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When they first start learning about the world, children are often fascinated by animals. They're so interesting — other living beings that don't look anything like humans? It's an imagination gold-mine. If you want to set your child on that track early, you want to introduce animals into their lives as soon as possible. This Friendly Elephant Crochet Blanket makes it easy. This warm, cuddly blanket is perfect for raising your baby's sense of wonder at the world. Plus, it rolls up into an elephant, making it the ideal travel blanket. You'll never go anywhere without it!
Crochet HookF/5 or 3.75 mm hook
Crochet Gauge18 sts= 5” (12.5 cm); 13 rows = 5” (12.5 cm) in pattern with size K hook
Finished SizeBlanket measures approximately 24" (61 cm) x 35" (89 cm)
- RED HEART® Baby Hugs™ Light: 3 balls 3410 Dolphin, A, 1 ball each 3724 Pinkie B and 3012 Ink C Note: Only small quantities of B and C are needed for this project.
- Susan Bates® Crochet Hooks: 3.75 mm [US F-5] and 6.5 mm [US K-10½]
- Yarn needle
- Removable stitch marker
- Two - 13/16" (30mm) buttons
- Small amount of polyester fiberfill for stuffing
If you like this elephant blanket, why not turn it into a whole zoo? Get inspired here: Crochet Animals: 25 Animal Afghan Projects
A, B, C = Color A, Color B, Color C etc.; ch = chain; g = grams; hdc = half double crochet; cm = centimeters; m = meters, mm = millimeters; oz – ounces, sc = single crochet; st(s) = stitch(es), yd = yards, * or ** = repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated.
sc2tog (single crochet 2 together) = [Draw up a loop in next st] twice, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
sc3tog (single crochet 3 together) = [Draw up a loop in next st] three times, yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook
1. Blanket is worked flat, then rolled up to determine placement of Head, Ears, Buttons and Tail.
2. For Blanket, the ch-2 worked at the beginning of a row counts as a stitch.
3. To work Border evenly around Blanket, work one sc in the side of each row beginning with a sc, work two sc in the side of each row beginning with a chain-2, work one sc in the back of each foundation ch, work one sc in each st of the top row, and work 3 sc in each corner.
4. When making Head, use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of each round. To keep the seam more even, every 8th round slip st in the first stitch and mark the next stitch as the first stitch of the new round.
With larger hook and A, ch 126
Row 1 (wrong side): 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, *skip 2 ch, (sc, 2 dc) in next ch; repeat from * to last 3 ch, skip 2 ch, sc in last ch; turn—124 sts.
Row 2 (right side): Ch 2, 2 dc in first sc, *skip 2 dc, (sc, 2 dc) in next sc; repeat from * to last 3 sts, skip 2 dc, sc in top of ch-2; turn—124 sts
Rows 3-60: Repeat Row 2. Do not turn at end of Row 60.
Border (right side): Ch 1, sc evenly around Blanket (see Notes). Join to first sc with slip st. Fasten off and weave in ends.
With smaller hook and A, ch 2
Round 1 (right side): 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with slip st and mark first st of each round. Do not join or turn—4 sc.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc—8 sc
Rounds 3-6: Sc in each sc around
Round 7: Sc in first 2 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sc in last 2 sts—8 sts
Round 8: Slip st in first st and move marker (see Notes), sc in first 2 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sc in last 2 sts—8 sts
Rounds 9-10: Sc in first 2 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sc in last 2 sts—8 sts
Round 11: 2 sc in first st, sc in next st, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in last st—12 sts
Rounds 12-15: Sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 6 sts, sc in last 3 sts—12 sts
Round 16: Slip st in first st and move marker (see Notes), sc in first 3 sts, hdc in next 6 sts, sc in last 3 sts—12 sts.
Round 17: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in last st—16 sts.
Stuff Trunk lightly with fiberfill
Rounds 18-20: Sc in first 4 sts, hdc in next 8 sts, sc in last 4 sts—16 sts
Round 21: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in last st—20 sts
Round 22: Sc in first 5 sts, hdc in next 10 sts, sc in last 5 sts—20 sts.
Round 23: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in last st—24 sts
Round 24: Slip st in first st and move marker (see Notes), 2 sc in first st, sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in each of next 2 sts, sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in last st—28 sts.
Round 25: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 12 sts, 2 sc in each of next 2 sts, sc in next 12 sts, 2 sc in last st—32 sts
Round 26: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 14 sts, 2 sc in each of next 2 sts, sc in next 14 sts, 2 sc in last st—36 sts
Round 27: 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 16 sts, 2 hdc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in next 16 sts, 2 hdc in last st—40 hdc. Fasten off.
(make 2 with A and 2 with B)
With smaller hook, ch 7
Row 1 (wrong side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across; turn—6 sc
Row 2 (right side): Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in last sc; turn—8 sc
Rows 3-5: Ch 1, sc across; turn—8 sc
Row 6: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog; turn—6 sts.
Row 7: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog—4 sts. Fasten off
With smaller hook and A, ch 5
Row 1 (wrong side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across; turn—4 sc
Row 2 (right side): Ch 1, sc, sc2tog, sc; turn—3 sts
Row 3: Ch 1, sc across; turn—3 sc
Row 4: Ch 1, sc3tog; turn—1 st
Row 5: Ch 1, sc—1 sc.
Fasten off, leaving long ends for sewing and adding Fringe
Add Fringe: Cut 2 lengths of A, 3" (7.5 cm) each, and fold in half. Using crochet hook, pull folded edge through tip of Tail. Referring to photo, draw ends through folded loop, pull to secure, and cut ends evenly
To join Ears, hold one of each color together with B on top. With smaller hook, join A at end of starting ch, and referring to photo, sc evenly around side, top, and opposite side of Ear, leaving bottom open. Fasten off, leaving long end for sewing. Repeat for other Ear.
Referring to photo for placement, with C, embroider Eyes on either side of Head. Sew Ears onto each side of Head. Stuff Head very lightly with fiberfill. Fold Head in half and match sts on open sides. With A, sc open sides together. Fasten off, leaving long end to slip st Head to Blanket.
Fold Blanket in half widthwise, then in half widthwise again. Roll up tightly.
Referring to photo for placement, position Head at end and slip st in place.
Sew Tail in place. Weave in all ends
Referring to photo for placement, sew Buttons to Blanket. To create Button Loops on edge of Blanket, work Loops opposite Buttons on rolled-up Blanket as follows: With smaller hook and A, join yarn to edge. Ch 5, skip 3 sts on edge of Blanket, slip st in next st on edge; turn. Ch 1, sc in each ch, slip st to first st. Fasten off and weave in ends. Repeat for second Button Loop.
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