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Tiny Elf December Knitalong Part Four

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

My Tiny Elf is complete! I am so excited to wrap up this sweet holiday knit today. I gave my elf a tiny elf scarf that will only take you a couple of minutes to whip up. Then I embroidered a happy little elf face to pull this project together. I think he has a definite twinkle in his eye. I loaded up lots of photos for you today because frankly, in my opinion, you can’t have enough photos and angles to look at when you are completing a toy project like this. It simply helps to see every side.

I will have the completed Tiny Elf free downloadable pattern for you sometime next week. At least now you will have all of the parts to complete your project. Yay! Elf knitting is cool.

I am in Tulsa this morning so my Tiny Elf and I are having a great time in my hotel room while I am waiting for my event this afternoon. Hey, by the way I went to the shop I am signing in this afternoon called, Loops, and it is spectacular and one of a kind. I am blown away. The owner is completely crazy over Spud & Chloë and Blue Sky Alpacas! She is carrying the complete line of Spud & Chloë and has samples knit up in the shop. You can order online or give them a call to get your Spud & Chloë. I will be doing a featured shop post on Loops in Tulsa in the near future. I took lots of photos.

When I made the elf shoes I took the end at the point of the toe and when I pulled the end to the inside I gave an extra tug to make the point curl up a bit. I also gave them a pinch and  bent them up with my fingers and they are holding the shape really well. Even after being thrown in my bags and suitcase.

Yeah, we’re pretty much buddies at this point, traveling friends, hitting the road high and low…

I love the far away shot because it gives you perspective on the size of the elf.

Without further ado, here is the rest of the pattern.



With 2 double-pointed needles used to work back and forth and with Grass, cast on 3 stitches.

Row 1: k1, p1, k1

Row 2: p1, k1, p1

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until the scarf measures 6 inches from the cast on edge.

Bind off.

Cut the yarn and pull the end through the remaining stitch. Weave in the ends and trim. With a row 1 facing out, tie the scarf around the elf’s neck with a half-knot at the back.


The back side of the elf is as cute as the front. I made my scarf fairly short but you could make it much longer and add a couple of little pom-poms in red or white on the ends, too. That would be cute.

I prefer to use an embroidery needle for the face but you could easily use a yarn needle instead. The embroidery needle is just a little finer and easier to use for me.



With an embroidery needle and black embroidery floss make 2 eyes with a tiny straight stitch and then add another tiny straight stitch vertically at the center to pull the stitch slightly upward. Take two small straight stitches to for a V-shape for the mouth. Take two tiny straight stitches above the eyes for the eyebrows. Use the photos as a guide. Pull all ends to the inside and trim to stay inside.


Well, there you have it you Tiny Elf knitters, you! Have fun and I can’t wait to see what kinds of variations you come up with.

Here is the Ravelry link to the Tiny Elf!

I’ll be back as soon as I get my life back in order, well, maybe we can’t wait that long. How about as soon as I find a minute or two to get the full pattern up in a printable format! That’s better. Have a beautiful December weekend.

7 Responses to “Tiny Elf December Knitalong Part Four”

  1. December 5, 2009 at 12:08 pm Jennifer says:

    Hi Susan,

    I just wanted to thank you for posting this little elf. My kids all love “Mr. Gobbles” the turkey from last month! They haven’t seen the elf yet, but I think I may wait until after Christmas (too much holiday knitting, including a reversible blue bird at the request of my mother-in-law) and knit up a “Blueberry Pie Elf” from one of our favorite books. Your elf reminds me so much of that book and I know my kids would all love it – so thank you! Have you ever knitted a fairy? They seem like a close relative of elves. Thanks again for your wonderful inspiration – my family loves receiving toys that you’ve designed!

  2. December 5, 2009 at 9:29 pm Katie B says:

    Thanks for this, Susan! What a fun project.

  3. December 6, 2009 at 10:11 am folksmith says:

    this elf is too darn cute. will have to try and knit one or two or three….

  4. December 7, 2009 at 10:35 am leslie says:

    Hi Susan… As I was knitting the tiny elf I was once again put off by stuffing it with fiberfill… maybe I knit too loosely… but the white fiberfill will showing between the stitches and no matter how hard I tried poking it back in it still showed. I came across a great idea. I took tail endings of matching yarn and used it to stuff the shoes and mittens. It worked beautifully and no white patches showed thru! Just a little hint that seemed to work for me. Thanks for the great knit-alongs… hope we can have more in the coming year!

  5. December 7, 2009 at 1:13 pm Erin B says:

    So not pertaining to this subject but to the braided scarf… One almost exactly like is selling at Banana Republic this holiday season for $50. Boy I am glad I know how to knit! Way to be trendy!

  6. December 10, 2009 at 5:36 am IBAmyB says:

    I love this little guy! He’s so cute and fun to knit.

    Mine is going be a Christmas surprise for my mother, who also was the recipient of my Tiny Turkey. My Tiny Elf will be sitting on the night table of the guest room (or maybe on the pillow) when my parents arrive here in Australia next week for Christmas and New Year’s.

    The position of the elf’s hands in your picture of the face embroidery kinda makes it look like he’s embroidering his own little face! hehe

  7. December 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm Lon Loosier says:

    God are you clueless Dan! What did you say at 11:33 am? You stated that Big daddy AND I MISQUOTE and lack evidence to support our misinformation. You also say that we discredit you.
    Now at 12:17 you say that you were only talking to Big Daddy and you never said that I gave misinformation. Which is it. You obviously said both. Reread your posts next time. How’s that spell check working for you?