Okay, so this is a totally goofy crochet project, but hey? What's life without a few goofy things!
First off, I made romansock's Pocket Elephant. I made the trunk a little big, but I think its rather endearing:
I named her Aliya (Sri Lankan for elephant and yes, I scarily did know that off the top of my head) -
and then realized - she's going in a swap to Michigan! Elephants don't live in snow and cold! What to do?
I imagined that an elephant would get very cold indeed with exposed ears. So I made her some earmuffs!
Fun, huh? They were super easy and a cute addition to the swap package full of little creatures.
Here's the way I made the earmuffs, in case you're wondering. And there's a full post on my blog about them:http://craftingyoohooville.blogspot.com/2007/11/elephant-earmuffs.html
Start with the left side and chain 7. Do 9 treble crochets into chain #4. Slip stitch from the last treble crochet into chain #1.
Then, create the middle of the left side - single crochet back to chain #7 on the half moon side.
Then you're going to chain 7 and repeat. The only difference is you are going to anchor each treble crochet onto the single crochet stitches in the middle with a slip stitch.
So in effect, the instructions look like this: Chain 7, create treble crochet in chain #4, slip stitch into single crochet row, create treble crochet from the top (where you just slip stitched) and anchor into chain #4 with a slip stitch, and repeat until you have 9 total. When you're finished with the last treble crochet, anchor it with a slip stitch to the end of the single crochets.
Then you're going to create the brace at the top of the earmuffs. This one's easy - chain 10, single crochet 10 stitches, and chain 10 into the single crochets so you reach the end of the line.
Now this is where it gets a bit tricky. You're going to repeat the same steps you did to make the first muff but you need to make sure that you face the bottom/foundation chain to the middle! If you don't, you're going to end up with a twisted muff on the right side. And don't feel bad if you have to try it a couple times - even I had to and I designed the pattern!
(In case you forgot or prefer the shorthand, here's how to make the muff: ch 7, 9 tc in ch 4, sl st ch 1. ch 7, *tc in ch4, sl st to sc #1, tc in sc #1, sl st to ch 4* Rep * until 9 tc, sl st ch 1. (make sure to face bottom chain to the inside!).)