Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Christmas Elf - Free Crochet / Amigurumi Pattern


Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock! Gosh that's all I've been singing ever since I started designing this little elf, complete with jingly shoes and hat! He is the most elaborate pattern I have ever designed, but I'm extremely pleased with how he turned out. The dungarees were a particular headache - I was tearing my hair for 3 nights straight until I managed to get them right!

I thought this little guy would be perfect for the "Elf On The Shelf" tradition. Personally I find the original Elf that comes with the book a little scary! I wanted to design an elf that looked both friendly and cute to go along with the tradition. I don't have children of my own, but this little guy is going to sit by my tree every Christmas until I do. He unintentionally ended up looking a bit like Will Ferrell in the film, so I've decided to name him "Buddy"! 

Buddy is made entirely from Three Bears Yarn 100% cotton DK. You can buy all the yarn you need to make this little guy from their new pattern pack shop. If you do use your own yarn please use DK weight yarn - if you use aran/worsted weight your elf will turn out huge!

I am offering this pattern for free so if you would like to thank me I would love it if you could follow my blog in some way, or like my Facebook page!

 Happy Christmas crocheting!

Julie xxx

Looking for inspiration? You can view all the elves my readers have made here.

Copyright 2015 Julie Erskine, All Rights Reserved © 
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This pattern is not to be translated or altered without expressed written consent.
You may however: Post up to 2 pictures on your website, blog or forum with a link back to this post. You may not post the pattern or any parts of it.
You may however: Sell your own handmade items made from this pattern. The items must be individually handmade on a small scale by you and not mass produced in any way. Credit for the pattern in any online description (eg: "Created using a Heart & Sew Pattern") would be greatly appreciated. You may not claim, directly or indirectly, to be the original designer or author of the pattern.

If you would like your elf to look like mine you can purchase a yarn pack in the new Three Bears Yarn Etsy shop. It contains all the yarn you need to make my Christmas Elf and a printed copy of the pattern!


  • 3mm Crochet Hook
  • Stitch Marker
  • Blunt End Yarn Needle
  • Scissors
  • 50g Three Bears Yarn "Peaches & Cream" DK
  • 50g Three Bears Yarn "Poppy Red" DK
  • 50g Three Bears Yarn "Pure White" DK
  • 50g Three Bears Yarn "Shamrock Green" DK
  • 50g Three Bears Yarn "Ginger" DK
  • 2 Red Buttons
  • Fabri-Tac Fabric Glue (optional)
  • 3 Jingle Bells (or white pom poms!)
  • Pair of 6mm Safety Eyes
  • Black embroidery Floss
  • White, long pile craft fur
  • 2 Pipe Cleaners


Psst! Hold down CTRL and P to print the pattern!


Difficulty: Confident Crocheters Only - Beginners may struggle with the hair and dungarees.

Must know how to work in the round, increase, decrease, chain, join rounds & change colours.

This pattern uses the following U.S stitches & abbreviations:
  • st = stitch
  • sc = single crochet (double crochet for UK)
  • dc = double crochet (treble crochet for UK)
  • ch= chain
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • 2tog = 2 stitches together (decrease) 
Do not join rounds, work in a continuous spiral unless stated otherwise. It is a good idea to use a stitch marker to mark the end of each round (You can use a bent paper clip or hair grip!) My notes, tips and further instructions are in purple italics.

There are FULL assembly instructions at the end of the pattern. It is very important you follow these in the correct order.

Head:

Starting from the top of the head and working to the bottom.

In Three Bears Yarn "Peaches & Cream":
Round 1) Magic Circle with 6sc (6)
Round 2) 2sc in each st (12)
Round 3) 1sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (18)
Round 4) 2sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (24)
Round 5) 3sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (30)
Round 6) 4sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (36)
Round 7) 5sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (42)
Round 8) 6sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (48)
Round 9) 7sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (54)
Round 10) 8sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (60)
Round 11-20) 1sc in each st; for 10 rounds total (60)
Round 21) 8sc then 2tog, repeat until the end of the round (54)
Round 22) 7sc then 2tog, repeat until the end of the round (48)
Round 23) 6sc then 2tog, repeat until the end of the round (42)
Round 24) 5sc then 2tog, repeat until the end of the round (36)
Round 25) 4sc then 2tog, repeat until the end of the round (30)

Attach 6mm safety eyes. Mine are attached between rounds 13 and 14 and are spaced roughly 6 stitches apart for your reference.

Round 26) 3sc then 2tog, repeat until the end of the round (24)

Start stuffing the head. Add a little bit of stuffing after each round until you get a firmness you are happy with.

Round 27) 2sc then 2tog, repeat until the end of the round (18)
Round 28) 1sc then 2tog, repeat until the end of the round (12)
Round 29) 2tog all the way around (6)

Slip stitch into the next stitch and fasten off. Weave yarn tail in and out of the front loops of the 6 remaining stitches and pull tight to close. Knot yarn and hide tail inside the head.

Hair:


Start the hair as if you were making the head again. The curls are created by chaining during the round. Most of the hair will be hidden under the elf hat (which will be sewn on) so don't worry if your hair isn't perfect!)

In Three Bears Yarn "Ginger":
Round 1) Magic Circle with 6sc (6)
Round 2) 2sc in each st (12)
Round 3) 1sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (18)
Round 4) 2sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (24)
Round 5) 3sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (30)
Round 6) 4sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (36)
Round 7) 5sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (42)

Now we start making the hair curls.

Round 8) 1sc in the next 2 stitches, chain 6, skip first ch, 1sc in remaining 5 chains. (You've made one                curl!) Repeat until end of the round.

Depending on the thickness of yarn you're working with your hair might not "curl" and just stick straight out. If this is the case either switch to a thinner yarn or chain more chains for a longer curl. Experiment! Try chaining 8 instead of 6.

Round 9) 1sc in each st (Just sc in every stitch between each curl of hair. Hold each curl behind your yarn and hook as you crochet and skip over it as if you are almost crocheting on top of it. This may make the hair piece curl upwards and pucker - again, don't worry about it!)

Round 10) 1sc in the next 2 stitches, chain 6, skip first ch, 1sc in remaining 5 chains. (You've made                      one curl!) Repeat until end of the round.

Slip stitch into the next stitch and fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. 

Hat:

The hat is made with double crochet (uk = treble crochet) not single crochet! You will need to join rounds with a slip stitch and chain 2 (does not count as 1dc) before starting a new round. Never work in the joining slip stitch.

Round 1) Magic Circle with 6dc, join end of round to start of round with sl st, chain 2 (6)
Round 2) 1dc in each st, repeat until end of round, join round with sl st, chain 2 (6)
Round 3) 2dc in each st, repeat until end of round, join round with sl st, chain 2 (12)
Round 4) 1dc in each st, repeat until end of round, join round with sl st, chain 2 (12)
Round 5) 1dc, 2dc in next st, repeat until end of round, join round with sl st, chain 2 (18)
Round 6) 1dc in each st, repeat until end of round, join round with sl st, chain 2 (18)
Round 7) 2dc, 2dc in next st, repeat until end of round, join round with sl st, chain 2 (24)
Round 8) 1dc in each st, repeat until end of round, join round with sl st, chain 2 (24)
Round 9) 3dc, 2dc in next st, repeat until end of round, join round with sl st, chain 2 (30)
Round 10) 1dc in each st, repeat until end of round, join round with sl st, chain 2 (30)
Round 11) 4dc, 2dc in next st, repeat until end of round, join round with sl st, chain 2 (36)
Round 12) 1dc in each st, repeat until end of round, join round with sl st, chain 2 (36)
Round 13) 5dc, 2dc in next st, repeat until end of round, join round with sl st, chain 2 (42)
Round 14) 1dc in each st, repeat until end of round, join round with sl st, chain 2 (42)
Round 15) 6dc, 2dc in next st, repeat until end of round, join round with sl st, chain 2 (48)
Round 16) 1dc in each st, repeat until end of round, join round with sl st, chain 2 (48)

Change to white:
Round 17) 1dc in each st, repeat until end of round, join round with sl st, chain 2 (48)

Use single crochet for the last round:

Round 18) Front loop only: 1sc in each st (48)

Slip stitch into the next stitch and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Ears (Make 2):

In Three Bears Yarn "Peaches & Cream":
Round 1) Magic Circle with 4sc (4)
Round 2) 1sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (6)
Round 3) 1sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (9)
Round 4) 2sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (12)
Round 5) 1sc in each st (12)
Round 6) 2sc then 2 tog, repeat until the end of the round (9)
Round 7) 1sc then 2tog, repeat until the end of the round (6)

Slip stitch into the next st and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Body:

In Three Bears Yarn "Red":
Round 1) Magic Circle with 6sc (6)
Round 2) 2sc in each st (12)
Round 3) 1sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (18)
Round 4) 2sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (24)
Round 5) 3sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (30)

From now on change colour every 3 rounds - 3 white rounds, 3 red rounds - repeat.

Change to white:
Round 6) 4sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (36)
Round 7) 5sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (42)
Round 8) 6sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (48)
Round 9) 7sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (54)
Round 10-11) 1sc in each st; for 2 rounds total (54)
Round 12-26) 1sc in each st; for 15 rounds total (54)
Round 27) 1sc in each st (54)
Round 28) 7sc then 2tog, repeat until the end of the round (48)
Round 29) 1sc in each st (48)
Round 30) 6sc then 2tog, repeat until the end of the round (42)
Round 31) 1sc in each st (42)
Round 32) 5sc then 2tog, repeat until the end of the round (36)
Round 33) 1sc in each st (36)
Round 34) 4sc then 2tog, repeat until the end of the round (30)
Round 35) 1sc in each st (30)
Round 36) 3sc then 2tog, repeat until the end of the round (24)
Round 37-38) 1sc in each st; for 2 rounds total (24)

Slip stitch into the next st and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff body firmly - do not over stuff or your dungarees will not fit!

Elf Shoes (Make 2):

Round 1) Magic Circle with 4sc (4)
Round 2) 1sc in each st (4)
Round 3) 1sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (6)
Round 4) 1sc in each st (6)
Round 5) 2sc in each st (12)
Round 6) 1sc in each st (12)
Round 7) 1sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (18)
Round 8) 1sc in each st (18)
Round 9) 2sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (24)
Round 10) 1sc in each st (24)
Round 11) 3sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (30)
Round 12-15) 1sc in each st; for 4 rounds total (30)
Round 16) 3sc then 2tog, repeat until the end of the round (24)

Fold a pipe cleaner in half, doubling it up. Place the folded point into the point of the shoe and curl the toe upwards. Start stuffing the shoe making sure not to move the pipe cleaned out of position.

Round 17) 2sc then 2tog, repeat until the end of the round (18)
Round 18) 1sc then 2tog, repeat until the end of the round (12)
Round 19) 2tog all the way around (6)

Slip stitch into the next st and fasten off. Weave yarn tail in and out the front loops of the remaining 6 stitches and pull tight to close. Knot yarn and hide yarn tail inside of the shoe.

Legs (Make 2):

Working from the bottom of the legs to the top

In white:
Round 1) Magic Circle with 6sc (6)
Round 2) 2sc in each st (12)
Round 3) 1sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (18)
Round 4) 2sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (24)
Round 5) Back loop only: 1sc in each st (24)
Round 6-10) 1sc in each st; for 5 rounds total (24)

Rounds 5-10 will be covered with white craft fur. From now on change colours every 3 rounds from white to red, white, red to create the elf's stripy stockings.

Starting in red
Round 11) 2sc then 2tog, repeat until the end of the round (18)
Round 12-31) 1sc in each st; for 20 rounds total (18)

After last round: Slip stitch into the next stitch and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff the leg firmly but keep the bottom of the leg flat for sewing onto the shoe. Do not sew or glue the craft fur onto the leg until you have sewed the shoe on.

Arms (Make 2):

In Three Bears Yarn "Peaches & Cream":
Round 1) Magic Circle with 6sc (6)
Round 2) 2sc in each st (12)
Round 3) 1sc, 2sc in next st (18)
Round 4-8) 1sc in each st; for 5 rounds total (18)
Round 9) 1sc then 2tog, repeat until the end of the round (12)
Round 10) 1sc in each st (12)

From now on change colours from red to white every 3 rounds.

Starting in red:
Round 11-31) 1sc in each st; for 21 rounds total (12)

Dungarees:

Make sure your starting chain fits around your elf body - if it doesn't you have over stuffed your body and will need to remove some stuffing!

In green:
Ch 54, join last chain to first with a slip stitch. Put stitch marker in last ch.

Round 1) 1sc in each ch - do not join this round or any other rounds. Skip the joining slip stitch, do not work in it. (54)
Round 2-18) 1sc in each st; for 17 rounds total (54)

Now we start crocheting the legs. Continue crocheting in the same direction. Put a stitch marker in after you make the first sc.

Round 19) 1sc in the next 27 sts. Join 27th sc to first sc with a slip stitch.

You have the beginnings of your first trouser leg. Move stitch marker to 27th sc.

Round 20-26) 1sc in st; for 7 rounds total. (27)

Slip stitch into the next st and fasten off, weave in yarn tail.

Second trouser leg:

It is VERY important that you crochet in the right direction, otherwise you will end up with the "wrong side" of the fabric facing outwards. Think of the round end of your trouser leg like a clock, crochet in a clockwise manner.

Round 1) Attach yarn to a st on round 18 at the back of the dungarees. 1sc in the next 27 sts. Put stitch marker in 27th sc.  (27)
Round 2-8) 1sc in each st, for 7 rounds total (27)

Slip stitch into the next stitch and fasten off. Weave in yarn tail. If there is an obvious hole between the legs of your dungarees sew it up using green yarn.

Front Panel for Dungarees:

In green:
Row 1) ch 13, skip first ch, 12 sc (12)
Row 2-9) ch 1, turn, 12 sc. Repeat for 8 rows total.

Slip stitch and fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Dungaree Straps (Make 2)

In green:
Ch 30, skip first ch, sc 29 (29)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. I have not sewed my straps, I have used fabric tac to glue them on. If you are going to glue your straps weave in any loose tails with a yarn needle.



It is important you follow the following order of assembly! If you assemble your elf in the following order you shouldn't have any problems. I have used fabric tac to glue on the straps, jingle bells and craft fur. Fabric tac is crazy strong once dry! Top Tip: When assembling your elf keep all colour changes with the stripes to the back!

1. Glue or sew a jingle bell to the point of each shoe.

2. Glue or sew a jingle bell to the end of the hat (or a white pom pom!)

3. Sew the hair to the head using a whip stitch, make each stitch between the curls of hair.

4. Sew the hat to the head using a whip stitch. The hat should cover most of the hair, there should be no hair showing at the sides or back.

5. Embroider the nose using the same yarn you used for the face. Stitch a "V" shape where you want the nose to be and fill it in.

6. Embroider eyebrows and a mouth using black embroidery floss.

7. Sew the ears flat against the side of the head, they should poke out above the brim of the hat.

8. Sew the head to the body using a ladder stitch.

9. Sew the legs (without the shoes attached!) to the bottom of the body. They must be directly centred under the body of the elf so the dungarees will slip on easily.

10. Slip the dungarees over the legs and onto the body. You do not need to sew the dungarees on. Make sure you are happy with the way the dungarees and legs look together before you go any further, as you will be unable to remove them once fully assembled!

11. Sew the shoes to the bottom of the legs.

12. Sew the arms to the body. Line them up with the top of last red round of the body.

13. Sew the front panel to the front of the dungarees, make sure it is centred!

14. Sew or glue a strap to the top corner of the front panel of the dungarees. Wrap it over one shoulder and diagonally across to the other side. Sew or glue in place to the back of the dungarees. Repeat with the other strap.

15. Glue or sew a red button at each top corner of the front panel.

16. Glue a strip of long pile, white craft fur around the bottom of the legs. You can add some to the hat too if you like!


♥ 

Phew! Now you have your own cheeky little elf on the shelf. I wonder what mischief he'll get up to this Christmas? If you do make your own elf please post your pictures on my Facebook page - I would love to see!

 Julie xxx 

21 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing! I have "Pinned it on my Pinterest"

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  2. He's fabulous! Cannot wait to make him... Thank you very much for being so kind to share him x

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  3. Absolutely beautiful!
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  4. Absolutely beautiful!
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  5. He is so adorable and friendly looking!
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Blessings,
    Neesie
    NC, USA

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  6. I am making this cute little elf. I am a novice really and this is my first assembly project. I'm doing the body now and am stumped. I am not seeing anywhere in the directions when it is I am supposed to stuff the body. From the picture of the finished project it seems to be stuffed. Have I missed something?
    Thanks,
    Angela
    KY, USA

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  7. Hi Angela,

    Stuff the body after you have finished crocheting it. There will be a large hole left at the top of the body which will be covered by the head. Stuff through there.

    Julie x

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  8. Hi! Amazing pattern, thanks for sharing! How big does it turn out to be?

    x

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    1. good question :) I thought it would small but as I'm making it - it's pretty big! lol I've just done up to the body. The body is about 5.5 inches ad the head is about 4 inches. (unless I did something wrong lol)

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  9. Hi, I am working on r 34 on the body, says 4sc, then 3tog. Should it be 2tog? Thanks.

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  11. Great pattern, thanks for sharing. Pinned and definitely going to have a go at this one x

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  12. Hi thanks for the pattern, on print out ,head rounds 11- 25 are missing Hair round 10 missing , Body rounds 31 -35 are missing Arm Starting in red rounds 11-31 are missing i do not get it , Arm Starting in red rounds 11 -31 1 sc in each st 21 rounds is it 11-21

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  13. he is ADORABLE_and yes-I'd love to have a go at him-Thanls for the share of your hard work.

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  14. What a delightful elf! I love his facial expression, like he might have some mischief up his sleeve. Thanks so much for sharing the pattern.

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  15. He is gorgeous, than you for the pattern looking forward to making this

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