Elephant Baby Rattle

Today I would like to share with you my first pattern for a baby toy. Here is my Elephant Baby Rattle!

I had wanted to crochet a baby rattle for a while and in particular an elephant, but I had no idea how. So, I just took up the challenge and started crocheting one!
It took some time to figure out how to make the proboscis and the mouth of the elephant all together with the head. Because yes, the elephant head, proboscis, and mouth are one single piece. Only the ears are crocheted separately and then sewed on the elephant head.

The result of much frogging was this sweet Elephant Baby Rattle, a perfect toy for both boys and girls. Just choose your favorite color and embellish your Elephant baby Rattle with a bow tie, a flower applique, or in your personal way!

For this pattern, I used Rio cotton yarn from Lammy Yarns, but any equivalent cotton yarn can be used, like for example Schachenmayr Catania.

If you like to crochet elephants, you may be interested in other projects from the Elephant Baby Collection! Take a look!

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Safety First

A crocheted baby rattle is the perfect gift for a baby, and parents will appreciate the beauty of handmade toys. However, make sure that the toy is completely safe for the little ones.
I suggest you do not use buttons for the eyes because they might fall off and can be swallowed by the kids. Also, crochet tight so that it is more unlikely that the fiberfill or cotton stuffing will come out. Alternatively, you can line the head of the elephant with cotton, as suggested here.

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Materials

– 3.0-mm (3 USA, 11 UK) Hook
– Approximately 32 g of 100% cotton (Sport – 5 PLY, Fine 2). I tried Rio from Lammy Yarns and Schachenmayr Catania, and both are perfectly fine.
– Natural Wood Teething Ring, 7 cm (2.8”) diameter
– Two Safety Eyes for Amigurumi
– Tapestry Needle
– Scissors
– Fiberfill or Cotton Stuffing

Crochet Abbreviations (US Terms)

Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Inc – Increase
Inv DecInvisible Decrease
MC Magic Circle
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch
Tr – Treble Crochet

How to Read the Pattern

  • (…) – Repeat the instruction within brackets for the indicated number of times.
  • If the pattern says “5 sc”, it means that you have to make one single crochet in each of the next 5 stitches.

Special Stitches

Increase (Inc)

Throughout the pattern, an increase consists of 2 sc in the same st.

Invisible Decrease (Inv Dec)

Grab the front loop of the first st, twist your hook downwards and insert it into the top of the next st, yo, pull yarn through all loops on your hook.

For more detailed instructions and a photo tutorial, check out this blog post.

Magic Circle (MC)

For a free photo tutorial on how to make a magic circle, check out this blog post.

Size

The head of the Elephant Baby Rattle excluding the ears and the wooden ring is approximately 7 cm (2.76”) tall, 6.5 cm (2.56”) large, and 10 cm (3.94”) deep. The ears are about 7.5 cm (2.95”) wide and 4 cm (1.57”) tall.

Keep in mind that these measurements can change quite a bit if you use a different kind of yarn.

Gauge & Anchor to the Wooden Ring

For the gauge, we are going to make a part that we will actually need for our Elephant Baby Rattle. It is going to be a rectangle that we will then sew around the wooden ring to attach the head of the elephant.

Start 21 chains.

Row 1. Sc in the second chain from the hook, sc until the end. (20 sts)
Row 2-8. Ch1, turn your work and crochet 1 sc in each st until the end. (20 sts)

You should obtain a rectangle of 8 cm (3.15”) by 3 cm (1.18”).

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing the rectangle on the wooden ring.

Elephant Head

Make a MC and ch 1.

1. 6 sc in MC, join with a sl st in the first sc. (6 sts)

2. Ch 1, 1 sc in each st from the previous row. Join. (6 sts)

3. Ch 1, (1 inc, 2 sc) twice. Join. (8 sts)

4. Ch 1, 1 inc, 2 inv dec, 3 inc. Join. (10 sts)

5. Ch 1, 1 inc, 2 inv dec, 2 inc, 2 sc, 1 inc. Join. (12 sts)

6. Ch 1, 1 inc, 2 inv dec, 3 inc, 2 sc, 2 inc. Join. (16 sts)

7. Ch 1, 1 inc, 2 inv dec, 1 inc, 10 sc. Join. (16 sts)

8. Ch 1, 1 sc, 2 inv dec, 5 sc, 2 inc, 4 sc. Join. (16 sts)

If you would like a shorter proboscis, skip rows 9 and 10 and go directly to row 11.

9. Ch 1, 2 sc, 1 inv dec, 4 sc, 2 inc, 4 sc, 1 inv dec. Join. (16 sts)

10. Ch 1, 1 sc in each st from the previous row. Join. (16 sts)

11. Ch 1, 1 inv dec, 14 sc. Join. (15 sts)

12-13. Ch 1, 1 sc in each st from the previous row. Join. (15 sts)

14. Ch 1, 4 inc, 10 sc, 1 inc. Join. (20 sts)

15. Ch 1, 11 sc, 2 inv dec, 5 sc. Join. (18 sts)

16. Ch 1, (1 inc, 3 sc) twice. 9 inc, 1sc. Join. (29 sts)

17. Ch 1, (4 sc, 1 inc) twice. 6 sc, 1 hdc, 2 dc, 1 hdc, 8 sc, 1 inc. Join. (32 sts)

18. Ch 1, (1 inc, 5 sc) twice. 7 sc, 2 inc, 11 sc. Join. (36 sts)

19. Ch 1, (6 sc, 1 inc) twice. 4 sc, 2 inc. Working only in the back loops, 2 sc, 2 inc, 2 sc. Working normal, 2 inc, 8 sc. Join. (44 sts)

20. Ch 1, (1 inc, 7 sc) twice. 6 sc, 1 inc, 10 sc, 1 inc, 10 sc. Join. (48 sts)

21. Ch 1, 24 sc, 1 inc, 3 sc, 1 inv dec, 2 sc, 1 inv dec, 3 sc, 1 inc, 10 sc. Join. (48 sts)

22. Ch 1, 29 sc, 2 inv dec, 15 sc. Join. (46 sts)

23-26. Ch 1, 1 sc in each st all around. Join. (46 sts)

27. Ch 1, 4 sc, 1 inv dec, 8 sc, 1 inv dec, 30 sc. Join. (44 sts)

28. Ch 1, 1 sc in each st all around. Join. (44 sts)

Eyes

At this point, I advise you to attach the safety eyes to your elephant head otherwise it gets more complicated later since we are going to close the head.

If you want extra safety for your teething toy, you can embroider the eyes of your elephant!

29. Ch 1, 4 sc, 1 inv dec, 6 sc, 1 inv dec, 13 sc, 1 inv dec, 2 sc, 1 inv dec, 11 sc. Join. (40 sts)

30. Ch 1, 4 sc, 1 inv dec, 4 sc, 1 inv dec, 28 sc. Join. (38 sts)

31. Ch 1, 4 sc, 1 inv dec, 2 sc, 1 inv dec, 12 sc, 1 inv dec, 2 sc, 1 inv dec, 10 sc. Join. (34 sts)

32. Ch 1, 4 sc, 1 inv dec, 1 sc, 1 inv dec, 10 sc, 1 inv dec, 2 sc, 1 inv dec, 9 sc. Join. (30 sts)

Stuffing

Start stuffing your elephant head with fiberfill or cotton stuffing. Make sure to push the stuffing all the way to the proboscis.

33. Ch 1, (4 sc, 1 inv dec) five times. Join. (25 sts)
34. Ch 1, (3 sc, 1 inv dec) five times. Join. (20 sts)
35. Ch 1, 10 inv dec. Join. (10 sts)
36. Ch 1, 5 inv dec. Join. (5 sts)

Tie off. Close the hole on the back of the elephant head by sewing it tightly.
Do not cut the yarn but use it to model the mouth of the elephant.

Modeling the Head

Model the Head of the elephant by shaping the mouth.

To do so, insert your tapestry needle from the back of the head all the way to the front in between proboscis and the mouth, as shown in the image below. Draw the yarn from one side of the mouth to the other going through the stitches, and pull the needle to the back of the head.
Repeat it a couple of times.

Tie off. Weave in ends.

Modeling the head of the elephant to outline the mouth better.

Ears (make 2)

Make a MC and ch 1.

1. Make 6 sc in the MC, join with a sl st in first sc. (6 sts)
2. Ch 1, (1 sc, 1 inc) three times. (9 sts)
3. Ch 1, 3 sc, 3 inc, 3 sc, join. (12 sts)
4. Ch 1, (5 sc, 1 inc) twice. Join. (14 sts)
5. Ch 1, 1 sc in each st all around. Join. (14 sts)

6. Ch 1, (6 sc, 1 inc) twice. Join. (16 sts)
7. Ch 1, 1 sc in each st all around. Join. (16 sts)
8. Ch 1, 7 sc, 2 inc, 7 sc. Join. (18 sts)
9. Ch 1, 8 sc, 2 inc, 8 sc. Join. (20 sts)

10. Ch 1, 9 sc, 2 inc, 9 sc. Join. (22 sts)
11-13. Ch 1, 1 sc in each st all around. Join. (22 sts)
14. Ch 1, 1 inc, 8 sc, 2 inv dec, 8 sc, 1 inc. Join. (22 sts)
15. Ch 1, 1 sc in each st all around. Join. (22 sts)
16. Repeat row 14. (22 sts)

17. Ch 1, 9 sc, 2 inv dec, 9 sc. Join. (20 sts)
18. Ch 1, 8 sc, 2 inv dec, 8 sc. Join. (18 sts)
19. Ch 1, 7 sc, 2 inv dec, 7 sc. Join. (16 sts)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing the ears on the head of the elephant.

Assembling the Elephant Baby Rattle

Finishing the Elephant Baby Rattle

Start by sewing the ears of the elephant on the side of the head.

Sew the rectangular piece that we used as gauge on the wooden ring.

Assemble the teething toy by sewing the rectangular piece around the wooden ring.

Sew the head of the elephant very firmly in the middle of the rectangular piece that you just attached on the wooden ring.

With black yarn, make the hair of the elephant. You can just attach the yarn on top of the elephant head by making a knot. Cut the hair at your desired length.

You can decorate the elephant with a bow tie, a flower, or with your favorite accessory.

Your crochet Elephant Baby Rattle is ready!

I hope you enjoyed crocheting this crochet pattern. Please, do not hesitate to contact me if you need any help or support. I am looking forward to seeing all your beautiful makes on Facebook and Instagram!

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