I just have to show this off!! Look, a crocheted giraffe – love him and all his colorful stripey goodness. I am just super excited that I figured out an amigurumi (stuffed toy) pattern – we all know reading patterns is my downfall, so I love that I conquered this!
Isn’t it the cutest?! It’s far from perfect, but that’s part of the charm, right? (at least, that’s what I tell myself).
I had set this on my goal list as a Must-Make Crochet Project for last month when I was doing #projectcrochet – and I know it’s March now, but hey, I’m still sharing all about it! I can’t wait til next year’s #projectcrochet rolls around – this is too cute to save!
I got a pack of those little bon bon yarn things (from Lion Yarn) at Michaels (on an end cap) and it was perfect for this project. Because I didn’t have to buy bunches of yarn colors in full yarn bundles – the little bon bons were enough. And the colors coordinated – I love not having to think about that!
The only problem was that the bon bon yarn was thinner than the basic white yarn I was using. The white yarn was thicker. I didn’t think it’d be a problem, but as I went along making that first arm, I knew it was taking a turn for the worse – crochet crafting gone terribly wrong…
So for a semi-novice crocheter, I learned how to look for yarn thickness. Flip over your yarn skein label, and it’ll have a number on it – I think average is 4. My white was a 4. But the little bon bons were a 3 ( i think – I can’t remember for sure – either a 2 or 3). So I headed back to the store to find a 3 – which of course I couldn’t find. But I did find some real thin soft yarn – it was a 1 or a 2 (again, I can’t remember, sorry!) so I just ended up using 2 strands of it and it equaled about the same thickness as the bon bon strands. Which meant the paws were normal and didn’t poof up in a weird way. Problem solved!
There weren’t directions on the face, so I just kind of made that part up. I think the original plan might have used embroidery floss, and I used yarn, so mine is thicker. I think button eyes or bead eyes would be cute too, I just didn’t have those on hand. I messed up on the antenna things (do those have a name?!) and one is thicker and shorter and one is skinny and taller, but that’s what gives it that handmade touch 😉
Thanks for letting me show off my little crocheted giraffe! Now I want to tackle a bunch more stuffed crochet projects – if you have a good one, let me know!