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Topic: Slightly Fantastical Elephant (with abbreviated tutorial)  (Read 6809 times)
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amudd
« on: August 15, 2008 09:54:52 PM »

Hey all - somehow this is my FIRST POST although I've been hanging out on craftster for evers and evers.  
So, among other things, I love sculptural knitting.  A couple years ago I learned a super-simple technique for making stuffed knit animals from a square of knit material, and I've been having fun endlessly modifying it (dinosaurs!  seals!  ants!  etc!)  

Anyway, this sweet one yielded an unexpectedly lovely result, so I thought I'd post - hope you enjoy!


 





**Edit**  Here is the tutorial handout I made for a "skillshare" workshop.  It's a little jumbled, but hopefully it can give the basic idea.  (There are also probably other tutorials available on-line.)  For the elephant above I modified the original square by adding a loooooong tapering rectangle to the side of the square that I knew would eventually become her head, and added the ears after sewing and stuffing.  One note:  animals often look awkward when you first finish stuffing them.  I've found it usually takes a little squeezing and stitching (I also sewed her arms and legs into position and added wire to the trunk) to get them into the real shape you want.  Enjoy, and feel free to ask questions!  (If this is too small I can try to make it bigger and more readable.) 

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flootloop
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2008 10:01:12 PM »

WOW!! This is soo adorable!! Are you telling us that this lil ellie here was made from just one square?? Would you be willing to share the technique?  Shocked
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amudd
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2008 10:05:52 PM »

Thanks guys!   The trunk and ears were additions to the basic square pattern.  I did a hand-drawn tutorial of the process that I can scan and post.  It is an addictive pattern! 
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popculturerecycled
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2008 10:08:23 PM »

he is the cutest elephant ever!!  beautiful Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2008 10:10:11 PM »

If you're willing to share, I'll second the request for the tutorial. He looks so lovely and elegant. You should share more of your creatures!
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narhloki
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2008 10:40:59 PM »

I love the curl in his trunk. Smiley
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kingfrancebald
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2008 11:46:07 PM »

I love him to death!  Cheesy
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cutek94
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2008 11:51:55 PM »

awwwwwwwwwwwwwww
that's so cute
i must know how to do this *-*
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amudd
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2008 08:39:53 AM »

Tutorial handout added! 

Thanks for the feedback and I will definitely add a post with my other animals, but I have to warn everyone that the elephant is far and away my favorite so far, so the others might be a little anti-climactic Smiley  Though of course they all have their own charms.  Smiley

Hopefully in future I will be making / posting more at elephant level, hee-hee.   
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flootloop
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2008 09:22:14 AM »

thanks so much for the tute! I can't wait to try it Smiley

ETA: While I was searching around the web for more ideas, I came across a book, Knit a Square/Make a Toy. It has a bunch of animals to try.
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