The E.L.F. (Elf Liberation Front) Cap was inspired by the scene in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Scholastic, 2003) where Dobby wore a stack of hats that Hermione had handknitted to free the house-elves as a part of her S.P.E.W. organization.
This riot of textures and colors looks like five separate hats, but through the magic of knitting is really one continuous piece. Short-rows tilt each section at an angle to make the hat look even more jumbled together. The E.L.F. Cap is perfect for leftover yarn scraps, with each hat section using less than an ounce.
FAQ about the E.L.F. Cap
Q: Are the instructions correct for when to cable in Hat 3?
A: The instructions are correct. If you look closely at the back view photo of Hat 3 on pattern page, slightly to the right of center, you’ll see that there are no columns of just knit stitches and that the cable rows are staggered from one column to the next.
Q: Are the instructions for Rows 7 and 13 correct for the small size of Hat 3?
A: The instructions are correct. Adding an extra repeat on these rows will cause the cables not to be staggered and will give it less of a tightly cabled look.
Q: Why is there a knit row in the middle of the ribbing on Hat 4?
A: The knit row will form a turning round for the brim to turn up. See back view photo on pattern page.