Crochet Elf Hat Pattern

This crochet elf hat pattern makes the cutest Christmas photo prop... plus it would be a smash hit at any Christmas party!!

To make this elf hat pattern, you'll need to choose two main colors (I used red and white) and an accent color (green). The elf pattern is very easy to work up and the stitches that I used are all very simple!!

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Christmas Crochet Elf Hat Pattern

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Easy

MATERIALS

Yarn

Any #4 yarn weight/medium can be used for this pattern

For this pattern I used Red Heart (100% acrylic; 364 yards /333m per 7oz/198g skein/ball).

A: Cherry Red

B: Soft White

C: Paddy Green

If you prefer - Lion Brand Vanna's Choice can also be used:(100% acrylic; 170 yards /155m per 3.5oz/100g skein/ball)

A: Cranberry (#860 - 180); 1 skein/ball

B: White (#860 - 100); 1 skein/ball

C: Kelly Green (#860 - 172); 1 skein/ball

Hooks

5.5mm or I-9 crochet hook

Notions

Tapestry needle;

Scissors;

Pom-pom maker or piece of cardboard.

TENSION

Gauge:

In Pattern Stitch, 8 rows x 14 sts = [4"]

SIZE INFORMATION

Sizes

This Pattern is made for 3 different sizes (Toddler – Child – Teenager/Adult)

**For different sizes

Toddler (1-3) 16"-18"

Child (3-10) 18"-20"

Teenager/Adult 22"-24"

** For more accurate sizing, measure the persons head circumference and choose size accordingly. 

PATTERN NOTES

  • Ch 3 at beginning of each round counts as first dc.
  • This pattern is worked from the top down in one piece.
  • To change colors between rounds, work the final yarn over of the last dc of the row with the new color.

ABBREVIATIONS, GLOSSARY, REFERENCES, TECHNIQUES

This pattern is written and charted using standard US crochet terminology.

  • Ch = Chain(s)
  • Sl st = Slip stitch
  • Dc = Double crochet
  • Sc = Single crochet
  • FPDC = Front post double crochet
  • BPDC = Back post double crochet
  • St(s) = Stitch(es)

CROCHET ELF HAT PATTERN

METHOD

With A, Magic ring.

1st Round: ch3, 5dc in magic ring, sl st to the 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [6dc]

2nd Round: ch3, dc in each dc, sl st to the 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [6dc]

3rd Round: ch3, 2dc in the next dc, *dc in the next dc, 2dc in the next dc*, repeat * twice, sl st to the 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [9dc]

4th Round: Change to B, repeat round 2. [9dc]

5th Round: repeat round 2. [9dc]

6th Round: Change to A, ch3, dc in the next dc, 2dc in the next dc, *dc in the next 2dc, 2dc in the next dc*, repeat * twice, sl st to the 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [12dc]

7th Round: repeat round 2. [12dc]

8th Round: Change to B, ch3, dc in the next 2dc, 2dc in the next dc, *dc in the next 3dc, 2dc in the next dc*, repeat * twice, sl st to the 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [15dc]

9th Round: repeat round 2. [15dc]

10th Round: Change to A, ch3, dc in the next 3dc, 2dc in the next dc, *dc in the next 4dc, 2dc in the next dc*, repeat * twice, sl st to the 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [18dc]

11th Round: repeat round 2. [18dc]

12th Round: Change to B, ch3, dc in the next 4dc, 2dc in the next dc, *dc in the next 5dc, 2dc in the next dc*, repeat * twice, sl st to the 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [21dc]

13th Round: repeat round 2. [21dc]

14th Round: Change to A, ch3, dc in the next 5dc, 2dc in the next dc, *dc in the next 6dc, 2dc in the next dc*, repeat * twice, sl st to the 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [24dc]

15th Round: repeat round 2. [24dc]

16th Round: Change to B, ch3, dc in the next 6dc, 2dc in the next dc, *dc in the next 7dc, 2dc in the next dc*, repeat * twice, sl st to the 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [27dc]

17th Round: repeat round 2. [27dc]

18th Round: Change to A, ch3, dc in the next 7dc, 2dc in the next dc, *dc in the next 8dc, 2dc in the next dc*, repeat * twice, sl st to the 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [30dc]

19th Round: repeat round 2. [30dc]

20th Round: Change to B, ch3, dc in the next 8dc, 2dc in the next dc, *dc in the next 9dc, 2dc in the next dc*, repeat * twice, sl st to the 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [33dc]

21th Round: repeat round 2. [33dc]

22th Round: Change to A, ch3, dc in the next 9dc, 2dc in the next dc, *dc in the next 10dc, 2dc in the next dc*, repeat * twice, sl st to the 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [36dc]

23th Round: repeat round 2. [36dc]

24th Round: Change to B, ch3, dc in the next 10dc, 2dc in the next dc, *dc in the next 11dc, 2dc in the next dc*, repeat * twice, sl st to the 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [39dc]

 25th Round: repeat round 2. [39dc]

 26th Round: Change to A, ch3, dc in the next 11dc, 2dc in the next dc, *dc in the next 12dc, 2dc in the next dc*, repeat * twice, sl st to the 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [42dc]

 27th Round: repeat round 2. [42dc]

 28th Round: Change to B, ch3, dc in the next 12dc, 2dc in the next dc, *dc in the next 13dc, 2dc in the next dc*, repeat * twice, sl st to the 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [45dc]

CROCHET ELF HAT PATTERN

FOR 1 YEAR OLD

29th Round: repeat round 2. [45dc]

30th Round: Change to A, Ch 3, dc in next 13 dc, 2dc in next dc, *dc in next 14 dc, 2 dc in next dc*, repeat * twice, sl st to 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [48dc]

31th Round: repeat round 2. [48dc]

32th Round: Change to B, Ch 3, dc in next 6 dc, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next 7 dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat * 5 times, sl st to 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [54dc]

33th Round: Ch 3, dc in next 7 dc, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next 8 dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat * 5 times, sl st to 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [60dc]

34th Round: Change to A, Ch 3, dc in next 8 dc, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next 9 dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat * 5 times, sl st to 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [66dc]

35th Round: repeat round 2. [66dc]

(36th – 37th)Round: Change to B, repeat round 2. [66dc]

RIBBING:

38th Round: Change to C, ch1, sc in each st around, sl st to the 1st sc at beginning of round to join. 

(39th – 43th)Round: Repeat round 38.

44th Round: Ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to 1st ch at beginning of round to join. [66sc]

Finish off, cut yarn, and weave in all ends.

CROCHET ELF HAT PATTERN

FOR CHILD

29th Round: repeat round 2. [45dc]

30th Round: Change to A, Ch 3, dc in next 13 dc, 2dc in next dc, *dc in next 14 dc, 2 dc in next dc*, repeat * twice, sl st to 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [48dc]

31th Round: repeat round 2. [48dc]

32th Round: Change to B, Ch 3, dc in next 6 dc, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next 7 dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat * 5 times, sl st to 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [54dc]

33th Round: Ch 3, dc in next 7 dc, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next 8 dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat * 5 times, sl st to 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [60dc]

34th Round: Change to A, Ch 3, dc in next 8 dc, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next 9 dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat * 5 times, sl st to 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [66dc]

35th Round: Ch 3, dc in next 9 dc, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next 10 dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat * 5 times, sl st to 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [72dc]

(36th – 37th)Round: Change to B, repeat round 2. [72dc]

RIBBING:

38th Round: Change to C, Ch1, sc in each st around, sl st to the 1st sc at beginning of round to join.

(39th – 43th)Round: Repeat round 38.

44th Round: Ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to 1st ch at beginning of round to join. [72sc]

Finish off, cut yarn, and weave in all ends.

CROCHET ELF HAT PATTERN

FOR ADULT

29th Round: repeat round 2. [45dc]

30th Round: Change to A, Ch 3, dc in next 13 dc, 2dc in next dc, *dc in next 14 dc, 2 dc in next dc*, repeat * twice, sl st to 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [48dc]

31th Round: repeat round 2. [48dc]

32th Round: Change to B, Ch 3, dc in next 6 dc, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next 7 dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat * 5 times, sl st to 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [54dc]

33th Round: Ch 3, dc in next 7 dc, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next 8 dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat * 5 times, sl st to 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [60dc]

34th Round: Change to A, Ch 3, dc in next 8 dc, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next 9 dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat * 5 times, sl st to 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [66dc]

35th Round: Ch 3, dc in next 9 dc, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next 10 dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat * 5 times, sl st to 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [72dc]

36th Round: Change to B, Ch 3, dc in next 10 dc, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next 11 dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat * 5 times, sl st to 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [78dc]

37th Round: Ch 3, dc in next 37 dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 38 dc, 2dc in last dc, sl st to 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [80dc]

38th Round: Change to A, repeat round 2. [80dc]

39th Round: Ch 3, dc in next 38 dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 39 dc, 2dc in last dc, sl st to 3rd ch at beginning of round to join. [82dc]

(40th – 41th)Round: Change to B, repeat round 2. [82dc]

(42th – 43th)Round: Change to A, repeat round 2. [82dc]

RIBBING:

44th Round: Change to C, Ch1, sc in each st around, sl st to the 1st sc at beginning of round to join.

(45th – 49th)Round: Repeat round 38.

50th Round: Ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to 1st ch at beginning of round to join. [82sc]

Finish off, cut yarn, and weave in all ends.

FINISHING:

Sew pom-pom to the top of the hat, and weave in all ends.

HOW TO MAKE POM POM WITH CARD BOARD:

  1. Cut a piece of cardboard that is approximately half the width you’d like your pom-pom to be. The wider the cardboard, the longer each strand of your pom-pom will be. Lie an 8-ish” piece of yarn parallel to your cardboard. This will become your pom-pom’s “belt.”
  2. Wrap your yarn around cardboard. Don’t hold back here. Wrapping too little will result in a wilted-looking pom-pom. If your cardboard is bigger, you’ll also need to wrap more times to give your pom-pom enough poofy-ness.
  3. Continue to wrap until you’ve loaded up your cardboard with a good snuggle of yarn.
  4. Use the short “belt” piece of yarn to tie a tight knot around all of the wrapped yarn. Really synch it down as tightly as you can.
  5. Flip your cardboard over and cut through the middle of all the pieces of wrapped yarn. Keep your pom-pom lying flat and wrap the middle “belt” yarn back around the pom-pom and tie it as tightly as possible one more time.
  6. Fluff your pom-pom and trim all the pieces of yarn to the same length.

HOW TO ATTACH THE POM POM TO THE CROCHET ELF HAT:

  1. Using a tapestry needle and a piece of yarn that’s the same color as your hat (Here with Kelly Green), pull your needle underneath the “belt” of the pom-pom.
  2. Pull the needle through one or two stitches of your hat.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 so that your yarn in wrapped through your pom-pom and your hat twice. Pull the yarn together and tie it in a few knots.

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