Sunday, May 11, 2014

Little Bigfoot Elephant Video and Pattern

crochet elephant with trunk up

Little Bigfoot Elephant is the newest member of the "revised" Little Bigfoot Gang! Oh how happy I am with this one. I'm loving all of them but this one makes me smile the most. The new Little bigfoots are between 8 and 9 inches tall. That's using Red heart Comfort (or super saver) yarn and a 4.5mm hook. The last series
I designed in 2012 were between 5 and 6 inches tall.

Written patterns and video tutorials now available in this new 2014 series:


Copyright 2014 Author: Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go, All rights reserved

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Read me  ~>  Work in continuous rounds, do not join. I used Red Heart Super Saver and also Red Heart Comfort yarn with a 4.50 mm hook. If you crochet more on the loose side then use a smaller hook so you don't get gaps and stuffing showing through the stitches. Have any questions or if you come across a mistake in the pattern please leave a message in the comment section below.
Read me ~> How to read the rows: Each row has a sequence as given below. Example: 1sc then 2sc in next st means repeat that sequence 1sc then 2sc in next st followed by 1sc then 2sc in next st over and over to the end of that particular row. The number inside the parentheses ( ~ ) is the number of stitches you should have at the end of that particular row.
Read me ~>  It's a good idea to add in a marker at the end of row 2 and move that marker at the end of every row. I just use a short length of yarn and pull it through the last stitch I put in at the end of every row.

Supplies:
any color of Red Heart Super Saver or Red Heart Comfort 100% acrylic yarn
4.5mm hook *use a smaller hook if you  see gaps in your stitches
blunt end yarn needle for sewing
sharp end needle if adding French Knot eyes
scissors

100% polyester stuffing
felt, paint, buttons, or yarn for eyes
felt for tongue

fabric tac (fabric glue) for gluing on the felt 

 
This pattern uses the following stitches:

st = stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
BLO = back loops only
sl st = slip stitch
2tog = crochet 2 stitches together
f/o = finish off



Click here for Full Video Tutorial ~ Video was filmed in the following order:
  • Introduction ~ Includes supply list
  • How to make the head and body ~ includes when and how to stuff
  • How to make the arms, legs and tail (in that order ~ starts at 32:47)
  • How to make the ears
  • How to make the trunk 
  • How to make the mouth
How to sew it all together in the following order: (starts at 1:02)
    1. arms, legs then add in toes
    2. sew on tail
    3. trunk and mouth 
    4. ears
    5. tutorial for different eyes


      Starting at the top of the head working down to bottom of body:

      1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
      2) 2sc in each (12)
      3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
      4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24)
      5) 1sc in next 5st then 2sc in next st (28)
      6) 1sc in next 6st then 2sc in next st (32)
      7-10) 1sc in each st for 4 rows
      11) 2sc in next 5st, 1sc in next 5st, 2sc in next 5st, 1sc in the next 17st (42)
      12) 1sc in next 10st, 2tog, 1sc, 2tog, 1sc in next 27st (40)
      13) 1sc in each st
      14) 1sc in next 23st (1sc in next 2st then 2tog, repeat x 4 then 1sc in last st) (36)
      15) 1sc in next 4st then 2tog (30)
      16) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog (24)
      17) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (18)
      18) 1sc then 2tog (12) * stuff head, shape as you stuff. See video (time at 21:38) for tips on stuffing
      19) 1sc in each st
      20) 2sc in each (24)
      21-23) 1sc in each st for 3 rows
      24) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (30)
      25-27) 1sc in each st for 3 rows
      28) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog (24)
      29) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (18)
      30) 1sc then 2tog (12) * stuff body firmly and shape as you stuff
      31) 1sc then 2tog (8) stuff more if needed
      32) 2tog twice and f/o. Weave yarn tail in and out the remaining stitching and pull tight to close the gap. Knot off and hide yarn tail in body

      Trunk:
      1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
      2) 1sc then 2sc in next st (9)
      3) 1sc in the BLO
      4-7) 1sc in each st for 4 rows
      8) 2tog then 1sc in next 7st (8)
      9) 1sc in each st
      10) 2tog then 1sc in next 6st (7)
      11) 1sc in each st
      12) 2tog then 1sc in next 5st (6)
      13-17) 1sc in each st for 5 rows
      sl st next st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Fold a pipe cleaner in half and make a loop at the one end. Push the loop through the open end of the trunk all the way to the other end. Pull up and cut off the excess so that the pipe cleaner is 2 rows shorter than the trunk then push it back into the trunk. Use the yarn tail to sew the edge  between row 15 and 16 closed so seal the pipe cleaner inside the trunk. Bring the yarn tail through the inside of the trunk then out the back, knot off on the edge where you worked in the BLO.



      Mouth:
      1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6) *begin with a long starting yarn tail that you can sew into the head
      2) ch 1 and turn, starting with the 2nd st from the hook, 1sc then 2sc in next st (9)
      f/o leaving a long tail for sewing



      Ears:
      1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
      2) 2sc in each (12) *work starting yarn tail into the 2nd row
      3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
      4) 1hdc in next 2st then 2hdc in next st (24)
      5) 1hdc in next 3st then 2hdc in next st (30)
      6) ch2 then 1sc in next st, repeat around until you have 7st left to the marker.
      f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Fold the last 7st of  row 6  in half, right sides together and whip stitch the 2 edges together.


      Arms:
      1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
      2) 2sc in each (12)
      3-4) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
      5) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (9)
      6) 2tog then 1sc in next 7st (8)
      7-12) 1sc in each st for 6 rows
      sl st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Lightly stuff hand, do not stuff arm.

      Legs:
      1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
      2) 2sc in each (12)
      3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
      4-6) 1sc in each st for 3 rows
      7) (2tog then 1sc in next st, repeat 4 times) 1sc in next 6st (14)
      8) (2tog then 1sc in next st, repeat 3 times) 1sc in next 5st (11)
      9) 2tog then 1sc in next 9st (10)
      10-14) 1sc in each st for 5 rows
      sl st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff and shape foot and stuff leg
      *For the toes, read assembly section below

      Tail:
      ch 7 *start with a long starting tail that you can sew into the body
      f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Loop the yarn tail around your finger then weave the other end of the yarn tail in and out along the chain to the slip knot you started off with then back up the chain and loop around your finger again. Repeat 2 more times. You should have 3 loops at one end of the chain when you are done. Cut the loops and run the yarn needle through each yarn strand to fray them.

      Assembly:
      If you assemble the doll in the order I give you then you will not have to worry so much about centering the different parts as much.

      1) Sew the arms on directly under the head

      2) sew on the legs. How you sew the legs on is up to you. I wanted this elephant to be in a standing position so I sewed them on in a way the doll stands up. Turn the doll upside down and pin the legs in place then whip stitch the top edge of the legs to the body. View the video on how to do this. (Time noted in the video order list above the pattern)
      3) add in toes. Wrap yarn around the front of the foot in 3 different sections. 
      4) sew on tail
      5) sew on the ears. The part that you whip stitched together sits on the 8th and 9th row.  Pin them in place before sewing them in helps. But again, view the video for tips on sewing this part.
      6) sew on trunk just above the 11th row. Then mouth get sewn right under the trunk. Glue in felt for the tongue

      7)
      Add in the eyes about the 9th row with about 6 stitches between them




      And there you have it.. your own Little Bigfoot Elephant :)
      I hope you enjoyed the pattern and please post pictures on my Facebook page, Amigurumi Freely



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      14 comments:

      1. Thank you, thank you a million times for sharing the patterns for these adorable creatures. Since my shoulder operation, with my arm in a rigid sling for 3 weeks, I've been dreaming of which craft items I'll tackle first when my arm is "set free". Well, the Little Bigfoot family have just shot to the top of my list! Lots of love

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        1. Thank you so much for the lovely comments

          Sorry to hear you're in a sling! I wish you a speedy recovery so you can crochet and of course all the other things I'm sure you'd like to do but crochet is always the first in the list, right, lol <3

          Have a wonderful day :)

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      2. Hi Sharon!

        It's very cute.
        thanks

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        1. thanks so much and you're welcome :)

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      3. Thank you Sharon for these super cute elephants, my favorite animals to do :)

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        1. aww, you're welcome! So glad you like them :))

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      4. Thank you so much! Now I finally know what elephant I will be using to make my dad's white elephant that he has requested for this years white elephant gift exchange!!! Can't wait to get started (just have to finish 2 late May deadline projects first)

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      5. Thank you! I also take the other creatures. They are so cute!
        Thea

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      6. thank you so so much for all yours amazing patterns!! and thanx too for the "print "friendly" just great

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      7. They´re sooo cute!!! Thank you so much for sharing the pattern. Es muy hermoso, lo amo!!!!! <3

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      8. What a fabulous blog you have! I appreciate so very much all the time you've put into your posts. The instructions and photos seem clear and easy... This will be my FIRST amigurumi, so thank you again for the detailed instructions. I can't wait to get started!!!

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      9. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern

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      10. Hi Sharon, This is my first amigurumi ever. I love all your patterns and appreciate all the hard work you put into them. Especially that you share your work (very detailed) with all of us. Thank you so much. Hopefully, if my elephant is decent, I will send u a pic. Thanks again Sharon. Your new student, Amelia

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