Say hello to Nelly the elephant - what a name eh?
When I saw a month or so back that Charlotte over on It started out with a stitch had made some beautiful crochet elephants - she really went elephant crazy, in a good way! - I really fancied my hand at one myself.
She used a pattern from the wonderful crochet blog All About Ami - who translated the pattern for the elephant you see from one written in Japanese. You can find the pattern here, and also a post helping you through the sometimes confusing steps here (but all well thought out and explained patiently!).
Nelly was crocheted all in one piece, and to my astonishment I found out that I have been crocheting inside out for the last two years! I take comfort in the fact that I'm not the only one though :) and now I have been put on the path of crochet-righteousness!
The pattern calls for safety eyes rather than the stitched eyes I've done, but I really couldn't get the positioning right on the body and so opted for the cute closed eye look that really suits amiguri once I'd finished the piece and could get the character right. I used a simple back stitch with black yarn and followed the line twice to make the eyes nice and thick. I also used some brown polka dot fabric scraps for the detail on the ears but rather wish I had gone for a floral fabric instead - what do you think?
Luckily Soph (What Sophie Said) - for who's birthday this elephant was made for and who named her 'Nelly' - seems to really like her and I'm ever so pleased :) Incidentally - happy birthday Soph!
I would highly recommend this pattern for elephant lovers and those interested in trying to make amiguri in one piece! I think the pattern is probably just about intermediate level rather than beginner - due to the small hook size (2.5mm recommended, I used 3mm myself) and the amount of times you must detach and reattach.
Do you think you might give this elephant pattern a try?