Good afternoon crochet lovers! Today I am so excited to again offer to you my newest creation for a Winter Deer crochet pattern that you can find below. In addition this pattern is a “you pick how to finish”. Therefore you can chose to finish a pillow or a wall hanging the choice is up to you.
In Illinois where I live it been getting pretty chilly here especially at night and the deer have been changing their habits for a couple of months now. We have lots of wildlife and we enjoy watching all of the birds, squirrels and deer. You wouldn’t know it but we live in a urban area however we are close to a lake so we get lots of wildlife. So that is one reason why I decided to create a Deer head pillow/wall hanging. This summer we had 2 young bucks, 2 does and a fawn that came to our house every day for a snack. Now we just see a doe and a fawn coming so they are on the move with winter coming in. We are missing our real deer so I made myself a Winter Deer crochet pattern. The next best type!
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The Winter Deer crochet pattern is a easy level tapestry pattern. Therefore, it incorporates the chain stitch at the beginning and the single crochet stitch throughout the pattern. In addition you use just two colors of yarn! So how simple can you get. If you are new to the world of crochet and need to know how to do either of these stitches make sure you check out these BASIC CROCHET STITCH TUTORIALS
Also make sure you check out this blog post to know all about TAPESTRY CROCHET TECHNIQUE
Tapestry crochet can seem very intimidating to any level crocheter. Why just the thought of crocheting with multiple strands of yarn at the same time and keeping them untangled while doing so is enough to send some people over the edge. My suggestion is to use my favorite crochet bag for color work.
It has home for your yarn and holes you feed your yarn through and keeps it untangled while working on your color work projects. In addition it has a home for your hooks, scissors and other misc items.
Really this project can be completed anytime this winter season not just the Christmas holiday time. So lets get started.
Winter Deer Crochet Pattern
Pattern in US terms
Easy level project
one skein Hobby Lobby in MC Ivory (100% acrylic, 355 yds/325 m, 7 oz/199 g) one skein Hobby Lobby in CC Suede Shoes (100% acrylic, 355 yds/325 m, 7 oz/199 g)
G/6-4.50 mm hook MY FAVORITE HOOKS
16 st x 15 rows = 4” in single crochet
The front panel of the pillow is worked using the tapestry crochet technique. Visit this post for how to do tapestry crochet technique
The front panel will be larger than the back panel due to the use of 2 yarns being used throughout the front panel. After joining the panels and inserting the pillow form you will not notice this difference.
Just an FYI in regard to the CC color I used. The variegated CC had a bit of ivory color in it in that was too close of a color match to the MC. So I just cut and spliced my CC yarn in those spots (meaning I cut and removed the yarn in those sections and knotted the yarn back together).
It’s a good idea to print the chart. Then highlight the rows as you complete them.
All rows of the front panel are worked with both yarns to keep the gauge and tension consistent.
Crochet over the second yarn (yarn not in use) when working each single crochet to avoid floats in yarn.
When reading the chart, note that the odd numbered rows are the right side of the pattern and the even numbered rows are the wrong side top the pattern.
Right side of rows (odd numbered) are read right to left <<<
Wrong side rows (even numbered) are read left to right>>>
When you are working with 2 strand of yarn it is best to crochet tightly to avoid the second color being seen through the stitches. However, do not crochet so tight that you cause your project to curl up or the width taper in on the sides.
Chain 1 at the beginning of rows do not count as a stitch
Each cell on the chart equals one single crochet
Each line on the chart equals one row of single crochet
Written instruction read as MC x 15 = single crochet with main color in next 15 stitches
Changing colors are completed on the last pull through of last single crochet of the old color sequence see image A-1, A-2 & A-3
Insert hook into last single crochet of old color sequence, pull up loop
with new color yo, pull through both loops on hook, color change complete
MC: main color
CC: contrast color
sc: single crochet
sl st: slip stitch
Winter Deer Crochet Pattern Front Panel
MC ch 56, (55 plus 1 for turning chain). Make first sc in 2nd ch from hook, (start crocheting over CC on first sc). At the end of each row ch 1, turn. Follow chart below by working all stitches in single crochet stitch, starting at the bottom right corner of chart on row 1. MC is worked for white colored cells and CC is worked for gray colored cells.
Row 1: MC x 15, CC x 25, MC x 15 (mark with m as right side)
Row 2: MC x 16, CC x 23, MC x 16
Row 3: MC x 17, CC x 21, MC x 17
Rows 4-10: MC x 18, CC x 19, MC x 18
Row 11: MC x 17, CC x 21, MC x 17
Row 12: MC x 16, CC x 23, MC x 16
Row 13: MC x 13, CC x 29, MC x 13
Row 14: MC x 12, CC x 31, MC x 12
Row 15: MC x 11, CC x 33, MC x 11
Row 16: MC x 10, CC x 35, MC x 10
Row 17-18: MC x 9, CC x 37, MC x 9
Row 19: MC x 9, CC x 8, MC x 1, CC x 19, MC x 1, CC x 8, MC x 9
Row 20: MC x 9, CC x 7, MC x 2, CC 19, MC x 2, CC x 7, MC x 9
Row 21: MC x 9, CC x 6, MC x 3, CC x 19, MC x 3, CC x 6, MC x 9
Row 22: MC x 9, CC x 3, MC x 5, CC x 7, MC x 1, CC x 5, MC x 1, CC x 7, MC x 5, CC x 3, MC x 9
Row 23: MC x 15, CC x 6, MC x 1, CC x 2, MC x 7, CC x 2, MC x 1, CC x 6, MC x 15
Row 24: MC x 11, CC x 9, MC x 1, CC x 2, MC x 9, CC x 2, MC x 1, CC x 9, MC x 11
Row 25: MC x 10, CC x 9, MC x 2, CC x 2, MC x 9, CC x 2, MC x 2, CC x 9, MC x 10
Row 26: MC x 9, CC x 3, MC x 5, CC x 2, MC x 2, CC x 1, MC x 11, CC x 1, MC x 2, CC x 2, MC x 5, CC x 3, MC x 9
Row 27: MC x 8, CC x 3, MC x 5, CC x 2, MC x 3, CC x 1, MC x 11, CC x 1, MC x 3, CC x 2, MC x 5, CC x 3, MC x 8
Row 28: MC x 8, CC x 3, MC x 5, CC x 2, MC x 3, CC x 1, MC x 11, CC x 1, MC x 3, CC x 2, MC x 5, CC x 3, MC x 8
Row 29: MC x 7, CC x 3, MC x 6, CC x 2, MC x 4, CC x 1, MC x 9, CC x 1, MC x 4, CC x 2, MC x 6, CC x 3, MC x 7
Row 30: MC x 6, CC x 3, MC x 6, CC x 2, MC x 21, CC x 2, MC x 6, CC x 3, MC x 6
Row 31: MC x 5, CC x 4, MC x 6, CC x 2, MC x 21, CC x 2, MC x 6, CC x 4, MC x 5
Row 32: MC x 4, CC x 2, MC x 1, CC x 2, MC x 6, CC x 1, MC x 23, CC x 1, MC x 6, CC x 2, MC x 1, CC x 2, MC x 4
Row 33: MC x 4, CC x 2, MC x 1, CC x 2, MC x 6, CC x 1, MC x 23, CC x 1, MC x 6, CC x 2, MC x 1, CC x 2, MC x 4
Row 34: MC x 4, CC x 2, MC x 1, CC x 2, MC x 7, CC x 1, MC x 21, CC x 1, MC x 7, CC x 2, MC x 1, CC x 2, MC x 4
Row 35: MC x 4, CC x 2, MC x 1, CC x 2, MC x 8, CC x 1, MC x 19, CC x 1, MC x 8, CC x 2, MC x 1, CC x 2, MC x 4
Row 36: MC x 4, CC x 1, MC x 2, CC x 2, MC x 37, CC x 2, MC x 2, CC x 1, MC x 4
Row 37-38: MC x 7, CC x 2, MC x 37, CC x 2, MC x 7
Row 39: MC x 6, CC x 3, MC x 37, CC x 3, MC x 6
Row 40: MC x 5, CC x 2, MC x 1, CC x 2, MC x 35, CC x 2, MC x 1, CC x 2, MC x 5
Row 41: MC x 5, CC x 1, MC x 2, CC x 2, MC x 35, CC x 2, MC x 2, CC x 1, MC x 5
Row 42: MC x 4, CC x 2, MC 2, CC x 2, MC x 35, CC x 2, MC x 2, CC x 2, MC x 4
Row 43: MC x 4, CC x 1, MC x 1, CC x 1, MC x 1, CC x 2, MC x 35, CC x 2, MC x 1, CC x 1, MC x 1, CC x 1, MC x 4
Row 44: MC x 4, CC x 1, MC x 1, CC x 1, MC x 3, CC x 1, MC x 33, CC x 1, MC x 3, CC x 1, MC x 1, CC x 1, MC x 4
Row 45: MC x 11, CC x 1, MC x 31, CC x 1, MC x 11
Row 46-55: MC x 55
Pillow finishing fasten off both MC/CC and weave in ends
Wall hanging finishing fasten off CC weave in end/ MC fasten off at 3’ long tail that will be used to hang the panel
Winter Deer Crochet Pattern Back Panel
MC ch 56, (55 plus 1 for turning chain)
Row 1: sc every every ch across, mark as right side, ch 1, turn (mark with m as right side)
Row 2: sc in every st across, ch 1, turn
Row 3-55: rep row 2
Fasten off and weave in end
Joining Panels Together
Lay front panel and back panel together with wrong sides facing. You will notice the front panel will be a larger than the back panel. Therefore after you have joined the panels you will not be able to tell any size difference.
Rnd 1: while holding panels together, sl st in bottom right hand corner sp, ch 1, [3 sc in same sp as ch 1, sc thru both of both panels evenly up side to next corner] 3 times. 3 sc in next corner sp, insert pillow form between carefully panels. Sc across bottom to next corner, sl st to beg sc.
Fasten off, weave in ends and remove m
Wall Hanging Finishing
Lay front panel right side up on flat surface and lay dowel rod/branch next to top of panel. Thread yarn needle with the 3’ long MC tail. Take needle around the rod/branch and through first stitch. Repeat across the rod in every stitch. Fasten off on the back side of panel. Fasten off, weave in ends and remove m.
Cut 12-6″ long pieces of yarn (3 per corner) for fringe
see image A-4 & A-5
ch 10, sl st in 10th ch from hook, ch 80, sl st in 11th ch from hook
fasten off and weave in ends
slip loops of both ends onto the dowel rod/branch, tack with hot glue on back side if desired see image A-6
Cut 56 pieces of 12” long of CC yarn for fringe pieces. Attach 2 pieces per every other stitch along bottom of wall hanging for fringe.
So there you have either completed a pillow or a wall hanging. Which Winter Deer crochet pattern did you complete??? Let me know in the comment section!
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So that’s it in a nut shell. The Winter Deer crochet pattern is super easy to do. So you should be able to complete in a couple of days. Even if you are new to the world of crochet. In addition I think this pillow would look awesome using a solid gray color for the deer. The possibilities are endless of course.
What color combos do you think would look good on this Winter Deer crochet pattern???
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