With so many of us wearing face masks when we venture out of our homes, people are beginning to realize how truly uncomfortable they are. Many people are making ear savers (also called mask mates) by crocheting, sewing, and even 3D printing plastic ones. Since I have had elephants on the brain lately, I made this cute little buddy to wear for my next grocery trip.
- ½ oz. cotton worsted yarn
- Size G (4.0 mm) crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- 2 googly eyes (sew-on preferred)
- Two 1” buttons
- Adhesive-backed felt
Row 1: Ch 13, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across (12 hdc).
Rows 2-4: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st. Ch 5 at the end of Row 4.
Row 5: Sc in 2nd ch, sc in next 3 ch, sc in next 12 sts, work 4 chainless foundation sc (20 sc).
Rows 6-7: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st.
Row 8: Ch 1, turn, sl st in first 6 sts, sc in next 8 sts, leave remaining 6 sts unworked.
Rows 9-11: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st.
Rows 12-13: Ch 1, turn, dec, sc across to last 2 sts, dec (6 sc at end of Row 13).
Row 14: Dec both ends (4 sc).
Row 15: Dec twice across top of head, then turn to work one rnd of sc around the entire piece with 2 sc in each corner. Join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.
Rnd 1: Ch 2 (or magic circle), 6 sc in 2nd ch.
Rnds 2-5: Sc in each st. Work in continuous rnds throughout. At end of Rnd 5, join with sl st. Fasten off. Sew trunk to middle of face.
Ears (Make 2):
Row 1: Ch 2, 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in each st (8 hdc).
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, *2 sc in next st, sc in next st,* repeat 3 times (12 hdc).
Fold top of ear down to Row 1 (center) and sew in place. Sew top half of one ear to each side of head, leaving bottom half dangling.
Place elephant on felt and mark around the edges. Cut out felt shape slightly smaller than the marked line. Stick felt to back of elephant, trimming edges as needed to fit.
Sew or glue on eyes. Sew buttons to ends of arms. Weave in all ends.
PDF download available at My Fingers Fly.
Elephant Crochet Patterns
So many crafters have been sewing masks in an attempt to keep up with the demand. If you’ve neglected yourself while sewing for others, here’s a cute yarnicorn neck gaiter for you. Yarnicorn Neck Gaiter
With Mother’s Day coming up, the Yarnicorn is also available on t-shirts, coffee mugs, totes, and phone cases to delight your fiber artist mother.
Please stay safe, especially with some communities beginning to open businesses. Of course, we’re all excited at the prospect of yarn shops opening again! Take care.