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1  Re: Slightly Fantastical Elephant (with abbreviated tutorial) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by amudd on: August 16, 2008 06:44:37 PM

 The original square was 15" x 15" and looked like this: (dotted line is the stitching to make the head) 

Finished, she's about 10 inches tall with the ears. 
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2  Slightly Fantastical Elephant (with abbreviated tutorial) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by 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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