Pattern Variation: Large Crochet Flat Elephant

A new customer asked me to make a larger flat elephant, along with a couple of regular smaller flat elephants following Ani Tugushi’s YouTube tutorial (pattern transcribed here), so I modified the original pattern to make a larger flat elephant. The small elephant (original pattern) measures 4×4”. The large elephant (made following this new modified pattern) measures 6×6”.

Large Flat Elephant


Ch = Chain
Sc = Single Crochet
Inc = Increase (2 crochet stitches in 1 stitch space)
Dec = Decrease (crochet 2 stitches together into 1 stitch)
Rep = Repeat
FO = Finish off

You will need:

100% cotton yarn in the color(2) of your choice
4mm hook

Pattern Notes:

Chain 1 and turn at the end of each row. Start each row in the second stitch from hook. This includes the rows with chains at the end–make an additional chain from what is noted and start the next row in the second stitch from the hook.

I used two colors and alternated sides and ears because I like the way it looks. The original pattern uses only one color for the whole elephant.

Body Pattern:

Make 2 in color(s) of your choice.

R1: inc, sc 21 (23)
R2: sc 22, inc (24)
R3: inc, sc 23 (25)
R4: sc 24, inc (26)
R5: inc, sc 25 (27)
R6: sc 26, inc (28)
R7: inc, sc 27 (29)
R8: sc 28, inc (30)
R9-16: sc 24 (leave 6 sts) (24)
R17: sc 24, ch 6 (30)
R18-24: sc 30 (30)
R25-28: sc 20 (leave 10 sts) (20)
R29: dec, sc 16, ch 10 (27)
R30: sc 25, dec (26)
R31: dec, sc 24 (25)
R32: sc 23, dec, FO (24)
Leave a long tail for sewing on one.

Ears Pattern:

Make 2 in color(s) of your choice.

R1: 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook (3)
R2: inc 3x (6)
R3: sc, inc* rep 2x (9)
R4: sc 2 sts, inc* rep 2x (12)
R5: sc 3 sts, inc* rep 2x, (15)
R6: sc 4 sts, inc* rep 2x
R7: sc 5 sts, inc” rep 2x
Ears should be 3” each. Leave tails for sewing on both.


Weave in ends. Sew ears on around row 10. Fasten or embroider eyes around row 5. Sew body together, stuffing from top before closing. Make a small loop of thread with knot at end for tail.

Size comparison with original flat elephants


Please credit Ani Tugushi and link back to the tutorial on YouTube if you use this pattern. Feel free to also link to the written pattern here on Crafty Reason. Also, send us a message if you notice anything wrong with the pattern or if you would like a formatted PDF copy.

Happy crocheting!

~Crafty Reba