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Elf Hat Pencil Topper Free Pattern

An original, by Sandi Marshall

Kids may enjoy decorating their pencils with this little hat, that you crochet for them.

Techniques and Stitches Used: See the links in the "Related Resources" box at the right, for how-to's on stitches and techniques used in this pattern. One row of this pattern makes use of the "crocheting in one loop only" technique, to leave a remaining loop for adding the hat brim.

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Abbreviations:
ch = chain
dec = decrease
ea = each
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
sts = stitches
st = stitch
tog = together
Materials: Worsted Weight Yarn, using a US size G hook. I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in the example.
A small bead (optional). In the example, I used a 4 x 6 mm opaque white pony bead.

Size: 2 inches wide (at hat brim) x 2 1/2 inches high (with top part of hat folded over). Hat is 5 1/2 inches long, when the top part of the hat is not folded over. Exact size is not important to this pattern.
Note: This pattern can be somewhat freeform, if you wish. I've given directions as a guideline but you may enjoy randomly doing decreases and making the length your own way, to create your own shape variation.

Starting Chain: Chain 6, sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: ch 1, 2 sc in each ch around. Sl st in back loop of 1st ch. (12 sc)
Rnd 2: ch 1, (working in back loops only for this round) sc in same st as ch 1, sc in ea sc around; sl st in first sc. (12 sc)
Note: As the piece curls up on Rnd 3, keep the side with the remaining loops of Rnd 2 as the outside (don't let the side with the remaining loops curl inward - you'll need the remaining loops later, for adding the hat brim).
Rnd 3: ch 1 (working in both loops), sc first 2 sc tog for dec, sc in ea of next 5 sc, sc next 2 sc tog for dec, sc in remaining sc of round. Sl st in first sc. (10 sc)
Rnd 4: ch 1, sc first 2 sc tog for dec, sc in ea of next 2 sc, sc next 2 sc tog for dec, sc in next sc, sc next 2 sc tog for dec, sc in remaining sts of round. Sl st in first sc. (7 sc)
Rnd 5: ch 1, sc first 2 sc tog for dec, sc in remaining sc of round. Sl st in first sc. (6 sc)
Now working in rows:
Row 6: Flatten circle and work through two thicknesses (to join the top of the piece). Ch 1, (crocheting in front row and in back row at the same time) sc in ea sc across.
Rows 7 - 11: Ch 1, sc in ea sc across. (3 sc)
Row 12: Ch 1, sc first 2 sc tog for dec, sc in ea sc. (2 sc)
Rows 13 - 16: Ch 1, sc in ea sc. (2 sc)
Row 17: Ch 1, sc first 2 sc tog for dec. At this point, you may have just one stitch in the row now. If you are doing freeform and have additional stitches left in this row, then you could sc in ea of the remaining stitches (or do decreases whatever way you wish).
If you still have more than one stitch left in the row, then you could repeat row 12 (or do decreases whatever way you wish) until there is only one stitch remaining in the row.
End off, leaving a strand of yarn for attaching the bead. Using a large-eye yarn needle, pull the yarn strand through the center of the bead and then attach the yarn strand to the end of the hat. Secure and weave in the end, weaving back and forth a few times, so it will not unravel easily.
With your fingers, twist the upper part of the hat (the rows 6 - 17 portion). Because that part is worked in short rows, the twist will hold quite well (the twist just adds a nice effect to the look of the hat).
Hat Brim: Join yarn in remaining loop of rnd 2.
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in first loop, * 2 sc in next loop, 1 sc in next loop; repeat from * around. Join with sl st in first sc.
End off. Weave in ends.

You may print out the image and instructions for your own personal use only. This pattern is free for your own personal use only.

This is my original design. Please respect my copyright by not giving the actual pattern to others, in any form, but instead, giving the URL of this page for others to come get the pattern for themselves. Thank you!

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