So during this time of quarantine, I've been hooked on all the Disney+ documentaries. Especially the animal ones! I have watched the one on Elephants about three times now! Did you know that the females are the brains behind the operations? They are smart, incredible memory, adaptive reasoning abilities, and BRAVE! They show a baby elephant being born and it's so fuzzy! Who knew?! So of course, I decided I needed to make an adorable little key chain version. I plan to make a larger size and I'll post that on here too when it is done.
I hope you'll give this pattern a try! If you do, I'd love to see pictures, or have you tag me in your Instagram posts @mattiemalscrochet.
If you make them to sell please give credit to Mattiemals Crochet. If you'd like to share this elsewhere, please contact me and link it back to this page. Thanks so much!!
BABY ELEPHANT KEY CHAIN CROCHET PATTERN
~ Baby Bee Sweet Delight Yarn (Yarn weight 3)
in Toy Elephant Marled
~ Black and White embroidery floss scraps for eyebrows and mini tusk
~ embroider floss in desired color if you want to make an optional bow
~ 6mm safety eyes (optional, can use black embroidery floss to make eyes instead)
~ Hook Size: 4/0 2.50mm
~ yarn needle
~ poly-fil stuffing
~ key chain clasp
~ stitch marker (optional)
~ Q-tips (optional)
~ White pipe cleaner (optional to help shape the trunk)
ch = chain
MR = Magic Ring
sts = stitches
slst = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
inc or sc inc= single crochet increase: two single crochet stitches in the same space
hdc inc = half double crochet increase: two half double crochet stitches in one space
dec = decrease: combining two stitches into one
https://youtu.be/OUBbOZ1Ennk I used this tutorial in the beginning and it's still my preferred way to decrease
BLO = Back Loop Only
FLO = Front Loop Only
Here is a quick tutorial about FLO and BLO crochet if you are unfamiliar with these terms: https://youtu.be/wiao-EeaHRE
Everyone writes patterns differently. I want this to be as easy to understand as possible.
If you see (sc, inc) x6, you will complete the actions in the parentheses which is a single crochet in the first stitch, a single crochet increase in the next stitch, then you will repeat that 6 times.
If you see: 4sc The 4 tells you how many times to do a single crochet, so you would complete one single crochet in the next 4 stitches.
If you see (6) or (12) at the end of a row, that is how many stitches you should have in a completed row.
Legs (make 2):
ch 6 (6)
Turn and sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in the next 3 sts, 4sc in last stitch, continue to the other side of the chain, sc in the next 4 sts (12)
Continuing working around the chain: (inc, 5 sc) x2 (14)
14sc around (14)
(6sc, inc) x2 (16)
slst and cut yarn leaving a long tail for later.
After you make both legs, you are going to fold them in half so they lay flat like a little boat. (See step by step pictures below) You are going to take your long yarn tail and pull it through the bottom center of the little boat. You are going to stitch a line down the center from the bottom middle to the top middle. This will give you two legs from one and I refer to this line later as the leg crease.
Once you have done this on both legs, you will put the legs next to each other and use the rest of the yarn strand to stitch the 5 center stitches together. (See pictures)
Tip: I used Q-tips cut in half to shape and fill the legs. Once the Q-tips were placed correctly I cut the stick part off to be even with the top of the leg. If you use thicker yarn or a different sized needle this will probably not be helpful since it won't fill the leg holes correctly.
**It is always helpful to use a stitch marker but I found it extremely useful to use one on the body and head**
Starting at the leg crease on the left side of the body:
4sc, 2inc, 10sc, 2inc, 6sc (28)
6sc, 2inc, 20sc (30)
(6sc, inc) x2, 15sc, inc (33)
7sc, inc, 6sc, inc, 17sc, inc (36)
4sc, dec, (3sc, dec) x2, 4sc, dec, 3sc, dec, 7sc, dec (30)
30sc around (30)
4sc, dec, 2sc, dec, (4sc, dec) x3, dec (24)
(2sc, dec) x6 (18)
(sc, dec) x6 (12)
***Stuff to this point***
10. dec x6 (6)
Close opening and leave a long thread that you can pull through to the back of the elephant to make the tail.
Once opening in Body is closed, pull the thread to the back of the elephant. You want to pull it through between the back two legs between rows 3 & 4 of the body. Unravel the yarn so you should have about 3 strands and you can braid them and tie a knot at the end to keep it braided. You can make it as long or short as you like (every elephant is different).
Ears (Make 2):
MR, 6sc (6)
(sc inc) x3, (hdc inc) x3 (12)
(sc, sc inc) x3, (hdc, hdc inc) x3 (18)
(2sc, sc inc) x3, (2hdc, hdc inc) x3 (24)
If you would like the ears to have a slight point at the bottom here is an optional row 4:
OPTIONAL ROW 4: (2sc, sc inc) x3, (2hdc, hdc inc), 2hdc, (in same stitch: hdc, ch 2), hdc, 2 hdc, (in same stitch: hdc, sc)
slst and cut yarn so you have a yarn tail long enough to attach ears to body
Once you have finished both ears you will put them so the slightly flat edge meets in the middle front of the body. Stitch the center side of each ear to the middle front of body, and secure the ear with one or two stitches at the outer edge of the body.
Trunk and Face:
1. Ch 4 (4)
2. sc in the first chain space, and 3sc around to form a circle (4)
3. - 6. 4sc around (4)
7. (sc, inc) x2 (6)
8. - 10. 6sc around (6)
11. FLO: 4 sc inc, Both Loops: 2 sc inc (12)
12. FLO: 6 hdc inc, Both Loops: 6 hdc inc (24)
13-15. 24sc around (24)
slst and cut yarn leaving a small yarn tail
You can use a small section of white pipe cleaner to stick into the trunk section if you wish to shape the trunk.
Add safety eyes in the FLO hdc section. Leave 2sts between the eyes. If you are embroidering eyes you will want to place them in this same section.
You can add eyebrows using black embroidery floss one row above eyes. Mine were two stitches long but you can play around with it. (optional)
Now set the Trunk and Face aside until you finish the Back of the Head.
Back of Head:
MR, 8sc (8)
inc x8 (16)
(sc, inc) x8 (24)
*DO NOT slst and cut yarn*
Using both loops of the Back of the Head and the back loop only of the Trunk and Face section, you are going to sc these two sides together. I prefer starting at the right side of the face. When you get to the top of the head, you can sandwich your key chain clasp between the two pieces, so it gets crocheted right in (see picture). When you have four stitches left, you can stuff the head. This doesn't take much. Finish crocheting around. Slst into the first stitch and cut a long yarn tail so you can attach the head in the middle of the ears.
You can add a little bow or any other embellishments that you want.
1. Ch 6
2.Turn, 5sc across (5)
3.-5. ch 1, TURN, both loops: hdc, BLO: 3sc, both loops: hdc (5)
6. slst & leave a long tail
Use tail to wrap tightly around center and stitch to top of head.
Congratulations! You have a new baby elephant!