Saturday, 7 February 2015

Valentine Elephant




The legs and arms of these elephants are worked directly from the body, so they don't need sewing. The only parts that need sewing are the ears to the head, the head to the body and the heart to the arms (optional). 



Materials needed

DK yarn in 
- main colour (white in the picture), 
- coat colour
- red or orange for the heart
3 mm crochet hook (or 2.50 mm for a smaller version)
1 pipe cleaner
Yarn needle
Polyfiber stuffing
6 mm black safety eyes
Stitch marker 


Note: The colours in some of the pictures might differ from the ones indicated in the pattern. I appologise for any confusion this might cause. The idea is to use contrasting colours for the body and the coat. Please feel free to use your imagination and experiment with your own combinations.

Head

With white. 
R1: 5 sc in MR                               (5)
R2: sc in each (BLO) (5)
R3-7: sc in each  (5)
R8: inc, 1, inc, 1, inc (8)
R9: (inc, 1) x 4         (12)
R10: 6, (inc, 1) x 3 (15)
R11: 6, (inc, 2) x 3         (18)
R12: 6, (inc, 3) x 3         (21)
R13: 6, (inc, 4) x 3 (24)
R14: sc in each (24)
R15: (dec, 2) x 6 (18)
Insert safety eyes btw R10 and 11 about 5-6 sts apart.



R16: (dec, 1) x 6 (12)
Stuff head. 
R17: dec x 6         (6)
FO, taking the remaining tail of yarn to the top of the head. Cut leaving ~ 1-1.5 cm for the tuft. 

Ears (make 2)

With white. Start with a MR, in which you will make:
1 sc
ch 3
3 dc
ss 
ch 3
3 dc
2 sc
ss in 1st sc
FO, leaving long tail for sewing. 
Sew to head, taking the remaining tail of yarn to the top of the head. Cut leaving ~ 1-1.5 cm for the tuft. 
Split the threads in the tuft to make it look like hair. 

Body

Start with white. Ch 6, leaving long tail at the beginning.  (Keep this initial tail on the outside. You will use it to attach the head to the body. )
R1: sc in 2nd ch from the hook and in next 3 chs, 3 sc in last ch. Working on the opposite side, sc in next 3 chs, 2 sc in last ch  (12)
R2-3: sc in each, CC to coat colour.  (12)
R4: inc in each (24)
R5: sc in each (24)
R6: (inc, 3) x 6 (30)
R7: sk first 6 sts, sc in next 9, sk next 6 sts, sc in next 9 (18)
R8: (inc, 2) x 6 (24)
R9-10: sc in each (24)
R11: (dec, 2) x 6 (18)
R12: sc in each (18)
Stuff body. 
R13: sc in first st, ch 1, sc both sides together going through 4 loops at once. (9)
Don't FO. 


First leg

Continue from body in coat colour. 
R1: ch 1, turn, sc in front loops of first 4 sts, turn, sc in remaining loops of same 4 sts (8)
R2-10: sc in each, CC to white         (8)
R11-12: sc in each (8)
R13: inc x 4, 4                (12)
Stuff leg. 
R14: dec x 6 (6)
FO. 

Second leg

R1: Go back to working in the remaining 5 sts of last round of body (R13).  Attach coat colour in the first st, sc in the front loops of next 4 sts (FLO), turn, sc in remaining loops of same 4 sts  (8)
R2-10: sc in each, CC to white                 (8)
R11-12: sc in each (8)
R13: inc x 4, 4        (12)
Stuff leg. 
R14: dec x 6 (6)
FO. 

Arms

Work each arm in the 6 sts you skipped on R7 of body. 
R1: attach coat colour in the first st, sc in same st and in next 5, sc in the space after the 6 sts (see photo) (7)
R2-9: sc in each, CC to white (7)
R10-11: sc in each (7)
Cut a quarter of a pipe cleaner. Fold in two and insert into arm. 
R12: dec x 2 (5)
FO. 

Sew head to body using the initial tail left at the beginning of the body. 

For heart pattern, click here

Using coat colour yarn, secure heart by sewing it to elephant arms (optional).



1 comment:

  1. Valentine Elephant is so cute! Thank you for the pattern.

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