I really love crocheting amigurumi animals. A few years ago I found a free pattern online to make various animals including this super cute elephant. I loved everything about it, except the ears, so I designed my own and came up with what you see in the photo below.
The pattern for the elephant can be found on the Premier Yarns website HERE.
To make the ears like I have them, start by making the inner ear, then make the outer ear and join the inner ear to that as you continue on with the outer ear to make the full ear. The rounds are worked in a continuous spiral so don't join the rounds.
Using beige or whatever contrasting colour you'd like to use, start with a slip knot then chain 2.
Round 1: catching the tail as you go (to close the hole in the middle), make 6sc in the 2nd chain from your hook.
Round 2: 2sc in each sc around - 12 sc
Round 3: *sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc; rep from * around - 18sc
Round 4: *sc in each of the next 2 sc, 2sc in next sc; rep from * around - 24sc
Round 5: *sc in each of the next 3 sc, 2sc in next sc; rep from * around - 30sc
Slip Stitch in the next sc and fasten off.
Your circle should look like the photo below.
Now you can make the outer ear. Use your main colour for this. I used green tones multi coloured yarn. Make this exactly the same as the inner ear but don't fasten off at the end of round 5.
At the end of round 5, chain 1 and turn the piece over.
Round 6 (wrong side): Sc in each of first 27sc. Chain 1 and turn
Round 7 (assembly round): Put the inner ear piece behind the outer ear with the right side facing out. Sc in first 27sc, through both thicknesses to join the 2 pieces together. Slip stitch and fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing the ears to the head.
The photos below show what the ear should look like (front and back) when it's finished.