Saturday, May 24, 2014

Little Bigfoot Giraffe Amigurumi Pattern

yellow crochet giraffe

Little Bigfoot Giraffe 2014, (pattern has been translated into Spanish here)

I think I love him! And one more Little Bigfoot pattern gets revised, updated and given it's own video tutorial. I actually can't believe how many patterns I've gotten posted with videos since the start of this year. I've been going non-stop! And it's not like I got extra time, haha it's all been overtime but I'm not complaining as I am so very happy with the progress :)

Written patterns and video tutorials now available in this new 2014 Little Bigfoot series:
Little Bigfoot Giraffe stands 13 inches from horn to toe. That's quite the size difference from the original LBFG 2012.. I can't totally remember the exact
height but I think he was about 8 inches tall.

amigurumi giraffe standing next to ruler

Copyright 2014 Author: Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go, All rights reserved

Read me  ~>  Work in continuous rounds, do not join. I used Red Heart Comfort yarn with a 4.50 mm hook. If you crochet more on the loose side then use a smaller hook so you don't get gaps and stuffing showing through the stitches. Have any questions or if you come across a mistake in the pattern please leave a message in the comment section below.
Read me ~> How to read the rows: Each row has a sequence as given below. Example: 1sc then 2sc in next st means repeat that sequence 1sc then 2sc in next st followed by 1sc then 2sc in next st over and over to the end of that particular row. The number inside the parentheses ( ~ ) is the number of stitches you should have at the end of that particular row.
Read me ~>  It's a good idea to add in a marker at the end of row 2 and move that marker at the end of every row. I just use a short length of yarn and pull it through the last stitch I put in at the end of every row.

Red Heart Comfort 100% acrylic yarn (yellow - 3198) (mocha- 3191)
4.5mm hook *use a smaller hook if you  see gaps in your stitches
blunt end yarn needle for sewing

100% polyester stuffing
2 pipe cleaners to stabilize the neck
paint, buttons, or yarn for eyes
(any size eyes can be used but I used 7.5mm safety eyes and 8mm oval buttons)

This pattern uses the following stitches:

st = stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
2tog = crochet 2 stitches together
f/o = finish off

3 crochet giraffes yellow and brown

Click here for Full Video Tutorial ~ Video was filmed in the following order:
  • Introduction
  • How to make the head and body ~ includes when and how to stuff and adding spots
  • How to make the muzzle, ears and horns
  • How to make the arms, legs and tail
How to sew it all together in the following order: (starts at 1:05:05)
  1. arms, legs
  2. sew on tail
  3. muzzle
  4. horns then ears
  5. add in nostrils and the mouth
  6. tutorial for different eyes
SPOTS: Depending on the colors you choose, you can add in the spots as you go along but if you use yellow with brown spots then it's best to add in the spots after the doll has been stuffed and closed. I show how to do both methods in the video tutorial. View video at 12:51 for how to add them before it's stuffed and hear the reasons why it might be best to wait until it's stuffed and view at 28:04 on how to add in the spots after the doll has been stuffed.

crochet giraffe tail

 Starting at the top of the head working down to bottom of body: with yellow
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24)
5) 1sc in next 5st then 2sc in next st (28)
6-10) 1sc in each st for 5 rows
11) 1sc in next 6st then 2sc in next st (32)
12-14) 1sc in each st for 3 rows
15) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (24)
16) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (18)
17) 1sc then 2tog (12) * stuff head, shape as you stuff. See video (time at 20:46) for tips on stuffing
18-25) 1sc in each st for 8 rows
26) 2sc in each (24)
27-29) 1sc in each st for 3 rows
30) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (30)
31-33) 1sc in each st for 3 rows *add in pipe cleaner to stabalize the neck. I sewed one pipe cleaner on each side of the neck. View video at 24:52 on how to do this
34) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog (24)
35) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (18)
36) 1sc then 2tog (12) * stuff body firmly and shape as you stuff
37) 1sc then 2tog (8) stuff more if needed
38) 2tog twice and f/o. Weave yarn tail in and out the remaining stitching and pull tight to close the gap. Knot off and hide yarn tail in body. You can add in some spots now. View video at 34:30 for tips on adding in the spots.

Muzzle: with yellow

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4-6) 1sc in each st for 3 rows

sl st next st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing.  You can add in a mouth and nostrils before sewing muzzle to head. Sew most of the muzzle in place then stuff before sewing on completely.

with brown

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3-4) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
5) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (9)
6) 1sc then 2tog (6)
7-9) 1sc in each st for 3 rows
sl st next st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. 
*stuff the ball part of the horn. Leave the stem of the horn unstuffed.

Ears: with yellow

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
sl st next st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Fold ear and then whip stitch the one end. It takes only 2 stitches to hold the ear shape.

Arms: starting with brown
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3-4) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
5) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (9)
6) 2tog , switch colors on next st, sl st next st, 1sc in next 5st (8)
7-12) 1sc in each st for 6 rows
13) 1hdc in next 4st,  sl st next st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff hand, lightly stuff arm. Add in spots. (See video at 50:55 for stuffing tips and also how to add in the spots)

Legs: starting with
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4-5) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
6) 1sc in next 16st, switch colors in next st then sl st next st (18)
7) (2tog then 1sc in next st, repeat 4 times) 1sc in next 6st (14)
8) (2tog then 1sc in next st, repeat 3 times) 1sc in next 5st (11)
9) 2tog then 1sc in next 9st (10)
10-14) 1sc in each st for 5 rows
sl st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff & shape foot (tips on stuffing at 59:54) stuff leg.

ch 10 with yellow begin with a long starting yarn tail and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing
weave in and out along the chain with a long strand of brown yarn, starting at one end and once you reach the other end loop the brown yarn around your finger then weave in and out along the chain all the way back to the beginning. Do this step 3 times. You should have 3 loops on your finger when done. Now weave the yellow yarn tail, the one you f/o with down the chain. You should now have 4 strand of yarn at one end. 2 yellow and 2 brown.  Cut the loops and run a yarn needle through each strand to fray them.
For tail tutorial see video at 1:01:20

If you assemble the doll in the order I give you then you will not have to worry so much about centering the different parts as much.

1) Sew the arms on. The top of the hdc's get sewn onto the 27th row

2) sew on the legs. I sewed them on in a way the doll stands up.

3) sew on  tail
4) sew on the muzzle (top of muzzle sits just above the 11th row).
5) sew on the horns (the space between them is up to you) then the ears 1 row below the horns.
6) add in the fir to the back of the head and neck. I rooted each strand in (see video at 1:22:03)
7) add in the nostrils, mouth then the eyes. I put the eyes in between the 9th and 10th.

And that's it. You now have your very own Little Bigfoot Giraffe! And if you made a giraffe, please
post pictures on my facebook page, Amigurumi Freely

Hope you enjoyed this pattern, come back soon for more Little Bigfoot patterns!

  Donations of any size are greatly appreciated and help keep the patterns free. If you do give a donation, please accept this note as my sincere thanks and know that you have helped a great deal.
Many Blessings to you!

Copyright Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go All rights reserved 

You may sell finished products. Do not reprint this pattern on any site, magazine or book. If you'd like to share this pattern please provide a link back to it.  


  1. Dear, i would love to translate your pattern into german and set it to our secret crocheting group on facebook. One of the members found your page and asked for help with translating. We will not sell any of your stuff and not sell any pattern. You may contact me under Thank you

    1. Hi Cathrin,
      I don't mind you translating the pattern. Would there be anyway to make the translation public? I could post it here with credit to the translator or provide a link to the translation?

  2. There is a translation I use I could post the link for you Sharon Ojala,

    1. yes Jeannie.. if there is a better translator than the google one I have available here at the top right hand side of this page that would be great :)

    2. Carol Kalsbeek, Richmond IndianaJune 9, 2015 at 9:06 AM

      Thank you so much for your patterns of the little big foot animals. I am making an elephant, monkey and hippo for my niece's baby, The comforter is in the jungle theme. They are so cute. Your tutorials are so helpful and so well done. Thanks again!

  3. thank you so much for your lovely patterns!!!!!!

  4. Thank you so much for this (and all your tutorials, I can't stop looking at them)! I have a question.. if I'd like to make this giraffe into an unicorn (or horse) how many rounds do you recommend for the neck ?

    1. I honestly don't know.. I design by what I see as it's coming along if that makes sense. Today I actually posted a unicorn on my facebook page, Amigurumi Freely. It's not my design but it's super cute. You can also look on my pinterest boards for more free patterns like unicorns and horses. Look to the top and right hand side of my blog page for the direct links to my other sites. Hope that helps :)

    2. I made 5 rounds to neck of my horse, buy also I used crochet 2 mm so my pony is really small :)

  5. Thank you Sharon, going to check right away :)
    How lucky am I that you posted one today? ;)

  6. OBRIGADA, MUITO OBRIGADA por dividir conosco o que voce sabe fazer de tão lindo!\Deus te abençoe muito bj kharin
    poa- Brasil

  7. He's gorgeous - I've nearly finished one now, and I have made other bigfoots (or bigfeet?) before. I really like the pipecleaner neck. Like most good ideas its simple but works very well. I may use it for dolls too. Thanks so much

  8. Do the spots on the giraffe come from variegated yarn? or do you switch to brown yarn randomly? Or....what?

    1. if you scroll up to the start of the pattern itself, just above the picture there I explain the spots and I also note the time in the video where I do the spots. There's 2 different methods so read through the entire spot explanation

  9. I have made 5 or 6 of these gorgeous giraffes. I'm getting faster too. LOL I can now make the head and body in 2 1/2 to 3 hours. (for me, that's good).
    In the pattern and the tutorial, you put pipe cleaners in the neck to keep it somewhat rigid. I tried that and was really disappointed with the result as the head flopped about. My husband came up with what I think is a brilliant idea.
    Instead of all stuffing in the head, he suggested a little stuffing first, then a polystyrene foam ball so the head keeps its shape but is lighter.
    Then to keep the neck rigid, he made me some loops of stainless steel wire to use.
    I put a slit in the bottom of the foam ball and pushed in the part of the wire loop that was bent over to avoid scratching anyone, then a few drops of glue to hold it in.
    Voila! The results are VERY pleasing to me. The loops are about 3 1/2 inches long and about 3/4 of an inch wide. We tried aluminum wire, but too much bending and it breaks.

    1. Thanks for suggestion, I just finished giraffe and too was a little disappointed with head/neck. IF I attempt to do another will use your hubby idea. Tksm

  10. Bom dia Sharon!!!!!
    Vim agradecer e aproveito para deixar o link do meu Blog, para você ver a Giraffe Crochet que fiz......baseada em sua vídeo aula, que é muito bem explicada!!!!!! Bjs!!!!!

  11. Did one, loved your tutorial easy to follow !thank you, baby gift for a family .��

  12. Can I buy a giraffe sry I'm from swizerland

  13. Ok but if u don't need 1 anymore can I have it pls pls pls pls? :D

  14. The giraffe is to hard for me to make and giraffes are my favorite animals :,(

    1. did you try following along with the video?

  15. Your the best instructor i have ever watched, thanks to you i understand so much better. It was like a light bulb coming on. I can't thank you enough. Forever grateful , Nora.

  16. I was wondering if you have plans for a bigfoot puppy?
    My granddaughter loves your bigfoot ami's and has been asking for a puppy.
    thank you for all the wonderful patterns.

  17. Hi, Sharon. This giraffe is absolutely adorable! I was wondering approximately how much yellow yarn is needed, as I would like to have a go making sure I have enough yarn before I start. Thanks!


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