Nutcracker!

Updated: Sep 3



Nutcrackers are one of my favorite Christmas decorations! Like one of my all-time favorite Christmas decorations!! Only topped by Nativity Sets! I have a wonderful collection of my own. (Not a small one at that either...) I of course had to make my own! I love the way he turned out! I really hope that you enjoy him too!






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Do not sell, reproduce, or change the pattern itself in any way! You are welcome to sell your completed products, just make sure to refer to me as the designer! Please make sure to tag me @crochetwizzard#crochetwizzard!


Materials-

  • Worsted weight yarn

  • o Blue, red, yellow, black, and fuzzy/hairy white.

  • Hook size 3.5mm (E)

  • 10mm Safety Eyes, or an alternative form of eyes

  • Stitch Marker

  • PolyFill

  • Tapestry Needle

  • Scissors

  • Sewing Pins

Abbreviations-

  • Rd(s)- Round(s)

  • MR- Magic Ring

  • Sc- Single Crochet

  • St(s)- Stitch(es)

  • Ch- Chain

  • Sl St- Slip Stitch

  • Inc- Increase

  • Dec- Invisible Decrease

  • o In front loops only pick up the next two loops, yarn over, and pull through twice.

  • FO- Fasten Off

  • BLO- Back Loop Only

  • FLO- Front Loop Only

Notes-

  • Magic Ring Alternative- chain 2 and single crochet in the second chain from the hook.

  • This will be crocheted in the round.

  • If not specified or in the () repeat to the end of the round.

  • Stuff as you go.


Feet- (make 2)

Black

Rd 1: sc 6 in MR

Rd 2: sc, inc (12)

Rd 3: sc 1, inc (18)

Rd 4: sc 2, inc (24)

Rd 5-7: sc around (24) (3 rounds)

Rd 8: (sc 3, dec) x4, sc 2, dec (19)

Rd 9: dec, (sc 2, dec) x4, sc (14)

Rd 10-15: sc around (14) (6 rounds)

Change to blue

Rd 16-22: sc around (14) (7 rounds) Stuff

FO the first but not the second.


Body-

You will be placing your st marker in a new spot in this round.

Rd 23: Line up the legs, making sure that the feet are pointing the same direction, ch 2, sc on the other leg and place your st marker, sc 14 around the leg, sc 2 across the ch, sc 14 around the other leg, sc 2 on the other side of the ch (32)

Rd 24-27: sc around (32) (4 rounds)

Rd 28: sc 6, dec, sc 14, dec, sc 8 (30)

Change to black

Rd 29: BLO sc around (30)

Rd 30: sc around (30)

Change to red

Rd 31: BLO sc around (30)

Rd 32-35: sc around (30) (4 rounds)

Rd 36: sc 3, dec (24)

Rd 37-38: sc around (24) (2 rounds)

Rd 39: sc 2, dec (18)

Rd 40-41: sc around (18) (2 rounds) Stuff

Rd 42: sc, dec (12)

Rd 43: sc around (12)

Change to yellow

Rd 44: sc around (12)

Change to skin color


An option to add strength to the neck is by stuffing a small foam curler in the neck. This will help to get rid of the wobble in the neck.

There are more pictures in the downloadable PDF version purchasable here!









Rd 45: in BLO sc around (12)

Rd 46: sc, inc (18)

Rd 47: sc 2, inc (24)

Rd 48: sc 3, inc (30)

Rd 49: sc 4, inc (36)

Rd 50: sc 5, inc (42)

Rd 51: sc 6, inc (48)

Rd 52-60: sc around (48) (9 rounds)

Rd 61: sc 6, dec (42)

Rd 62: sc 5, dec (36)

Rd 63: sc 4, dec (30)

Rd 64: sc 3, dec (24) Insert eyes between rds 57 and 58, 9 sts apart.

Rd 65: sc 2, dec (18) Stuff, make sure that you stuff the shoulders and neck very tight to help prevent a wobbly head.

Rd 66: sc, dec (12)

Rd 67: dec (6)

FO, sew in ends.


Hat-

Black

Rd 1: sc 6 in MR

Rd 2: inc (12)

Rd 3: sc, inc (18)

Rd 4: sc 2, inc (24)

Rd 5: sc 3, inc (30)

Rd 6: sc 4, inc (36)

Rd 7: sc 5, inc (42)

Rd 8: sc 6, inc (48)

Rd 9: BLO sc around (48)

Rd 10-20: sc around (48) (11 rounds)

Change to red

Rd 21: sc around (48)

FO, leaving a tail for sewing. Sew the hat to the head with the bottom of the hat sewn between rds 59 and 60, stuff as you sew. Sew in ends.


There are more pictures in the downloadable PDF version purchasable here!









Hair-

White

3 options to get the nutcracker hair look; is hairy yarn, brush normal yarn, or take an inch or 2 inch piece of yarn latched on all across the white hairpieces and separate the strands, you may brush them, and then trim.

This is crocheted in rows rather than rounds.

Ch 11

Row 1: sc in 2 ch from hook, sc across, ch 1 turn (10)

Row 2-35: sc across ch 1 turn (10) (34 rows) Or until the piece makes it all around the head.

FO, leaving a tail for sewing. Sew to the face starting between the same rds as the hat, starting 4 sts behind the eyes on either side, and down to between rds 50 and 51.


Beard-

White

This will be crocheted in rows.

Ch 5

Row 1: sc in 2 ch from the hook, sc across ch 1 and turn (4)

Row 2-12: sc across (4) (11 rows)

FO, leaving tail for sewing. Sew between rd 52 and 53, centered between the eyes. Sew in ends.


Nose-

Skin Color

Ch 3, sc in the 2 ch from hook, sl st in 3.

FO leaving tail for sewing. Sew the top between rds 55 and 56 and sew down to the beard, centered on the beard. Sew in ends.


There are more pictures in the downloadable PDF version purchasable here!









Collar-

Yellow

Starting on the yellow rd on the neck 4 sts behind where the hair ends, in FLO hdc 2, dc, hdc 2, sc, hdc 2, dc, hdc, sc 3


Arms- (make 2)

Skin color

Rd 1: sc 6 in MR

Rd 2: inc (12)

Rd 3: sc, inc (18)

Rd 4-5: sc around (18) (2 rounds)

Rd 6: sc, dec (12)

Rd 7: sc 4, dec (10)

Change to blue

Rd 8: FLO sc 4, inc (12)

Rd 9-10: sc around (12) (2 rounds)

Rd 11: sc 2, dec (9)

Change to red

Rd 12-16: sc around (9) (5 rounds)

Change to yellow

Rd 17: inc (18)

Rd 18-21: sc around (18) (4 rounds)

Rd 22: BLO dec (9)

Rd 23: sc, dec (6) Stuff

FO, leaving tail for sewing. Insert the yarn tail into the arm and out the side and sew to the body lining the top of the arm with the yellow rd on either side of the body.



Details-

Belt Buckle- In yellow centered on the black rds of the body make a square around a st.

Chest Buckle Things- In yellow 2 rds above the black belt centered take the yarn from one side of the body to the other side with 7 sts between. Go up 2 rds and repeat with 6 sts between. Go up 2 rds and repeat with 5 sts between. Go up 2 rds and repeat with 4 sts between. Go up 2 rds and repeat with 3 sts between.


There are more pictures in the downloadable PDF version purchasable here!









I would love to see your pictures! Please tag me in your pictures,

@crochetwizzard #crochetwizzard!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me! You can direct message me on Facebook or Instagram at @crochetwizzard or email me at crochetwizzardd@gmail.com.



Enjoy!


Thanks! The CrochetWizzard!