Ragdoll Giraffe Free Crochet Pattern

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Ragdoll Giraffe Free Crochet Pattern

Ragdoll GiraffeHi, friends! I have another ragdoll plushie pattern for you this week and I think she’s pretty cute! Now, our Ragdoll Unicorn pattern will obviously always be the ultimate pattern to adapt into a giraffe/horse/zebra/alpaca /llama/pegasus/dragon/dinosaur (such a versatile pattern and you guys are SO creative!) But all of your wonderful giraffe adaptions were so awesome that I was inspired to design a giraffe to add to our Ragdoll collection as well!

As usual, this pattern is made in the same style as our Ragdoll patterns; separate pieces worked in flat rows and then joined together to give them that unique 2-D look. This lovely lady has 29 (!) separate pieces (19 plus spots) and is verrry tall! Her finished measurement is approximately 57 cm (22.5 inches) high!

Let’s get started. Here’s what I used:

**If you’d prefer a downloadable or printable version of this pattern, an inexpensive, formatted, and ad-free PDF can be purchased HERE.**

  • 3.5mm hook (I use THESE hooks!);
  • Bernat Handicrafter (worsted weight) in Pale Yellow (200g);
  • Bernat Handicrafter (worsted weight) in Jute (50g);
  • Bernat Handicrafter (worsted weight) in Warm Brown (50g);
  • Black embroidery thread for eyes;
  • Stuffing;
  • Tapestry needle.

*Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row*

Body (make 2 panels) in Pale Yellow:

Row 1: Ch 27, sc along (26 sts)

Ragdoll GiraffeRow 2: Inc, sc 24, inc (28 sts)

Row 3: Inc, sc 26, inc (30 sts)

Row 4: Inc, sc 28, inc (32 sts)

Row 5: Inc, sc 30, inc (34 sts)

Row 6: Inc, sc 32, inc (36 sts)

Rows 7-8: Sc along (36 sts)

Row 9: Inc, sc 34, inc (38 sts)

Rows 10-17: Sc along (38 sts)

Row 18: Dec, sc 34, dec (36 sts)

Rows 19-20: Sc along (36 sts)

Row 21: Dec, sc 32, dec (34 sts)

Row 22: Dec, sc 30, dec (32 sts)

Row 23: Dec, sc 28, dec (30 sts)

Row 24: Dec, sc 26, dec (28 sts)

Row 25: Dec, sc 1, hdc 1, dc 1, sc 18, dc 1, hdc 1, sc 1, dec (26 sts)

Tie off. Now we will start the neck. You will begin in the 5th st and work across the 18 sc sts of row 25.

Row 1: Ch 1, sc 18 in middle 18 sts of Row 25 ( 18 sts)

Rows 2-30: Sc along (18 sts)

Do not tie off. Now we will start the section where the muzzle will be attached later.

Row 31: Inc, sc 16, inc (20 sts)

Row 32: Inc, sc 18, inc (22 sts)

Row 33: Inc, sc 20, inc (24 sts)

Row 34: Inc, sc 22, inc (26 sts)

Rows 35-37: Sc along (26 sts)

Row 38: Dec, sc 22, dec (24 sts)

Row 39: Dec, sc 20, dec (22 sts)

Row 40: Dec, sc 18, dec (20 sts)

Row 41: Dec, sc 16, dec (18 sts) **Place a stitch marker at each end of this row**

Do not tie off. Now we will start the head.

Row 42: Dec, sc 14, dec (16 sts)

Ragdoll GiraffeRow 43: Inc, sc 14, inc (18 sts)

Row 44: Inc, sc 16, inc (20 sts)

Row 45: Inc, sc 18, inc (22 sts)

Row 46: Inc, sc 20, inc (24 sts)

Row 47: Inc, sc 22, inc (26 sts)

Rows 48-54: Sc along (26 sts)

Row 55: Dec, sc 22, dec (24 sts)

Row 56: Sc along (24 sts)

Row 57: Dec, sc 20, dec (22 sts)

Row 58: Sc along (22 sts)

Row 59: Dec, sc 18, dec (20 sts)

Row 60: Dec, sc 16, dec (18 sts)

Row 61: Dec, sc 14, dec (16 sts)

Row 62: Slst dec, slst 1, sc 3, hdc 4, sc 3, slst 1, slst dec (14 sts)

**When working a slst dec, insert hook into st, pull up a loop (two loops on hook), insert hook into next st, pull up a loop and pull through both loops.*

Tie off. At this point, your giraffe body panel is probably looking a little….NSFW, lol. Your family members may be giving you strange looks and wondering what it is, exactly, you are crocheting. Persevere, friends! Pay no attention to the naysayers! It will look like a giraffe in the end, I promise!

Repeat all of the above for the second panel. Put these aside for assembly later.

Muzzle (make 1 panel) in Jute:

Ragdoll GiraffeRow 1: Ch 19, sc along (18 sts)

Row 2: Inc, sc 16, inc (20 sts)

Row 3: Inc, sc 18, inc (22 sts)

Row 4: Inc, sc 20, inc (24 sts)

Row 5: Inc, sc 22, inc (26 sts)

Rows 6-8: Sc along (26 sts)

Row 9: Dec, sc 22, dec (24 sts)

Row 10: Dec, sc 20, dec (22 sts)

Row 11: Dec, sc 18, dec (20 sts)

Row 12: Dec, sc 16, dec (18 sts)

Tie off. Set aside for assembly later.

Arms (make 4 panels in twos as explained below):

In Jute coloured yarn:

Row 1: Ch 6, sc along (5 sts)

Rows 2-4: Sc along (5 sts)

Switch to Pale Yellow. When switching colours, insert your hook in the last stitch of round 4. Yarn over with Jute and pull up a loop. Then, join the Pale Yellow and pull through both loops.

Rows 5-20: Sc along (5 sts)

Tie off first panel. Repeat rows 1-20 for second panel. Do not tie off second panel. Put both panels together (matching up colours) and sc around the entire piece, starting in the top left corner. (Sc, ch, sc) in each corner. Switch to Jute coloured yarn when you reach the colour change of the hoof.

Begin stuffing the arm when you’ve crocheted about a quarter of the way up the third side of the piece. Continue stuffing a little after every few stitches. Slst to beginning st to close. Tie off. Repeat for second arm.

Legs (make 4 panels in twos as explained below):

In Jute coloured yarn:

Row 1: Ch 7, sc along (6 sts)

Rows 2-5: Sc along (6 sts)

Switch to Pale Yellow. When switching colours, insert your hook in the last stitch of round 5. Yarn over with Jute and pull up a loop. Then, join the Pale Yellow and pull through both loops.

Rows 6-30: Sc along (6 sts)

Tie off first panel. Repeat rows 1-30 for second panel. Do not tie off second panel. Put both panels together (matching up colours) and sc around the entire piece, starting in the top left corner. (Sc, ch, sc) in each corner. Switch to Jute coloured yarn when you reach the colour change of the hoof.

Begin stuffing the leg when you’ve crocheted about a quarter of the way up the third side of the piece. Continue stuffing a little after every few stitches. Slst to beginning st to close. Tie off. Repeat for second leg.

Ears (make 4 panels in twos as explained below) in Pale Yellow:

Row 1: Ch 5, sc along (4 sts)

Row 2: Inc, sc 2, inc (6 sts)

Row 3: Inc, sc 4, inc (8 sts)

Row 4: Inc, sc 6, inc (10 sts)

Rows 5-9: Sc along (10 sts)

Row 10: Dec, sc 6, dec (8 sts)

Row 11: Sc along (8 sts)

Row 12: Dec, sc 4, dec (6 sts)

Row 13: Sc along (6 sts)

Row 14: Dec, sc 2, dec (4 sts)

Row 15: Sc along (4 sts)

Row 16: Dec twice (2 sts)

Row 17: Dec (1 st)

Tie off first panel. Repeat rows 1-17 for second panel. Do not tie off second panel. Put both panels together, matching up all sides, and sc around the entire piece. Stuff once you’ve crocheted about two-thirds around. Slst to beginning st to close. Tie off. Repeat for second ear.

Horns (make 4 panels in twos as explained below) in Warm Brown:

(Did you know that the horns on a giraffe are not really horns but are called “ossicones”? Fun fact! Use it at your next party.)

Row 1: Ch 4, sc 3 (3 sts)

Rows 2-5: Sc along (3 sts)

Row 6: Inc, sc, inc (5 sts)

Row 7: Inc, sc 3, inc (7 sts)

Row 8: Sc along (7 sts)

Row 9: Dec, sc 3, dec (5 sts)

Row 10: Dec, sc, dec (3 sts)

Tie off first panel. Repeat rows 1-10 for second panel. Do not tie off second panel. Put both panels together, matching up all sides, and sc around the entire piece. (Sc, ch, sc) in the two bottom corners of Row 1. 

Stuff lightly after you’ve crocheted about two-thirds around the piece. Slst to beginning st to close. Tie off. Repeat for second horn.

Large Spot (make 7 or as many as you want!) in Warm Brown:

Row 1: Ch 5, sc along (4 sts)

Rows 2-3: Sc along (4 sts)

Do not tie off. Ch 1 and sc around the entire piece. (Sc, ch, sc) in each corner. 

Small Spot and Nostrils (make 3 or as many as you want!) in Warm Brown:

Row 1. Ch 3, sc along (2 sts)

Row 2: Sc along (2 sts)

Do not tie off. Ch 1 and sc around three sides (do not sc across the top). (Sc, ch, sc) in the corners. Sl st to first st of fourth side to close. Tie off.

Assembly:

Step 1: Eyes, Nostrils, Mouth, and Spots

Embroider sleepy eyes using black embroidery thread or yarn about half way down the head. Each eye spans six stitches across.

Appliqué two nostrils onto the muzzle. I left about three stitches between them.

Stitch on a mouth below the nostrils using Warm Brown yarn.

Then, line up the muzzle with rows 31 to 41 of the front body panel and attach by appliquéing across the top row and across the bottom row. Do not attach the sides. We will attach the sides in the next step as we crochet around the outside of the body.

Appliqué the big spots on to the neck and body of front body panel using Warm Brown yarn. Feel free to use as many or as few as you want! I also added a small spot to the giraffe’s forehead.

Step 2: Arms, Legs, Ears, Horns and Muzzle

Cut off four lengths of Pale Yellow coloured yarn about 30 cms (12 inches) long. Put them aside for later.

Place the two body panels together, matching up all sides.

**Make sure the front of your giraffe is facing you as you crochet around the outside of the piece.**

Starting on the left hand side of the neck, begin attaching the panels together by chaining one and single crocheting around the outside of the panels.

Stop when you get to the top curve of the body. Pull up a long loop and leave this for now.

Now, with your tapestry needle and a length of yarn that you set aside earlier, place the first arm between the panels and attach it by sewing through all three pieces; the top panel, the arm, and the bottom panel. When finished, tie a knot to secure and hide the tails between the panels of the body.

Now, picking up where you left off, continue single crocheting around the outside of the body. When you get to the arm, simply sc in the stitches of the front panel only; since this portion is already sewn shut, it’s for aesthetics only. Once you are past the arm, continue single crocheting both panels together as normal.

Stop when you’ve crocheted down to the bottom of the body. Pull up a long loop and leave this for now. Now, with your tapestry needle and a length of yarn that you set aside earlier, place the legs between the panels and attach them the same way you did for the arm.

Continue crocheting around. Remember, when you reach each leg, sc in the stitches of the front panel only. Continue to sc both panels together as normal once you are past each leg. Crochet around the body and stop before you get to the top curve on the right side. Place and attach the second arm the same way you did for the first arm and the legs.

Stop. Stuff the body.

When the main body portion is stuffed, continue crocheting around. Single crochet up the neck. When you get to the muzzle,  switch to jute coloured yarn. When switching colours, insert your hook into the last stitch and pull up a loop in pale yellow. Yarn over with Jute and pull through both loops. Continue with Jute.

Crochet around the outside of the muzzle in jute by single crocheting through all three panels; the muzzle, the front panel, and the back panel. Switch back to Pale Yellow when you’re past the muzzle.

Continue crocheting up the head. Stop about half-way up, pull up a loop and leave this for now.

With a length of Pale Yellow yarn that you set aside earlier, attach the first ear at the “corner” of the head (i.e. where the last stitch of Row 62 of the body panel is) by placing it between the front and back panels and sewing in place, just like you did for the arms and legs. Continue to attach the horns and the second ear in the same way.

When finished, continue crocheting around the outside. Remember, when you get to each ear and horn, simply crochet in the stitches of the front panel only.

Crochet down the opposite (left) side of the head. Switch to Jute coloured yarn when you get to the muzzle, the same way you did for the right side earlier.

Stop. Stuff the head and neck firmly. 

Switch back to Pale Yellow coloured yarn and crochet down the neck. Top up the stuffing after every couple of stitches, if necessary.

Close with a slst to first st. Tie off. With your tapestry needle, poke the yarn tail back inside the piece.

 

That’s it! You’re done! Enjoy!

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17 thoughts on “Ragdoll Giraffe Free Crochet Pattern

  1. Thank you for this wonderful giraff! It is sooo cute! I just love your pattern! Thank you for you generosity, you are nice!
    /darya

  2. How cute are all of these!!! Glad I stopped by. I’m looking for something for a baby shower. Thanks!
    Be groovy!

  3. This is an awesome pattern! Word of advice would be to use the recommended hook size I used a 5 because I thought it would be too tiny and he is HUGE

  4. What do u mean by inc 2. How are the stitches done? So in love with this just having a hard time with the pattern… newbie here 😜

    1. Hi Carmen,
      The abbreviation “inc” means to increase. So you will crochet two single crochet stitches in the same stitch. Is there a particular row you are looking at? I might be able to clarify further 🙂

  5. Your patterns are so gorgeous, love the shark, and giraffe. On a side note have you ever considered putting a print option on your patterns? Just curious, not trying to be ungrateful.

    1. Hi Sherry,
      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the patterns 😀 With respect to printing, most of the patterns on the blog are also available as inexpensive, ad-free, and printer-friendly PDFs in my Etsy shop HERE! Hope that helps!

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