[Christmas] JOY Applique – Free Crochet Pattern

The Christmas JOY crochet applique is the latest addition to my Christmas appliques collection.

This is more like a 3 in 1 pattern because here, you’ll find the patterns to crochet each of the letters of the word JOY.

I guess there are many crochet alphabet patterns out there, but I really wanted to make some customized letters that I could use to make one more Christmas granny square and to create some personalized Christmas cards!

So, these letter appliques are pretty small and work up in no time!

JOY Applique - Free Crochet Pattern - Raffamusa Designs


This Christmas, I decided to send personalized Christmas cards to all my family and friends. So, I’ve already started preparing some cute cards using all sorts of Christmas appliques!

Some of these patterns are already available on the blog. However, you can already get ahead on your Holiday makes and get all 12 small Christmas Appliques patterns in one compact and printer-friendly bundled!

Take a look at the bundle on Etsy HERE.

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Find more Christmas appliques to crochet here on the blog…

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Christmas JOY Applique - Free Crochet Pattern - Raffamusa Designs

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  • A small amount of Yarn of Choice
  • Appropriate Hook Size
  • Tapestry Needle


With Sport (2, Fine) weight cotton yarn (I used Schachenmayr Catania) and a 2.5-mm (C/2 US, 12 UK) hook, these are the final measurements of each letter:

  • J – 1.4″ (3.5 cm) by 2″ (5 cm)
  • O – 1.2″ (3 cm) by 1.2″ (3 cm)
  • Y – 1.6″ (4 cm) by 2″ (5 cm)


This pattern is too small to accurately determine the gauge. Just keep in mind that the final size will depend on the yarn and hook you use.


Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Inc – Increase
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch
Yo – Yarn over


Increase (Inc)
One increase consists of 2 sts worked in the same indicated st. The pattern states whether you need to work a sc, hdc, or dc inc.


  • If the pattern says to “sc 2”, it means that you have to crochet 1 sc in each of the next two sts.
  • (…) – Repeat the instruction within round brackets for the indicated number of times.
  • […] – Crochet the instruction within square brackets all in the same indicated st.
Crochet JOY Letters Appliques - Free Pattern - Raffamusa Designs


Letter J

Ch 20.

Row 1. Dc 1 in the third ch from your hook, dc inc 7, dc 9, [dc 1, ch 2, sl st 1] in the last ch. (25 sts)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Letter O

Ch 12.

Form a ring by making a sl st into the first ch. Pay attention not to twist the ch.

Round 1. Ch 2 (does not count as a st), dc inc in each ch all around. Sl st into the first dc to join the round. (24 sts)

Fasten off and weave in all your ends.

Letter Y

Ch 16.

Row 1. Dc 1 in the third ch from your hook, dc 7. Ch 10, dc 1 in the third ch from your hook, dc in next 7 ch, dc 2 along the post of 8th-made dc, dc 1 in the same ch as 8th dc. Working in the remaining 6 ch of the initial ch-16, dc 5, [dc 1, ch 1, sl st 1] in the last ch.

Fasten off and weave in all your ends.


I hope you enjoyed this free crochet pattern. I would love to see your Christmas appliques on Facebook or Instagram. Make sure to use the hashtag #raffamusadesigns so that I don’t miss your makes!

Find more Christmas crochet patterns here on the blog…

1 thought on “[Christmas] JOY Applique – Free Crochet Pattern”

  1. Wonderful appliques!
    Great directions and so much fun!
    Thank you so much!

    Due to my inexperience,
    the letter y gave me a bit of trouble. At the “8th made” .Your directions are great, it is just me…the reverse design came about but looks like a nice letter y. 😊


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