Hooray, a finished project! This cute crochet giraffe, named Jolly Tall* was made using this free pattern and was a surprisingly easy make. The pattern uses USA crochet terms (so I made sure to translate into UK before starting) and creates a fun stripy giraffe. I wanted a slightly more realistic crochet giraffe so went for a pale yellow and then added a few brown giraffe-like spots.
It's the first time I've tried amigurumi crochet and although it was a bit daunting, it took some googling and a few youtube videos to get going, I was surprised how quickly I got the hang of it. As someone who had only made two granny square cushions and a crochet heart previously, if I can do it, anyone can! I collected all of the most helpful tips and tutorials into this top tips for amigurimi crochet beginners post.
Jolly is a present for a friends new baby, my friend actually requested a handmade giraffe after seeing the knitted dinosaur I made for another friend last year, so I really hope both her and her new baby boy like him. I’m tempted to make another for myself!
*Anyone else remember Jolly Tall the giraffe from the Little Bear books? They were such a favourite of mine growing up.