Hello and welcome to my first ever blog post! Within these posts, I will explain my crochet process from the start to the finish of a project. I will usually cover where my idea came from, the pattern I used, any difficulties I faced and, most importantly, include lots of pictures! Mostly, crochet is such a fun hobby, I just want to share what I have created and, if I can, inspire some others along the way. Whether you’re after tips, inspiration or you just want to look at some pretty pictures, I hope you enjoy my blog! Happy hooking 🙂
I found out a couple of weeks ago that an old co-worker of mine is pregnant! What could I do but immediately start on a baby gift?
The start of a new project is always super exciting for me and usually involves a long time trawling through Pinterest or Ravelry trying to find ideas or a pattern to use. For this project, I knew immediately it would have to be giraffe-themed as it’s her top favourite animal. Think giraffe calendar on desk, giraffe screensaver, giraffe stationary… the whole lot.
At first, I searched for giraffe baby blankets. I considered a granny square pattern, or maybe a more complicated c2c, but after looking through my existing stash (and at my bank account…) I decided it would have to be something smaller. Plus, I’m moving to a new house to start my final year of Uni, so I had no idea if I would have time to make an entire blanket!
After my recent amugurumi jellyfish I really wanted to have another try at this technique. I did have a go at amigurumi when I first started crocheting but it always turned out a bit of a mess. Now that I’ve been crocheting for a while, it is much easier to keep an even tension and the pieces come out looking much neater.
There is a surprising amount of search results for giraffe amigurumi on Pinterest, but unfortunately most are just pictures and don’t have any pattern with them. I am not quite comfortable enough with amigurumi to try making my own patterns yet, so I knew I had to find one. I wanted a slightly realistic-looking giraffe – not too cartoony – and after a lot of trawling, I finally unearthed this pattern from Courtney Deley on Ravelry. Even better – it’s free!
I really loved this pattern as soon as I started it. It is written very simply – maybe too simply for some – but it is super easy to follow and works up very quickly. For every section, you can either chain 2 to start or use a magic ring. I chose to use the magic ring even though it can be a bit fiddly as I didn’t want any gaps where the stuffing might escape with it being for a baby. It gave me a good excuse to practice using magic rings for future amigurumi anyway!
My favourite part of the pattern was the back legs:
*CH 2 or MR which ever you prefer
6 SC in the ring
Inc in every SC (12)
[SC, inc] (18)
[2 SC, inc] (24)
BLO SC around once (24)
SC around in both loops (24)
SC around 7 times (24)
FO leave a long tail for sewing
Crocheting only through the back loops (on line 6 of the pattern) causes the leg to angle up at almost a right angle to make a wide, flat bottom. The front loops that stick out almost create a border around the bottom giving the appearance of a hoof!
It’s a super simple technique that gives a very subtle but effective outcome, especially when compared to the front leg which is very rounded at the bottom.
For this project, I just used a simple DK yellow and orange yarn with a 4mm hook. I don’t remember what brand the yarn is, or even where I got it from so, luckily, I had enough for this project tucked away in my stash!
I plan to stuff and sew this piece in the next couple of days so should be updating with the finished project fairly soon!
Happy hooking 🙂