Well, I recently found this super sweet Amigurumi Elephant pattern online and I simply had to make one. I didn’t really have a reason to make it – other than it just begged to be made through sheer adorableness.
It’s not the first Amigurumi Elephant I have crocheted. About a year ago, I followed along to a pattern of a small elephant that was available on Youtube. Unfortunately, I gave it away before thinking to get a picture of the final product. Although I cannot share with you a picture of that one, I was able to locate the video pattern that I used to make it and that is viewable by visiting the link below.
I’ve always had a love for elephants. I mean, what’s not to love? They’re very beautiful and extremely intelligent creatures who are highly family oriented. They are known to travel in groups that are often quite large and to work in unison to protect their young. Led by a matriarch, the herds raise their young together… showing us exactly what it means for a village to raise a child. They are incredibly empathetic and have shown a deep understanding for the lives of loved ones who have been lost through death. This has been shown to be true with regards to their own kind but also with human friends as well.
See this article about Lawrence Anthony, The Elephant Whisperer. It is, truly, very moving.
Perhaps most notable of all widely repeated elephant facts is that they have long memories. It seems this is not only true, but also crucial to the herd’s survival since they must rely only on their memories to guide them back over long distances in search of past watering holes when seasons become dry. In addition, since they are much like humans in the way that they must learn from their elders about how to survive, their memory, no doubt, helps them to pass along such skills generationally.
Elephants also play a very important role in their ecosystems, as they transport seeds to various locations and spread new growth across their region. It’s sad to note that the elephant populations have dwindled considerably in numbers since the 1970’s, due mostly to poaching activities.
“African elephants are classified as vulnerable to extinction, and Asian elephants are classified as endangered. There are only about 40,000-50,000 Asian elephants left in the world today. ” – Jaymi Heimbuch, MNN, 2015
Please see the following resources to learn more about Elephants, why they’re so important, and how to help protect them. These informational resources are also great for helping kids learn about elephants and the conservation efforts taking place around the world.
My Father was a collector of elephant figurines, made of wood, metal, and paper mache. He thought they were beautiful and appreciated their emotional intelligence. He used to tell my daughter Raven that she had the memory of an elephant because she never forgot anything. And when she was very little, her eyelashes were really long and we would call her Snuffleupagus.
If you recall, Snuffleupagus was a Sesame Street character introduced in the early 1970’s that was made to resemble a woolly mammoth, which is an extinct species of elephant. Hence, the tie-in.
In addition to the Muppet Wiki credited for the photo above, which shares extensive info about this beloved character, you can find many articles across the web about Snuffy, including here, here, and also here.
So now that my Dad is gone, Raven has taken to collecting elephant figurines as well. It’s just one of many ways he is remembered in our home. And perhaps it is one reason why I keep wanting to make elephants.
I found this pattern on Pinterest. It’s called the Cuddle Me Elephant and the free pattern is available on the Amigurumi.Today website. There are five other super adorable “cuddle me” animal patterns available there as well – so, it would be a really cute idea to make the whole set! I’ve only made the elephant so far, but perhaps I’ll make the rest of the set and gift them to a child who can use some cuddly joy in their life.
I found the pattern easy to follow along with for the most part. The only difficulty I ran into was when I sewed the pieces together – I thought my flowers were too big and the inner ear parts were not so easy to place – in my opinion. But then, I’m not as refined in my Amigurumi abilities as some. I just had to sew the accessories on in a way that I felt they looked good… but I actually didn’t use all the flowers and leaves that I made, which the pattern called for. So, not a big deal, just worth noting that per my experience, the sewing pieces together portion of the pattern is a bit vague and not very precise – you just have to go with it and sew the pieces on in a way that looks right to you. There are differences in the way people crochet and this occurs due to many factors such as how tightly and evenly you crochet or the size yarn or needle used, etc. So that may account for some of the differing outcomes when following a pattern of this kind.
I loved this pattern and wanted to share it with you. As you can probably see, I used colors/yarn that I already had on hand so they differ from what the pattern suggests. I think with these types of patterns it’s a good opportunity to experiment with other colors and types of yarn, because with children’s toys it’s not about what looks realistic but what looks cute and friendly. So, the pattern called for a light gray color, I used dark gray, but you could totally use pink, green, blue, yellow, etc. Whatever matches your need, project, or individual expression.
The first Amigurumi elephant I made was also a gray tone, but I tend to like the colors most people call drab and for that particular project I wanted it to match the baby blanket I made. That, I did get a picture of before I gave it away. The toy elephant was a last minute thought, wanting to give just a bit more in the gift bag. I don’t recall what pattern I used to make the baby blanket, but I do remember adding the ruffled edging to make it prettier.
That’s it. Be sure to follow the links above to learn more about these great topics. And let me know if you’ve tried this project or others like it!
If you’ve never tried Amigurumi, but are curious – see my post on the topic here!