By popular demand, here’s the pattern I used to make the Christmas Elf Hat I posted a few weeks ago! I had an issue with it staying put on my head all night, so I bobby-pinned it to my hair. The best thing to do would be to buy some elastic-y yarn or some elastic string to crochet with your Christmas yarn once you get to the hat part.
When I make hats I always start at the top and work my way down. So, this patten starts at the tail of the hat and goes down from there.
- With first color, Chain 4, connect fourth chain to first chain to form loop
- Chain three. This serves as first double crochet. Double crochet in loop formed from previous step.
- Continue to double crochet until there are six double crochets. Join sixth double crochet to first double crochet.
- Chain three. Double crochet in next double crochet. Repeat three times. On third double crochet, double crochet in same double crochet. Repeat this pattern until the end. Result should be: dc, dc, 2 dc, dc, dc, 2dc. Join.
- Fasten off. Cut yarn. With second color, continue where you left off.
- Chain three. Double crochet in each double crochet. There should be 8 dc. Join.
- Chain three. Repeat a similar pattern to step 4, except with an extra double crochet. Dc, dc, dc, 2 dc, dc, dc, 2dc. Join.
- Fasten off. Cut yarn. Continue with first color.
- Chain three. Double crochet in each double crochet. There should be 10 stitches. Join first and last stitches again.
- Repeat the pattern from step seven until end. Join. Fasten off. Cut yarn. Continue with second color.
- Chain three. Dc, dc, dc, dc, 2c, dc, dc, dc, dc, dc, 2dc, dc, dc, dc. Join.
- Chain three. Dc in each until end. There should be 18 stitches. Join.
- The pattern continues like this until the tail of the hat is as long as you want it to be. The last stripe in the tail on my hat was 24 stitches around, and this was the 17th stripe.
- Now, it’s time to start the actual hat part. Once the tail is as long as it needs to be, rapid increasing starts! A new color stripe should start the hat part. In my hat, the last stripe of the tail was red, and the first stripe of the hat was green. So, the green is dc, dc, 2dc pattern all the way around. According to my hat, there are 31 stitches, but yours might have more or less depending on the length of the tail! The next row (of the same color) is just dc all the way around.
- It’s time to switch to the first color again, in this case, red. The pattern for the first row of red is: dc, dc, dc, 2dc. Continue this all the way around, join and turn. Then, the next row is just the same again, dc in each all the way around, join and fasten off.
- I felt that this was wide enough for the hat section, so I continued the stripe pattern with a simple dc all the way around for four more stripes.
- On the last stripe, you may want to skip a few stitches to tighten the ends, depending on how stretchy your yarn is. Again, I would recommend getting some elastic string, or bobby pinning in the hat. The bobby pins were perfect for wearing it out all night because it stayed in place, but if your hair is very short, that’s not really an option!
I HOPE THAT HELPS!!! If not, please let me know and I’ll try to clarify! This is my first shot at writing a real pattern! Also, I added a pom pom, which is really easy to do, it just takes a long time. Anyone need the tutorial for a pom pom? Leave me a comment and it will be up shortly!