FLOPPY ELEPHANT CROCHET PATTERN
Maybe it’s those huge ears, but I have always loved elephants. So, I just had to make one for my floppy limbed line of amigurumi patterns. I think he turned out awesome, with lots of personality.
This elephant crochet pattern contains small parts. If you are making this for a younger child please embroider or needle felt the eyes, and sew pieces on extra firm.
The link for how to make the I-cord for his arms and legs can be found here:
This pattern is written using US terminology.
– Worsted weight yarn (medium 4)
– Caron One Pound in Medium Grey Mix
– 4mm hook
– 12mm doll safety eyes in blue (Not for children under 3. If you are making this for a smaller child please embroider or needle felt the eyes on)
– Doll making needle (or whatever needle you like to sew your pieces together extra firm.
– Printed felt, and needle felting needle for securing in place. You can stitch the felt in place, or use a fabric glue if you prefer not to use felting needles. It’s my opinion that felting needles give the tidiest look. If you are new to needle felting, here is a quick tutorial you may find helpful. When using printed felt, simply cut to shape, and needle around the edges.
– Optional: You can add a stuffing bomb of Poly pellets tied in pantyhose to his bum, if you want to improve his sitting skills.
Gauge is not important for this pattern. Just make sure it’s tight so your fiberfill doesn’t show through your stitches. If you are a loose hooker, you might want to go down an additional hook size to compensate for this.
ABREVIATIONS USED IN THIS PATTERN
R- round or row
FO- Finish off
Sl st- slip stitch
MC- magic circle
Sc- single crochet
Sc2tog- single crochet two together
Hdc- half double crochet
Blo- back loop only
NOW FOR THE FUN PART…..
– Working in continuous rounds for head and body
– Use stitch marker to keep track of rounds.
– Use invisible decreases throughout (my You Tube tutorial can be found here)
HEAD (working from trunk to back of head)
R 1- sc 4 into MC (4)
R 2 – R 8- (sc in ea st) around (4)
R 9- (sc into the next st, 2 sc into the next) around (6)
R 10 & 11- (sc in ea st) around (6)
R 12- (sc into each of the next two sts, 2 sc into the next) around (8)
R 13 & R 14- (sc in ea st) around (8)
R 15- (sc into the next st, 2 sc into the next) around (12)
R 16 & R 17- (sc in ea st) around (12)
R 18- (sc into ea of the next 2 sts, 2 sc into the next) around (16)
R 19- (sc into the next 3 sts, 2 sc into the next) around (20)
R 20- (sc into the next 4 sts, 2 sc into the next) around (24)
R 21- sc in ea of the next 3 sts, (1 hdc, 2 hdc in the next st) three times, 1 hdc, sc in ea of the next 7 sts, (sc2tog) two times, sc in ea of the last 3 sc (25)
-Mark center of forehead, in center of the half double crochet stitches. This will help with eye and ear placement later.
R 22 to R 24- sc in ea st around (25)
R 25- (sc in ea of the next 3 sts, sc2tog) around (20)
R 26- (sc in ea of the next 2 sts, sc2tog) around (15)
R 27- (sc in the next st, sc2tog) around (10)
– Place eyes (if using safety eyes)
– leave trunk unstuffed
– Stuff head normally (careful not to overstuff)
– FO with long tail and do a drawstring close.
– Use the long end for needle sculpting, tack the trunk, and tuck the eyes as desired.
EARS (make two)
- Start with a long tail to use to sew to head
R 1- sc 12, join with sl st (12)
R 2- ch 1, sc in same st as join, and each of the remaining 11 sts (12)
- from this point on, working in continuous rounds
R 3- (sc in ea of the next 2 sts, sc 2 in the next) around (16)
R 4-(sc in ea of the next 3 sts, sc 2 in the next) around (20)
R 5- (sc in ea of the next 4 sts, sc 2 in the next) around (24)
R 6- sc 2 in ea of the next 6 sts, sc in the ea of the next 12, sc 2 in ea of the last 6 sts. (36)
R 7- (sc in ea st) around (36)
R 8- sc in the first 15 sts, (sc2tog) three times, sc in ea of the remaining 15 sts (33)
R 9- sc in the first 13 sts, (sc2tog) three times, sc in ea of the remaining 14 sts
R 10- fold in half and close with 14 sl sts
- FO, hide tail inside the ear
- Working through the posts of the center three stitches at the base of the trunk
- Insert the hook pointing towards the front of the face
R 1- sc in the 1st st, hdc, dc, hdc, in the second st, sc in the 3rd st
- FO, shape the lip by tacking the corners of the mouth, and hide the ends inside the head
BODY (working from neck down to bottom)
R 1- sc 6 into mc (6)
R 2- (sc into the next st, sc 2 into the next) around (9)
R 3- sc in ea st around (9)
R 4- (sc in ea of the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next) around (12)
R 5- sc in ea st around (12)
R 6- (sc in ea of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next) around (15)
R 7- sc in ea st around (15)
R 8- (sc in ea of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in the next) around (18)
R 9-(sc in ea of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in the next) around (21)
R 10 & R 11- sc in ea st around (21)
R 12- (sc in ea of the next 6 sts, 2 sc in the next) around (24)
R 13- (sc in ea of the next 7 sts, 2 sc in the next) around (27)
R 14 & R 15- sc in ea st around (27)
R 16- (sc in the next st, sc2tog) around (18)
- If you haven’t done so already, get stuffin’
R 17- repeat round 16 (12)
R 18- (sc2tog) around (6)
- FO. Weave closed.
FEET / HANDS (make 4)
R 1- sc 6 into mc
R 2- (sc 2 in ea st) around (12)
R 3- (sc in BLO of ea st) around (12)
R 4 – R 5- (sc in ea st) around (12)
R 6- (sc2tog) six times (6)
- Tuck end into foot. Lightly stuff.
- pull up three loops evenly spaced across the top opening of the foot, this closes the foot and provides the 3 starting loops for your i-cord.
- Do not FO, use the three loops to make the arms/legs
ARMS & LEGS
I-cord tutorials are available at the following links…
R 1- Drop 2 loops (pinch them so that they don’t unravel), ch 1, pick up 2nd loop & ch 1, pick up last loop & ch 1
R 2- R 12- repeat R 1
- To finish, yo, pull through all three, yo, pull through one.
- Leave long tail to sew arms to the body.
- Start with about a two foot length of yarn
- Fold in half
- Insert hook through stitch in the center of bum
- Pull yarn through at the half-way fold point in the yarn
R 1- with both strands of yarn ch 6
- Yo, pull through, FO
- Push your crochet hook through the last stitch
- Pull threw 2 more stands, folded in half
- This creates a loop, pull all ends through the loop and pull tight.
- Cut to desired length, and pull the yarn plies apart
Finished your elephant? Hop on over to my Facebook group (Frog Hooker Crochet Colony) and share a picture. We would love to see it!
Design by Rachel Hilz. Please do not copy or sell this pattern. You are more than welcome to do whatever you wish with your final piece, but please link back to my pattern if selling online.
Love & Light,
The Frog Hooker