Elephant Amish Puzzle Toy (but not quite a ball)!

Here he is at last the finished Elephant!

Amish Ball ElephantI have to admit that I have rather mixed feelings about him, he certainly has not been the easiest of makes. I found the pattern quite tricky to follow but I am not sure if some of this was in the translation. Has anyone else made him? If so I would be interested to hear how you found it. Maybe I was just having a bad week!!

Anyhow he is done now and I thought you might like to see all the bits that make him. The principles are the same as the other Amish ball puzzles, made up of three rings. Two leg section.

Amish Ball Elephant Legs x2And the third section hosts the head and tail.

Amish Ball Elephant Head SectionHere are all the parts together in a collapsed heap.

Amish Ball Elephant CollapsedI got a little disheartened and confess that he stood eyeless and without his tail on my mantlepiece for a week until my eldest daughter came home at the weekend for a visit. She was rather taken with him and gave me the encouragement to spend the required 10 minutes to finish him off, so on went the eyes and the all important tail.

Amish Ball Elephant RearHe has started to grow on me and I love the idea of a crochet toy that has an interactive measurement to him, kiddies can take him apart and build him up again. I have thought about making a couple more, maybe a hippo and a giraffe so you could mix them up and make a giraffaphant an elippo or a hipporaffe.

If you fancy having a go you can buy the pattern for £2.00 on Ravelry, it is another from the Dedri Uys collection.

35 thoughts on “Elephant Amish Puzzle Toy (but not quite a ball)!

  1. Jenn November 11, 2014 / 17:19

    I bought the book and though the pictures are pretty good the instructions are difficult. I have only made the lag segments so far. On to the rest.
    Now that I think I have it more figured out, I will make more. It seems it will be sorta a no brainer once the pattern is in your head. But I agree that the directions were not very good. I actually rewrote them so they make more sense.


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com November 11, 2014 / 20:52

      I had trouble understanding the head instructions but I have to say the author was very good and picked up on my comments. She contacted me and asked if I tried it again would I let her know if it was clear. I thought this was comendable but sadly I haven’t got around to making another one yet. It is worth the effort though don’t you think?


  2. Dedri November 20, 2013 / 14:54

    Hi 🙂 thank you for making (and sharing about) the elephant. I am sorry to hear that the head gave you grief, but very pleased to see that you persevered.

    I would love it if you could tell me exactly what you found tricky so that I can see if it is something I can (or have already) fixed.

    I have reworked the head without the joins and some clearer photos. The pattern has not yet been updated, but if you have a look at the baby elegant head on my site, it might make things a bit clearer?

    Take care,



    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com November 26, 2013 / 21:11

      Thank you so much for your interest and help, I will be happy to try again and I will be sure to look up your new photos. I will let you know which bit it was that I found tricky. I love these patterns so much, they make great gifts for young children and babies and it was definitely worth persevering.


  3. whiteravenfire November 1, 2013 / 21:56

    ooh I saw these on Pinterest. Its on my list of things to make. He looks fab! 🙂


  4. tamyraptor October 28, 2013 / 09:51

    Ohh I love the idea of mix-and-match animals!! Cute idea!!


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com October 28, 2013 / 20:15

      Pleased you like the idea, I have spent the weekend working and ,making mini hats for the big knit but maybe next week I will get to start on another animal.


  5. Karin October 27, 2013 / 21:06

    I love this little guy 🙂


  6. thelandroverownerswife October 27, 2013 / 08:14

    What a lovely little chap. Now you’ve made him you’ll probably find the next one a breeze 😉


  7. lovelucie1 October 26, 2013 / 16:06

    He is lovely. Wonderful as a child’s puzzle. Well done for persevering.


  8. nanacathy2 October 26, 2013 / 15:10

    I love the shot of him collapsed! Too wonderful!


  9. jsletto October 26, 2013 / 05:30

    This is so cool! I soooo want to try this out!


  10. stitches'n'scraps October 26, 2013 / 01:52

    I wasn’t going to try the animal versions because I didn’t realize they came apart and went back together like the normal version…now that I see they actually do, I so have to make this!


  11. mollieandclaire October 25, 2013 / 22:08

    He’s cute! Ideal for a little one. Might have a go for my godson once the current rash of projects has cleared up…


  12. StitchNSew October 25, 2013 / 22:07

    Wow that is great. I’ve seen the Amish Puzzle toy before but never more than just the round shape. He is gorgeous. I love the colour too!


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com October 26, 2013 / 07:14

      He was not the easiest of makes, it was the head that gave me the trouble but I probably just misinterpreted the pattern.


  13. daniellajoe October 25, 2013 / 22:05

    He is adorable and should be fun as a puzzle, I have never made one..


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