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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Plarn Elephant Bowl: Free Crochet Pattern

Plarn Elephant Bowl
Designed by Dusti Rose Hendricks
Sheep Of Delight Crochet
My second attempt at using plarn went more smoothly than the first.  Like any medium, you have to take time to get used to it and figure out exactly what its strengths and limitations are. 
Some basic tips for using plarn include:
·         Pull gently.  If you pull too hard, the plastic will tear or stretch out.
·         Crochet loosely, especially if you’re used to crocheting tightly for amigurumi.
·         I find it works better to start using the ch 2, sc x method of starting with plarn.  The stretchy plastic makes  using a magic ring excessively difficult.
·         Find a needle with a wide eye to use when threading your ends in.
Skill Level-Intermediate
Finished Measurements- 2 ¼ ”  tall x 5 ½ ”wide
Worsted Weight Yarn Colors-
                 Approx. 5 bags worth of grey plarn
                 Approx.  3 bags worth of white plarn
                 Less than .05 oz Peaches and Creme Black Yarn
Materials-
                 H (5.00 MM) crochet hook
                 Yarn or tapestry needle
                 Scissors
                 Stitchmarkers
Special stitches-
Abbreviations-
                 Rnd…Round                                  Sc…..Single Crochet 
                 Ch….Chain                                     St(s)..Stitch(es)
                 Inc….Increase                                Dec…Decrease
                 Rep…Repeat                                 Sl St..Slip Stitch

Bowl
Use Grey plarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 8 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 8 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 8 times around (16 sts)
Rnd 3: [Inc in one st, Sc] rep 8 times around (24 sts)
Rnd 4: [Inc, Sc 2] rep 8 times around (32 sts)
Rnd 5:  Working in BLO, Sc 32 (32 sts)
Rnds 6-13: Sc 32 (32 sts)
Finish off with a slip stitch and weave in ends.
Ears
Use Grey plarn. Make 2.
Row 1: Ch 4
Row 2: Starting in the 2nd ch from the hook, Inc in one st, Sc in the next, and Inc in the last (5 sts)
Row 3: Ch and turn.  Inc, Sc 3, Inc (7 sts)
Row 4: Ch and turn.  Inc, Sc 5, Inc (9 sts)
Row 5: Ch and turn.  Sc 9 (9 sts)
Row 6: Ch and turn.  Dec, Sc 5, Dec (7 sts)
Finish off with a slip stitch and weave in ends.
Tusks
Use White plarn. Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 4 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 4 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: [Inc in one st, Sc] rep 2 times (6 sts)
Rnds 3-4: Sc 6
Finish off with a slip stitch and weave in ends.
Trunk
Use Grey plarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: [Inc in one st, Sc in the next 2] rep 2 times (8 sts)
Rnds 3-4: Sc 8 (8 sts)
Rnd 5: [Dec, Sc 2] rep 2 times (6 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 6 (6 sts)
Rnd 7:   Working in the FLO, Inc 6 times around to form the proboscis end of the trunk.
Finish off with a slip stitch and weave in ends.
Finishing-
Sew the ears to either side of the bowl.  Sew the trunk to the front center and the tusks to either side of the trunk.  If you have trouble using the plarn to sew, feel free to use thread to attach pieces.  Then use black yarn to make French knot eyes.



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