Sugar Plum Dreams Newborn Elf Hat by Kirsten Holloway
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Sugar Plum Dreams Newborn Elf Hat

Crochet
August 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in single crochet (US)
5.5 mm (I)
150 - 200 yards (137 - 183 m)
Newborn, with guidelines for creating more sizes.
US
This pattern is available for free.

This precious newborn elf hat crochet pattern is the epitome of understated elegance and baby sweetness. Your little “Sugar Plum” will stay cute and cozy for Christmas wearing this soft, knit-look, but entirely crocheted baby hat!

Difficulty:
Easy/Intermediate

Materials Needed:
5.5 mm (I) hook, or hook needed to obtain gauge
Loops and Threads Kai in “Mint Chip”
Yarn needle
Scissors
Stitch marker
Measuring tape or stick
(Optional) Pom-pom maker for finishing, if you don’t want to create a tassel.

Stitches Used:
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
FPsc = front post single crochet
BPsc = back post single crochet

Special stitches:
Knit stitch, referred to as a center single crochet or “center sc” in this pattern: Place hook through post of sc, pull up a loop. Complete the stitch as you would a regular single crochet.
Instructional video on how to create this stitch is linked on the site.

Gauge:
16 center sc in 4” horizontally
Approx. 11 rows in 2” vertically

Measurements:
Newborn - 6” wide, by 16” long, excluding tassel or Pom-Pom

Additional Notes:
-This hat is not a toy. Please do not leave babies or children unattended with this hat. Pom-poms and tassels can be pulled apart no matter how securely you tie them off, and could pose a choking hazard.
-Loose tension is a must for this hat to be successful! If you are struggling to get your hook through the post of the stitch your tension is too tight. Stretchy yarn can help some, but tension will make this process go a lot faster.
-Crocheting with a “lift” will make the center of the stitch looser, which will make getting the hook through it on the next round easier. If you’re not sure what a “lift” is, head on over to this site and watch the tutorial video (skip to 6:50 to watch the part about crocheting with a “lift”).
-Long striping yarn will look best on this hat. It is a very basic stitch repeated over and over, and the color variegation is what makes this design so special!
-It would be very easy to cross-stitch lettering, or a cute design across the front of the hat,  Many free diagrams can be found online.