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Knit an Elf on the Shelf Sweater

Knit an Elf on the Shelf Sweater

It might be because they carry so much holiday cheer or maybe that their hands are tired from 11 months of toy making. Whatever the reason, elves travel light. They arrive with no luggage (and worse, no gift for the host!), which is fine here in the South since winter temperatures range from "wear socks with those sandals" or "grab a jacket that's easy to take off later." But there are the days that you wish your elf was better prepared, because the kids inevitably ask you to knit an Elf on the Shelf sweater

Elf on the Shelf knitting a sweater from Billy and Baa

Get ready for your elf's arrival and winter wardrobe requests with our free Sweater on the Elf knitting pattern, which you can download here.

Materials Needed: 

  • about 20 y (18 m) of sport weight yarn
  • US 2.5 ( 3.0 mm) double pointed needles
  • 4 stitch markers
  • small stitch holder (for putting sleeves on hold)
  • tapestry needle to weave in ends
  • tiny hangers (optional, but highly encouraged)
  • clothes rack (also optional, but highly encouraged)

The classic raglan sweater is worked from the top down with sport weight yarn and sized to fit an 11" tall elf. With a smidge of positive ease and a slightly cropped profile, this comfy sweater is appropriate for all situations, including hiding in tight spots, sneaking sweet treats, plotting mischievous acts, and, well, sitting on shelves. Plus, it looks great in Instagram photos.

A sweater will keep your elf's red jumpsuit free from crumbs when it steals a cookie.

A cozy sweater is always necessary when warming up by the fire. 

And a sweater makes a statement when you casually gaze into the distance and wonder what Santa's up to. 

Let's face it. An Elf on the Shelf sweater is just a good idea. 

These tiny sweaters are quick to knit, make a great stash buster, and bring a whole lot of cheer. Our sweaters our on display and the kids are always excited to see what sweater Elf will choose next!

Download the free pattern here:


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  • the pattern is easy to follow. I like you told how much yarn it would take. Thank you for posting the pattern

  • Love the patterns for the Elf on the Shelf

    Merla Hanley

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