Back in November, I set myself the challenge of releasing a Free Festive Pattern every Friday in the run up to Christmas. Well, by my calculations, I have one more to go! Seeing as today is exactly one week until Christmas, I decided to bring it forward a few days to make today Free Festive Monday instead. Mostly because I wanted to build in some making time for you.
This week is when we really get hit by the storm of crazy last minute preparation, parties and generally having to be in 3 places at once with 3 times our actually bank balance. But before you know it, the eye of the storm will suddenly arrive things will calm down and you can just enjoy yourself.
That time WILL come – hang in there!
In the meantime, remember to make sure you are looking after yourself amidst the chaos! (I’m all for ‘Elf-care’).
With all your hard work in mind, I wanted to offer you a little “Elf-help” with this Elf hat pattern to help you along in your festive efforts (you do not have to sit on a shelf).
Yes, my new years resolution will be to come up with better puns! #sorrynotsorry
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The Elf-Help Crochet Hat Pattern
Before you start you should know…
The Hat is worked top down in a continual spiral.
The hat in the pictures measures about 15in long, but you can keep going or stop when you think it’s long enough!
I made this to fit an adult head (around 20in in circumference) but if you want to make it smaller, you can just stop increasing when you get to the appropriate head size and work rows of hdc only until it fits.
Numbers in brackets at the end of the round indicate the number or stitches in that round.
Instructions between *asterisk* should be repeated the number of times indicated.
I used 6mm hook and 1 100g ball of the Leader of The Pac Alpaca blend yarn, which I had left over from The Upside-down Pullover and some Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake Yarn which is super soft chunky fleecy type yarn, perfect for squidgy pom poms and soft hat bands.
Stitch Abbreviations (US Terms)
ch = Chain
st = Stitch
sl st = Slip Stitch
hdc = Half Double Crochet
bbl st = yo, insert hook, yo, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yo, insert hook, yo, pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), yo, insert hook, yo, pull up a loop (7 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 7 loops.
Magic Ring: Tutorial Here
Round 1: Magic ring, Ch1 (does not count as st) work 6 hdc into the ring. Do not join
Round 2: 1hdc in the next 6 st (6)
Round 3: *1hdc in next st, 2hdc in next st* 3 times (9)
Round 4: 1hdc in next 9 sts (9)
Round 5: *1 hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in next st* 3 times (12)
Round 6: 1hdc in next 12sts (12)
Round 7 : *1hdc in next 3 sts, 2hdc in next st* 3 times (15)
Round 8: 1hdc in next 15 sts (15)
Round 9 *1hdc in next 4 sts, 2hdc in next st* 3times (18)
Round 10: 1hdc in next 18 sts (18)
Round 11: * 1hdc in next 5 sts, 2hdc in next st* 3 times (21)
Round 12: 1hdc in next 21 sts (21)
Round 13: *1hdc in next 6 sts, 2hdc in next st* 3 times (24)
Round 14: 1hdc in next 24 sts
Round 15: *1hdc in next 7 sts, 2hdc in next st* 3 times (27)
Round 16: 1hdc in next 27 sts (27)
Round 17: *1hdc in next 8 sts, 2hdc in next st* 3 times (30)
Round 18: 1hdc in next 30sts (30)
Round 19: *1hdc in next 9 sts, 2hdc in next st* 3 times (33)
Round 20: *1hdc in next 10 sts, 2hdc in next st* 3 times (36)
Round 21: *1hdc in next 11 sts, 2hdc in next st* 3 times (39)
Round 22: *1hdc in next 12 sts, 2hdc in next st* 3 times (42)
Round 23: *1hdc in next 13 sts, 2hdc in next st* 3 times (45)
Round 24: *1hdc in next 14 sts, 2hdc in next st* 3 times (48)
Round 25: *1hdc in next 15 sts, 2hdc in next st* 3 times (51)
Round 26: *1hdc in next 16 sts, 2hdc in next st* 3 times (54)
Rounds 27 – 45: 1hdc in next 54 sts (54)
Fasten off and weave in ends
Change to snowflake
Round 46: work a bbl st in each of the 54 st, join with a sl st (54)
Round 47: Ch 1, do not turn, work a bbl st in each St round, join to top of first st with a ss (54)
Round 48: ch1, do not turn, sc in the next 54 bbl st.
Fasten off, sew in ends.
Using the snowflake yarn, make a pom-pom and attach it to the top of the hat.
Put on and whistle whilst you work!
(I know I am mixing my little helpers but they are all hard workers just like you!)