The Tunisian Crochet Elephant Baby Lovey is the latest addition to my Elephant Baby Collection.
Well, I actually just came up with such a thing as an Elephant Baby Collection. The thing is that I’ve had so much fun crocheting all kinds of elephant-themed stuff, especially baby items, that it makes perfect sense to talk about a baby collection.
If you like to crochet baby animals, you may be interested in other projects from the Elephant Baby Collection or in the Tunisian Crochet Beehive Lovey! Take a look!
Elephants are just the ideal theme for a baby shower! Did you know that in many cultures around the world, elephants symbolize strength, luck, and fortune, and are believed to bring blessings to all new things, projects, and lives?
Besides the popular beliefs and symbolism, elephants are just so cute and fun to crochet. And this is already a good enough reason to make tons of baby items inspired by these huge, cute animals!
The style of the Elephant Baby Blanket matches that of the Elephant Baby Blanket. For this reason, I decided to crochet the lovey square with Tunisian crochet with a similar, miniaturized pattern as that of the much bigger Elephant Baby Blanket. Thus, I used the Tunisian reverse stitch to make a small border all around the lovey and to draw the hearts by making them pop up with a tridimensional effect.
For the Amigurumi Elephant, I re-used the pattern I designed for the Elephant Baby Rattle with the only variation of the ears. Since the secondary theme of this lovey is definitely hearts, I decided that the ears too had to somehow resemble hearts. And aren’t these ears cute?!
Compared to the Elephant Baby Rattles that I made a while ago, I also decided to vary the eyes. This time, I embroidered them. I am not the best embroider out there but I tried my best, I am sure you can do better!
I’d love to see your finished projects, so please, share pics of your Elephant Baby Lovey here in a comment or on social media. You can tag me on my RaffamusaDesigns Instagram and/or Facebook accounts.
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– 6-mm (10/J USA, 4 UK) Tunisian Crochet Hook with a wire of 105 cm (41“)
I purchased mine on Amazon. They are bamboo hooks in a package containing various sizes.
– 3.0-mm (2-3/C-D USA, 11 UK) Crochet Hook
– Embroidery Needle
– Less than a skein of Baby Print Acrylic Mint Green, White from Ice Yarns
– Embroidery Thread for the Eyes and Hair
Crochet Abbreviations (US Terms)
Ch – Chain
Blo – Back Loop Only
Dc – Double Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Inc – Increase
Inv Dec – Invisible Decrease
MC – Magic Circle
Return – Standard Tunisian Return
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch
Tks – Tunisian Knit Stitch
Trs – Tunisian Reverse Stitch
Yo – Yarn Over
Tunisian Knit Stitch (Tks)
Insert your hook from right to left and from front to back in the space between the front and the back vertical bars of the designated st, yo, pull up a loop.
Tunisian Reverse Stitch (Trs)
Bring your crochet hook to the back of the work. Identify the back vertical bar of the next st. Insert your hook from right to left in the back vertical bar, yo, pull up a loop.
The Trs is essentially the same as a Tunisian simple stitch with the only difference that it is worked on the back of your work.
Standard Tunisian Return (Return)
Yo, pull through the first loop on your hook, *yo, pull through two loops*. Repeat in between * for all the loops on your hook. At the end of the return round, you will only have one loop on your hook.
- When working the Tunisian crochet lovey square, always skip the very first st.
- The total stitch count is indicated within brackets at the end of each row.
The finished Elephant Baby Lovey is approximately 27 cm (10.5”) by 27 cm (10.5”).
The Amigurumi Elephant head (excluding the ears) 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. The ears are approximately 5 cm (2”) tall and 4 cm (1.57”) wide.
Before beginning your project, make sure you check your gauge for both the Tunisian crochet lovey square and the Amigurumi elephant head.
Gauge for the Tunisian Crochet Square
10 tks for 10 rows should measure approximately 5 cm by 5 cm (2” by 2”).
Gauge for the Amigurumi Elephant Head
1. Sc in the second chain from the hook, sc until the end. (20 sts)
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”).
Tunisian Crochet Lovey Square Pattern
1. Working in the back bumps, go into the second st from your hook, yo, pull up a loop. Pull up a loop in every ch. Return. (45 sts)
2-4. Trs in each st (remember to sk the first st!). Return. (45 sts)
5-6. Trs in the first 3 sts (you will have 4 loops on your hook). Crochet 39 tks and 3 trs. Return. (45 sts)
7. Crochet 3 trs, 2 tks, 6 trs, 23 tks, 6 trs, 2 tks, 3 trs. Return. (45 sts)
8-9. Crochet 3 trs, 2 tks, 7 trs, 21 tks, 7 trs, 2 tks, 3 trs. Return. (45 sts)
10. Repeat row 7. (45 sts)
11-12. Crochet 3 trs, 2 tks, 4 trs, 27 tks, 4 trs, 2 tks, 3 trs. Return. (45 sts)
13. Crochet 3 trs, 3 tks, 2 trs, 29 tks, 2 trs, 3 tks, 3 trs. Return. (45 sts)
14-37. Trs in the first 3 sts, crochet 39 tks and 3 trs. Return. (45 sts)
38. Repeat row 13. (45 sts)
39-40. Repeat rows 11-12. (45 sts)
41. Repeat row 7. (45 sts)
42-43. Repeat rows 8-9. (45 sts)
44. Repeat row 7. (45 sts)
45-46. Trs in the first 3 sts, crochet 39 tks and 3 trs. Return. (45 sts)
47-48. Trs in each st. Return. (45 sts)
49. Close your work by sl st in the back bars of each st. (45 sts)
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Amigurumi Elephant Head Pattern
To crochet the head of the elephant, I used the same pattern as the one for the Elephant Baby Rattle, but I changed the shape of the ears.
Head over to the Elephant Baby Rattle pattern and scroll down to the section “Head”. Follow the instructions there.
Elephant Ears (make two)
First Half (large one)
Make a MC, ch 1.
1. Crochet 6 sc in the MC. Pull the MC close and join the last st to the first with a sl st. (6 sts)
2. Ch 1, 6 inc. Join by sl st. (12 sts)
3. Ch 1, (1 inc, 1 sc) for six times. Join by sl st. (18 sts)
4-5. Ch 1, 18 sc. Join by sl st. (18 sts)
Tie off and cut yearn.
Second Half (Small one)
Make a MC, ch 1.
1. Crochet 6 sc in the MC. Join by sl st. (6 sts)
2. Ch 1, 6 inc. Join by sl st. (12 sts)
3-4. Ch 1, 12 sc. Join by sl st. (12 sts)
Do not fasten off.
Here, we will crochet the two halves together. In order to do so, first continue crocheting the second (small) half and then connect it to the first half like explained here below.
5. On the second half, ch 1, 6 sc. Take the first half and make the next sc in one of its sts. Sc in each st until you complete the round (18 sts in total for the first half). Now, go back to working into the sts of the second half. Make the next sc into the seventh st of the second half and continue with sc until you complete the round. Join by sl st. (30 sts)
6. Ch 1, 30 sc. Join by sl st. (30 sts)
7. Ch 1, 5 sc, 1 inv dec, 6 sc, 2 inv dec, 6 sc, 1 inv dec, 5 sc. Join by sl st. (26 sts)
8. Ch 1, 11 sc, 2 inv dec, 11 sc. Join by sl st. (24 sts)
9. Ch 1, 10 sc, 2 inv dec, 10 sc. Join by sl st. (22 sts)
10. Ch 1, 9 sc, 2 inv dec, 9 sc. Join by sl st. (20 sts)
11. Ch 1, 8 sc, 2 inv dec, 8 sc. Join by sl st. (18 sts)
Fasten off. Leave a long tail for sewing the ears on to the head of the elephant.
Start by sewing the ears of the elephant on the side of the head.
Sew the head of the elephant in the middle of the Tunisian crochet lovey square.
With a bit of black yarn, make the hair of the elephant on top of the head. You can just attach the yarn by making a knot and cutting the hair at your desired length.