Every Christmas Elf needs a crochet Christmas Elf Sweater! This easy crochet pattern is so much fun to make!
Our pattern today is a little out of the norm for me, but they idea came to me one day when my kids noted that our little Christmas elf looked cold. That afternoon I got to work on his very own crochet Christmas sweater.
Our little elf is named Elfie (by the kids) and he’s been visiting our house every December for the last six years. The kids love his antics and the trouble he gets into. Even my oldest still wake early in the morning and set off to find him. The look on their faces the morning they found him in his new Christmas Elf sweater was priceless! They had so much fun!
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The Construction and Materials:
Our little Sweater today is worked from the bottom up. It features a detailed ribbing around the bottom, and a gold stripe across the chest. Once the body of the sweater is worked, the sleeves are worked.
You won’t need much yarn for this project! only 40-50 yards. I’ve said you’ll need about 10 yards for the second colour, however this is a generous estimate!For this sweater today I will be using a worsted weight acrylic yarn called Heartland by Lion Brand Yarn. I will also be using a 5mm crochet hook. In the video below I will be using a 5mm Clover Armour Crochet hook.
PDF Copies of the Pattern:
PDF Copies of the pattern are also available in my Etsy and Ravelry Shops which are linked below:
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The Christmas Elf Sweater Crochet Pattern
Skill Level: Easy
Gauge: 4 sts x 3 rows of hdc = 1 inch.
Finished Size: Approximately 3.5 inches tall x 6 inch circumference, 7.5 inches from sleeve to sleeve.
Yarn: Heartland by Lion Brand Yarn (100% extra acrylic; 5 oz/142g; 251 yds/230 m); About 40 yards of colour A, 10 yards of colour B.
Hook: Size H/8 (5.0 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Notions: Yarn Needle
Stitches and Abbreviations:
Blo – Back Loop Only
Ch – Chain
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Hdc2tog – Half Double Crochet two stitches together
Hdc3tog – Half Double Crochet three stitches together
Rpt – Repeat
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Yo – Yarn Over
- Pattern is written in American English terms.
- Weave in ends as needed.
Free Crochet Pattern:
Row 1: Sl st in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. (3 sl sts)
Row 2: Working in the blo, sl st in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (3 sl sts)
Continue to repeat row 2 until work from the beginning measures approximately 6-6.5 inches.
Do not fasten off, but fold the trim so that two shorter ends meet. Now working through both thicknesses, sl st across working through the blo on each side. Do not fasten off, turn work right side out (so that the right side is facing you).
Now working around the edge of the ribbing, continue working in rounds as follows:
Sweater Body (Worked in rounds):
Rnd 1: Ch 1, evenly work 26 hdc all the way around. Join with a sl st in the first st, do not turn. (26 sts)
Rnds 2-6: Ch 1, hdc in each st all the way around, changing to colour B in the final st; join with a sl st in the first st.
Rnd 7: With colour B, ch 1, hdc in each of the next 10 sts changing back to colour A in the last st, ch 3, sk the next 3 sts, hdc in each of the next 10 sts, ch 3, sk the next 3 sts, join with a sl st in the 1st st.
Rnd 8: With colour A, hdc2tog, hdc in each of the next 6 sts, hdc2tog, hdc3tog over the next 3 ch sts, hdc2tog, hdc in each of the next 6 sts, hdc2tog, hdc3tog over the next 3 ch sts; join with a sl st in the first st.
Rnds 9-10: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join with a sl st in the first st.
Fasten off, weave in your ends.
Sweater Sleeves (Make 2):
With colour A, join with a sl st in st around arm hole opening.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, evenly work 8 hdc around the arm hole opening, join with a sl st in the first st.
Rnds 2-8: Ch 1, hdc in each st around; join with a sl st in the first st.
Rnd 9: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join with a sl st in the 1st st.
Fasten off, weave in your ends and repeat for second sleeve.
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Gill Green says
NB just to let you know, on this written pattern, at the end of the ribbing, the pattern tells us to “fold the brim of the hat in half”, and then work round it, instead of folding the rib in half and working round that!
Thank you so much for letting me know! It was a typo!