Yikes the Elephants Have Escaped..

Watch out ! You will absolutely fall in love with these kawaii mini crochet elephants...I did.  My heart pounded boom-boom-boom when my eyes spotted them online in a Japanese craft book.  I had to make them...and 2 aspirins later...voila!  Why the aspirin??? Well, these guys are so tiny and although the elephants are flat, the process is similar to an amigurumi.  The body, legs, ears, and nose are crochet separately then assembled.  I tried to figure a way of crocheting the legs along with the body but no luck.  I gave up a couple of times because of the tiny pieces...but hey, love is love.

these little guys are about the size of a half dollar coin

Here's my interpretation of the pattern if you'd like to give it a try

Embroidery Floss (6 strands) or Crochet Thread ( 2 colors for the elephant and 1 for the flower)
Size 5 or 6 needle

Elephant Body 
Row 1 - If you know how to start with a 'wa' then go ahead and ch 7 single crochet (sc).

Tip A : An alternative to a 'wa' is Chain 2, then 7 sc in 2nd chain from hook.
Tip B : To keep track of the rounds, I use a 3-4 inch thread to mark the spot of between where one round ends and the next round begins

Row 2 - Chain 1, sc in first chain, then 2 sc in the next chain (increase of 1 sc).  Repeat - sc, 2 sc (10 sc total)

Row 3 - Chain 1, sc in next 2 chains, then 2 sc in next chain (increase).  Repeat - sc, sc, 2 sc (14 sc)

Row 4 - Chain 1, sc in next 4 chains, then 2 sc in next chain. Repeat sc, sc, sc, sc, 2 sc (16 sc)

Row 5 - Chain 1, sc in next 5 chains, then 2 sc in next chain. Repeat sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, 2 sc (19 sc)

Row 6 to 8 - Chain 1, sc in each chain (19 sc)

Row 9 - Chain 1, sc in next 8 chains, decrease 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc in next 7 chains, decrease 1 sc over next 2 sc (17 sc). END


Legs - Crochet 2 legs
Row 1 - Begin with a 'wa' then 6 sc OR chain 2 and 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook

Row 2 to 3 - sc in each chain.  END


Nose
Row 1 - Chain 5

Row 2 to 3 - sc in each chain.  Fold in half and sew close with sewing thread


Ear  (USE A DIFFERENT COLOR)
Row 1 - chain 4, double crochet 4 times in 4th chain from hook. END


Flower  (optional)
Row 1 - Chain 4, join into a circle

Row 2 - 6 sc in the circle, join

Row 7 - Chain 3, slip stitch in next chain to create loops.  Repeat - chain 3, slip stitch in next chain.

Assemble all the pieces. I find using sewing thread is much easier than working with the embroidery floss/crochet thread. Then 2 aspirin if you have a headache.


4 comments:

  1. Awesome tutorial, but what is a 'wa'?? I'd like to follow to the "T" =)

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  2. Hi Rosalyn

    There's a tutorial on how to crochet a 'wa' on this awesome blog : Planet June

    Here's the link
    http://www.planetjune.com/blog/tutorials/crochet-tutorials/

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