Crochet

Beginner Crochet Pattern: Oliver the Elephant

Beginner Crochet Pattern: Oliver the Elephant

I found the free pattern for this cool guy here but I modified it slightly to fit my crocheting style. I've copied the pattern here and broken it down a bit so it's digestible and understandable for beginners (like me!)

Here's what you'll need:

  • A skein of gray yarn (you probably won't use the whole thing)
  • 2 safety eyes (I used 9mm), You could also embroider some on instead!
  • Fiberfill (to make him ultra huggable!), or your favorite stuffing stuff
  • Crochet hook of a size with your yarn *or smaller*
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch makers are helpful, cheap ones can be made using scraps of yarn
  • Ribbon is optional to make a cute bow!

How to Crochet: First Steps

How to Crochet: First Steps

Materials

Okay now on to the nitty-gritty. Here's what you'll need to start learning to crochet:

  • Some yarn
  • A crochet needle - the size of which should correspond to the yarn you're using

Yup, that's it! But don't worry, I still managed to muck up that much. I thought I'd be practical and buy a skein of yarn that I'd be willing to use (wear) in a project down the road, but that I could practice with in the mean time (so no fire-engine craft yarn red). Thus, I picked a soft acrylic of a natural tone (pictured below). This wasn't a bad idea in concept, however the yarn itself is very fuzzy, like REALLY fuzzy. It was hard to make out what was and wasn't a stitch when I tried working with it. It's not very tightly wound, it got caught on itself, and was basically a mess for a less-than-novice to work with. It was also a bit heavy of a weight, which might or might not be more difficult to work with, I think it just depends on your style.