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Learn How to Crochet a Baby Elf Hat

Updated April 26, 2024

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Learn how to crochet a baby elf hat with my free step-by-step instructions and video tutorial. If you prefer I have an ad-free PDF printable version of this pattern. 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!

The free pattern has been designed to fit babies roughly between 0-3 months. Included in the PDF you’ll find sizes: 0-3 months, 3-6 months and 6-12 months.

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MATERIALS & TOOLS

PATTERN NOTES

  • Written in UK terms
  • This hat is designed to fit babies between the ages of 3 and 6 months
  • Video tutorial can be found further down the post
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PDF Pattern: Baby Elf Hat

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

terms and ABBREVIATIONS

Chain (ch): Yarn over, pull through loop on the hook.

Double crochet dc(s): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have two loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.

Half Treble crochet htr(s): Yarn over, insert into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have three loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining three loops.

Treble crochet tr(s): Yarn over, insert into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, 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

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Baby Elf Hat

BABY ELF HAT PATTERN

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

row 1-32

  • 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.
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Baby Elf Hat

lower rim and connecting

  • 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.
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Baby Elf Hat

main hat section

  • 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 2-25

  • 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)
baby sat on a bed with pale pink bedding wearing a red Christmas dress and a crochet baby elf hat.
Baby Elf Hat

finishing

  • Tie off then sew in ends and sew up the top opening seam.
  • Make a 7mm pom pom and connect it to the end of the hat. CLICK HERE for a tutorial on how to make a pom pom

VIDEO TUTORIAL

assisting tutorial: pom pom

more Christmas patterns

Do you love crocheting for your little ones then why not make them a lovely handmade Christmas stocking, you could make an advent calendar made up of either 12 or 24 of these mini stockings and fill them with their favourite treats, add some mini festive bunting to their bedrooms.

I always love to see your makes so if you try any of my patterns or follow my stitch tutorials please tag me @bellacococrochet or use the #bellacococrochet

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Learn How to Crochet a Baby Elf Hat

Learn how to crochet a baby elf hat with my free step-by-step instructions and video tutorial. If you prefer I have an ad-free PDF printable version of this pattern.

Materials

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

Tools

  • Hook: 6mm
  • Scissors
  • Darning Needle

Instructions

    1. Using Colour A, Foundation: Chain 6
    2. Row 1: Half treble crochet (htc) into the second chain from the hook. htr into the remaining 4 chains.
    3. 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.
    4. 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)
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. The following rows will be worked alternating from colour A to colour B.
      (starting with colour B)
    8. Row 2: Ch3, 3tr, tr2tog, *5tr, tr2tog* 5 times. 5tr (40 stitches)
    9. Row 3: Ch3, 39tr (40 stitches)
    10. Row 4: Ch3, 8tr, tr2tog, *9tr, tr2tog* 2 times. 7tr (38 stitches)
    11. Row 5: Ch3, 6tr, tr2tog, *7tr, tr2tog* 3 times. tr (33 stitches)
    12. Row 6: Ch3, 4tr, tr2tog, *5tr, tr2tog* 3 times. 5tr (29 stitches)
    13. Row 7: Ch3, 3tr, tr2tog, *4tr, tr2tog* 3 times. 3tr, tr2tog (24 stitches)
    14. Row 8: Ch3, 2tr, tr2tog, *3tr, tr2tog* 3 times. 2tr, tr2tog (19 stitches)
    15. Row 9: Ch3, tr, tr2tog, *2tr, tr2tog* 3 times. tr, tr2tog (14 stitches)
    16. Row 10-13: Ch3, 13tr (14 stitches)
    17. Row 14: Ch3, 3tr, tr2tog, 4tr, tr2tog, tr2tog (12 stitches)
    18. Row 15- 25: Ch3, tr2tog, 9tr (10 stitches)
    19. Tie off then sew in ends and sew up the top opening seam.
      Make a 7mm pom pom and connect it to the end of the hat.

Notes

  • Written in UK terms
  • This hat is designed to fit babies between the ages of 3 and 6 months
  • Video tutorial available

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2 Comments

  • T
    December 6, 2020 at 8:05 pm

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

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply

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