Norwegian Christmas Crochet

11th December 

Crocheted nisse
Back at the end of October I began thinking about the blog and the posts that I wanted to put 'out there' during December. I quickly realised that lots of my traditional customs and that which we do in our home was eagerly and enthusiastically  thrown out into the web ether last December. Not wanting to regurgitate the same old, it dawned on me that I may actually have to give the Christmas month some serious thought during early Autumn.
My go to craft of the last couple of years has been crochet and it was here I began tinkering with Christmas patterns. I am not a designer nor am I a pattern writer but I wanted to make something that was all mine.  It's hard. Very hard. And I cannot say with hand on heart that I have truly managed it. I goggled, I searched, I flicked through magazines and books and I pondered. In the end I returned to our family favourite knitted nisse (see post here )  as my inspiration for a Selma designed crochet pattern:  I crocheted hanging nisse for our home.

Perfect, nisse in the holly bush

These nisse get everywhere, outside to greet visitors

Crocheted Nisse

Basic nisse without finishing touches
For those that do not know, nisse are quite naughty and so I wanted them to not look 'perfect' but to have a little cheekiness to them, I hope that has been achieved.

To make the basic crocheted nisse:

With red yarn, we are beginning at the bottom of the nisse

Row 1:   Magic circle and ch 2, then 6dc into the ring and ss to join

Row 2:  ch 2 and  dc into same stitch.  2dc in each stitch, ss to join - 12 stitches total

Row 3:  ch 2 and dc into same stitch.  1 dc in each stitch and ss to join 

Row 4 & 5: same as row 3

Row 6:  ch 2 and then 1 dc into each of the next 4 stitches.
On last stitch switch to flesh colour yarn and introducing it on the last pull through this final dc stitch. 
Continue with flesh colour and 1 dc into the next 5 stitches. 
On the last dc change colour back to red on the final pull through.  1 dc in red for the next 4 stitches ss to join

Below are just sample crochet swatches not the nisse, to show how to change colour

Begin dc as normal, pulling through loop
for the first time

On the second pull through of the dc stitch,
switch to new colour

Pull through the new colour  ready to
begin using it on the next stitch

Each nisse has its own character and look,
I love that, but they basically all look like this!

Row 7:  Change colour to white ch 2. 1 dc in each stitch, trap in the loose threads whilst crocheting

STUFF the nisse at this stage before we begin crocheting.  I have stuffed some so they are more bulbous in shape and others are much slimmer, just to add to the variety of appearance.

Row 8:  Change back to red.  ch 2, then I dc in next 2 stitches .  dc3tog  1 dc in the next 3 stitches   dc3tog   1dc in the next 2 stitches  ss to join

Row 9:  ch 2  dc3tog   1dc in next 2 stitches  dc3tog  1 dc in 2 stitches  ss to join

Row 10:  ch 2  dc in each stitch ss to join - should be 6 dc

Row 11:  ch 2 3dctog   1 dc in next 2 stitches ss to join

To create the hanging loop just chain double the length of the hang that you desire and sew in the end at the top of the nisse.  Again on mine I have varied the length of each of them to add interest.

A chained hanging loop

Finishing touches.

Eyes:  these can be embroidered on, or in my case I sewed on two beads.

The eyes have it?!?

Beard:  Using white yarn and a needle with double thread, all around the flesh face parts sew lots of white loops to form a beard, see photo

To keep the beard loops the same size, I loop them around my finger

Hat pom pom: Here I used a variety of different ideas, I used the same lop method as  for the beard, some were left with no pom pom and other just lots of white strands.  I am still to actually make one with a real pom pom, but I will, I promise!

To pom pom or not to pom pom, that is the question
Once I was in the flow of making these, I changed each one slightly and depending on my mood, I may have added a second flesh colour face row, made the hat section longer, added in extra stitches around the mid riff etc. just to create variety and give the little chaps individuality.  A couple were not even given beards, puberty had obviously not kicked in on them yet. 
Play and have some fun!  I did.

Nisse and holly work well together

A pubescent nisse!

Crocheted nisse (Santas) and Christmas trees, the tree post will be tomorrow

♥  Hope the week is treating you well


  1. Oh they are too cute!! I love the ones on the holly bush especially. The beards are fantastic!!! I don't think that I will have time to make any of these now, but I enjoyed looking at yours!! xx

    1. I agree the holy bush was made for Christmas red. Loved your Blenheim Christmas decoration post too

  2. Ha ha they are very sweet and make me smile, the eyes bring them to life as you say. Love the trees too.

    1. Thank you Helen. Cheery Christmas red. Never fails to make me smile x


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