mini elf suit

December 20, 2011

My friend has a new grandbaby, and she had the idea to make him a little red and white suit for Christmas. We came up with a super soft yarn (debbie bliss cashmerino aran) held double and knit on size 11 needles. (There isn’t a lot of time to make things this time of year…)

I made a gauge swatch, and cast on 52 stitches. Joined in the round, and ribbed for a few inches. (I cut the bottom later to add a few more inches, and some stripes of white.)

After the ribbing came stockinette stitch, until the snuggly was about the right length.

I switched to 10 1/2 needles and ribbed a few rows to gather the snuggly at the shoulders and neck. No decreases, as I didn’t want the hood to be too small.

Then came the face opening. I cast off a few stitches, and then worked back and forth on the hood, decreasing at the beginning of every other row, and then at the beginning of every third row to shape the hood, and then knit straight until the face opening was the right height. Next I cast on a few stitches, and joined the hood back into the round, and decreased every third row to make the elf hat point. With cream yarn and the 10 1/2 needles I picked up stitches around the face opening and knit a few rows of ribbing. Last but not least was the pom pom for the top of the hood.

The bottom was left open to put the outfit on, although I think that you could add some snaps to keep it closed.

Really quick and easy and snuggly for baby!

5 Responses to “mini elf suit”

  1. Bronwyn Says:

    Oh my gosh, so cute!!!

  2. julie Says:

    I wanna see the baby in it.

  3. Gael Shaffer Says:

    I am so glad I happened upon this. I found you through the American Chestnut Organization, by the way. You do the neatest things and share so well with others! We also live in a 450 square foot log cabin we built ourselves from oak logs, not a kit. I get excited when I see a post from you. I LOVE this suit and many other things you do. Merry Christmas!

    • Torrey Says:

      Hi Gael,
      Thanks for the comment! It is nice to hear from another log cabin person! I am glad that you are enjoying the blog.

  4. Portia Says:

    I love the mini elf suit! And your blog is great Torrey! šŸ™‚ We should share crochet patterns, I have made quite a few baby dresses myself… p.s. Miss you Torrey! hope you still remember me… šŸ˜‰

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