Category: Hats - Stuff by Steph
 
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This was such a fun hat to make. It was also the first hat where I incorporated both crocheting and knitting. The main red part of the hat is knit, as is the beak. The eyes and white stripe along the edge are crocheted. The ears, while knit, are two pieces crocheted together.

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The finished product actually surprised me with how good it looks! I had to teach myself how to crochet a circle just to do the eyes. I managed to find a way to sew the accessories on which made the hat still able to stretch a good amount while keeping everything secure.

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My son thinks this hat is for him... I hope he's not too sad when it goes out in the mail! I suppose I'll have to make one for him next ;)

 
Okay, so I had some trouble coming across a good elf/stocking hat pattern a while back. I searched for days, only to find nothing. Then I found this. While it is a great pattern, it's only one size, and much too large for a newborn. Also, the top of the hat isn't long enough for maximum cuteness. So, with that pattern in mind, I altered it to fit my needs. This is what I came up with: [Note: the way I write patterns differs greatly from others, if you find yourself confused, shoot me an email!]
Long Elf Hat
Newborn to 12 months

Supplies:
Size 7 DPN

2 skeins yarn in contrasting colors

Tapestry needle or latch hook

Abbreviations:

FC- First color

SC- Second color

K- Knit 

P- Purl

R- row(s)



Directions:

With your first color, cast on 72 stitches across 3 needles (24 stitches per needle)

K2P2 for 8 rows

Knit 2 rows

Switch to second color, but do not cut FC. Bring FC over SC from the left (right, if you're left-handed like me) on every first stitch of the row.

K 4 R with SC

K 4 R with FC

With SC, *K 7, K2tog* around. 

K 3 R

K 4 R with FC

With SC, *K 6, K2tog* around. 
K 3 R
K 4 R with FC

With SC, *K 5, K2tog* around. 
K 3 R
K 4 R with FC

With SC, *K 4, K2tog* around. 
K 3 R
K 4 R with FC

With SC, *K 3, K2tog* around. 
K 3 R
K 4 R with FC

With SC, *K2, K2tog* around. 

K 3 R
K 4 R with FC

With SC, *K 1, K2tog* around. 

K3 R 

K 4 R with FC

K 4 R with SC

K 4 R with FC

K 4 R with SC

K 4 R with FC

K 3 R with SC

Still with SC, K2tog around

Cut yarn leaving a long tail (4-6 inches) and pull through remaining stitches. Make pom-pom using both colors and attach. Weave in/ tie loose ends.