Posted June 26, 2015on:
The fun thing about crafting is that you always try to challenge yourself by learning new techniques to improve your skills. Not long ago I stumbled upon photos of crocheted animals with head and legs made with continuous rows, and it bugged me because I couldn’t figure out how it was done. I started to look for patterns that would be easy to make, and teach you the basics. That was hard to find, most tutorials are very advanced, and none of them are free. Then one day I was looking for an elephant patterns, and there was the one I had been looking for, an elephant tutorial with seamless legs and trunk.
This pattern goes a long way, it was first published in a Japanese book, translated in Spanish by a blogger called Rani, then translated in French by another blog called Petite Maille. This is where I picked up the pattern to make mine, since I speak French it was easy for me to understand the instructions.
First you work on the body, the legs, then the trunk (in rounds). The technique that is used to make the legs and trunk is explained with an illustration that makes it easier to understand how it is done. Once you have crocheted these parts on the body, you finish your elephant with the ears and the belly. (they are the only parts that requires sewing)
I made mine in pink, and I had a lot of fun learning this technique. Now I can take it to the next level and try something different using the same concept. If you are interested in making this elephant, you are lucky since it is available in three languages. Soon after I published this post, someone posted a comment to let me know that there was also an English version of the pattern (merci Ophelie), which was published by Stephanie, All About Ami.
This elephant is so cute, I am thinking about making another one in grey. I might follow the instructions in English this time, i am more used to English terms than those in French. Here are the links to the patterns:
– English version
– French Version
– Spanish Version