Jeremy The Giraffe: Crochet Giraffe Pattern

by Shehla Ahmed

I have always loved stuffed animals, and the bigger they were, the better. There’s just something special about squishing into a cuddly toy that’s bigger than you are. When my cousin told me she was expecting a baby, I just knew I had to make her a giant crochet giraffe for her nursery. Mainly because it’s her favorite animal, but also because the long limbs would be fun for her baby to play with. I spent some time figuring out how big it would be and then I used some basic shapes to bring it all together.

 

 

I named my crochet giraffe  Jeremy. He sits at just under 2 feet tall and if you count his legs, he’s a full three feet long! When I sat down to design this crochet giraffe, I really wanted to get the legs right. Obviously, giraffes have long, spindly legs. But most patterns I’ve seen for crochet giraffe make the legs thick and squat so it can stand easily.

I wanted the legs on my crochet giraffe to be long and bobbly at the ends so that when you picked him up or wiggled him around, his arms and legs would flail around. A few years ago, I had done that with a monster toy, and it was so much fun for the kids to play with, so I had to include that. I made it so Jeremy would sit on the base of his body and his arms and legs would be long enough to hang off a shelf or sit in a chair.

 

 

You can probably see that I love colorful things so my giraffe is a little untraditional in its coloring. I went with a white and gray body so that the colorful patches and the mane would stand out a bit more. The idea of a giraffe with a rainbow mohawk makes me laugh, but if you want to go the more traditional route, just go ahead and use yellows and browns instead.

 

 

The full free pattern is written out below. For those who’d prefer to print the pattern and take it with you for on-the-go and to markup as you go, you can buy the inexpensive printable PDF from my Etsy and Ravelry shops. The PDF is formatted without ads or comments, so it’s easy to read.

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Materials:

  • #4 medium weight yarn in a body color (A) —I used 1.5 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver
  • #4 medium weight yarn in a color for the hooves, spots, horns, and mane (B) — I used scraps
  • 15mm safety eyes*
  • 4.5mm crochet hook
  • 5.00mm crochet hook
  • Locking stitch markers*
  • Tapestry needle*
  • Polyfill stuffing

 

Abbreviations:

 

 

Crochet Giraffe Pattern

Body:

Round 1: With the 4.5mm hook and Yarn A, SC 4 into magic loop (4 stitches)

Round 2: Work 2 SC into each stitch (8)

Round 3: SC 1, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (12).

Round 4: SC 2, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (16).

Round 5: SC 3, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (20).

Round 6: SC 4, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (24).

Round 7: SC 5, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (28).

Rounds 8-15: Continue increasing in that pattern until you reach: SC 13, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (60).

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

Rounds 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.

Round 30: SC 13, work one decrease. Repeat all the way around (56).

Round 31-32: SC around (56).

Round 33: SC 12, decrease. Repeat all the way around (52).

Round 34: SC around (52).

Round 35: SC 11, decrease Repeat all the way around (48).

Round 36: SC around (48).

Round 37: SC 10, then decrease. Repeat all the way around (44).

 

 

Round 38: SC 7, decrease. Repeat all the way around (40).

Round 39: SC 4, decrease. Repeat until the last 6 stitches. SC 1, then decrease twice (32).

 

Shaping the Neck:

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

Round 41: SC 5, decrease. Repeat all the way around (24).

Rounds 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:

Round 1: With 5.00mm hook and Yarn A, SC 6 into a magic loop (6).

Round 2: Work 2 SC into each space (12).

Round 3: SC 1, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (18).

Round 4: SC 2, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (24).

Round 5: SC 3, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (30).

Round 6: SC 4, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (36).

Round 7: SC 5, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (42).

Rounds 8-14: SC around (42)

Round 9: SC 4, decrease. Repeat all the way around (35). Add in the stuffing.

Round 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.

Round 11: Work 2 SC in each space (36)

Round 12: SC around (36)

Round 13: SC 1, increase into next space. Repeat all the way around (54).

Rounds 14-15: SC around (54).

Round 16: SC 7, decrease. Repeat all the way around (48).

Round 17: SC 6, decrease. Repeat all the way around (42).

Round 18: SC 5, decrease. Repeat all the way around (36).

Rounds 19-23: SC around (36).

Round 24: SC 4, decrease. Repeat all the way around (30).

Round 25: SC 3, decrease. Repeat all the way around (24).

Round 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). Then, 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!

Round 27: Decrease all the way around (9)

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

 

Arms (make 2):

Round 1: With 5.00mm hook and Yarn B, SC 6 into a magic loop (6).

Round 2: Work 2 SC into each space (12).

Round 3: SC 1, increase into the next space. Repeat around (18).

Round 4: SC 2, increase into the next space. Repeat around (24).

Round 5: SC 3, increase into the next space. Repeat around (30).

Round 6: SC 4, increase into the next space. Repeat around (36).

Rounds 7-8: SC around (36).

Round 9: SC 4, decrease. Repeat around (30).

Round 10: SC 3, decrease. Repeat around (24).

Round 11: SC 2, decrease. Repeat around (18).

Round 12: SC 1, decrease. Repeat around (12).

Round 13: SC around (12). Bind off and stuff firmly to make the hoof. Switch to Yarn A to work the arm.

Rounds 14-43: SC around, stuffing as you go. Bind off, and leave a long tail for joining the arm to the body.

 

Legs (make 2):

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

Ears (make 2):

Round 1: With 5.00mm hook and Yarn A, SC 3 into a magic loop (3).

Round 2: Work 2 SC into each space (6).

Round 3: SC 1, increase into the next space. Repeat around (9).

Round 4: SC 2, increase into the next space. Repeat around (12).

Round 5: SC 3, increase into the next space. Repeat around (15).

Round 6: SC 4, increase into the next space. Repeat around (18).

Round 7:  SC around (18).

Round 8: SC 4, decrease. Repeat around (15).

Round 9: SC 3, decrease. Repeat around (12).

Round 10: SC 2, decrease. Repeat around (9).

Round 11: SC 1, decrease. Repeat around (6).

Round 12-13: HDC around. Bind off, leaving a tail for joining to the head later.

 

Horns (make 2):

Round 1: With 4.50mm hook and Yarn B, SC 5 into a magic loop (5).

Round 2: Work 2 SC into each space (10).

Rounds 3-4: SC around (10).

Round 5: Decrease all the way around (5).

Round 6-8: HDC around (5). Bind off and leave a long tail for joining to the head later.

Construction:

Great, now let’s start putting the crochet giraffe together! First, 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. Use the tail yarn from the body piece and 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 and cut the yarn.

Next, 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:

Row 1: With a 5.00mm hook and Yarn A, chain 5 and turn (5).
Row 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 crochet giraffe afterward, rather than to create the mane directly on the giraffe. However, if you want to attach the hair directly, go ahead and do that! I found it difficult to line the hairs up that way, though.

 

 

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 a bunch of these strips, the whole things will start to look like a mane.

 

 

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.

Now align the entire mane/tail-piece to the back of the crochet giraffe, beginning at the back of its head and ending at the base of the body. Finally, sew the whole thing into place, using stitch makers to keep it from moving around.

 

Spots:

There is no rhyme or reason to how I made the spots. I just used a few different colors and started to make some random shapes with them. First, 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. Then, I sewed them onto the giraffe. Once you’re all done, make sure weave in the ends and trim any excess yarn.

 

 

I love this crochet giraffe and I made one for myself after I gave the original to my cousin. I love having it around so that when my other little nieces and nephews come around, I can give them something to play with. It’s also just nice to show others how crochet doesn’t have to me all blankets and hats, but you can make some really other there things too!

Related: Crochet Realistic Heart Pattern

 

Crochet Giraffe Pattern

 

If you make this, please share your pictures with me in the Facebook Group or tag me on Instagram @_theblueelephants! I’d love to see the different versions of Jeremy you come up with.

 

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57 comments

andrea October 5, 2019 - 7:31 pm

Thank you for sharing your wonderful pattern!

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My Favorite Yarns For Every Kind of Project! | October 28, 2018 - 3:58 pm

[…] Red Heart is everyone’s favorite and it’s just nice yarn for a lower price. It can be a little bit scratchy sometimes, but since I learned how to soften acrylic yarn, I haven’t had any problems with it. I used this to make my giraffe, Jeremy and that little bit of stiffness actually really helped hold the neck up straighter! Here’s the free pattern ? […]

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Polly Hooker January 17, 2017 - 10:15 am

Thanks! I think I figured it out… ?

http://pin.it/qPzeGuC

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Shehla Ahmed January 17, 2017 - 10:22 am

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!

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Polly January 17, 2017 - 11:00 am

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

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Polly Hooker January 16, 2017 - 12:12 pm

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!

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Shehla Ahmed January 16, 2017 - 12:28 pm

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 [email protected] !

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

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Tracy October 15, 2016 - 3:36 pm

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.

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Shehla Ahmed October 15, 2016 - 6:06 pm

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

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Tracy October 15, 2016 - 1:13 pm

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

http://pin.it/J1y54ez

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Shehla Ahmed October 15, 2016 - 1:40 pm

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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Michelle September 18, 2016 - 4:20 am

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

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Shehla Ahmed September 18, 2016 - 12:53 pm

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.

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Beverly September 2, 2016 - 7:00 pm

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

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[email protected] August 31, 2016 - 4:34 pm

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

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Shehla Ahmed August 31, 2016 - 7:01 pm

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

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Carol D August 21, 2016 - 12:25 pm

P.S. I did follow link above for Printable copy – and got this instead:
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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.

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Shehla Ahmed August 21, 2016 - 3:16 pm

Sorry about that Carol! I’m still working on fixing older links. You can get the printable version in the resource library (https://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!

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Carol D August 21, 2016 - 12:19 pm

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!

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Shehla Ahmed August 21, 2016 - 3:18 pm

Thank you, Carol! The printable version is the resource library (https://www.theblueelephants.com/resource-library)

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Taylor Speikers July 27, 2016 - 6:10 pm

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

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Shehla Ahmed July 27, 2016 - 7:59 pm

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

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Shehla Ahmed April 12, 2016 - 10:04 pm

Thank you, I'm glad you like it!

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Keri Roberts April 12, 2016 - 9:59 pm

Shehla, this giraffe is too cute!!

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Brittney March 14, 2016 - 2:26 am

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

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Shehla Ahmed March 12, 2016 - 5:47 am

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 🙂

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Brittney Lemons March 12, 2016 - 5:42 am

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

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Shehla Ahmed February 7, 2016 - 5:03 pm

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

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Ashley Tukiainen February 7, 2016 - 4:52 pm

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.

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Becky Marshall January 29, 2016 - 3:09 am

Really super cute! Nicely done!

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Shehla Ahmed January 20, 2016 - 6:03 pm

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

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PurpleSlobinRecovery January 20, 2016 - 5:58 pm

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

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Shehla Ahmed January 9, 2016 - 4:35 pm

No problem, I'm glad you like it!

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Pili Gomez January 9, 2016 - 3:47 pm

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

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Shehla Ahmed December 12, 2015 - 9:25 pm

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 🙂

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Margie Smith December 12, 2015 - 9:21 pm

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!!!

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Margie Smith December 12, 2015 - 9:21 pm

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

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Shehla Ahmed December 1, 2015 - 1:45 am

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

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Julia Nyanyo December 1, 2015 - 1:43 am

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

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Shehla Ahmed November 24, 2015 - 2:23 am

Thanks!

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Crochet Hooks November 24, 2015 - 2:23 am

totally adorable!

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Fresia Marin September 2, 2015 - 10:00 pm

gracias esta muy bonito tratare hacerlo

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ShehlaGrr September 2, 2015 - 10:04 pm

Me alegro de que te guste! buena suerte 🙂

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ShehlaGrr August 19, 2015 - 2:25 pm

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

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Anonymous August 19, 2015 - 2:21 pm

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

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ShehlaGrr August 19, 2015 - 2:28 am

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

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ShehlaGrr August 17, 2015 - 6:03 pm

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

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Anonymous August 17, 2015 - 6:00 pm

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

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ShehlaGrr August 15, 2015 - 4:53 pm

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 🙂

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Anonymous August 15, 2015 - 4:50 pm

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!

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Siiri Viljanen August 4, 2015 - 6:41 pm

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

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ShehlaGrr August 4, 2015 - 6:42 pm

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

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ShehlaGrr June 15, 2015 - 7:08 pm

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!

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Margie June 15, 2015 - 7:00 pm

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!!

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ShehlaGrr June 14, 2015 - 3:54 pm

Thank you! I'm glad you like 🙂

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Anonymous June 14, 2015 - 3:53 pm

Looks fantastic!!! You're very talented 🙂

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