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Hi, I'm Catherine, head knitter (well only knitter!) Here at Sweet Love Designs.

I offer affordable rewritten vintage patterns and also fully illustrated and full of love knitting patterns ...

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1960s Elephant Toy Knitting Pattern

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : 1960s Elephant Toy Knitting Pattern
1960s Elephant Toy Knitting Pattern

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Increase
  • Decrease
  • Small Amount of Black Double Knit Wool

Pattern Description:

1960s Rewritten Vintage Elephant Toy Knitting Pattern "Jumbo"

The Story Behind The Pattern:

This pattern is dedicated to Jumbo the first baby African Elephant that London Zoo obtained in 1865 (they swapped a rhino for him!) Jumbo became the star attraction and carried passengers around Regents Park, but after 15 years he became grumpy and unpredictable and was sold for $10,000 to a New York Zoo.

He was watched by 20 million people before tragically being hit by a train whilst he was being transported. There was still no rest for poor Jumbo as his hide was then stuffed and he was paraded around on a funeral tour.

He finally laid to rest at the American Museum of natural History where he still stands today.

The Pattern: When looking at original versions of vintage patterns for some people they can seem very daunting with sometimes minimal instructions that are common in vintage patterns, with wools that no longer exist and terminology that is no longer in use ....

... I have lovingly rewritten the pattern in an easy to read layout, up to date terminology and added step by step photos making this an enjoyable knit and ensures this lovely pattern isn't lost forever!

What was originally a very complicated pattern I have turned this into a very easy pattern to follow, It has been written row for row (instead of the usual eg. repeat rows 5 to 8 10 times) Even Stocking Stich has been written row for row (commonly written as eg. work stst for the next 12 rows)

This is to ensure the pattern is kept as simple as possible so all you need to do is tick off each row as you go along. I have included a photo on every step of the pattern making this perfect for a beginner wanting to try something a bit more challenging. But would equally suit a more experienced knitter who would like to keep this pattern alive.


The Elephant stands at 9 inches tall.

Materials required:

Grey DK Wool
White DK Wool
Pair Of 4mm Needles
Darning Needle


Stitch Holder
Stich marker
Plastic Eyes
(Alternative methods are given using the wool if you do not have these.)

Please Note:

The story behind the pattern was not linked with the orginal patten. It is a true story that I have decided to dedicate my rewritten pattern to.

To the best of my knowledge the original pattern is out of copyright and therefore in the public forum. However the format that I have rewritted this and all the photos are copyrighted to me.

I have put a lot of hours into reproducing this so by all means use my pattern to knit as many as you want and do whatever you would like with the finished product, weather that be sell them, for charity or for personal use... ..But please DO NOT copy & resell the Pattern in this format. If you wish to do this please do not buy from me but find the original pattern and reproduce in your own creative way.

Thank you for looking!

Sweet Love Designs was started up at the end of 2011. Born out of a passion for creativity and a love for anything handmade

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Height after stuffing: 9 inches


  • 3mm Knitting Neddles
  • Darning Needle
  • 10g White Double Knit Wool
  • 70g Grey Double Knit Wool
  • Small Amount of Black Double Knit Wool
  • Toy Suffing