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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Free Amigurumi Crochet Pattern: Baby Elephant

Nothing brightens my day more than success in my "crochet life" (as separate from my "retail life", which is basically never successful).  I worked earlier this week on figuring out tags on Etsy, used all available tags, and wrote new titles and descriptions for all of my items.  Today on my break at work I checked on my Etsy shop and I had four new likes and favorites for my shop and various items in it.  That's more than I usually get in a month!  Which is pretty pathetic, actually, but I knew when I started getting serious about making my crochet available to the world that I only had the time and energy for it to be a gradual process.
Anyway, to the free pattern.  My cousin had a baby shower earlier this spring and specifically requested a crochet elephant.  (My cousins like to challenge me.  One of them requested a sloth earlier that month).  This is the pattern that came from that venture (the elephant.  I'm still not sure I'm happy with the sloth:)).
 
Baby Elephant

Worsted Weight Yarn Colors:
Soft Blue-one skein or less
Black-small amounts
Other Supplies:
F/5 (3.75 MM) crochet hook
Yarn or tapestry needle
Scissors
Stitchmarkers
Polyester Fiberfill
Ears
Use soft blue yarn. Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 8 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 8 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: (Inc 2, Sc 2) rep 2 times (12 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc 1, Inc 2, Sc 4, Inc 2, Sc 3 (16 sts)
Rnds 4-6: Sc 16 (16 sts)
Rnd 7: Sc 2, Inc 2, Sc 6, Inc 2, Sc 4 (20 sts)
Rnd 8: Sc 20
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.  Use the tail to sew the open end of the ear closed.  If you have extra, you can use it to sew the ear to the side of the head.
Arm/Leg
Use soft blue yarn.  Make 4.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)
Rnds 3-4: Sc 12 (12 sts)
Rnd 5: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 4 times (8 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 8
Stuff.  I stuffed the arms and legs fairly lightly.
Rnd 7: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 2 (6 sts)
Finish off and weave in ends.  Leave the end of the arm/leg open.
Trunk
Use soft blue yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 8 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 8 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: (Inc 2, Sc 2) rep 2 times (12 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc 12 (12 sts)
Rnd 4: (Dec, Sc 4) rep 2 times (10 sts)
Rnd 5: (Dec, Sc 3) rep 2 times (8 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 8 (8 sts)
Rnd 7: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 2 times (6 sts)
Rnd 8: Inc 6 FLO (only in the outer loop of each st) to form a rim of sts around the trunk (12 sts)
Finish off and weave in ends.
Head/Body
Use soft blue yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)
Rnd 3: Inc 12 (24 sts)
Rnd 4: (Inc, Sc 3) rep 6 times (30 sts)
Rnd 5: (Dec, Sc 4) rep 5 times (25 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 25 (25 sts)
Rnd 7: (Inc, Sc 4) rep 5 times (30 sts)
Rnd 8: Sc 15, Inc 5, Sc 5, Inc  5 (40 sts)
Rnd 9: Sc 15, (Inc, Sc 1) rep 5 times, Sc 5 (Inc, Sc 1) rep 5 times (50 sts)
Rnd 10: Sc 15, (Dec, Sc 1) rep 5 times, Sc 5 (Dec, Sc 1) rep 5 times (40 sts)
Rnd 11: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 5 times, Dec 5, Sc 5, Dec 5 (25 sts)
Rnd 12: Sc 10, (Dec, Sc 1) rep 5 times  (20 sts)
Rnd 13: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 5 times (15 sts)
Stuff.
Rnd 14: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 5 times (10 sts)
Rnd 15: Sc 10 (10 sts)
Rnd 16: (Inc, Sc 1) rep 5 times (15 sts)
Rnd 17: Inc 10, Sc 5 (25 sts)
Rnds 18-19: Sc 25 (25 sts)
Rnd 20: (Dec, Sc 3) rep 5 times (20 sts)
Rnd 21: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 5 times (15 sts)
Rnd 22: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 5 times (10 sts)
Stuff.
Rnd 23: Dec 5 (5 sts)
Finish off.  Draw the tail back into the elephant and out the back to form the foundation string of the tail.  Sew the ears to either side of the tail and the trunk to the front of the face between the cheeks.  Sew the arms and legs to the body.  Use black yarn to make French knot eyes. Thread your needle with a long piece of soft blue yarn.  Insert it to the right of the tail foundation string and bring it back out just to the left of the tail.  Pull it halfway through so that you have three strands of yarn of relatively equal length and then braid them together to form the tail.

On a side note, can anyone tell me why when I paste from a Word document to Blogger it leaves huge spaces between the lines?  I've tried adjusting the spacing in the original document and it doesn't seem to make any difference.

 

5 comments:

  1. So cute! I'm going to make this for my niece. I want to see the sloth though!

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  2. Absolutely adorable. Thanks.

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  3. Just started working on this adorable elephant but have a question. It was the ears that really caught my attention however following the pattern they look nothing like yours. Yours flair out at the bottom it looks.

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  4. HisChild828, I apologize for taking so long to respond; I've been without internet access for a while. The ears are crocheted in what ends of being a bell shape with the bottom open. You then flatten the "bell" and sew the opening closed with the tail of your yarn. I hope this helps!

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    1. Thanks for taking time to reply and no matter how I tried could not get mine to look like yours they are sooo sweet. But moving on is there an error in trunk magic circle starting with 8 st?? I finally just put 12 st. But with 8 as starter???

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