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Free Knitting Pattern: Giraffe Balloon Animal

Lion Brand® Vanna's Choice® Baby
Pattern #: L0013
Rating: ****4.0 (based on 1 review)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy + (Level 3)

SIZE: One Size
About 13 in. (33) cm tall


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Additional Materials
Small amount of pink yarn
Fiberfill stuffing
2 plastic safety eyes, 9 mm diameter

Giraffe Balloon Animal

Lion Brand® Vanna's Choice® Baby


Exact gauge is not essential to this project.


Kfb (knit in front and then back) Knit into front and then back of same st - 1 st increased.


Giraffe is worked by knitting a long strip. The strip is seamed to make a tube, then stuffed. The stuffed tube is tied off with yarn at various points to shape the Giraffe - a construction inspired by twisting balloons to make animals.
Strip for Giraffe is worked with A only, B dots are worked with duplicate st after piece is stuffed.

Beg at nose, with A, cast on 6 sts.
Row 1: Knit.
Rows 2 and 4: Purl.
Row 3 (Increase Row): Kfb in each st across - 12 sts at the end of Row 3.
Row 5: Rep Row 3 - 24 sts.
Continue in St st (k on RS, p on WS) as established until piece measures about 32 in. (81.5 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Next Row (Decrease Row): *K2tog; rep from * across - 12 sts.
Next Row: Purl.
Next Row: Rep Decrease Row - 6 sts.
Do not bind off.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail.
Thread tail through remaining sts, pull tightly to gather together, and knot.

Measure 1 1/2 in. (3.5 cm) from cast on edge and, following package directions, attach safety eyes.
Beginning at bound off end, and adding stuffing as you go, seam long sides of strip to make a tube.

1. Refer to diagram for placement of ties.
2. If desired, after wrapping and tying, you can sew a few stitches to secure the shaping.

Cut 12 in. (30.5 cm) lengths of A for ties. Wrap each length around stuffed tube and knot securely, placing lengths as follows:

1. Wrap and tie first length about 2 1/2 in. (6.5 cm) from cast on edge to make head.
2. Wrap and tie 2 in. (5 cm) from first tie for first ear.
3. Wrap and tie 2 in. (5 cm) from first ear tie for second ear.
4. Bend ears against head, matching second ear tie to head tie.
Wrap and tie ears/head together at this point.
Tie for first ear will be at highest point, centered behind head.
5. Wrap and tie 2 in. (5 cm) from bound off end of tube for tail.
6. For first back leg, wrap and tie 2 in. (5 cm) from tail tie. For second back leg, wrap and tie 2 in. (5 cm) from first back leg tie. Wrap and tie back legs together under body.
7. Wrap and tie 4 in. (10 cm) from back legs/tail for body.
8. Working towards head, wrap and tie 2 in. (5 cm) from body tie for first front leg.
9. Still working towards head, wrap and tie 2 in. (5 cm) from first leg tie for second front leg.
10. Tie front legs together under body, wrapping and tying over previous ties.

Spots and Mouth
With B, and following charts, work duplicate st large and small spots on neck and body as desired.
With pink yarn, embroider a straight st smile onto head.
Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together p = purl
rep = repeat(s)(ing) RS = right side
St st = Stockinette stitch st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side  

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Pattern Average Rating: ****4.0 (based on 1 review)
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Giraffe Balloon Animal Reviewed by Gwenyth Hodge on 2011-06-25 ****
I made this as my first experiment into items other than scarves and wraps. It was easy to knit up and I even learnt how to decrease and increase. When it came to making up the shape, some more instructions would have been helpful. The body needs to be quite firmly packed to make the neck strong enough to support itself, and I couldn't get the legs, ears, tail etc to sit square as in the picture. The finished item was well received at a baby shower though and I will have another go at this soon.

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