Friday, 24 August 2012

A little elephant for a little person..

So one of my neighbours had a baby recently, and I decided it would be fun to make a cuddly toy, and what could be more fun than an elephant...
I decided on this pattern, Flo, published in Knitty, one of Franklin Habit's stitches in time series.
It took a while to realise that the pieces i'd knitted together really were going to make an elephant, but lo they did!

Without the ears Flo looked remarkably like an anteater.. but thankfully the ears made all the difference. I wasn't a big fan of the tail in the pattern, so I used i-cord with 4 stitches to make a tail and looped (and tied) the tail of the yarn round the end of the tail, then snipped to make the strings at the end.

I also decided to have a bit of fun so I could send a picture to a friend, see below.. and yes this gives you a good insight into some of the stupid things that I find funny!

I'm not sure how much the recipient (who's only 11 weeks old) liked Flo, particularly as it's half her size, so seems huge, but her parents certainly liked Flo and for now, that's what counts!

I'm very happy with the finished product, but I think I wouldn't bother making a seamed elephant again.. Next time I have the urge to make an elephant, I think either crochet, or something like Elijah by Ysolda Teague (less like a real elephant, but equally cute). 

Flo is ravelled here for those that want to have a look.

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