I cannot deny it . . . this is a futzy little knit.
But it’s also really stinkin’ cute!
And it was actually pretty quick to knit, too (2 TV nights). It’s top-down and stuff-as-you-go; no seaming at all. You start at the tip of the hat with some i-cord, and then eventually switch to knitting in the round on double-points. (The beginning of the Musselburgh hat is far futzier. Just sayin.)
There are clever little features . . .
- a “wonky” elf hat (thanks to a few clever little short rows)
- a “faux thumb” on the mittens (just a perfectly placed increase/pass stitches over)
- a freakin’ heel gusset on the elf shoes (from a 3-stitch heel flap)
- and tiny ears (just 2 little rows and a bind-off)
I will admit that when I looked at the pattern and read the words “heel flap” and “turn the heel” I almost didn’t start. But . . . the directions are super clear and it was much easier than I anticipated. (And now I figure my knitting-life can be complete . . . having turned a tiny elf-shoe heel, y’know?) (His scarf, by the way, is fabric. You could knit a scarf if you wanted, but the pattern calls for a piece of fabric. Mine is a scrap of wool flannel.)
He’s a bit . . . rustic looking, but that suits me just fine! He’s made himself perfectly comfortable, just hanging out there in my “Christmas forest tableau.” (I think I’ll let him stay there.)
I had planned to just make that one elf. But now that I’ve completed that first one, I just know the next one would be (will be?) easier and even quicker. (My second elf shoe is much neater than my first, for example.)
It’s a sign that I’m in trouble with this elf thing . . . because I brought my whole scrap basket up to my knitting chair. Y’know. In case I decide to start another one . . .
How about you? What are you working on this week?
I love the steps going on here – first knit an elf, admire the cleverness, notice how perfect he looks in the forest tableau, place scraps close at hand, just in case … Happy Elf Knitting!
Adorable! He looks totally worth the futzing.
I am loving your adorable elf! I might just need to knit one after I have my December Gnome done!
(and that basket of yarn… well, if that Elf is at all like Gnome Knitting… well, it is like potato chips, you can’t have just one!)
Your futzy knits do make me smile! and that basket of yarn looks awfully tempting to give your elf a friend or two. Happy knitting!
LOL – that Elf has got to be the cutest ever, but he/she definitely needs a friend…or a mate…or several friends. I don’t do futzy knitting, but you sure do it well Kym! Adorable!
Adorable!!! I love clever little features like that. He fits in perfectly.
Haha… I was just remembering my “bulky snowflake” jag last year (not to mention the gnome jag the year before). At first, I was just going to make a few, but then I decided to just knit up ALL THE BULKY YARN. I still have a little pile o’ snowflakes and they make great little additions to gifts. But you’re right, they get easier and you get faster which each one!
Uh oh ……….looks like the elf production line is gearing up!
He is adorable in among the deer. Everyone now ……………………say awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!
Adorable! Hope you have fun with more elf knitting!
It’s cute! It’s probably too fiddly for me (given that I have half finished gnomes sitting around the house).
Oh oh…it might have been a mistake to look at your blog today! Now there may be an elf in my knitting future!!
I love it! And I think he definitely needs friends!
The elf looks adorable in the forest tableau. Of course your next elf-heel will be better although this one looks darn good to me. That basket of scraps is very enticing.
He looks adorable. Have fun!