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Little Giraffe

This particular guy was knit at 2.5 sts per cm (or roughly 6 sts per inch) resulting in a giraffe that’s 17 cm (6.75 inches) tall and about 7 cm (2.75 inches) nose to bum. Do feel free to knit him up at a different gauge for a larger or smaller toy, there are no rules here! MATERIALS - A light and a dark colour main yarn, any type will do, just choose your needle size as appropriate to the yarn weight. Ideally you would like to create a fabric tight enough so that the stuffing does not show through. - Small amount of contrast colour yarn for eyes - Set of double pointed needles - Stuffing - Tapestry needle ABBREVIATIONS CO = Cast on BO = Bind off K = knit KFB = knit into front and back of stitch K2T = knit two together P = purl SSK = slip 2 stitches individually as if to knit, then knit those 2 stitches together sts = stitches CHARTS - available on Flickr by following these links: Leg chart

CO 8 sts. Divide sts between needles.Knit in the round (make 4) Using double-point needles and light coloured yarn. 16 sts. Rounds 11-21: K following leg chart. place marker and join to begin working in the round. Rounds 2-10: K all sts. .Neck chart Body chart DIRECTIONS Legs . Round 1: [KFB] in each st. being careful not to twist.

(Leave a 6 inch tail. turn your knitting upside down on a table and sew the legs shut using the 6 inch tails you left when casting off earlier. kitchener stitch the first 4 sts of needle one and the last 4 sts of needle three together. 8 sts.) Transfer live stitches to holder. You now have 4 sts on . 8 stitches from leg four Follow colour body chart. 26 sts. Round 8: K2T. Round 7: K all sts. Round 5: K all sts. K3. K8. Round 3: K all sts. Round 4: K2. BO4. 4 stitches from leg three Needle 3: 4 stitches from leg three. 30 sts. K2T. With light colour yarn. use the cast on tail to snug it shut and then pull the cast on tail to the inside of the leg. SSK. This seam will form the giraffe’s back. K2T. Written directions: Round 1: K all sts. K22. 32 sts. 28 sts.Round 22: In light colour yarn. 24 sts. This will be used to sew up legs later and will be conveniently in the center of BO stitches. SSK. Body . There will be 4 short seems running from the center to the outside edge each joining 2 legs together at a time. K22. Round 6: K1.Knit in the round Divide live stitches from all four legs around 3 needles so that BO sts all face the center of triangle. Needle 1: 8 stitches from leg one. K2. Now would be a good time to pause. If there appears to be a little whole at the bottom of the legs. K22. K2T. K1. BO4. SSK. K2T. K22. Round 2: K3. 4 stitches from leg two Needle 2: 4 stitches from leg two. Begin stuffing legs.

Leave it there for later.needle one. this will be knit back and forth on 8 sts Row 1: K4. 8 sts. 8 sts on needle two. 16 sts. Stuff head. thread yarn tail through the 3 sts. turn. Pause here and stuff body and neck. Repeat for second horn. repeat from * to end. Round 9: *K2T. Rejoin yarn for working remaining sts in the round. gather and tie tightly. Row 3: K8. Add more stuffing to legs and body. You will see that the previous knitting back and forth for the ears has created a hole on either side of the head (1). Continue for head Resume knitting in the round. then stitch back up to where you started (4). Pinch the flap creating the holes (2) and using yarn left at top of ears earlier. turn. turn. Repeat rows 3-4 three more times. pull tail to inside of horn. the rest of the giraffe will be knit in the lighter colour only. Continue for ears Now knitting ear portion. pull tail to inside of stuffed animal. Row 4: P8. Rounds 1-8: K. use one side to stitch an ear seam that runs from the top of the ear to the outer edge of pinched flap (3). gather and tie tightly. use one piece to create 3 sts on your knitting needle by passing the yarn over the needle and through the top of the head 3 times. Pull a 60cm (24 inch) length of the light colour yarn halfway through the last stitch of needle 3 and first stitch of needle 1. and 4 sts on needle three. Horns Using the same yarn as used to seam the ears earlier. thread yarn tail through remaining 8 sts. Continue for Neck Round 1-16: K following neck chart pattern. Repeat rows 3-4 once more. Pull all three half way through a stitch at rear of giraffe (makes six . Cut yarn leaving a tail a few inches long. Cut darker coloured yarn and secure on the inside of the neck. Repeat using other yarn tail for other ear. Pause here. 16 sts. Knit i-cord for 2 rows. Finishing Tail: Cut two 20cm (8 inch) lengths of light coloured yarn and one 20cm (8 inch) length of dark coloured yarn. Row 2: P8. we will use these same pieces later for the horns. Do not cut yarn. turn.

Divide strands into three groups of two and braid a short tail.strands). Eyes: Using length of contrasting yarn. . embroider eyes. knotted at the end and trim.