Want to up your Elf-on-the-shelf game this Christmas? Then you’ll need some Crochet Elf-Help!!
Last year as part of my Free Festive Friday series, I released the Elf-help crochet hat pattern. Fresh for this festive season, I have updated the original aran weight pattern and written a second version using chunky yarn, in sizes for the whole family!
This is a great beginners crochet project and only takes around an hour or so to complete, depending on your pom-pom making speed!
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- This pattern is suitable for a beginner
- Knowledge of basic crochet stitches is assumed
- This pattern uses single crochet stitches with bobbles and a pom pom to finish
- The Magic Ring Technique is recommended to start the hat. You can find a Magic Ring Tutorial Here
Hook: 9mm and 6mm (for brim)
Women’s Institute Soft & Chunky in green (aff), 70% Acrylic, 30% Merino, 100g ball =110m/120yds
Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake Chunky in white (aff), 100% Polyester, 25g ball = 85m/93yds
Less than one ball of each is required per hat
Any chunky yarn which meets gauge will work for this project. Something like Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Super Chunky(aff) would also work really well
You could replace the Snowflake with white acrylic DK yarn held double stranded
Any white yarn can be used for your pom pom
Pom Pom maker
Yarn needle & scissors
Gauge & Finished Size
10cm (4in) x 10cm (4in) = 10 sts x 10 rows of Single Crochet (UK Double) worked in the round
The toddler size measures approximately 40cm (16in) in circumference and 38cm (15in) tall based on this gauge.
- This pattern uses US crochet terms
- Numbers in brackets at the end of a round indicate the number of stitches in that round and are only given at the start of a section or where there is a change
- Instructions written between *asterisks* should be repeated the number of times indicated
- Turning chains do not count as stitches
- The pattern is worked top down in a continual spiral without turning until you reach the brim which is worked in rounds joined at the end using a slip stitch and turning
Stitches & Abbreviations: US terms
(UK Equivalent in Brackets)
bo = bobble (see special stitches)
ch = chain
MR = magic ring (see special stitches)
rep = repeat
RS = Right Side
sc = single crochet (UK double crochet)
ss = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
yo = yarn over
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 to finish stitch.
You can find a tutorial for this stitch on Dora’s Stitch Directory
This is a technique used when working in the round to start your project.
You can find a tutorial for the magic ring here.
If you do not wish to use this technique, ch4 and join to first ch with a ss to create a loop. You will then work your stitches into this loop.
The Elf Help Crochet Hat Pattern – Toddler Size
Using your chosen Green yarn and a 9mm hook
Round 1 (RS): MR, Ch1 (does not count as st) work 6 sc into the ring. Do not join (6 sts)
Round 2: 1sc in the next 6 sts
Round 3: *1sc in next st, 2sc in next st* 3 times (9 sts)
Round 4: 1sc in next 9 sts
Round 5: *1 sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st* 3 times (12 sts)
Round 6: 1sc in next 12 sts
Round 7 : *1sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st* 3 times (15 sts)
Round 8: 1sc in next 15 sts
Round 9: *1sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st* 3 times (18 sts)
Round 10: 1sc in next 18 sts
Round 11: *1sc in next 5 sts, 2sc in next st* 3 times (21 sts)
Round 12: 1sc in next 21 sts
Round 13: *1sc in next 6 sts, 2sc in next st* 3 times (24 sts)
Round 14: 1sc in next 24 sts
Round 15: *1sc in next 7 sts, 2sc in next st* 3 times (27 sts)
Round 16: 1sc in next 27 sts
Round 17: *1sc in next 8 sts, 2sc in next st* 3 times (30 sts)
Round 18: 1sc in next 30 sts
Round 19: *1sc in next 9 sts, 2sc in next st* 3 times (33 sts)
Round 20: 1sc in next 33 sts
Round 21: *1sc in next 10 sts, 2sc in next st* 3 times (36 sts)
Round 22-31: 1sc in next 36 sts
Change to Snowflake (or your chosen white yarn), with RS facing using a 6mm hook
Round1: Ch2 (does not count as st), 1 bo in each st round to end, join to top of first bo with a ss
Round 2: Ch2, turn, work 1bo in each st round to end, join to top of first st with a ss
Fasten off, sew in ends
Using the same snowflake yarn (or white yarn of your choice), make a pom-pom as big as you want to go and sew it securely to the top of the hat.
Put on and whistle whilst you work… I may be mixing my fairytale characters but you all work hard!
An add free printable PDF version of this pattern in all sizes can be purchased from Ravelry, Etsy or Love Crochet.
I hope you enjoy the pattern and, as always don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @doraexplored, or use #hookmehappy. I’d love to see and share your efforts!
You may sell what you make from this pattern but the pattern is for personal use only and may not be shared or reproduced without prior written consent. Photos may be shared with credit.
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