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Topic: First posted FO: Elephant kitty stuffie--now w/added Tutorial!  (Read 9772 times)
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terpsichore
« on: April 27, 2007 06:23:33 AM »



I made a toy for my kitties.



Tutorial!!

Materials:
Worsted Wt yarn.  Destash your scrap yarn!
US#3 DPNs
Blunt yarn needle

Guage isn't too important since it's a toy.

Cast on 5 st. Place marker & join to work in the round.
Row 1: Kfb into every st. 10 sts.
Rows 1-7: K all sts
Row 8: k4, [m1, k1] twice, k4. 12 sts.
Continue in St-st for 9 more rounds

Shape head.

Next Row: K1, [m1, k1] to end. 23 st
St-st 3 rounds
Next Row: K5, [m1, k1] 13 times, k5. 36 st.
Continue in St-st until elephant is as long as you want.  I did about 19 rounds for a more elongated "body"

Stuff trunk and body.  Work with the trunk a little to get it to curve in the direction you want.  If you're making this for a kitty, you can hide a little sachet of catnip in the stuffing.   Wink

Next Row: [K1, K2tog] to end. 24 st.
St-st 3 rounds
Next Row: [K2tog] to end. 12 st.
Break yarn and draw through rem. sts.  Tie a small knot close to the fabric & hide yarn end in body.

Ears (make 2).

Cast on 10 sts.
Row 1: P all sts.
Row 2: Kfb into every st. 20 sts.
Rows 3-7: St-st
Continue in st-st and dec 1 st. at beg of next & all rows after until 12 st remain.
Next Row: [K2tog] to end. 6 st.
Break yarn and draw through remaining sts.  Pull tightly & secure yarn.  Fold ear in half & over sew across cast on sts. Sew row ends together.  Sew the folded edges of the ears to the side of the elephant.

Tail.

Cut two or three lengths of yarn 4 times as long as you want the tail to be.  Holding all of them together, secure one end with tape on a table (or in your mouth like I did, ha!).  Twist yarn until it starts to curl in on itself.  Be careful not to untwist the yarn and thread one end onto a yarn needle.  Draw the cord under two of the stitches on the back of the elephant's body.  Bring the yarn ends together and let them twist together to make the cord.  Tie a knot in the end of the cord.

Embroider eyes.

« Last Edit: April 28, 2007 05:33:08 PM by terpsichore » THIS ROCKS   Logged
Knit~It~Good
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2007 06:27:29 AM »

thats really cute!
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2007 06:28:48 AM »

 Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy really really cute  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2007 07:21:05 AM »

adorable!!!
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2007 09:20:46 AM »

Darling!  I love making kitty toys!
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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2007 09:34:01 AM »

Oh this is adorbs! My cats would love playing with that! Great job!
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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2007 09:55:38 AM »

That is so cute! You totally made my day Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2007 07:17:43 PM »

That's awesome!  My boyfriend likes elephants, I'll have to make him one of these!

Is his little trunk curved because of shaping, or does it have a pipe cleaner or something similar inside?
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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2007 08:17:11 PM »

That's awesome!  My boyfriend likes elephants, I'll have to make him one of these!

Is his little trunk curved because of shaping, or does it have a pipe cleaner or something similar inside?

I put two increases side by side to shape the trunk.   Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2007 03:03:37 PM »

My three year old would love it. SHe calls elephants hephalumps (sp) like on winnie the pooh. So exctly how did you do this? I have never done a stuffed animal.
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