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Christmas Curly Elf Hat Free Crochet Pattern

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The Curly Elf Crochet Hat is the perfect accessory for all your holiday festivities. This free crochet long tail hat includes sizes for the whole family!

Whether you are baking delicious homemade cookies in your kitchen, or “decking the halls” at home, the little elves will enjoy wearing this hat.

Or maybe you’ve got a full party schedule lined up, either way the Curly Elf Hat will have you and your littles looking the part.

My kids love it when I crochet them things. And they love Christmas time. This fun little hat was born from those loves.

I made with the Curly Elf Hat with the appropriately named “Metallic Christmas” color from Hobby Lobby. This hat crochets up right quick in this self striping Christmas yarn!

I designed the Curly Elf Crochet Hat to be worn either down and long or curled over the top of the head.

I think it’s simply the cutest either way. If you wanted to be really jolly you could add a jingle bell to the tip too.

picture of side view crochet curly elf hat christmas free pattern

I actually crocheted this hat for my son last December, but never got around to writing it up. Once Christmas was over, it just got shoved to the back burner.

So when I was ready to write it up I made another in newborn size. The red and white are a perfect Christmas combo!

You might also like this Sparkle Snowflake Crochet pattern. This little crochet pattern appliqués on to crochet hats, or add a loop to hang in on the tree or gifts.

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picture of pin image crochet elf hat pattern in red and white
picture of red crochet Santa hat with white pom

Some of my lovely and talented testers made this hat in non-Christmas colors and they looked amazing! Team colors, favorite colors you name it, it’s possible. Isn’t that the fun of crochet-choosing colors and customizing it for you and yours?

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Materials

150-350 yds worsted weight yarn, I used I Love This Yarn Metallic Christmas* (Color B) & white (Color A)

5mm Hook H*, 4mm G* for band trim

yarn needle*

measuring tape*

scissors

Notes

  1. This hat is worked bottom up.
  2. You will start working the band in back and forth rows, then sew together the short ends to form a circle.
  3. The rest of the hat is worked in rounds.
  4. Pattern is written as NB-6 mos (6-12 mos, toddler, preschooler, child, tween/sm adult, med adult, lg adult)
  5. Ch 3 counts as a dc, Ch 2 does not.
  6. The band length is based on average head size for the age minus 2” for negative ease. For a custom fit: measure the circumference of the head and subtract 1-2” for negative ease, follow the pattern below, but crochet to your calculation length instead.  
  7. The tube of the hat is taller than the head, with the tail narrowing down quickly so that it can be curved over the head, giving it the “curly” look.

Stitches

ch-chain

ss-slip stitch

sc-single crochet

blo-back loop only-crochet into the back loop of the st only 

dc-double crochet

dc2tog-double crochet two together

Dc3tog-*{yo insert hook into st, yo & pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yo & pull through 2 loops} rep from * in next two stitches ending with 4 loops on hook, yo and pull through all 4 loops.

Gauge

Dc swatch: 2” x 2” = 7dc x 4.25 rows

In pattern:

4″x 4″ = 14 dc x 9 rounds 

picture of white crochet ribbing

Pattern

The Band Pattern:

In Color A:

1. Ch 7, sc in the 2nd ch and in each across, turn. (6)

2. Ch 1, in blo, sc in in each sc across, turn. (6)

Repeat Row 2 until your band reaches:

12” NB-6 mos 

13″ baby 6-12 mos

15″ for toddler 12-24 mos

16″ for preschooler 2-5 yrs

18″ for child 5-10 yrs

19″ for tween

20″ small adult

21″ large adult

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew the short ends together with the yarn tail and yarn needle to form the band.

The Hat Pattern:

1. Attach Color B yarn with a slip st and ch 1, sc 48 (48, 56, 56, 64, 64, 64, 72) evenly around the band, join to first sc with a ss to join.

2. Ch 3, dc in the next sc and in each sc around, ss to top of 3rd ch to join. 48 (48, 56, 56, 64, 64, 64, 72) dc

3. Ch 3, dc in the next dc and in each dc around, ss to top of 3rd ch to join. 48 (48, 56, 56, 64, 64, 64, 72) dc

Repeat last round 5 (8, 9, 9, 12, 12, 12, 15) more times.

 

Begin to decrease:

9. (12, 13, 13, 16, 16, 16, 19) Ch 2 (doesn’t count) starting in the same st *{Dc2tog, dc in the next 6} rep from * around, ss to top of first st to join. 42 (42, 50, 50, 58, 58, 58, 66) st

10. (13, 14, 14, 17, 17, 17, 20) Ch 2 (doesn’t count) starting in the same st *{Dc2tog, dc in the next 5} rep from * around, ss to top of first st to join. 36 (36, 44, 44, 52, 52, 52, 60) st

11. (14, 15, 15, 18, 18, 18, 21) Ch 2 (doesn’t count) starting in the same st *{Dc2tog, dc in the next 4} rep from * around, ss to top of first st to join. 30 (30, 38, 38, 46, 46, 46, 54) st

12. (15, 16, 16, 19, 19, 19, 22) Ch 2 (doesn’t count) starting in the same st *{Dc2tog, dc in the next 3} rep from * around, ss to top of first st to join. 24 (24, 32, 32, 40, 40, 40, 48) st 

13. (16, 17, 17, 20, 20, 20, 23) Ch 2 (doesn’t count) starting in the same st *{Dc2tog, dc in the next 2} rep from * around, ss to top of first st to join. 18 (18, 26, 26, 34, 34, 34, 42) st

14. (17, 18, 18, 21, 21, 21, 24) Ch 2 (doesn’t count) starting in the same st *{Dc2tog, dc in the next} rep from * around, ss to top of first st to join. 12 (12, 20, 20, 28, 28, 28, 36) st

picture of red crochet elf hat in progress

NB-6mos & 6-12mos:

15. (18.) Ch 2 (doesn’t count) starting in the same st Dc2tog around, ss to top of first st to join. (6) st 

16. (19.) Ch 3 (counts), dc in the next st and in each st around, ss to top of 3rd ch to join. (6) st Repeat this round 5 times.

21. (24.) Ch 2 (doesn’t count) starting in the same st Dc2tog around, ss to top of first st to join. (3) st

22. (25.) Dc3tog.

Finish off and add a pom pom. Switch to 4mm G Hook and join Color B to other edge of the brim with a ss, ch 1 and sc evenly around. Finish off.

Toddler & Preschool:

19. Ch 2 (doesn’t count) starting in the same st *{Dc2tog, dc in the next} rep from * around, ss to top of first st to join. (14) st

20. Ch 2 (doesn’t count) starting in the same st Dc2tog around, ss to top of first st to join. (7) st

21. Ch 3 (counts), dc in the next st and in each st around, ss to top of 3rd ch to join. (7) st Repeat this round 6 times.

25. Ch 2 (doesn’t count) starting in the same st Dc2tog 3x, dc in the last, ss to top of first st to join. (4) st

26. Ch 2 (doesn’t count) starting in the same st Dc2tog 2x, ss to top of first st to join. (2) st

Finish off and add a pom pom. Switch to 4mm G Hook and join Color B to other edge of the brim with a ss, ch 1 and sc evenly around. Finish off.

Child, Tween/Sm Adult & Med Adult:

22. Ch 2 (doesn’t count) starting in the same st Dc2tog around, ss to top of first st to join. (14) st

23. Ch 2 (doesn’t count) starting in the same st Dc2tog around, ss to top of first st to join. (7) st

28. Ch 3 (counts), dc in the next st and in each st around, ss to top of 3rd ch to join. (7) st Repeat this round 8 times.

35. Ch 2 (doesn’t count) starting in the same st Dc2tog 3x, dc in the last, ss to top of first st to join. (4) st

36. Ch 2 (doesn’t count) starting in the same st Dc2tog 2x, ss to top of first st to join. (2) st

Finish off and add a pom pom. Switch to 4mm G Hook and join Color B to other edge of the brim with a ss, ch 1 and sc evenly around. Finish off.

Lg Adult:

25. Ch 2 (doesn’t count) starting in the same st Dc2tog around, ss to top of first st to join. (18) st

26. Ch 2 (doesn’t count) starting in the same st Dc2tog around, ss to top of first st to join. (9) st 

27. Ch 3 (counts), dc in the next st and in each st around, ss to top of 3rd ch to join. (9) st Repeat this round 8 times.

34. Ch 2 (doesn’t count) starting in the same st Dc2tog 4x, dc in the last, ss to top of first st to join. (5) st

35. Ch 2 (doesn’t count) starting in the same st Dc2tog 2x, dc in the last, ss to top of first st to join. (3) st

36. Dc3tog.

picture of crochet elf hat with white pom

All Sizes:

Finishing

Finish off and add a pom pom.

Switch to 4mm G Hook and join Color B to other edge of the brim with a ss, ch 1 and sc evenly around. Finish off.   

picture of crochet elf hat with white pom

I’d love to see your #curlyelfhat, tag me @christacodesign on Instagram if you post a pic. Or share it to my Facebook Group, I love to see your  work.

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