Materials; Cygnet Superwash pure merino DK in white, red and green, plus an oddment of black *
Polyester toy stuffing
Gold elastic cord (25cm) for tie **
Tension; 26sts x 32rows over 10cm in stocking stitch
Finished size; approx. 12cm high x 6.5cm wide, excluding scarf
Cast on 5 in red.
r1: inc in all sts (10)
r2 and all even rows: p
r3: inc in all sts (20)
r5: k2, inc, *k4, inc* x3, k2 (24)
r7: k2, inc, *k5, inc* x3, k3 (28)
r9: k2, inc, *k6, inc* x3, k4 (32)
r11: k2, inc, *k7, inc* x3, k5 (36)
3 rows st-st
Change to green
k 1 row
Reverse st-st 3 rows
st-st 2 rows
r21: k2, k2tog, *k5, k2tog* x4, k4 (31)
r23: k2, k2tog, *k4, k2tog* x4, k3 (26)
r25: k2, k2tog, *k3, k2tog* x4, k2 (21)
r27: k4 green, k13 white, k4 green
r28: p5 green, p11 white, p5 green
r29: k6 green, k9 white, k6 green
r30: p7 green, p7 white, p7 green
r31: k8 green, k5 white, k8 green
3 rows st-st green
r35: k2, k2tog, *k2, k2tog* x4, k1 (16)
r36: p8, turn, k8, turn, p to end
r39: k1, k2tog, *k1, k2tog* x4, k1 (11)
r40: p6, turn, k6, turn, p to end
r41: k2tog x5, k1 (6)
r42: p3, turn, k3, turn, p to end
Thread yarn through 3 remaining sts to tie off.
Add french knots for the eyes in black yarn. Place these 4sts apart, in the upper half of the white face area.
Stitch up at centre back leaving a small gap, stuff, finish stitching.
Stitch a bell to the tip of the hat to complete.
The elf is not quite straight, which is fine, of course we don’t judge him. But to keep his balance right whilst hanging on the tree you might like to follow the diagram below.
Cast on 100sts in white
(Be sure to leave at least 15cm at each end of the scarf each time you cut and change colour to make the tassels.)
r1: k all in green
r2: k all in white
r3: k all in green
r4: cast off in white
Tie knots at each end to secure the tassels and trim to a uniform length.
*available at John Lewis, Oxford Street, London. Please note that any DK yarn would be suitable.
** sample uses cord from Kleins in London’s Soho (www.kleins.co.uk).