Easy Pop-Up Christmas Crochet Elf Hat with Moving Ears – Free Pattern

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This fun and silly Christmas crochet elf hat will delight friends and family at holiday celebrations. The clever design uses an air pump to make the elf’s pointy ears move up and down.


Inspired by the bunny hat with moving ears that’s been trending on social media, I have created a whole collection of crochet moving ears hats. Have you seen my Crochet Penguin Hat with Flapping Wings or Skeleton Hat with Moving Ears? They’re cute, silly, and fun for all ages. Well, just like the other hats, this Elf Hat Crochet Pattern includes a special air pump feature to make the ears move. 

Now, you can continue the fun into the holiday season with a crochet Christmas elf hat for an easy crochet pattern. To make it even more festive, I’ve added bells to the tips of the ears. So not only do the ears move up and down but they also jingle which will be great for upcoming Christmas Photos for the Christmas Season!

The pattern is written in a way that you can easily adjust the pattern for adult sizes, children sizes, or even smaller, although I don’t recommend too small due to the air pump inserts. This pattern is perfect for every member of the family. 

This pattern will show you how to make your very own crochet elf hat with moving ears!

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You can also customize this trendy crochet hat to make it your own festive crochet elf hat. You can use my tutorial to make it in any size. Add extra embellishments like some crochet holly leaves and berries. Or change it up with different colors of the squishy worsted-weight chenille yarn I used, Premier Pixie Dust Brights – there are 18 colors to choose from!

These silly crochet hats make great gifts for kids or for adults who like to be the life of the Christmas party for the whole family and friends all pretending to be the smallest elves with Santa at the North Pole making gifts for the kids. They’re perfect for holiday celebrations or anywhere you need to spread some extra cheer or little Christmas Magic. 

Now, let’s get started on this fun free crochet elf hat pattern which makes a great beginner’s crochet project as it only includes dc rounds with little seaming, very simple increases, and barely any color changes for the perfect festive project. 

Pop-Up Christmas Crochet Elf Hat with Moving Ears - Free Pattern

Crochet Hats with Moving Ears

If you’ve never tried to make a moving crochet pattern before, it may look complicated. But all it takes are some simple air pumps that you sew right into the long arms of the hat. Of course, I’ll include photos and instructions so you know just where to place them to achieve this cool effect.

If you can’t get enough of these funny beanies, you’ll be delighted to know that I have written 10 other crochet pop-up hat patterns for all different occasions, including a Santa Hat. You can find all of them, including helpful tutorials, videos, and photos, in my 10 Pop Up Pals Hats ebook!

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If you like fun and cute Christmas hat patterns to get in the festive mood, you might also like to try one of these:

  1. Christmas Gift Beanie
  2. Christmas Tree Hat Scarf
  3. Cat’s Elf Hat
  4. Penguin Hat with Flapping Wings

So, let me now give you the supplies you need in order to crochet this cute pattern.

How to Crochet the Elf Hat with Moving Ears Pattern

Materials you will need

Gauge

3 sts x 2 rounds = 1 square inch

Size

10 (width) x 7 inches (just the hat, one size (adult) – Refer to this post to adjust the size of the beanie for a different head size

Stitches used in the pattern

Learn all the basic crochet stitches HERE

Video tutorials

Arms – like Skeleton: https://youtu.be/qBXtApUQ1Jw

How to Add the Air Pump: https://youtube.com/shorts/g-TspfmNh1Y

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Pattern Notes

First, you’ll crochet the beanie, then the arm straps where the air pump gets inserted into, then the ears, hat, and bells. Then you assemble it all.

Use the reference table below to adjust it for another size, but the pattern was written for an adult size.

Crochet-Hat-Size-Chart

Written Pattern for the Crochet Hat

Written Pattern for the Hat

With Lucky Clover 

ALL first dc stitches are made as a ch3 or ATC (both count as stitch, I used the ATC)

R1: MR, ch 1, add 12 dc, close the ring, sl st to the first st

R2: *1 dc in 2 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R3: *1 dc in 3 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R4: *1 dc in 4 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R5: *1 dc in 5 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R6: *1 dc in 6 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R7: *1 dc in 7 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R8: *1 dc in 8 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R9: *1 dc in 9 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R10: *1 dc in 10 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R11: *1 dc in 11 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R12: *1 dc in 12 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R13: *1 dc in 13 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R14: *1 dc in 14 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R15: *1 dc in 15 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R16: *1 dc in 16 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R17: *1 dc in 17 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R18: *1 dc in 18 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

Crochet Air Pumps Arms

Crochet Air Pump Arms – Video Tutorial

Besides the colors and a bit extra length, the air pump arms are the same for the Elf Hat as the Skeleton Hat. So you can use the below video for guidance.

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Written Pattern for the Air Pump Arms

Switch to Red

R19-22: 1 dc per st all around, sl st to the first st

**R1: 1 dc in the next 9 sts, now add 9 chainless foundation dc stitches, sl st to the first st

(Optionally, you can also crochet the arms separately and then sew them on later. In that case, make a chain of 18, sl st to the first st, and then crochet 1 dc per ch (18 sts) all around)

R2- 23: 1 dc per st, sl st to the 1st st

Switch to Lucky Clover

R24: *1 dc, 2dc in the following st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the 1st st

R25-26: 1 dc per st, sl st to the 1st st

R27: dc dec all around, sl st to the 1st st

R28: sc dec all around, sl st to the 1st st

Fasten off (close the hole)and weave in your ends.

Reattach your yarn, 32 stitches from the 9th dc you made in R1 (opposite side of the beanie). And repeat from ** for the 2nd arm.

Written Pattern for Ears and Assembly

Crochet 2 Elf Ears

R1: MR, ch 1, add 8 dc, close the ring, sl st to the first st

R2: 1 dc per st, sl st to the first st

R3: *1 dc in 3 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R4: *1 dc in 4 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R5: *1 dc in 5 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R6: *1 dc in 6 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R7: *1 dc in 7 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R8: *1 dc in 8 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R9: *1 dc in 9 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R10: *1 dc in 10 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R11-12: dc 2 tog all around, sl st to the first st

Sew on 3 bells on the top of the hat. Sew on 1 bell to each ear. 

Assembly

Now add the air pump mechanism, by adding the bulb through the long arms and squeeze the full bent air flap (opposite side of the air pump) between 2 stitches on round 21 of the hat – right and left side of the face. Add the air flaps into the arms, then sew the arms (make sure the thumb points upwards) to the hat.

Alternatively, you could also add a pom pom instead of bells, which you can make with a pom pom maker.

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