Elephant Complete

The elephant is complete, ready to be a birthday gift for my daughter’s friend. I rather like the way he stands out against the red background—no political comment intended; I’m just looking to vary the colors in my IG grid. 😊

The tusks are six strands of thread twisted together with @aleenesdiy Quick-Dry Tacky Glue, trimmed to a point and gently shaped. Thread is @sulkythreads 12wt cotton, hook is 0.6mm @tulipjapan_official. The eyes are 1mm wired glass beads from HoneyQueenBee on Etsy. Note that I have no business affiliation with any of these suppliers—I’m sharing details to help anyone who wants to try micro-crochet. It has taken me some time to source products that really work for me and I’d like it if I can make that search a little easier for someone else. And again, the elephant pattern is from @obscurelysmall.

I love the construction of the ears in this project—it’s just a magic loop of 8 stitches, increased to 16 in the second round, and finished with a slip stitch join. It makes such a simple, pretty little disk and it’s so easy to sew on that I had to include a close-up.

The elephant in his little box is ready for gifting. The box is one sold for bead storage on Amazon—it’s the smallest size and is available from multiple sellers.

The last photo shows the elephant on a printed 1mm grid. I’m going to be using this kind of grid a lot in the future as a background for comparisons of thread, hooks, etc. It’s one you can print for free yourself from PrintARuler.com. It’s a bit like a micrometer or calibration slide that you’d use on a microscope—it’s just a measured background that lets you easily see the size or count-per-area of whatever is on top of the background. This printed grid is not microscopically precise, of course, but it’s good enough for this scale of work. 😉 If I ever figure out how to crochet at truly microscopic size, I guess I’ll have to use a real micrometer slide. Stay tuned but don’t hold your breath.

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