mini crochet santa doll

Small Crochet Santa

Amigurumi Santa Claus Free Pattern

Ho ho ho! Meet our small crochet Santa doll! He’s joined our Kozu Palm Pals mini dolls Christmas series and he is just so cute! We first crocheted two elves for Christmas (Elliot the amigurumi elf boy and Ella the crochet elf girl). But we realized that we had to crochet a Santa amigurumi doll to complete the set. What is Christmas without a jolly ol’ Santa?

This mini crochet Santa free pattern would be a cute crochet stocking stuffer, small crochet Christmas gift, or even a crochet ornament (who wouldn’t want a cute crochet Santa ornament on their Christmas tree!). In fact, right now we are scrambling to crochet Santas for Kozu’s teachers before school lets out for the winter tomorrow!

About this Crochet Santa Pattern

Like all the other dolls in the series, this mini crochet Santa doll is approximately 4.5 inches tall. I really love this size because it’s versatile – it can be used to play with (it’s the perfect size for pretend play for little hands) or as part of your holiday decor.

The Santa’s head and body are all crocheted in one piece. You just have to sew on the beard, the pompom, and the arms.

It takes just a couple hours to make so it’s a great quick Christmas crochet project – while watching TV! You could also make the set by making all three Christmas mini dolls from our Kozu Palm Pals series.

Crochet Santa with amigurumi elf boy and girl dolls

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Amigurumi Santa Claus Free Pattern

This pattern is for your personal use only and cannot be sold, copied, or reproduced in anyway without permission from the designers. You may sell finished objects made from this pattern but please give credit to as the pattern designers.

Tools & Supplies You Will Need

  • Yarn: You need a small amount of DK yarn in red, skin colour, white, and black.
  • 2.5 mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Polyfill stuffing
  • Two 6 mm safety eyes
  • Embroidery thread: A small amount of yellow for belt buckle and light pink for lips
  • One white pompom (approx. 1.5 cm)

 Stitches Used and Abbreviations

This pattern is written in US terms and crocheted in continuous rounds, unless specified otherwise.

Sl st: slip stitch

SC: single crochet

INV DEC: invisible decrease

DEC: decrease

INC: two SC in the same stitch

BLO: back loops only

HDC: half double crochet

Finished size: Approximately 4.5 inches tall.

How to crochet a Santa Claus Amigurumi


Begin with black

Stuff legs lightly as you go.

Round 1: 6 SC into a magic circle (6)

Round 2: SC around (6)

Change to red

Round 3: SC around in BLO (6)

Round 4-6 (3 rounds): SC around (6)

Fasten off. Make sure that you’ve pulled the magic circle tight so that stuffing doesn’t escape from it.

Repeat rounds 1-6 for the second leg but don’t fasten off.


Stuff as you go. Now we will begin joining the legs.

Round 7: Chain 2 and SC in the next unworked stitch of the first leg. Place a stitch marker in this stitch to mark the start of your round. SC in the remaining 5 stitches of the first leg until you reach the chain, SC in each of the 2 chains, SC in the 6 stitches of the next leg, and SC on the other side of each of the two chains until you reach your stitch marker. (16)

Round 8-9 (2 rounds): SC around (16)

Change to black

Round 10: SC around in BLO (16)

Change to red

Round 11: SC around in BLO (16)

Round 12: SC in each stitch around (16)

Round 13: (2 SC, INV DEC) four times (12)

Round 14: (2 SC, INV DEC) three times (9)

Change to skin colour.

Round 15: (SC, INV DEC) three times (6)


Round 16: INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 17: (SC, INC) six times (18)

Round 18: (2 SC, INC) six times (24)

Round 19-23 (5 rounds): SC in each stitch around (24)

If you’re using safety eyes, insert them between Rounds 20 and 21, approximately four stitches apart.

Where to place the eyes on your amigurumi Santa doll

Ensure that you have stuffed the body well, especially the neck. I use the back of a scissor to get the stuffing in but you can use anything small enough to really push the stuffing in to ensure that the neck is firm! Continue stuffing the head.

Round 24: (2 SC, INV DEC) six times (18)

Round 25: (SC, INV DEC) six times (12)

Ensure that you have stuffed it well.

Round 26: INV DEC six times (6)

Fasten off and leave a long tail to embroider the nose. Insert needle in front loop of each stitch and pull tight to close. Embroider on the nose one row below the eyes by making horizontal passes over two stitches.


Do not stuff

Begin with skin colour.

Round 1: 4 SC into a magic circle (4)

Change to red.

Round 2-6 (5 rounds):  SC around (4)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Sew onto the body between Round 13 and 14.

Bottom of Santa’s jacket

Use red yarn

Insert your hook into the unworked loops to make the bottom of the jacket

Attach to the unworked front loops from Round 9.

Round 1: SC around (16)

Change to white

Round 2: SC around (16)

Fasten off and weave in the ends. Use yellow embroidery thread to embroider on the belt buckle.

Ears (make 2)

Round 1: Make a magic circle and SC, inside the circle.

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Sew onto the head approximately 3 stitches away from the eyes.

crochet santa doll without a hat

How to Crochet Santa’s Beard

The beard will be crocheted in rows.

Using white.

Row 1: Chain 13. Starting from the second chain from the hook, 4 SC, Ch 4, Skip the next 4 stitches, 4 SC (8 SC plus 4 ch)

Row 2: Chain 1, turn. 2 DEC, 4 SC in each of the chains from the previous round, 2 DEC (8)

Row 3: Chain 1, turn. DEC, 4 SC, DEC (6)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Sew the beard onto the face of your doll. Use the tail to make a couple of long passes for sideburns for your Santa. Embroider on the eyebrows and mouth.

close up of a mini amigurumi Santa's face

Santa Hat

Use red yarn.

Round 1: 6 SC into a magic circle (6)

Round 2: SC in each stitch around (6)

Round 3: 5 SC, INC (7)

Round 4: SC in each stitch around (7)

Round 5: 3 SC, INC, 3 SC (8)

Round 6: SC in each stitch around (8)

Round 7: 7 SC, INC (9)

Round 8: SC in each stitch around (9)

Round 9: 4 SC, INC, 4 SC (10)

Round 10: SC in each stitch around (10)

Round 11: (4 SC, INC) twice (12)

Round 12: SC around (12)

Round 13: (SC, INC) six times (18)

Round 14: SC in each stitch around (18)

Round 15: (2 SC, INC) six times (24)

R ound 16: SC around (24)

Round 17: (3 SC, INC) six times (30)

Round 18-21 (4 rounds): SC around (30)

Change to white. Leave a long tail in red to sew the hat onto the head.

Round 22: SC around and sl st to the first SC of the round to join. Chain 1 (30)

Round 23: HDC around and sl st to the first HDC of the round to join (30)

Fasten off and flip the last row up. Put a couple stitches with white yarn to ensure that it stays up. Weave in the ends.

Red crocheted Santa hat

Sew on a small white pompom to the end of the hat and sew the hat onto the head of your Santa doll. Fold the hat down to one side of the head and put one stitch using red to hold it in place.

Amigurumi Santa with elves

Your small crochet Santa doll is now complete!

If you enjoyed this pattern, here are some other free patterns that you may enjoy:

Ella the mini crochet elf girl doll

Elliot the mini amigurumi elf boy doll

Kozu Palm Pals mini crochet dolls

Bax the Christmas Crochet Bear

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Small Crochet Santa Amigurumi Free Pattern