The 12 Cutest Knitted Elephants

An elephant never forgets, according to the old saying. And if you knit one of these cute elephants up for someone you love, we bet the recipient won’t soon forget you, either! 

All of these elephants can be stitched as either toys or simply decorations. If you’re stitching them as toys, be sure to use washable yarns like acrylic so that the toy can be washed after all its adventures, whether it’s a tea party or just a day on the playground.

Olli Polli the Elephant

Photo via Bluprint member Heidi Bears Designs

1. Olli Polli the Elephant

The designer makes this well-dressed elephant as easy as possible thanks to tutorial links for all the techniques that might be unfamiliar to you. You’ll have so much fun choosing colors for her accessories, too!

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Knit Baby Elephant

Photo via Bluprint member Rainebo Designs

2. Knit Baby Elephant

This baby elephant would look so sweet in a nursery or kid’s room. Its secure, seated position makes it great for shelf displays when it’s not being played with.

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Elephant Knit Pattern

Photo via Bluprint member AmyGaines

3. Elephant Knit Pattern

Gray is always a great choice, of course, but I love the idea of knitting elephants in fun colors like these. It’s a great use of your stash yarn, too.

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Pears the Elephant

Photo via Bluprint member The Byrd’s Nest

4. Pears the Elephant

Speaking of fun colors, meet Pears! The colorwork on the arms, legs and ears is slip stitch colorwork, so you don’t have to worry about carrying floats on the wrong side. It’s just another fun way to add more color.

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Elephant Knitting Pattern

Photo via Bluprint member Mamma4earth

5. Elephant Pattern

If you’re looking for a very traditional elephant pattern, this is the one. If you want to add some color, you can change up the ear and tusk colors. Otherwise, this elephant is happy to be realistic.

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Love Me Elephant

Photo via Bluprint member Maggies Toybox

6. Love Me Elephant

Grab a soft fur yarn to knit up this cozy elephant. If you’re knitting an elephant as a toy, this is a good choice for ultimate snuggles since the the fur yarn just begs to be cuddled.

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Little Elephant Knitting Pattern

Photo via Bluprint member Knits by Sachi

7. Little Elephant

These tiny elephants are quick to knit up, and they make fantastic decor. You can even knit an entire collection of them for an elephant-themed bedroom.

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Airy Fairy Flying Elephant

Photo via Bluprint member DenizasToysJoys

8. Airy-Fairy Flying Elephant

You can suspend this elephant from the ceiling or place him on a shelf for an adorable addition to a bedroom or nursery. Working in the round means there are no bulky seams and no annoying finishing steps at the end.

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Elsie and Baby Elvis Elephant

Photo via Bluprint member madmonkeyknits

9. Elsie Elephant and Baby Elvis

This pattern comes with instructions for not just one but two elephant toys. This mom and baby make a great pair on the shelf or in the arms of a little one.

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Judy the Elephant

Photo via Bluprint member KnitographyByMrs.Mumpitz

10. Judy the Elephant

Judy is small but mighty! This pattern has been test knit, so the instructions are both accurate and clear. There are a couple of different options for attaching the arms and legs, so choose whichever one you’re most comfortable with.

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Elephant Knitted Toy

Photo via Bluprint member LHCpatterns

11. Elephant Knitted Toy

If you choose to make your elephant striped like the sample pictured above, it’s a great way to use up scrap yarn. You can also go for a variegated or self-striping yarn for another colorful option. The instructions include step-by-step photos, so you won’t get lost along the way.

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Elle and Edward Elephant

Photo via Bluprint member Tat’sgrans Treasures

12. Elle and Edward Elephant

The pattern for this pair of cuties uses a special designer trick to get the trunk to stay upright and curved. If you’re making the toy for a small infant, substitute the safety eyes for something safer like embroidered eyes or knitted circles.

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Which of these adorable elephants do you have your eye on? Who will you stitch it for?

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