Friday, March 24, 2017

Crochet Elephant Basket...

Cute, decorative and functional -- makes for a great combo.  Storage/hideaway for a boys toys...

And, here's another pic showing a great way to use the elephant basket.  Baby shower goodies for mom-to-be all inside a cute handmade elephant.  How cute and different would that be?  Or to give as a home-warming gift to a couple filled with goodies who loves safari home decor items...lots of ways to use this basket.  If you have safari decor in your bathroom, then get a trash can that fits inside and you have a unique place to store bathroom trash until it's ready to be emptied.  So, I hope y'all give it a try and share what you do with yours....


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Here's my "Elephant Basket" with a top completed.  I think he turned out super cute.

The storage basket measures just over 11" tall.  It's great for storing toys for kids, nursery items for a baby or yarn for the crafter...lots of options on where to use this.  I plan on posting the pattern fairly soon....


Elephant Basket
Materials:
--8mm hook
--9mm hook
--Bernat Blanket Yarn - dark gray (approx 400 yds; I bought (2) 10.5 oz of the big skeins that is 220 yds per skein.  I did not use all of the second skein)
--small amount of white blanket yarn for the tusks
--(2) 15mm black eyes
--tapestry needle for weaving
--(2) sheets of plastic canvas
--small amount of polyfil

Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sc:  single crochet
HDC: half double crochet
Sl st:  slip stitch
BLO:  back loops only
MR:  magic ring
HDC2tog:  half double crochet 2 stitches together
FO:  fasten off

Directions:
1.  With 9mm hook and yarn, 8HDC into MR.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  Pull end to tighten. (8)
2.  2HDC into each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (16)
3.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next stitch.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (24)
4.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 2 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (32)
5.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 3 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (40)
6.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 4 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (48)
7.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 5 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (56)
8.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 6 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (64)
9.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 7 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
10.  In BLO, 1Sc in each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)

Bottom piece will measure approx 11" across
Switch to 8mm hook
11.  1HDC in each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
12-13.  1HDC in each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
14-15.  1Sc in each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
16.  1HDC in the first stitch, then 1Sc in next stitch.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
17.  1Sc in the first stitch, then 1HDC in next stitch.   Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
18.  1HDC in the first stitch, then 1Sc in next stitch.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
19.  1Sc in the first stitch, then 1HDC in next stitch.   Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
20.  1HDC in the first stitch, then 1Sc in next stitch.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
21.  1Sc in the first stitch, then 1HDC in next stitch.   Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
22.  HDC2tog, then 1 HDC in next 7 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (64)
23.  HDC2tog, then 1 HDC in next 6 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (56)
24.  1HDC in the first stitch, then 1Sc in next stitch.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (56)
25.  1Sc in the first stitch, then 1HDC in next stitch.   Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (56)
26.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 6 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (64)
27.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 7 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
28.  1Sc in each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
29.  Sl st around.  FO.  Weave ends.

Lid:
1.  With 8mm hook and yarn, 8HDC into MR.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  Pull end to tighten. (8)
2.  2HDC into each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (16)
3.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next stitch.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (24)
4.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 2 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (32)
5.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 3 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (40)
6.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 4 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (48)
7.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 5 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (56)
8.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 6 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (64)
9.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 7 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
10.  In BLO, 1Sc in each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
11.  In BLO, 1HDC in each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
12.  In both loops, 1Sc in each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  FO.  Leave a long tail to attach lid to the basket.  (72)   *if you want to leave the lid detached then weave ends*

Lid Top:
1.  With 8mm hook, 6Sc into MR.  Pull to tighten.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (6)
2.  2Sc in each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (12)
3-5.  1Sc in each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  At the end of Round 5, do not ch1, but FO, stuff firmly with polyfil and attach to center of lid.

Trunk:
1.  With 8mm hook, Ch5.  HDC in 2nd chain from hook and across.  Ch1.  Turn.  (4)
2-15.  HDC in each stitch across.  Ch1.  Turn.  At the end of Row 15, FO and leave tail for attaching.



For the eyes, I used the 15mm black animal eyes.  You can simply make a MR and crochet your eyes.  See pic for eye placement.  I attached the trunk between the eyes and just below.

Ears (make 2):
1.  With 8mm hook, 8HDC into MR.  Pull to tighten but do not join.  Ch1.  Turn.  (8)
2.  2HDC in each stitch across.  Ch1.  Turn.  (16)
3.  2HDC in first stitch, 1HDC in next stitch.  Repeat across.  Ch1.  Turn.  (24)
4.  2HDC in first stitch, 1HDC in next 2 stitches.  Repeat across.  FO.  Leave a long tail for attaching the ears to each side of the basket.  (32)

Tail:
1.  With 8mm hook, Ch15.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1.  Turn.  (14)
2.  1HDC in each stitch across.  FO.  Leave a tail long enough to attach to the back of the basket.  See
pic for placement.  (14)


I added a pompom to the tail end.  I just wrapped the yarn around my 4 fingers 20-24 times.  I used a long piece of yarn to tie in the center and then trimmed and formed the pompom.  Attach to tail end with the long piece of yarn you used to tie in the center.

Tusk (make 2):
1.  With white yarn and 8mm hook, 4HDC into MR.  Pull to tighten.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1. (4)
2.  1HDC in each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1. (4)
3.  2HDCtog and then 1HDC in the next 2 stitches.  FO.  Leave a tail long enough to attach.  See pic for placement.  (3)



To make the basket more sturdy:
I placed 2 pieces of plastic canvas on top of each other and whipstitched the short ends together to make a cylinder shape.  I then placed the canvas inside the basket and whipstitched it.



To attach the lid to the basket:
I placed the lid on the basket and then lifted it to the back and whipstitched 20 stitches of Round 12 of the lid to Round 29 of the basket.



Legal:
--do not copy my pattern as your own
--do not use my pics as your own
--credit me as the designer of the pattern
--link back to my blog




4 comments:

  1. Cute as can be! It might also be easy to start with a trash can. Make the round base of the elephant as big as the base of the trash can, then end the piece when it's as tall as the can. I'm sure there's also a way to make the crocheted piece stay up on the can besides glue. Thank you for the nice design!

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  2. Thank you. That's a wonderful idea. I didn't think about a trash can but I like the idea of using one. I'm gonna have to try it with one and see how it goes.

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  3. Very cute! I'm going to make one for a nephew. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you and good luck. Please comment or email me if you have any problems with the pattern.

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