Crocheted Giraffe

September 1, 2010

Here is another one in the series of cute crocheted animals - this time it's a giraffe. I think he's a nice companion to the moose and the sheep. And he's made entirely out of leftover yarn from the striped scarf. It's a win-win situation: you end up with an adorable toy and you use up the yarn that's not enough to make anything big.

Yarn and Crochet

  • Crochet size 5/3.75mm (F)
  • 1/2 skein of yellow (Brown Sheep Sunburst Gold) yarn
  • less than 1/4 skein each of purple (Brown Sheep Plum Line) and gray (Brown Sheep Ash) yarn

Body & Neck

Chain 3, join with a slip stitch

  • Round 1 sc2 into each st (6 st)
  • Round 2 same (12 st)
  • Round 3 sc2 into every other st (18 st)
  • Round 4 sc2 into every 3rd st (24 st)
  • Round 5 sc2 into every 4th st (30 st)
  • Round 6 sc2 into every 6th st (35 st)
  • Round 7 sc all stitches
  • Round 8 sc2 into every 9th st (39 st)
  • Round 9 sc2 into every 10th st (43 st)
  • Round 10 sc all stitches
  • Round 11 sc2 into every 11th st (47 st)
  • Round 12 sc all stitches
  • Round 13 sc2 into every 12th st (51 st)
  • Rounds 14-15 sc all stitches
  • Round 16 skip every 10th st, sc the rest (46 st)
  • Round 17-18 sc all stitches
  • Round 19 skip every 9th st, sc the rest (41 st)
  • Rounds 20-21 sc all stitches
  • Round 22 skip every 8th st, sc the rest (36 st)
  • Rounds 23-24 sc all stitches
  • Round 25 skip every 7th st, sc the rest (31 st)
  • Rounds 26-27 sc all stitches
  • Round 28 skip every 5th st, sc the rest (25 st)
  • Round 29 sc all stitches
  • Round 30 skip every 8th st, sc the rest (22 st)
Make the neck
  • Rounds 31-60 sc all stitches

Head

Chain 3, join with a slip stitch

  • Round 1 sc2 into each st (6 st)
  • Round 2 same (12 st)
  • Round 3 sc2 into every other st (18 st)
  • Round 4 sc2 into every 6th st (21 st)
  • Round 5 sc2 into every 7th st (24 st)
  • Round 6 sc2 into every 6th st (28 st)
  • Round 7 sc2 into every 7th st (32 st)
  • Round 8 sc2 into every 8th st (36 st)
  • Round 9 sc all stitches
  • Round 10 sc2 into every 12th st (39 st)
  • Rounds 11-12 sc all stitches
  • Round 13 sc2 into every 13th st (41 st)
  • Rounds 14-15 sc all stitches
  • Round 16 skip every 10th st, sc the rest (39 st)
  • Rounds 17-18 sc all stitches
  • Round 19 skip every 9th st, sc the rest (35 st)
  • Rounds 20-21 sc all stitches
  • Round 22 skip every 8th st, sc the rest (31 st)
  • Round 23 sc all stitches
  • Round 24 skip every 7th st, sc the rest (27 st)
  • Round 25 sc all stitches
Start shaping the head
  • Round 26 [sc2 into the next stitch, sc5] 3 times, sc2 into the next stitch, sc8 (31 st)
  • Round 27 sc 4, [sc2 into the next stitch, sc6] 3 times, sc 6 (34 st)
  • Round 28 [sc2 into the next stitch, sc7] 4 times, sc2 (38 st)
  • Round 29 sc all stitches
  • Round 30 sc 5, [sc2 into the next stitch, sc 9] 3 times, sc3 (41 st)
  • Round 31-32 sc all stitches
  • Round 33 [sc9, skip 1] 3 times, sc11 (38 st)
  • Round 34 sc all stitches
  • Round 35 [sc7, skip 1] 4 times, sc6 (34 st)
  • Round 36 [sc10, skip 1] 3 times, sc11 (31 st)
  • Round 37 [sc6, skip 1] 4 times, sc3 (27 st)
  • Round 38 [sc5, skip 1] 4 times, sc3 (23 st)
  • Round 39 [skip 1, sc 5(4 on the last one)] 4 times, (19 st)
  • Round 40 [skip 1, sc4] 4 times (15 st)
  • Round 41 [skip 1, sc3] 4 times (11 st)
  • Round 42 [skip 1, sc2] 4 times (7 st)
  • Round 43 sc every other stitch (4 st)

Legs

With purle yarn chain 3, join with a slip stitch

  • Round 1 sc2 into each st (6 st)
  • Round 2 sc2 into every other st (9 st)
  • Round 3 [sc2, sc2 into the next st] 3 times (12 st)
  • Rounds 4-7 sc all stitches
Switch to gray yarn
  • Rounds 8-12 sc all stitches
Switch to yellow yarn
  • Round 13-27 sc all stitches
Stuff the leg with fiberfill very loosely
  • Round 28 [skip 1, sc 2] 3 times
  • Round 29 fold the leg in half and single crochet 3 st through both layers closing the opening
Arms

Work same as legs but reduce the number of rounds for each color: 6 total for purple, 4 total for gray, and 11 total for yellow.

Horns

With gray yarn pick up and single crochet 8 st at the top of the head where the horns should go.

  • Rounds 1-3 sc all stitches
Switch to purple yarn
  • Round 4 [sc2 into the next stitch, sc 3] 2 times (10 st)
  • Rounds 5-6 sc all stitches
  • Round 7 [skip 1, sc1] 5 times (5 st)
  • Round 8 [sc1, skip 1] 2 times, sc1 (3 st)

Ears

Chain 10 st, turn, and double crochet 8 st. Turn again and single crochet around the border of the ear.