Flat Knit Plush Elephant Knitting Pattern- beginner-friendly knitting pattern for this cute plush elephant. Perfect project for a quick and thoughtful gift!
There are so many cute knitting patterns for plush animals, but almost none of them are beginner-friendly. This little knitted toy elephant is here to change that! This elephant knitting pattern is knit on straight needles using the garter stitch. It is so easy, that anyone with basic knitting skills can make it.
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Flat Knit Plush Elephant Knitting Pattern
Gauge: not necessary for this project
Pattern instructions for this elephant toy:
(This pattern is knit from the back of the elephant to the trunk)
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Cast on 36 stitches. Knit 10 rows.
Cast off 4 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows (28 stitches remain).
Knit 2 rows.
Knit 2 stitches together at the beginning of the next 8 rows. (20 its remain)
Cast on 8 stitches at the start of the next 2 rows (36 stitches).
Knit 10 rows.
Cast off 8 stitches at the start of the next 2 rows (20 stitches remain).
Shape the head:
Knit to within 3 stitches of the end of the first row of the head. TURN and knit to within 3 stitches of the other end. TURN and Knit 13 stitches then knit 2 together.
TURN and knit 13 stitches then knit 2 together. TURN and continue as established knitting 13 stitches and then knit 2 together until 14 stitches remain.
Shape the trunk:
Knit to within 3 its of the end of the first row. TURN THE WORK and knit to within 3 its of the other end. TURN and knit 7 stitches then knit 2 together.
TURN and knit 7 stitches then knit 2 together. Repeat this decrease every row until 8 stitches remain.
Knit the 8 stitches for 12 rows to make the trunk.
For the Ears:
Starting from the top down of the left side of the elephant’s head, pick up and knit 7 stitches.
Row 1: Knit across.
Row 2: Knit to the last stitch, KFB in the last stitch. (8 sts)
Row 3: Knit across.
Row 4: Knit to the last stitch, KFB in the last stitch. (9 sts)
Rows 5 & 6: Knit across.
Row 7: Knit 2 stitches together at the start of the next row. (8 sts)
Row 8: Knit to the last 2 its, knit 2 together. (7 sts)
Row : Knit across.
Bind off. repeat steps to make the other ear.
For the Tail:
Pick up 2 stitches at the back of the elephant. Knit for 8 rows. Bind off and weave in ends.
This is what the piece looks like when you are finished knitting.
Fold the elephant over and add the eyes.
Starting at the trunk sew the seam using a yarn needle.
Stuff the elephant as you sew the seam. Make sure the legs are stuffed tightly.
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