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The Most Adorable Elephant Crochet Baby Blanket

By: Amanda Saladin for redheart.com
The Most Adorable Elephant Crochet Baby Blanket
The Most Adorable Elephant Crochet Baby Blanket
This image courtesy of redheart.com

It's true: this is The Most Adorable Elephant Crochet Baby Blanket. At a glance, this adorable baby blanket pattern looks like an ordinary, gray, gender-neutral baby blanket. Not so! Lovey meets blanket meets pillow with this fantastic project. Crochet a darling elephant with the body of a giant blanket. Learn how to roll up the blanket to create the precious elephant pillow. If your new baby loves elephants, or if you want to decorate the nursery with these charming creatures, this crochet baby blanket pattern is the perfect option. Learn how to crochet a baby blanket that no one will forget with this darling tutorial from Red Heart.

Notes1. Blanket is worked flat, then rolled up to determine placement of Head, Ears, Buttons and Tail.

2. For Blanket, the ch-2 worked at the beginning of a row counts as a stitch.

3. To work Border evenly around Blanket, work one sc in the side of each row beginning with a sc, work two sc in the side of each row beginning with a chain-2, work one sc in the back of each foundation ch, work one sc in each st of the top row, and work 3 sc in each corner.

4. When making Head, use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of each round. To keep the seam more even, every 8th round slip st in the first stitch and mark the next stitch as the first stitch of the new round.

Easy

Crochet HookF/5 or 3.75 mm hook, K/10.5 or 6.5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet Gauge18 sts= 5” (12.5 cm); 13 rows = 5” (12.5 cm) in pattern with size K hook. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles/hook to obtain the gauge given.

Finished SizeBlanket measures approximately 24" (61 cm) x 35" (89 cm).

Materials List

  • RED HEART® Baby Hugs™ Light: 3 balls 3410 Dolphin, A, 1 ball each 3724 Pinkie B and 3012 Ink C. Note: Only small quantities of B and C are needed for this project.
  • Susan Bates® Crochet Hooks: 3.75 mm [US F-5] and 6.5 mm [US K-10½]
  • Yarn needle
  • Removable stitch marker
  • Two 13⁄16" (30mm) buttons
  • Small amount of polyester fiberfill for stuffing.

Instructions for Crocheting the Baby Blanket

Blanket

With larger hook and A, ch 126.

  1. Row 1 (wrong side): 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, *skip 2 ch, (sc, 2 dc) in next ch; repeat from * to last 3 ch, skip 2 ch, sc in last ch; turn—124 sts.

  2. Row 2 (right side): Ch 2, 2 dc in first sc, *skip 2 dc, (sc, 2 dc) in next sc; repeat from * to last 3 sts, skip 2 dc, sc in top of ch-2; turn—124 sts.

  3. Rows 3-60: Repeat Row 2. Do not turn at end of Row 60.

  4. Border (right side): Ch 1, sc evenly around Blanket (see Notes). Join to first sc with slip st. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Head

With smaller hook and A, ch 2

  1. Round 1 (right side): 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with slip st and mark first st of each round. Do not join or turn—4 sc.

  2. Round 2: 2 sc in each sc—8 sc.

  3. Rounds 3-6: Sc in each sc around.

  4. Round 7: Sc in first 2 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sc in last 2 sts—8 sts.

  5. Round 8: Slip st in first st and move marker (see Notes), sc in first 2 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sc in last 2 sts—8 sts.

  6. Rounds 9-10: Sc in first 2 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sc in last 2 sts—8 sts.

  7. Round 11: 2 sc in first st, sc in next st, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in last st—12 sts.

  8. Rounds 12-15: Sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 6 sts, sc in last 3 sts—12 sts.

  9. Round 16: Slip st in first st and move marker (see Notes), sc in first 3 sts, hdc in next 6 sts, sc in last 3 sts—12 sts.

  10. Round 17: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in last st—16 sts.

    Stuff Trunk lightly with fiberfill.

  11. Rounds 18-20: Sc in first 4 sts, hdc in next 8 sts, sc in last 4 sts—16 sts.

  12. Round 21: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in last st—20 sts.

  13. Round 22: Sc in first 5 sts, hdc in next 10 sts, sc in last 5 sts—20 sts.

  14. Round 23: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in last st—24 sts.

  15. Round 24: Slip st in first st and move marker (see Notes), 2 sc in first st, sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in each of next 2 sts, sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in last st—28 sts.

  16. Round 25: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 12 sts, 2 sc in each of next 2 sts, sc in next 12 sts, 2 sc in last st—32 sts.

  17. Round 26: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 14 sts, 2 sc in each of next 2 sts, sc in next 14 sts, 2 sc in last st—36 sts.

  18. Round 27: 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 16 sts, 2 hdc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in next 16 sts, 2 hdc in last st—40 hdc. Fasten off.

Ear (make 2 with A and 2 with B)

With smaller hook, ch 7.

  1. Row 1 (wrong side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across; turn—6 sc

  2. Row 2 (right side): Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in last sc; turn—8 sc.

  3. Rows 3-5: Ch 1, sc across; turn—8 sc.

  4. Row 6: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog; turn—6 sts.

  5. Row 7: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog—4 sts.

  6. Fasten off.

Tail

With smaller hook and A, ch 5.

  1. Row 1 (wrong side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across; turn—4 sc.

  2. Row 2 (right side): Ch 1, sc, sc2tog, sc; turn—3 sts.

  3. Row 3: Ch 1, sc across; turn—3 sc.

  4. Row 4: Ch 1, sc3tog; turn—1 st.

  5. Row 5: Ch 1, sc—1 sc.

  6. Fasten off, leaving long ends for sewing and adding Fringe

Add Fringe

Cut 2 lengths of A, 3" (7.5 cm) each, and fold in half. Using crochet hook, pull folded edge through tip of Tail. Referring to photo, draw ends through folded loop, pull to secure, and cut ends evenly.

Finishing

  1. To join Ears, hold one of each color together with B on top. With smaller hook, join A at end of starting ch, and referring to photo, sc evenly around side, top, and opposite side of Ear, leaving bottom open. Fasten off, leaving long end for sewing. Repeat for other Ear.

  2. Referring to photo for placement, with C, embroider Eyes on either side of Head. Sew Ears onto each side of Head. Stuff Head very lightly with fiberfill. Fold Head in half and match sts on open sides. With A, sc open sides together. Fasten off, leaving long end to slip st Head to Blanket.

  3. Fold Blanket in half widthwise, then in half widthwise again. Roll up tightly. Referring to photo for placement, position Head at end and slip st in place. Sew Tail in place. Weave in all ends. Referring to photo for placement, sew Buttons to Blanket. To create Button Loops on edge of Blanket, work Loops opposite Buttons on rolled-up Blanket as follows:

  4. With smaller hook and A, join yarn to edge

  5. Ch 5, skip 3 sts on edge of Blanket, slip st in next st on edge; turn.

  6. Ch 1, sc in each ch, slip st to first st. Fasten off and weave in ends.

  7. Repeat for second Button Loop.

Abbreviations

sc2tog (single crochet 2 together)
[Draw up a loop in next st] twice, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
sc3tog (single crochet 3 together)
[Draw up a loop in next st] three times, yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook.
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Oh my goodness gracious! I absolutely adore elephants (they are my favorite animal) and this crochet baby blanket is to die for. I would cherish this forever! This would make for an incredible baby shower gift.

I am amazed that everyday when I look through FavesCrafts and the sister sites I ALWAYS find something new to try. I just found out I'm going to be a grandmother for the first time. And this morning I found The Most Adorable Elephant Baby Blanket. The perfect gift to start now for my little miracle. It folds up to make a stuffed toy. What a cute idea!

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