Free Pattern: Crochet Elf Pixie Hat (v.2)

9/11/2013 UPDATE:

Y’all.  Thanks so much for your comments and feedback – I had no idea you would all find this little rectangle hat as cute as I did.  🙂  Due to overwhelming popularity and feedback, I am now offering a PDF download of the pattern in THREE additional sizes (3-6 mo, 6-12 mo, 1-3 yrs).  If you simply don’t feel like doing your own adjustments, I’ve done them for you! I’ve also included a few additional photo instructions for clarity.  ALL this for a fabulous discounted price, since I’m leaving the free pattern up below.  You can find it on Ravelry, Etsy, or Craftsy today.  Hooray!

Thanks again and happy fall crocheting everyone!

Love, Jen

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Happy September!  I’m writing this from my hometown in upstate New York, where September automatically meant the beginning of a new school year.  I mean… it always kind of mentally means the beginning of a school year for me still, even after 5 years+ after I attended my last class ever, but it’s much more prevalent when I drive by my high school every day and see all the same ads for the same back to school sales at the same malls where I shopped when I was twelve.

September in upstate New York also always immediately means cooler weather.  For example, today, on the first day of school, it is currently 57 F outside.  That means one thing – time to start making more fall hats!!

Anyway, here’s another free hat pattern.  When I was trying to name it, I realized I gave a previous hat the exact same name.  Who knew two co-hats could be so wildly different?  Oh well, since they are apparently named the exact same thing, I’m not going to reinvent the wheel.  Here’s another pixie elf hat for you, version 2, AKA “Pixie Hat: The Autumn Woodland Version.”

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If you do a quick Internet search for “crochet elf pixie hat”, you do usually get the stripey long tail version more, but this one has it’s own charm.  The first time I saw this design was back whenever the first time I saw the movie Willow.  You know… little man saves little baby princess from evil Maleficent-esque woman trying to take over the universe?  Willow’s kids wore hats with little peaks.  I can’t for the life of me remember now the name they gave the little children, but it was a cute one.  (Excuse me while I take a moment to mentally run through memorable Willow quotes in my head… “I dwell in darkness without you and it WENT AWAY?”)

This hat is really easy. I know I say that about all my hats, but seriously.  If you’ve never made a hat and the extent of your crocheting skills is a dishcloth, then this is the hat for you! It’s a dishcloth folded in half and sewed down the back.  The end.  The natural curve of the baby head creates the adorable little peak at the back.  See?  It’s just a rectangle folded into a square.  Easy peasy.

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I use a fpdc/bpdc ribbed edge, the same one in my *other* elf pixie hat, but if you’re a beginner and don’t want to deal with fussy new stitches, just skip the fpdc/bpdc row and leave the dc row as is.  You’ll have a cute border with the fluffy yarn anyway.

I wrote this pattern up in a 0-3 month size, but you can easily adapt it by increasing the width of your hat.  I’m in the process of writing up more detailed sizing to publish at a discounted price in the very near future – stay tuned!

STITCHES USED 

(note: all the linked stitches are optional if you’re a novice.  They’re more like bonus point stitches for more advanced crocheters.  Your hat will still be awesome no matter what.)

MATERIALS

I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease (Seaspray) for this pattern.  I like Wool-Ease as a worsted weight yarn, especially for knitting, because, like the Thick n Quick, it’s a great blend of washable acrylic and wool to give it that nice vintage feel, plus it has the greatest ‘natural’ palette.  I think woodland elf hats should be made of earthy colors.

The furry trim gives this hat the knuckle-biting cuteness factor.  Obviously it’s optional (the hat looks just as woodlandly authentic without it) but c’mon.  Fur.  I’ve used Bernat Baby’s Pipsqueak, although I might even recommend Red Heart Buttercup, since it’s a bit fluffier.  I’ve usually only found blinding white, but recently discovered Pipsqueak in “vanilla”, which I think matches better with browns.  Anyway, use whatever you can find.

I used an H hook for the hat, J for the fur trim.

PATTERN

Row 1: ch 43, skip first 2 st, 1 dc into each ch. (41 st)  You could also do chainless foundation if you wanted, but I actually find that the tighter tension of the ch foundation gives the edge a better curve around the baby face.

Row 2: (you can skip this row if you don’t want to deal with fpdc/bpdc) ch2, alternate fpdc and bpdc into each dc, creating the ribbed edge.

Row 3-13: ch1, hdc into each st.  When you reach the end of each row, ch1, turn, hdc into the same st, hdc into each st, etc.  Your gauge might be different than mine and you might need more or less rows.  Basically you want a rectangle that folds in half into an exact square.  I test by folding in half, then folding the square(s) into a triangle to see if the edges line up.  It’s left over from my origami days.

FINISHING

When you reach your desired length, fold the hat in half.  Insert your hook into the last st on the folded side, wrap yarn over, and draw yarn through all loops (sl st).

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Insert hook through first st on opposite side to begin sewing.

Matching up remaining stitches, insert hook into front st, then back st.  Wrap yarn around, and pull through all loops (sl st).  Repeat for remaining stitches.

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You’ll have a row of sl st along the inside edge.  You might have a stitch left over at the end where the fold is – thankfully crochet is forgiving and you can just sew around it.  Fasten off yarn and weave in ends.  Turn hat right side out.

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Fur: using J (or larger) hook and fluffy yarn, sc into the ribbed edge.  When I first did it, I sc into each st and the brim of the hat flared out a little.  Since I am picky, I went with a larger hook and skipped every other sc for the hat in these photos.  You can do whatever you want to get the nice fluffy look of your dreams.

More options: To create a nice finished look, I like to sc around the bottom border of the hat.  It’s completely unnecessary but it’s pretty.  If you do, make sure to only sc one st into every row, otherwise the bottom kind of flares out and doesn’t wrap around the head as snugly.

Chin strap: You can do a chainless foundation of dc (about 15-18 st long), or I liked mine a bit more tightly woven, so I just ch18, 1 hdc in each st down one side, 5 hdc into the end, hdc down the other side, 4 hdc into the end and fastened off. Leave a tail at the beginning and the end so you can sew one end to the hat, and use the other tail to sew the button onto the strap.  Another marvelous aspect of crochet is that the stitches are large and loose, meaning you don’t have to stitch in a buttonhole, you can just button it up wherever the button fits through on the brim.  Automatically adjustable chin strap = win.

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Sew button to strap, sew strap to hat, weave in all ends, place on baby head and admire adorable woodland elf cuteness.  Yay cuteness!

Follow along with the project gallery on Ravelry!

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Free Pattern: Crochet Elf Striped Pixie Hat

Hello all!  Here’s a free pattern for a crocheted striped elf hat.  You’ve probably seen these all over: long tails, Dr. Seuss-ian mojo, pompoms, babies in buckets, very Christmassy during the holidays, etc.  They’re really easy to make.  You just have to have patience during the tail part.  🙂

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I make this hat from the bottom up.  Some people start at the skinny tail end and work their way down, but I found that it was easier to make the main hat part first and then decide how long I wanted the tail part to be.  I do use fpdc and bpdc here, so if you don’t know how to do them I’ve got tutorials or there’s always Google/YouTube.

(On a side note – WHAT did we crocheters do before YouTube?  Well, my 12 year old self will tell you.  I got really frustrated trying to learn how to crochet out of a book.  It took ten plus years and the advent of Internet technology for me to finally pick up my hooks again and have any motivation to make anything cooler than the 20+ pot holders lying around my house.

Second side note – admitting that I learned how to crochet before the Internet even EXISTED makes me feel really, really old.)

Anyway.  This particular hat uses the following stitches:

That’s it.  You can make a tassel for the tail, but if you want a pompom, I highly recommend a pompom maker for the tail.  You can always just make your own pompom from scratch, but I’ve found that using a ‘maker’ greatly reduces the chance of little yarn bits flying out everywhere.  I commented in a previous post my joy and anticipation for my extra large one.  It rocks.

I use a size H hook and Lion Brand Pound of Love yarn for this hat.  H hooks are my go-to for regular worsted weight – if yours is G or I or K or whatever, go with that.  I heart Pound of Love because it makes about a thousand hats in each giant skein.

This pattern is for a 0-3 month old.  You can make it bigger for an older child by making the first row longer (and adding an extra decrease row), but thus far my main audience for this pattern has been the adowable newborns and subsequent photo ops.  Feel free to edit this pattern or contact me with any questions (classycrochet@gmail.com).

Colors: Main Color and Second Color.  For the ease of writing this pattern with pictures, I’m just going to refer to Main Color as ‘blue’ and Second Color as ‘white’.  Obviously there is a lot of creative freedom here on color choice.

(Scroll down to the bottom of the post if you prefer the written pattern without pesky pictures and notes.)

Before we begin, a few notes about changing colors every row.  PLEASE do not fasten off each row and start a new color for this hat (the thought makes me gag).  To switch colors, first sl st to finish your current row.  Then, draw up the next color and pull the previous color yarn down flush with the row.  Don’t pull too tightly or your hat will buckle at the seam.

Also, (and this is very important for non-yarn-tangling sanity) make sure to be consistent on which side you draw up the yarn.  For example, when I make my hat, I always draw up the main color on the right, and draw up the white yarn on the left.  You can see in the photo below how the yarn is alternated when it’s drawn up (this shot is of the hat inside out).  It seems like a superfluous step, but believe me, when you switch colors 30-40 times in a hat, you do NOT want the two colors twisted around each other at the end.  I speak from personal experience.

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Okay, whew.  Let’s start.

PATTERN

Row 1: Using chainless foundation and blue, dc until your foundation row measures about 12″.  For me, this was about 43 st.  Make sure it’s an odd number of stitches.  Sl st into first dc to create a ring.  This will be your first row.  (You will use your tail to secure the bottom of the row when you finish.) Your gauge isn’t *terribly* important as long as the first row is about 12″ for a newborn.

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Row 2: Ch2, alternate fpdc and bpdc around.  Using the foundation row ch2 as the last bpdc, sl st to first dc.  This will create your ribbed brim.

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Row 3: Switch to white.  Ch2 and fpdc/bpdc as per previous row.  Sl st to first dc.

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Row 4: Switching back to blue, dc in first st, and continue dc in each st around.  At the end of the round, sl st to last st at the end of the row.  From here on out, for every row you will: switch colors, ch2, dc in first st, and sl st to last st at the end of the row.

Row 5-9: Ch2, dc in each st around.  Row 9 should be blue.

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Row 10: Ch2, *1 dc in next 5 st, dec over next 2 dc. * Repeat * around as many times as your stitches will allow.   1 dc in each remaining st to end.  Here is a tutorial for dec over dc.

Row 11: Ch2, *1 dc in next 3 st, dec over next 2 dc.*  Repeat * around as many times as your stitches will allow.  1 dc in each remaining st to end.

Row 12: Ch2, *1 dc in next 2 st, dec over next 2 dc.* Repeat * around as many times as your stitches will allow.  1 dc in each remaining st to end.

Row 13: Ch2, *1 dc in next 2 st, dec over next 2 dc.* Repeat * around as many times as your stitches will allow.  1 dc in each remaining st to end.

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At this point, you should have somewhere in the vicinity of 10 dc left.  The remainder of the hat is the tail, and you can make it as long or as short as you want.  I like to have a slight taper in my tail, so I go for about 10 rows before doing one more dc dec:

Row 14-24: Ch2, 1 dc in each st around.

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Row 25: Ch2, dec over next 2 dc, 1 dc in each remaining st around.

The rest of the tail can be as long as your patience lasts.  I aim for about 25 more rows (!) before finishing off.  It seems like for-e-ver, but it goes pretty fast.  Once you’re done, leave about 6″ tails to attach the pompom/tassel.

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Make your fringe of choice.  The trick I’ve learned with a pompom maker is to wrap the yarn around a. lot. and make it pretty thick before cutting and tying off.  This way, you get a nice thick pompom and the tie is squished in there and therefore you don’t have random strands of pompom coming out every time you touch your hat.  I actually originally started with the tassel because my handmade pompoms were extremely sad and frustrating and I lost a lot of sleep over them.  Then I finally caved  and paid $9.32 for a Clover maker, and have had sweet sweet pompom dreams ever since.

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Use the ties and your tails on your hat to secure the pompom.  I like to use a needle and ‘sew’ the pompom on, sticking the tails through the pompom several times to make sure it’s really secure.

Voila! Awesome stripey hat completed!

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PATTERN

Row 1: Using chainless foundation and blue, dc until your foundation row measures about 12″.  Make sure it’s an odd number of stitches.  Sl st into first dc to create a ring.  This will be your first row.

Row 2: Ch2, alternate fpdc and bpdc around.  Using the foundation row ch2 as the last bpdc, sl st to first dc.  This will create your ribbed brim.

Row 3: Switch to white.  Ch2 and fpdc/bpdc as per previous row.  Sl st to first dc.

Row 4: Switching back to blue, dc in first st, and continue dc in each st around.  At the end of the round, sl st to last st at the end of the row.  From here on out, for every row you will: switch colors, ch2, dc in first st, and sl st to last st at the end of the row.

Row 5-9: Ch2, dc in each st around.  Row 9 should be blue.

Row 10: Ch2, *1 dc in next 5 st, dec over next 2 dc. * Repeat * around as many times as your stitches will allow.   1 dc in each remaining st to end.  Here is a tutorial for dec over dc.

Row 11: Ch2, *1 dc in next 3 st, dec over next 2 dc.*  Repeat * around as many times as your stitches will allow.  1 dc in each remaining st to end.

Row 12: Ch2, *1 dc in next 2 st, dec over next 2 dc.* Repeat * around as many times as your stitches will allow.  1 dc in each remaining st to end.

Row 13: Ch2, *1 dc in next 2 st, dec over next 2 dc.* Repeat * around as many times as your stitches will allow.  1 dc in each remaining st to end.

At this point, you should have somewhere in the vicinity of 10 dc left.  The remainder of the hat is the tail, and you can make it as long or as short as you want.  I like to have a slight taper in my tail, so I go for about 10 rows before doing one more dc dec:

Row 14-24: Ch2, 1 dc in each st around.

Row 25: Ch2, dec over next 2 dc, 1 dc in each remaining st around.

The rest of the tail can be as long as your patience lasts.  I aim for about 25 more rows (!) before finishing off.  It seems like for-e-ver, but it goes pretty fast.  Once you’re done, fasten off both colors and leave about 6″ tails to attach the pompom/tassel.

Make pompom/tassel.  Attach to hat.  Revel in stripey cuteness.

Follow along with the project gallery on Ravelry!

Small disclaimer: some people have expressed concern for the potential for choking when putting hats with really long tails on small babies.  My answer: please be a responsible adult and be responsible for the hat and the baby.  Since I’ve only made this for newborns who don’t really have a whole lot of self-induced physical motion, I haven’t been in many situations where the hat would be potentially dangerous.  Use your wise judgment and hat your baby accordingly.