elf on the shelf crochet pattern

Elf

Elf on My Shelf

NOVEMBER 23, 2018

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

It's that time of year again when all of Santa'a Scout Elves show up in our homes to keep an eye on our little ones. My children love looking for our Elf, Ralphy, each morning. The joy that our Elf brings them each day inspired me to design a crochet version of this beloved and often mischievous Elf. I hope you like my pattern!

I would love to see your Elves! Please tag me on Instagram lovable_loops to share your pictures with me. 

Materials

- E 3.5 mm (I love these Clover hooks!)

- polly pellets 

- poly fil

- tapestry needles
- sewing pins
- stitch markers
- worsted weight yarn in your choice skin color, dark brownblackwhite, cherry red and baby pink

Finished Size

Total length (outstretched): 14.5 inches

Total width (with arms spread): 11.5 inches

Width of bottom: 2.5 inches

Gauge

6 sc and 7 rows = 1 inch

Notes

- the ch 1 at the beginning of a round never counts as your first stitch

- when you join at the end of the round, you are joining with a slip stitch to the first stitch from that round

Abbreviations

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
rnd = round
rnds = rounds
st = stitch
sts = stitches
sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together
rem = remaining
sl st = slip stitch
hdc = half double crochet
tc = triple crochet

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Body

Crochet hook: E 3.5 mm
Yarn: cherry red
Other: polly pelletspoly fil and tapestry needle
Optional: stitch marker (use to mark and help find the first stitch of each round)

Instructions between two asterisks should be repeated for the remainder of the round.

Rnd 1: ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from the hook, join in the round [6]

Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each st, join [12]

Rnd 3: ch 1, *2 sc, sc in 1 st*, join [18]

Rnd 4: ch 1, *2 sc, sc in 2 sts*, join [24]

Rnd 5: ch 1, *2 sc, sc in 3 sts*, join [30]

Rnd 6: ch 1, *2 sc, sc in 4 sts*, join [36]

Rnds 7- 15: ch 1, sc in each st, join [36]

Rnd 16: ch 1, *sc2tog, sc in 16 sts*, join [34]

Rnds 17 & 18: ch 1, sc in each st, join [34]

Rnd 19: ch 1, *sc2tog, sc in 15 sts*, join [32]

Rnds 20 & 21: ch 1, sc in each st, join [32]

Rnd 22: ch 1, *sc2tog, sc in 14 sts*, join [30]

Rnds 23 & 24: ch 1, sc in each st, join [30]

Rnd 25: ch 1, *sc2tog, sc in 13 sts*, join [28]

Rnds 26 & 27: ch 1, sc in each st, join [28]

Rnd 28: ch 1, *sc2tog, sc in 12 sts*, join [26]

Rnds 29 & 30: ch 1, sc in each st, join [26]

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Fill bottom third of body with polly pellets.

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Fill the rest of the body with poly fil. We are using polly pellets on the bottom to give it some weight which will help the elf sit on a shelf.

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Rnd 31: ch 1, *sc2tog, sc in 11 sts*, join [24]

Rnd 32: ch 1, *sc2tog, sc in 2 sts*, join [18]

Rnd 33: ch 1, *sc2tog, sc in 1 st*, join [12]

Rnd 34: ch 1, *sc2tog*  join and fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing [6]

Add more poly fil and use your tapestry needle to sew the body shut.

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Legs

Crochet hook: E 3.5 mm
Yarn: cherry red (set aside two 8 " scraps of yarn before you begin)
Other: polly pelletspoly fil and tapestry needle
Optional: stitch marker (use to mark and help find the first stitch of each round)

Instructions between two asterisks should be repeated for the remainder of the round.

Rnd 1: ch 2, 4 sc in second ch from the hook, join in the round [4]

Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each st, join [8]

Rnds 3- 18: ch 1, sc in each st, join [8]

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Fill up to round 17 with polly pellets.

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Use a tapestry needle and scrap of cherry red yarn to set round 17 shut (see pictures for reference). 

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Rnds 19- 30: ch 1, sc in each st, join [8]

Rnd 31: ch 1, sc in each st, join and fasten off leaving a long yarn tail [8]

Stuff top of leg (rounds 18- 31) lightly with poly fil.

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Use a tapestry needle and your yarn tail to sew the top of the leg shut making a parallel seam line to the seam line in round 17.

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Use a tapestry needle and your yarn tails to sew the legs onto the bottom front of the body. See pictures for reference.

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Head

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Crochet hook: E 3.5 mm
Yarn: Your choice skin color and dark brown (or, your choice of hair color)
Other: poly filsewing pins and tapestry needle
Optional: stitch marker (use to mark and help find the first stitch of each round)

Instructions between two asterisks should be repeated for the remainder of the round.

Begin with skin color yarn. Leave a long beginning tail to sew the head onto the body.

Rnd 1: ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from the hook, join in the round [6]

Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each st, join [12]

Rnd 3: ch 1, *2 sc, sc in 1 st*, join [18]

Rnd 4: ch 1, *2 sc, sc in 2 sts*, join [24]

Rnd 5: ch 1, *2 sc, sc in 3 sts*, join [30]

Rnds 6- 14: ch 1, sc in each st, join [30]

Switch to dark brown yarn (or you choice of hair color).

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Rnd 15: ch 1, sc in each st, join [30]

Rnd 16: ch 1, *sc2tog, sc in 3 sts*, join [24]

Rnd 17: ch 1, *sc2tog, sc in 2 sts*, join [18]

Rnd 18: ch 1, *sc2tog, sc in 1 st*, join [12]

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Stuff with poly fil.

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Rnd 19: ch 1, *sc2tog*, join and fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing [6]

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Add more poly fil and use your tapestry needle to sew the head shut.

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Use sewing pins to pin the head onto the body.

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

I apologize for the lighting. I was working while Ashley was in ballet.

Use a tapestry needle and your yarn tail to sew the head onto the body.

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Collar

Crochet hook: E 3.5 mm
Yarn: white
Other: tapestry needle and sewing pins

Row 1: ch 22, hdc in the 3rd ch from the hook, hdc in each rem ch, turn [20]

Row 2: ch 2, 2 hdc in each st, turn [40]

Row 3: ch 1, *sc, hdc, (in next st you will make a point: tc- ch 2- sl st in 2nd ch from hook- tc), hdc, sc* repeat between the * seven more times. You will end up with 8 "points". Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing the collar onto the body.

Use sewing pins to pin the collar in place. Use a tapestry needle to sew the collar onto the body where the head and body meet. See pictures for reference.

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Arms

Crochet hook: E 3.5 mm
Yarn: cherry red and white (set aside two 8 " scraps of red yarn before you begin)
Other: polly pelletspoly fil and tapestry needle
Optional: stitch marker (use to mark and help find the first stitch of each round)

Instructions between two asterisks should be repeated for the remainder of the round.

Begin with white  yarn.

Rnd 1: ch 2, 4 sc in second ch from the hook, join in the round [4]

Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each st, join [8]

Rnds 3- 7: ch 1, sc in each st, join [8]

Switch to cherry red yarn.

Rnds 8- 18: ch 1, sc in each st, join [8]

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Fill up to round 17 with polly pellets.

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Use a tapestry needle and scrap of cherry red yarn to set round 17 shut (see pictures for reference).

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Rnds 19- 27: ch 1, sc in each st, join [8]

Rnd 28: ch 1, sc 1, sc2tog, sc in 5 rem sts, join [7]

Rnds 29 & 30: ch 1, sc in each st, join [7]

Stuff top of arm (rounds 18- 3o) lightly with poly fil.

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Use a tapestry needle and your yarn tail to sew the top of the arm shut making a perpendicular seam line to the seam line in round 17.

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

I apologize for the dark photo. I was working in the evening.

Use a tapestry needle to sew the arms onto the sides of the body, just below the collar. See pictures for reference.

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Hat

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Crochet hook: E 3.5 mm
Yarn: cherry red and white
Other: tapestry needle and sewing pins
Optional: stitch marker (use to mark and help find the first stitch of each round)

Instructions between two asterisks should be repeated for the remainder of the round.

Begin with cherry red yarn.

Rnd 1: ch 2, 4 sc in second ch from the hook, join in the round [4]

Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each st, join [8]

Rnd 3: ch 1, sc in each st, koin [8]

Rnd 4: ch 1, *2 sc, sc in 1 st*, join [12]

Rnd 5: ch 1, sc in each st, join [12]

Rnd 6: ch 1, *2 sc, sc in 2 sts*, join [16]

Rnd 7: ch 1, sc in each st, join [16]

Rnd 8: ch 1, *2 sc, sc in 3 sts*, join [20]

Rnd 9: ch 1, sc in each st, join [20]

Rnd 10: ch 1, *2 sc, sc in 4 sts*, join [24]

Rnd 11: ch 1, sc in each st, join [24]

Rnd 12: ch 1, *2 sc, sc in 5 sts*, join [28]

Rnd 13: ch 1, sc in each st, join [28]

Rnd 14: ch 1, *2 sc, sc in 6 sts*, join [32]

Rnds 15- 17: ch 1, sc in each st, join [32]

Switch to white yarn.

Rnds 18 & 19: ch 1, sc in each st, join [32]

Rnd 20: ch 1, sc in each st, join  and fasten off leaving a very long tail to sew onto head [32]

Use sewing pins to pin the hat in place on the head. Use a tapestry needle and the white yarn tail to sew the hat onto the head. I apologize for forgetting to take a photo of this step. 

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Eyes

Crochet hook: E 3.5 mm
Yarn: black & white
Other: poly fil, sewing pins and tapestry needle
Optional: stitch marker (use to mark and help find the first stitch of your round)

Instructions between two asterisks should be repeated for the remainder of the round.

Begin with black yarn.

Rnd 1: ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from the hook, join [6]

Switch to white yarn and leave long joining tails in both colors for sewing.

Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 sc, 2 sc, sl st, fasten off leaving a long tail for making the eye sparkle.

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Use sewing pins to pin the eyes in place on the head. Use a tapestry needle and the corresponding yarn tail (white for white part, black for black part) to sew the eyes onto the head.

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

Smile

Yarn: baby pink
Other: tapestry needle

Use baby pink yarn and a tapestry needle to stitch a smile onto the head. See pictures for smile placement.

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

free elf on shelf crochet pattern

I would love to see your Elves! Please tag me on Instagram lovable_loops to share your pictures with me. 


All pictures and patterns are copyright to Melissa Hassler. You have my permission to make and sell products from my patterns but please link back to this post. You may not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. You may not re-publish photos and claim them as your own.

Comments 3

  1. On round 14 of hat it says ch 1, 2 SC, SC 2 next 2.. I believe it should be ch 1, 2 SC, SC next 6. I about went nuts but then realized the problem. I want you to know I adore your elf pattern. I am making 3 for my daughter’s kids. 3 kids, 3 elves!! Thanks a million.

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      Author

      Hi Elizabeth! You are correct, that was an error on my part. I just went in and edited it. Thank you so much for taking the time to message me and let me know. 🙂 I’m so happy you like the pattern!

  2. Melissa,
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful pattern. I am introducing the concept to my very curious four year old nephew. I hope to add intrigue to this holiday season. Thanks again.

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