The second installment in our Trumpeting Elephant construction and assembly tutorials is on the body and legs.
The body is a simple cylinder, so I didn’t spend much time on it, but I did go into detail on how to attach legs. This method can (and really should) be used for all amigurumi part attachment. In fact, I use a portion of the video in my 5 Tips for Perfect Amigurumi Part Attachment post.
This video covers both the front and back legs, as the back legs are a little bit different.
The back legs on the Trumpeting Elephant are attached slightly farther back on the body than you would naturally be tempted to attach them. They need to be positioned this way in order to compensate for the elephant’s rather large head. Otherwise, he would topple over all the time.
Once you have your legs attached, you should have a body that stands firmly on all four legs, like a quality table. It should not wobble or fall over. If it does, you didn’t weave in your ends, so you can move the legs to correct it. 🙂
Kati is the designer behind Hooked by Kati. With thousands of patterns sold around the world, Kati prides herself in creating innovative, easy-to-follow amigurumi patterns. She has designed for several publications, including Crochet!, Crochet World, Simply Crochet, and I Like Crochet. Kati finds her inspiration in science fiction, video games, and numerous visits to the zoo — all passions she shares with her husband and two boys.