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Friday, January 9, 2015

FO Friday: Elefante

On Sunday, I said we'd probably have an FO Friday post and I am not going to disappoint :)

Elefante (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Elefante by Susan B. Anderson

Time Frame: started December 19, 2014; finished December 28, 2014

Yarn: Purl Essence Tranquil in Honeysuckle (less than 1 skein - this yarn was part of a one-pound mill end bag from JoAnn Fabrics...took some asking and someone told me what it was)

Needles: US #6 (4 mm) Signature DPNs

Size: Whatever size it came out...

Modification(s): The original was done using scraps of worsted and US #4 (3.5 mm) needles. My yarn is still worsted but I used larger needles. I didn't want to have such a tight gauge so she turned out a bit larger than the original. I also used variegated yarn, rather than making the stripes myself. The thing I'm most proud of, however, are her ears. The pattern calls for crocheting the ears and I don't crochet. I don't lack the capability; I just don't...and I didn't really want to learn for the sake of this pattern. I looked through the "helpful notes" for this pattern and found a few that were knitted but they weren't quite what I was looking for. I wanted stockinette, knit flat, and the only sewing involved was whipstitching it to the head. The closest was a garter version, which I borrowed from, tweaked it, and lo, I have stockinette ears with a two-stitch garter boarder. And they're perfectly floppy and I love it.

Thoughts: This is intended to be a gift for Husband's youngest niece for her third birthday...which isn't until June. I wasn't sure how long she was going to take as Little Man's Giraffe (by the same designer) took me about seven months to make. So...I thought I had better start early. And then it only took me nine days to finish. Oops. At least it's done. I may have to make another one. She turned out so adorable...and Little Man seems to love her. Oh well. Perhaps one for Stormageddon. He doesn't have a knitted toy from Mama yet...

Anyway, more photos!

Front view

Ear seaming

More ear seaming


Top view!

I hope you're all having a lovely Friday :)


  1. That’s one cute elephant. Very nice.

  2. Splendid job. She will only bring smiles while she's squished up to a little chest in love.

  3. I love the colors ! If I may suggest, a pretty ribbon for her neck ? :)

  4. She's adorable...I'm sure the niece will love her.....

  5. Oh, she's lovely :) I knitted an elephant once and it isn't nearly so cute aas yours :)