My son requested a Christmas elf hat this year and I thought it would be fun if the elf ears looked like his own ears, so this hat was born. I love the long tail that reaches down to his waist, and he loves to swing the large pom pom around like its a snowball. The ears are very lifelike and actually look like real elf ears. The hat covers his own ears to enhance the effect. This hat would make for great photos and can be used in family pictures or as a photo prop. It is warm and great for winter use as well. The yarn is acrylic and the ears are cotton, but can easily be made with acrylic also. It washes well and just lay flat to dry. The ribbed band gives some added stretch and grips the head nicely so that the hat stays put and the weight of the tail does not pull the hat backwards. Thank you for admiring this hat and happy hooking. A variety of colors can be used and also a variety of yarns. I suggest worsted but you can also use dk if you just go up a hook size. I have included gauge measurements and I have medium tension. Thanks!! This is a digital pattern for crochet. Not a finished product.