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{ Gustav, the balancing elephant... }

To celebrate the joy of having reached 5000 followers on Instagram (I am soon happy...!!), I want to share with you the pattern of Gustav, the balancing elephant I did for Amigurumipatterns.net's contest. 
It's quite simple... I hope you like it!
Note: Gustav measures 12 cm approximately. Of course should you use a different yarn calling, measures will vary.

Materials:
- Crochet hook 3.00
- 100% cotton yarn for a 3.00 crochet hook (gray for Gustav and a bit of white for his tusks. Then two contrasting colours for his cone-cap and ball…)
- A pair of safety ejes
- Tapestry needle
- Soft stuffing like polyfiber fill

Abbreviations
st = stitch
ch = chain stitch
slst = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
increase = 2 sc in one same st
decrease = 1 sc joining 2 stitches

Trunk
1. Start with a magic ring of 6 sc
2. to 4. Crochet 6 sc
5. Crochet *2 sc in each st*, repeat * (12)
6. to 8. Crochet 12 sc
9. Crochet 6 increases and then 6 sc (18)
10. to 12. Crochet 18 sc
13. Crochet *2 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (24)
14. Crochet 24 sc
15. Crochet *3 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat *(30)
16. Crochet 30 sc
17. Crochet *4 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (36)
18. Crochet 36 sc
Close and break the yarn

Legs 
{Make 3}
1. Start with a magic ring of 6 sc
2. Crochet *2 sc in each st*, repeat * (12)
3. Crochet *1 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (18)
4. Only through backloops, crochet 18 sc
5. to 7. Crochet 18 sc
Close and break the yarn

Now crochet a fourth leg (steps 1 to 7) but this time DO NOT BREAK THE YARN!!!!!!!

8. Join the leg you've just crocheted with one (2nd leg) of the three legs you did before, with a sc. Now crochet 14 sc along the second leg and then join the third one. Crochet 14 sc along the third leg and join the fourth one with a sc. Crochet 14 sc along the fourth leg and join the first one. Crochet 14 sc along the first leg. (In total you'll have 56 sc)

STOP! Cut the yarn but do not close. We will take over from here soon. Now we'll work around the gap in the middle of the 4 legs.
1. We have 4 stitches on each leg. Join the yarn in one of them (preferably in one of the ends) and crochet 4 sc on that leg (these are the 4 stitches left of the 18 sts of each leg). Go to the next leg and crochet 4 sc on that one. Repeat with the 2 more legs left. Total: 16 sc.
2. Crochet another round of 16 sc
3. Crochet 8 decreases (8)
4. Crochet 4 decreases (4)
Break the yarn and close.
Now we will continue with the body where we left before. Join the gray yarn again...
9. Crochet *2 sc in the next st, 13 sc*, repeat * (60)
10. Crochet *9 sc, 2 sc in the next s*, repeat * (66)
11. to 13. Crochet 66 sc
14. Crochet *9 sc, one decrease,* repeat (60)
15. to 19. Crochet 60 sc
20. Make sure to be in the middle of two legs. If you are not there, crochet the necessary sc to reach that point. Place a stitch marker. This will be the beginning of the following rounds. Crochet 24 sc, then take the trunk and crochet together 12 stitches of the trunk with 12 stitches of the body with sc (12). Then crochet 24 sc in the remaining part of the body, till you reach the stitch marker.
21. Crochet 24 sc, then 24 sc on the trunk (these are the stitches you left untouched before) and then go one with 24 sc (72)
22. Crochet *10 sc, 1 decrease*, repeat* (66)
23 a 24. Crochet 66 sc
25. Crochet *9 sc, 1 decrease*, repeat* (60)
26. Crochet 60 sc
27. Crochet *8 sc, 1 decrease*, repeat* (54)
28. Crochet 54 sc
29. Crochet *7 sc, 1 decrease*, repeat* (48)
30. Crochet *6sc, 1 decrease*, repeat* (42)
{Place safety eyes and stuff firmly...}
31. Crochet *5 sc, 1 decrease*, repeat* (36)
32. Crochet *4 sc, 1 decrease*, repeat* (30)
33. Crochet *3 sc, 1 decrease*, repeat* (24)
34. Crochet *2 sc, 1 decrease*, repeat* (18)
{Stuff a bit more...}
35. Crochet *1 sc, 1 decrease*, repeat* (12)
36. Crochet 6 decreases
Close and break the yarn. Weave in ends.

Ears
{Make 2}
Chain 2
1. In the 2nd chain from hook, crochet 4 sc. Ch 1 and turn.
2. Crochet *2 sc in each st*, repeat * (8). Ch 1 and turn.
3. Crochet *1 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (12). Ch 1 and turn.
4. Crochet *2 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (16). Ch 1 and turn.
5. Crochet *3 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (20). Ch 1 and turn.
6. Crochet *4 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (24). Ch 1 and turn.
7. Crochet 24 slst
Close and break the yarn, leaving a long tail to sew to body.

Tusks
{Make 2}
1. Start with a magic ring of 5 sc
2. to 3. Crochet 5 sc
Close and break the yarn, leaving a long tail to sew to body.

Tail
1. Leaving a long tail, chain 9
2. In the second chain from hook, crochet 4 sc
3. Crochet *2 sc in each st*, repeat * (8)
4. Crochet 8 sc
5. Crochet 4 decreases (4)
Close and break the yarn. Weave in ends. We will sew it to the body using the long tail we left at the beginning...

Cone-cap
{You can use two different colours or just one...}
1. Start with a magic ring of 6 sc
2. Crochet 6 sc
3. Crochet *2 sc in each st*, repeat * (12)
4. to 5. Crochet 12 sc
6. Crochet *1 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (18)
7. to 8. Crochet 18 sc
9. If you'll want to make a white edge to the cap, now it's the time to do the color change. Crochet *2 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (24)
10. Crochet *3 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (30)
Close and break the yarn, leaving a long tail to sew to body.

Make a pompom and tie it to the tip...

Ball
{Use two colours and make two rounds with each one...}
1. Start with a magic ring of 6 sc
2. Crochet *2 sc in each st*, repeat *(12)
3. Crochet *1 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (18)
4. Crochet *2 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (24)
5. Crochet *3 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (30)
6. Crochet *4 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (36)
7. Crochet *5 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (42)
8. to 16. Crochet 42 sc
17. Crochet *5 sc, 1 decrease*, repeat* (36)
18. Crochet *4 sc, 1 decrease*, repeat* (30)
19. Crochet *3 sc, 1 decrease*, repeat* (24)
20. Crochet *2 sc, 1 decrease*, repeat* (18)
{Stuff firmly...}
21. Crochet *1 sc, 1 decrease*, repeat* (12)
22. Crochet 6 decreases (6)
Close and break the yarn. Weave in ends.

Assembly
- Stuff the cap and sew it to Gustav's head, a bit to the side...
- Sew the ears
- Sew the tusks
- Sew tail to body

That's it!!! You are done!!!! Congratulations!!

© 2016 - Gustav, the balancing elephant, is a design by Carla Mitrani for {Amour Fou} – All rights reserved. This pattern is for personal use ONLY. This pattern or parts of it must not be reproduced or published (printed or online), altered, resold or used for commercial purposes without authorization. You can neither reproduce, publish, alter, sell or use for commercial purposes FINISHED DOLLS made with this pattern without authorization. Thank you!