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Who doesn't love a fun amigurumi, right? Join us for 3-week long, 6-part (multilanguages) pattern, 11-part video, adventure as we begin crocheting this Outstanding Otis Giraffe CAL!
WAIT, there's more... Otis is kicking off a HUGE year-long/ongoing series of Amigurumi CALS Hosted by CAL – Crochet A Long!!! All in multiple languages.
Make sure you join their Facebook Group here, then SIGN UP for the EVENT HERE.
Before we may crocheting little Otis, we need gather our supplies, cover a few important notes and go over the schedule. Read all about it below, or watch my introductory video instead...
Welcome to Part 1: Introduction to the Otis Giraffe CAL! I am so pleased you're joining us today.
If you've been with me for a while, you may remember first meeting little Otis Giraffe back in July 2016, when I first crocheted him. Or, you may have seen my April Giraffe, his colourful momma, from earlier this year on my social channels, or the teaser post last week.
My brother named my little yellow-orange guy, Otis and I loved its uniqueness. And, I decided to name his momma April, since it's April for the CAL, and because there's a cool giraffe named April, who's having a calf soon. Wouldn't it be fun if she has a boy and they call him Otis? :D haha...
Anyways, it's been a long journey getting him ready for you, but he is here at last, available in multiple languages (written instructions only) with FULL video tutorials too! How awesome is that?
YES!!! This is my first ever, video crochet along. So, I am super excited to be sharing him with you and I think you are going to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the join-as-you-go technique used to crochet him.
Speaking of videos, let's jump right into the first one now! Or, you can read all the information below if you prefer. It's totally up to you.
And, remember to download the handy info guide (in multiple languages), including the summarized information (supplies, sizing, abbreviations, pattern notes, etc.) on this page for Part 1 of the CAL below too! *Find it after the next picture of ME with Otis and April, following the CAL Schedule.
Queue it, LOVE it, and Add your Otis Giraffe projects to Ravelry here!
Video is in English, but auto-translate subtitles and closed captions in your favourite language are available. Keep in mind the translation may be a little off as it doesn't always capture my exact words.
This crochet pattern and it's complimentary photos and videos are copyrighted to Rebeckah Ferger of www.rebeckahstreasures.com. They are for personal use only. No part of this pattern may be copied or distributed in any way. If you sell what you make from this pattern, please credit me as the designer.
All rights reserved, 2017.
How Otis Giraffe is Crocheted:
There are TWO ways to crochet Otis.
The first way is the traditional route, where you crochet all the pieces and then sew them all together later. This method is easier to crochet, but will require lots of sewing. This means it may take longer.
The second option is the one I highly recommend AND will show you in the photo and video tutorials. It's called the JOIN-AS-YOU-GO. And, it's just like it sounds. It means, instead of sewing all the pieces together, you'll join them together as you crochet!
It's a slightly more advanced technique, but with the video tutorials, I've created for this series, even a beginner can follow along. Plus, less sewing means you'll complete your giraffes FASTER!!!
In order, for the Join-As-You-Go to work, you have to crochet ALL the smaller pieces first. Which brings us to the order we'll crochet Otis...
Otis Giraffe CAL Schedule:
This crochet-a-long has been broken down into 6 parts. Each will be available at 11:00 a.m. EST on their respective days.
Part 1 is Available NOW and HERE!
Download the summarized handy guide in your chosen language below. And find ADDITIONAL support on this blog post for Part 1 of the Otis Giraffe CAL.
Part 2 will be Available on Thursday, April 6th, 2017!
In Part 2, we'll crochet Otis Giraffe's Spots. There are 2 sizes, big and small. You'll need a set amount for the Join-As-You-Go option. But you can mix them up for the Traditional option if you like.
Normally, one would save the spots for last, but we'll need them ready to be attached for the Join-As-You-Go method. If you'd rather follow the traditional route, you may prefer to crochet them later.
One (1) VIDEO will be available for Part 2.
Part 3 will be Available on Monday, April 10th, 2017!
We'll crochet Otis Giraffe's Limbs (arms, legs & tail) in Part 3. You'll need to have a few spots ready to join to the arms and legs, and you'll need all the limbs crocheted first in order to join them to the body.
Three (3) VIDEOS will be available for Part 3 - one for each of the limbs.
Part 4 will be Available on Thursday, April 13th, 2017!
In Part 4, we'll crochet Otis Giraffe's Body. If following the Join-As-You-Go, you'll be joining all the body spots and limbs as you crochet! Otherwise, tips in the written pattern will help you with the limb placements if you're following the traditional route.
One (1) VIDEO will be available for Part 4.
Part 5 will be Available on Monday, April 17th, 2017!
We'll crochet Otis Giraffe's Facial Features (muzzle, ears, eyes-optional & horns) in Part 5. You'll need all of the facial features crocheted first in order to join them to the head.
NOTE: The crochet eyes are optional. You may prefer to use Safety Eyes, or alternate eyes instead.
Four (4) VIDEOS will be available for Part 5 - one for each of the facial features.
Part 6 will be Available on Thursday, April 20th, 2017!
Finally, in Part 6, we'll crochet Otis Giraffe's Head and work all the Finishing Touches. If following the Join-As-You-Go, you'll be joining all the head spots and facial features as you crochet! Otherwise, tips in the written pattern will help you with the facial feature placements if you're following the traditional route.
One (1) VIDEO will be available for Part 6.
Contest Details will be Available on Monday, April 24th, 2017!
At the end of the CAL, we'll have a fun contest or giveaway for all CAL members, who share their completed giraffes. Stay tuned for details!
Multiple Languages Available - DOWNLOAD Part 1 NOW!!!
English is the primary language for the CAL and the Video tutorials, but the written instructions are also available in the following languages. So, for each part of the CAL, including this one, download the one that will best suit your needs!
Written pattern for each part is also available in these languages:
DOWNLOADS BEGIN AUTOMATICALLY: Just Click on Your Favourite Button.
Let's talk supplies!
First, you'll need to choose your favourite thread or yarn for amigurumi.
Now the crochet hook! Once you have made your yarn selection, pick a hook that produces TIGHT stitches. The last thing you want are BIG holes. A good rule of thumb is to use a hook size that is at least one size SMALLER than the one recommend for your project
You'll also need polyester fiberfill or your favourite amigurumi stuffing. Several handfuls for a little Otis-sized giraffe, or about 4-6 times that for an April-sized giraffe.
Finally, there's the eyes... You may crochet them, or use your favourite eyes!
Sizing & Gauge:
Cotton Thread #10 makes a 7” (18cm) tall giraffe (1.50mm hook is suggested).
Worsted (WW / 4 : Medium / 10 ply UK) Yarn makes a 15” (38cm) tall giraffe (3.75mm hook is suggested).
*NOTE: These giraffe sizes are approximates. Your giraffe sizing may differ depending on your chosen yarn, hook size and tension. Adjust these factors to get desired size.
Gauge is not important for this pattern. Again, you only need to use a hook size that produces tight stitches with whichever yarn you choose to use.
TIP: Thread/Yarn weight and hook size are flexible. Use lace or fine weight yarns for a small, hand-sized animal, or use thicker yarn weights, such as Sport, DK or WW, for a larger, huggable animal!
Throughout the pattern, there are times when the instructions split into two options.
You should be familiar with basic crochet stitches (ch, sl st, sc, hdc), working in rows, rounds, magic circles and back loops, and how to do increases and decreases.
When the number comes after the stitch, crochet across the stitches. However, when the number comes first, this is indicative of an increase, so work them into the same stitch or space as directed.
Special techniques used are the invisible decrease (see note *1) and mirror crochet (see note *2):
Side facing you = WS for all body parts with the exception of the eyes (RS faces) and ears (ODD row = RS).
Crochet in continuous rnds and do not turn at the end of them unless directed to do otherwise.
The arms, legs and horns all start with the AC and switch to the MC on the last sc2tog.
It may be easier to stuff the giraffe pieces little by little as they are worked. Otherwise, stuff the pieces at the end, and remember to stuff them more than you think is needed because the fiberfill will condense over time.
When a long ending tail is suggested, simply fasten off where the wrapped thread reaches the side of your palm, or double this length if using a thicker yarn weight instead. *You can make it a bit longer if you like.
You should be familiar with hand sewing on crochet pieces by means of the whip and running stitches.
Additional notes are included as needed…
Choosing Which Option to Follow:
Here are a few additional notes EXCLUSIVE to each option that may help you determine, which one you'd like to follow...
Pattern Notes EXCLUSIVE to Option 1 – Traditional Method:
Pattern Notes EXCLUSIVE to Option 2 – Join-As-You-Go (Recommended) Method:
Follow the TRADITIONAL pattern versions if sewing the pieces together.
OR, the RECOMMENDED versions if attaching or joining-as-you-go!
Support & Share!
Apart from crocheting, the best thing about a crochet-a-long is getting to see everyone's creativity and take on the same project. So, Share YOUR Otis Giraffe CAL Progress with US!
An added benefit of sharing, means you'll make NEW Friends, and get additional support along the way!
If you need support or help at any step, just reach out to me, or post in the same groups above. It is always a pleasure to be of service and I am very nice. :D
If sharing or asking a question in one of the Facebook groups or events, tag me @Rebeckah Kristin Ferger, so I see your question and/or progress.
Are you excited about this CAL? Here's how you can support me...
However you decide to support me, THANK YOU!!! All comments, shares and donations mean so much to me, and are greatly appreciated. Many hearts...
Thanks Debra C., Margie E., Ramona K., Sharon E., Sue B. and Wendy B. for testing the Otis Giraffe crochet pattern for me, and thanks to Theresa P. for your help tech editing this pattern too!
And an additional thank you to the CAL – Crochet A Long Facebook Group of testers and translators for working with me to make Otis Giraffe available in multiple languages!
Here's a little look at their Otis Giraffe tests as inspiration for you joining us today...
Thanks so much for visiting today!
If you have any questions, or need pattern help, comment below, send me an inquiry through my website form, OR visit my one of my groups / communities on Facebook, Google+ or Ravelry.
Wishing you an outstanding day! Plus, have fun and get creative with your supply hunting...
We'll meet again on Thursday, April 6th for Part 2.
Or, join me tomorrow (Tuesday, April 4th, 2017) at 2:00 P.M. (UTC-5:00 - That's 3:00 P.M. EST) for FACEBOOK LIVE on my business page, Rebeckah's Treasures.
There, you can ask questions about the Otis Giraffe CAL and share your ideas with us... And feel free to ask me questions about me too as you like!
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