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The (Not So) Itty-Bitty Giraffe

with Susan B. Anderson
The (Not So) Itty-Bitty Giraffe
It's no stretch to knit the cutest toy giraffe ever. Make a big, soft friend and expand your circular knitting skills to double-pointed needles.

Susan B. Anderson, author of "Itty-Bitty Toys," shares her secrets for fun and easy toy creation. The included giraffe pattern is shaped with simple increases and decreases and finished with a sweet hand-stitched face, perky horns and pompom mane and tail. He measures 20" (50 cm) from horns to hooves – the perfect size for snuggling – and knits up fast and seamless in just a few hours. Because you stuff and stitch together as you go, when you're done, you're done! Finish with a soft and sturdy handmade toy to be treasured for a lifetime.


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Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet Susan B. Anderson ... and the Not So Itty-Bitty Giraffe! You'll find out all about the skills you'll learn in this knit toy class, and learn about the features of the Craftsy platform.


Lesson 2. Getting Started

  • Susan goes over the tools and supplies you'll need to make your Not So Itty-Bitty Giraffe, including yarn choices and both circular and double-pointed needle options for knitting in the round.


Lesson 3. Giraffe Body

  • Your giraffe's body knits up quickly and easily in the round, shaped with simple increases and decreases. Susan shows you how to stuff the giraffe so it holds its shape, and safely add poly pellets, if desired, to weigh down the bottom.


Lesson 4. Giraffe Head

  • Create the giraffe's head and attach it to the body with the whipstitch.


Lesson 5. Ears

  • You'll bring in a second color as you create the ears and whipstitch them atop the head. Whether you're creating a perky giraffe or a sleepy giraffe depends on ear placement, so learn how to add them so they'll stay on.


Lesson 6. Legs

  • Knit up four legs, add contrasting color hooves, stuff them and whipstitch them to the body. Because you're stuffing as you go, your giraffe is almost done!


Lesson 7. Tail, Horns and Mane

  • The adorable details are what make the Not So Itty-Bitty Giraffe extra lovable. You'll learn how to make pompoms two different ways, using them to create the giraffe's mane and adorn the horns and tail.


Lesson 8. Spots and Face

  • Knitted circles make the spots for the Not So Itty-Bitty Giraffe, going on quickly with a simple whipstitch. Finally, add personality to your giraffe with embroidered facial features. Susan shows you how to embroider your knit toy's face so the stitches do not pull out.

"Susan is a wonderful and patient teacher. She explains every step fully. The project flew by while listening to Susan. I had never made a toy before and this was really easy and fun. The giraffe turned out darling. The hardest part is making the pompoms!"
avatar - PeggyE.
Colorado USA

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