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Little Elf Hat Knitting Pattern

How cute is this little newborn baby elf hat knitting pattern.

It is made from aran/worsted yarn and can be whipped up in around an hour. The yarn used for the hats in the photos is Sirdar Supersoft aran (affiliate link), which is beautiful to knit with.

This is an easy knitting pattern and is knit on 2 straight needles.

If you are looking for newborn prop hat knitting hats I can recommend checking out this knitting pattern leaflet.

Little Elf Newborn Hat Knitting Pattern

Required: 

One pair of 5mm straight knitting needles. 

Approx 20g each of two colours of aran yarn. 

Scissors and needle for sewing up. 

Choose the main colour which you will use for the brim (colour A) 

The other yarn will be used for the contrast stripe (colour B – in the picture above white is colour B) 

Pattern 

With 5mm needles and colour A, cast on 50 stitches. 

Row 1 – * k2,p2 repeat from * to end of row 

Row 2 – *p2, k2 repeat from * to end of row 

Repeat these 2 rows 3 times more, so you have a total of 8 rows of 2×2 rib. 

The rest of the hat is knit in stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row) changing colours every 2 rows. 

Both shades of yarn are carried up through the work so do not cut the yarn. 

Here are row by row instructions for the main body of the hat. (So number one starts after you have knit the 8 rows of rib)

1 attach colour B and with colour B knit entire row 

2 with colour B purl entire row 

3 with colour A knit entire row 

4 with colour A purl entire row 

5 with colour B knit entre row 

6 with colour B purl entire row 

7 with colour A knit entire row 

8 with colour A knit entire row 

9 with colour B, knit entire row decreasing 2 stitches evenly across the row 

10 with colour B purl entire row 

11 with colour A, (k10,k2tog) to end of row 

12 with colour A purl entire row 

13 with colour B, (k9,k2tog) to end of row 

14 with colour B purl entire row 

15 with colour A, (k8,k2tog) to end of row 

16 with colour A, purl entire row 

17 with colour B, (k7,k2tog) to end of row 

18 with colour B, purl entire row 

19 with colour A,(k6,k2tog) to end of row 

20 with colour A, purl entire row 

21 with colour B,(k5,k2tog) to end of row 

22 with colour B, purl entire row 

23 with colour A, (k4,k2tog) to end of row 

24 with colour A, purl entire row 

25 with colour B (k3,k2tog) to end of row 

26 with colour B purl entire row 

27 with colour A, (k2,k2tog) to end of row 

28 with colour A, purl entire row 

29 with colour B, (k1,k2tog) to end of row 

30 with colour B, purl entire row 

31 with colour A (k1,k2tog) twice, k2 

32 with colour A purl entire row 

33 with colour B(k1,k2tog) twice 

34 with colour B purl entire row 

35 with colour A knit entire row 

36 with colour A purl entire row 

37 with colour B knit entire row 

38 with colour B purl entire row 

39 with colour A knit entire row 

40 with colour A purl entire row 

41 with colour B knit entire row 

42 with colour B purl entire row 

43 with colour A knit entire row 

44 with colour A purl entire row 

45 with colour B k2tog twice 

46 with colour B p2tog 

You now need to cut the 2 strands of yarn LONG ENOUGH to form the braided tail. 

80cm is the approximate length used in the photographs. Once cut, thread both strands through the remaining stitch and pull to secure. 

Sew up the back seam with separate yarn and sew in all ends. 

Now cut one length of each colour yarn twice the length of the desired tassle length (so 160cm for the hats in the photographs). 

Thread both strands onto a needle and thread through the top of the hat where the other 2 strands are. Pull until you have 6 strands of an even length at the end of the hat. Braid, and knot to secure when the desired length is reached, and trim as desired. 

Abbreviations Used 

K – knit 

P – purl

K2tog – knit 2 together 

P2tog – purl 2 together 

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