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I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last posted on my blog. I have been so busy that I didn’t see time go by. Finally, I am able to take time off to get back to my favorite hobby, crochet. This month I worked on a little giraffe pattern for my ETSY shop, and I can say that I am quite please with the results!

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This is my first time trying to crochet a giraffe, I wasn’t sure how I wanted it to look like, there are different ways to do it (long nose, big nose, tall leg or short legs) but I finally opted for something little kids could play with, one with a big nose, long neck and short legs.

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I will admit that it took trials and errors, I had intended to make the head, neck and body separate but as soon as I finished the head I realized that it would be better to start with the body and seamlessly continue with the neck and head.

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I tried to make long legs at first, but it didn’t look right. I ended up making them very short, I think it makes the giraffe look very cute and easier to play with. It ended up being about 12 inch tall, which is a good size but not too big.

This pattern is available on my ETSY shop. The skill level is easy, I put lots of step by step pictures to help along the way.

Now I am ready to start my next project, a different version of the Panda Bear I made last January.  This one will be crocheted with a different type of yarn, and a safety nose. I can’t wait to get started.

Happy crocheting!

It’s January and after a break during the holidays I am back in full swing. I just finished my first crochet project of the year, a little panda bear! He’s cute and tiny, only 5 inches tall. I decided to make two versions of it; one with regular yarn, and the other with wool to make him look furry. I haven’t crocheted that one yet, I need to go to the craft store to get the supplies. In the mean time, here is my first version:

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I used a 2.75mm hook, and Caron Simply Soft in black and white. I like to use the same brand of yarn when I need different colors because threads have a different thickness from one brand to another. The patches are made with felt, and I used safety plastic buttons for the eyes.

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He looks so cozy with  his little scarf! This project was easy to make, it only requires basic skills such as single crochet, increase and decrease. It took me a day to make it (but I will admit that I work fast). I was tempted to put a safety nose instead of embroidery but the ones I have in stock are too big, so I will reserve that for the second version of this panda I am going to make soon.

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The question now is where this panda is going to go? I am thinking about donating some of my plushes for children in need this year, I just need to find the right place. If you know any organizations let me know, and I will look them up.

In the mean time, happy crocheting!

The fun thing about crafting is that you always try to challenge yourself by learning new techniques to improve your skills.   Not long ago I stumbled upon photos of crocheted animals with head and legs made with continuous rows, and it bugged me because I couldn’t figure out how it was done. I started to look for patterns that would be easy to make, and teach you the basics. That was hard to find, most tutorials are very advanced, and none of them are free. Then one day I was looking for an elephant patterns, and there was the one I had been looking for,  an elephant tutorial with seamless legs and trunk.

This pattern goes a long way, it was first published in a Japanese book, translated in Spanish by a blogger called Rani, then translated in French by another blog called Petite Maille. This is where I picked up the pattern to make mine, since I speak French it was easy for me to understand the instructions.

Elephant AmigurumiFirst you work on the body, the legs, then the trunk (in rounds).  The technique that is used to make the legs and trunk is explained with an illustration that makes it easier to understand how it is done. Once you have crocheted these parts on the body, you finish your elephant with the ears and the belly. (they are the only parts that requires sewing)

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I made mine in pink, and I had a lot of fun learning this technique. Now I can take it to the next level and try something different using the same concept. If you are interested in making this elephant, you are lucky since it is available in three languages. Soon after I published this post, someone posted a comment to let me know that there was also an English version of the pattern (merci Ophelie), which was published by Stephanie, All About Ami.

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This elephant is so cute, I am thinking about making another one in grey. I might follow the instructions in English this time, i am more used to English terms than those in French.  Here are the links to the patterns:
English version
French Version
Spanish Version

Happy crocheting!


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