Elf Coat FAQ

I am in love with the fact that my Elf Coat pattern has been so popular since I released it over a year ago! I’ve seen many wonderful creations and talked to tons of great people and it’s just….. so gratifying. And humbling.

Anyway, before I get too schmaltzy, I also get a lot of questions and so I created this resource to help answer those more readily πŸ™‚

Where Can I Find the Elf Coat Pattern?

This crochet pattern can be found for free on my blog at the following links:
Elf Coat Size Small
Elf Coat Size Medium
Elf Coat Size Large
Elf Coat Sizes XL – 2XL/3XL
Elf Coat Corset Lacing (for all sizes)
Elf Coat Pockets (all sizes)
Elf Coat Belt Tie (all sizes)
Elf Coat Pointed Pockets (all sizes)

This pattern can also be purchased as a downloadable, ad-free PDF document! Get the first 3 sizes through my Ravelry Store , Ko-fi Shop,or Etsy Shop here. Get the separate Plus Sizes pattern in my Ravelry Store , Ko-fi Shop, or Etsy Shop here. Both PDF’s include the full pattern instructions as well as the instructions for the corset lacing, belt tie, and regular pockets!

How Do I Size Up?

Currently this pattern is only written for Adult sizes Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, and 2XL/3XL. Check the notes that occur before many sections of the design to see what kind of math I used and/or how to alter the size of the coat by changing the gauge, adding or subtracting rows, etc – I included a lot of notes about modifying the written sizes to customize the fit as well πŸ™‚

Do You Offer This Pattern in Children’s Sizes?

Not at the moment! I’m taking another break from developing this design, so I don’t currently have plans to create a Youth or Children’s size – however, you can try to get a smaller size coat with the right proportions by changing your hook and yarn size to get a smaller gauge πŸ™‚ I don’t know what sizes to use for this, but others have tried and successfully done it!

Can I Make This in Regular Crochet / Knit ?

The Elf Coat is made with Tunisian Crochet, specifically Tunisian Knit stitch. Since many people do not know how to do Tunisian, I’ve had a lot of inquiries about working it in either a regular crochet stitch or a regular knit stitch. Since the Elf Coat relies solely on 1 type of stitch, made in rows with only increases and decreases for shaping, it is easy to translate into regular crochet/knit stitches using a 1:1 translation for stitch counts (as long as you match the gauge) – omit the Return Pass (since you are not doing Tunisian) and Reverse the instructions every other row (because you’ll be working back and forth instead of in the same direction every row like Tunisian does).

For crochet, it’s proven difficult (from what I’ve heard) to match the gauge EXACTLY to the one given for the pattern, but with some engineering I’ve seen folks turn out Elf coats in regular single crochet that look great!

I’ve also seen several great examples in regular knitting, which produces a slightly flowier, looser and thinner garment. Again, a 1:1 translation (stitch for stitch, inc for inc, dec for dec) can be followed, minding that every alternate row is reversed and purled instead of knitted.

I have to say, though, that it’s really worth learning Tunisian Crochet to make this piece! I personally think there’s nothing quite like it πŸ™‚ And it’s not really as unfamiliar as you might think. Which leads to the next few FAQs:

What Kind of Tunisian Hook will I need?

Personally, I have used a regular aluminum straight Tunisian hook, 13″ long, non-cabled, to make all three Small, Medium, and Large Elf Coats and not had a problem fitting all the stitches on. It does get a little cramped at the waistband, but I just cram on the stitches and roll with it πŸ˜‰ However, depending on the yarn you’re using or what you’re comfortable working with, you may want to have a Tunisian hook equipped with a cable extension to work this coat to avoid overcrowding the hook.

Do You Have a Video Tutorial for This Pattern?

No, I don’t currently have a video for the Elf Coat Pattern – although I AM rolling out a series of video tutorials for all of the Tunisian Crochet techniques used in this pattern on my YouTube Channel right now!

Many people have asked about a full video Elf Coat pattern, and I understand that there are a lot of people out there who really don’t like reading written patterns. And though I never say never, I’m pretty sure I won’t be making a full video tutorial for this pattern. I’d really love to – but I do not plan on it. I’m a one-woman business and I just can’t make the time to create all options for everything <3 Even though I wish I could. Thanks for understanding!

Can I use β€œX” yarn with this pattern / What hook should I use?

The answer to this question always begins with β€œcheck your gauge.” Technically you can make any pattern with any size hook and yarn if your gauge matches the gauge given in the pattern. Now, gauge can be tricky and there are other things that contribute to the general look, feel, and function of a handmade garment, but the simplest place to start when asking β€œcan I make it with this yarn and hook?” is to test your gauge. I do have a “Field Guide” which explains crochet gauge and other yarn behaviors that factor in when deciding which hooks and yarn to use for a project, so please check out that resource if you are unfamiliar with finding gauge and/or substituting yarn! πŸ™‚

This pattern works best with DK / #3 weight yarn, or with lighter #4 weight yarns (One ply yarns like Unforgettable work best for this weight category – picture below). I don’t recommend it in something like a #4 weight multi-ply acrylic (think RHSS) because it’s so hard to get the right gauge with those yarns, but some people have achieved it!

If you need yarn ideas, you can search the yarn recommended in the pattern through the yarnsub.com database and it will give you yarn with similar weight and characteristics as options for substitutes. It’s one of my favorite yarn resources.

Is This Pattern Available in Other Languages?

Currently some sizes are available for FREE in Dutch via the awesome Een Mooi Gebaar , along with a couple other popular patterns of mine!

I also have a Spanish Translation PDF pattern for purchase in my Ravelry Store (included with the English language purchase) or my Etsy Shop (available as a separate Spanish-only purchase).

Do You Know That Someone is Stealing Your Photos and Pretending to Sell Your Design?

I do. It’s not awesome, but I am aware of it. Around this time last year, a foreign scam/knockoff website started advertising heavily to my fanbase pretending to sell my Elf Coat (using an image they stole from me). A LOT of people messaged me about it, thank you so much!! I can’t believe so many people recognized my work and cared enough to rush to my defense!

That being said, there’s not much I can do, so I just ignore it. Many people have suggested that I watermark my images, but for various reasons I prefer not to.

Do You Offer the Real Elf Coat for Sale?

I don’t, unfortunately! But I highly encourage you to shop around on Etsy or among friends to find someone to make it for you if you don’t crochet. I’m so busy designing patterns anymore that I’ve stopped taking any kind of actual crochet commission work. It’s possible that I may end up making one or two for pattern testing or for fun in the future, and if that happens I will probably offer them directly for sale via my Facebook page – so if you would like the chance to buy one, make sure you follow me for updates!

Thank you so much to everyone who has shown interest in this design and in my other pieces – this elf gal is charged up and ready to create some more new designs for you guys, and it’s all thanks to the amazing people who support my art <3 We are in this together <3


This isn’t the Elf Coat, I just love this picture. (Click so see the Feather & Scale Halter Top design)

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  1. I just finished the skirt and am stuck trying to figure out the directions for the waist. I have no idea what a seam stitch is or how I’m supposed to get all the waist band loop s onto my hook. HELP πŸ₯Ί

    1. Hi Ellie! The seam stitch just means the place where the seam between the wedges occurs, so don’t make any stitches into the seam. As for fitting all the loops on your hook, I used the traditional “cram them on there really tight” method, but if you still can’t fit them, you’ll need to get a Tunisian hook that has a bendable, long cable extension πŸ™‚ Hope that helps!

  2. Hi, I’m just finishing my Elf Coat, but I had a problem with the hood. I originally made the hood according to old version, I think it was ~98 stitches across, but that was much too small. So when the new version came out, I frogged and tried that, but at 130 stitches across I was already swimming in it! Does the hood fit better after it’s been attached, or should I modify it to be smaller?

    1. Hi there! It sounds like the first hood you made was the half hood, which was indeed too small for most people when fully made so I revised that part of the pattern πŸ™‚ I am not sure how much bigger your hood is, but the finished hood should measure about 17″ along the open side when folded in half, completed, to fit into the coat correctly. I’d say try attaching it (maybe use a fiber safe fastener like locking stitch markers, just to test out how it fits) before deciding!

  3. Love this coat and it said you can switch out the Tunisian stitches for single crochet, but I’m still a beginner and would love if one day you could write out a regular crochet version <3

    1. Hi Amy! Yes, the switch from Tunisian crochet to Single crochet is too big of a leap for a beginner to tackle without more detailed guidance πŸ™‚ Hopefully someday when you get a bit more experience, you’ll be confident enough to tackle learning Tunisian Crochet – it’s not as hard as it looks!

  4. Hi. Been working on your elf coat for a while now. Having a problem with the hat. I can’t get it to fit. Have tried verious different ways of sewing it to the coat without much success. Don’t want to have to remake the dang thing. What can I do?

  5. I am just starting the wedge panel for the elf coat from the written pattern and the wedge portion of the directions isn’t there? I am new to Tunisian crochet so not sure how to decrease the stitches and where to start decreasing. I love this pattern and really want to make this for my granddaughter. Hopefully you can help. Thank you 😊

  6. Hello! I adore the coat! Though it turns out TKS is too far out of my skill set so far (always a new β€œI don’t know how” lol) I just spent 2 hours and YouTube to learn that lol! I was wondering if I could sub TSS as I got that one down.

    I guess the real question is what all would I have to change if I switched stitches, or, would it be easier/better to jump straight to scs?

    1. Hi Adee! Between using TSS as a substitute versus using Single Crochet as a substitute, I would recommend using TSS. If you substitute Single crochet, you’ll have to wrestle with the reversal of every other row, because tunisian doesn’t turn the work to make rows but traditional crochet does πŸ™‚ If you can make the gauge in TSS, I’d go for that!

  7. Hi Regina. Thank you for this wonderful pattern. I have been reading through the comments and I, too am having trouble with the Hood. Even working the shortened hood, I am absolutely swimming in it. I don’t think my tension is too loose. I tend to I crochet too tightly. I sized down a hook on my second attempt and it was still way too big and floppy. I’m going to frog back to about a 14 inch when folded, then work the same number of stitches for the total amount of rows and see how that works.

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