How to Crochet a Giraffe

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How to Crochet a Giraffe
Crochet a toy giraffe to make a soft, playful friend for a child. (Martin Poole/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Crocheting animals is relatively easy because with the small size, any mistakes can be corrected without tearing out a lot of stitches. Giraffes are moderately challenging because of the length of the legs and neck. This crocheted giraffe has a very simple pattern and is a variation on a number of flat giraffe patterns.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Crochet hook
  • Two colours of yarn

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Instructions

    Crochet Giraffe Instructions

  1. 1

    Start with the giraffe's body and chain 7.

    How to Crochet a Giraffe
    Yarn attachments add finishing touches to crochet. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Crochet two rows:

    Row 1: Single crochet in the second chain from the hook and in the other five stitches. Chain 1 and turn.

    Row 2: Single crochet in each chain. Chain 1 and turn.

  3. 3

    Begin a leg:

    Row 3: Single crochet in the next two chains. Chain 1 and turn.

  4. 4

    Finish the first leg:

    Repeat 3 times (rows 4-6): Single crochet in the next two chains. End off.

  5. 5

    Crochet second leg:

    Turn the body upside down.

    Row 3: Single crochet in the last two chains.

    Chain 1.

    Turn and repeat 3 times (rows 4-6): Single crochet in the next two chains. End off.

  6. 6

    Start the neck at the end of the first seven chains.

    Row 1: Chain one single crochet in both of the last two chains.

    Repeat 5 rows: Chain one single crochet in each of the two chains.

  7. 7

    Add head:

    Row 7: Two single crochets in each chain. Chain 1 and turn.

    Row 8: Two single crochets in the first chain. One single crochet in the each of the next two chains. End off.

  8. 8

    Add ear:

    In the upper corner of the back of the head, slip stitch in the turning chain.

    Chain 6 and slip stitch into the same turning chain. End off.

  9. 9

    Add mane:

    Cut shorts lengths in a contrasting colour of yarn. Fold them over and loop them down the giraffe's back.

  10. 10

    Add tail:

    Cut a longer piece from the contrasting yarn and fold in half and loop it through a chain at the rear end of the giraffe.

Tips and warnings

  • Be careful to have the project facing in the correct direction as you add the head and ears. Otherwise, the giraffe will have his head on backward.

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