Potter DIY: House-Elf Halloween Costume
This easy crochet DIY will make the PERFECT Halloween/Harry Potter costume for your child! This three-piece project is simple straight stitch sewing that can be done on a larger scale for older children and adults. This submission comes from Katie, a stay-at-home mom and Harry Potter fanatic. This past Halloween, her family dressed up in complete Potter garb, which is how the baby house-elf costume idea was born! The directions for this adorable little costume will be split into pieces (the hat, the ears, and the sheath) and will require a small amount of crochet knowledge.
What You’ll Need:
- 4mm crochet hook
- Tan (skin tone to match wearer) DK 8-ply yarn
- Yarn needle
- Tea cozy/pillowcase
Since this is a tutorial where basic crochet-skills are required, here is the pattern for the hat. For instructions on how to crochet, just google! (Hint: Ch = chain, and Dc = double crochet, which are types of crochet patterns)
(Ch 2 counts as the first Dc in each round)
Starting with a magic circle.
Round 1: Ch 2, 11 Dc in circle. (12 Dc)
Round 2: Ch 2, 2 Dc in each st around. (24 Dc)
Round 3: Ch 2, Dc in same st as Ch 2, *Dc in next st, 2 Dc in next* around. (36 Dc)
Round 4: Ch 2, Dc in same st as Ch 2, Dc in next 2 stitches, *2 Dc in next stitch, Dc in next 2 st* around. (48 Dc)
Round 5: Ch 2, Dc in same stitch as Dc, Dc in next 3, *2 Dc in next stitch, Dc in next 3 stitches*around. (60 Dc)
^ This is your increase circle which should measure 5 1/2 inches for the size we are making.
Round 6–12: Dc around (60 stitches)
Round 13–16: Ch 1, sc in same stitch as Ch 1 and around (60 sc)
(make 2) (Hint: Sc = single crochet)
Working in continuous rounds.
Starts with a magic circle.
Round 1: 6 Sc into the circle. (6 Sc)
Round 2: Sc around. (6 Sc)
Round 3: 2 Sc in next stitch, Sc in next. (9 Sc)
Round 4: Sc around. (9 Sc)
Round 5: 2 Sc in next st, Sc in next. (14 Sc)
Round 6–10: Sc around. (14 Sc)
Round 11: 2 Sc in next st, Sc in next. (21 Sc)
Round 12: Sc around. (21 Sc)
Round 13: 2 Sc in next, Sc in next 2 stitches. (28)
Round 14–16: Sc around. (28)
Round 17: 2 Sc in next stitch, Sc in next 2 stitches. (38)
Round 18–22: Sc around. (38)
Round 23: Sc2tog, 2 Sc. (28)
Round 24: Sc around. (28)
Round 25: Sc2tog, Sc in next 2 stitches. (21)
Round 26–27: Sc around. (21)
Finish off with a long tail for sewing.
You can just use an old pillowcase for this and cut arm holes and a hole for their head to go through. Katie used some super soft flannel fabric that had a slight weathered weave look to it. She thought it simulated the idea of it being “worn-in.” For the pattern, she just took a sleep sac (but you can use anything that fits them loosely) and traced out about an inch from it to allow for seems. Then she sewed that into a loose sheath and hemmed the bottom edge to keep it from fraying too much. For the top, she cut the top just like an A-Line men’s shirt or tank top. When you pull the sheath over the child, you just tie the straps at the top of each shoulder. This way, they aren’t actually wearing clothing, so they look just like a house-elf; this also makes it a bit adjustable.
And that’s it! Your infant is ready to rock the trick-or-treat scene, Potter style!
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