Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Mini ami circus elephant: 2nd February pattern!


The time has come, I have for you now the second free pattern of February! Hes special and he's small and you can make your own, a mini amigurumi circus elephant :)

This little guy is about 3 inches from tail to trunk and can be made in only a couple of hours.

Here's how......

You will need:
  • Some DK yarn in silvery/greyey blue (For elephant body, ears and feet)
  • Some DK yarn in red or whatever colour you wish (For seat cover on elephant)
  • A 3.5mm crochet hook
  • A pair of 3.25mm knitting needles
  • Two small cream/pearly beads for eyes
  • 1 small star sequin/confetti/gem and 2 larger ones (or whatever you wish to decorate your little friend with.)
  • A small amount of stuffing
  • Some fabric/all purpose glue
  • A darning/yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • A stitch marker/safety pin to mark start /end of rounds


(I worked the pieces in continuous rounds which are not joined by slip stitches unless written.)

Body (make 1):

Using 3.5mm hook and blue DK yarn make a magic ring, 5dc into ring (5sts)

Rnd 1: 2dc into each st around (10sts)

Rnd 2: *1dc, 2dc into next st* repeat from * to * around (15sts)

Rnd 3: *2dc, 2dc into next st* repeat from * to * around (20sts)

Rnd 4: *3dc, 2dc into next st* repeat from * to * around (25sts)

Rnd 5-9: 1 dc into each st around (25sts)

Rnd 10: *3dc, dc2tog* repeat from *to * around (20sts)

Rnd 11: *2dc, dc2tog* repeat from *to* around (15sts)

Rnd 12: *1dc, dc2tog* repeat from *to* around (10sts)

Stuff body here!

Rnd 13: dc2tog around (5sts)

Rnd 14-16: 1dc into each st around

Rnd 17: dc2tog twice, Slst into next st (3sts)

Fasten off

 Ears (make 2):

Using 3.5mm hook and blue DK yarn make a magic ring, 5dc into ring (5sts)

Rnd 1: 2dc into each st around (10sts)

Slst into next st

Fasten off

Feet (make 4):

Using 3.5mm hook and blue DK yarn make a magic ring, 5dc into ring (5sts)

Rnd 1: 2dc into each st around (10sts)

Rnd 2: dc2tog around (5sts)

Slst into next st

Fasten off

Seat cover (make 1):

Using 3.25mm needles and red DK yarn

CO 6sts

Stst 12 rows (beginning with a k row)

Cast off

Making up:

Start by taking your elephant body piece and sew the small pearl beads either side of the base of the trunk to create the eyes. Then take the ears and sew them slightly wider apart a bit behind the eyes, the pictures can be used a s a guide. Darn in/fasten off any loose ends on the ears or body piece. You can stuff the feet if you wish however I didn't. Sew the feet to the base of the elephant as seen in the diagram (in a kind of square/rectangle placement):

Next take a piece of  the blue DK yarn and tie a knot in the end. fasten it to the back (bum :) of the elephant so only a short length of yarn and the knot stick out to create a little tail (see picture for guidance). Sew the seat cover across the back of the elephant and  finally, attach a small star sequin to each side of the seat cover and one to the elephants forehead using fabric/craft glue to make him look a bit more showbiz! :D

All finished!!!!!!


(I am using UK crochet/knitting abbreviations)

st(s) = Stitch(es)
Rnd(s) = Round(s)
Slst = Slip stitch
dc = double crochet
dc2tog = double crochet two stitches together
Stst = Stocking stitch
K = Knit
CO = Cast on

I hope you all have fun making the pattern, see you soon

Bye :0)


  1. You clever girl! Thanks for the pattern. You spoil us.

  2. Hahahah,thanks! glad you like it :)

  3. This pattern isnt coming out like it should..Something isnt right on it

  4. You forgot to add the nose.

    1. Anonymous: The body and nose are made in one piece- the trunk is rnd 13- 17 as part of the body pattern. If your trunk is not long enough (maybe due to differences in tension) you can try working a few extra rounds of 1dc (like instructed for rnds 14-16)

  5. I love your elephant-- I thought I would also make one of an elephant i worked with while I was with the circus and she was an African elephant, big ears and all so I created the ears for her and I thought I'd share with you and your readers

    African Elephant ears-- make 2- usa terms

    with the 'D" hook, hook 5 dc in a magic circle
    row 1-- 2 dc in each st, ch 3 turn (10 dc)
    row 2 -- hook 1hdc in the first 5 stitches and 1 sc in last 5 stitches.

    fasten off -- tighten the magic circle as tight as possible with out breaking the yarn. the tightening of the circle will give that extra stiffness the african elephant ears have

    Thank you again for a great pattern! (I had to crochet the blanket since I dont knit- :( )

    1. What an interesting story that you used to work in a circus! :)

      Thank you for posting the elephant ears pattern- I will have to try it xxx


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