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  • How to make an elephant plushie. Edward Elephant - Step 1
    Step 1

    The torso:
    The elephant has a fat tummy so the torso needs adjustment
    as follows:

    Rounds 1–20: Work following the torso pattern, rounds 1–20:

    The start of every animal is at the centre back. Work in rounds of stocking stitch.
    Cast on 2 stitches four times on the set of needles. (These instructions are charted on page 12.)
    Round 1: Join into a round, making sure the stitches are not twisted, and knit [8 sts].
    Round 2: * K1, inc1, k1, * repeat from * to * three more times. (Inc1 by picking up the bar before the next stitch and knitting it) [12 sts].
    Round 3: Knit to the end.
    Round 4: * K1, inc1, k1, inc1, k1, * repeat from * to * three more times [20 sts].
    Round 5: Knit to the end.
    Round 6: * K1, inc1, k3, inc1, k1, * repeat from * to * three more times [28 sts].
    Round 7: Knit to the end.
    Round 8: * K1, inc1, k5, inc1, k1, * repeat from * to * three more times [36 stitches].
    Round 9: Knit to the end.
    Round 10: * K1, inc1, k7, inc1, k1, * repeat from * to * three more times [44 stitches].
    Round 11: Knit to the end.
    Round 12:
    Needle 1: K1, inc1, k9, inc1, k1.
    Needle 2: K1, inc1, k10.
    Needle 3: Work as for needle 1.
    Needle 4: K10, inc1, k1.
    Distribution of stitches: 13/12/13/12 [50 sts].
    Rounds 13–14: Knit.
    On rounds 15 and 18, the stitches for the tail are created in on the first needle and the stitches for the legs are created on the other three needles.
    Round 15:
    Needle 1: K4, kfb five times, k4 [18 sts].
    Needle 2: K10, kfb twice [14 sts].
    Needle 3: Kfb four times, k5, kfb four times [21 sts].
    Needle 4: Kfb twice, k10 [14 sts].
    Distribution of stitches: 18/14/21/14 [67 sts].
    Round 16: Knit the round as tightly as possible.
    Now transfer the stitches you created in the last round for the legs on to two stitch holders and the stitches for the tail on to another stitch holder as follows:
    Needle 1: Lift 4 stitches on to a new knitting needle, * place 1 stitch on a stitch holder, lift 1 stitch over on to the knitting needle *, repeat from * to * four more times. Close the stitch holder and then lift the remaining 4 stitches from needle 1 over on to the new knitting needle with the other 4 stitches.
    Needle 2: Lift 10 stitches over on to a new knitting needle, place 1 stitch on a second stitch holder, lift 1 stitch on to the knitting needle, place 1 stitch on stitch holder, lift 1 stitch over on to the knitting needle.
    Needle 3: * Place 1 stitch on the same stitch holder (which has 2 stitches on it so far), lift 1 stitch over on to a knitting needle *, repeat from * to * three more times, close the second stitch holder, then lift 5 stitches over on to the knitting needle, ** place 1 stitch on a third stitch holder, lift 1 stitch over on to the knitting needle **, repeat from ** to ** three more times.
    Needle 4: Place 1 stitch on the same stitch holder (which has 4 stitches on it so far), lift 1 stitch over on to a new knitting needle, place 1 stitch on the stitch holder, lift 1 stitch over on to the knitting needle, close the third stitch holder, lift 10 stitches over on to the knitting needle.
    Distribution of stitches: 13/12/13/12 [50 stitches]. On the stitch holder for the tail you should have 5 stitches and on each stitch holder for the legs you should have 6 stitches.
    Round 17: Knit tightly as possible.
    Round 18: Work as for the round 15.
    Round 19: In this round, the first of each of the doubled stitches that will later be left on stitch holders should be purled. This is so that these stitches fit into the form of the stocking-stitched body. Work as follows:
    Needle 1: K4, * p1, k1 *, repeat from * to * four more times, k4.
    Needle 2: K10, p1, k1, p1, k1.
    Needle 3: * P1, k1*, repeat from * to * another three times, k5, ** p1, k1 **, repeat from ** to ** another three times.
    Needle 4: P1, k1, p1, k1 then k10.
    Transfer the purled stitches on to 3 stitch holders in the same way as for round 16.
    Distribution of stitches: 13/12/13/12 [50 stitches]. In this round you should have placed 5 stitches on a tail-stitch holder and 6 stitches on each of two leg-stitch holders.
    Round 20: Knit as tightly as possible.

    Distribution of stitches: 13/12/13/12 [50 sts].
    Round 21: K27, inc1, k2, inc1, k2, inc1, k1, inc1, k2, inc1, k2, inc1, k2, k12 [13/12/19/12; 56 sts].
    Rounds 22–30: Knit.
    Round 31: K25, * k1, k2tog *, repeat from * to * five more times, k1, k12 [13/12/13/12; 50 sts].
    Rounds 32–47: Continue as for the torso pattern (rounds 32–47):
    Round 32: Knit.
    Round 33:
    Needle 1: K1, k2tog, k7, k2tog, k1.
    Needle 2: K1, k2tog, k9.
    Needle 3: Work as for the needle 1.
    Needle 4: K9, k2tog, k1.
    Distribution of stitches: 11/11/11/11 [44 stitches].
    Rounds 34–35: Knit.
    On rounds 36 and 39, the stitches for the arms are created in on needles 2 and 4.
    Round 36:
    Needles 1 + 3: K1, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k1.
    Needles 2 + 4: K1, k2tog, kfb 5 times, k2tog, k1.
    Distribution of stitches: 9/14/9/14 [46 stitches].
    Round 37: Knit as tightly as possible.
    Transfer the stitches for the arms on to two stitch holders, in the same way as the legs as follows:
    Needles 2 + 4: Lift 2 stitches over on to a new knitting needle, * place 1 stitch on the stitch holder, lift 1 stitch over on to the knitting needle *, repeat from * to * four more times, close the stitch holder, lift 2 stitches over on to the knitting needle.
    Distribution of stitches: 9/9/9/9 [36 stitches]. In this round you should have placed 5 stitches for each arm on to a stitch holder (one holder for each arm).

  • How to make an elephant plushie. Edward Elephant - Step 2
    Step 2

    The back of the head:
    Work the back of the head directly on to the torso following these instructions:

    Knit the back of the head directly after round 47 of the body. You should have 5 stitches on each of the four needles to start. You will need two more stitch holders.
    Round 1: * k1, inc1 *, repeat from * to * 3 more times, k1. Repeat round 1 on each needle [9/9/9/9; 36 sts].
    Round 2: Knit all stitches.
    Round 3: K31, leaving the final 5 stitches unworked. Now redistribute the stitches as follows:
    Move the 5 unworked stitches from needle 4 on to needle 1 and then move the first 5 stitches of needle 2 on to needle 1 as well. Needle 1 now has 19 stitches.
    Put all the remaining stitches (4 from needle 2, 9 from needle 3 and 4 from needle 4) on to a stitch holder, maintaining that order [17 stitches].
    The back of the head is made like a heel turn on a sock.
    Starting with the stitch that was the 5th stitch of needle 4, work the 19 stitches on the needle in rows of stocking stitch.
    Row 4: Knit all stitches [19].
    Row 5: Purl.
    Rows 6–19: Work in stocking stitch (repeat rows 4 and 5).
    From here, the actual heel turn starts.
    Row 20: K4, k2tog, k7, k2tog. Turn work.
    Row 21: Slip 1, p7, p2tog. Turn work.
    Row 22: Slip 1, k7, k2tog. Turn work.
    Rows 23–28: Continue working in the same way until only the original 9 stitches on the first needle are left. Cut off the yarn and fasten off. The start of the round for the face (next) is the 1st stitch of this needle when knitting from right to left. Leave these stitches on a stitch holder until needed.

  • How to make an elephant plushie. Edward Elephant - Step 3
    Step 3

    The legs:
    The elephant has chunky legs.
    Rounds 1–4: Knit the first four rounds for the leg pattern:

    It is best to knit the legs to the body before stuffing the body. The length of the legs can be varied. Fifteen rounds correspond to about 3cm (1¼in); twenty rounds correspond to about 4cm (1½in). Some animals, such as the mole (page 52), have shorter legs, while others, such as the monkey (page 36), need longer ones.
    Each leg is worked from the top down, starting at the right and working from the very beginning of the knitting. The yellow dot in the photo below shows the start point for each leg. It is important to take account of this, as the knitting instructions for the various different feet refer to this start of round.
    Work in rounds of stocking stitch.
    Lift the two sets of 6 stitches left for each leg from the stitch holders and distribute equally on to a set of 4 needles.
    Round 1–4: Join into a round and knit four rounds [12 sts]. These four rounds form the joint and should not be stuffed with wadding.
    Round 5: * K1, inc1, k2, inc1, k2, inc1, k1 *, repeat from * to * once more [18 sts].
    Rounds 6–18: Knit.

  • How to make an elephant plushie. Edward Elephant - Step 4
    Step 4

    The feet:
    Round 1: * K1, inc1 *, repeat from * to * six more times, k2. Repeat from the beginning once more [32 sts].
    Rounds 2–3: Knit all stitches.
    Round 4 - 8: Knit.
    Round 9: Purl.
    Stuff the leg with wadding, avoiding the joint area.
    Round 10: K2tog sixteen times [16 sts].
    Stuff the foot with wadding.
    Rounds 11–14: Knit.
    Round 15: K2tog eight times [8 sts].
    Before pulling together, stuff with some extra wadding, if necessary. Cut off the yarn, pull through the remaining stitches and fasten off. The right and left hoof are knitted in the same way.

  • How to make an elephant plushie. Edward Elephant - Step 5
    Step 5

    Knitting the Arms

    Knit each arm for 20 rounds following these instructions:

    Knit in stocking stitch in rounds.
    Lift the two sets of 5 stitches reserved for each arm from the stitch holders on to a set of needles.
    Distribution of stitches: 3/2/3/2 [10 sts].
    Rounds 1–4: Join into round and knit four rounds [10 sts]. These four rounds form the joint and should not be stuffed with wadding.
    Round 5: K2, inc1, k6, inc1, k2 [12 sts].
    Round 6 onwards: Knit in rounds until the desired length is reached. Pull the starting yarn slightly before finishing off, so that the stitches of the joining rows pull together a bit, making the stitches look nicer.
    Rounds 2–6: Knit.
    Stuff the arm with wadding, avoiding stuffing in the area of the joint. Stuff the hand with wadding.
    Round 7: K2tog, k7, k2tog twice, k7, k2tog [18 sts].
    Round 8: K2tog, k5, k2tog twice, k5, k2tog [14 sts].
    Round 9: K2tog, k3tog, k2tog twice, k3tog, k2tog [6 sts].
    Before pulling together, stuff with some extra wadding, if necessary. Cut off the yarn, pull through the remaining stitches and finish off.

  • How to make an elephant plushie. Edward Elephant - Step 6
    Step 6

    Hoofed Hand

    Work as follows:
    Round 1: * K1, inc1 *, repeat from * to * four more times, k1. Repeat once more from the beginning [22 sts].
    Rounds 2–6: Knit.
    Stuff the arm with wadding, avoiding the joint.
    Stuff the hoof with wadding.
    Round 7: Purl.
    Round 8: K2tog five times, k2, k2tog five times [12 sts].
    Round 9: Knit.
    Round 10: K2tog to the end [6 sts].
    Before pulling together, stuff with some extra wadding, if necessary. Cut off the yarn, pull through the remaining stitches and finish off.

  • How to make an elephant plushie. Edward Elephant - Step 7
    Step 7

    The tail:
    Transfer the two sets of 5 stitches on the stitch holders to a set of needles.
    Round 1: Join into a round and knit [10 sts].
    Rounds 2–3: Knit.
    Round 4: K1, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k1 [8 sts]. Rounds 5–6: Knit.
    Round 7: K1, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k1 [6 sts]. Rounds 8–10: Knit.
    Cut off the yarn and pull through the remaining stitches; do not pull tight. Wind some dark-grey or black sock yarn a few times around two fingers. Wind the yarn around the loops at one side, pull the yarn tight and place in the end of the little tail. Pull the stitches tight and fasten off the yarn.

  • How to make an elephant plushie. Edward Elephant - Step 8
    Step 8

    The face:
    Rounds 1–5: Knit the forehead following these instructions [9/9/9/9; 36 sts]:

    Pick-up round: K9, pick up 8 stitches at the side, knit the remaining 17 stitches then pick up 8 stitches at the side. Redistribute the stitches as 9/12/9/12 [42 sts].
    Round 1: Join into round and knit.
    Round 2: Knit.
    Round 3: Now knit in short rows, as follows, only working on the stitches of needles 1, 2 and 4. The stitches of needle 3 (under the chin) should be left on a stitch holder. Although you will
    be knitting several rows, for reference purposes we will call this round 3. This is the actual forehead.
    Distribution of stitches:
    12 (needle 2)/9 (needle 1)/12 (needle 4) [33 sts].
    Start of row: 1st stitch of needle 1:
    Row 1: K8, k2tog, turn work [11/9/12; 32 sts].
    Row 2: P8, p2tog, turn work [11/9/11; 31 sts].
    Row 3: K8, k2tog, turn work [10/9/11; 30 sts].
    Row 4: P8, p2tog, turn work [10/9/10; 29 sts].
    Round 4: Starting at the 1st stitch of needle 1, k8, k2tog, knit 9 + 9 + 9 stitches, knit together the last stitch on needle 4 with the 1st stitch on needle 1 for the 5th round [9/9/9/9; 36 sts].
    Round 5: Knit.

    Stuff the body and head with wadding.

  • Step 9

    Now knit the trunk as explained here, starting with short-row shaping. Start point: 1st stitch of needle 1.
    Round 1: K4, kfb, inc1, k4, turn work [11/9/9/9; 38 sts]. Round 2: P11, turn work.
    Round 3: K5, inc2, k4, k3tog, turn work [13/7/9/9; 38 sts]. Round 4: P12, p3tog, turn work [13/7/9/7; 36 sts]. Round 5: K13, turn work.
    Round 6: P13, turn work.
    Round 7: K21, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k8 [13/7/7/7; 34 sts].
    Round 8: K5, p1, k1, p1, k5, turn work.
    Round 9: P13, turn work.
    Round 10: K12, k2tog, k2tog, turn work [12/6/7/7; 32 sts].
    Stuff wadding into the trunk knitted so far. Add further stuffing at intervals as you go along.
    Round 11: P12, p2tog, turn work [12/6/7/6; 31 sts].
    Round 12: Knit all stitches.
    Round 13: K1, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k3, k2tog [9/5/5/5; 24 sts].
    Round 14 incorporates more short-row shaping.
    Round 14: k4, p1 k1, turn work. K4, turn work. P5, turn work. K6, turn work. P7, turn work. K8, k2tog (needle 2), k3, turn work. P13, p2tog (needle 4), turn work.
    Round 15: Knit all stitches [9/4/5/4; 22 sts].
    Round 16: Knit all stitches.
    Round 17: K13, turn work.
    Round 18: P17, turn work.
    Round 19: K17, k2tog, turn work [9/4/4/4; 21 sts].
    Round 20: P18, p2tog (needle 3), turn work [9/4/3/4; 20 sts]. Rounds 21–30: Knit all stitches.
    Round 31: K2tog, k5, k2tog, k11 [7/4/3/4; 18 sts].
    Rounds 32–36: Knit all stitches.
    Round 37: K2tog, k3, k2tog, k11 [5/4/3/4; 16 sts]. Rounds 38–42: Knit all stitches.
    Round 43: K2tog, k1, k2tog, k11 [3/4/3/4; 14 sts].
    Rounds 44–48: Knit all stitches.
    Round 49: Purl all stitches.
    Round 50: K3tog, k2tog twice, k3tog, k2tog twice [1/2/1/2; 6 sts]. Cut off the yarn, pull through the remaining stitches and fasten off. Embroider the eyes using black embroidery cotton.

  • How to make an elephant plushie. Edward Elephant - Step 10
    Step 10

    The left ear:
    Pick-up round: With the elephant facing you, pick up 4 stitches on the top of the head and 12 stitches at the side. Turn the elephant away from you and work your way back on the other side, picking up 12 stitches at the side of the head and 4 stitches on the top [32 sts].

    Round 1: Join into a round and knit [32 sts].
    Round 2: Knit.
    Round 3: * K1, inc1, k14, inc1, k1 *, repeat from * to * once more [36 sts].
    Round 4: Knit.
    Round 5: * K1, inc1, k16, inc1, k1 *, repeat from * to * once more [40 sts].
    Round 6: Knit.
    Round 7: * K1, inc1, k18, inc1, k1 *, repeat from * to * once more [44 sts].
    Rounds 8–12: Knit.
    Round 13: * k2tog, k18, k2tog *, repeat from * to * once more [40 sts]. Round 14: Knit.
    Round 15: * K2tog, k16, k2tog *, repeat from * to * once more [36 sts]. Round 16: Knit.
    Round 17: * K2tog, k14, k2tog *, repeat from * to * once more [32 sts]. Round 18: Knit.
    Round 19: * K2tog, k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog *, repeat from * to * three more times [20 sts].
    Round 20: Knit.
    Round 21: K2tog 10 times [10 sts].
    Cast off the remaining stitches together.

    The right ear:
    Pick-up round: With the elephant facing you, pick up 12 stitches at the side of the head and 4 stitches on the top. Turn the elephant away from you and then work your way back on the other side, picking up 4 stitches on the top of the head and 12 stitches at
    the side.
    Knit the right ear in the same way as the left ear.
    This chart shows half the stitches for Edward’s ear. Repeat the stitches once on each round.

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