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. A perfect Valentine’s Day crochet project, the Elephants in Love make a great gift.

The elephants work up fast and have very little sewing, so they are a fun way to learn new techniques and make something adorable for your honey or a couple in your life. I love giving these as wedding gifts as well!

This pattern has been updated the 2.0 format as well!

I admit, it’s about darn time.


Construction

This pattern is a great one for those who know how to crochet but want to try something new and more exciting than your average hat.

The body and legs are all one piece (using branching to create leg holes). The head uses branching the create a trunk that arches up, and the bends in the trunk are simple increases and decreases.

You can do this one!

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Elephants In Love | Free Crochet Pattern

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

You Need to Know

Chains (ch), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), back loops only (BLO), increases and decreases, mattress stitch sewing. Be eager to learn and ready to have fun!

Here is a quick refresher of these basic skills.

You Will Practice Intermediate Techniques:

  • How to create wrinkles using front post single crochets
  • How to use pins to perfectly place and attach amigurumi parts
  • How to shape using increases and decreases

Supplies

Measurements

One elephant is 6” tall x 5” wide x 5” deep

Gauge

8 sts x 8 rows in sc = 2” x 2”

Pattern Notes

  • Work in continuous rounds. Do not slip stitch unless otherwise specified by the pattern.
  • For best results, assemble parts in order as directed.
  • Weave in attachment end at very end of project in case pieces require repositioning.
  • Ch-3 at beginning of rows count as dc.

Special Stitches

  • Sc join – Single crochet join: With long starting tail, make slip knot in yarn, loop slip knot over hook, insert hook through stitch, yo, pull through, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook. Leave starting tail on outside of work.

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.

This video tutorial is NOT meant to stand alone. The written pattern below is very important! Also, a few of the row/round numbers have changed for the 2.0 version, so please keep that in mind when watching this mega-old video.

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

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


Instructions

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Body

Ch 4.

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, 2 sc, turn. (3)

Rnd 1: Do not chain, inc in next 3 sc, do not turn, working on the bottom of the starting ch, inc in next 3 chs. (12)

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

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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)

Rnds 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)

Rnd 18: 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)

Cut yarn. Thread needle through front loops of remaining 6 stitches. Pull tight to close. Weave in ends.

Loosely stuff body through leg holes.

Legs

(Repeat on all 4 leg holes)

Rnd 1: Sc join (see Special Stitches) in 1st skipped st of any leg hole, 11 sc, 6 sc in back of chains. (18)

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

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

Stuff leg firmly.

Rnd 8: Dec 6 times. (6)

Cut yarn. Thread needle through front loops of remaining 6 stitches. Pull tight to close. Weave in ends.

Use starting tail from sc joins to close gaps at beginning of each leg.

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.

Rnds 7-8: 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)

Rnds 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)

Cut yarn. Thread needle through front loops of remaining 6 stitches. Pull tight to close. Leave long tail for sewing.

Trunk

Rnd 6: Sc join in 7th skipped st from Rnd 5, 11 sc. (12)

Rnd 7: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 8: 5 sc, dec, 5 sc. (11)

Rnd 9: Sc evenly around.

Stuff as you go from here on.

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

Rnd 11: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 12: 5 sc, dec, 3 sc. (9)

Rnd 13: 5 sc, dec, 2 sc. (8)

Rnd 14: 5 sc, dec, sc. (7)

Rnd 15: 5 sc, dec. (6)

Rnds 16-17: Sc evenly around.

Rnds 18-20: Dec, 2 sc, inc, sc. (6)

Rnd 21: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 22: 3 sc, inc, 2 sc. (7)

Rnd 23: Sc evenly around.

Cut yarn. Thread needle through front loops of remaining 7 stitches. Pull tight to close. Weave in ends.

Use starting tail from sc join to close hole between head and trunk.

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 sewn along 12 stitches, 3 stitches apart at the top. 

Head Attachment

Position head with center point of head centered on Round 2. Mark head where it touches the pins in the head and body, and sew around as marked using left over tail from head.

Tail

Ch 5.  Bind off. Pull both ends tight. Use one end to sew the tail to Round 7. Weave in ends. Cut other end ¾ inch long and fray yarn. Weave in all attachment ends when parts are positioned as desired.


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13 Comments

  • Denise Landhan

    Liked the pattern. The tutorials helped to explain the trunk. My head is a little wobbly. Can’t post a photo. I will make this pattern again. Can we sell the finished item?

  • 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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