A New Arrival: Crocheting for My Best Friend’s Baby Girl

I was a freshman in college moving into the dorms. Across the hall, this girl moved in… after she loaded in all her stuff, she comes hurrying through my door and exclaims that her name is Ali she doesn’t know what to do because her roommate has hung garlic in the window and has giant silverware on the wall and has paintings of psychedelic mushrooms. That was it. I knew this woman and I would be friends for life.

Fast forward multiple years, Ali honored me beyond belief by asking me to be the maid of honor in her wedding to the love of her life, and now she is mother to the sweetest little girl I’ve ever met.

As soon as I heard I was going to be a pseudo-auntie to this new arrival, my heart nearly exploded. I got to work right away on some gifts for this little girl who, at the size of a peanut, had already stolen everyone’s hearts.

Of course I had to make her a blanket. I decided to try something new and make a tricolored chevron blanket! However, I also wanted to attempt to make her a stuffed animal. Ali settled on an elephant.

So, I got to work!!! I chose pink, yellow, and gray, picked out the softest yarn I could find, and tried really hard to decipher the chevron blanket pattern (a feat very difficult for someone who really stinks at math). The following photos were taken at both the Hobbit Hole and at my parents’ beautiful home in WI.

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As you can see, the ends started out a bit wonky, but as I continued, I began to figure it out more and more.

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While the edges are still…… meh…. take a look at a close up of the center:

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That part, at least, was turning out nice and even!!

Here is a photo of the first round of all of the colors together. I would then go on to repeat them over and over. I learned how to crochet this pattern through Google and Youtube. There are endless amazing tutorials out there just begging to be watched!

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After I got the hang of it and counted how many rows thick each color should be, all that needed to be done was diligently counting and continuing to work!

Life in the Burrow: A New Arrival

Once I was satisfied with the size of the blanket, I crocheted a white border around the edges and finished the blanket off!

Life in the Burrow: A New Arrival

Once I finished with the blanket, it was time to get started on the elephant!

The first thing I needed to do was search for a tutorial on how to crochet a ball. Once I found one, I followed it for a while before I went off on my own, and began to completely freehand the elephant. I am surprised it turned out looking anything like I wanted it to!

Life in the Burrow: A New Arrival

I made the head a ball shape, and then began to make the body a ball shape, but instead of rounding it off, I just continued straight up, almost like a pot.

For the ears, I just began by crocheting straight lines and then would increase and decrease to get the rounded shape. To make them look less….angle-y I crocheted around them, almost like I traced them.

For the trunk, I just crocheted a ring and kept crocheting in the same ring until I was happy with the length. I judged the length by whether or not I could grasp the trunk and swing it around… I thought that was a good test for a kid’s toy!!!

The elephant needed to be cute. So I got out my darning needle and got to work attempting to add that necessary cuteness.

Life in the Burrow: A New Arrival

Two lopsided eyes and tusks seemed to do okay for some cuteness, but that wasn’t enough… so I added some pink to the ears!

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The pink stripe also helped the ears stand out a little more – I think that solidified the cute factor. I was really not okay with the lopsided features for a while… but… I made peace and decided that imperfections are what give us character!

Next up was crochet elephant limbs:

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Again, I started by pretending to crochet a ball and then once I was content with the width of the limb, just continuing to crochet around and around until I was happy with the length of the limb as well!

Then came the stuffing of the elephant:

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Elephant brains!!!! Haha…

I also added an elephant tail!

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A bow as a finishing touch and the little elephant is complete!

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Here are some photos of the blanket and elephant together!!

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Life in the Burrow: A New Arrival

While I have given my heart to all of the projects I’ve worked on, this one had more than its fair share. The little girl these silly things were made for is growing into a smart and beautiful toddler, she is now two, and I am so blessed to be given the opportunity to be a part of her life. Thank you so much Ali : )

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As always, Happy Hooking!

 

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