Free Christmas elf knitting pattern

Dinky the elf!
As promised here is my Knitting pattern for my elf!  

You will need at least 50g balls of double knit in the following colours although i tend to work from large balls so cannot be accurate.

Dark green
Light green
Skin tone
Toy stuffing
Sewing thread in skin tone
2 seed beads for eyes
Scrap pink felt for cheeks.

I use toy makers needles which are a UK size 14 but a size 12 will work making a larger elf.

Head and body

Starting at the bottom on the legs –

Cast on 15 stitches in light green
working in 2 rows green, 2 rows red stocking stitch 46 rows.

Leave this leg on your needle, cut wool and make a second in the exact same way.

Once you have 2 legs put all the stitches on one needle facing with the right side towards you and join on dark green.
Stocking stitch starting with a Knit row for 20 rows.
(Knit 2 stitches together) repeat until the end.
Pearl one row
Knit increase in every stitch until the end
Add on skin tone wool
Stocking stitch 20 rows.
(Knit 2 stitches together) repeat until the end.
(Pearl 2 stitches together) repeat until the end.
Break off your wool and thread through remaining stitches and take off needles. Pull up to gather.


Starting at the shoulders.

With Dark green cast on 12 stitches
Stocking stitch in 2 rows dark green, 2 rows light green for 36 rows.
Knit 2 rows in light green
Add skin colour
Knit one row
Stocking stitch 5 more rows
(Knit 2 stitches together) repeat until the end.
Break wool and thread through remaining stitches, pull off needle gathering up.

Tunic skirt

In dark green cast on 34 stitches
Stocking stitch 10 rows
Join on white
Garter stitch 3 rows
cast off

Belt Buckle

Make a chain or finger knit chain of 10 stitches and tie off.


In light green cast on 20 stitches.
Stocking stitch 2 rows
Knit 4 stitches then turn
Pearl 4  stitches then turn
Knit 4 stitches then turn
Pearl 2 stitches together to end
Knit 2 stitches together to end
Break wool and thread through remaining stitches and tie off.

Repeat this pattern on the rest of the collar creating one point at a time.


In red cast on 34 stitches
Knit 4 rows
Join on Dark green and Knit 1 row
Pearl 1 row
Join on Light green and stocking stitch 2 rows
Join on white and stocking stitch 2 rows
Dark green stocking stitch 2 rows
Continue to work in this colour pattern but start decreasing one stitch at the start of every row.
Repeat until 2 stitches remain
Break off wool and thread through stitches. Tie off.

Ears (make 2 )

In skin tone cast on 4 stitches
Knit 1 row
Increase pearl wise into every stitch
stocking stitch 3 rows
decrease one stitch at both ends of every row until 2 stitches remain.
Break off wool thread through stitches and tie off.

Feet (make 2 )

In dark green cast on 16 stitches
knit 1 row
Increase each end of every row until you have 26 stitches
Stocking stitch 4 rows
Cast off

Boot cuffs ( make 2 )

In white cast on 17 stitches
Knit 2 rows
cast off

To make up

Start at head and sew back seams together stuffing as you work down to the body and legs, You can thread wool round the neck to make it more defined. leave bottom of the legs open.

Arms are sewn from the hand up to the shoulder, stuff as you go. Sew either side of the body.

The tunic is sewn about 5 rows up onto the dark green body but this is down to personal taste. The white is the belt edge i find sewing the tunic seam at the back before sewing in place helps.
I stitched a decorative row of white wool round the bottom to stop curling up.

The hat is sewn from the point to the brim, i do not stuff the hat, sew on the head about one third from the top. The ears go on after the hat is in place.

Ears are folded in half creating a pointed ear, i sew this seam together before positioning on each side of the head.

Feet are folded in half, the cast off edge is the sole. Sew up leaving the top open, stuff and attach to leg bottoms. hide the seams with the white cuff.

The collar sits best if you first stitch it together round the neck area, secure with a couple stitches to the neck then sew the point ends onto the body as pictured.

Finally stitch some skin tone wool over and over to create a nose on the center of the face, hide ends inside the head.

Sew on small circles of felt for cheeks and small seed beads for eyes.
Create a loop with the belt buckle and sew to middle of the belt and your done!