FREE Crochet Giraffe Pattern 2.0

You guys might remember a giant crochet giraffe that I posted a pattern for last year. I loved that giraffe, but because I wasn’t writing the pattern down at the time, that crochet giraffe pattern had a ton of mistakes. And you guys still loved it. Whoa. Knowing that you guys loved the pattern, mistakes and all, is so cool. But I thought you deserved better. So here is an updated, mistake-free, new and improved crochet giraffe!

Get this pattern as an inexpensive, ad-free PDF that you can print and take with you on the go!

This giraffe is quite a bit bigger than the last one. It sits at just under 2ft from the base of the body to the tip of the horns, but it’s maybe another foot taller if you count the legs. You can always make it larger or smaller by adjusting your hook size/yarn weight. Also, I used the colors I preferred for this giraffe rather than using the traditional yellow/brown, but feel free to use whatever colors you want! I’ve seen some pretty great ones that you guys have made.

Crochet Giraffe Pattern

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If you’re interested in what crochet tools I use and recommend, check out my post all about My Crochet Tools!

Pattern

Body:

The numbered lines are for the round number, and the (#) refers to how many stitches there should be at the end of the round. This pattern uses mostly basic stitches, but if you need help with any of them, check out The Beginner’s Guide to Crochet!

1. With the 4.5mm hook and Yarn A, SC 4 into magic loop (4 stitches)
2.Work 2 SC into each stitch (8)
3. SC 1, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (12).
4. SC 2, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (16).
5. SC 3, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (20).
6. SC 4, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (24).
7. SC 5, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (28).
8-15. Continue increasing in that pattern until you reach: SC 13, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (60).

Optional for a flat base:

Now, cut a piece of interfacing to the same size as the circle you just made. If your interfacing is fusible on both sides, also cut a circle of fabric in the same color as the body yarn. Layer the crocheted circle, then the interfacing, then the fabric and iron them all together. Wait for it all to cool down and you should have a flat base that will help the giraffe sit up and give it stability.

16-20. SC in the back loops only to add a little detail (60). Pictured below.

21-29. SC around (60). *Add stuffing as you go. It’s easier to stuff as you make the shapes than to go back and try to stuff it evenly afterward.*
30. SC 13, work one decrease. Repeat all the way around (56).
31-32. SC around (56).
33. SC 12, decrease. Repeat all the way around (52).
34. SC around (52).
35. SC 11, decrease Repeat all the way around (48).
36. SC around (48).
37. SC 10, decrease. Repeat all the way around (44).

*The next two rows are a little weird, but it was the only way I could decrease as quickly as I wanted!* 

38. SC 7, decrease. Repeat all the way around (40).
39. SC 4, decrease. Repeat until the last 6 stitches. SC 1, then decrease twice (32).

Shaping the Neck:

40. SC 6, decrease. Repeat all the way around (28).

41. SC 5, decrease. Repeat all the way around (24).
42-66. SC around for 25 rounds, stuffing the neck firmly as you go (24).

Bind off, leaving 1.5-2 feet of yarn for joining the head on later.

Head:

1. With 5.00mm hook and Yarn A, SC 6 into magic loop (6).
2. Work 2 SC into each space (12).
3. SC 1, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (18).
4. SC 2, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (24).
5. SC 3, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (30).
6. SC 4, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (36).
7. SC 5, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (42).
8-14. SC around (42)
9. SC 4, decrease. Repeat all the way around (35). Add in stuffing.
10. SC 2 together all the way around until the last stitch. SC last stitch (18).

Now, you’ll make the second “bubble” of the head.

11. Work 2 SC into each space (36)
12. SC around (36)
13. SC 1, increase into next space. Repeat all the way around (54).
14-15. SC around (54).
16. SC 7, decrease. Repeat all the way around (48).
17. SC 6, decrease. Repeat all the way around (42).
18. SC 5, decrease. Repeat all the way around (36).
19-23. SC around (36).
24. SC 4, decrease. Repeat all the way around (30).
25. SC 3, decrease. Repeat all the way around (24).
26. SC 2, decrease. Repeat all the way around (18).

*Stuff firmly and determine where the eyes will go by making a small mark with a marker (which will be covered up later). Remove the stuffing and insert the safety eyes where you marked them to go, and stuff the head again, firmly. Once you close the backings, they won’t open, so be sure you’re happy with it!*

27. Decrease all the way around (9)
28. Decrease all the way around, SC the last stitch (5).
Pull yarn through remaining stitches and bind off.

Arms (make 2):

1. With 5.00mm hook and Yarn B, SC 6 into magic loop (6).
2. Work 2 SC into each space (12).
3. SC 1, increase into the next space. Repeat around (18).
4. SC 2, increase into the next space. Repeat around (24).
5. SC 3, increase into the next space. Repeat around (30).
6. SC 4, increase into the next space. Repeat around (36).
7-8. SC around (36).
9. SC 4, decrease. Repeat around (30).
10. SC 3, decrease. Repeat around (24).
11. SC 2, decrease. Repeat around (18).
12. SC 1, decrease. Repeat around (12).
13. SC around (12).

*Bind off and stuff firmly to make the hoof. Switch to Yarn A to work the arm.*
14-43. SC around, stuffing as you go.
Bind off, leaving a long tail for joining to the body later.

Legs (make 2):

Work the legs the same way as the arms, but make the legs 5 round longer (SC around for rounds 14-48).

Ears (make 2):

1. With 5.00mm hook and Yarn A, SC 3 into magic loop (3).
2. Work 2 SC into each space (6).
3. SC 1, increase into the next space. Repeat around (9).
4. SC 2, increase into the next space. Repeat around (12).
5. SC 3, increase into the next space. Repeat around (15).
6. SC 4, increase into the next space. Repeat around (18).
7.  SC around (18).
8. SC 4, decrease. Repeat around (15).
9. SC 3, decrease. Repeat around (12).
10. SC 2, decrease. Repeat around (9).
11. SC 1, decrease. Repeat around (6).
12-13. HDC around.
Bind off, leaving a tail for joining to the head later.

Horns (make 2):

1. With 4.50mm hook and Yarn B, SC 5 into magic loop (5).
2. Work 2 SC into each space (10).
3-4. SC around (10).
5. Decrease all the way around (5).
6-8. HDC around (5).
Bind off, leaving a long tail for joining to the head later.

Construction:

To start putting the crochet giraffe together, place the head on the body/neck and align it however it looks best to you. Then, secure it in place for now using stitch markers or safety pins. Using the tail yarn from the body piece, sew the head on going through both loops on the neck and an open space on the head. Once you go all the way around, make a knot, cut the yarn and use a hook to hide the tail end inside the giraffe.

Line up the limbs, using the pictures here as a guide and sew them on as well. Finally, sew on the horns and ears, trying to keep them as evenly spaced as possible.

Mane/Tail:

1. With a 5.00mm hook and Yarn A, chain 5 and turn (5).
2-x. DC along the row, ch1, turn. Continue in this pattern until you have a long strip that stretches from the back of the giraffe’s head to the base of its body. This will make a template for you to build your mane onto; it’s easier to do this separately and then attach the whole thing to the giraffe afterward, rather than to create the mane directly on the giraffe.

3. Cut 3-4 inch strips of yarn to make the hairs of the mane. Then, looping each strip to a spot on the template, create a tassel and pull it tight. Once you add in a bunch of these strips, the whole things will start to look like a mane.

4. When you reach the very bottom row of the template, use strips that are 10-12 inches long, fold them in half, and then loop them onto the bottom row. These longer strips will be the tail. You can leave them hanging down straight or you can braid them and secure it with a clear elastic like I did.

5. Now align the entire mane/tail-piece to the back of the giraffe, beginning at the back of its head and ending at the base of the body, and sew the whole thing into place.

Spots:

There is no rhyme of reason to how I made the spots. I just used a few different colors and started to make some random shapes with them. For example, I would start off with chains for different lengths, then work a few rows, turn and add more. I just played this part by ear and made a bunch of spots in different sizes and sewed them onto the giraffe. Other people have made the spots by just making a bunch of circles. Whatever you choose is fine. Here are some that others have sent in!


You’re all done!

I hope you guys enjoyed this pattern and that you give it a try! This is a big project and takes some time to make so I suggest you use good hooks. Now, this doesn’t mean you have to shell out a ton of money to get top-of-the-line hooks, but it is important to work with quality tools. These are my favorite crochet hooks and the ones I reach for every day. Ever since I got my hands on these, I’ve been able to crochet for longer periods of time, I’ve seen improvements in my crocheting, and I’ve made some money off them because I make so many things as customs orders now. They’re durable, comfortable, inexpensive and they even come in a handy case! I did a full review of these hooks if you want more information about them. Also,i f you’re interested in what else I use for crochet and knitting, I have a whole page dedicated to my tools which you can read here.

Thank you for reading, and if you make this, share your pictures on the Ravelry page so I can find them! Also, be sure to sign up to the newsletter for more goodies. When you sign up, you get access to the subscriber-only resource library, weekly newsletters to keep you in the loop, and even a free ebook. The ebook is called The Beginner’s Guide to Crochet and it’s full of lessons, tutorials, and pattern to teach you how to crochet, or crochet better!

See you soon with another post!


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  • Polly Hooker

    Thanks! I think I figured it out… ?

    http://pin.it/qPzeGuC

    • Love it! I adore the details you added with the nostrils and the heart shaped spot 🙂 Your grandson will be so happy to have him!

      • Polly

        Thank you! I appreciate your feedback, and thank you for sharing your talents!

  • Polly Hooker

    I’d love to share photos of my version of your sweet giraffe pattern with you but can’t figure out how to copy a link to the pinned project! Do you have an email (or maybe just some advice for the technicality challenged)? Thanks!

    • I’m so glad you made it and I would LOVE to see your pictures!

      You can open the pin and when it pops up in its own window, you can copy the link at the top. It’ll be something like pinterest.com/pin/#####. Or just email it to me at hello@theblueelephants.com !

      I also have an instagram if you want to share a picture and tag me in it: @_theblueelephants

  • Tracy

    Not at all. It was an adventure! Lol. I had a friend ask me to make for her grandbaby. And she wanted it more real- like in color, so that’s what I came up with.

    • It looks great! I did mine all colorful because it was for myself, and my dad still asks why it’s so unrealistic lol

  • Finally finished! Check it out and let me know what you think!

    http://pin.it/J1y54ez

    • Wow! You did a fantastic job! I love how you worked the spots into the rounds as you went. And crocheted the eyes as well! Do you mind if I share this picture on my Instagram?

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  • He is so adorable. I really have to learn how to crochet. Really cute

    • Thanks, Michelle! It’s really easy once you get the hang of it, and I have a Crochet 101 series on here if you need help getting started.

  • This is just adorable! What awesome talent you have! Pinned. We’re happy to have you sharing your creativity with us at Snickerdoodle!

  • Adorable giraffe. Thank you for sharing the pattern with all of us at Snickerdoodle.

    • Thanks for hosting! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

  • Carol D

    P.S. I did follow link above for Printable copy – and got this instead:
    404
    Oops! Something went wrong.
    We just moved and our links have changed! You can find what you were looking for by searching below or visiting our homepage

    Thanks for any help you can give.

    • Sorry about that Carol! I’m still working on fixing older links. You can get the printable version in the resource library (http://www.theblueelephants.com/resource-library). Just subscribe at the bottom of the post and once you confirm it, you’ll get the password! Then, you can go ahead and download anything in the resource library. Sorry about the broken link!

  • Carol D

    I’ve seen a lot of giraffe patterns, but really love this one! how do I get it? just copy from here? or is there a printable edition of it somewhere?
    My granddaughter would love this!

  • Love this – adding it to my neverending list of future projects!

    • Thanks, Taylor! I have a massive list of future projects too, but the more I make, the more ideas I have!

  • Thank you, I'm glad you like it!

  • Keri Roberts

    Shehla, this giraffe is too cute!!

  • Brittney

    Thank You! I will try more stuffing! I'll post a picture when I'm done. 🙂

  • Hi Brittney,
    There is no secret, just make sure to stuff the neck firmly enough that the stuffing holds the head up on its own. You may need to adjust the position of the head to get it right. If you're still having trouble, you could try using pipe cleaners inside the neck to give it some more support. I've seen that in other patterns and it may help here too.

    Good luck! I'd love to see pictures when you're done 🙂

  • Brittney Lemons

    Is there a secret to making the neck strong enough to hold the head up. I seem to be having issues with this.

  • aww thanks! I'm glad you like it. I'd love to see pictures when you're done.

  • Ashley Tukiainen

    Ohmygoodness! This is adorable! I'm putting this on my list to make for my little one 🙂 Thanks for sharing with From The Archives Friday! pinned to our board.

  • Becky Marshall

    Really super cute! Nicely done!

  • I'm glad you like! The mane and tail took forever, but I LOVE how it turned out!

  • Oh, I love it! Especially the mane and tail!
    Here from TUT

  • No problem, I'm glad you like it!

  • It is so cute!! I feel like cuddle it!! Thanks for sharing it at #2usestuesday

  • I remember you sending me this picture, Margie! I still show it to people and tell them it was the first one I think anyone made from this pattern. I'm glad you still like it so much 🙂

  • Margie Smith

    I made him right after you released it originally I think! He's adorable. Even though my Mom can't stop telling me Giraffes aren't blue!!!

  • Margie Smith

    I made him back when you first put the pattern out I think! He's super adorable.

  • I'm glad you like it! He's probably my favorite thing I've made 🙂

  • Julia Nyanyo

    He's just so lovely, I'm pinning as I never know when I'm gonna NEED to make a super cute giraffe!

  • Thanks!

  • Crochet Hooks

    totally adorable!

  • Me alegro de que te guste! buena suerte 🙂

  • gracias esta muy bonito tratare hacerlo

  • Thank you for your kind words! I have a pattern for a crochet octopus too, if you're interested: http://shehlagrr.blogspot.com/2014/07/easy-amigurumi-octopus-pattern-with.html?m=1

  • Anonymous

    Totally overwhelmed and honored! Please keep sharing your wonderful ideas! xxx

  • He is so cute, Lis! I love the colors you chose, and the stripes instead of spots 🙂

  • Anonymous
  • Send me a link to the pin so I can see it!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for your answer and help- I hope I did everything right! I´d love to get your feedback if you like it..I called it Oscar by the way 😉 Lis

  • Hi! I'm glad you liked it, and I'd love to see the modifictions! On your Pinterest home page, there should be two circles somewhere near the bottom right side of the page. Click on the circle with the + and you get the option to upload an image of your own. Upload your image and use the link from this page, and create the pin!

    Thank you for sharing my post, it means a lot 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Shehla- I instantly fell in love with this pattern. I modfied the design….hope you like it too..
    How can I can send you a picture? I signed up at Pinterest (where I found your pattern) recently and still don´t know how things really work. I´d like to link your pattern with my picture and don´t know how…maybe you can give me some advice. Thanks a lot again!

  • Thanks! I'd love to see pictures when you're done!

  • Thanks a lot for the nice instructions! I want to make this one next, it looks so cute! 🙂

  • I'm glad you like it, and I'd love to see pictures of how it turned out! I hadn't thought of that.. I was worried that the bottom would round out with the stuffing so I added the interfacing as a precaution, but I'll start with 6 next time. Thanks!

  • Thank you for the pattern. It's cute!! I just finished it, though I would suggest that instead of starting the body with 4 and increasing up to 60 you start with 6, and increase by 6's up to 60 then take over on the pattern again. There's no need for interfacing and it sits much flatter. Thank you!!

  • Thank you! I'm glad you like 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Looks fantastic!!! You're very talented 🙂