Crochet Santa’s Laundry for a Unique Christmas Decoration!

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Recreate your own Santa’s Laundry Line, or crochet these small accessories to attach to your cards or even hang them on your tree!

Last week I was contacted on Facebook with a request to find a crochet pattern for Santa’s Laundry.

I’ve seen handmade cards and other projects with Santa’s clothes hanging on laundry lines and I’ve always thought they were super adorable!

I have also seen a fantastic knit pattern (if you knit you can get that pattern here: Santa’s Laundry Line Pattern).

I have not been able to locate a crocheted version. So, I decided to try to make a crocheted version so we can have some fun decorating too!

Santas Laundry Line Free Crochet Pattern from Oombawka Design Crochet

My children think they are pretty cute – although they are somewhat disappointed that these ‘dress-up clothes’ are not large enough to fit on our Elf on the Shelf, Fred. I see a future request from them coming for Elf Clothing…

Santa’s Laundry Line Crochet Pattern

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Supplies

  • Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Yarn.(7 oz/198 g; 364 yds/333 m), 100% acrylic. Medium [4] Weight.
  • Colors: 4 skeins. 1 skein each in White, Red, Black and Cream
  • Hook: 4 mm (G) and 5 mm (H). I used these hooks.
  • Finished Project Yardage: Scarf (0.25 oz/7g; 9.33 yds/11.77 m), Long Johns (0.32 oz/9 g; 12 yds/15.14 m), Hat (0.14 oz/4 g; 5.33 yds/6.73 m), Coat (0.46 oz/13 g; 17.33 oz /21.86 m), Socks (0.04 oz/1 g; 1.33 yds/1.68 m); Pants (0.21 oz/6 g; 8 yds/10.09 m) and Mittens (0.07 oz/2 g; 2.67 yds/3.36 m)
  • Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker, Pom Poms, embroidery thread (optional)

Difficulty Level

Easy-Intermediate

Finished Sizes

Scarf: 9 inches long  X 2 inches wide (not including fringe), Long Johns: 4 inches tall X 4.5 inches wide (arm span), Hat: 2.5 inches tall X 1.75 inches wide (not including pom pom), Coat; 4.5 inches tall X 6 inches wide (arm span), Socks: 2 inches tall X 0.75 inches wide, Pants: 3.5 inches tall (not including suspenders) X 2 inches wide, Suspenders: 2.5 inches tall (when attached) and Mittens: 1.25 inches tall X 1 inch wide. The mittens tie that runs between the 2 mittens is 7 inches in length.

Gauge

3 sc per inch using 5 mm (H) hook
3.5 sc per inch using 4 mm (G) hook

3.5 rows per inch using 5 mm (H) hook
4 rows per inch using 4 mm (G) hook

You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size, and amount of yarn used for your project will also be different.

Abbreviations

US Terminology used

beg – beginning

BL – back loop

ch – chain

ch1sp – chain 1 space

ch2sp – chain 2 space

dc – double crochet

FL – front loop

R – row or round

RS – right side

rem – remaining

rep – repeat

sc –  single crochet

sk – skip

sl st – slip stitch

st/sts – stitch/stitches

WS –  wrong side (back of project)

* to **– Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain of multiple instructions.

[] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches

() – important notes AND sets of stitches to be worked within one stitch, or space

Helpful Tutorials

Stitch Anatomy

Invisible Join

Helpful Video Tutorials

Quick Stitch Guide

Slip Knot and Starting Chain

Skip to these Spots in the Video:

Santa Pants: https://youtu.be/3-9oz-XSQaI?t=35

Suspenders: https://youtu.be/3-9oz-XSQaI?t=552

Santa’s Hat: https://youtu.be/3-9oz-XSQaI?t=726

Santa’s Coat: https://youtu.be/3-9oz-XSQaI?t=994

Santa’s Mitts: https://youtu.be/3-9oz-XSQaI?t=1678

Santa’s Socks: https://youtu.be/3-9oz-XSQaI?t=2132

Santa’s Scarf: https://youtu.be/3-9oz-XSQaI?t=2356

Santa’s Long Johns: https://youtu.be/3-9oz-XSQaI?t=2659

Bum Flap for Long Johns: https://youtu.be/3-9oz-XSQaI?t=3162

Notes:

Santa’s Laundry Line Free Crochet Pattern

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Pattern for Santa’s Pants

With red yarn and your 5 mm (H) hook:

R1: Ch 12. [12]

You will now be working in continuous rounds. Please use a stitch marker to mark your place.

R2-R3: 1 sc in each st around. [12]

Creating pant leg one.

R4: 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, sk 6 sts, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts. [6]

R5-R9: 1 sc in each st around. [6]

Finish off with an invisible join. Weave in ends for pant leg one.

Creating the cuff for pant leg one.

With White Yarn and your 5 mm (H) hook:

R1: Join with 1 sc in any st from R8, ch 1. *! Sc, ch 1** in the next st. Rep from * to ** around. [6 sc, 6 ch1sp]

Finish off with an invisible join. Weave in ends for pant leg one.

Creating pant leg two.

With Red Yarn and your 5 mm (H) hook:

R1: Join with a sc in first sk st from R4. 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts. [6]

R2-R9: 1 sc in each st around. [6]

Finish off with an invisible join. Weave in ends for pant leg two.

Creating the cuff for pant leg two.

With white yarn and your 5 mm (H) hook:

R1: Join with 1 sc in any st from R8, ch 1.  *! sc, ch 1** in the next st. Rep from * to ** around.  [6 sc , 6 ch1sp]

Finish off with an invisible join. Weave in ends for pant leg one.

Santa’s Pants Top Band (where the suspenders will be attached)

With red yarn and your 5 mm (H) hook:

R1: Join with 1 sc in any unworked loop in the foundation chain (R1 of Santa’s Pants). Work 1 sc in each ch across. Finish off with an invisible join and weave in ends. [12]

Pattern for Santa’s Suspenders

Make 2

With black yarn and your 5 mm (H) hook:

R1: Leaving a 6 to 8 inch tail of yarn, ch 20. Finish off leaving a tail of yarn for assembly.

Repeat for the second suspender.

Attach suspenders to pants, criss cross over the back and attach to back of pants. See image below for placement.

Pattern for Santa’s Hat

With red yarn and your 5 mm (H) hook:

R1: Ch 4, join to form a ring. [4]

R2: 1  sc in each st around. [4]

R3: 2 sc in the first st, 1 sc in each rem st around. [5]

R4: 2 sc in the first st, 1 sc in each rem st around. [6]

R5: 2 sc in the first st, 1 sc in each rem st around. [7]

R6: 2 sc in the first st, 1 sc in each rem st around. [8]

R7: 2 sc in the first st, 1 sc in each rem st around. [9]

R8: 1 sc in each st around. [9]

Finish off with an invisible join and weave in ends. 

Santa’s Hat Cuff

With White yarn and a 5 mm (H) hook:

R1: Join with 1 sc in any st from R8, ch 1. *1 sc, ch 1** in the next st. Rep from * to ** around. [9 sc, 9 ch1sp]

R2: Sk the first sc, (1 sc, ch 1) in the next ch1sp. *Sk the next sc, (1 sc, ch 1) in the next ch1sp**. Rep from * to ** around. [9 sc, 9 ch1sp]

Finish off with an invisible join and weave in ends.

Using fabric glue, glue a white pom pom to the top of Santa’s hat. You can alternately use a hot glue gun to attach the pom pom.

Pattern for Santa’s Coat

With red yarn and your 5 mm (H) hook:

R1: Ch 11, beg in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. [10]

R2: 1 sc in the first st, ch 2, sk 2 sts, 1 dc in each of the next 7 sts. Ch 1, turn. [1 sc, 7 dc]

R3: 1 sc in each of the next 7 dc, 1 sc in each of the next 2 chs, 1 sc in the last sc. Ch 1, turn. [10

R4: 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, 1 dc in each of the next 6 sts. Ch 1, turn. [4 sc, 6 dc]

R5: 1 sc in each of the next 6 dc, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sc. Ch 1, turn. [10]

R6-R9: Rep R4 and R5

R10: 1 sc in the first st, ch 2, sk 2 sts, 1 dc in each of the next 7 sts. Ch 1, rotate your work to begin the edging. [1 sc, 7 dc]

R11:  1 sc in each of the next 7 dc, 1 sc in each of the next 2 chs, 1 sc in the last sc. Ch 1, turn. [10]

Do not finish off. Proceed to the edging section.

Santa’s Coat First Edging in Red

With red yarn and your 5 mm (H) hook:

R1: 1 sc in each row end to the corner, ch 1, rotate and work in the rem ch loops from the foundation ch row., 1 sc in each st across to the corner. Ch 1, 1 sc in each row end to the corner. Rotate and work across the top edge of the coat. Finish off with an invisible join and weave in ends.

Santa’s Coat Second Edging in White

With white yarn and your 5 mm (H) hook:

R1: Join with 1 sc in any st, ch 1. *1 sc, ch 1** in the next st. Rep from * to ** around. Finish off with an invisible join and weave in ends.

Sleeves

With red yarn and your 5 mm (H) hook:

R1: With RS of coat facing, join yarn in the first unworked st from R2. 1 sc in the next unworked st. 1 sc in the the edge of the next dc, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 sc in the edge of the last sc. [6]

R2-R5: 1 sc in each st around. [6]

Second Sleeve

With red yarn and your 5 mm (H) hook:

R1: With RS of coat facing, join yarn in the first unworked st from R2. 1 sc in the next unworked st. 1 sc in the the edge of the next dc, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 sc in the edge of the last sc. [6]

R2-R5: 1 sc in each st around. [6]

White Cuff for Sleeves

Work this edging on both sleeve ends.

With white yarn and a 5 mm (H) hook:

R1: Join with 1 sc in any st, ch 1. *1 sc, ch 1** in the next st. Rep from * to ** around. [6 sc, 6 ch1sp]

R2: Sk the first sc, (1 sc, ch 1) in the next ch1sp. *Sk the next sc, (1 sc, ch 1) in the next ch1sp**. Rep from * to ** around. Finish off with an invisible join and weave in ends. [6 sc, 6 ch1sp]

Pattern for Santa’s Socks

Make 2

With white yarn and a 4 mm (G) hook:

R1: Leaving a 6-8 inch tail of yarn, ch 10, beg in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. [9]

R2: 1 sc in each st across. [9]

R3: Rotate your work to crochet along the edge of the rows, Ch 1, work 2 sc evenly along the edge, ch 1. Fold the rectangle in half and work 2 sc evenly across the edge of the opposite row end.  [4 sc, 2 ch1sp]

You will now be working in continuous (unjoined) rounds. You may need a stitch marker.

R4: 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 sc in the bl of the turning ch, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 sc in the bl of the turning ch. [6]

R5: 1 sc in each st around. Finish off with an invisible join and weave in end. [6]

Finishing the sock

Using the 6-8 inch tail of yarn you left at the beginning of R1, whipstitch the two side edges of Santa’s tube sock. Finish off and weave in end.

Repeat for second sock.

Pattern for Santa’s Mittens

Mitten 1

With red yarn and a 4 mm (G) hook:

R1: Ch 10, beg in the second ch from the hook and work 1 sl st in each st across. Ch 1, turn. [9]

R2-R3: 1 sl st in each st across. Ch 1, turn. [9]

Fold the rectangle in half. Sl st evenly down the side edge of the mitten, through both layers to the corner, ch 1, rotate your work and sl st across the tip of the mitten (I worked 1 sl st in between each row for a total of 3 sl st) to the corner, ch 1, rotate the mitten and sl st evenly up the other side edge of the mitten to the corner, ch 1, then continue working sl st evenly around the cuff circumference (not through both layers). Sl st to join the cuff of the mitten. Ch 20 for the mitten string and create mitten 2 as follows.

Mitten 2

With red yarn and a 4 mm (G) hook:

R1: Ch 10, beg in the second ch from the hook and work 1 sl st in each st across. Ch 1, turn. [9]

R2-R3: 1 sl st in each st across. Ch 1, turn. [9]

Fold the rectangle in half. Sl st evenly down the side edge of the mitten, through both layers to the corner, ch 1, rotate your work and sl st across the tip of the mitten (I worked 1 sl st in between each row for a total of 3 sl st) to the corner, ch 1, rotate the mitten and sl st evenly up the other side edge of the mitten to the corner, ch 1, then continue working sl st evenly around the cuff circumference (not through both layers). Sl st to join the cuff of the mitten. Finish off with an invisible join and weave in ends.

Pattern for Santa’s Scarf

With a 4 mm (G) hook and 2 colors of yarn (I used red and white):

The scarf is worked in rows, on one side of the fabric only. This means you do not turn your work but instead you rejoin the yarn at the beginning of the row for each row of the project. You only work on the RS of the project.

R1: Leave a 2-inch tail of yarn and ch 30 with red yarn. Finish off leaving a 2-inch tail of yarn. [30]

R2: Leave a 2-inch tail of yarn and join white yarn with a sc in the first st. 1 sc in each st across. Finish off leaving a 2-inch tail of yarn. [30]

R3: Leave a 2-inch tail of yarn and join red yarn with a sc in the first st. 1 sc in each st across. Finish off leaving a 2-inch tail of yarn. [30]

R4: Leave a 2-inch tail of yarn and join white yarn with a sc in the first st. 1 sc in each st across. Finish off leaving a 2-inch tail of yarn. [30]

R5: Leave a 2-inch tail of yarn and join red yarn with a sl st in the fl of the first st. 1 sl st in the fl of each st across. Finish off leaving a 2 -inch tail of yarn. [30]

R6:  Leave a 2-inch tail of yarn and join red yarn with a sl st in the bl of the first st. 1 sl st in the bl of each st across. Finish off leaving a 2-inch tail of yarn. [30]

Rotate your work and leaving a 2-inch tail of yarn, join red yarn in the unworked loops in the base of the first ch from R1. 1 sl st in each ch across. Finish off leaving a 2-inch tail of yarn.

Tie the yarn ends in a simple knot and trim the edges of the fringe to the same length.

Pattern for Santa’s Long Johns

With a 5 mm (H) hook and cream yarn:

R1: Ch 6, bring the beg and end of the chain together and continue crocheting in continuous unjoined rounds (you will need your stitch marker). [6]

R2: 1 sc in each st around. [6]

R3: 1 sc in the next st, ch 2, sk 1 st, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, ch 2, sk 1 st, 1 sc in the last st. [4 sc, 2 ch2sp]

R4: 1 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the 2 ch sts, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 sc in each of the 2 ch sts, 1 sc in the last st. [8]

R5: 1 sc in each st around.  [8]

R6: *1 sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st**. Rep from * to ** around. [12]

R7-R8: 1 sc in each st around. [12]

R9: 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, sk 6 sts, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts. [6]

R10-16: 1 sc in each st around. [6]

Finish off and weave in ends.

The second leg of the Santa’s Long Johns.

Rejoin your yarn in the first sk st from R9.

R1-8: 1 sc in each st around. [6]

Finish off and weave in ends.

Santa’s Long John Sleeve

Using a 4 mm (G) hook and cream yarn:

R1: Join with a sc  in any loop in one of the armholes created in in R3.  Work 5 more sc evenly around the armhole. [6]

R2-R8: 1 sc in each st around. [6]

Finish off and weave in ends.

**Repeat Santa’s Long John Sleeve instructions, for the second sleeve.

Bum Flap for Long John’s

Using a 4 mm (G) hook and cream yarn:

R1: Ch 4, beg in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. [3]

R2: 1 sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. [3]

R3: 1 sc in each st across. Ch 1 and rotate your work to work the edging instructions below. [3]

Work sl sts evenly down the side edge of the square, ch 1 at the corner and rotate your work to sl st across the rem loops of the foundation ch row. Ch 1 at the corner and rotate your work to work up the side edge of the square. Sl st evenly up the side edge of the square, ch 1 at the corner and rotate to sl st across the top edge of the square. Work 1 sl st in each st across.

You will have approximately 3 sl st on each side and 1 ch 1 in each corner.

Finish off leaving a long tail to sew the bum flap to the backside of the Santa’s Long Johns.

Add 2 very small buttons or hand-stitch small x in place of the buttons for the bum flap. You can alternately use small circles of felt or other adhesive embellishments.

Santas Laundry Line Free Crochet Pattern from Oombawka Design Crochet
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7 Comments

  1. Love this set! So cute!!
    What size are your tiny clothespins, and where did you get them?

  2. Love it! I’ll have to make this for next year — too busy making your angels this year!