Crochet Elf Pixel Square

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Santa’s little helper is ready to join the Crochet Christmas Character Afghan! The Elf is square number 5 of 9 Christmas themed C2C crochet squares and when they are all finished, I will stitch them together into one large afghan! As I finish each square, I will post the graph and reveal the next character/image in the blanket. Feel free to work along with me!

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If you are just joining in you can find the other squares through links below:

Square #1: Santa

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Square #2: Christmas Tree

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Square #3: Frosty the Snowman

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Square #4: Santa’s Sleigh

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I am using the corner-to-corner (C2C) technique. You can see my first C2C graphgan HERE that has a how-to video. But I am told that most people have success learning how to make a C2C afghan by following THIS VIDEO DEMONSTRATION by The Crochet Crowd.

Each pixel graph in my blanket is 25×25 pixel squares. I used a size F (3.75mm) hook and worsted weight yarn. For this particular square I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice  in Colonial Blue (for the background), Beige, Black (for the eyes), Pink (for the cheeks) Scarlett Red, Fern Green, and Honey (for the hair).  For each of these squares you will need two skeins of the background color and also two of any color that makes up the main image (like white for Santa). Otherwise you will need only one skein of the other colors.

VERY IMPORTANT: Instead of the traditional C2C method of using DC’s and chain 3’s to make each pixel, I used HDC’s and only chained 2 (and chained 5 instead 6 on the increase stitches). This allowed me to have a smaller overall afghan square, measuring approximately 15×15 inches. You can absolutely use the traditional method but your square will be much larger and your overall afghan will be much larger as well once you sew them all together. As is, my finished blanket will be big enough for a twin size bed… possibly even larger!

You do not have to use the C2C method either! You can take this graph and make a standard SC graphgan. This will produce nice small squares (think 25 single crochets wide and tall) that will be perfect for a standard size blanket. You could also make Pixel Granny Squares and use the graphs I post to create separate character blankets. There is also the Bobble Stitch method as well! So many ways to use these graphs!

CLICK HERE to download the Elf Pixel Graph
(I left the background blank to save you some ink!)

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Several crocheters and generous followers of RCM have been taking these pixel graphs and writing out the color changes as they make their squares. I will add the written pattern for these color changes as they are shared with me!

Hope you are enjoying this Christmas Crochet-Along! Stay tuned for square #6!

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Here is a quick video on fixing your squares if you have accidentally carried one color over and it is overlapping a different color square. I also like to refer to this as “faking stitches” :)

Written pattern for the color changes by fellow crocheter and RCM follower, Claudia Melgar! Thanks Claudia!

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Row 1 to 10 all Colonial Blue (CB)
Row 11 – 1CB 1FG 9CB
Row 12 – 9CB 2FG 1CB
Row 13 – 1CB 2FG 2CB 3BE 5CB
Row 14 – 3CB 6BE 1CB 3FG 1CB
Row 15 – 1CB 3FG 1CB 2BE 1P 4BE 3CB
Row 16 – 5CB 2BE 2P 2BE 1CB 3FG 1CB
Row 17 – 1CB 4FG 3BE 1P 2BE 1H 5CB
Row 18 – 5CB 1H 8BE 3FG 1CB
Row 19 – 1CB 4FG 4BE 1BL 2BE 1H 1SR 3CB 1Y 1CB
Row 20 – 1CB 2Y 2CB 1FG 1SR 1H 5BE 1SR 1BE 1CB 2FG 2CB
Row 21 – 5CB 8BE 1H 1SR 1FG 2CB 1FG 2CB
Row 22 – 2CB 1FG 3CB 1FG 1SR 1H 8BE 5CB
Row 23 – 5CB 6BE 1H 1BE 2H 1SR 1FG 2CB 1FG 3CB
Row 24 – 3CB 2FG 1CB 2FG 1SR 2H 1BE 1H 6BE 5CB
Row 25 – 5CB 6BE 4H 1SR 5FG 4CB
///////////// START DECREASE //////////////
Row 26 – 4CB 5FG 1SR 3H 4BE 1P 1BE 5CB
Row 27 – 4CB 1BE 2P 1BL 2BE 4H 1SR 5FG 3CB
Row 28 – 3CB 5FG 1SR 4H 3BE 1P 1BE 4CB
Row 29 – 3CB 6BE 3H 1SR 5FG 3CB
Row 30 – 2CB 6FG 1SR 3H 5BE 3CB
Row 31 – 3CB 4BE 3H 1SR 6FG 2CB
Row 32 – 2CB 6FG 2SR 3H 3BE 2CB
Row 33 – 2CB 1BE 4H 2SR 6FG 2CB
Row 34 – 2CB 7FG 3SR 1H 1CB 1BE 1CB
Row 35 – 1CB 1BE 1CB 3SR 7FG 2CB
Row 36 – 3CB 8FG 3CB
Row 37 – 3CB 6FG 4CB
Row 38 – 5CB 3FG 4 CB
Row 39 to 49 all Colonial Blue (CB)

Need help with your C2C squares? Join my Repeat Crafter Me Crochet Facebook Group! Hundreds of fellow crocheters are also working on this project, asking good questions and getting great answers!

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Comments

  1. says

    Funny Christmas Elf. In my country we normally don’t have elfs with Christmas, but this one is so nice between the other square. Thnaks for the pattern.

    Have a great day, Margaret

  2. Dawn McCray says

    Where can we find a list of all the colors being used? Michael’s has Vanna’s Choice on sale this week 2/ $5.00!

  3. Teri says

    I am left handed I am having trouble with c2c and I still don’t get the chain 5
    can some help me as I can’t GET started, once started I am sure I’ll be ok. ThANKS

  4. mama lieveheersbeestje says

    Thank you for these lovely patterns! I did made the blanket with flowers that you made for us and that came out lovely. Now I stardet to make the elf-pattern. But as I did not like this stitch so much, I make it with a double crochet (two double crochet are one square) and it comes out fine. I intend to make a few of the christmasblanket-blocks and than make cushions from them for the christmastime.

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