Chevron Elephant Lovey

Lovies seem to be a very popular request during warm weather months for both crocheters and clients alike. They make a great shower gift, are easily customized for baby’s nursery or a child’s bedroom theme, and are pretty quick to make.

I was asked to make something for a baby girl’s shower gift. The nursery is being done in gray and white chevron with pink accents and elephants. Chevron and elephants are hot trends this spring!!

A quick google search uncovers the wonderful world of elephant chevron themes:

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Let’s just say if I were to having another baby, boy or girl, I would totally be doing gray, yellow, and white!!!

chevron elephant post

Even traditional boy/girl colors:

chevron elephant post

elephant post

And the other unisex color of late: MINT:

elephant post 2

^^I LOVE THAT^^

So naturally if you crochet, you’ve seen ripples (like the granny ripples that seem to be making a crochet-comeback). Likely you’ve also heard the term chevron thanks to Pinterest. I was recently at a ladies’ social gathering in which no one knew the what the word “chevron” meant aside from the military ranking system. Of course phones were gotten out and google was referenced!

Which leads me to today’s pattern! This VERY cute, VERY stylish, VERY popular lovey!!

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elephant lovey 2

elephant lovey 3


elephant lovey 5

 

I took a 5-pointed star stitch pattern and made it a little different. Since I would be attaching the elephant head to the center, I needed the center to be solid. I also wanted more of a chevron look so I decided to do 6 peaks. Obviously this pattern can be extended to make a much larger afghan.

I’ve also used the pattern to make monkey loveys. You can see them on my facebook page here.

In my Owl Stuffie post I mentioned having just gotten these rattle inserts

I have used several of them now and LOVE them! They have a nice rattle sound; not too obnoxious and I’d be happy with them in my own baby’s toys.


 

Elephant Chevron Star Lovey

By Regina S Graham

Difficulty level: Easy

elephant lovey 4

Materials:

F/3.75mm hook

Caron Simply Soft: 1 skein each Soft Pink (A) , White (B), Heather Gray (C)

Rattle insert (optional)

Fiber fill

Pattern:

With A, ch 3

Round 1: 12 dc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st to 1st dc to join (12)

Round 2: ch 2, 2 dc same st, ch 2, * 2 dc in each of next 2 sts, ch 2 *, repeat * 5 times, 2 dc next st, sl st to 1st dc to join (24 dc, 12 ch)

Round 3: sl st in next st, ch 2, 1 dc same st, * [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 2 sp, dc in next st, sk 2, dc in next st *, repeat * 5 times, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 2 sp, 1 dc in next st, sk 2, sl st to 1st dc to join (48 dc, 12 ch)

Round 4: sl st in next st, ch 2, 1 dc same st, 1 dc in each of next 2 sts, * [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 2 sp, 1 dc in each of next 3 sts, sk 2, 1 dc in each of next 3 sts *, repeat * 5 times, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 2 sp, 1 dc in each of next 3 sts, sk 2, sl st to 1st dc to join (72 dc, 12 ch)

Round 5: sl st in next st, ch 2, 1 dc same st, 1 dc in each of next 4 sts, * [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 2 sp, dc in each of next 5 sts, sk 2, 1 dc in each of next 5 sts *, repeat * 5 times, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 2 sp, 1 dc in each of next 5 sts, sk 2, sl st to 1st dc to join (96 dc, 12 ch )

Round 6: sl st in next st, ch 2, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in each of next 6 sts, * [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 2 sp, 1 dc in each of next 7 sts, sk 2, 1 dc in each of next 7 sts *, repeat * 5 times, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 2 sp, 1 dc in each of next 7 sts, sk 2, sl st to 1st dc to join (120 dc, 12 ch)

Round 7: sl st in next st, break A, join B, ch 2, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in each of next 8 sts, * [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 2 sp, 1 dc in each of next 9 sts, sk 2, 1 dc in each of next 9 sts *, repeat * 5 times, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 2 sp, 1 dc in each of next 9 sts, sk 2, sl st to top of ch 2 to join (144 dc, 12 ch)

Round 8: sl st in next st, break B, join C, ch 2, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in each of next 10 sts, * [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 2 sp, 1 dc in each of next 11 sts, sk 2, 1 dc in each of next 11 sts *, repeat * 5 times, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 2 sp, 1 1dc in each of next 11 sts, sk 2, sl st to 1st dc to join (168 dc. 12 ch)

Round 9: sl st in next st, ch 2, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in each of next 12 sts, * [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 2 sp, 1 dc in each of next 13 sts, sk 2, 1 dc in each of next 13 sts *, repeat * 5 times, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 2 sp, 1 dc in eachin of next 13 sts, sk 2, sl st to 1st dc to join (192 dc, 12 ch)

Round 10: sl st in next st, break C, join B, ch 2, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in each of next 14 sts, * [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 2 sp, 1 dc in each of next 15 sts, sk 2, 1 dc in each of next 15 sts *, repeat * 5 times, [3dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 2 sp, dc in each of next 15 sts, sk 2, sl st to 1st dc to join (216 dc, 12 ch)

Round 11: sl st in next st, break B, join A, ch 2, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in each of next 16 sts, * [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 2 sp, 1 dc in each of next 17 sts, sk 2, 1 dc in each of next 17 sts *, repeat * 5 times, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 2 sp, 1 dc in each of next 17 sts, sl st to 1st dc to join (240 dc, 12 ch)

Round 12: break A, join B, ch 1, 1 sc in same st, 1 sc in each of next 17 sts, * [3 sc, ch 2, 3 sc] in next ch 2 sp, 1 sc in each of next 18 sts, sk 2, 1 sc in each of next 18 sts *, repeat * 5 times, [3 sc, ch 2, 3 sc] in next ch 2 sp, 1 sc in each of next 19 sts, sl st to 1st sc to join (264 dc, 12 ch)

Round 13: break B, join C, ch 1, 2 hdc same st, sk 1, sl st in next st, * 2 hdc in next st, sk 1, sl st in next st *, repeat * around, sl st to ch 1 to join (90 sl st, 90 sk st, 180 hdc)

Break and sew ends

Elephant Rattle

Head:

With C, ch 2

Round 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to top of ch 2 to join (6)

Round 2: ch 1, 2 sc in same st, 2 sc in each st around, sl st to ch 1 to join (12)

Round 3: ch 1, 2 sc in same st, 1 sc in next st, * 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st *, repeat * 5 times, sl st to ch 1 to join (18)

Round 4: ch 1, 2 sc in same st, 1 sc in each of next 2 sts, * 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of next 2 sts *, repeat * 5 times, sl st to ch 1 to join (24)

Round 5: ch 1, 2 sc in same st, 1 sc in each of next 3 sts, * 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of next 3 sts *, repeat * 5 times, sl st to ch 1 to join (30)

Round 6: ch 1, 2 sc in same st, 1 sc in each of next 4 sts, * 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of net 4 sts *, repeat * 5 times, sl st to ch 1 to join (36)

Round 7: ch 1, 2 sc in same st, 1 sc in each of next 5 sts, * 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of next 5 sts *, repeat * 5 times, sl st to ch 1 to join (42)

Rounds 8-12: ch 1, 1 sc in same st, 1 sc in each st around, sl st to ch 1 to join (42)

Round 13: ch 1, do not sc in same st [counts as 1st sk 1], * 1 sc in each of next 5 sts, sk 1 *, repeat * 5 times, sl st to ch 1 to join (36)

Round 14: ch 1, do not sc in same st [counts as 1st sk 1], * 1 sc in each of next 4 sts, sk 1 *, repeat * 5 times, sl st to ch 1 to join (30)

*Add fiber fill and rattle, then continue with head*

rvRound 15: ch 1, do not sc in same st [counts as 1st sk 1], * 1 sc in each of next 3 sts, sk 1 *, repeat * 5 times, sl st to ch 1 to join (24)

Round 16: ch 1, do not sc in same st [counts as 1st sk 1], * 1 sc in each of next 2 sts, sk 1 *, repeat * 5 times, sl st to ch 1 to join (18)

Round 17: ch 1, do not sc in same st [counts as 1st sk 1], * 1 sc in next st, sk 1 *, repeat * 5 times, sl st to ch 1 to join (12)

Round 18: ch 1, do not sc in same st [counts as 1st sk 1], * 1 sc in next st, sk 1 *, repeat * 5 times, sl st toch 1 to join (6)

Sew to center of star

Ears, make 2:

With C, ch 2

Round 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to top of ch 2 to join (6)

Round 2: ch 1, 2 sc in same st, 2 sc in each st around, sl st to ch 1 to join (12)

Round 3: ch 1, 2 sc in same st, 1 sc in next st, * 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st *, repeat * 5 times, sl st to ch 1 to join (18)

Rounds 4-6: ch 1, 1 sc in same st, 1 sc in each st around, sl st to ch 1 to join (18)

Flatten ear and ch 1, sc each front and back st together across (9)

Leave long tail for sewing, sew to sides of head

Trunk:

With C, ch 2

Round 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to top of ch 2 to join (6)

Rounds 2-4: ch 1, 1 sc in same st, 1 sc in each st around, sl st to ch 1 to join (6)

Round 5: ch 1, 2 sc in same st, 1 sc in next st, * 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st *, repeat * 2 times, sl st to ch 1 to join (9)

Stuff trunk with a small bit of fiber fill

Break yarn, leave long tail for sewing, sew to front of head

Fill head with fiber fill

If adding rattle insert, bury insert with fiber fill surrounding rattle

Eyes

With D, sew across rounds 6 and 7, I placed them 3 stitches from either side of trunk

Bow, make 2

With A, ch 5

Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each ch across (4)

Rows 2-3: turn, ch 1, 1 sc in same st, 1 sc in each st across (4)

Break yarn, leave long tail for sewing, wrap tail around center of bow tightly, sew by each ear on elephant

Attach Elephant to star


 

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  3. On row 12 of the blanket, should it be 19 double crochets instead of 18? I don’t want to do it wrong. Thank you!

    • Kristina, no one has mentioned that to me before. It’s been quite a while since I worked up this pattern, If you’re getting 19 at that point, then I’d go with that count.

  4. I adore this pattern and would like to make it for my newborn niece, but the yarn is confusing me haha I searched for the ply and it came up telling me it was a 10ply, but this looks to small for that, I was just wondering what ply you did use here. Thank you for sharing this beautiful pattern

  5. I am having a hard time understanding this pattern. I’ve stopped on row three because I do not understand “in next ch 2 sp, doc in next st, sk2, doc in next st” I assume this is for the chevron shape, I’ve never done chevron before so I have no idea what to do here.

    • I will go back and double check the pattern, but from your comment, the “doc” is that a typo? I’m thinking either you or I meant decrease. I will look into it.

      • Sorry, yes I meant “dc” I’m stuck on Row3. When you get to a chain space after skipping 2 sts why put a dc into that space when you already have to fill it in with 3dc,ch2,3dc? If you actually add that dc before then the sts inside the ch space would be 4dc,ch2, 3 dc.
        My other problem is after adding that 1dc AFTER filling in the ch space, why not ch2 over the 2sk sts? It pulls the yarn I think too much if you don’t at least chain 2 to make up for the 2 sts that you skip. Am I over thinking that part?

        • It should be 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, disregard that first dc. I will go back to confirm, but that’s likely a typo on my part. I’m not sure why no one else has mentioned it before, so I will revisit it and make doubly sure. Regarding the second part of your question, skipping those stitches without chaining to make up the skipped space is what creates the “valley,” which creates the star. Does that make sense?

          • Yes after looking at the pictures i realized that not adding 2 chs is suposrd to pull the yarn together. But also. Without that 1dc after the 3dc,ch2,3dc the row will come out to 44dcs i believe not 48. I have a hard time reading patterns if i dont rewrite them myself so i’m just trying to break down the rows in a way that I can understand, i really want to be able to make this lovey it is absolutely gorgeous! There is still alot i have to learn about patterns and crocheting:)

          • Yea after looking at the pictures I realized that was meant to be the valley. But also without that 1dc + 3dc, ch2, 3dc in the chain space the number of DCs should be 44 not 48 I think. I have a hard time reading patterns that are outside my experience level so I just want to make sure I’m following the pattern right.

          • Ok, the double crochet in the pattern for round 3 is correct:

            Round 3: sl st in next st, ch 2, 1 dc same st, * [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 2 sp, dc in next st, sk 2, dc in next st *, repeat * 5 times, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 2 sp, 1 dc in next st, sk 2, sl st to 1st dc to join (48 dc, 12 ch)

            You will have 1 double crochet between each peak and valley. You’re skipping 2 stitches, which I’m relying on memory, I’m not working one up at the moment, but that should be a chain and a double crochet from the previous round, then that would put you having to work in a chain space next. Even though I don’t have “sk 2 sts” written out, a chain would also count as a stitch. I’m guessing that’s the confusion so, if it’s not, please let me know.

            I would double check that round 2 is correct. Then it might help you to write down each stitch of round 2 and count them so that you can see where the stitches will fall for round 3. When I was learning to read patterns I had to draw pictures, diagrams, and rewrite them all the time. I still hate following patterns. 🙂

  6. I was wonder how you got your pattern to lay flat? Mine ripples. It’s still cute but I’m a little ocd about it.

  7. Hi there. In the blanket portion, it doesn’t specify whether the chain 2 at the beginning of each row counts as the first double crochet or not. Can you clarify that please?

  8. I’m working on this project, specifically the head and the stitches are just not adding up and making sense. Like in row 14, a repeat of 4 stitches does not add up to 30 ???

  9. I was wondering if anyone has tried this I’m single crochet or even half double? How did it work up? I’m wanting for it to be about the same size but I’m using regular worsted weight. I’m not a big fan of the Caron simply soft.

    • Your finished item would just be a tad bigger if you used regular worsted and an appropriate hook. No need to change the stitch.

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  11. On rnd 13 I keep coming up with 35 any ideas on what I’m doing wrong no matter what I do I keep coming up with 35

    • On rnd 13 I keep coming up with 35 any ideas on what I’m doing wrong no matter what I do I keep coming up with 35 not 36 on the head

  12. I am struggling with row three. It says to skip 2 stitches. I’m getting that very confused for some reason. I have way too many stitches. Help please!