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loops & threads® impeccable™ christmas elf (crochet)

This irresistible little guy is the perfect guest -- he loves kids, will compliment your holiday baking with gusto, and always cleans up his own messes.
This irresistible little guy is the perfect guest -- he loves kids, will compliment your holiday baking with gusto, and always cleans up his own messes.
Time Required :
Over an hour
Difficulty Level :
Intermediate
Intermediate
You're somewhat experienced with the skills necessary to complete this project, but you haven't mastered all the elements, yet.

Project Instructions

step 1
Be sure to check the gauge of your stitches as you work. Use the following guidelines:
 
GAUGE: 13 sc and 14 rows = 4" (10 cm)
 
MEASUREMENT: Approx 9" (23 cm) tall (excluding hat)
 
STITCH GLOSSARY:
Approx = Approximate(ly)
Beg = BeginningCh = Chain(s)
Cont = Continue(ity)
Dc = Double crochet
Rem = Remaining
Rep = Repeat
Rnd(s) = Round(s)
Sc = Single crochet
Sl st = Slip stitch
Sp(s) = Space(s)
St(s) = Stitch(es)
Tog = Together
WS = Wrong side
step 2
Body and Head
 
With Cherry Red yarn , ch 14.
 
1st rnd: 1 dc in 4th ch from hook – counts as 2 dc. 1 dc in each of next 9 ch. 5 dc in last ch. Working into opposite side of ch, 1 dc in each of next 9 ch. 3 dc in last ch. Join with sl st to top of ch 3. 28 dc.
 
2nd to 6th rnds: Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as last sl st. 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc.
 
7th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as last sl st. Draw up a loop in each of next 2 sc. Yoh and draw through all loops on hook – sc2tog made. (1 sc in each of next 5 sc. Sc2tog) 3 times. 1 sc in each of last 4 sc. Join with sl st to first sc. 24 sc.
 
8th to 11th rnds: Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as last sl st. 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc.
 
12th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as last sl st. (Sc2tog. 1 sc in each of next 4 sc) 3 times. Sc2tog. 1 sc in each of last 3 sc. Join with sl st to first sc. 20 sc.
 
13th and 14th rnds: Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as last sl st. 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. Stuff body with Poly-Fil®.
 
15th rnd: Ch 1. (Sc2tog) 10 times. Join Aran yarn with sl st to first sc. 10 sc. Break Cherry Red.
 
16th rnd: With Aran yarn, ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as last sl st. (Sc2tog. 1 sc in next sc) 3 times. Join with sl st to first sc. 7 sc.
 
17th rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in same sp as last sl st. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc. 14 sc.
 
18th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as last sl st. 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc.
 
19th rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc. 28 sc.
 
20th to 23rd rnds: As 18th rnd.
 
24th rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 14 sc. Stuff head.
 
25th rnd: As 18th rnd.
 
26th rnd: Ch 1. (Sc2tog) 7 times. Join with sl st to first sc. 7 sts. Break yarn leaving a long end. Thread end tightly through rem sts and fasten securely.
step 3
Ears (Make 2)
 
With Aran yarn, ch 5.
 
1st row: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each of next 3 ch. Fasten off.
step 4
Hat
 
With Cherry Red yarn, ch 28 loosely. Join with sl st to first ch to form ring, taking care not to twist chain.
 
1st rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each ch around. Join with sl st to first sc. 28 sc.
 
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as last sl st. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
 
3rd rnd: Ch 1. (Sc2tog. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc) 8 times. Join with sl st to first sc. 20 sc.
 
4th rnd: As 2nd rnd.
 
5th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as last sl st. (Sc2tog. 1 sc in next sc) 6 times. 1 sc in last sc. Join with sl st to first sc. 14 sc.
 
6th and 7th rnds: As 2nd rnd.
 
8th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as last sl st. 1 sc in next sc. (Sc2tog. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc) 3 times. Join with sl st to first sc. 11 sc.
 
9th to 11th rnds: As 2nd rnd.
 
12th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as last sl st. (Sc2tog. 1 sc in next sc) 3 times. 1 sc in last sc. Join with sl st to first sc. 8 sc.
 
13th rnd: As 2nd rnd.
 
14th rnd: Ch 1. (Sc2tog) 4 times. Join with sl st to first sc. Break yarn leaving a long end. Thread end tightly through rem sts and fasten securely.
step 5
Legs (Make 2)
 
With Cherry Red yarn, ch 12 loosely. Join with sl st to first ch to form ring, taking care not to twist chain.
 
1st rnd: Ch 3 (counts as dc). 1 dc in each ch around. Join with sl st to top of ch 3. 12 dc.
 
2nd and 3rd rnds: Ch 3 (counts as dc). 1 dc in each dc around. Join with sl st to top of ch 3. Fasten off.
step 6
Shoes (Make 2)
 
With Kelly Green yarn, ch 10.
 
1st rnd: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each of next 7 ch. 3 sc in last ch. Working into opposite side of ch, 1 sc in each of next 8 ch. Join with sl st first sc. 19 sc.
 
2nd rnd: Ch 3 (counts as dc). 1 dc in each of next 8 sc. 5 dc in next sc (toe). 1 dc in each of next 9 sc. Join with sl st to top of ch 3. Fasten off. 23 dc.
 
Fold Shoe in half lengthwise with RS tog (WS of work will show).
 
Joining row: Working through both thicknesses, join B with sl st at center dc of toe end. Sl st tightly (to promote curling) in each of next 7 dc. Ch 1. Working in single thickness (no longer joining), work 1 sc in each of rem 8 dc. Join with sl st to first sc.
 
Next rnd (ankle cuff): Ch 3 (counts as dc). 1 dc in same sp as last sl st. 2 dc in each sc around. Join with sl st to top of ch 3. Fasten off.
 
Sew bottom of Leg to Shoe along joining row edge (leaving ankle cuff free).
step 7
Arms (Make 2)
 
With Cherry Red yarn, ch 12 loosely. Join with sl st to first ch to form ring, taking care not to twist chain.
 
1st rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each ch around. Join with sl st to first sc. 12 sc.
 
2nd to 6th rnds: Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as last sl st. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
 
Shape top: Beg working in rows.
 
1st row: Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as last sl st. 1 sc in each of next 8 sc. Sl st in next sc. Turn.
 
2nd row: Sl st in each of first 2 sts. Ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 5 sc. Sl st in next sc. Turn.
 
3rd row: Sl st in each of first 2 sts. Ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc. Sl st in next sc. Fasten off.
step 8
Cuffs (Make 2)
 
With Kelly Green yarn, ch 13 loosely. Join with sl st to first ch to form ring, taking care not to twist chain.
 
1st rnd: Ch 3 (counts as dc). 1 dc in each ch around. Join with sl st to top of ch 3. Fasten off.
 
Position Cuff over end of Arm and sew in position.
step 9
Collar
 
With Kelly Green yarn, ch 16.
 
1st row: (WS). 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of chain. 15 sc. Turn.
 
2nd row: Ch 1. 1 sc in first sc. *1 dc in next sc. Ch 3. 1 sc in next sc. Rep from * to end of row. Fasten off.
step 10
Finishing
 
Sew Collar around neck edge having seam at center back. Sew Ears, Hat, Arms and Legs in position, using matching yarn instead of thread.
 
Using hot glue gun and glue stick, glue white pom-poms to each end of Arms for ‘hands’ and to end of Hat.
 
Glue red pom-pom in position for nose.
 
Glue on eyes and buttons, using the image as a guide.
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