Boxy Elephant

Categories: Kid Friendly, Doll, Crochet

Boxy Elephant is another crocheted boxy animal to go along with the Monkey, Fox, Owl, and Bear. Just like the others it is made by crocheting a rectangular base that creates the boxy shape. The arms, legs, and tail are all crocheted into the body as you work. Safety eyes are added after, and the ears and trunk are sewn on. A weighted insert in the bottom of the elephant helps it sit up.

What you need to make this project

Materials
Poly-Fil Premium Fiber Fill
Poly-Fil Poly Pellets Weighted Stuffing Beads
Supplies
gray worsted weight yarn (sample made with Big Twist, Medium Gray)
G Crochet Hook
2- 9mm black safety eyes
5" x 7" scrap of fabric
yarn needle
scissors
sewing machine, or needle and thread

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Instructions

  • elephant arms and legs

Step One

You will begin by making the legs/arms, and tail because they will be attached as the body is crocheted. Legs, arms, and tail are all crocheted in the round without joining each round.

Legs (make 2):

Round 1:  make a magic ring, ch 1, 6 sc (6 sc)

Round 2: 2 sc in each stitch (12 sc)

Round 3: [1 sc in first stitch, 2 sc in next] repeat around (18 sc)

Round 4: sc in blo of each stitch around (18 sc)

Round 5-11: sc in each stitch around (18 sc)

Round 12: sc2tog, 1 sc in next 7, sc2tog, 1 sc in next 7 (16 sc)

Round 13: 1 sc in first 3 stitches, sc2tog, sc in next 6 stitches, sc2tog, sc in next 3 stitches (14 sc)

Round 14: sc in each stitch around (14 sc)

Make 2 arms the same way but stop after row 13 (so they are one row shorter than the legs)

lightly stuff each arm and leg

  • elephant tail

Step Two

Make Tail:

ch 15

sc in second ch from hook and each ch to the end, cut yarn, finish off

cut 4 pieces of yarn about 4 inches long, hold all together and fold in half, insert your hook in the end of your tail piece and through the loop, pull the loop partially through the end of the tail, then pull the loose ends through the loop and pull to tighten, trim ends

  • elephant body

Step Three

Body

The body is made by first crocheting a rectangle and then crocheting around that, I joined each round on the body.

ch 17

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across

Row 2-5: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch across
*now the base is finished and you will begin working in the round, legs will be attached in the first round

Round 1: ch 1, turn 90 degrees so you will be working along the side, 5 sc evenly along side, attach the first leg in the first 7 stitches on the front by sc through both layers of the leg and the base of the body, 1 sc in the next 2 stitches, attach second leg in the last 7 stitches of the front, work 5 sc along next side, work 16 sc across back, join to first sc (42 sc)

Round 2: ch 1, sc in each stitch around, join to first sc (42 sc)

Round 3: ch 1, sc in the first 33 stitches, attach the tail in the next 2 sc, sc in next 7 stitches, join to first sc (42 sc)

Rounds 4-11: ch 1, sc in each stitch around, join to first sc (42 sc)

Round 12: ch 1,  join arm in the first 7 sc, sc in next 15, join arm in next 7 sc, sc in next 13 (42 sc)

Rounds 13-24: 1 sc in each stitch around (42 sc)

finish off, cut yarn

 

  • elephant trunk

Step Four

Make Trunk:

Round 1: make a magic ring, ch 1, 6 sc (6 sc)

Round 2: [1 sc in first stitch, 2 sc in next] repeat around (9 sc)

Round 3:  1 sc in flo of each stitch around (9 sc)

Round 4: ch 1, go up to the unworked back loops from round 2 and continue working this round in those loops, 1 sc in each stitch around (9 sc)

Round 5-6: 1 sc in each stitch around (9 sc)

Round 7: sc2tog, 1 sc in next 2, 2 sc in next 2 stitches, 1 sc in next, sc2tog (9 sc)

Round 8: 1 sc in each stitch around (9 sc)

Round 9: [1 sc in first 2 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch] repeat around (12 sc)

Round 10: 1 sc in each stitch around (12 sc)

Round 11: 2 sc in each stitch in first 3 stitches, 1 sc in next  2 stitches, sc2tog 3 times, sc in next stitch (12 sc)

Round 12: 1 sc in each stitch around (12 sc)

Round 13: 2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next, 2 sc in next, 1 sc in next, 2 sc in next, 1 sc in next 7 stitches (15 sc)

Round 14: slip stitch into next stitch, ch 1, turn, sc in 6 sc, sl to next stitch

Round 15: ch 1, turn, sc in 6 sc, sl to next stitch

Finish off and cut yarn leaving long yarn end for sewing.

  • elephant ears

Step Five

Make 2 Ears:

ch 8

Row 1: sc in second stitch and each stitch to the end (7 sc)

Row 2-3: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch (7 sc)

Row 4:ch 1, turn, skip first stitch, 4 hdc in next stitch, skip 1, slip stitch in next, skip 1, 4 hdc in next stitch, slip stitch in last stitch

sc evenly down the side of the ear, sc in each stitch across bottom, sc evenly up the other side of the ear, slip stitch to beginning of row 4, finish off, cut yarn, leave long end for sewing

  • sewn closed

Step Six

Finish your elephant by first, inserting the fabric pouch in the bottom and then using Poly-Fil to stuff the rest of the body. Sew across the top to close.