Esther the Elephant
Height: 13.5″ standing
Skill Level: Intermediate
Ravelry: Esther the Elephant
Esther the Elephant is certainly adorable, but don’t flatter her too much – an elephant never forgets, and she’s already got a big head!
You may need to twist the trunk a bit to get it straight on the face – this is normal. 🙂
Regarding stitch markers
Note: The photos above show a fox, but the technique is the same for all of my patterns.
The pattern indicates to insert 4 different stitch markers in various places besides the one you use to track the beginning/end of each round.
I recommend using strands of yarn in 3 different colors as your stitch markers: Two strands in color 1 (blue) to mark where you will place each eye, Two strands color 2 (pink) to mark where you will start attaching each ear, and one long strand in color 3 (green) to track the beginning/end of each round.
The photos above demonstrate how to mark a stitch while crocheting a round: lay your strand of yarn acting as a marker over your working yarn and the stitch you’ll be working into, then complete the stitch as normal.
You’ll essentially be weaving the long strand in color 3 through your work with each round. On odd rounds you’ll be laying the strand back-to-front, and on even rounds you’ll be laying the strand front-to-back.
The advantage of using this technique is you’ll have the beginning of every single round marked, which makes it much easier to find your place if you make a mistake. That said, It’s perfectly fine to use a regular ol’ safety pin-like marker to keep track of your rounds instead. 🙂
How to indent the eyes
Note: The video above shows a fox, but the technique is the same for all of my patterns.
Step 1 – Cut a strand of yarn approximately 12″ long. Tie a large, secure knot in one end and thread the other end through your yarn needle.
Step 2 – Insert your needle through the back opening of the head and sew between the two spots where you’ll be placing your safety eyes (marked with your color 1 stitch markers).
Step 3 – Pull your strand of yarn taut, which will create indents.
Step 4 – Fasten off with a knot and hide your yarn tail inside the head.
Here are the next steps to get your ears to look like the picture at the top of the pattern (click to view images at full size):
Step 1 – Fold in half and slip stitch closed – your ear will now be shaped like a taco
Step 2 – Fold the top point of your “taco” to touch the starting magic ring
Step 3 – Begin securing together by stitching through the magic ring
Step 4 – stitch all the way up, then tighten up your stitches