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Churchmouse Yarns

Jolly Wee Elf Pattern by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas

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These little handmade pals, created by Jennifer Evans, are perfect on the holiday mantelpiece, tree, or packages. But they’ll celebrate any season cheerfully! Originally designed for fingering-weight yarn (like Rowan Fine Tweed, we love them just as much a bit bigger in DK-weight yarn (like Rowan Tweed). Once we started knitting them, we just couldn’t stop!

With elves, its certainly true that the more you make, the merrier! They’ll naturally all turn out a little different, but you can make them even more various: Taller. Shorter. Plumper. Thinner. All green for St. Paddy’s day. All pink for your Valentine. All white for a snowman with a smart black hat and coal buttons. Once you’ve got the hang of it, the only limit is your imagination. Knit up a whole neighborhood of wee elves!

  • Finished SizesTiny wee elf: Approx. 3½“/9cm tall, or desired height. 
  • Larger wee elf: Approx. 4½”/11.5cm tall, or desired height.
  • YarnTiny wee elf: 2 skeins Rowan Fine Tweed (98 yds/ 90m each): 1 each of main color (MC) and scarf color (SC); plus approx. 10 yds/9m of face color (FC). Makes approx. 10 elves: 5 each in reverse color combinations of suits and scarves. Or equivalent fingering-weight yarn per elf: 18 yds/17m MC; 4 yds/4m SC; 1 yd/1m FC. Larger wee elf: 2 skeins Rowan Tweed DK (129 yds/ 118m each): 1 each of main color (MC) and scarf color (SC); plus approx. 12 yds/11m of face color (FC). Makes approx. 8 elves: 4 each in reverse color combinations of suits and scarves. Or equivalent DK-weight yarn per elf: 24 yds/22m MC; 5½ yds/5m SC; 1½ yds/1.5m FC.
  • Needles and notionsTiny wee elf: US 1½ (2.5mm) double-points (set of five), or size to obtain gauge. One or more flat metal washers per elf: approx. 1”/2.5cm outside diameter. Larger wee elf: US 3 (3.25mm) double-points (set of five), or size to obtain gauge. Two or more flat metal washers per elf: approx. 1”/2.5cm outside diameter. Both sizes:Wool or polyester stuffing. One locking marker. Tapestry needle.
  • GaugeTiny wee elf: 28–32 sts = 4”/10cm in stockinette stitch in the round; a dense fabric keeps stuffing from showing through. Larger wee elf: 24–26 sts = 4”/10cm in stockinette stitch in the round; a dense fabric keeps stuffing from showing through.
  • Physical Pattern only!

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