Sunday, April 6, 2014

Free crochet pattern! Olaf from Frozen!

     Olaf from Disney's "Frozen" Crochet Pattern!

By: Ashley Phillips (@thegingerbeast)

When I first saw "Frozen" in theaters, I instantly fell in love with Olaf. I mean seriously, who couldn't? That little guy made the entire movie. Of course, the first thing I did when I got home that night was search Ravelry and Pinterest for a pattern to make my own Olaf. I was pretty disappointed that all of the good patterns cost over $6. When you factor in the cost of materials, you might as well just spend the money for the plush toy at the Disney Store. I am not ashamed to admit that I am very cheap! So, I set about trying to make my own. Here's my first try:

Hi, my name is Olaf and I like warm hugs!

I'm very proud of myself for coming up with the pattern! And it only cost me $3 for materials! So obviously since this is my first pattern and I made up most of it in my head at work, please let me know if there are any issues or inconsistencies! 

Olaf's body is worked entirely in one round, so this pattern seems long but I promise it is very easy!

Happy crocheting!

  • White yarn. I used one skein (364 yds, 7 oz) of the cheap "Craft smart" Value yarn for $2 at Michael's! It's not as soft as some yarns, but it worked out really well!
  • A few yards of orange yarn for carrot nose
  • US size H 5.0mm crochet hook, or whatever size your yarn calls for. No real gauge needed.
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Tapestry needle
  • Black and white felt
  • Brown Pipe cleaners for head. 
  • Super glue.
  • Scissors

Stitch Explanation:

  • sc - single crochet
  • st - stitch
  • ch - chain
  • inc - increase stitches by single crocheting twice into one space.
  • dec - decrease stitches by inserting hook into stitch and pulling up a loop. With stitches on the hook, insert it again into the next stitch, pull up another loop and pull hook through all three loops. One decrease made.
  • PM - place marker
  • sl st - slip stitch

Olaf's Body!!

Round 1: With white yarn, make 6 sc in a magic circle. Instead of a magic circle, you could ch. 2 and complete 6 sc in the second ch from hook. (6)
Round 2: Inc around. PM. (12)
Round 3: (inc, sc in next sts) around. (18)
Round 4: (inc, sc in next 2 sts) around. (24)
Round 5: (inc, sc in next 3 sts) around. (30)

Note: Continue increasing around in that way for 13 rounds, until you have a circle that is 78 stitches across. For example, Round 6 would be (inc, sc in next 4 sts) around (36)…etc. The final round, Round 13, will be (inc, sc in next 11 sts) around (78).

Rounds 14-25: Single crochet around. (78)
Round 26: (dec, sc in next 11 sts) around.
Round 27: (dec, sc in next 10 sts) around. 
Round 28: (dec, sc in next 9 sts) around. 

Note: Continue decreasing around just like you were increasing before for 4 rounds. For example, the final Round 32 would be (dec, sc in next 5 sts) around. (36)

***Olaf's bottom half is all done (watch out for my butt!) Now we will start working on his "stomach", or middle area!***

This is what mine started to look like. (Sorry for the crappy picture, I was at work!)

Round 33-34: sc around.
Round 35: (inc, sc in next 5 sts) around. 
Rounds 36-38: Continue increasing around as above for 2 rounds until you reach (inc, sc in next 8 sts) around. 
Rounds 39-44: sc around 
Round 45: (dec, sc in next 8 sts) around. 
Rounds 46-49: Continue decreasing around as above for 4 rounds until you reach (dec, sc in next 4 sts) around. 

*Stuff body with fiberfill while you still have enough room, once you start his head he will be hard to stuff!
At this point, you can do what many children do at Build-A-Bear stores. I crocheted Olaf a tiny little heart, made a wish and stuffed it inside!*

Round 50: (dec, sc in next 3 sts) around.
Round 51: (dec, sc in next 2 sts) around.

***Olaf's stomach is done! Now we can work on his head!!***

Round 52-56: sc around.
Round 57: (inc, sc in next 2 sts) around.
Round 58: (inc, sc in next 3 sts) around.
Round 59-68: sc around.
Round 69: (inc, sc in next 4 sts) around.
Round 70: (inc, sc in next 5 sts) around. 
Round 71: (inc, sc in next 6 sts) around. 
Round 72-73: sc around.
Add more fiberfill to head, make sure you stuff so the head is shaped like an oval and not completely round.

Round 74: (dec, sc in next 6 sts) around.
Round 75:  (dec, sc in next 5 sts) around.
Round 76: (dec, sc in next 4 sts) around.
Round 77: (dec, sc in next 3 sts) around. 
Round 78: (dec, sc in next 2 sts) around.
Round 79-87: sc around.

Add more fiberfill, stretching the top part and shaping it more "oval" as you go.

Round 88: (dec, sc in next 5 sts) around.
Round 89: (dec, sc in next 4 sts) around.
Round 90: (dec, sc in next 3 sts) around.
Stuff with more fiberfill
Round 91: (dec, sc in next 2 sts) around.
Continue stuffing and shaping.
Round 92: Close with (dec, sc in next sc) around. Decrease a few more times until the head is closed. Cut yarn with a long tail and weave in ends.

Olaf's Carrot Nose:
*Stuff with fiberfill as you go, remember to add extra to the middle of the carrot since Olaf's nose is a little misshapen!**

Round 1: Magic ring, 6 sc. PM (6)
Round 2: inc around. (12)
Round 3: (sc, inc) around (18)
Rounds 4-7 sc in each st. (18)
Round 8: dec once, sc around (17)
Rounds 9-10: sc around (17)
Round 11: dec once, sc around (16)
Round 12: sc around (16)
Round 13: dec once, sc around (15)
Round 14: sc around (15)
Round 15: dec once, sc around (14)
Round 16: sc around (14)
Round 17: dec once, sc around (13)
Round 18: dec once, sc around (12)
Round 19: dec once, sc around (11)
Round 20: dec once, sc around (10)
Round 21: sc, dec around. sc in last st. (7)
Round 22: sc 2, dec, sc, dec (5)

Once you are done stuffing, close the hole and cut the yarn with a long tail to sew on to Olaf's face.

Nathaniel helping me cut out Olaf's "buttons"!


1. Cut three round circles out of black felt and place onto Olaf with super glue. One circle on his middle and two on his bottom half.

2. Sew Olaf's nose on to the ridge in the middle of his face, that gives him a more uniform appearance. Make sure the nose is over-stuffed so it is slightly crooked and points downward.

3. Trace or draw a mouth onto black felt and glue onto Olaf's face. Cut out a rectangle from the white felt for his teeth and glue that onto the top of the mouth.

4. Cut out ovals from the white felt for his eyes and tiny circles from the black felt for pupils. Glue these onto the top of his face. Cut and glue two tiny slivers of black felt for his eyebrows.

During assembly!

5. Trim down a few pipe cleaners and stick them on Olaf's head for "hair. For his hands, cut a pipe cleaner into two small pieces and wrap around a larger piece of pipe cleaner for "fingers". 

And you're done! Enjoy your Olaf! If you are making this for a small child, I would suggest leaving the pipe cleaners out so they don't poke themselves ;)

Please comment on my blog at with any questions, comments, or reviews! Thanks for reading!

This pattern is FREE and cannot be replicated for sale. All rights to Olaf and any "Frozen" character belong to Disney.  


  1. I'm at a loss from row 88, decreasing again - not enough stitches.

  2. Ashley! I just saw this pinned by Lion Brand! Yay! :-D

    1. Did you really??? I can't find it! Oh my goodness!

    2. Me either! I looked as well, I can't find it either.

  3. Thank you for the pattern! I can't wait to make one for my daughter!

  4. This pattern looks like a lot of fun!! I've been sharing around all night!! Can't wait to try it out!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern, Britteny!!

  5. Thank you so much for the pattern.

  6. hello! i have a problem with the head. it went small. why? thx

    1. Hey Rusu, sorry for replying so late, Olaf's head does get very tiny at first to make a "neck" area, and then it opens back up wide to create his cheekbones! Don't worry if it gets small, and you can certainly make changes if you feel you have to, I did a lot of guess-work while making him!

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  8. My grands will be getting this little guy for Christmas.

  9. Do you think you could post a video tutorial for this on youtube? Im kind of a begginner and I do really well with visuals as opposed to reading it. I love how it turned out and would likw to give one to my sister for her birthday! Great pattern soooooo cute!

    1. Thanks so much! I could try to make a video tutorial! I've never made one and I'm not sure how long it will take me to make it, since I have been working a lot, but I will certainly try!

    2. Will you let me know if you make a tutorial? I'd be very interested.

  10. made this for ma great niece she loves it thanks for sharing xx

    1. Wow thanks!! I'm so glad your niece loves it!! :)

  11. Wauw, what a grat pattern. Thank you.

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  13. How big is Olaf, and can you crochet the buttons, mouth and eyes?

    1. Hey Stephanie, I think Olaf is about 1 1/2 feet or so? He is quite a good size! You can certainly crochet his mouth, buttons, and eyes but that would take a bit longer and I like how the felt gave him a cartoony look! You can totally customize however you want though!

  14. Hello Ms. Ashley, thank you for publishing this pattern. I am new to crochet and I am making this right now. It is coming out great so far. My only question is: When I am beginning the head, at round 52, are there supposed to be 18 stitches? It is making a narrow looking neck that I don't see happening on the image, so I just want to make sure I'm on the right track. Thanks!

    1. Hey there! So, I totally made this up as I went along at work and tried to guesstimate the stitch count afterwards, so if it is not 100% matched up to the pattern don't worry! The head does get very narrow at first and then opens up wide, giving Olaf that cheek-boney look that he has :) Just give it your best shot and if you need to add stitches then go for it!! Thanks for trying out my pattern! :)

    2. Wow thanks so much for your reply! I really appreciate it. I will go forth. I think I am doing it right since you said the head is supposed to get narrow. I can't wait to finish it. If I am able to complete it, I am making a total of four of them--one for my son and 3 for my niece and nephews for when we go to Disney in October. Thanks again!!

  15. Omg! This is too cute! I'm making this for my granddaughter (she's 14) and she just lives Olaf! I am getting akuck out of how big he is. Never made stuffed animals. I'm done with the bottom. Really fun project! Thanks for sharing!

  16. I meant a kick, not akuck. Lol!

  17. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern!! I know a couple of teens that are going to love this guy for Christmas!

  18. Thank you so much for this. Will have a go at making it for my granddaughter.

  19. Thank you for staring my niece is going to die at Christmas when she sees her olaf doll. I've never made a doll so this is my first. Couldn't think of a better doll to make then this goofy snowman!

  20. Do you have any other free patterns? How long have you been crocheting?

    1. Hi Gemma! I don't have any other free patterns yet, but I'm hoping to have some soon! I've been crocheting for about 2 years, I taught myself on youtube! :)

  21. I have never attempted anything like this before. I do crochet afghans in the ripple and the half shell patterns. My problem is I have no idea what a MAGIC CIRCLE is? Also what is a place marker? Can you please help me. Thanks

    1. I did´t have any idea either so I found a short tutorial on youtube. It´s really easy.
      The place marker is just for you to know where one row ends and a new one starts. I used a broken loom ring for it but you can also try it with a short piece of yarn or open a paperclip. When you end a row, take out the place marker and insert it in or before the first stitch of the new row. Good luck!

    2. Thanks. I found that also. I have the bottom done but am having trouble with the stomach. I did it and it did not look right so I tore it out and started it over. I wish that it told you how many stitches you should have when you are done with each round. That sure would make it easier for someone like me who has never done anything like this before. I am making this for my grand-daughters as Christmas presents.

    3. Hi Mamaw, sorry for the confusion! The stitch count isn't super important, and the ones listed here were kinda guesstimates. I kinda made this up as I went along. Really the shape is what matters, as long as you are happy with it don't stress too much! At first, the stomach does look weird because it is almost like a tube, but when you stuff it, it looks like a regular snowman!! Let me know if you have any questions!

    4. Thank you for helping answer that question Claudia!

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  23. I had the same issue as others with the head being to skinny I just added some increases before I went in to rows of sc and the decreases thanks so much for the cool tut my 12 yr old niece loves Olaf she did a baton show to the song from frozen and took 1 st place she is gonna love this for a christmas gift this year thanks again !

  24. Hi this is the first thing I have ever crocheted, with the help of your picture and you tube, and I it doesn't look to bad, till I reach the head, I was wondering if rows 74 to 78 should be increase not decrease, this would make the cheeks wider, like your picture, At least I think it would, I haven't tried yet, great pattern though, thank you for sharing

  25. Elaine Woodford, I think you might be right. I have made it toothed pattern and the head is just a long tube!! Will have to undo it and try it your way. Thank you

  26. Hi Ashley, I just wanted to share with you that I have now also published an English video tutorial based on your pattern:
    thanks again for Olaf ;-) and take care

  27. Hi, my daughter loves Olaf and i want to make one for her but i want to make it bigger can i just double all ???? Thanks....

  28. Hi I`m having a hard time with the top of the head HELP PLEASE.

  29. I need help with the top of the head where the hair goes.

  30. I went to the where you said to go to , but I can not find it . It was not there. HELP PLEASE .

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  32. im at a loss im on rnd 88 n it says to sc(5) then dec when i do i get 4sts at end am i doing something wrong plzz help im making this for a friends daughter for her bday n she loves olaf thank u

  33. Thank you so much i bought a stuff animal for me and my daughter take it she sleeps with it so I am making this for her so I can have mine back lol she loves olaf and it is a easy pattern thank you so much love it

  34. mil gracias por el patrón....lo planteas muy sencillo y muy rápido....sólo tengo una pregunta....y los pies??

  35. Can I please have your permission to translate this lovely Olaf into Dutch??
    I will put the link to your webpage or blog on it or I give you the translation and put the link to it on my group 
    Greetings and Blessings