Crochet Giraffe Pattern | Wildlife Animal Square CAL Part 4

Apr 5, 2024 | Crochet patterns

This free crochet giraffe pattern is the April square and square #4 in the Wildlife Animal Square CAL Blanket by Nana’s Crafty Home!

The Giraffe Square is Part 4 of the Wildlife Animal Blanket CAL!

Crochet Giraffe Square free pattern

This sweet giraffe square features all the fun details of a giraffe – from his spots to his horns. Such a fun square to make!

This free crochet giraffe pattern is part of the Wildlife Animal Blanket CAL and if you would like all the details on this year-long event you can find it on the blog

Free Crochet Giraffe Pattern Details

These “circle in a square” squares begin as a double crochet circle and then the circle is squared off for easy joining.  The main portion of the circle in a square uses all beginner-friendly crochet stitches – single, half double, double crochet stitch and treble stitches.

Circle in a Square giraffe square

Once the main square is complete you will crochet applique pieces – eyes, muzzle, spots, cheeks, horns, nostrils and ears – then sew them to the front of the square. The nostrils are sewn to the giraffe’s muzzle and then muzzle is then sewn to the square. The horns are lightly stuffed with polyfil stuffing to make the square 3D! 

Giraffe crochet Square applique process

Since there are now 4 different squares available this would be a great time to make a baby blanket size using these squares. Join the 4 squares with your desired join method and then add a border of your choosing. The giraffe would make such a sweet addition and the little ones would love playing with those horns!

This square works up to a large 14″ x 14″ square. Perfect size for a matching pillow! 

Instead of using plastic safety eyes for my giraffe crochet pattern, I am using my double crochet cartoon Crochet Eyes. These are the same crochet eyes I have used for my previous blankets and I just love how much personality they add! I have a complete photo and video tutorial for the crochet eyes to help you make them as well.

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My free crochet giraffe pattern and the Wild Animal Blanket use Red Heart Super Saver* which is a medium worsted weight acrylic yarn.  Very economical and with plentiful color options! You can certainly substitute your favorite worsted weight yarn – Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn!, Red Heart With Love, Paintbox Simply Aran, Vanna’s Choice, Big Twist Value, Caron Simply Soft, Caron One Pound and so many more!  Raid your yarn stash – even mix and match.

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Supplies:

Red Heart Super Saver Weight 4 / Medium (100% acrylic) 

  •     Cornmeal 2.0 oz / 106 yds (Yellow)
  •     Frosty Green 1.5 oz / 80 yds (Green)
  •     Aran 0.5 oz / 26 yds (Cream)
  •     Cafe Latte 0.4 oz / 21 yds (Brown)
  •     Black 0.2 oz / 11 yds (Black)
  •     Turqua 0.01 oz / 1 yard (Blue)
  •     Baby Pink 0.05 oz / 3 yds (Pink)

Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
Small amount of polyfil to stuff horns
Scissors
Stitch marker (optional)
Tapestry needle

Approximate finished size:  14” square

Gauge: First 4 rounds = 4” / 4 dc sts = 1”

Abbreviations:

  • MC = magic circle
  • ch(s) = chain(s)
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • tr = treble
  • sp = space
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sk = skip
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • WS = wrong side
  • RS = right side
  • sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together (see special stitches section below)

Special Stitches:

sc2tog = (insert hook into next st, yo and pull up a loop) twice, yo and pull through all 3 loops on hook.

Pattern Notes:

  • Ch 3 at beginning of each round counts as first dc stitch.
  • Ears, eyes, muzzle, horns, spots and nostrils are worked separately and then sewn to front of panel.

Recommended Tutorial:

Crochet Eyes in 3 Sizes Tutorial

Pattern Instructions

With yellow, make MC.

Round 1: Ch 3, 11 dc in MC, join with sl st in top of ch-3 and tighten ring. (12)

Round 2: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, sl st in top of ch-3. (24)

Round 3: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st in top of ch-3. (36)

Round 4: Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st,* repeat from * to * to last st, 1 dc in last st, sl st in top of ch-3. (48)

Round 5: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 3 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st in top of ch-3. (60)

Round 6: Ch 3, 1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st,* repeat from * to * to last 2 sts, 1 dc in last 2 sts, sl st in top of ch-3.  (72)

Round 7: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 5 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 5 sts,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st in top of ch-3. (84)

Round 8: Ch 3, 1 dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next 6 sts, 2 dc in next st,* repeat from * to * to last 3 sts, 1 dc in last 3 sts, sl st in top of ch-3.  (96)

Round 9: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 7 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 7 sts,* repeat from * to * to end,  sl st in top of first st. (108)

Fasten off yellow.

Round 10: Join green in first st, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts, tr in next 4 sts, *(2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in next sttr in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts, tr in next 4 sts,* repeat from * to * two times; (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in next st, tr in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sl st in first st. (120 + 4 ch-2 corner sp)

Round 11: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 6 sts, tr in next 4 sts, *(2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in ch-2 sp, tr in next 4 sts, dc in next 6 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 6 sts, tr in next 4 sts,* repeat from * to * two times; (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in ch-2 sp, tr in next 4 sts, dc in next 6 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sl st in first st. (136 + 4 ch-2 corner sp)

Round 12 – 13: Ch 3 (counts as first st), *dc in each st to next ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st top of ch-3.  (152 round 12, 168 round 13)

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Ears (make 2)

Giraffe Square ear process

With cream, ch 7.

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, hdc in next 2 chs, dc in next 2 chs, 6 dc in last ch, rotate work to begin working in unused loops of foundation ch; dc in next 2 loops, hdc in next 2 loops, sc in last loop. (16)

Leaving a long tail for sewing, fasten off cream.

Row 2: Join brown to first st of row 1 with sl st, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 6 sts, 2 hdc in next st, (dc, tr, dc) in next st, 2 hdc in next st, sc in next 6 sts. (20)

Leaving a long tail for sewing, fasten off and weave in remaining ends. 

Horns (make 2)

With brown, make a MC.

Round 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in MC. Work in continuous rounds do not join. (6)

Round 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12)

Round 3: *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st,* repeat from * to * to around. (18)

Round 4: Sc in each st. 

Round 5: Sc2tog around. (9)

Fasten off brown, switch to cream.

Rounds 6 – 12: Sc in each st. 

Leaving a long tail for sewing, fasten off and weave in remaining ends.

Stuff with polyfil.

Spot 1

With brown, ch 5.

Row 1: (RS) Sc in second ch and in each ch to end. Turn. (4)

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in same st, sc in each st to last st, 2 sc in last st. Turn. (6)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st. Turn.

Row 4: Repeat row 2. (8)

Row 5: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in each st to last 2 sts, sc2tog. (6)

Without turning, sc evenly around outside edge, sl st to first st.

Leaving a long tail for sewing, fasten off.

Spot 2 (make 2)

With brown, ch 4.

Row 1: (RS) Sc in second ch and in each ch to end. Turn. (3)

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in same st, sc in remaining sts. Turn. (4)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st to last st, 2 sc in last st. Turn. (5)

Row 4: Repeat row 2. (6)

Row 5: Repeat row 3. (7)

Without turning, sc evenly around outside edge, sl st to first st.

Leaving a long tail for sewing, fasten off. 

Spot 3

With brown, make a MC.

Round 1: Ch 1, 6 sc sts in MC. (6)

Round 2: 2 sc sts in each st, sl st to first st. (12)

Leaving a long tail for sewing, fasten off.

Eyes (make 2)

With black, make MC.

Round 1: (RS) Ch 3, 10 dc in MC, join with sl st in top of ch-3, tighten ring. (11)

Fasten off black, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Row 2: Join blue in first st of round 1, sl st in next 5 sts.

Fasten off blue.

Row 3: Join white in first st of round 1 (behind slip stitches of row 2), sl st in next 5 sts.

Fasten off white, leaving a long tail for embroidery of eye.

With long tail of white, embroider center of eye.

Weave in remaining ends not left for sewing.

Cheeks (make 2)

With pink, make a MC, ch 3, 11 dc in MC, join with sl st in top of ch-3 and tighten ring. (12)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Muzzle

With cream, ch 10.

Round 1: 2 dc in fourth ch from hook (skipped chs count as first st), dc in next 5 chs, 6 dc in last ch, rotate work to begin working in unused loop of foundation ch; 1 dc in next 5 loops, 3 dc in last loop, sl st in top of skipped chs. (22)

Round 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 8 sts, 2 dc in next 3 sts, dc in next 8 sts, 2 dc in last st, sl st top of ch-3. (28)

Round 3: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in next 2 sts, dc in next 9 sts, 2 dc in next 5 sts, dc in next 9 sts, 2 dc in next 2 sts, sl st top of ch-3. (38)

Leaving a long tail for sewing, fasten off.

Nostrils (make 2)

With black, make a MC, ch 1, 6 sc sts in MC, sl st to first st. (6)

Fasten off.

Assembly 

Note:  Sew following pieces to RS of square.

With long tails, nostrils to muzzle.

With long tails, sew ears to top corners of face.

With long tails, sew horns to top of face.

With long tails, sew muzzle to face.

With long tails, sew eyes to face.

With long tails, sew spots to face.

With long tails, sew cheeks to face. 

Weave in remaining ends.

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