Gigi: A Crochet Giraffe to Delight Your Soul

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Meet Gigi the crochet giraffe, the latest cute addition to our Tamingo series of crochet amigurumi.yellow and brown crochet stuffed giraffe

What’s a Tamingo?  Great question!  The word “Tamingo” is a made up word.  It was my son’s mispronunciation of the word “Flamingo” when he was a young boy.  Since I love the word, I thought I’d use it for my fun collection of small crocheted friends.  These cute crochet dolls are a mere 6.5″ tall.  They are perfect for clutching in a little one’s hand.  This cute crochet giraffe will also prop nicely up in your office at work. I won’t tell.yellow and brown crochet stuffed giraffe

If you’re looking for an adorable crochet giraffe pattern, look no further! I love this cute little crochet giraffe because it is so small, yet made out of worsted weight yarn.  It works up quickly and is so fun to make.

I also love that this particular crochet giraffe gives off the giraffe vibe without a neck or difficult to make spots!  Gigi’s spots are just simple straight stitches embroidered on afterward.. but she also looks amazing without spots at all if you want to save that step!

To make our Gigi giraffe pattern you will need some gold or yellow yarn and some brown yarn from your scrap yarn stash. We’ll start off with a magic ring and your favorite crochet hook and then work some basic crochet stitches such as single crochet and slip stitch. Gigi has safety eyes, but you could easily embroider eyes instead. As you work the pieces, be sure to leave a yarn tail because we’ll be sewing the finished pieces togetheryellow and brown crochet stuffed giraffe on a gray cement background

If you’re looking to learn how to make the best amigurumi, be sure to check out my Amigurumi: A Beginner’s Guide.  It’s a massive 165 page ebook of detailed tutorials, tips and tricks (plus exclusive patterns).  You can read about that right here.

MORE TAMINGO AMIGURUMI PATTERNS

If you love the Gigi, the Giraffe crochet pattern, you might also like to check out these other patterns in the Tamingo Series:Crochet girl doll, crochet bunny in gray and a black and purple crochet witch

1. Rachel  //   2. Bernadette the Bunny //   3. Sami the Witch

Let’s get started on crocheting Gigi the Crochet Giraffe, another adorable Tamingo…

yellow and brown crochet stuffed giraffePurchase an ad-free printable version of Gigi the Crochet Giraffe Tamingo Pattern Here

Crochet Giraffe

Here is what you will need:

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern: Crochet AbbreviationsUS to UK Crochet Conversion Chart.  Find links to stitches on the “Tutorial” menu: Getting Started will show basic stitches used in many patterns and Crochet Stitch Dictionary shows our growing collection of crochet stitch tutorials.

Gauge is not important in this pattern.  You may use other weights of yarn.  Adjust hook size to fit your needs.  With the yarn and hook size given, my gauge is about 4 single crochet stitches to an inch.

Finished crochet giraffe is approximately 6.5″ tall from top of head (excluding ears, etc) to bottom of feet.

photo of a digital crochet amigurumi ebook

With Gold Color yarn, make a magic ring

 R1:  6 sc into ring (6 sts).  (Do not join, worked in rounds)

R2:  2 sc in ea st (12 st)

R3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next.  Repeat from * around.  (18 st)

R4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next.  Repeat from * around.  (24 st)

R5: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next.  Repeat from * around.  (30 st)

R6-11:  sc around. (30 st)

R12: *sc in next 3 st, sc2tog.  Repeat from * around (24 st) Begin stuffing head

R13: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog.  Repeat from * around (18 st)

Insert safety eyes between rows 8 and 9, leaving 3 stitches in between the eyes.  Adjust stuffing and stuff the remainder of the head.

R14: *sc in next st, sc2tog.  Repeat from * around (12 st). Fasten off leaving a long strand for sewing.

Muzzle:

With Ivory Color yarn, make a magic ring

R1:  6 sc into ring (6 sts).  (Do not join, worked in rounds)

R2:  *3 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st.  Repeat from * once (10 st)

R3:  sc around (10 st).  Fasten off, leaving a long strand for sewing.

Ears (Make 2):

With Gold Color yarn, make a magic ring

R1:  5 sc into ring (5 sts).  (Do not join, worked in rounds)

R2:  2 sc in ea st (10 st)

R3-5:  Sc around (10 st)

R6:  *Sc, sc 2 tog.  Repeat from * twice, then sc in last st. (7 st)  Fasten off, leaving a long strand for sewing.yellow and brown crochet stuffed giraffe

Ossicones (horns) (Make 2):

With Brown Color yarn, make a magic ring

R1:  5 sc into ring, changing to gold in last stitch (5 sts).  (Do not join, worked in rounds)

R2-4:  With gold, sc around (10 st) Fasten off, leaving a long strand for sewing.

Note on Limb and Body construction for your crochet doll:  The legs are worked separately and then joined together in the first row of the body.  The body is worked to the neck and fastened off.  Then the arms are worked and the pieces are sewn together.  Please follow the instructions carefully for stuffing and fastening off notes. If you’d like an complete photo tutorial on joining amigurumi legs in this manner, please read ‘‘Joining Amigurumi Limbs’ here.

Legs (Make 2):

With Brown Color yarn, make a magic ring

R1:  6 sc into ring (6 sts).  (Do not join, worked in rounds)

R2:  2 sc in ea st (12 st)

R3: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next.  Repeat from * around.  (15st)

R4: sc around

R5: *sc in next 3 st, sc2tog.  Repeat from * around, changing to gold yarn in the last stitch (12 st).

R6: With gold yarn, sc in next 3 st, [(sc2 tog) three times], sc in last 3 st (9 st).  Stuff the feet.

R7-10:  sc around (9 st).  Fasten off for first leg.  After 2nd leg, do not fasten off, continue to body below.  Stuff the rest of the legs.

Body:

In the next row, the legs are crocheted together and form the bottom of the body.  Position the legs so that they are in the correct position with both feet facing forward.  Use a stitch marker to mark where they meet in the middle. This stitch marker holds the center stitch from each leg to each other.  Also make sure that you also have a stitch marker in the last stitch worked in the leg just completed.  This stitch will be the last stitch worked in this row.

R1:  Sc in the next stitch of the leg just worked.  Continue to single crochet in each stitch until you reach the marker holding the 2 legs together.  Work a single crochet in the next stitch (which is the stitch holding the legs together).  THEN work a single crochet in the matching stitch on the OTHER leg.  You can remove the stitch marker if you’d like.  Continue to single crochet all the way around the other leg (9 stitches on that leg).  You are now at the middle of the doll on the opposite side.  Single crochet in the remaining unworked stitches on the first leg worked in this row, finishing in the stitch you marked as the end of the row.  Count your stitches for this row.  There should be 18 stitches in the row.  If you have more or less than this, take a look at the stitches worked at the joining points and see if you’ve missed or worked an extra stitch here.

R2:  Continuing to work in the round, *sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st, repeat from * around (24 st)

R3-5:  sc around (24 st)

R6: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog.  Repeat from * around (18 st)

R7-8:  sc around (18 st).  Stuff body.

R9: *sc in next st, sc2tog.  Repeat from * around (12 st).

R10:  sc around (12 st).  Fasten off leaving a long strand for joining.

Stuff the rest of the body.

Arms (Make 2):

With Brown color yarn, make a magic ring

R1:  6 sc into ring (6 sts).  (Do not join, worked in rounds)

R2:  2 sc in ea st (12 st)

R3: sc around, changing to gold yarn in the last stitch (12 st).

R4-5: Using gold yarn, sc around (12 st).

R6:  *sc in next st, (sc2 tog, repeat from * around (8 st). Lightly stuff hand

R7-9:  sc around

Leave remainder of arm unstuffed.yellow and brown crochet stuffed giraffe

Assembly and Finishing:

Using yarn from ends of work, sew head to body.  Sew arms to sides near the neckline.

Flatten ears, fold in half and then sew ears between rows 3-4 on either side of head.  Position ossicones (horns) between the ears and sew down on top of head.  Lightly stuff muzzle and sew under eyes over rows 9-11.

Facial Features:

Use a dark brown embroidery floss to make 2 stitches for nostrils on the muzzle.

Giraffe Spots:

Using brown yarn, embroider several rectangles or triangle shapes using straight stitches to represent spots, randomly on the body, legs, arm and head.  Note that giraffe also looks quite adorable without any spots at all, should you desire to skip this step!

yellow and brown crochet stuffed giraffePurchase an ad-free printable version of Gigi the Crochet Giraffe Tamingo Pattern Here

Fun Giraffe Facts

But wait.. maybe you have more giraffe questions! Like “Do giraffes have two hearts?”, “Why are giraffes tongues black” and “Do giraffes really only sleep 30 minutes a day?” Here are some fun facts about one of nature’s most fascinating creatures:

  • A giraffe has an 18-20″ tongue that can grasp things like vegetation
  • A giraffe’s tongue is a blue/black color which acts as a sort of sunscreen in the hot sun
  • No two giraffes have the same spot pattern. Just like human fingerprints!
  • Giraffes spend only 20 minutes to 2 hours a day sleeping (can you imagine all the fun things you’d have time to do with that sleep schedule?)
  • Giraffes have two distinct, hair-covered horns called ossicones
  • Despite their long necks, giraffes have the exact same number of neck vertabrae (7) as humans. However, a giraffeneck vertabrae can be over 10 inches long! Wowsa!

You can read more fascinating giraffe facts over at the websites of the San Diego Zoo and Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

I love seeing your finished projects! If you enjoyed making this Crochet Giraffe Pattern I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @crochet365knittoo.  If you are on Facebook, stop over to the Crochet 365 Knit Too Facebook page or pop over to the Crochet365KnitToo Club and share a photo!  I’d love to see your work!

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