Thursday, 5 October 2017

Dressing up your Elf on the Shelf this Christmas

A few years ago we started the Elf on the Shelf tradition in our household - a small Elf that joins our family in the run up to Christmas and has fun around the house overnight. Last year our original Elf was joined by a lady Elf friend, and the two children delighted in running downstairs every morning to see what they had been up to!

Our Elf is always very well dressed, thanks to my Mum. She has been selling knitting patterns for her three lovely knitted Elf sweaters for a couple of years now, and they have been very popular. There are three different designs and they are all lovely.

Knitted sweaters for your Elf on the Shelf

This year she has been working very hard on some new knitted clothing and accessories for both our boy and girl Elf, and so I thought I'd share a few of her lovely creations! If you fancy having a go at making your own, she has made the patterns available for purchase through both Ravelry and Love Knitting. I've used Ravelry links throughout this post, and you can find the links for Love Knitting at the bottom.

Mum has released two brand new pattern books. The first one, Outfits for Santa's Elf Helper Collection 1 contains patterns for a ballerina outfit, a swimsuit and bag, a skirt, a one piece sleeping suit and a toy doll. Below is the ballerina outfit, complete with a wrap around sweater and legwarmers! It would be fantastic to impress any little ballerinas that you have in your house.

Elf on the Shelf ballerina knitted outfit

This little knitted bag is really sweet, and you could use it for the Elf to carry a small treat or letter for your child if they've been particularly good. Or perhaps you could give it to your child to leave out for their Elf with a small gift inside, and see if they bring something back.

Elf on the Shelf with simple knitted bag

Below you can see the knitted bag, swimming costume and skirt. I'm planning on having our Elf appear in the morning in her swimming costume on the day that my children have their swimming lessons, I think they'll love that!

Elf on the Shelf knitted accessories patterns

Elf on the Shelf skirt and bag knitting pattern

Finally I quite fancy one of these cosy onesies myself! And the little doll is really sweet, you could customise it to match a doll that your child has.

Elf on the Shelf knitted onesie and doll

The second knitting pattern book, Outfits for Santa's Elf Helper Collection 2, contains patterns for a football outfit, an Argyll sweater, shorts and trousers and a toy teddy. I think it would be lovely to knit the soccer outfit in your team's colours!

Elf on the Shelf knit a football kit pattern

The sweater and trousers look really comfy and you could make them in all different colours, perhaps making an outfit to match with one of your child's!

Elf on the Shelf how to knit a sweater and trousers

If you'd like to have a go at knitting these outfits yourself, the books of patterns can be purchased below, either on Ravelry:

Or from Love Knitting

You may also enjoy my previous posts where I share some other ways that you can dress up your Elf this Christmas:

How to Customise your Elf on the Shelf
Knitted Sweaters for your Elf on the Shelf

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