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Squishy Giraffe Crochet Pattern

If you want a lovable and squishable friend, this Giraffe crochet pattern is just what you need! This works up quickly with blanket yarn, so you can make many for markets or for gifts!

Squishy Giraffe Crochet Pattern Notes

This free squishy giraffe crochet pattern works up quickly with blanket yarn to about 8 inches tall. Giraffes have a much longer neck in real life, but this amigurumi version is the perfect size for small hands and a quick make!

This is another pattern in my “squishie” series! I called them that as an ironic nickname, and then it slowly became the official term. They are made with blanket yarn and the body is intentionally understuffed. This makes them adorably squishy! You will get hooked, and want to make the entire collection.

While this free giraffe crochet pattern is made to have a squishy body, the head is fully stuffed. The arms and feet are not, however. I found this was the best way to get the cuddly body while keeping the shape that I want.

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    Materials you’ll need

    To get started making this squishy giraffe crochet pattern, you’ll want to gather all your materials first.

    You will need:

    • 60g Blanket Yarn in Premier Basix Chenille Mustard or Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn in Mellow Yellow
    • a small amount of same yarn in winter white or ivory
    • a small amount of Basix Chenille in Rust or Bernat Baby Blanket in Terracotta
    • 12mm safety eyes
    • Crochet Hook in Size 4.5mm
    • Tapestry Needle
    • Polyfil
    • stitch marker

    Notes:

    This giraffe is made from the bottom to the head, all in one piece. You will intentionally understuff the body for a more floppy, silly look. Over-stuffing will change the look dramatically. You will insert a neck strengthener which will help with the shape and stability of the head, while allowing you to understuff the bottom and stuff the head a little more.

    The ears, feet and arms are attached at the end. The feet are attached flat against the body.

    The arms are attached with a long needle. You can find the video for that here.

    You can use safety eyes or try out embroidered eyes so it would be safe for a baby/toddler. You can find my collection of embroidery videos here.

    Substitute yarns could be Bernat Blanket yarn or Big Twist from Joann’s. You may need to change the hook size if you change the yarn.  

    Squishy Giraffe Crochet Pattern

    Neck strengthener
    *Click here for a video and picture tutorial on how this works*

    In a magic circle, SC 7. SC in each around for a total of 12 rows. Fasten off and leave a long tail to sew the hole closed and sew through the neck.

    Body/Head
    Round 1: In a magic circle, SC 8.
    Round 2: SC INC in each around. (16)
    Round 3: SC in the first, SC INC in the next. Repeat around. (24)
    Round 4: SC in the first 2, SC INC in the next. Repeat around. (32)
    Round 5: SC in the first 3, SC INC in the next. Repeat around. (40)
    Round 6: SC in the first 3, INV DEC in the next. Repeat around. (32)
    Round 7: SC in each around. (32)
    Round 8: SC in the first 2, INV DEC in the next. Repeat around. (24)
    Round 9: SC in each around. (24)
    Begin to stuff here. Remember to stuff lightly.
    Round 10: SC in the first, INV DEC in the next. Repeat around. (16)
    Round 11: SC in each around. (16)
    Round 12: INV DEC in each around. (8)
    Round 13: In the front loop only, SC INC in each around. (16)
    Round 14: SC in the first, SC INC in the next. Repeat around. (24)
    Rounds 15-19: SC in each around. (24)
    Insert safety eyes between rounds 17 and 18, about 4 stitches apart. Insert neck strengthener.
    Round 20: SC in the first, INV DEC in the next. Repeat around. (16)
    Stuff the head.
    Round 21: SC in each around. (16)
    Round 22: INV DEC in each around. (8)
    Fasten off and sew the remaining hole closed.

    Giraffe Amigurumi Parts

    Arms
    NOTE: I highly suggest you visit this post before attaching the arms and the legs. This is my favorite method by far to attach limbs, and is worth watching the video and seeing the tutorial pictures! The Squishy Giraffe crochet pattern really benefits from this method of attaching the arms!
    Round 1: SC 7 in a magic circle
    Rounds 2-5: SC in each around.
    Fasten off and leave a long tail to sew on. Sew on between rounds 10 and 11.

    Feet
    Round 1: 10 SC in a magic circle (10)
    Rounds 2-3: SC in each around.(10)
    Round 4: INV DEC in each around. (5)
    Fasten off and leave a long tail to attach.
    Sew the feet on flat to to the body, with the bottom of the foot touching Round 4. (I know these pictures are from the highland cow, but the method is the exact same!)

    Ears
    Round 1: 8 SC in a magic circle. (8)
    Round 2: SC INC in the first 4 (total of 8 stitches) Chain 2. SC INC in the remaining four. (16)
    The chain 2, creates the point of the ear. Fasten off and flatten one side of the ear. Secure with a few stitches in the top of the ear.
    Sew them on around the third round from the center of the head.

    Snout
    With Winter White color:
    Round 1: 6 SC in a magic circle. (6)
    Round 2: SC INC in each around. (12)
    Round 3: SC in each around. (12)
    Fasten off and leave a long tail to sew on.

    Horns
    With rust color:
    Round 1: In a magic circle, SC 6.
    Round 2: SC INC in each around. (12)
    Round 3: SC in the first, INV DEC in the next. Repeat around. (8)
    Change to mustard color.
    Rounds 4-5: SC in each around. (8)
    Fasten off and leave a long tail to attach to the head. Sew them just inside of each ear.

    Embroidered Patches
    Use the contrast yarn and treat each patch like the embroidered eyes.

    1. Insert your needle through the side and out on the top layer where you want to begin the spot.
    2. Cover 3 – 4 stitches in differing directions.
    3. Always go through the same entrance and exit hole, guiding the yarn to lay flat as you pull it tight.
    4. Don’t pull it too tight or it will stretch the stitches.
    5. Make sure you aren’t going through both layers of the body.
    6. When you are done, guide the needle out to the first insertion point and make sure you come out through the same hole. Tie a knot then use your needle to go back down through that hole and exit somewhere farther away. Trim the end so that it stays in the body.

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