Wednesday, December 11, 2013

10 EASY Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Our Elf, Ted, is a pretty simple guy... he doesn't make much mess, or get into much trouble.  Don't get me wrong... I love looking at the creative, elaborate things other people's elves do, but we just don't have time for that!  So, here are Ted's first 10 "hiding spots" for your viewing pleasure.  Maybe it'll give your elf some ideas for the future.

We couldn't find the "Elf on the Shelf" book, so I emailed Santa... and Santa told Ted it was OK to come anyway.  We did finally find the book & my 7-year-old read it to us.

Ted helped hang one last ornament.

Ted loves candy!  Especially Candy Cane Kisses!

Ted was feeling shy... he hid way up on the top of the kitchen cabinets.

Hanging out by the phone.  Maybe waiting for a phone call?  Or maybe he's going to call Santa to tell him if you've been naughty?

Ted loves giraffes!  (HUG)

All elves love to play with toys!

A marshmallow martini... the kids ate them the next day.

Ted is a little conceited... but we don't mind.

The cinnamon pine cones are irresistible!

Merry Christmas!  
(If you love Ted's hat & scarf, the free crochet pattern is available in the previous blog entry!)
❤ Danyel (and Ted the Elf)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

CROCHET PATTERN - Ted the Elf's Hat and Scarf

Yep, we have an elf.  His name is Ted.  The kids really look forward to figuring out where he's hiding each day, and I really enjoy my time off while he's here.  What do I mean?  Well, when Ted's here, the kids tattle to HIM... I hear "I'm telling TED!  He's going to tell Santa you're being naughty!"  I just sit back and laugh.

Anyway... this is Ted's 3rd year here, and somewhere along his travels between our house and the North Pole, Ted lost his red elf hat.  So last year, I made him a new one (and a matching scarf), and I set him on the mantle with a crochet hook to make it look like he had made it himself.  But it was pretty ugly... so THIS year I made him a new and improved set, and it's MUCH cuter!  Enjoy!

Materials: G/6 (4.0 mm) crochet hook, yarn needle, scissors

Yarn: Approximately 5 yards of Worsted Weight yarn. Sample shown using Caron Simply Soft Party.

Size: “Elf on the Shelf” size

Gauge: 4 HDC and 3 rounds = 1”

Difficulty: Easy

Stitch Guide:  CH - chain, HDC - half double crochet, SC - single crochet, SK - skip, SL ST - slip stitch, ST(S) - stitch(es)

  • The CH-1 at the beginning of each round does NOT count as a ST.  Join to the top of the first ST made.
  • If you want to omit the earflaps, just work 1 round of SC after Round 5 and fasten off.

Start with Magic Ring.
Round 1:  CH 1, 9 HDC in ring, join.  [9 HDC]
Round 2:  CH 1, 2 HDC in each ST around, join.  [18 HDC]
Round 3-5:  CH 1, 1 HDC in each ST around, join.  [18 HDC]  Do not fasten off.  Continue to 1st Ear Flap.

Ear Flaps
1st ear flap:  CH 1, SC in next 3 STS.  CH 1, turn, SK 1st ST, SC in remaining 2 STS.  CH 1, turn, SK 1st ST, SC in remaining ST.  Fasten off.
2nd ear flap:  Rejoin yarn with a SC 7 STS to the left of the first flap.  SC in next 2 STS.  CH 1, turn, SK 1st ST, SC in remaining 2 STS.  CH 1, turn, SK 1st ST, SC in remaining ST.  Fasten off.

Rejoin yarn at back seam.  SC evenly around edge of hat and both ear flaps, working (SC, CH 5, SC in 2nd CH and remaining 3 CHS, SC into same ST) at the tip of each earflap.  Join to 1st SC and fasten off.

CH 41.  SL ST in 2nd CH from hook and each CH across.  Fasten off.  Slip knot some fringe to each end (optional).

Other Suggestions
Add a pom pom, buttons, sequins, or other bling to your hat and scarf to make them unique!  Try fuzzy, variegated or self-striping yarns, too!

 © 2013 Danyel Pink.  You may sell what you make, but please credit Danyel Pink Designs for the pattern. You may NOT resell the pattern, distribute it in any form, post it elsewhere online, or alter it to claim it as your own. Please provide a link back to my blog instead.  Contact me with any questions or for pattern support.