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My First Amigurumi – Georgina the Giraffe

This project is only my second crochet project and I’m very pleased with how it turned out.

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Amigurumi is the “art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals.” I found this pattern on the Lion Brand website long before I ever took up crocheting (it’s a free pattern, but you’ll need to sign up for an account in order to get the pattern). I thought it was cute enough that I should learn to crochet just so I could make this giraffe.

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Since this was my first project, I stuffed it to the point that it’s solid. Solid like a bowling pin. I’d already stitched the body up when I realized it would have been nice if it was a little softer. Oh well. Isn’t that what a baby’s mouth is for?

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I followed the pattern exactly, all the way to the end when I had to crochet the horns (you crochet everything separately). You end up with 8 stitches that you have to decrease down to 4, and I was finding that I had gaps in my stitches (which I didn’t like) and I was having a hard time finding those four stitches in order to crochet the bottom part of the horns. So instead of decreasing to 4 stitches, I only decreased to 6. That made it so that I didn’t have any gaps in the stitches and crocheting those few rows was much easier with 6 stitches than it was with 4. Maybe this is something that will get easier the longer I crochet.

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This giraffe worked up really quickly. If I’d had more time to devote to it, it probably could have been done in a week or two.

I’m trishc on Ravelry if you want to be friends!

What projects have you been working on lately?

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