My FIL recently had a health scare which landed him in the hospital for several weeks, followed by doctor home-visits.
Anyways, doc has a little boy and my in laws asked me to make him a softy for Christmas.
I showed them the miniature 3.5" Little Bigfoot Giraffe I had crocheted in cotton thread back in 2012 (pattern by Amigurumi to Go), and we decided on a giraffe just like it but bigger!
For the past few weeks, I have been working tirelessly, on-and-off designing, creating, and taking tutorials pictures for this cute giraffe.
Those three patterns taught me an invaluable technique for joining all the little pieces as I crochet.
I knew I had to do that for this giraffe too, since it safes time and means less sewing later.
Can you imagine how awful it would be to have to sew all of the spots on later and weave in all those ends?
Aah.. no thanks! I am way too lazy for that.
Besides, look to the left (or above if on mobile) to see just how easy it is to join as you go!
I decided on two simple sizes. Combined, I used about 35 spots for the whole giraffe.
Since the body was going to be easier to figure out than the head, I got all the spots, arms and legs ready first. Let's just say lot's of frogging was involved while working on this giraffe!
For anyone who doesn't know, frogging refers to ripping out (a.k.a. rip it, rip it or ribit, ribit) crochet that has already been done to go back and fix a mistake or re-purpose yarn for another use.
I had crocheted both arms and legs before I decided I wanted to join the spots rather than sew them on later. This meant I had to frog both after I figured out where I wanted the spots to go. Since they are rather small, it wasn't a biggie.
Then, using my Grape Ape Monkey as a model for the body, I tried to envision where the spots should go. I had crocheted about half of the body when I realized that I was putting the spots far closer together when compared to the arms and legs. It looked way weird.
Rip it, rip it!
I crocheted the body up until the round where I needed to attach the legs.
I set it aside here until I had a sunny morning.
Armed with my camera and my make-shift lightbox tent, I took tutorial pictures outside as I attached each leg.
Then, I got out of heat and continued crocheting the body up to the round before the arm attachment round.
So far so good!
The following day I had finally finished the body and took pics as I stuffed it. :D
On the same night that I crocheted the arms and legs, I designed and crocheted all the facial features too.
These include the pairs of horns, ears, eyes and the muzzle.
On another sunny morning I took pictures as I embroidered the nostrils and mouth onto the muzzle.
It took me a few tries to figure out the ears and eyes, but I am quite pleased with the results.
However, before I even thought about where the spots should go, I needed to figure out all the rest.
Even more frogging ensued as I crocheted, checked it out, decided it was not quite right and ripped it all out again. Over and over again this went after I attached each feature.
I spent a lot of time messing around with the horn and eye placement. On the other hand, the muzzle and ears where easy to figure out.
Happy with the facial feature placements, I placed some spots on the finished piece to get an idea for placement. After a couple more tries crocheting the head with the spots too, I finally got it!
On Sunday, armed with my notes, I sat down to take pictures of each attachment round as I started to crochet the giraffe's head again. I got as far as round 13 of 23 before the rain came along and I had to pause here...
God willing, I will have the pattern ready for my testers in August as I had planned.
And if the testing phase goes well in August, you'll get to crochet giraffes with me in a 3-week Autumn CAL! Hopefully this September 2016. How does that sound to you?
Let me know what you think! I love hearing from you...
P.S. I am trying to decide on a name for this cutie. Any ideas?