*. Repeat around. (32)
Row 5 – *2 HDC, HDC x 3*. Repeat around. (40)
Row 6 – *2 HDC, HDC x 4*. Repeat around. (48)
Row 7 – *2 HDC, HDC x 5*. Repeat around. (56)
Row 8 – *2 HDC, HDC x 6*. Repeat around. (64)
Rows 9-20 – HDC around. (64)
If you are making a beanie, make one more round of single crochets, finish off and weave in ends.
If you are making an earflap hat, do not finish off, continue with the instructions below.

Earflaps (Optional – Make 2)

Without finishing off, continue the next round as below.
Row 1 – HDC x 16. Chain 1, turn.
Row 2 – HDC decrease, HDC x 14, HDC decrease. Chain 1, turn.
Row 3 – HDC decrease, HDC x 12, HDC decrease. Chain 1, turn.
Row 4 – HDC decrease, HDC x 10, HDC decrease. Chain 1, turn.
Row 5 – HDC decrease, HDC x 8, HDC decrease. Chain 1, turn.
Row 6 – HDC decrease, HDC x 6, HDC decrease. Chain 1, turn.
Row 7 – HDC decrease, HDC x 4, HDC decrease. Chain 1, turn.
Row 8 – HDC decrease, HDC x 2, HDC decrease. Chain 1, turn.
Finish off and weave in ends.
For the second earflap, count approximately 24 stitches from the first earflap (this will be the front) and join your yarn. Repeat the instructions for the first earflap.
Final row – SC around the entire hat, including along the edge of the earflaps. Make 2 SC in each bottom corner stitch of the earflaps to keep them from curling.


Cut 10 3ft lengths of the light brown yarn and 5 3ft lengths of white for each earflap. Make these longer or shorter, depending on how long you want the braid to be. Pull these through the bottom two stitches on the bottom of the earflaps using your crochet hook. I wrapped a smaller piece of yarn around the bundle and pulled that through, as the bundle was too thick for me to pull all the pieces through at once. This allowed me to pull them all through at once. Pull them through evenly so that both sides match in length and knot at the top against the earflap. Separate into 2 bundles of light brown and one bundle of white, braid, knot at the end and trim.

Antlers (Make 2)

Row 1 – With size H crochet hook and dark brown yarn, create a magic circle, 6 SC in magic circle. (6)
Do not chain 1 or turn. You will continue working this in a single round, so mark your place with a stitch marker.
Row 2 – 2 SC in each stitch around. (12)
Rows 3-10 – SC around. (12)
Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Stuff firmly before attaching to hat.

Nose and Snout

This is all worked as one piece.
Row 1 – With red, create a magic circle, 6 SC in magic circle. (6)
Row 2 – 2 SC in each stitch around. (12)
Row 3 – 2 SC, SC. Repeat around. (18)
Row 4-6 – SC around. (18)
Row 7 – SC decrease, SC. (12)
Switch to light brown. You can finish off the red, as you won’t need that color anymore.
You will complete the following rows alternating between light brown and white, crocheting around the secondary color with the active color as you go.
Row 8 – With light brown, 2 SC in each stitch x 6. Join white yarn. 2 SC in each remaining stitch. (24)
Row 9 – With light brown, *2 SC, SC* 6 times. Switch to white. *2 SC, SC* 6 times. (36)
Rows 10-14 – With light brown, SC x 18, switch to white, SC x 18.
Finish off, leaving a long tail of each color (light brown and white) for sewing.
Stuff lightly before attaching to hat. I added a reflection accent to mine by stitching a V shape onto the nose with white yarn.

Ears (Make 2)

Inner Ears

Row 1 – With white, chain 10. SS in second chain from hook. SS, SC x 2, HDC x 2, DC x 2, TR x 9 in the last chain. Continue to opposite side without chaining 1 and turning.
Row 2 – DC x 2, HDC x 2, SC x 2, SS x 2. Finish off and weave in ends.

Outer Ears

Row 1 – With light brown, chain 10. SS in second chain from hook. SS, SC x 2, HDC x 2, DC x 2, TR x 9 in the last chain. Continue to opposite side without chaining 1 and turning.
Row 2 – DC x 2, HDC x 2, SC x 2, SS x 2.
Row 3 – Place the inner ear piece on top of the outer ear, both with right sides facing up. 2 SC in each stitch around through both layers, where applicable. Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Eyes (Make 2)


Row 1 – With white yarn, chain 6, SS in second chain from hook. SC, HDC, DC, 9 TR into the last chain. Continuing around to the other side (do not turn), DC, HDC, SC, SS. Chain 1, but DO NOT turn.
Row 2 – SS x 4, 2 SC in each TR from the previous round, SS x 4. Finish off and weave in ends.


With black yarn, chain 2. 2 SC in second chain from hook. Chain 1, turn.
SC, 2 HDC, 2 HDC, SC. Chain 1, turn.
SC, HDC, 2 HDC, 2 HDC, HDC, SC. Finish off, leaving a tail for sewing.

Eye Assembly

Match the corners of the white and the pupil and sew the pupil onto the white, with both right sides facing up. Finish off and weave in ends.
Join the black yarn anywhere on the eye and SC around, including both layers on the pupil area. Chain 1 at the corner to keep the point, and 2 SC in each of the 3 outermost stitches along the curved part. This will ensure the eye lays flat.


You should now have your hat, 2 antlers, 2 eyes, 2 ears and a snout. Attach each piece to the appropriate spot on the hat with a yarn needle, using a top stitch. Placement really depends on how you decided to make the hat and your personal crochet style, but here are a few guidelines. Move it around to suit your needs.

Snout – Centered on the front between the two earflaps, as close to the bottom as possible.
Eyes – Start just on the same row as the top of the snout, about 1/2 inch away.
Ears – Start on the same row as the bottom row of the eyes, about 1 inch back.
Antlers – Find the very center of the hat and attach these on either side, about 1 inch out. This part was probably the most difficult part for me to get placed. I found that using my son as a model and marking their placement with a safety pin according to the fit on his head was the most accurate way to do this.

And there you have it! Enjoy your very own Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer crochet hat!

Kaylen Sitting Rudolph Crochet Hat

  • Vanessa
    Posted at 12:33h, 02 December Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing this lovely pattern, Sabrina! Your son is absolutely adorable! My sister and I are obsessed with The Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Claymation movie! Thanks again!

  • Sabrina Williams
    Posted at 21:06h, 03 December Reply

    You’re welcome! I’d love to see pics of your finished hat if you try it.

  • Nicola
    Posted at 12:25h, 05 December Reply

    My son saw this and fell in love with it! As soon as he saw it he said, “Oh, Mummy, that is adorable!” So thank you for the easy to follow, well detailed pattern. I have one very happy little boy!

    • Sabrina Williams
      Posted at 18:39h, 05 December Reply

      You’re welcome! My little boy requested it, as well! Glad I could help make them happy!

  • Colleen Moss
    Posted at 21:56h, 19 December Reply

    Yikes! I just seen this and I am in LOVE!!! I am on a mission to start and finish this by tomorrow evening. I will be making mine for my 8 month old (hopefully it will work out) I am now getting in the swing of crocheting so I hope I will be able to tweak it accordingly. Thank you so much for posting this.

  • Robin
    Posted at 19:02h, 09 September Reply

    On Rd 9 of the nose I keep coming up with 36. Can you explain how I go from 24 (in Rd 8) to only 30 in Rd 9 if I’m doing 2 sc in a st and 1 sc in the next 6 x’s , for a total of 12 x’s? (6 for each color used). I’ve taken this apart several times and keep coming up with 36. Thanks for any help.

    • Sabrina Williams
      Posted at 19:37h, 09 September Reply

      It should be 36. Correcting that now! Thanks!

      • Robin
        Posted at 11:37h, 10 September Reply

        Oh thanks a million for replying Sabrina. I’ve been going crazy trying to come up with 30. lol Adorable hat and thanks for the free pattern too!

  • Tracie
    Posted at 14:51h, 05 October Reply

    Hi, can you send me an altered pattern for kids? Thanks,


    • Sabrina Williams
      Posted at 10:54h, 10 December Reply

      Unfortunately, I don’t have an altered version for kids. I’ve been out of commission for most of this year with the birth of my son, so I haven’t been able to work much on patterns. Sorry! I think the embellishments should work fine if you use a pattern for a generic hat in a smaller size.

  • Jenna
    Posted at 00:15h, 13 November Reply

    I cannot figure out the pupil. Is it a SC and 2 HDC in the first SC and then 2 HDC and a SC in the second? I’ve tried a couple of times and the shape doesn’t match the white of the eye to sew them together.

  • Debra Buskirk
    Posted at 20:17h, 12 October Reply

    I have the same problem that Jenn had with the pupil and the white of the eye, the shape doesn’t match up. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

    • Sabrina Brawley
      Posted at 19:52h, 26 October Reply

      If you can email a photo of what you have completed so far, it would be easier for me to see where the issue is and troubleshoot. You can send it to Thanks for stopping by!

      • Cindy Smith
        Posted at 20:57h, 09 December Reply

        the black of the pupil is not making any sense, can you please help me/

  • lucinda comeau
    Posted at 09:48h, 13 December Reply

    so i tried 4sc in 2s from chain and that seems to work, am i on the right track?

  • Patrice
    Posted at 10:21h, 22 December Reply

    This has to be my favorite Rudolf pattern! Great job. Your attention to detail really makes this pattern pop. No wonder both kids and adults love it. Merry Christmas from a new fan.

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