Monday, August 8, 2016

CROCHET PATTERN - Elf Hat

This striped stocking cap is an adorable photography prop and a perfect holiday accessory for the whole family!  Whip one up in any size from Preemie through XL Adult!

Materials:  US Size I/9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook, yarn needle, scissors

Yarn:  1 or more colors of Worsted Weight yarn. 100-200 yards total.  Samples shown using Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn.

Sizes:  Preemie — XL Adult. Pattern includes measurements and indicates where to stop for each size.

Gauge:  14 DC and 8 rounds = 4”

Difficulty:  Easy

Stitch Guide:  CH(S) - chain(s), DC - double crochet, SC - single crochet, SL ST - slip stitch, ST(S) - stitch(es)

Notes:
  1. The CH-2 at the beginning of each row is NOT a ST. Join each round to top of the 1st DC. Work solid hats continuously, if you prefer. 
  2. I have not indicated where to change colors. Make your stripes however you like. 
  3. I recommend changing colors at the join. Complete the SL ST at the end of each round with the new color. 
  4. Do not fasten off at each color change. Carry unused yarns loosely along inside of hat. 
  5. When you have reached the size you want to make, continue to page 3 for finishing instructions.


Instructions:

All Sizes:  start with Magic Ring.
Round 1:  CH 2, 6 DC in ring, join—6 DC.
Round 2:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 2, 2 DC in next) twice, join—8 DC.
Round 3:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 3, 2 DC in next) twice, join—10 DC.
Round 4:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 4, 2 DC in next) twice, join—12 DC.
Round 5:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 5, 2 DC in next) twice, join—14 DC.
Round 6:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 6, 2 DC in next) twice, join—16 DC.
Round 7:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 7, 2 DC in next) twice, join—18 DC.
Round 8:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 8, 2 DC in next) twice, join—20 DC.
Round 9:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 9, 2 DC in next) twice, join—22 DC.
Round 10:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 10, 2 DC in next) twice, join—24 DC.
Round 11:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 11, 2 DC in next) twice, join—26 DC.
Round 12:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 12, 2 DC in next) twice, join—28 DC.
Round 13:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 13, 2 DC in next) twice, join—30 DC.
Round 14:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 14, 2 DC in next) twice, join—32 DC.
Round 15:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 15, 2 DC in next) twice, join—34 DC.
Round 16:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 16, 2 DC in next) twice, join—36 DC. ← End here for Preemie (12” head circ.)
Round 17:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 17, 2 DC in next) twice, join—38 DC.  
Round 18:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 18, 2 DC in next) twice, join—40 DC.
Round 19:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 19, 2 DC in next) twice, join—42 DC. ← End here for Newborn (13” head circ.)
Round 20:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 20, 2 DC in next) twice, join—44 DC. ← End here for 0-3 Months (14-15” head circ.)
Round 21:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 21, 2 DC in next) twice, join—46 DC. ← End here for 3-6 Months (15-16” head circ.)
Round 22:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 22, 2 DC in next) twice, join—48 DC. ← End here for 6-9 Months (16-17” head circ.)
Round 23:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 23, 2 DC in next) twice, join—50 DC. ← End here for 9-12 Months (17-18” head circ.)
Round 24:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 24, 2 DC in next) twice, join—52 DC.
Round 25:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 25, 2 DC in next) twice, join—54 DC. ← End here for 1-3 Years (18-20” head circ.)
Round 26:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 26, 2 DC in next) twice, join—56 DC. ← End here for 4-8 Years (20-21” head circ.)
Round 27:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 27, 2 DC in next) twice, join—58 DC. ← End here for Pre-teen (21-22” head circ.)
Round 28:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 28, 2 DC in next) twice, join—60 DC. ← End here for Adult (22-23” head circ.)
Round 29:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 29, 2 DC in next) twice, join—62 DC. ← End here for XL Adult (23-24” head circ.)

For PREEMIE hats, work 1 additional round of DC (no increase).
For NEWBORN, 0-3 MONTHS, and 3-6 MONTHS, work 2 additional rounds of DC (no increase).
For 6-9 MONTHS and 9-12 MONTHS, work 3 additional rounds of DC (no increase). 
For 1-3 YEARS and 4-8 YEARS, work 4-5 additional rounds of DC (no increase).
For PRE-TEEN, ADULT, and XL ADULT, work 6-7 additional rounds of DC (no increase).  


Fasten off and continue to preferred Edging.

Ribbed (FPDC and BPDC) Edging
With right side facing and using same color as last round worked (to avoid a weird color-change line), join at back seam and CH 2 (not a ST), alternate FPDC (front post DC) and BPDC (back post DC) in each ST around, join to 1st ST.  Repeat for 3-4 rounds.  Fasten off.

Rope (RSC) Edging
With right side facing, join yarn at back seam, work 1-2 additional rounds of DC, then switch colors, CH 1, work RSC (reverse SC) in each ST around.  Join and fasten off.

Simple SC Edging
With right side facing, join yarn at back seam and SC evenly around for 2-3 rounds.  Join and fasten off.

Tassel/Braid
Cut six 18-24” lengths of yarn.  Insert crochet hook in between STS at tip of hat and pull yarn through.  Divide yarn into groups of 4 and braid neatly.  Knot end and trim evenly.

Other Suggestions...
  • Other yarns that will work well:  Cascade 220, Red Heart Soft, Vanna’s Choice, Loops & Threads Impeccable, Caron Simply Soft
  • For an extra long elf hat:  After Round 2, work several rounds of DC (no increase) before continuing on to Round 3.
  • Try variegated or self-striping yarns for a fun, colorful elf hat.
  • Leave off the braid & add a pom pom to the tip for a cute “Santa” hat instead.
 



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