My other little neighbor, Olivia, has a birthday the day after TJ. She loves Elmo, so I made her one from this pattern by Maggie Vassie that I found on Ravelry. I was beyond pleased with how he turned out!
I had to do a little editing of this pattern in Word since I find it easier to crochet when patterns are in a certain notation. I also made a few adjustments suggested by others on Ravelry(mostly for the mouth). All my notes can be found in my Elmo project there.