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Crochet Giraffe

It must be the change in weather that has got me in the mood for making cute animals. It was around this time last year that I churned out some adorable creatures like Mr. Hedgehog and this amigurumi dolphin. I guess spring is the season for inspiration and when I looked at my Ideas Notepad, it came as no surprise that animals were the main theme. At the top of the list I had written down the tallest land dweller, the giraffe.

Crochet GiraffeCrochet Giraffe - Pops de Milk

Like modern-day dinosaurs, these gentle giants stand between 5 and 6 metres! I think they are hilariously cute with their super long neck and legs. I tried to recreate this look in the crochet version, making sure that the neck and legs were more exaggerated than the body.

Pattern Notes

Unless indicated, pattern is worked in continuous rounds. Use stitch markers to keep track of beginning/end. For the legs and neck I made sure to stuff firmly (the body is not as important to stuff that much) but this will ensure that the legs and neck will hold and stay upright.

Materials

-worsted weight yarn in pale yellow and brown

-3.75 mm and 3.25 mm crochet hooks

-embroidery thread and needle

-yarn needle

-fiberfill stuffing

Stitch Abbr. (US terms)

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

inc – increase (2 sts in same st)

dec – decrease (sc 2 tog)

hdc – half double crochet

Pattern

Head – with 3.75 mm hook

Round 1: make 6 sc in magic ring

Round 2: inc in each st (12 sts)

Round 3: [sc in next st, inc in next st] repeat 6times (18 sts)

Round 4: sc around.

Round 5: [sc in next 2 sts, inc in next st] repeat 6 times (24 sts)

Rounds 6-11: sc around.

Round 12: [sc in next 2 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (18 sts)

Begin to stuff with fiberfill.

Round 13: [sc in next st, dec] repeat 6 times (12 sts)

Round 14: dec 6 times (6 sts)

Fasten off and weave ends. Use embroidery thread to sew eyes or you can also use safety eyes if you have them.

Neck – with 3.75 mm hook

Leave about 18″ of yarn for sewing.

Round 1: ch 6, join with slip stitch to 1st ch. Ch 1, sc in same space as slip stitch and in each ch around.

Round 2: sc in 1st sc and around.

Rounds 3-13: repeat Round 2.

Round 14: dec 3 times, [inc in next st, sc in next st] repeat 3 times.

Round 15: sc in next st, dec in next st, sc in next 4 sts, inc in next st, sc in next 4 sts.

Round 16: sc around.

Fasten off and leave long tail for sewing. When the neck is complete you should have long yarn tails on the top and bottom. Sew the neck to head or body before stuffing.

Body – with 3.75 mm hook

Round 1: ch 9, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across with 3 sc in last ch, working on bottom of foundation ch sc in next 6 spaces, 2 sc in last sp (18 sts)

Round 2: [sc in next 2 sts, inc in next st] repeat 6 times (24 sts)

Round 3: [sc in next 2 sts, inc in next st] repeat 8 times (32 sts)

Round 4: [sc in next 15 sts, inc in next st] repeat 2 times (34 sts)

Round 5: sc in next 15 sts, inc in next st, sc in next 17 sts, inc in next st (36 sts)

Round 6: [sc in next 5 sts, inc in next] repeat 6 times (42 sts)

Rounds 7-10: sc around.

Round 11: [sc in next 5 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (36 sts)

Round 12: [sc in next 4 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (30 sts)

Round 13: work this round in BLO (back loop only) [sc in next 3 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (24 sts)

Round 14: [sc in next 2 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (18 sts)

Begin to stuff with fiberfill.

Round 15: [sc in next st, dec] repeat 6 times (12 sts)

Round 16: dec 6 times. Fasten off and weave ends.

Legs – with 3.75 mm hook

Starting with brown yarn.

Round 1: make 5 sc in magic ring.

Round 2: sc around in Back Loop Only.

Round 3: inc in each st (10 sts)

Switch to yellow yarn.

Rounds 4-18: sc around.

Fasten off and leave long tail for sewing.

Ears – with 3.25 mm hook

ch 3, hdc 3 times in 3rd ch from hook. Fasten off and leave tail for sewing.

Spots – with 3.25 mm hook

Make 4 sc in magic ring, slip stitch to first sc. Fasten off and leave tail for sewing. Make as many as you like and sew to body parts.

For the eyes I used this easy embroidered eyes tutorial on Squirrel Picnic. Once you have all the parts you can put your yarn needle to work and get sewing!Crochet Giraffe - Pops de MilkCrochet Giraffe - Pops de Milk

 

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3 thoughts on “Crochet Giraffe

  1. Wow, this is really pretty. I know the basic pattern. But will I be able to do it? Whatever I will definitely try this Pattern. I have learned new and challenging things from your blog. Thanks for this pattern notes.

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