3in1 Safari Elephant Baby Blanket – Crochet Pattern by Crafting Happiness
I started the safari series of the 3in1 baby blankets collection because my oldest grandchild would not model my hooded blankets unless I promised him I would make him and his baby sister matching elephant blankets.
And this is how the 3in1 Safari Elephant Baby Blanket was born.
Just like my other 3-in-1 baby blankets, the Safari Elephant Baby Blanket acts as a toy, a blanket, and a decoration for your loved one’s room.
Unfold it and keep your child warm and snuggly while he is entertained playing with the elephant.
Once done, fold it back and it instantly transforms into a decorative item that you can rest on the armchair or the side of the cot.
Made with double knit (light worsted) yarn, this blanket is warm and soft, but light in weight, perfect for babies of all sizes and ages.
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A Multipurpose Baby Blanket
The elephant baby blanket is a blanket, a play mat, a toy, and a decoration for the nursery. It is the perfect baby blanket for a modern home where space is limited.
It is a blanket that keeps your child warm and snuggly.
If you travel, your baby stays warm and entertained while playing with the elephant toy attached to the blanket.
At home, use this blanket as a play mat.
When not in use, fold it back and it instantly transforms into a cute elephant decoration that you can rest on the cot to entertain your little one or to decorate the nursery.
The blanket is crocheted in light grey color with light pink accents and will brighten any nursery, make it your own and choose any color that suits your color scheme and decor.
Choose natural shades of white and grey for a neutral-colored nursery or make it fun and playful with bright colors such as red, yellow, blue, or purple. Your choice!
Format & Terms
- Pattern written in US terms using Craft Yarn Council abbreviations.
- PDF file format
- Written in English only
- 100cm by 75cm
- 5 x 100g balls of Marriner DK Yarn (light worsted yarn) in grey (silver)
- small quantities of Marriner DK Yarn (light worsted yarn) in white
- small quantities of Marriners DK Yarn (light worsted yarn) in light pink (pale rose)
- polyfill stuffing
- crochet hook size 4mm
- blunt sewing needle to fit the yarn used to stitch the parts together
- 20mm black doll safety eyes
Skills & Abbreviations
Most basic stitches below have their own tutorial on my blog or YouTube channel paired with a video. If you are not sure how to crochet them, click the blue link and you will be taken to the separate instructions.
Pattern written in US terms using Craft Yarn Council abbreviations.
Learn how to crochet the stitch used for this blanket with a photo tutorial, diagram, and video
Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc)
Yarn over (2 loops on hook), insert hook from front to back behind the double crochet post below, yarn over and pull up a long loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through the last remaining loops.
First Double Crochet In The Row (dc1)
sc in the first stitch, ch2. Compared to the usual method of crocheting double crochet in the first row (ch3), this method of constructing it will eliminate the gap that usually occurs between the first two stitches.
Single Crochet Back Loop Only (sc blo)
A stitch has a front and back loop that meets at one end and looks like a horizontal V (looks like this >). To single crochet in the back loop only, insert the hook in the middle of the V from the top and under the back loop (the loop that is away from you), yo and draw up a loop. Yarn over and pull through the two loops.
Decrease Back Loop Only (dec blo)
This is just like a regular decrease but made in the back loop of the stitch, just like the sc blo. Insert your hook under the back loop, yo and draw up a loop (two loops on hook), insert your hook under the next stitch’s back loop, and draw up a loop (3 loops on hook), yo and pull through the 3 loops.
Increase Front Loop Only (inc flo)
Like I said before, a stitch has a front and back loop. The front loop is the one closest to you. To increase in front loop only, insert your hook under the first loop, from front to back and draw up a loop, yo and pull through the 2 loops, insert your hook again under the same front loop of the stitch and draw up a loop (2 loops on a hoop), yo and pull through the 2 loops (basically 2sc in the same front loop of the stitch).
Single Crochet Front Loop Only (sc flo)
To single crochet in the front loop only, insert your hook from front to back under the front loop of the stitch, yo, and draw up a loop, yo and pull through the 2 loops.
Keep the tension relaxed, if your work is too tight, the ends will curl.
Use one size-up hook to make the foundation chain and first row.
Using the yarn weight and hook size suggested in this pattern will create a
blanket size of 100cm by 75cm (39.5in by 29.5in).
The gauge for the blanket for a 10cm by 10cm (3.9in by 3.9in) area is 4 rows by 13 stitches.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
I am stuck on this pattern, can you help?
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If you are completely new to crocheting, I recommend starting with beginner patterns and building up your confidence, pay attention to the skill level of my patterns and buy only if you are already at that level.
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That doesn’t mean that you can’t contact me if there is a mistake or something unclear with this pattern, it simply means that you will need to learn the stitches, and the techniques, and learn how to read a pattern on your own.
Can I crochet this blanket using Aran yarn (worsted yarn #4)?
Yes, you can! The body parts will come out a little larger than my own, but still, in the same shape, use a smaller hook than recommended for Aran yarn to keep the size smaller. The blanket can be adjusted by simply crocheting more rounds.
Do I have to use the same yarn brand as you to get the same result?
No, you don’t. You can use any brand you like but pay attention to the yardage, different brands have different yardage.
Can I change the size of the blanket?
Yes, you can. Each pattern can be adjusted by simply changing the number of rounds you make.
Can I sell items made with your pattern?
Yes, you can. Please check the copyright section for more details.
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