THE BA­SIC ELF

Simply Knitting - - Alan Dart Toy -

LEGS AND BODY

(MAKE 1 PIECE)

RIGHT LEG

* Cast on 9 sts us­ing Classic Red for an­kle edge and work in st st for 2 rows. K 2 rows for top edge of boot. Change to suit shade and work in st st for 16 rows, beg with a K row.** Break yarn and slip sts onto stitch holder.

LEFT LEG

Work as given for right leg from * to **.

JOIN LEGS FOR BODY

Next row In­sert­ing marker threads at beg and end of row, K7, skpo from left leg sts, then k2­tog, K7 from held right leg sts. [16 sts] Work in st st for 5 rows. Change to Choco­late and work in st st for 2 rows for belt. Con­tinue to suit shade and work in st st for 10 rows.

SHAPE SIDES

Dec row (K3, sl1, k2­tog, psso, K1) twice, K2. [12 sts] P 1 row. Cast off for shoul­der edge.

FEET

(MAKE 2 PIECES) Cast on 6 sts us­ing Classic Red for back edge. Inc row (Inc 1, inc 1, K1) twice. [10 sts] Work in st st for 7 rows. Dec row 1 K3, skpo, k2­tog, K3. [8 sts] P 1 row. Dec row 2 K2, skpo, k2­tog, K2. [6 sts] Break yarn, leav­ing a long end. Thread through sts on nee­dle, draw up tightly and fas­ten off.

HEAD

(MAKE 1 PIECE) Cast on 16 sts us­ing Flesh Tone for top edge and work in st st for 12 rows.

SHAPE NECK

Dec row K2­tog to end. [8 sts] Work in st st for 2 rows. Cast off for Neck edge.

EARS

(MAKE 2 PIECES) Cast on 3 sts us­ing Flesh Tone. Cast off.

HAT

(MAKE 1 PIECE) Cast on 21 sts us­ing Classic Red for base edge and work in st st for 4 rows. Dec row 1 (K3, k2­tog, K2) to end. [18 sts] Work in st st for 3 rows. Dec row 2 (K2, k2­tog, K2) to end. [15 sts] Work in st st for 3 rows. Dec row 3 (K2, k2­tog, K1) to end. [12 sts] Work in st st for 3 rows. Dec row 4 (K1, k2­tog, K1) to end. [9 sts] Work in st st for 3 rows. Dec row 5 (K1, k2­tog) to end. [6 sts] Work in st st for 2 rows. Break yarn, leav­ing a long end. Thread through sts on nee­dle, draw up tightly and fas­ten off.

ARMS

(MAKE 2 PIECES) Cast on 7 sts us­ing suit shade for top edge and work in st st for 14 rows. K 2 rows for sleeve cuff. Change to Flesh Tone for hand and work in st st for 5 rows, beg with a K row. Break yarn, leav­ing a long end. Thread through sts on nee­dle, draw up tightly and fas­ten off.

COL­LAR

(MAKE 1 PIECE) Cast on 27 sts us­ing Col­lar shade for

base edge and K 1 row. Dec row 1 (P2­tog, P1) to end. [18 sts] K 1 row. Dec row 2 (P2­tog) to end. [9 sts] Cast off for Neck edge.

TO MAKE UP

Un­less oth­er­wise stated, sew seams and join pieces us­ing mat­tress stitch, work­ing with right side of knit­ting up­per­most. A one-stitch knit­ted seam turn­ing has been al­lowed on all pieces to ac­com­mo­date this method. Join each Leg seam, from an­kle edge up to marker thread, then join Body back seam, from marker threads up to shoul­der edge. Re­move mark­ers, then use tweez­ers to stuff Body firmly, leav­ing Legs un­stuffed. With Body seam run­ning down cen­tre back, fold shoul­der edge flat and sew across. Start­ing at gath­ered edge, join each Foot seam, leav­ing back edge open. Use tweez­ers to stuff Feet lightly, then fold cast- on edge in half and sew across. With seam run­ning along un­der­side, po­si­tion and sew Feet to base of Legs. Start­ing at Neck edge, join Head seam, then use tweez­ers to stuff Head firmly. Work a gath­er­ing thread through ev­ery stitch along cast- on edge, draw up tightly and fas­ten off. With seam run­ning down cen­tre back, po­si­tion and sew Neck edge of Head to top of Body. Start­ing at gath­ered edge of hand, join each Arm seam. Leav­ing Arm un­stuffed, work a gath­er­ing thread through ev­ery stitch along cast- on edge, draw up tightly and fas­ten off, then po­si­tion and sew Arms to sides of Body. Fas­ten­ing off ends of yarn at back of Neck, where they will even­tu­ally be hid­den by Col­lar, take a length of White Gold Metal­lic yarn and em­broi­der a square of 4 straight stitches over cen­tre front of belt, work­ing over 2 knit­ted stitches, to form buckle. Wrap Col­lar round neck and over­sew side edges to­gether. Plac­ing join at cen­tre back, sew Col­lar to top of Body, work­ing back­stitch over ev­ery stitch along cast- off edge.

When em­broi­der­ing fea­tures, fas­ten off ends of yarn at top of Head, where they will even­tu­ally be hid­den by Hat. Use a length of Flesh Tone yarn to em­broi­der nose with 3 hor­i­zon­tal straight stitches, worked over one knit­ted stitch and plac­ing 5 knit­ted rows up from Neck de­crease row. Draw out a sin­gle strand from a length of black yarn and use this to em­broi­der eyes with tiny hor­i­zon­tal lazy daisy stitches, plac­ing 2 knit­ted rows above nose and spac­ing 2 knit­ted stitches apart. Draw out a sin­gle strand from a length of dusky pink yarn and use the re­main­ing 2 strands to em­broi­der mouth with a sin­gle hor­i­zon­tal straight stitch, plac­ing one knit­ted row be­low nose and work­ing over 2 knit­ted stitches.

Use nee­dle to sew the two ends of yarn re­main­ing on each Ear into Head, in line with top of nose and 3 knit­ted stitches away from side of nose. Draw out nee­dle at top of Head and draw up, leav­ing 12mm of yarn vis­i­ble at base of Ear. Dab a spot of glue on th­ese sec­tions of yarn then pull up to draw Ear into place and trim away ex­cess yarn. Use pen­cil to blush cheeks lightly, work­ing in a cir­cu­lar mo­tion to grad­u­ally build up colour.

Start­ing at gath­ered edge, join Hat seam, then fit on Head, with seam run­ning down cen­tre back. Sew in place by work­ing back­stitch over ev­ery stitch along cast- on edge.

To make hang­ing loop, cut a 20cm length of cotton perlé and sew through tip of Hat. Knot ends to­gether to form a 6cm loop and trim away ex­cess, then draw knot into knit­ting to hide it.

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