Elmo

I’m super excited about today’s post. Months ago, I thought that making Elmo wouldn’t be too hard to do and I decided to make one for Yule for my daughter. I was right, it’s not too hard to do. I got my first one done in about three days and am now halfway through the second one because my son is also showing a fondness for the red monster. I’m convinced Elmo is taking over the world, one toddler at a time. He was supposed to be a Yule gift, but we ended up giving him to her early and she loves him.

If you can figure out a way to make the mouth bigger (and still fit on the face) then he’ll probably look more Elmo-like. I also think that making the pupils smaller would be better too, but I think a French knot would be too small and I have issues with embroidering on crochet.

Elmo is a licensed character, owned by Sesame Workshop. As such, Elmo may not be sold for profit.

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Materials:

  • I used worsted weight orange, black, white and red.
  • G-sized crochet hook. It’s not the size that’s important so I’m not including a gauge. I crochet pretty tightly, if your stitches are looser you may want to use a smaller hook. The important thing is to make sure that the stitches are tight enough to hold in the stuffing.
  • I used polyfiber stuffing, but any stuffing will do.
  • Scissors to cut the yarn.
  • A needle with an eye big enough for yarn.
  • Safety pin, optional.

Most of this is worked in continuous rounds. Use a stitch marker to keep your place and move it up as you complete rows. I use a safety pin and just put it through the last stitch of a round.

Head and Body (starting from the top of the head, continuous rounds)
1) ch 6, join with sl st, sc in each ch (6)
2) 2 sc in each sc (12)
3) sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (18)
4) sc2, 2 sc in next sc* around (24)
5) sc3, 2 sc in next sc* around (30)
6) sc4, 2 sc in next sc* around (36)
7) sc5, 2 sc in next sc* around (42)
8) sc6, 2 sc in next sc* around (48)
9-14) sc in each sc around (48)
15) sc6, dec over 2 sc* around (42)
16) sc5, dec over 2 sc* around (36)
17) sc4, dec over 2 sc* around (30)
18) sc3, dec over 2 sc* around (24)
19-20) sc in each sc (24)
stuff the head, then stuff the body as you go
21) sc3, 2 sc in next sc* around (30)
22) sc4, 2 sc in next sc* around (36)
23) sc in each sc around (36)
24) sc5, 2 sc in next sc around (42)
25-29) sc in each sc (42)
30) sc5, dec over 2 sc* around (36)
31) sc in each sc around (36)
32) sc4, dec over 2 sc* around (30)
33) sc in each sc (30)
34) sc3, dec over 2 sc* around (24)
35) sc in each sc (24)
36) sc2, dec over 2 sc* around (18)
37) sc, dec over 2 sc* around (12)
38) dec over 2 sc around (6)
Finish off, break yarn, leaving enough of a tail to sew closed. Sew closed, weave in end

Legs (rows, make 2)
1) ch 12, join with sl st to form ring, sc in each ch, join with sl st (12)
2-15) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (12)
16) ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st (24)
17-21) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (24)
22) ch 1, *sc2, dec over 2 sc* around, join with sl st (18)
23) ch 1, *sc, 4 dc in next sc, sc* around, join with sl st (36)
Finish off, break yarn with enough of a tail to sew toes with. Line up and sew toes closed so there are three toes. Sew closed between rows 14-15, so the foot will not be stuffed. Stuff. Weave in ends.

Arms (rows, make 2)
1) ch 8, join with sl st to form ring, sc in each ch, join with sl st (8)
2-13) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (8)
14) ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st (16)
15) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (16)
16) ch 1, *sc and 2 dc in next sc, 2 dc and sc in next sc* around, join with sl st (48)
Finish off, break yarn with enough of a tail to sew fingers with. Line up and sew fingers closed so there are four fingers. Sew closed between rows 12-13. Weave in ends. Do not stuff.

Eyes (continuous rounds, make 2)
1) ch 2, sc6 in second ch from hook (6)
2) 2 sc in each sc around (12)
3) sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (18)
4-5) sc in each sc around (18)
6) sc, dec over 2 sc* around (12)
stuff
7) dec over 2 sc around (6)
Finish off, break yarn with enough of a tail to sew closed. Sew closed, weave in ends

Pupils (make 2)
1) ch 2, sc6 in second ch from hook, join with sl st (6)
Break yarn, finish off.

Nose (continuous rounds)
1) ch 2, sc6 in 2nd ch from hook (6)
2) 2 sc in each sc around (12)
3) sc in each sc around (12)
4) sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (18)
5) sc in each sc around (18)
6) sc, dec over 2 sc* around (12)
7) sc in each sc around (12)
stuff
8) dec over 2 sc* around (6)
Finish off, break yarn with enough of a tail to sew closed. Sew closed, weave in ends

Mouth (row)
1) ch 11, sc in each sc from second ch to end (10)
Break yarn, finish off.

Assembly
Sew legs to bottom of body. Sew arms to sides of body. Sew pupils to eyes and sew eyes to top center of front of head so they touch. Sew nose between and just below eyes. Sew mouth to head just below nose.

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19 responses to “Elmo

  1. this is adorable! thanks so much for sharing. my sons will love it.

  2. Thank you! I hope they do! 😀

  3. so nice..n thank share this pattern

  4. Thank you! 😀

  5. harika ben de kızıma yapacağım. paylaşım için teşekkürler.

  6. Thank you very much! Your daughter is so cute!

  7. Love your Elmo or as my little grandson says Elmoo,thanks so much for the pattern!

  8. Thank you! 😀

  9. Great work and attention to detail! What a resemblance. I'm sure Sesame Workshop could work a partnership with you. It's the best way of bringing true American toys to our kids instead of plastics made in China. You're a true patriot!

  10. Thank you very much! 😀

  11. I recently made your Elmo for my grand daughter's upcoming second birthday (she calls him Memo). I did change the mouth pattern from this:ch 11, sc in each sc from second ch to end (10) to this: ch 11, sc in second chain and third chain, dc in next 6 chains, sc in last 2 chains. The double crochets in the middle made his mouth look more like a grin and wider in the middle. I can't post a pic to my blog yet because it is a surprise for my grand daughter and I know her parents read my blog. When I do post it up, I will post a link here for you so you can see it 🙂

  12. Awesome! His mouth is the one thing I wasn't entirely happy with, with this pattern. I'm looking forward to seeing him!

  13. I forgot to tell you about something I did with his eyes for another project! I have a terrible time making good looking pompoms to put on top of baby hats that I crochet for a charity I belong to called God's Tiny Angels. So, I crocheted just the white part of Elmo's eye, stuffed it like it says, sewed it closed, then sewed to to the top of the baby hat. Looks just like a pompom! Works great for baby Santa hats! I used an F sized hook and baby yarn so it wouldn't be ginormous 🙂

  14. Ooh, very cool! I have a hard time with pompoms too, unless I glue them they all fall out…

  15. Joy,My grand daughter's birthday party was today so I finally have Elmo up on my blog if you would like to go see it.http://mamasu55.blogspot.com/2011/10/peytons-second-birthday.htmlHe was a BIG hit!

  16. I love the mouth you did, Elmo looks awesome like that! Your granddaughter's so pretty! 😀

  17. Hi I'm a beginner here. But I want to make an elmo doll for my older son's second birthday. He's obsessed with Elmo. I have a hard time reading the crochet pattern. Do you have instructions in standard english? Anyway, this is the best I've found so far. You're amazing! Thanks a lot!

  18. Hi Sharon! Thank you! 😀 Unfortunately, no I don't have this written out in standard English. 😦 If it's the sc5, sc6 parts that are stumbling you up, it means sc in next 5 st, sc in next 6 sc, etc. And when there's a *, it means to repeat everything before the star, not just the last part. Hope that helps!!

  19. This pattern is adorable, I’ve added it to the new site http://www.crochetatplay.com A new site to find 100s of free crochet patterns from all over the web. Updated every Wednesday and Saturday nights! If for some reason you do not wish to have your pattern linked up please email me at megan@crochetatplay.com Thanks! Megan

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