elephant crochet amigurumi free pattern

Ellis the Elephant - Free Crochet Pattern


  • Weight 6 yarn 
  • Size J/6.0mm 
  • Stuffing
  • Safety Eyes or felt eyes and either a safety nose or some scrap cotton yarn to embroider one
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch Marker


  • mr = magic ring
  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • inc = increase (2 sc in next stitch)
  • dec = invisible decrease (sc 2 stitches together)
  • st = stitch
  • FO = fasten off

This pattern uses weight 6 blanket yarn. Any yarn may be used, but your crochet hook size will be different. Use a hook 1-2 sizes smaller than your yarn calls for. This pattern is in US crochet terms.

This pattern is worked in continuous rounds and using a stitch marker to mark the first stitch is recommended. 

*Safety eyes are NOT recommended for children who are three years old or younger.

 The Elephant pictured in the pattern is made with Sweet Snuggles Lite



Head & Body

These are worked as one piece, starting at the top of the head. 

R1: 6SC in a magic ring

R2: 6 inc (12)

R3: (1SC, inc) x 6 (18)

R4: (2SC, inc) x 6 (24)

R5: (3SC, inc) x 6 (30)

R6: (4SC, inc) x 6 (36)

R7-10 (4 rows): 36SC

R11: (4SC, dec) x 6 (30)

Place safety eyes between rows 9-10 about 6 stitches apart.

R12: 30SC

R13: (3SC, dec) x 6 (24)

R14: (2SC, dec) x 6 (18)

R15: (1SC, dec) x 6 (12)

R16: 12SC

Stuff head firmly.

R17: 12 inc (24)

R18: (3SC, inc) x 6 (30)

R19-22 (4 rows): 30SC

R23: (3SC, dec) x 6 (24)

R24: 24SC

R25: (2SC, dec) x 6 (18)

R26: (1SC, dec) x 6 (12)

R27: 6 dec

Stuff firmly, FO, sew hole shut.



R1: 4 SC in a magic ring


R3: (1SC, inc) x 2 (6)

R4-10 (8 rows): 6SC

R11: 3SC, 2 inc, 3SC

Depending on your tension, you may want to subtract or add rows for the trunk. F/O. Place a pipe cleaner in trunk so that it can bend upwards. Lightly stuff around the pipe cleaner.


Arms – make two

R1: 6 SC in a magic ring

R2: 6 inc (12)

R3: 12SC BLO

R4: 12SC

R5: (2SC, dec) x 3 (9)

Stuff foot, FO, and leave a long tail for sewing.


Feet – make two

Begin in secondary colour:

R1: 8 SC in a magic ring

R2: 8 inc (16)

R3: 16SC BLO

Switch to primary colour:

R4-6 (3 rows): 16SC

R7: (2SC, dec) x 4 (12)

Stuff foot, FO, and leave a long tail for sewing.



R1: Ch 5. Starting in the second chain from the hook, 4SC down the chain.

Loop scrap worsted weight yarn in a coordinating colour through the last SC. Tie it tightly and fray it with a comb or dog brush


Ears – make two

In secondary colour:

R1: 6SC in a magic ring

R2: 6 inc (12)

R3: (1SC, inc) x 6 (18)

R4: (2SC, inc) x 6 (24)

R5: (3SC, inc) x 6 (30)


In primary colour:

R1: 6SC in a magic ring

R2: 6 inc (12)

R3: (1SC, inc) x 6 (18)

R4: (2SC, inc) x 6 (24)

R5: (3SC, inc) x 6 (30)

Take the ear piece in the secondary colour and line up the stitches with the second ear piece. You’re going to place a SC in both the first and second ear piece all the way around, increasing every 4th stitch (4SC, inc) x 6 (36).

FO and leave a long tail for sewing. Fold the ear in half and place a stitch so that it stays pinched.



  • I like to begin by sewing on the trunk to make it easier to ensure everything else is symmetrical. Sew the trunk between rows 9-11 on the head. Bend it upwards.
  • Sew the ears on at about row 3 of the head.
  • Sew the arms where the body meets the neck. Ensure they are symmetrical to the trunk.
  • Sew the feet at about row 3 from the bottom of the body. Ensure they line up with the arms and that they are placed so that the Elephant can sit upright.
  • Sew the tail in between the legs on Ellis’ back, about 3 rows up from the bottom



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So cute!! Thank you so much for sharing this!!
@tammy keele-Yes, they do start out with a magic circle. 👍🏻


Love this elephant, perfect for the babies. So darn cute and soft. Thank you for sharing.

Jeanne Ivey

Do the arms and feet start out with a magic ring? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you

Tammy Keele

Oh, how cute! I just got some yummy grey yarn, was thinking elephant or hippo. This might be the winner! I will have to see if I have enough pink for the ears,etc. Thanks for sharing with us.


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