Amir the Elephant is part of the 2019 CAL Central Softie CAL. He’s somewhere between a softie and a pillow. Amir loves hugs and cuddles. He’s super soft and sports a beautiful blanket designed and made by my daughter, Vada. Vada also came up with the idea to make an elephant for the Softie CAL. Amir would make a great gift! I have included details on making the blanket with a Cricut, along with how to make a fabric inner lining if you are concerned about stuffing poking through.

Amir the Elephant free crochet pattern by Jessie At Home
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Products used in this design were provided by Fairfeild International, Red Heart Yarns, and Laurel Hill. All opinions are my own.

Amir was named after an awesome technician who was in my house when I was trying to figure out this pattern. I would crochet a while, hold it up and say “That doesn’t look right!” Amir would pause from his work, look at it, give me a suggestion, and then keep going. Eventually my crochet looked like an elephant, thanks to the extra eyes I had that day!

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About the Softie CAL

Every Monday from April 1 through June 3, 2019, we’ll share a free crochet pattern for a softie! You can make fun softie projects to keep, for gifts, or to donate to charity while chatting with other crocheters in our groups and sharing your projects to win giveaway prizes! Find all the details about the CAL and giveaway HERE.

Amir the Elephant

Crochet Pattern
Easy Skill Level
Designed by Jessie Rayot

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Size:
19″ x 15″

Yarn:
Red Heart Sweet Home, 100% Polyester, Super Bulky (size 6), (300 g / 193 yds)
Steel 0411: Color A (300 g / 193 yds)
Berry Bliss 9579: Color B (35 g / 25 yds)

Hook: Laurel Hill Used
US-K/10.5, 6.5 mm

Gauge:
8 sts x 8 rows = 4” [10 cm] in single crochet

Other supplies:
yarn needle
PolyFil stuffing
2 removable stitch markers
For Blanket and Eyes:
various colors of felt, one 5×12″ piece and multiple scraps
various colors of embroidery floss
embroidery needle
fabric glue
For Optional Lining:
1/2 yd of lining fabric
thread to match lining fabric
sewing needle

Stitches and Abbreviations: click on highlighted sts for tutorials
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
sc – single crochet
sc2tog – single crochet two together
sl st – slip stitch
sp(s) – space(s)
st(s) – stitch(es)

Getting Started:
Round/Row counts are at the end of each row if it has changed from the previous round. They are after the period. – {count here}
Chs and sl sts are not included in Round/Row counts unless otherwise noted.

Pattern: Use Color A unless otherwise noted

Legs: make 2 for each Body

Row 1: Ch 8, sc in second ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in each of next 3 chs, hdc in next ch, sc in last ch. – {7 sts}
Rows 2-7: Turn, ch 1, sc in each st across. – {7 sts}
Fasten off first leg, do not fasten off second leg.

Body: make 2: continue from Second Leg

Row 1: Turn, ch 1, sc in each of next 7 sts, ch 10, sc in top of each 7 sts on top of first leg. – {14 sc}
Row 2: Turn, ch 1, (hdc, sc) in first st, sc in each of next 6 sts, sc in each of next 10 chs, sc in each of next 6 sts, (sc, hdc) in last st. – {26 sts}
Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in each st across.
Row 4: Turn, ch 1, (hdc, sc) in first st, sc in each remaining st across. – {27 sts}
Rows 5-6: Turn, ch 1, sc in each st across.
Row 7: Turn, ch 1, (hdc, sc) in first st, sc in each st across. – {28 sts}
Row 8: Turn, ch 1, sc in each of next 27 sts, (sc, hdc) in last st, ch 28. – {29 sts}
Row 9: Turn, sc in second ch from hook, sc in next ch, [sc2tog, sc in each of next 2 chs] 2 times, sc2tog, sc in each of next 11 chs, 2 sc in each of next 3 chs, sc in next ch, sc in each st across. – {56 sts}
Row 10: Turn, ch 1, sc in each of next 30 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts, skip 1, sl st in each of next 21 sts. – {35 sts}
Row 11: Turn, ch 1, skip 1, sc in next st, [sc2tog, sc in next st] 2 times, sc2tog, sc in each of next 13 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each st across. – {53 sts}
Row 12: Turn, ch 1, sc in each of next 33 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 7 sts, skip 1, sl st in next st. – {42 sts}
Row 13: Turn, ch 1, skip 1, sl st in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each remaining st across. – {41 sts}
Row 14: Turn, ch 1, sc in each of next 35 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 5 sts, skip 1, sl st in next st. – {42 sts}
Row 15: Turn, ch 1, skip 1, sl st in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each remaining st across. – {41 sts}
Row 16: Turn, ch 1, skip 1, sc in each of next 36 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts, skip 1, sl st in next st. – {41 sts}
Row 17: Turn, ch 1, skip 1, sl st in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each st across. – {40 sts}
Row 18: Turn, ch 1, place marker around ch just made, skip 1, sc in each of next 36 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, skip 1, sl st in next st. – {40 sts}
Row 19: Turn, ch 1, skip 1, sl st in each of next 2 sts, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in each st across. – {39 sts}
Row 20: Turn, ch 1, skip 1, sc in each of next 34 sts, sc2tog. – {35 sts}
Row 21: Turn, ch 1, skip 1, sc in each of next 32 sts, sc2tog. – {33 sts}
Row 22: Turn, ch 1, skip 1, sc in each of next 18 sts, sc2tog, leave remaining sts unworked. – {19 sts}
Row 23: Turn, ch 1, skip 1, sc in each of next 16 sts, sc2tog. – {17 sts}
Row 24: Turn, ch 1, skip 1, sc in each of next 16 sts, sc in ch-1, sc around side of last st from Row 22, sc in each of next 10 sts, sc2tog. – {28 sts}
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Ears: make 2, each with a different border

Row 1: Leaving a long starting tail to sew ear to body, ch 11, sc in second ch from hook and each remaining ch. – {10 sts}
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each of next 8 sts, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st. – {11 sts}
Row 3: Ch 1, hdc in each of next 4 sts, sc in each of next 6 sts, 2 sc in last st. – {12 sts}
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in each of next 7 sts, hdc in each of next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st. – {13 sts}
Row 5: Ch 1, hdc in each of next 7 sts, sc in each of next 5 sts, 2 sc in last st. – {14 sts}
Row 6: Ch 1, sc in each of next 6 sts, hdc in each of next 7 sts, 2 hdc in next st. – {15 sts}
Row 7: Ch 1, hdc in each of next 8 sts, sc in each of next 6 sts, 2 sc in last st. – {16 sts}
Row 8: Ch 1, skip 1, sc in each of next 6 sts, hdc in each of next 9 sts. – {16 sts}
Row 9: Ch 1, skip 1, hdc in each of next 9 sts, sc in each of next 3 sts, sc2tog. – {12 sts}
Fasten off and weave in end. Leave starting tail loose for sewing onto body.

Border of First Ear:
Rnd 1 (Right Side): Join Color B to side of final sc of first Row (next to starting tail), ch 1, 9 sc up side of ear, 2 sc in first st of top, sc in each of next 10 sts of top, 2 sc in last st of top, 11 sc down side of ear. – {34 sts}
Cut yarn, place on one body right side up and sew ear down along Row 1 and first and last st of Border only.

Border of Second Ear:
Rnd 1 (Right Side): Join Color B to side of turning ch of first Row (opposite of starting tail), ch 1, 11 sc up side of ear, 2 sc in first st of top, sc in each of next 10 sts of top, 2 sc in last st of top, 9 sc down side of ear. – {34 sts}
Cut yarn, place on one body right side up and sew ear down along Row 1 and first and last st of Border only.

Optional Fabric Lining:

Lay one body on a piece of fabric lining and trace around body leaving 3/4″ from the body.
Cut 2 of these pieces and sew them right sides together with a 1/2″ seam leaving a 4″ opening in the top. (this will end up a bit bigger then the crocheted body which is good as it will make the finished product firm).
Turn right side out and stuff firmly.
Stitch opening shut.
Join as below, omitting stuffing instructions below and instead placing stuffed lining in body after joining bottom half of trunk. Continue joining around lining.

Joining

Line up bodies wrong sides together, and head to the right side. Sc both sides together and stuff in the following manner:
Join Color B to both marked stitches and leave a starting yarn tail of 18″.
Sc down the side to the bottom of the leg. (1 sc around side of each row)
2 Sc in corner, sc across bottom of foot, 2 sc in corner.
Sc up side of leg, sc2tog around inside corner, sc along bottom of belly, sc2tog around inside corner, sc down side of leg.
2 Sc in corner, sc across bottom of foot, 2 sc in corner.
Sc up side of leg sc2tog twice at curve from body to head, sc around bottom of trunk.
2 Sc at trunk corner, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, sc2tog, sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in each of next 2 sts (there should only be 1 st left in top of trunk), sc2tog around inside corner, sc along edge of head to were the ears are joined, pause (do not end or cut).
Stuff legs and trunk.
Sc across top stopping 4″ before the start of the border.
Stuff completely.
Finish sc-ing around. Finish off leaving an 18″ yarn tail.

Tail

Cut 5 strands of Color B, each 36″ long.
Pull strands half way through point where border starts and stops.
Including the yarn tails already there, there will not be 12 strands of yarn, each 18″ long.
Holding in bunches of 4, braid yarn together for 6″.
Tie a knot at end of braid and cut ends unevenly from 2-4″ long.

Amir the Elephant free crochet pattern by Jessie At Home - blanket sketch by Vada
This is Vada’s sketch for the blanket. I think we did a good job transferring it to a Cricut project!
Blanket and Eyes

Cut blanket and eyes from felt.
A Cricut project for these can be found HERE. If you have an earlier model Cricut that does not cut felt, you can cut the pieces from card stock and use them as patterns. Also, you can draw out your own design on paper to make a unique pattern. The blanket is 5 x 12″.
Glue the layers of the eyes and blanket together.
Embroider as desired.
Add tassels to the blanket if desired. HERE is a tutorial.
Sew eyes onto head with embroidery floss or sewing thread.
Sew blanket onto body at the center across the border round of the body. Tack down again as desired, or make 2 cords and run each from one corner of the blanket, under the body, and to opposite corner on the other half of the blanket.

Cuddle or give and enjoy!

JAH Etsy Link
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