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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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Start with the giraffe's body and chain 7.
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.
Begin a leg:
Row 3: Single crochet in the next two chains. Chain 1 and turn.
Finish the first leg:
Repeat 3 times (rows 4-6): Single crochet in the next two chains. End off.
Crochet second leg:
Turn the body upside down.
Row 3: Single crochet in the last two chains.
Turn and repeat 3 times (rows 4-6): Single crochet in the next two chains. End off.
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.
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.
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.
Cut shorts lengths in a contrasting colour of yarn. Fold them over and loop them down the giraffe's back.
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.
- 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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