Friday, 14 October 2016

Crochet Pattern - Junco Elf Hat

I wanted to make a nice and simple elf-themed hat for a local craft fair. I found a few patterns but they just didn't workup as quickly as I'd like them to. I ended up making this quick little pattern on a whim. Thankfully it turned out very nicely! I know it's a bit early for Christmas items - it is a few weeks before Halloween - but with all the snow I have outside it almost feels like Christmas!

This is a very easy pattern and great for beginners. It only requires two basic stitches - the single crochet (double in UK terms) and double crochet (treble in UK terms).

This pattern is free to use. If you'd like to share it with friends, please provide a link to this page here. (It helps support me and also gives me incentive to make more free patterns!) If you'd like to sell items made from this pattern, please do by all means!

18/10/16 edit - did a minor edit fixing a missing 'front loop only' in a step.



In this pattern, we will be alternating between front loops and back loops while crocheting. This can seem a little tricky to a beginner, but it is actually quite easy. 

Maggie's Crochet has a wonderful series called 'Crochet University'. To learn more about front and back loops, she has a video on learning this technique. 



Junco Elf Hat
This hat is named on behalf of the White-winged Junco, a very cute little winter bird.

 


Sizes: Baby and Child

Hook Size: 5.00 / H / 8
Recommended Yarn: Medium (4), Aran (10 ply)
I used Caron Simply Soft Party in Spring Sparkle (0003) / Fuschia Sparkle (0002) for the hat and Bernat Happy Holidays in Twinkly White (31709) for the trim.
You will also need: a yarn needle, straight pins, two bells (optional) and a pompom (optional)

Crochet Stitch Abbr. Used:
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
sl = slip stitch
ch = chain
flo = front loop only
blo = back loop only


American terms are used in this pattern. For US-UK conversion chart, see here
Crochet abbreviations are used. If you are unfamiliar with them, please see here






Baby [6mo - 12mo]
This section has descriptive text, without abbreviations, for easier reading.

Row 1:  Chain 50. Single crochet into the second chain from your hook.
Single crochet into each chain to make your foundation row. Chain 1, turn.
Row 2:  Single crochet into the next 50 chains, front loop only. Chain 1, turn.
Row 3:  Single crochet into the next 50 chains, back loop only. Chain 1, turn.
Row 4: Double crochet into the next 50 chains, front loop only. Chain 1, turn.
After three rows of SC, we will complete the rest of the hat with DC.
Row 5: Double crochet into the next 50 chains, back loop only. Chain 1, turn.
The inside has ridges of lines - it creates a nice "knit" effect for the outside.
Repeat the last two steps (Row 4 and 5) in alternating rows, repeat these steps for 14 more rows total. (Step 4, Step 5, Step 4, Step 5, etc until you are at 16 rows of DC total.
On the 16th and final row, once you are done DCing 50 times to complete the row, we will be binding off.

Your finished rectangle - folded so that the outside (left) / inside (right) is visible.
Once you are done binding off, turn the long rectangle you have made around. You should see the 'lines' on the underside showing. The outside portion of the hat will have no visible lines across the rectangle. Take the two ends of your rectangle and fold it in half lengthwise, with the inside facing out.  
Pin together the two ends on the DC side. (The SC side will be the front.)
You can choose to sew together the pinned ends or slip stitch them together.
You can see how it is pinned together, inside out.

Once your hat is sewn/stitched together, keep it inside out. You'll be starting to crochet the trim. Start on the ch immediately at the bottom of your sewn/stitched crease. Chain 1.
Double crochet three times into the chain. Single crochet one in to the next chain, front loop only. Repeat these two steps 11 times.
The beginning of the trim. 
Single crochet into the next chain. Chain  25. Cut your thread, leaving an inch and a half of yarn. On the next chain over (on the green portion of the hat, start chaining another 25. Repeat this again a third time. You should now have three lengths of 25 chains. 
Braid together the three strands and tie at knot at the bottom. Attach the bell with the strings and tie it tightly. Weave the ends into the chains in the braid. Weave the strands at the bottom of the braid into the trim.

Single crochet into the chain that you started the third strand with. 
Double crochet three times into a chain. Single crochet into the next chain. Repeat 20 times. Single crochet once into the next chain. 
At this point, repeat the steps to create the braid and attach the bell. Don't forget to weave in those ends too!
Lastly, we're going to complete the trim. Single crochet into the chain you started the third strand with. Double crochet three times into the next chain, then single crochet once in the one after that. Repeat the last two steps 10 times. Tie up the who ends. Weave in those ends, turn your hat right-side-out and your hat is finished!
 
If you like pom poms, sew one to the top of your hat. 😃

Child [3yr - 10yr]
This section has simplified instructions, with abbreviations.

Row 1:  ch 58. sc into the second ch from your hook. sc into each ch. ch 1.
Row 2:  sc into 58 ch, flo. ch 1, turn.
Row 3:  sc into 58 ch, blo. ch 1, turn.
Row 4:  dc into 58 ch, flo. ch 1, turn.
Row 5: dc into 58 ch, blo. ch 1, turn.
Repeat step 4 and 5 in alternating rows, repeat  for 15 more rows total. Bind off at the end of row 17. 
Turn the long rectangle you have made around. You should see the 'lines' on the underside showing.
Fold your rectangle lengthwise, with the inside facing out. Pin together the two ends on the DC side. (The SC side will be the front.) You can choose to sew together the pinned ends or slip stitch them together.
the hat base 
Once your hat is sewn/stitched together, keep it inside out. You'll be starting to crochet the trim. Start on the ch immediately at the bottom of your sewn/stitched crease. Chain 1. Sc into ch, repeat 24 times. 
Ch 41 times. Pull out the loop from your hook so that it is very long and remove your hook. Pull the loop through the top of your bell. Sl into the second ch from hook, front loop only, This will assure your bell will stay attached.
The strap is a little longer on the child sized hat.

Sl into the next chain, repeat 39 times.
Sl into next ch (the hat, not trim) and ch 1.Sc in ch, flo. Repeat 52 times.
Ch 41 times. Pull out the loop from your hook so that it is very long and remove your hook. Pull the loop through the top of your bell. Sl into the second ch from hook, Sl into the next chain, repeat 39 times.
Sl into next ch (the hat, not trim) and ch 1.Sc in ch, repeat 30 times. Tie your ends and weave them into the trim. Turn your hat right-side-out and add a pom pom to the top of the hat if you'd like! 

I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial! I am very sorry for the quality of the photos. It's a snowy and cloudy day so the lighting was so off-and-on today. Hopefully I can set up a proper "photo booth" in time for future patterns!

Thank you for taking the time to read my pattern. If you have any questions or need help with anything, please comment below and I'll do my best to help!


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