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Knitted Elf Doll (With Pattern)

I have been knitting for over 50 years and love to share this wonderful, relaxing and therapeutic craft with others.

Completed Knitted Elf Doll

Completed Knitted Elf Doll

Knitted Dolls Make Great Stocking Fillers

Today we welcome a Knitted Elf to my range of doll patterns.

This cheeky elf pattern can be knitted in no time at all and would make a delightful addition to a child's Christmas stocking.

The striping in the body and arms is knitted by carrying the non-working colour up the sides so you don't have to keep cutting the yarn and weaving in ends.

I have added photos and videos below as a visual guide to some knitting techniques that may help you.

I hope you enjoy the free knitting pattern below.

Necessary Materials (Knitted Elf Doll)

  • Dark green double knit yarn
  • Light green double knit yarn
  • Small amount of flesh double knit yarn
  • Small amount of black double knit yarn
  • Small amount of red double knit yarn
  • Toy filling
  • A darning needle
  • An optional bell for the hat

    A pair of short 3mm knitting needles

[Note: I usually choose my colours using Stylecraft Special DK.]

Abbreviations and Useful Directions

  • KFB – Knit into the front & back of a stitch.
  • YRN – Yarn round needle.
  • SSK – Slip, slip, knit.
  1. Slip the first stitch from the left hand needle (as if to knit it) to the right hand needle without actually knitting it.
  2. Do the same with the next stitch.
  3. Insert the left hand needle into the front loops of these two stitches – left to right.
  4. Wrap the yarn in the usual way around the right hand needle & knit the 2 slipped stitches together.
  5. You have completed 1 ssk.
  6. Leave long yarn tails on your cast on/off pieces as they are the best/strongest way to sew up.
  7. Frequently check the photo to check for placement tips.

The Body

Using 3 mm knitting needles & colour light green cast on 40 stitches (sts).

Stocking stitch (ss) 45 rows.

Cast off.

Making Up the Body

With right sides together and seam at centre back, back stitch the row ends together, changing colour as you go. Or mattress stitch with wrong sides together if you prefer.

Still with the seam at the centre back, over sew bottom (cast on) end together.

Turn right side out and fill with toy filling.

Over sew top (cast off) end together.

You now have a small pillow shape ready to add the character.

The Arms

Using 3 mm knitting needles & colour red, cast on 8 stitches.

Garter stitch 2 rows.

  • Starting with a knit row stocking stitch 2 rows. Change to white yarn.
  • Starting with a knit row, stocking stitch 2 rows. Change to red yarn.
  • Starting with a knit row, stocking stitch 2 rows. Change to white yarn.
  • Starting with a knit row, stocking stitch 2 rows. Change to flesh yarn.

Top tip: Carry the red & white yarns up the side of the flesh yarn by twisting them together at the beginning of each knit row

  • Starting with a knit row, stocking stitch 6 rows. Change to red yarn.
  • Starting with a knit row, stocking stitch 2 rows. Change to white yarn.
  • Starting with a knit row, stocking stitch 2 rows. Change to red yarn.
  • Starting with a knit row, stocking stitch 2 rows. Change to white yarn.
  • Starting with a knit row, stocking stitch 2 rows. Change to red yarn.
  • Starting with a knit row, stocking stitch 2 rows. Change to white yarn.

Garter stitch the next 3 rows.

Cast off.

Making Up The Arms

With the wrong sides facing you and the cast on edge closest to you – fold the cast on edge towards the cast off edge, stopping 2 rows under the final 3 garter stitch rows. So one side of the arm will be a bit longer than the other & the flesh colour of the hand has folded in half.

Using your tail ends, over sew neatly along both side seams, changing colour as necessary.

Lightly fill with toy filling. Position arms and sew in place. The shorter side of the arm should face forwards. The longer side of the arm should sit to the back as the longer tabs help the arms to sit more snug to the body. I use the garter stitch rows on the front and back of the arms to sew along as your stitches will be hardly noticeable.

The Shoes

Using 3mm knitting needles & red yarn, cast on 8 Sts.

  • Rows 1-3. Knit
  • Rows 4. Purl
  • Row 5. Knit
  • Row 6. Purl
  • Row 7. SSK, k to last 2 Sts, k2tog – 6 Sts
  • Row 8. Purl
  • Row 9. SSK, k to last 2 Sts, k2tog – 4 Sts
  • Row 10. Purl
  • Row 11. SSK, k2tog – 2 Sts
  • Row 12. Purl
  • Row 13. K2tog - 1 st
  • Row 14. Purl
  • Rows 15 - 24. Starting with a knit row, stocking stitch.
  • Row 25. KFB – 2 Sts
  • Row 26. Purl
  • Row 27. KFB twice – 4 Sts
  • Row 28. Purl
  • Row 29. KFB, K2, KFB – 6 Sts
  • Row 30. Purl
  • Row 31. KFB, k4, KFB – 8 Sts
  • Row 32. Purl
  • Rows 33 – 39. Starting & ending with a knit row, stocking stitch
  • Row 40. Knit
  • Row 41. Knit
  • Rows 42 – 54. Starting with a purl row, stocking stitch

Cast off.

Making Up the Shoes

With the purl side uppermost, start to fold the cast on edge of the shoe towards the cast off edge until a point is made in the toe of the shoe.

Over sew the sides together neatly with a whip stitch.

Now turn the shoe over so that the bottom is facing you. The point of the shoe should be closest to you.

Hold the cast off edge of the shoe and roll tightly towards you until you reach the garter stitch edge in the middle of the shoe.

Stop and sew in place. This forms a little heel which not only looks cute but helps your Elf to stand.

Now curl the toe of the shoe upwards & either sew or glue in place.

Stuff the front of the shoe very lightly.

Place the flat edge of the shoe on one side of the base of the Elf’s body so that the front of the shoe fits snuggly up against the front of the body. Sew in place by oversewing the cast on the edge of the shoe to the front of the base of the body making sure any stray bits of toy filling are tucked in as you go. Now turn the doll over and sew the underside of the shoe to the base of the body along the same garter stitch line to which you sewed the heel.

Repeat with second shoe.

The Neck Ruffle

Using 3mm knitting needles & dark green yarn, cast on 80 sts.

  1. Starting with a knit row, Stocking stitch 2 rows. Change to light green yarn.
  2. Starting with a knit row, Stocking stitch 2 rows. Change to dark green yarn.
  3. Next row. Knit 1, (yrn, k2tog) to the last stitch, k 1.
  4. Knit 1 row. Change to light green.
  5. Starting with a knit row, Stocking stitch 2 rows. Change to dark green yarn.
  6. Starting with a knit row, Stocking stitch 3 rows.

Cast off.

Making Up the Neck Ruffle

With wrong sides facing, sew the cast and cast off edges together. This will form a nice picot edge to the ruffle.

Sew row ends together.

Sew a running stitch all along the cast on/off edge. Place the ruffle around the neck of the Elf and pull up the running stitch edge until it fits the neck, sew in place.

The Hat

Make 2 Pieces

Using 3mm knitting needles & light green yarn, cast on 30 stitches.

  • Starting with a knit row, Stocking stitch 6 rows.
  • Row 7. Ssk, knit to last 2 stitches, k2tog.
  • Row 8. Purl.

Continue with rows 7 & 8 until 2 stitches remain.

  • Next row. Purl.
  • Next row. K2tog, bind off.

Making Up the Hat

With right sides together, backstitch along both row end seams. Turn right side out..

Sew a small bell to the top of the hat or you might want to make a pom pom, it’s up to you.

Place the hat on the Elf’s head. It is supposed to be a bit big.

Sew the hat in place.

The Face

Make a knot in one end of a piece of yarn, black for the eyes, red for the mouth & flesh for the nose.

Starting at the back of the head, push the needle through to the front at the point where you want to place the features, pull until the knot & tail disappear & sew as required. If a little of the tail still shows then pull it gently & carefully snip with scissors close to the body.

You can practice placing the facial features by using pins until you are happy with the positioning. I would recommend pins with large heads.

The eyes are 3 small stitches each in the same place. The nose is the same. The mouth is a small V shape, 1 stitch for each side.

Frequently check your picture to check for placement tips.

Knitted Elf Doll

Knitted Elf Doll

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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