Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Long Tailed Baby Elf Hat - Tutorial & Pattern

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS PATTERN PLEASE READ ALL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BEFORE POSTING A NEW QUESTION. I have been getting many repeat questions and questions that people would have known if they would read the pattern more carefully. Thank you.


Thanks for this pic Room 118!
http://www.room118photography.com/

I spent days searching for a free baby elf hat pattern & couldn't find one with a very long tail.  My sister in law photographer wanted a pair of these hats for a twin photo shoot. So I looked at some pictures of these hat and decided to make up my own.  Here is what a did.  It's kind of 1/2 Tutorial, 1/2 Pattern.

Materials - A size I crochet hook, 1 skein of each color. I used Lion Brand Nature's Choice Organic Cotton in strawberry & almond. This yarn is marked as level 4 worsted weight. It had a bumpy texture and seemed closer to a level 5 in bulkiness to me.

YOU MAY DOWNLOAD A PDF OF THIS PATTERN AT Craftsy or Ravelry

This hat is 37 inches from end of tail to bottom of the ribbed brim and about 12 inches in circumference.

So here is the basic pattern.
dc = double crochet
fpdc = front post double crochet
P = pink yarn
C = cream yarn

Join each round with a slip stitch in first stitch and chain 2. Do not turn.

R1: With P, Magic Loop, ch2, 6dc in loop. Pull the magic loop tight and join in first stitch. At this point be sure that the right side is on the outside. You will basically be making a tube for many rows. At this point I threaded the tail from the magic circle onto a needle and threaded it through the center of the 6 dc so it was hanging outside the hat and not inside it. otherwise it will be impossible to weave in later.

R2: Ch2, dc in each dc, join round with sl st to first dc

R3: repeat R2 in C

R4 - 21: keep doing 6 dc in each round alternating colors each round. Round 21 should be in C.

*How to change colors - work the last dc in the round until the last 2 loops are on the hook. Yarn Over in the new color. Drop the old color and complete the dc. You do not need to tie off between colors. Just let the old color fall and pick it up again when needed. *

R22 - 38: 2 dc in first stitch & 4th stitch. dc in the rest.  Keep working this way increasing each round by 2 by crocheting 2 dc in the first & center(middle) stitch of each round.  Also remember to alternate colors. By R38 you will have 40 dc in P.

R39: dc in each dc in C.
R40: dc in each dc in P.  The remainder if the rounds are all in P.
R41:  *dc in first dc, fpdc in the next dc* repeat until the end of the round.
R42 & 43: dc in each dc, fpdc in each fpdc. Tie off and weave in ends.

Make a pom-pom and attach it to the end of the tail.
If you are not familiar with the magic circle, fpdc or making a pom-pom just to a search on youtube. There are a TON of how to crochet videos on there!

Please let me know if you have any questions! Have Fun! If you make this please send me a picture!

*******MAKING THE HAT BIGGER*******

I get a lot of questions about making different sizes of the hat. The directions below should help you make this hat in any size! The example given is for 3-6 months, but the method is the same for all sizes. 

To increase the size simple keep increasing until you get your desired circumference. Probably about 15 inches for 3-6 months. I would measure you child's head around where the bottom edge of the hat will sit and subtract 1/2 to one inch. You want the hat to stretch some or it will be too loose. My gauge is 3.3 sts per inch - so 3.3 sts x 12 inches = 39.6 rounded up to 40 sts. Using my gauge to make this a 15 inch hat I do the same. 3.3 sts x 15 inches = 49.5 sts rounded up to 50 sts - so I would keep increasing to 50 sts and follow the rest of the pattern. The hat will be longer so you can take out a few rows from the tube sections if you want too. Measure your own gauge across a row to figure out how many sts to increase to. Hope this helps!


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181 comments:

  1. Love the hats Carrie!!! You did such an incredible job with ALL of them especially these two! Cannot wait to be able to post your awesomeness! You have some serious crochet talent! So cool that you shared the tutorial too!

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  2. I'm a newborn photographer outside of Chicago, and love to make my own baby hats. I just finished this, and I LOVE it! Can't wait to use it! Thank you SO much! : )

    Audrey Spear
    www.audreyspearphotography.blogspot.com

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  3. Adorable hat. Thanks for sharing the pattern!

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  4. Just finished this hat in an hour for a friend having newborn pictures tomorrow. Yeah - you are the best - easy pattern and adorable hat. Will email you pix tomorrow.

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  5. THANK YOU!!! I have been looking for a pattern like this. Off to make it tonight!

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  6. can anyone clarify this for me:

    "R22 - 38: In C, 2 dc in first stitch & 4th stitch. dc in the rest. Keep working this way increasing each round by 2 by crocheting 2 dc in the first & center stitch of each round. Also remember to alternate colors. By R38 you will have 40 dc in P."

    are you saying that in each round I would do 2 DC in the 1st and 4th stitches AND 2 DC at the beginning and middle of each round??

    It increased WAY too fast when I did this and by R32 I think I was already up to 45+ dc's...I'm new so be kind :)

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  7. Hi Cassia!
    Yes - starting in R22 you will crochet 2dc in the first st and 2dc in the center st of the row. You will be at 40 dc at the end of R38. Do not increase in the forth st of each row. The 4th st is the center st of R21 so I wrote that as an example. Hope that helps. There are no silly questions in crochet!

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  8. My husband is also a photographer and I made one of these hats for his photoshoot tonight!
    www.beckmanphotography.com

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  9. Thank you!! I have been looking all over the internet for an elf hat pattern! Very cute and easy!

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  10. hello, Im a newbie crochter...explain to me how to start this hat! Would love to make one for my unborn son... What does the "Join each round witha slip stitch and chain 2 mean"? I know it's probably a dumb question, but I just may not of heard something explained this way before! Thanks

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    1. There are some great tips for beginner crocheters here: http://www.crochetnmore.com/123basics.htm I taught myself how to crochet using the tips from the chart on this page. you can also see a tutorial for the magic ring here: http://www.petalstopicots.com/2011/11/how-to-crochet-magic-ring.html
      That also has a step by step video if you scroll down past the written instructions. Hope this helps. I now LOVE crochet and people pay me to make things for them.

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  11. saw this hat with a diaper cover to match posted on a photography site (photo shoot of a ten day old baby boy) it was soooo cute I had to do a search for the pattern so I can make one for my new love due this Sept.

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  12. Kristin,
    It's much easier to show this than explain it in words. Here is a link to a video that shows how to join with a slip stitch.
    http://youtu.be/xrJrTfe9uhQ

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  13. Thank you for this tut/pattern! I got my new needles and so excited to crochet again. I'm following you now...and hope to come back some time to poke around. Hugs :)

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  14. thank you for sharing the lovely pattern!!!

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  15. Love this pattern...you are AWESOME for sharing!!

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  16. Long tailed baby elf hat. Nice patt. Found I ended up doing BPDC for last two rows. Pic at http://www.ravelry.com/projects/mtarbox20/long-tailed-baby-elf-hat

    Thanks for nice pattern. I think my friend is going to have her newborn wear it for Xmas photos. She's still pregnant :)

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  17. I'm new to crochet, and having some trouble getting this started, mostly because the tube is so small, and this would be my first color changing pattern. When you say, "You do not need to tie off between colors. Just let the old color fall and pick it up again when needed", does that mean I don't even cut the yarn? And, if that's the case, how do you avoid having a line of one color going down the other? I appreciate any help you can give, because I adore this hat and want to make it for my 8 month old daughter. Thanks! :)

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    1. Yes, just drop one color, pick up the next, etc. If there is a "line" of color it will be on the inside of the hat, so no one will see it anyway. :0)

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  18. Can you help me increase this for a size 3-6 months? I doubt 12 inches will fit around his head.

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  19. Shannon
    Yes you are right. You do not cut the yarn when you change colors every other row. Can you imagines weaving in all those ends and the tube is too small to get to the inside to tie them in anyhow. Yes there will be a line of the yarn crossing the other, but it is on the inside of the hat so it's not really an issue.

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  20. Sweet Charade,
    To increase the size simple keep increasing until you get your desired circumference. Probably about 15 inches for 3-6 months. I would measure you child's head around where the bottom edge of the hat will sit and subtract 1/2 to one inch. You want the hat to stretch some or it will be too loose. My gauge is 3.3 sts per inch - so 3.3 sts x 12 inches = 39.6 rounded up to 40 sts. Using my gauge to make this a 15 inch hat I do the same. 3.3 sts x 15 inches = 49.5 sts rounded up to 50 sts - so I would keep increasing to 50 sts and follow the rest of the pattern. The hat will be longer so you can take out a few rows from the tube sections if you want too. Measure your own gauge across a row to figure out how many sts to increase to. Hope this helps!

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  21. Ooooohhhh, the INSIDE! LOL Duh. I also figured out that I was somehow trying to work the tube inside out. Once I got it flipped, it was MUCH easier to work. Thank you so much for helping the noobs! =D

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    1. I think it's great to see new people taking up this fun past time. My grandmother crocheted, hardangered, tatted and quilted. I bought a beginner's book, a skein of yarn & a set of hooks when I was pregnant with my first child. It was something to keep myself occupied (I love to read, but even so, you can only read so long before you want something different to do LOL). It also made me feel closer to my grandmother who lived clear across the country. My first couple of projects weren't stellar, but don't worry, the technique and polished quality will come with time as you find your personal style. Just keep going!!! Good luck. :0)

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  22. Thank you so much for your help, I managed to make it in the size that I wanted :)

    http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/petitegoo/328108_10150793360065641_887765640_20553931_53130444_o.jpg

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  23. Thank you for the pattern, it is perfection!! :)

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/81330424/newborn-pixie-hat-diaper-cover

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  24. Hiya, I Love this Could this be done for an Adult? x

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  25. Heather! What a great shot. Feel free to post it on the Oodles 4 Noodles Facebook Fanpage if you have permission too.

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  26. Anonymous - you can make this adult size by following the directions I left for Sweet Charade in the comments.

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  27. Will do, it's actually my photograph as well! For some reason FB is being dumb right now and I can't upload the photo. I'll keep trying!

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  28. I am a super beginner. I learned how to make the magic circle on YouTube, pretty easy. But I as get on round 4,5 I have more than 6. What should I be slip stitching the last dc to? My 2 chain, or the first dc? I'm so confused. Also, to make it a little easier for me, I'm not switching colors, I'm just using a multicolored cotton yarn. Help please :) thanks so much for sharing.

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  29. Also, I think I have the magic loop/circle the right way, but how do you know if it's inside out?

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  30. Christy - you should be joining with slip st in the first dc (skipping the ch2) and then doing a dc in that same first st and each dc around. Do not crochet into the joining sl st.
    As far as it being inside out .. dc look different on the back side than on the front side. You can usually tell just bu looking at the sts. I can't explain the diference in words. Either look it up on the internet or chain 10 a nd dc across. As you dc the side facinf you is the right side. See the difference in how the stitches look? Hope that helps.

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  31. I am confused after round 1. I got the magic loop and chain 2 then 6dc. But then for round 2 and 3 it says to repeat. I'm not really sure what to repeat. Do I make another magic loop? I'm really new at this, please help me.

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    1. No, the magic loop is only done one time. When it says repeat, it means to repeat the last row (the 6 double crochets). :0)

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  32. sorry that isn't clear. Ch2 dc in each st for a total of 6 dc plus the ch2. That's the part you repeat.

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  33. I just finished this hat, and clearly didn't do it the "right sided way" because I had to turn it inside out... which is no biggie- but I don't want to do that again... what did I do to mess that up?

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  34. Ashley, when you join the the first 6 dc that you crochet into the magic loop, you will have a small cone shape. You just have to be sure that the right side of those dc's is on the outside of the little cone. If you don't know how to tell the right side from the wrong side of the dc you will need to google it. I can't explain it in words. You need to see it.

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  35. Thank-you for sharing this lovely pattern! Am a newbie to crochet, but just finished this for my 7wk old daughter, and it looks great - she looks so sweet in it!

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  36. Fantastic pattern, thank u so much for sharing!! This hat whipped up quick, just a few hours to complete - I like that!! Your directions where super easy to follow too!! Can't wait to make more in all sorts of colors :)

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  37. Hey, is there any way you'd be able to make a pattern of this for an adult? I love this hat, and would love to make one for myself. (:

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  38. There are directions for increasing the size of this pattern in the comments. Read through them and you should be able to figure it our for adults the same way.

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  39. Hi there! Again, a newbie crocheter...I am understanding individual stitches pretty well, with lots of practice, but I feel my 'tube' is just getting fatter, rather than becoming a long tube. So I've started over several times :( During R2 and R3, are the double crochets supposed to go through the magic loop still? Maybe this is my issue....Thanks for the help!

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  40. You only crochet into the magic loop in the first round. I changed the directions to be clearer. Hope that helps!

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  41. what is the "Magic Loop" that you refer to?

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  42. If you click on the words "magic loop" it will take you to a video tutorial. :-)

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  43. Thanks for the pattern, made a light blue and white one for my friend's baby on the way. Can't wait to give it to her. :)

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  44. I'm also new to crochet and I am having trouble with finishing the first round. When I go to slip stitch the 6th dc to the first dc, I have a huge gap in the hat, even if I pull it tight. It looks like a big hole. I can't get past this part and I am getting frustrated. Do you know what I am doing wrong? I followed the you tube video and everything. I am making sure to put it in the first dc and not the 2 chain. Thanks so much and thanks for the pattern to the adorable hat.

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  45. If you send me a video of what you are doing I would be happy to look at it. I can't tell why you have a huge gap. It seems like you are doing it correctly from your description. Sorry I cannot be more help without seeing what you are doing. :-(

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  46. ANyone have a knitting pattern for this?

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  47. where is the pattern for the spring chick applique?? I found it on ravelry and it keeps directing me here...am i missing something?

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  48. Toddlerwhisperer - I have fixed the link. It will take you to the Chick applique now. Thanks for letting me know!

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  49. Thanks for sharing this! I'll be attempting it as my next project! Have a great night!

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  50. Keep working this way increasing each round by 2 by crocheting 2 dc in the first & center stitch of each round.
    I'm new to crocheting and I don't understand what you mean by 'center' stitch.
    Could you clarify for me please :)

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  51. I mean the middle stitch - halfway around the row.

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  52. Hi,
    I am confused about R22-38. How many stitches should I have in round 22 and how do I increase by 2 each round (increase double crochets??). Also, how many stitches should I have on the tail in round 21? Thank you so much!

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  53. Think I have it figured out. So, in row 22 you would have 2 double crochets in stitch 1, one in stitch 2 and 3, 2 double crochets in stitch 4, one in stitch 5 and 6. Then, in row 23 you would do the 2 double crochets in stitch 1 and 5.....is that right??? Thanks again for taking the time to answer all these questions and for posting such an awesome hat pattern! You are so kind!

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  54. Is this hat really supposed to be 38" long, or is that a typo? That is over a yard! Isn't that a little extreme for a newborn hat? It doesn't look that long in the picture. I started making this and then stopped because I don't want a hat that's that is 38 inches long. That has to be a mistake, right?

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  55. No it's not a typo. This pattern is meant to be long enough to wrap around a newborn for a photography prop. You can easily make it shorter by doing less tail rows.

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  56. Hello i have just finished making this hat and i think i have made a mistake somewhere along the line because it looks a bit twisted. I also seem to have big holes in where you chain 2 on each round. why could this be? what did i do wrong?
    It still looks ok and for my first attempt i am quite happy since it is my first hat.

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  57. The seem will twist around the hat. This happens when working inthe round. Since this is your first hat, the whole will go away with practice. The slip st probably isn't tight enough.

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  58. Wondering in rows 22-38 while increasing. do i ch2 on ever row here as well?

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  59. Yes. You must ch2 at the beginning of every row in order to raise the level of your work for each row. Otherwise the first few stitches would slant down towards the right.

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  60. I wish I would have found this pattern BEFORE I purchased one exactly like this but nonetheless I have to ask how u add a pompom to the tail when u really can't get that close to the tip of the hat? do u just stitch it on from the outside?
    Thank you

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  61. I just sew through the top of the last row of sts form the outside.

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  62. Love this hat,making 1 now and yes will send you a picture when done!

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  63. Love this hat! Started it tonight but I'm having issues changing colors. I know that I'm doing it the hard way (cutting the yarn) I can't seem to find any videos on changing colors for something like this. Can you please help.

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  64. There are directions for changing colors in the pattern. I copied and pasted them here.

    *How to change colors - work the last dc in the round until the last 2 loops are on the hook. Yarn Over in the new color. Drop the old color and complete the dc. You do not need to tie off between colors. Just let the old color fall and pick it up again when needed. *

    I am sure you can find a video on youtube that shows how to do this. I do not know of any offhand.

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  65. I made it to the last three rows with the fpdc. I understand what the stitch is but my hat brim seems to have doubled in size. Do you have any photos or know of any videos that show wher you dc and where you fpdc?

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  66. You probably did a fpdc & dc in the same st. You fpdc around the post of the st. then dc into the top of the next st. If you don't know how to read your sts. Do a search for a video on reading dc sts.

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  67. Love this pattern!! I completed it in like an hour soo I'm a happy girl!! Haha! :)

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  68. Love this pattern made one in green and white with minor size adjustments to make it for a four month old and also using simply soft yarn. I am getting ready to work on one in variegated yarn in girl colors for a newborn and anticipate making many more. Thanks so much for posting it.

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  69. Thanks! This turned out awesome! I used Bernat Baby Boucle which is considered bulky and the I hook and ended up doing a few less rows because it made it to newborn size head circumference just a little faster. It looks beautiful, though! Now I just need to make a matching pink and white striped diaper cover and our new little girl arriving in March will have a fabulous newborn photo shoot ensemble!

    http://fivefeetoffun.blogspot.com

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  70. I have a question, how can row 21 be pink? if you alternate each row pink will be even numbers and cream odd. And for rows 22-38 you start 22 at cream and then 38 is pink, it doesn't match up if you switch colors every other row. Can you clarify for me? Thanks!

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  71. The first 2 rows are pink then you start alternating but you can alternate ad you with.

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  72. Love your work! My daughter found this site and wants me to make it for her little one. Tomorrow I'll get going. Appreciate your sharing - you're a talented lady!

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  73. So I have not crocheted for long understand most things and YouTube things I can't understand in written form! I am doing a green and pink( John Deere) and on the color change it looks a bit odd on the back side where I pickup the next color on the last 2 loops of my dc and then slip stitch , on the other side it looks great! Not sure if this is normal, and if you can even help without seeing a pic! I have YouTube a color change on a tube and can't find anything! :/

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    1. Sounds like your are doing it right to me. :-)

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  74. So on my first hat, it appears the brim/fpdc is on the inside. I'm now on my second hat and don't want to mess it up. You force from the inside like the other stitches right? Or do I need to turn it and do the stitch on the outside? Thanks. Love this hat. Like 5 friends already want one!

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    1. Hi Michelle. It seems from your description that you have crocheted the entire hat inside out. You should always be working by inserting your hook into the right side (outside of the hat. When you hold the hat you should not be reaching across the opening to crochet. Does this make sense? For now you should switch side and crochet future hats with the as I described. Hope this helps. It's hard to describe without pictures.

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  75. Hi there, I am at the end of the pattern and when I am doing the fpdc the brim of the hat seems to be flipping out. Does this sound right?

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    1. You are probably making the pfdc very tight. Try it with a looser gauge.

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  76. I made your elf hat and loved working the pattern. I have it on Pinterest and Facebook (Cheryl Richardson). I put a tassel on the end instead of the pompom. My daughter is happy to have it when her Olivia arrives in March! Thanks

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  77. Thank you very much for the pattern! I love this hat! And have made the same for my daughter. If you wish you can take a look here:
    http://olgasoleil.blogspot.com/2011/11/elf-hat-and-one-new-wip.html

    Have a nice day!
    Olga ☼

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  78. I am soooooooo happy to have found your blog! I love this pattern, made it, posted it on my blog with a link and credit to you. I hope that's ok!
    Thank you for posting,
    Michele

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  80. Thanks so much for posting this pattern! I made 2, using different yarn. I used Bernat Satin in Flamingo and Snow, and another using Snow and Sultana. I posted a pic tonight on Facebook, and credited you, including this link. It was a fun project to make. Thanks again.

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  81. Hi,
    I haven't seen this up there, but when you slip stitch into the first stitch, you will then chain 2. Now does the chain 2 count as the first DC or do I then put 2 additional DC in the first stitch?

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    1. Ch2 does not count as a st, put 2 dc in that first st.

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  82. i don't get how row 21 is pink? the row 38 is also pink? even rows are pink if you count did i miss something? someone else mentioned it but your answer didn't answer the concern at all....

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    1. You are right! R21 should be in Cream, not pink! Thanks for altering me to it. I have changed it in the post. Thanks!!

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  83. http://www.etsy.com/listing/93752836/green-and-white-striped-newborn-elf-hat Made one in green to sell on etsy and linked back to you! Thanks for the free pattern! :) It's perfect :)

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  84. I'm too chicken to try to alter colors right now...I just learned to do that last week :) So I'm going to use a yarn with variegated colors and was thinking Lily Sugar'n Cream. I've used that for washcloths, would it be soft enough for a baby hat??

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  85. I made this hat at the weekend and it's so cute! If you want to see, I've just posted about it:

    http://thecraftersapprentice.blogspot.com/2012/03/elf-hat-and-bit-about-pinterest.html

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  86. Thank you for the pattern! That is so kind of you. I used a J hook and it turned out nice. I'll definitely make another one with an I hook for a newborn size. It actually came together within a few short hours. I was on etsy looking for some color ideas for the hat and I saw several hats being sold (& a pattern) that looked like your hat, but there was no link back to your site. It makes me upset to see people do that. Here is one of the sites selling the pattern & product: http://www.etsy.com/listing/87764953/crochet-baby-hat-patterns-5-pdf-patterns
    Here is another selling a product:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/80733911/crochet-newborn-elf-hat

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    1. Jess,
      Thanks for letting me know about these. There is no way to tell if these are based on my pattern or not. I am not the first person to come up with an elf hat like this, I think I was just the first one to offer it for free. Thanks again. :)

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  87. I can not figure out how to make the first color change. I think I get how to do it after the color is added but how do you just add it without tying it in or making a loop?

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    1. Secure the loose end anyway you want. After I finish the first row of the second color, I just weave in the loose end because at this pint I can still reach inside the hat to do it.

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  88. This pattern is adorable. I made a set of them for a friend's twins. Thanks for sharing this!!!!

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  89. I just finished it and both, me and my husband LOVE IT. I made a few changes to make that tail tonger but other than that your pattern was really great!
    If I post it on my blog I definitely will link it back to yours!!!

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  90. You make very quick and simple this hat. I like I this pattern,you made it. Everything is perfect in this blog. I appreciate for your work. I will try to make it.

    baby hats

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  91. Great work dear ! You make really very wonderful baby hat. Very good thing in making of this elf hat pattern is u make its making process very easy and so simple. I like it very much. Thanks for all it.

    baby hats

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  92. Thanks for the pattern! I just finished one for my 6 week old grandson. My daughter-in-law wants it for pictures. I made it in white and aqua. I couldn't decide which color to make the pom pom, so I used both colors and it looks great!

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  93. I also wanted to add something regarding how to change colors. If you just let go of the first color, making sure that it stays inside the tube, you can just pick it up when you finish the other color. You end up with running lengths of yarn about an inch long, inside the tube part. You can keep doing it all the way through, but I cut and wove in ends, for the last seven rows. It saves a lot of time to do it that way, at least in the tube part, where you can't even see lengths. Hope that makes sense!

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  94. I am a newbie at this and I thought I was doing it correct, but my seam gradually twists. Is this suppose to happen? This is only my second crochet project and I am just not sure. I would appreciate a response, I am a photographer wanting to make my own newborn props. Thanks!

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    1. Heather,
      The seem will twist around the hat. This will always happens when you crochet in the round and join each row with a slip st.

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    2. thank you so much, I had no idea it would do that so I ended up pulling it out and starting over! Thanks for the prompt reply, I really appreciate it

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  95. Hi friend! I have figured out successfully how to make this into a larger hat, say 3-6 months or so...if you would like to share it with your readers just let me know and I will type out my directions to make more sense. :) I plan on continuing to make up to big kid size! Thanks for the lovely pattern.

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  96. Thank you so much I've learned the tube for the very first time may God bless you in many ways your pattern is so easy to read I get to make my baby a Santa hat yay thank you so much

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  97. The hardest part about the elf hat pattern was deciding which colors to use! A photographer friend requested gender neutral colors so I went with brown and lime green since I've seen that color combo on so many diaper bags, strollers and baby accessories. My only comments on the pattern would be notes for new crocheters who are totally reliant on reading a pattern. *You chain 2 and the beginning of every round and join to top of first stitch, not ch. 2 (ch 2 doesn't count as a stitch.) *When changing colors, drop the yarn behind the hook. You want the yarn on the inside of the hat when you pick it back up again.
    Carrie, thank you so much for sharing the pattern and allowing others to sell items made from it! What a blessing. Here's my first elf hat, I'm sure I'll make more. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=390399917695254&set=a.376771169058129.84340.369305046471408&type=1&theater

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  98. My only question...the length of my hat from end to end is 23". I used an I hook WW yarn and followed pattern exactly. Did anyone else's length vary?

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  99. Great pattern! I made this for my niece who is due next month. It was super easy. Only took a couple hours (and that's mostly because I had to look up a couple videos for stitches I hadn't ever done before). Thanks for sharing!

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  100. I love this hat and am making it for my photographer daughter to use as a newborn photo prop. It's adorable, but I'm having the same issue as elmosoccers. I have ripped out the edging of the hat four times -- it just seems like it continues to grow, instead of staying straight like your picture.

    Do you fpdc over every single post? Or does it end up being every other -- DC on the top of the stitch, then fpdc over the next DC post? Thanks for any help you can offer.

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    1. In the first row where you will be making fpdc, you dc in the first st, then fpdc in the next and repeat around working fpdc every over st. In the next 2 rows you dc in the dc's of the previous round and fpdc in the fpdc's of the previous round. It should not be growing as you are not adding sts,
      R41: *dc in first dc, fpdc in the next dc* repeat until the end of the round.
      R42 & 43: dc in each dc, fpdc in each fpdc. Tie off and weave in ends.
      HTH

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  101. Hello, I know you have kinda answered this question before. I am going to be making this sweet hat for a 0 - 3 month old. I know you told how to make it from 3 - 6 months but that would be TOO big, could you please explain to me how to make it the right size. Thank you so much.

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    1. You need to know your stitch gauge. In this pattern my st gauge is 3.3 stitches per inch, but your may be different. So, I multiply 3.3 times as many inches as I want the hat circumference to be. The average newborn head has a circumference of about 14". Choose a hat circumference about one inch smaller than the head circumference and multiply it by your number of stitches you get per inch. Increase to that number of sts. Depending in the size of the baby you should aim from 14 to 15 inches. If the baby is on the small size, the newborn pattern as is might work.

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    2. Thank you so much, I am just know learning gauge, and stitches per inch! :) So excited to make this hat, I will post pictures of it soon! Thank you for your time!

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  102. I cannot figure out the fpdc. I've tried 5 times, and it seems like I get raised stitches that go around the hat. It also makes the hat smaller because its one less stitch per dc, right? Since the fpdc goes into 2 stitches? I just can't figure out where to place each stitch... So frustrating!

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    1. ok, so i figured it out. For those of you that need help with the fdpc - you double crochet as you normally would, then you fpdc into the same stitch, coming out the next stitch. Technically, thats the next stitch. Basically, its the post in front of where you would normally put a stitch. THen, then next dc is in the next stitch. It almost looks like you are skipping one, but you aren't since the one part of the fpdc is in the last stitch...

      Thats how my weird brain figured it out.

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    2. Glad you were able to figure it out! It's a tough stitch to tell someone how to do. Showing is much better. If you have trouble with stitches in the future try youtube. Lot's of people have great tutorials there!

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  103. I just made this for a friend due on Christmas in green and red. I love it. I did it insdie out some how but it is still pretty awesome. Making some booties to match!

    Thanks for the pattern!

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  104. Not sure what I did wrong but at R38 I only have 24 stitches. What am I doing wrong? I'm doing 2dc in the first stitch and another 2dc in the middle of round. Please help.

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    1. stampingnails,
      If you are increasing by 2 sts every row you should be at the right st number. It's hard to say what is going wrong without looking at your work. The only thing I can think to tell you is that in each row you work the middle increase (work 2 sts into 1), in the st that was added in the previous row. I hope that helps. Sorry I can't be of more help without actually seeing what you are doing... :(
      Carrie

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  105. IM having a hard time getting passed the fist few rows the tail of the hat seems be be getting wider more stitches. i cant figure out why?

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    1. Hi Amber,
      First, have you counted your stitches as you finished each row? You should have one ch2 & 6dc in each row of the tail. Make sure you are not crocheting into the joining slip stitch. This st is only there to join the row together. This a mistake I made when I started crocheting. Hope that helps.
      Carrie

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  107. I made this and I love it! I uploaded a picture to my blog and added a link back to your page. Thank you so much for listing!
    http://hookerlovecrafts.blogspot.com/

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  108. I really enjoyed the pattern. =)
    Here is the link to my ravelry page for it.
    http://ravel.me/Chickyface/ltbeh

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  109. This was a great pattern! Thanks so much!

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  110. Is it normal for a seem to be visible on one side of the hat where each round ended? I cannot seem to avoid that and was wondering if I'm doing something wrong. Thanks!

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  111. Yes that is normal because of the joining slip st, put it should be minimal.

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  112. Hey I just wanted to say that I did this pattern a few times and I find that it was easier to not do a slip stitch and dont chain just keep working the round and I do a half double crochet but more rounds. It comes out really nice I just wanted to share with everyone merry Xmas happy new years :)

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  113. Thank you so much! You saved me $4.00 for a pattern. I did two of these hats for my sisternlaw who is having twins. I did a Thing 1 and Thing 2 and they look adorable. I didn't really even know where to start and I was able to finish these in 2 days! Thanks again.

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    1. This is what it means...
      *How to change colors - work the last dc in the round until the last 2 loops are on the hook. Yarn Over in the new color. Drop the old color and complete the dc. You do not need to tie off between colors. Just let the old color fall and pick it up again when needed. *

      When changing colors you simply drop the old color - let it hang and pick it up again when you need it next - no cutting or weaving in ends until the end.

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    2. Hi Carrie,
      so when you say "drop the old colour" does that mean you finish with it and start the new colour but you still need to cut the old colour off so you can use it again, is that right? For example: I finish my row in pink, then I switch to brown. When I'm back on pink again, I would need to cut the tail of the pink yarn to use it again
      If you could clarify that I have this right I would be grateful!

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  115. Love it! Just made one for a newborn baby! I switched colors every two rounds to get thicker stripes - thanks so much!! :)

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    1. I am completly stuck at the last 2 rows.
      The FPDC and DC is making my hat look like it has a loose brim.
      I have tried placing each in different spots, ive googled how to read a DC, ive youtubed FPDC and how to do it... Its just not working :( Any help would be amazing as I LOVE this pattern. the rest of the hat looks amazing! :)

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  116. I absolutely love this pattern!!! Definitely will be linking back :) thanks for your creative work!

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  117. I love your pattern directions! You should write more! can't wait to make this for my little one. Thank you for posting this awesome pattern.

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  118. I am completly stuck at the last 2 rows.
    The FPDC and DC is making my hat look like it has a loose brim.
    I have tried placing each in different spots, ive googled how to read a DC, ive youtubed FPDC and how to do it... Its just not working :( Any help would be amazing as I LOVE this pattern. the rest of the hat looks amazing! :)

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    1. Alyssa, it's hard to know how to advise you when I cannot see your work. Could you email me a close up picture of the problem.

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  119. Loving this, I've just completed mine and its gorgeous!! Would you mind if I shared this on my blog?
    Sarah x

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    1. Yes please do! I only ask that you link back to the original pattern and do not copy and paste the pattern! Please send me the link to your post if you share on your blog.

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  120. Okay. Maybe I am dumb, but I am switching colors as instructed by just dropping the first color and picking up the second, but then I have this odd twisting strip going up the outside of the hat. Should the colors be on the inside or do I have to turn this hat inside out when I am done?

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    1. Hi Jewel
      It sounds like you are crocheting the hat inside out. When you insert you hook to start a stitch, do you insert your hook into the inside of the hat? If so then your are doing it inside out. when you crochet in the round, you should be inserting your hook into the outside of the hat. That way the funny lines are on the inside and the front of all the stitches are on the outside. Hope that helps.
      Carrie

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  121. This is such a cute hat! I shared the pattern on my blog, hope that's ok?
    http://www.myfavouritethingsblog.com/2013/07/10-free-unique-hat-crochet-patterns.html

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  123. Hi! I am not understanding how to double crochet. Youtube says to chain four when doing dc. Your patterns begins with chain 2, so do I insert the dc into the 2nd stitch instead of the 4th as the video instructs? Thanks!

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    1. I'm not sure what you mean. What row of the hat are you on?
      If you are beginning the hat you first form the magic loop, then ch2 - the ch2 is just the beginning ch that brings up the height of the sts., you do not crochet into it. Then work 6 dc inside the magic loop.
      Some people like to ch3 at the beginning of a double crochet row. I prefer ch2 because I don't count it as a st and join in the first dc of a row and not the beginning ch.
      I'm guessing the video says ch4, you crochet in the forth ch from the hook, which gives you a ch3 on the right of the dc.
      If you wanted to you could ch 4 and put 6 dc in the 4th ch from the hook and follow the rest of the pattern as written.
      Hope that helps

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  124. I just wanted to thank you for sharing your pattern and to share the story of how it came to me.

    Late last night, not thinking I would be reading my texts, my daughter texted me a picture of a baby wearing a crocheted hat with a long tail asking if I could make it and ship it to her for her 3-month-old son (my grandson is soooo cute, but I digress) in less than 2 weeks. I replied I needed a patternand would talk to her at reasonable hour, like tomorrow after work. Before midnight, she had found your pattern and texted me the link.

    Now my daughter knows I knit and crochet but that is about all she knows about them. When I read your pattern, I was grateful that it was clearly written and easy to follow - now I didn't have to spend any time looking for a pattern. Within 2 hours, I had a finished hat, took a picture and sent it to my daughter asking for my grandson's measurements.

    Her responses are priceless: "You didn't make that hat already did you?!?" Yes, I did. "Omg mom!!! I texted you at midnight last night!!! You're so awesome"

    Thank you again for sharing your pattern because now I have reached "awesome" mom status, at least for a little while. :-)

    Beth W.

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    1. Thank you for sharing this story! I was having a difficult day, the day I read this, & it really gave me a smile! It's nice to hear that these patterns are a blessing to others!

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    2. Oh, and I am so glad it impressed your daughter. My daughter is 12 and I am slowly becoming uncool and losing my intelligence. Glad to know I'll get it back someday! ;)

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  125. Hello, I wanted to share that I've just listed a Christmas hat in my etsy shop based on your great pattern. (with design credit of course) Thank you!

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/168508630/long-tailed-baby-christmas-elf-hat?ref=shop_home_active

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    1. Thank you for the design credit! Hope you sell a lot!

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  126. Im almost done with mine now but when joining the colors u can see a straight line across the hat is this normal

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    1. Could you be more specific. I'm not sure what you mean.

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  127. The joining stich its so visible I wish I could post a picture. Ok so, ch 2 and 6 dc. Does this mean its 7 but the ch2 is never counted? When I start increasing I do chain 2 and in the same whole 2dc making it look like 3 together maybe this is my mistake

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  128. Yes you did it correctly. There is always a seam when you crochet in the round and join with a slip st.

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  129. hmmmm I've looked up & down & all thru the comments & I still cant find the tutorial? has it been removed or am I just missing it?

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  130. I end up with 41 stiches last 3 rows is it supposed to be like that

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  131. Thanks!!!!! Lovelly pattern. I send you a picture of my finished hat. Thanks for share the pattern!!!

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  132. First question... if my tail is turning out fat, does that mean my yarn is to thick or are my stitches too loose?
    Second, if I want to use just one color would it be fine to just continue around instead of joining at the end of each round? Thanks so much!!

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    1. If your yarn is thicker it will make the tail larger. If your sts are too loose there will be holes between your sts. You could work in the spiral round but at some time you will need to even off the round by skipping a st and sl stitching.

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  133. How would i make this hat fit for a 9 month old... im 15 so im not really sure what a gauge is with crocheting... Thanks! :D

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    1. Increase to about 58 stitches or so. That should be big enough.

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  134. I end up with threads weaving up the seam from not cutting off yarn at each color change. Should I?

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  135. I'm confused about R22-38. Do I increase in the first stitch? I'm pretty sure I've been doing this wrong..it's not turning out so nice lol

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  136. Yes increase in the first st and the st in the center of the row (halfway around)

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  137. In the original photo I saw with both a blue and pink hat they had different type of Pom on the end... I was curious how to make the braided type Pom?

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    1. Try this link, http://chucksforchancho.com/2012/11/01/baby-beanies-holiday-elf-hats/. There is a link on this site as well as a photo tutorial near the bottom.

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  138. I have already made two of these and people want more! thanks for your pattern :)

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