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This week’s free crochet pattern is this amigurumi giraffe! It’s a really fun pattern and is super easy to make. It’s the first pattern of the amigurumi collection to have a different shaped body and it also has longer legs. Due to its long neck its stands a bit taller than all of the previous amigurumis, its roughly 6.5 inches (including the horns) as opposed to my other amigurumis which are usually around 4 inches.

To make this giraffe you are going to need yellow and brown dk weight yarn – I used Hayfield Bonus DK but you can use any you like. If you want your giraffe to be bigger you should use a heavier weight yarn and a crochet hook slightly smaller than recommended on the yarn label. For dk weight yarn I have used a 3.5mm hook and for the eyes I’ve used The Craft Factory Toy Eyes Solid Black – 9mm. You don’t have to use the plastic eyes if you don’t want to, instead you can sew on some eyes with black or brown yarn.

Materials

Yellow yarn: Hayfield Bonus DK – Pumpkin (766)

Brown yarn: Hayfield Bonus DK – chocolate (0947)

Eyes: The Craft Factory Toy Eyes Solid Black – 9mm (you may use yarn to sew on eyes if you prefer)

Stuffing

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Hook

3.5mm (E USA)

Yardage

Approx. 70 yards

Gauge

6 stitches and 7 rows = 1 inch

Size

6.5 inches tall

Abbreviations 

US Terms

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

trc – treble crochet

ch – chain

dec – single crochet 2 together

inc – 2 single crochet in one stitch 

st/s – stitch/es 

Body

Body

For the body use yellow yarn and add in patches on brown as you go.

Round 1: 6 sc into a magic ring. (6)

Round 2: 6 inc (12)

Round 3: *1 sc, inc* Repeat to end of round (18)

Round 4: *2 sc, inc* Repeat to end of round (24)

Round 5: *3 sc, inc* Repeat to end of round (30)

Round 6: *4 sc, inc* Repeat to end of round. (36) 

Round 7 – 11: sc to end of round

Round 12:  *4 sc, dec* Repeat to end of round (30)

Round 13: sc to end of round

Round 14: *3 sc, dec* Repeat to end of round (24)

Round 15-16: sc to end of round

Round 17: *2 sc, dec* Repeat to end of round (18)

Round 18-22: sc to end of round

Stuff the body

Round 23: *1 sc, dec* Repeat to end of round (12)

Add more stuffing

Round 24: dec to end of round

Fasten off and sew the hole close

Head

Round 1: in yellow yarn 6 sc in magic ring

Round 2: 6 inc (12)

Round 3: *sc, inc* repeat to end of round(18)

Round 4: *2 sc, inc* repeat to end of round (24)

Round 5-7 : sc to end of round

Round 8: *3 sc, inc* repeat to end of round  (30)

Round 9: *4 sc, inc* repeat once more, 10 sc, *4sc, inc* repeat once more (34)

Round 10: 5 sc, inc, 27 sc, inc (36)

Round 11:  6 sc, inc, 28 sc, inc (38)

Round 12: 7 sc, inc, 29 sc, inc (40)

Round 13-16: sc to end of round

Round 17: *8 sc, dec* Repeat to end of round (36)

Round 18: *7 sc, dec* Repeat to end of round (32)

Round 19:  *6 sc, dec* Repeat to end of round (28)

Round 20: *5 sc, dec* Repeat to end of round (24)

Round 21: *4 sc, dec* Repeat to end of round (20)

Add the safety eyes and  stuff the head

Round 22: *3 sc, dec* Repeat to end of round (16)

Round 23: *2 sc, dec* Repeat to end of round (12)

Add more stuffing

Round 24: *1 sc, dec* Repeat to end of round (8)

Fasten off and sew the hole closed

Legs

Round 1: In brown yarn 6 sc in magic ring

Round 2: 6 inc (12)

Round 3: 5 sc, inc, 5 sc, inc (14)

Round 4: 6 sc, inc, 6 sc, inc (16)

Round 5: 6 sc, dec, 6 sc, dec (14)

Round 6: 5 sc, dec, 5 sc, dec (12)

Change to yellow yarn and sc for 12 rounds

Stuff the paw but leave the legs flat then sc across the top of the leg to close as shown in the photos belown.

Sew the legs onto the body using the photos below as a guide.

Tail

Take 3 strands of yellow yarn and braid them together, tie a knot in each end, leaving long tails in one end to sew and short tails in the other as shown in the photo.

Ears

Row 1: in yellow yarn ch 2, inc in the 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, turn (2)

Row 2: 2 sc, ch 1, turn (2)

Row 3: 2 inc, ch 1, turn (4)

Row 4: 4 sc, ch 1, turn (4)

Row 5: inc, 2 sc, inc, ch 1, turn (6)

Row 6: 6 sc, ch 1, do not turn, sc across edge to end, 3 sc in the tip of the ear then continue sc down the other edge to end. Fasten off, leaving a tail to sew. 

Using a yarn needle sew the two corners together as shown below.

Horns

Round 1: in brown yarn 6 sc into magic ring

Round 2: 6 inc (12)

Round 3: sc to end of round

Round 4: 6 dec (6)

Change to yellow yarn

Round 5 – 8: sc to end of round

Fasten off

Assembly

Use a yarn needle to sew all the parts together. Start by attaching the tail you braided to back of the giraffe. Then sew the ears and horns to the head. Finally, sew the head onto the body.

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