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How to Crochet a Giraffe

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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  1. Start with the giraffe's body and chain 7.

  2. Crochet two rows:

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

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

  5. Begin a leg:

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

  7. Finish the first leg:

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

  9. Crochet second leg:

  10. Turn the body upside down.

  11. Row 3: Single crochet in the last two chains.

  12. Chain 1.

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

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

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

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

  17. Add head:

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

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

  20. Add ear:

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

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

  23. Add mane:

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

  25. Add tail:

  26. 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.

  27. Warning

    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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Things You'll Need

  • Crochet hook
  • Two colours of yarn

About the Author

Joanne Reid

Joanne Reid has been writing since 1972. Her work includes articles for publications such as "Pageant" and "Writer’s Digest" and websites such as esoaps.com. She was a computer consultant for private industry and various levels of government for 18 years. Reid has a Master of Arts in history from the University of New Brunswick.

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