Crochet Elephant A Free Crochet Elephant Pattern ( Ami Zoo Stuffed Animal)

After the success of the Hettie the Hippo  and The Crochet shark Fregal Shark'ey 
My adorable Niece wanted me to crochet a little elephant for her ever growing zoo animals amigurumi collection. Who am I to not do as she asks with those gorgeous sparkling eyes.... 
So Please let me introduce you to Nellie. 
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Nellie The Elephant A Free Crochet Pattern by LisaAuch




This is a fun easy ami project and shaping much depends on your stuffing and sewing the pieces together. 

Please Note:
You should be familiar with amigurumi-style written patterns. some round counts will not be specified as you are asked to continue crocheting until the length is achieved.
However, I still do Use a marker and move on completion of every round.
shaping of hippo is all in the stuffing and the longer end of the body will be used to balance the head onto.

You will need a measuring tape. And will be asked to crochet until your piece is a certain length.

Yarn 50 grms of Red Heart Bella Grey 
and I used a 3.5mm hook
2 googly eyes (or saftey eyes) or as I used some Black yarn, and some stuffing.

HEAD:
Beginning at the trunk.
ch2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
sc in each stitch around until trunk measures 2 1/2 inches.
Rnd 1: 2 sc in each sc  (12sc)
Rnd 2: (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sts) repeat around (18sts)
Rnd 3: ( Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2sc in next sc) repeat around (24sts)
Rnd 4: (sc in each of next 5 sts, 2sc in next) repeat around (30sts)
Rnd 5: 2sc in next 5 sts, then continue working sc around until piece measures
3 1/2 inches from Rnd 1
Start to stuff and shape the head with filling firmly. (35sts)
(Decrease)
(sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog (8 times)
(sc in next sc, sc2tog) (8 times.)|
Continue working 2sctog until opening of head is closed. Fasten off.
Leave length to attach to body later.

BODY:
(neck)
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6sc in 2nd ch from hook, (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12sts)
Rnd 3: (2 sc, 1 sc ) repeat around (18sts)
Rnd 4:(2sc,1sc) repeat around (24sts)
Rnd 5: sc around (24sts)
Rnd 6: (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc to last st, (29sts)
Rnd 7 (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc to last st, (34sts)
Rnd 8 sc each st around
Rnd 9: (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc to last st, (39sts)
Keep working Single crochet around until piece measures 4 1/2 inches.
Decrease: (sc in next 2 sts, 2sctog) repeat until end
Start Stuffing Here,
Continue working sc2tog until opening is closed over,
Fasten off and Weave end in securely.

Sew Head onto the body.
Make sure you shape the body and sew around in a circle (following the rounds as a guide) around the neck and body to secure


Back Legs Make 2
ch2,
Rnd 1: 6sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: sc BACKLOOPS in each st around
Rnd4-8: sc around through both loops, fasten off and leave length for sewing legs to body.

Front legs Make 2
Work as for front legs making 1 MORE rnds finishing on Rnd 9.
Stuff all 4 legs and position then  securely sew onto body.

Tail ( crochet this directly onto the back end centre of elephant)
Join yarn and chain 7, sc into 2nds ch from hook and sc in each stitch back to beginning, fasten off and weave in ends.

Ears (Right)
Ch2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 8
Rnd 1:  2sc in each sc (16)
Rnd 2: (sc, 2sc in next st) repeat around ( 24)
Rnd 3: ( sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st) repeat around, sc to last st (32)

ROW 4: sl st in next sc TURN, ch1, sc in next 18 sts, ch1, dc in next 9sc; ch1,  sl st in next sc. fasten off and leave a long tail to attach ear to body.

Ear (Left)
Same as right ear Rnd 1,2 +3
Sl st In next sc, ch1, TURN; dc in next 9 sc, sc in next 18sc: sl st in next sc; fasten off and leave a long tail to attach ear to body.
Sew ears to the sides of head with dc's pointing down. They should be about 2 inches back from the trunk

Note: If making for really small children you may prefer to embroider the eyes onto the elephant.
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