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Crochet Elf On The Shelf Free Pattern

Hello everyone. I have a proper chrismassy pattern for you today.

Now before we go any further I do have a confession to make. I don’t like the original Elf on the Shelf. I think he’s a sinister looking little bastard who is probably really good friends with Chucky. However I was asked to make one for a friend’s daughter and I wouldn’t let her down.

I think my finished Elf has the look of the original while avoiding the sinister stare.

Crochet elf in the shelf. Red body, arms and legs wearing a red hat with a white pompom

Crochet Elf On The Shelf

Aran yarn

3.5mm hook

All crochet terms are in the US style

Sc = single crochet

Hdc = half double crochet

2sc = 2sc into the next stitch

2tog = crochet next 2 stitches together.

Head

(1) Ch 4, join into ring. Make 6 sc into ring.

(2) 2sc in each stitch.

(3) *Sc next stitch, 2sc into next stitch* 6 times.

(4) *Sc in next 2 stitches , 2sc in next st* 6 times.

(5)*Sc in next 3 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* 6 times.

(6) *sc in next 4 stitches, 2sc in next stitch * 6 times.

7) sc into each stitch

8) sc into next 5 stitches, 2sc* 6 time

9-16) sc into each stitch

17) sc into next 5 stitches, 2tog* 6 times s

18) sc into each stitch

19) sc into next 4 stitches, 2tog* 6 times

20) sc into next 3 stitches, 2tog*6 times

21) sc into next 2 stitches, 2tog *6 times

21) sc, 2tog * 6 times

22) sc into each stitch. Change to red.

Body

23) sc, 2sc* 6 times

24) *Sc in next 2 stitches , 2sc in next st* 6 times.

25) *Sc in next 2 stitches , 2sc in next st* 6 times.

26)*Sc in next 3 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* 6 times.

27) *sc in next 4 stitches, 2sc in next stitch * 6 times.

28-45) sc into each

46) sc into the next 7 stitches, 2tog, 2tog, sc into next 14 stitches, 2tog, 2tog, sc into last 7 stitches. STUFF. sew bottom edge of body closed.

Arms

(1) Ch 4, join into ring. Make 6 sc into ring.

(2) 2sc in each stitch.

3-4) sc into each stitch

5) *sc into next 5 stitches, 2sc* 2 times

6) sc into each stitch

7) *sc into next 5 stitches, 2tog* 2 times

8) *sc into next 4 stitches, 2tog* 2 times. Change to red

9) *sc, 2sc, sc into next 2 stitches, 2sc* 2 times

10-21) sc into each stitch. Lightly stuff arm

22) squish end if the arm flat and slip stitch the centre loops together as shown in figure 1. Sc into each of the outer loops as shown in figure 2, ensuring you have 14 stitches at the end of the row.

23-36) sc into each stitch. Cast off, lightly stuff then sew the end closed. Sew to side of body.

Legs

1) Chain 7, 2hdc into 2nd chain from hook, dc into next 2 chains, hdc, sc, sc chain 1, sc into last chain, turn work and working in back loops of base chain sc, hdc, dc, dc, 2hdc.

2) 2sc into next 2 stitches, sc into next 4 stitches, 2sc, sc into ch1 space, 2sc, sc into next 4 stitches, 2sc into last 2 stitches.

3) sc into back loop of each stitch

4) sc into next 10 stitches, 2tog, sc into last 9 stitches.

5) sc into next 8 stitches, 2tog, 2tog, sc into last 8 stitches.

6) sc into next 5 stitches , *2tog* 4 times, sc into ladt 5 stitches

7) sc into each stitch

8) sc into next 6 stitches, 2sc* 2 times,

9-21 sc into each stitch.
Very lightly stuff leg.

22)Squish leg flat from side to side and slip stitch the inner loops together to close the leg. sc into each of the outer loops of the stitches. Ensure you have 16 stitches at the end of the row.

23) working in the front loops sc into next 7 stitches, 2sc* 2 times.

24-35) sc into each stitch

36) *sc into next 7 stitches, 2tog * 2 times. Cast off. Lightly stuff top of leg, sew edge closed and sew to bottom of body.

Hat

1) 4sc into magic circle

2) sc, 2sc

3) sc, 2sc* 3 times

4) sc in each stitch

5) sc into next 2 stitches , 2sc* 3 times

6) sc in each stitch

7) sc into next 5 stitches , 2sc* 5 times

8) sc into next 6 stitches , 2sc* 2 times

9) sc into next 7 stitches, 2sc* 2 times

10) sc into next 4 stitches, 2sc, sc into next 8 stitches, 2sc* sc into last 4

11) sc into next 9 stitches, 2sc* times

12) sc into next 5 stitches, 2sc, sc into next 10 stitches, 2sc* sc into last 5

13) sc into next 7 stitches, 2sc* 3 times

14) sc into next 8 stitches, 2sc* 3 times

15) sc into next 9 stitches, 2sc* 3 times

16) sc into next 10 stitches, 2sc* 3 times

17) sc into next 11 stitches, 2sc* 3 times

18) sc into next 12 stitches, 2sc* 3 times

19) sc into next 13 stitches, 2sc* 3 times. Change to white.

20) sc into next 14 stitches, 2sc* 3 times

21) sc into next 15 stitches, 2sc* 5 times

Collar

1) Chain 19, *hdc into next 2 chains starting 2nd chain from hook, 2hdc* repeat 5 times

2) chain 1 (turning chain) *hdc into next 3 stitches, 2hdc* repeat 5 times

3)chain 1 (turning chain) *hdc into next 4 stitches, 2hdc* repeat 5 times

4)chain 1 (turning chain) *sc, hdc, tc, picot, hdc, sc, slip st into front 3 loops* repeat 6 times. Cast off
Place collar around neck and sew ends together.

Hair

(1) Ch 4, join into ring. Make 6 sc into ring.

(2) 2sc in each stitch.

(3) *Sc next stitch, 2sc into next stitch* 6 times.

(4) *Sc in next 2 stitches , 2sc in next st* 6 times.

(5)*Sc in next 3 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* 6 times.

(6) *sc in next 4 stitches, 2sc in next stitch * 6 times.

7) sc into next 5 stitches, 2sc* 6 time

8) sc into each stitch

9)sc into next 6 stitches, 2sc* 6 time

10) sc into each stitch

11) hdc into next 3 stitches, dc into next 3 stitches, tc into next 6 stitches, dc into next 3 stitches, hdc into next 3 stitches, sc into next 30 stitches.

From this point on you will be working in rows.

12) sc into next 26 stitches

13) chain 1 (turning chain) 2tog, sc into next 22 stitches, 2tog

14) chain 1 (turning chain) 2tog, sc into next 2 stitches, 2tog

15) chain 1 (turning chain) 2tog, sc into next 18 stitches, 2tog

16) chain 1 (turning chain) 2tog, sc into next 16 stitches, 2tog

16) chain 1 (turning chain) 2tog, sc into next 14 stitches, 2tog . Cast off. Sew to head.

Ears

1) chain 4 join into a loop, make 5hdc into the loop. Cast off, sew to side of head along hairline.

Embroider eyes, mouth and nose.

The finished elf stands approc 20 inches tall from his hat to his feet. Hopefully he will make a delightful friend for your kids all year round.

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2 thoughts on “Crochet Elf On The Shelf Free Pattern

  1. Hi, thank you for the lovely compliment.
    At the moment I haven’t a pattern for a pinapple hat, but it would be an interesting one to work on in the future xx

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  2. Thank you very much for the beautiful Elf on the shelf. It is a very good pattern and I will start it as soon as possible. Easy instructions to follow.. I knit ans crochet fruit babies hats, but I can find a pineapple pattern, do you have one or can you make one?
    Thank Thanks a lot!

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