I made some elephant coasters a while back (thanks to a friend’s request) and I was pretty happy with how they turned out. Unfortunately it took me way too long to post the patterns! I had the rough outline written already, but I really needed the motivation to edit and then finally post on here. Well, here is pattern #1 which is a side-profile elephant! Pattern #2 will be coming sometime in the near future. So for now, if you want to make an elephant coaster, you can follow this pattern for a side-profile elephant. Or, you can wait until I post pattern #2 which is the “upright” elephant (you can find a pic of it on my Instagram @JoselynCrochets). Or, you can make both elephants because you just really like elephants. Or, you can make neither because you don’t like elephants. So many choices!!
As usual, please let me know if you come across errors!
Stitches (US terms):
- Sc – single crochet
- Hdc – half double crochet
- Dc – double crochet
- Tc – triple crochet
- Sl st – slip stitch
- Ch 8, then Dc into the 3rd loop from the hook. Dc into each of the remaining stitches. When you’ve finished the last Dc, do 4 more Dc into that same stitch. You should now have 10 Dc’s total. Your work will naturally start to curve.
- Position your work so that the last few Dc’s you did (which were all in the same stitch) are on the right side. You should notice that the bottom of the other Dc’s are now at the top. We will Dc into those stitches: 1 Dc into each stitch. In the final stitch, do an additional 3 Dc. You should have done a total of 8 stitches in this step, for a total of 18 stitches in this oval shape. Sl st to join.
- Now we will continue to Dc into all of these 18 stitches for the next few rows. For the new row, we will do 2 Dc’s into each stitch. When starting each row, remember to Ch 2 and start the Dc in the 3rd loop from the hook. Note that the Ch 2 counts as a Dc. When finishing each row, remember to Sl st to join.
- In this row, the pattern is: 2 Dc in 1 stitch, 1 Dc in the next stitch.
- In this row, the pattern is: 2 Dc in 1 stitch, 1 Dc in the next stitch, 1 Dc in the next stitch. When you get to roughly the same place as in the pic below (note that I’ve rotated the work so that the starting point is at the bottom left instead of top right), switch to Tc so that you follow the pattern of 2Tc 1Tc 1Tc (instead of 2Dc 1Dc 1Dc). Do 3 sets of this pattern and switch back to Dc’s so that you finish the row with Dc’s. The Tc’s should stick out a little more than the Dc’s and will be the foundation for the elephant’s head.
- Now we will work on only the head of the elephant. Flip your work so that the underside is now facing up. Do the following: Sl st 5 times. Then, ScSc Hdc Dc Dc DcDc Tc Tc Tc DcDc Hdc Sc Slst Slst Slst. (If I typed 2 stitches together like ScSc, then that means they’re within the same stitch).
- The next row will continue the head and include the nose. Flip the work. [First photo shows what your elephant looks like when you’ve flipped it]. Do the following: Hdc Dc Dc Tc Tc Tc Tc Tc Dc Hdc Sc. Start the nose by chaining 10. Then, starting in the 3rd loop from the hook: Hdc Dc Dc DcDcDc Dc. Then do Tc’s for the rest of the chain. Slst the nose onto the head.
- Sl st along the body (about 5 times) until you reach an appropriate place to start making a leg. Ch 8. Tc along the chain (start in the 3rd loop from the hook). Sl sl to the body.
- Sl st along the body (I did about 11 times) until you reach an appropriate place to start the next leg. Repeat the same steps as the previous leg.
- Sl st until an appropriate spot to make a tail. Ch5 and Sl st thru those 5 stitches in the chain. That’s the tail! Now, to finish the elephant, Sl st around the body until you’ve Sl st-ed around the nose. Finish off.
- Hold the phone! You’re missing an ear! Let’s make an ear. Make a magic circle; Ch 2. 6 Dc into the magic circle. Ch 2, then 2 Dc into each of those stitches you just made. For the very last stitch, do a Sl st (after you’ve done the 2 Dc’s). Then insert your hook into the magic ring (center base of the ear) and Sl st. Finish off with a length of yarn so you can sew the ear to the head.
- To sew the ear onto the head: position the ear where it looks “natural”, but make sure it’s in a spot where a coffee mug can be placed on your coaster and not have a bumpy bottom. You wouldn’t want to spill coffee on your coaster! Loop the yarn back and forth through the magic circle a few times to connect the ear to the main coaster. When you’re satisfied, loop the yarn along the base of the ear to further connect the ear to the main coaster.
- Et voila! If you’d like, you can make a leaf (or a heart, or a flower, etc) and sew it onto the trunk tip. Plenty of these tutorials can be found on Youtube 🙂
Thanks for visiting! Please remember to post pics and credit me if you make this coaster (and please don’t sell the finished product). Stay tuned for the next elephant coaster pattern, and let’s hope it won’t take me as long to post it! 🙂
Don’t forget to check out my other free patterns!