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Baby Elf Hat

Updated February 16, 2023
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Happy December! Can you believe that Christmas is just TWENTY FOUR days away? If you’re feeling festive, then I’ve got the perfect pattern to jingle your bells. So, grab your advent calendar chocolate and your hook and get ready to crochet a pattern that’s bursting with more joy than a stuffed stocking! The Baby Elf Hat. This sweet little hat will turn your little one into a cute Christmas elf in no time. Perfect for fun festive photos and adding some cheer to your day, I can’t promise that Christmas magic will turn your child into an ACTUAL elf who can help with your Christmas preparations. But at least they look extra cute!



Yarn: Stylecraft Special Chunky in: Cream (Colour A) & Lipstick (Colour B)

Hook: 6mm


Darning Needle


This pattern is written in UK terms


Chain (ch): Yarn over, pull through.

Double crochet (dc): Insert hook, Yarn over and pull through. Yarn over and pull through both loops no the hook.

Half Treble crochet (htr): Yarn over, insert into chain space, yarn over, pull through, you will have three loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through all three loops on the hook.

Treble crochet (tr): Yarn over, insert into chain space, yarn over, pull through, you will have three loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.

Treble two together (tr2tog): Yarn over, insert into chain space, yarn over, pull through, you will have three loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through two loops. Do not complete the stitch. Yarn over, insert into the next chain space, yarn over, pull through, you will have four loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over pull through all three loops on the hook.

*__*: Directions between the asterisk should be repeated for the indicated time

Unsure of the differences between UK and US terms? Need a refresher on how to do your stitches? In my ‘How to crochet: A handy reference guide’ EBook I help you with all of these terms and you can always have them to hand! You will also get exclusive access to free video instructions.


This hat is designed to fit babies between the ages of 3 and 6 months.

If you’re looking for extra sizes the low-cost pattern includes size 0-3 months, 3-6 months and 6-12 months in a printer-friendly PDF.

Using Colour A, Foundation: Chain 6

Row 1: Half treble crochet (htc) into the second chain from the hook. htr into the remaining 4 chains.

Row 2-32: Chain 2 and turn. htr into the back loops of each chain. This row will consist of 5 stitches (including chain 2)

This section of work should measure roughly 15.5 inches.

Lower rim: Chain one and turn your work onto its side so that you can work down the length of the strip. dc along this edge into the available spaces (please note that you should aim for around 42- 44 stitches along this side)

Connecting: Fold your work so that the shorter sides are laying flat next to each other. Slip stitch along the short edge to create a circle and form the rim of the hat.

You will now be creating the main hat portion of the design

Upper rim (Row 1): Chain 2 and dc along this rim. You will need to space out your work to allow for 46 stitches (The chain 2 counts as one stitch) along this edge. Connect and change to colour B.

The following rows will be worked alternating from colour A to colour B.

(starting with colour B)

Row 2: Ch3, 3tr, tr2tog, *5tr, tr2tog* 5 times. 5tr (40 stitches)

Row 3: Ch3, 39tr (40 stitches)

Row 4: Ch3, 8tr, tr2tog, *9tr, tr2tog* 2 times. 7tr (38 stitches)

Row 5: Ch3, 6tr, tr2tog, *7tr, tr2tog* 3 times. tr (33 stitches)

Row 6: Ch3, 4tr, tr2tog, *5tr, tr2tog* 3 times. 5tr (29 stitches)

Row 7: Ch3, 3tr, tr2tog, *4tr, tr2tog* 3 times. 3tr, tr2tog (24 stitches)

Row 8: Ch3, 2tr, tr2tog, *3tr, tr2tog* 3 times. 2tr, tr2tog (19 stitches)

Row 9: Ch3, tr, tr2tog, *2tr, tr2tog* 3 times. tr, tr2tog (14 stitches)

Row 10-13: Ch3, 13tr (14 stitches)

Row 14: Ch3, 3tr, tr2tog, 4tr, tr2tog, tr2tog (12 stitches)

Row 15- 25: Ch3, tr2tog, 9tr (10 stitches)

Tie off. Sew in ends and sew up the top opening seam.

Make a 7mm pom pom and connect to the end of the hat.


If you LOVE this post, why not check out some of my other fab festive patterns?

Crochet Snowflake
Crochet Christmas Tree
Crochet Christmas Tree
Christmas Crochet Stocking
Christmas Crochet Stocking

There are also some festive round-up posts to help you have a cool crochet Christmas:

Can’t get enough of Christmas? You’re going to love these Pinterest boards. Follow along for all the freshest Crimbo inspo!

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  • T
    December 6, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    I love this! Row 3 39r….. what does this mean? Repeat previous row? Thanks.

    • BellaCocoTeam
      December 11, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      Thank you, I’m glad you like it It looks like this is just a typo in the pattern and it should actually read 39 tr – I will have this corrected asap. I’m sorry for any confusion this has caused.


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