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This has got to be one of the cutest toys I have knitted in my entire 30 years of knitting! Susan B. Anderson, my favorite knitting goddess, is the designer and she has a wonderful class on Craftsy to teach you how to complete this perfectly delightful giraffe in all its squishy goodness! Find the class here. By the way, it's on sale for $9.99...that's 50% off! The (Not So) Itty Bitty Giraffe.
This would make a great photo prop and it's a perfect summer knitting project. It is really a simple pattern and Susan has a wonderful way of breaking things down, so it's easy to follow.
From the Craftsy site:
"Susan B. Anderson's adorable knit toys have been featured in magazines, on websites and in her best-selling books, Itty-Bitty Toys, Itty-Bitty Nursery andSpud & Chloe at the Farm. Now knit along with Susan on Craftsy as she shows you how to make this darling giraffe, the most popular project fromItty-Bitty Toys.
Using the included free pattern, you will learn how to pick the perfect yarn and knit in the round on double-pointed needles, using simple increases and decreases to shape the body and head. Along the way, Susan shares toy knitting tips you can use to create a whole menagerie - details like a pompom mane, perky horns, sweet hand-stitched face, and stuffing secrets to make your giraffe perfectly huggable. You'll finish with a soft and sturdy handmade toy to be treasured for a lifetime.
Sign up today for The (Not So) Itty-Bitty Giraffe and knit a new friend for the child in your life - or for yourself! We promise not to tell."
I knitted this myself from her book, Itty Bitty Toys. It's a large toy perfect for any girl or boy. Take a look again at the top picture and you can see may hand behind the head. That will give you an idea of the size. If you follow my blog, you know my daughter is in college, so, in the plastic storage bin it goes awaiting a future grandchild! How cute would this be in a long run yarn. True to life browns and creams would be stunning. Adding the right amount of spots is SO worth it!
Have a great week,