Elephants in Love free amigurumi crochet pattern, from Hooked by Kati
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Elephants In Love | Free Crochet Pattern

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This pair of amigurumi elephants are posed with their trunks raised to form a heart. And an elephant with its trunk in the air is a symbol of good fortune, so they are also a blessing to the recipient.

How cool is that?

I had so much fun making these! These elephants are for a pair of friends in love. They picked out the colors. I painted the safety eyes to match the opposite elephant’s body color so that they carry a little spark of each other.

amigurumi elephants in love free crochet pattern

The Elephants in Love pattern has some major changes from the original elephant pattern. Starting in the middle of the face, the head and trunk are worked in one piece, working the head first and then the trunk. And the body has seamless legs.

This pattern can also be purchased as a Premium Pattern for only $5.00 (printable, ad-free, downloadable .pdf file) here.  It can also be found on Etsy or Ravelry.


Elephants In Love

All patterns are written in US terms using Craft Yarn Council abbreviations.

Intermediate pattern.  You need to have knowledge of single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), slip stitch (sl st), and both increases and decreases. Experience with seamless part attachment is helpful, but not required.

Gauge

Gauge is not important for amigurumi. Make sure to use the same hook throughout for correct proportions.

Measurements

9 inches tall x 6 inches long

Supplies

  • Furls Odyssey G+ (4.5mm) hook
  • 1 skein Red Heart Super Saver 100% acrylic worsted weight yarn, 364 yds, any one color. Samples are made in Light Grey and Real Teal.
  • 2-15mm colored safety eyes
  • Yarn Needle
  • Straight Pins
  • Stitch marker or stitch saver (safety pins work as well)

Pattern Stitches

Single Crochet Join – Sc join: Put slip knot over hook, insert hook through st, yo, pull though stitch, yo, pull through both loops on hook. Sc created.

Pattern Notes

Work in continuous rounds.  Do not join rounds with slip stitch.

Ch-3 at beginning of Rows count as dc.

Assemble in order as directed for best positioning results.

If you are new to amigurumi or have trouble with aspects of the assembly, check out this article on Perfect Amigurumi Part Attachment.


A complete video tutorial is available for this pattern! The video is broken into two parts: Part 1 is the head, trunk, and ears. Part 2 is the body, legs, and head attachment.

Head, Trunk, and Ears
Body, legs, and head attachment

In these videos, I am using Red Heart Super Saver yarn and my G+ Furls streamline hook. I also use the invisible decrease method.


Instructions

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Body

Ch 4.

Sc in second ch from hook, 2 sc. Turn.

Rnd 1: Inc in next 3 sc, do not turn, working on the bottom of the starting chain, Inc in 3 chains. (12)

Rnd 2: [Sc, inc] 6 t imes. (18)

Rnd 3: [2 sc, inc] 6 times. (24)

Rnd 4: [3 sc, inc] 6 times. (30)

Rnd 5: [4 sc, inc] 6 times. (36)

Rnd 6: [5 sc, inc] 6 times. (42)

Rnd 7: [6 sc, inc] 6 times. (48)

Rnd 8: [7 sc, inc] 6 times. (54)

Rnd 9-16: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 17: Ch 6, skip 12, 2 sc, ch 6, skip 12, sc, ch 6, skip 12, 2 sc, ch 6, skip 12, sc. Four leg holes created. (24 chs, 6 sc remaining)

Rnd 18: Begin closing belly. Working in chs and scs between leg holes, [3 sc, dec] 6 times. (24)

Rnd 19: [2 sc, dec] 6 times. (18)

Begin stuffing.

Rnd 20: [sc, dec] 6 times. (12)

Rnd 21: Dec 6 times. (6)

Bind off leaving long tail for sewing. Thread yarn through remaining 6 sts and pull tight to close.

Finish stuffing body through leg holes.

Legs

Rnd 1: Sc join in any stitch around leg hole. Working clockwise, Sc in each sc and ch around leg hole. (18)

Rnd 2-6: Sc evenly around. (18)

Rnd 7: BLO, [sc, dec] 6 times. (12)

Stuff leg firmly.

Rnd 8: Both loops, 6 dec. (6)

Bind off leaving long tail for sewing. Thread yarn through remaining 6 sts and pull tight to close.

Repeat on other 3 legs.

Head

Ch 2.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12)

Rnd 3: [Sc, inc] 6 times. (18)

Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] 6 times. (24)

Rnd 5: [3 sc, inc] 6 times. (30)

Rnd 6: Skip 12, 18 sc. Leave skipped sts unworked for trunk.

Rnd 7-8: (Begin head) Sc evenly around. (18)

 Rnd 9: [2 sc, inc] 6 times. (24)

Rnd 10: [3 sc, inc] 6 times. (30)

Rnd 11: [4 sc, inc] 6 times. (36)

Rnd 12-17: Sc evenly around. (36)

Insert safety eyes between Rounds 11 and 12, 9 sts apart, centered on either side of the trunk opening.

Rnd 18: [4 sc, dec] 6 times. (30)

Rnd 19: [3 sc, dec] 6 times. (24)

Rnd 20: [2 sc, dec] 6 times. (18)

Stuff firmly to trunk hole.

Rnd 21: [sc, dec] 6 times. (12)

Rnd 22: Dec 6 times. (6)

Bind of leaving long tail for sewing. Thread yarn through front loops of remaining 6 sts and pull tight to close.

If you have never worked on sections of unworked stitches like this, I recommend watching the video on it. The trunk section starts at 13:40 time.

Trunk

Rnd 1: Sc join (see Pattern Stitches) in 7th stitch from face, working clockwise around trunk hole, sc evenly around. (12)

Rnd 2: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 3: 5 sc, dec, 5 sc. (11)

Rnd 4: Sc evenly around.

Stuff as you go from here on.

Rnd 5: 5 sc, dec, 4 sc. (10)

Rnd 6: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 7: 5 sc, dec, 3 sc. (9)

Rnd 8: 5 sc, dec, 2 sc. (8)

Rnd 9: 5 sc, dec, sc. (7)

Rnd 10: 5 sc, dec. (6)

Rnd 11-12: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 13-15: Dec, 2 sc, inc, sc. (6)

Rnd 16: Sc evenly around. (6)

Rnd 17: 3 sc, inc, 2 sc. (7)

Rnd 18: Sc evenly around. (7)

Bind off leaving long tail for sewing. Thread yarn through back loops of remaining 7 sts and pull tight to close. Weave in ends.

Ears

(Make 2)

Ch 4. (see Pattern Notes)

Row 1: 5 dc in 4th ch from hook. Turn. (6)

Row 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc inc in next 5 sts. Turn. (12)

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc, [dc inc, dc] 5 times. Turn. (18)

Row 4: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc, [dc inc, 2 dc] 5 times. (24)

Sl st in starting ch of ear to curve.

Bind off, leaving long tail for sewing.

Using tail, sew folded part of ear on long edge.

Sew to head along Row 17 (last row worked evenly around). Each ear is sew along 12 stitches, 3 stitches apart at the top. 

Head Attachment

amigurumi elephants in love free crochet pattern and video tutorial

Mark a 6 st x 6 st square on body between Rounds 2 and 7, centered between legs on either end of body. Be sure to attach head between legs with only one sc between them.

Position head with center point of head centered on Round 2. Mark head where it touches the pins.

Tail

Ch 5.  Bind off. Pull both ends tight. Use one end to sew the tail to Round 5. Weave in ends. Cut other end ¾ inch long and fray yarn.


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Amigurumi elephants with trunks raised in a heart, a symbol of both love and good fortune. This free crochet pattern is a perfect wedding, engagement, or baby shower gift.

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12 Comments

  • Lisa Kochnowich

    What a great pattern. Easy to follow, great videos as well. And your easier method for attaching without actually pinning, is a game changer for me. I have never liked attaching anything in crochet, but your simplified method makes this task much less daunting. Thank you for your very clear instructions.

  • Braunwynn Franklin

    I have been crocheting almost 50 years and reading patterns for about 30. There are some steps missing but assumed. Just going from rnd 1 to rnd 2, doesn’t clarify if you sl st or not. Then the video doesn’t start at the very beginning.

    • Kati Brown

      The written pattern specifies in the Pattern Notes to work in continuous rounds unless otherwise specified in the pattern. 🙂 For your best results, use the written pattern and refer to the video for occasional help.

  • Nancy Williams

    You cannot crochet identical ears and have them match on each side of the head. Please adjust your pattern so we can have two opposing ears.

  • Evelyn Roob

    After I sent my question about the tail and binding off, I tried what I thought it meant and it looks like it was just way too simple! I think I was overthinking it. If I could send you a picture I would. I do believe I did it correctly !

  • Evelyn Roob

    Being a newbie at Crochet, I tackled this knowing that it was going to be difficult but your video tutorial was great. Since there is no picture of the tail could you help me with understanding the directions for making it. I am not understanding the “bind off” after chaining five. Could you provide a picture of the tail or elaborate on the instructions?! Thank you

  • Kay

    Thank you so much for the elephant love pattern. It was a challenge for me on the 1st elephant but I loved it. I learned from it. Thanks for the video tutorial help. This is my 1st set i made for a friens who really loves elephants.

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