Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Elf Bombing

Today seemed like a good day to do some elf bombing. I didn’t make as many elves as I had hoped - only four little guys - but hopefully this small gang will be able to spread some cheer this Christmas Eve.

The first two were left at bus stops. They seem kind of desperate to get a ride. I hope they make it back home in time.




The third elf was looking to earn a few bucks before the season was out. I dropped him off near some amazing street art.




The fourth and final elf just needed a place to chill. We found him a nice spot in the park.




Have an absolutely magical day tomorrow, everyone! Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Berg the Christmas Elf



This is Berg the Christmas Elf. He communicates solely by waggling his ears, loves his morning cup of coffee and collects chocolate covered marshmallows that look like Santa. He’s not as good at acrobatics as his fellow Christmas elves but he makes up for this by having an astounding ability to bounce no matter which way he falls. His heroes, besides Santa Claus, are Dr Seuss, Rosemary Clooney and Jimmy Durante.

After decorating my house this weekend, I had a sudden urge to make a Christmas themed pattern and so Berg was born. His high hat and ears were originally inspired by the elves from Rise of the Guardians but I wanted him to look more like a dumpling. I kinda think he looks a little like the Mayor from Nightmare Before Christmas but that might just be me.

I know there are quite a few free elf patterns out there so I thought I would share the love. Here are some patterns you might also like to check out:
Santa’s Elf  by Sue Pendleton
Shelf Elf by Jill Watt
Lily the Christmas Elf from yarninspirations.com
Elf by Amanda Critchley

Good luck with the holiday season, everyone! Take it easy, don’t stress, and enjoy the season!

I've made a change to the pattern. Instead of lightly stuffing the feet, leave them unstuffed. Your elf will stand better this way and won't tumble around like someone tipsy on eggnog.

Berg the Christmas Elf



Size
11cm/4.3in tall when made with DK yarn and 2.75mm hook

Skill Level
Moderate. This pattern requires that you crochet in a spiral and in rows. There are several colour changes in the pattern. I recommend these two tutorials on changing yarn colour: Colour Changes in Amigurumi by June Gilbank and Crocheted Jogless Stripe by NeedleNoodles. The colours in the patterns are suggestions only so feel free to experiment. If you don’t feel like crocheting the ears or the eyes, felt would work great for both.

Note on yarn and hook size
I used DK weight yarn and a 2.75mm hook (US size C, UK size 11) for this pattern. You can use a different weight yarn than DK but it will change the size of your toy. Remember to use the same weight yarn for all parts so that your toy is in proportion. Choose a hook size that will give you a nice tight stitch.

Materials
Yarn
Peach
Red
Black
Green
Gold
White

Crochet Hook – 2.75mm or preferred size
Filling
Tapestry needle
Black felt for the eyes
Craft glue and/or thread and sharp needle for attaching felt
Pins
Scissors

Terminology
***This pattern was written using US crochet terminology***
ch – Chain
Rnd – Round
sc – Single crochet
sc2tog – Single crochet two stitches together.
sl st – Slip stitch
st – Stitch. This term covers ch, sc, hdc, sl st and other stitches used in crochet.

Make a ring – The starting point for crocheting in a spiral. Use which ever method you prefer.
* * - Repeat the instructions between the asterisks as directed.
( ) – The number of stitches that should be in a completed round are placed in brackets at the end of that round’s instructions.

Instructions

Body (in Peach, Red, Black and Green)
Start with Peach.
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (16)
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st*  around (20)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 6: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 st*  around (28)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (32)
Rnd 8-9: sc in each st around
Change to Red.
Rnd 10: sc in each st around
Change to Black.
Rnd 11: sc in each st around
Rnd 12: *sc in next 7 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (36)
Change to Green.
Rnd 13-14: sc in each st around
Rnd 15: *sc in next 4 st, sc2tog*  around (30)
Rnd 16: *sc in next 3 st, sc2tog*  around (24)
Start stuffing.
Rnd 17: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (18)
Rnd 18: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  around (12)
Finish stuffing firmly.
Rnd 19: sc2tog around (6)
Cut yarn and weave end through remaining stitches. Pull tight to close up hole. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Hat (in Gold, Green and Red)
Start with Gold.
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: sc2tog around (6)
Change to Green.
Rnd 4: sc in each st around
Rnd 5: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (8)
Rnd 6-7: sc in each st around
Rnd 8: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (10)
Rnd 9-10: sc in each st around
Rnd 11: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (12)
Rnd 12: sc in each st around
Rnd 13: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (18)
Rnd 14: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 15-16: sc in each st around
Change to Red.
Rnd 17-20: sc in each st around
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail of yarn. This yarn tail will be used to stitch down the red cuff of the hat and to attach the hat to Berg’s head. Weave in all other yarn ends. Leave unstuffed.

Feet (in Red)
I've made a change in the pattern. Instead of stuffing the feet, leave them unstuffed. Your elf will be able to stand more easily this way. Attach them the same way as show in the photos. The only difference is they will be flatter.

Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2-3: sc in each st around
Rnd 4: sl st in next 3 st, 2 sc in next 3 st (9)
Rnd 5: sl st in next 3 st, *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  three times (12)
Rnd 6-11: sc in each st around
Rnd 12: sc2tog around (6)
Cut yarn and weave end through remaining stitches. Pull tight to close up hole. Leave a tail of yarn to use later when attaching the feet to the body. Make two.

Arms (in Red)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2-4: sc in each st around
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when attaching the arms to the body. Leave unstuffed. Make two.

Ears (in Peach)
Chain 4.
Row 1: sl st in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next st, 2 sc in last st
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when attaching the ears to the head. Make two.

Big Eye (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Sl st in next st and pull through yarn. Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn.

Small Eye (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Sl st in next st and pull through yarn. Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn.

You can now attach a small circle of black felt to each eye to make the pupils, using needle and thread or glue. They should sit off-centre, close to the edge of the eye.



Assembly
***These are guidelines only. Be guided by your own eyes at all times.***

Join the eyes to the body. The eyes sit close together immediately above the red line on the body. Attach using the tail ends on the eyes.


Join the hat to the body. Fold up the red part of the hat to form a cuff. Stitch down the cuff with the tail of yarn then thread the yarn out through the bottom edge of the cuff. Pin to the head and stitch on.


Join the arms to the body. The arms sit on the red line on the body. Pin on and attach using the yarn ends on the arms.


Join the feet to the body. Pin the feet to the body and stitch on using the yarn ends on the feet.


Join the ears to the head. The ears sit just below the hat. Stitch on using the yarn ends left on the ears.


Add the buckle. To make the buckle, take a length of gold or yellow yarn and stitch in a square over the black line on the body.



Your Christmas Elf is complete! Deck the halls with elves and more elves, fa la la la la, la la la la!

Copyright © Kim Lapsley 2013
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