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Chunky Baby Elf Hat Knitting Pattern

I love this super chunky newborn photo prop hat knitting hat. Babies look so sweet in big and chunky hats, and of course such garments are so fast and fun to knit up.

If you are looking for newborn photo prop hat knitting patterns, this knitting pattern e-book is worth checking out.

You can use any super chunky yarn that is suitable for 10 or 12mm needles to knit this newborn hat. The one in the main photo was made from some handspun merino wool. It was purchased from The Fibre Tree on Etsy. That is a UK based shop, if you live in the USA and would to try this pattern with some handspun yarn I would recommend the super bulky wool from The Ginko Leaf.

Super chunky baby elf hat knitting pattern


10mm and 12mm straight knitting needles. 

12mm double pointed needles (two required). 

Approx 50g super chunky yarn – one which recommends using 10 or 12mm knitting needles. 

Needle for sewing up. 



With 10mm needles, cast on 22 stitches. 

Knit 3 rows. 

Next row – switch to 12mm needles and purl entire row. 

The rest of the hat is knit in stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row) on 12mm needles. 

So, continue working in stocking stitch until hat measures 11cm, ending on a wrong side row. 

Commence decrease as follows – 

row 1 – k1, *k2tog, k3 repeat from * to last stitch, k1 

row 2 – purl 

row 3 – k1, *k2tog,k2 repeat from * to last stitch, k1 

row 4 – purl 

row 5 – k1, *k2tog,k1 repeat from * to last stitch, k1 

Cut yarn, leaving enough to sew up back seam, thread through remaining stitches, draw up and secure. 

Sew up back seam. Sew in all the loose ends. 

Now make the elf tail.

Using the 12mm double pointed needles, pick up and knit 4 stitches across the top centre of the hat, where you want the tail to be. Now work an I Cord for as long as you want the tail to be. When tail reaches desired length, (twice the length of the hat is how I always make them) finish as follows – 

K2tog twice 


You should have one stitch left on your needle. Cut the yarn leaving around 4 inches, thread through remaining stitch and secure. Sew in all ends paying particular attention to the top of the hat where the tail was added. Make this look neat by pulling the yarn there tight and sewing it on.

Add a tassle or pompom to the end of the hat. The cut yarn will form a part of the tassle or pompom.

Here is another hat made from this pattern. This one was knit from Colinette Point 5 wool.

I hope you enjoyed this pattern, thanks very much for your visit! If you make it I would love to know how you get on with it!

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