E is for Elephant: Crochet Elephant Applique

Here is Day 5 of my 26 Days of Crochet Animal Alphabet Appliques!
E is for Elephant

The reason this project has taken me so long is because some of these appliqués went through many revisions and some of them (like this elephant) took me several tries to get right. Let me show you the evolution of the elephant:

– Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Dusty Blue. And a small piece of black for the eye. The tutorial below is done with Vanna’s Choice in pink because pink elephants are cute too!
– Size G Crochet Hook (the bigger the hook the bigger the appliqué and vice versa)
– Tapestry needle
French Knot Tutorial
Sl St = Slip Stitch
SC =  Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet

Elephant Applique Pattern:
Magic ring, chain 1 and make 8 HDC in ring, join, ch 1
Round 2: 2 Hdc in each stitch around, join ch 1 (16 Hdc)
Round 3: 2 Hdc in first, HDC in next, repeat around, join chain 1
Round 4: SC in next 2, SC + HDC + DC in next, DC in next, ch 2 and join with slip stitch to next, slip stitch in next 2, chain 2, DC in next 2, chain 2 and slip stitch in next (you have now made the feet), SC in next 2, slip stitch in next, chain 9, SC down chain, DC in same stitch as where your chain started (you have now made the trunk), DC in next 3, HDC in next, SC in remaining stitches to finish out the round…before joining, chain 3, slip stitch down chain, join to last stitch (you have now made the tail). Fasten off leaving long tail.

Elephant Ear:
Magic ring, chain 2 and make 9 DC in ring, chain 2 and join to ring. pull tight. Do not join round (you want to leave it somewhat of a half circle). Fasten off leaving long tail to sew onto body.

Make a French Knot for the eye.

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  1. says

    The elephant is super adorable! I especially love it in pink… can you make a chain?! Like from large to smaller elephants linked by their trunks and tails?! :)
    Love your work!

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  3. says

    Sarah, these little elephants are to die for! I think these would be adorable as a small banner or other kind of fun birthday decoration for kids – or even for me! :) These are just too cute. Love them, and love all of your wonderful posts! Thank you for sharing!!

  4. says

    Thank you very much for sharing!!
    and I work with dresses for girls and do crochet applications
    and I sell
    I wonder if I can use your elephant
    there are copyright and can not use if I have not permission
    Thank you

  5. says

    I seem to be the only dumb one here! Where you say join chain one, do you mean join where you had a chain one, or join and then make a chain one? sometimes there is a comma which makes me think first join, then chain one, but when there is no comma, I think I should join at a chain one I already made in the previous round. If you have a minute, could you let me know? (I’m just learning, sorry for being so out of it!) :)

  6. says

    I love this simple elephant! I was looking for a simple appliqué pattern to add to a gray, white and teal baby blanket and this fit the bill perfectly. Thank you!

  7. Alma says

    I just discovered your elephant pattern and I will be using it to embellish a crocheted hanger for a baby boy shower gift. It and all 26 animal alphabet patterns are so adorable!! Love ’em.

  8. says

    I have been following you on FB and Pinterest for quite a while. I have found that your patterns are the easiest and most concise of any I’ve tried. I just wanted to say thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into each pattern and for offering them for free. I’ve made many hats for my grandkids, they have loved every one of them! Thank you again!!!

  9. Jackie says

    Thank you for sharing this lovely elephant. I’m quite new to crochet but was able to follow your pattern and have successfully made 3! Very happy! :-)

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