Make this Holiday Season Sweet: Kawaii Peppermint Applique Crochet Pattern

Make this Holiday Season Sweet: Kawaii Peppermint Applique Crochet Pattern

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Here is the final piece of my Ugly Christmas Sweater – the Kawaii Peppermint!  When I was brainstorming ideas for this sweater, the idea of crocheted peppermints was a no-brainer!  If you look around during the holiday season, it seems like everything is peppermint flavored or scented – candy, coffee, etc.  You could say that peppermints are the pumpkins of the winter season!  I also figured that peppermints would be not only festive, but relatively simple to make.  Since there are so many appliques on the sweater, I wanted to make sure they were all easy, fun, and fast!  I think my Kawaii Peppermints are the perfect finishing touch to this holiday masterpiece!  Plus, they work really well as appliques for just about anything else you want to attach them to.  I even discovered recently that they make super cute Christmas ornaments if you attach a small string to the top!

(By the way, you can learn how to attach these peppermints – and any other crocheted appliques – to fabric HERE!)

If you’re looking for the other appliques on the sweater, you can find the free patterns for the Gingerbread Boy & Girl here, and the String Lights here!

Below is the finished sweater!  I love fitting the peppermints and gingerbreads within the peaks and valleys of the string lights – but feel free to get creative and arrange them however you’d prefer!


As I mentioned in my String Lights and Gingerbread Boy & Girl posts, the only thing I changed up this time around when attaching them (compared to my post on how to attach crocheted appliques to fabric) was the fabric glue.  This time, I used Aleene’s Fabric Fusion.  I love this stuff!  It dries clear and is non-toxic, so you can make this a fun holiday DIY project with the kiddos.  Plus, it dries in 4 hours according to the bottle (mine was much more dry and sewing-ready after an overnight dry, but after a few hours it was not too wet), so you could easily make a few of these in a weekend and not have to worry about them taking forever to dry!

As always, I used a Gildan brand cotton t-shirt.  I highly recommend purchasing them in either black or white, as the solid neutral colors make the colorful appliques stand out really well!

Who is ready to get started on this sweet crochet project?  I know I am!



Size G/6 4.00 MM hook (move hook size up/down to make appliqué larger/smaller)

Yarn Needle


Red Heart Super Saver in:

  • White
  • Black (eyes)
  • Cherry Red or Paddy Green (contrast color to White part of Peppermint)

Red Heart Soft Baby Steps in Strawberry (blush)



Beg = beginning

Ch(s) = chain(s)

Dc = double crochet

Hdc = half double crochet

Rep = repeat

Rnd = round

Sc = single crochet

Sl st = slip stitch

St(s) = stitch(es)



About 3.5” long (move up/down a hook size to make appliqué larger/smaller)



Exact Gauge is not essential to this project.




Center of Peppermint

Rnd 1 – With White, Make a magic ring, 6 sc in ring (6 sc)

Rnd 2 – 2 sc in each st around (12 sc)

Rnd 3 – 2 sc in next st, sc in next.  Rep around (18 sc)

Rnd 4 – 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts.  Rep around.  Do not fasten off. (24 sc)


Row 1 – Ch 5. Dc in 3rd ch from hook (first photo). Hdc in next (second photo). Sc in last (third photo). Sl st into next sc from previous rnd (fourth photo). Sl st in next sc on previous rnd, ch 1, turn. (1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc)

Row 2 – Sc in next st (first photo below), Hdc in next st (second photo below), dc in last st. Join contrast color (red or green) in last st. Do not fasten off White; you will carry it to next Rnd later.  Ch 2, turn. (1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc)

Row 3 – Dc in next st (first photo below). Hdc in next st (second photo below). Sc in last st (third photo below). Sl st into next sc from previous rnd (fourth photo below). Sl st in next sc on previous rnd, ch 1, turn. (1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc)

Row 4 – Sc in next st, Hdc in next st, dc in last st. Join White in last st (first and second photos below). Do not fasten off contrast color; carry it to next row (second photo above shows white yarn carried up on back of appliqué).  Ch 2, turn. (1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc)

Row 5 – Dc in first st, Hdc in next, sc in last. Sl st in next sc on rnd, Sl st in next st. Ch 1, turn. (1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc)
Row 6 – Sc in first st, Hdc in next st, dc in last st. Join contrast yarn in last st. Ch 2, turn. (1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc)
Rows 7 – 26 – Rep Rows 3 – 6 five times (do not ch 2 at the end of Row 26). Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.  Sew last row to beg row with yarn needle (three photos below). (1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc per row)

Eyes (Make 2)

Rnd 1 – Make a magic ring, sc 4 in ring. Sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off, weave in beg end (4 sc)

Eye Sparkle: With White, make a small vertical line inside each Eye (three photos below).  Tie off ends on back of Eye.


Sew each Eye to center of Peppermint, near outer edges (first photo below).  With Pink, make a small horizontal line near the outer edge of each Eye for Blush; tie off ends on back of Peppermint (second and third photos below).  With Black, make a small V in between Eyes; tie off ends on back of Peppermint (fourth and fifth photos below).  Sixth photo below shows finished Peppermint.


Here is a photo of the finished Peppermint in both Red and Green, along with a look at how it looks glued on to the sweater (learn how to attach the appliques with my post on how to attach appliques to fabric here!)


Thanks for joining me and crocheting some fun holiday appliques!  Stay tuned for lots more fun patterns coming soon – including some projects that would make AWESOME holiday gifts!  You can keep up to date with me on social media using the links below, as well!



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