SLEEPY ELLIS ELEPHANT APPLIQUE

Ellis



Finally after such an amazing demand for my precious appliqué, I am so pleased to present to you Sleepy Ellis!

But first, let me reveal its inspiration…I originally designed my elephant appliqué for a friend's baby gift set. She loved elephants, so I was up for the challenge. Although, baby gifts were a first for me, I could not resist. This is what I created for her two years ago. The elephant appliqués were my design, which I think paired perfectly with my cheerful collection. 



I just fell in love with the basketweave stitch! Isn't it just exquisite? Being an advanced beginner myself, I was excited to experiment with this sexy stitch. It was smooth and simple in its undertaking, yet its interwoven impression radiated its sophistication, which my passion yearned for. If you would like to give the basketweave a whirl and flaunt your fresh new skill. Check out these sensational patterns that are sure to energize your stitch savvy senses:


Elephantblanket©
My version of the Baby Basketweave Afghan
Pattern by Craft Passion.com
Elephantcozy©
My version of the Basketweave Cocoon & Hat
Pattern by Suzies Stuff

My version of the Diaper Cover

Pattern by The Bradens

In my early crochet adventures, I didn't know much about creating my own patterns. No to mention, how intricate and overwhelming they seemed. Yet, I dared myself to  design, Ellis the elephant! I had written what I thought at the time were some detailed and correct instructions; however, while trying to recreate Ellis I quickly realized that my math was way off! So, with some reworking and rewording, I finally have my Sleepy Ellis completed. I am very proud of this little guy. He is my first creation of its kind. So today, I would love to share my new pattern with you, and I hope our love for him is mutual!  :) So without further ado … The Pattern!

Sleepy Ellis Elephant Appliqué

C$1.00 CDN
"This pattern is a perfect stash saver, and he is a joy to make! From blankets to embellishments, he is sure to compliment any projects of choice! A Beginner's Delight!"
SPECIAL NOTES

  • Join unless stated otherwise
  • This pattern is worked in rounds with turning your work, by alternating right side to wrong side with each round to work in opposite directions.
  • You must know how to crochet and know the basic crochet stitches, such as single crochet, half double crochet, slip stitch and crab stitch to use this pattern.
  • You must know how to double threat a needle and whip stitch.


SPECIAL STITCHES
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MATERIALS


4 medium copy 

  • Finished Size (approx.)
  • 7.25 Wide x 4.50 Long

Yarn

  • Any 4/Medium/Worsted yarn (Enough for project) Used: 
  • Phentex Worsted - Light Old Rose(CC)
  • Bernat Premium Worsted - Soft Grey Heather(MC)
  • Bernat Worsted - Black For eyes
Crochet Hook

  • H (5mm) 

Notions

  • Yarn Needle (large eye) 


Abbreviations in US

  • Yarn over (yo) 
  • Chain (ch)
  • Stitch (st)
  • Slip Stitch (sl st)
  • Next (nxt)
  • Single Crochet (sc)
  • Half Double Crochet (hdc)
  • Reversed Single Crochet Crab stitch (rsc or cs)
  • Main Colour (mc) 
  • Contrasting Colour (cc)
  • Increase (inc)
  • Repeat (rep)
  • Rounds (rnd)
  • Beginning (beg)
  • Each (ea)

(1) Trunk Hexagon Face

Start with mc, or colour of choice and shape into a magic circle.


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Rnd 1: Work 5sc in circle, join with sl st into beg st, pull gently on yarn to close circle. Ch1, do NOT turn (5st)
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Weave in end; pull tail slightly to tighten as you go
Rnd 2: Inc. 2sc into each st to end, join with sl st into beg st, ch1, turn.(10st)

2015 02 21 13 27 43 Rnd 3: 1sc in each st to end, join with sl st into beg st, ch1, turn.(10st)
2015 02 21 13 29 42 Rnd 4: Rep Rnd 3 (10st)
Rnd 5: Rep Rnd 3 and 4, three times.(10st)

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Rnd 12: Inc. 2sc into each st to end, join with sl st into beg st, ch1, turn. (20st)
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Rnd 13: Inc.*1sc in first st, 2sc in nxt* rep from * to end, join with sl st into beg st, ch1, do NOT turn. (30st)

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Rnd 14: 1 sc in same st, 1sc in nxt 7st, 2hdc in nxt st, 1sc in nxt 4st, 2hdc in nxt st, 1sc into nxt 4st, 2hdc in nxt st, 1sc in nxt 4st, 2hdc in nxt st, 1sc in nxt 7st, join with sl st into beg st, ch1, do NOT turn. (35st)
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Rnd 15: Cs or Rsc, starting second st right side of hook and into each st to end, sl st in beg st on wrong side to secure.

Fasten off with 6” tail and weave in end. Tuck in the tip of trunk and shape. Sew trunk to bottom of hexagon face. [see picture for placement]


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(2) Ears (make 2)

Do NOT join in this sectionStart with cc, or colour of choice and shape into a magic circle.
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Rnd 1: Work 6hdc in circle, pull gently on yarn to close circle. Ch2, turn (6st)

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Do NOT join in this sectionRnd 2: Inc. 2hdc into each st to end, ch2, turn. (12st)

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Do NOT join in this sectionRnd 3: Join mc and work 2hdc into each st to end, ch2, turn. (24st)

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Do NOT join in this sectionRnd 4:*1hdc in first st, 2hdc in nxt st* rep from * to end, ch1, do NOT turn. (36st)

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Rnd 6: Cs or rsc around to end and sl st on wrong side to secure. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.


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(3) Assembly

2015 02 07 16 01 00 Ear Assembly:


Step 1: Lay face on top of ears, stretch ears to top and bottom of face area as shown on picture, pin ears to the desired location.
2015 02 07 15 08 12 Attaching Ear 1: using mc yarn


Step 2: On the backside of face area, stretch the ear and sew in place. Fasten off on backside and weave in ends.
Attaching Ear 2: using mc yarn


Step 3: Fold face in half and verify ear placement; make sure ears are lined up and adjust, if necessary. Attach remaining ear.
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Eyes, make 2: using black yarn


Step 4: Double thread yarn needle. From the backside, insert needle through to the right side corner of the trunk and pull needle through. Whip stitch about 1 cm long (about 3 or 4 times, bottom to top) forming a ball. Make sure thread is loose. (If thread is tight, gently insert needle under thread ball and pull up slightly to loosen.) Fasten off backside and weave in ends. Repeat for the second eye.
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2015 02 10 08 29 36 Eyelashes: using mc yarn


Step 5: Double thread yarn needle. Insert needle from backside through to the top right corner of right eye. Twist needle slightly, as to twist both pieces of yarn together and insert needle in the top left corner of the same eye. Insert needle through to the backside again, re-entering in top right corner of the left eye. Twist the needle slightly again, insert needle in top left corner of left eye, through to the backside. Pull and shape, so the thread is not too tight. Fasten off backside and weave in ends.

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I hope you enjoy making your very own Sleepy Ellis! I would love to see your creations! Please share your photos of your finished work on my Facebook Page - Nifty Mumzy Studios, add your project to Ravelry, email me or find me on other sites. Just search "Nifty Mumzy". 






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©2015 by Nifty Mumzy Studios/Monique Eves, All rights reserved. This includes all text, images or any portion of this pattern thereof be reproduced, copied, rewritten or used in any manner without written consent of the author.


You MAY, however, sell items you make personally, but this DOES NOT include any mass production or factory manufacturing of any kind. Please refrain from claiming this pattern or any designs, I create, as your own. I work very hard on my designs, and I would appreciate if you could credit me, the author, Nifty Mumzy Studios/Monique Eves, as pattern designer on all your sale items listed online, sale tags from craft fairs or any correspondence whatsoever by linking to my website, www.niftymumzy.ca or by email, niftymumzy@gmail.com. This pattern has been written in good faith, with some testing. However, if you find any mistakes, please contact the author. Results may vary and are not guaranteed. Any questions or concerns: niftymumzy@gmail.com.