Guest Post: Baby Giraffe Hat – Free Crochet Pattern

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Today I would like to welcome Amy from Crochet Jewel! She is going to share with us a FREE crochet pattern for a Baby Giraffe Hat. You can visit her blog for even more free crochet patterns.

baby giraffe hat free crochet pattern

Baby Giraffe Hat
I was inspired to make this giraffe hat for my baby when she received a giraffe stuff animal as an infant. She looks so cute wearing this giraffe hat. This pattern is pretty simple to follow and make for a baby! I love how the antlers and muzzle turned out.

Supplies: yellow, brown, light brown yarn

I Hook, G Hook, H Hook, Yarn needle

Abbreviations: dc=double crochet sc=single crochet sl st=slip stitch ch=chain, hdc=half double crochet, hdc2tog=half double crochet together sc2tog=single crochet 2 together

Half Double Crochet Hat

H hook, yellow yarn, Size for a child’s head for 6-12 months, Use a larger hook for a larger head or smaller hook for smaller head, or increase a round.

Instructions: H hook ch 5, sl st, to form a ring. rnd 1. ch 2 (count as one hdc), do 9 hdc in the ring, sl st. (10 hdc) rnd 2. ch 2, do 2hdc in each stitch around, continue around, without a slip stitch (start to use a marker) (20 hdc) rnd 3. *do hdc in the next stitch, 2hdc in the next stitch, *repeat around, continue around, no slip stitch or chain, (I would use a marker so you can keep track of your increased rounds) (30 hdc) rnd 4. *do hdc in the next 2 stitches, 2hdc in the next stitch, *repeat around, continue around. (40 hdc) rnd 5. *do hdc in the next 3 stitches, 2hdc in the next stitch, *repeat around, continue around. (50 hdc) rnd 6. *do hdc in the next 4 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch, *repeat around, continue around. (60 hdc) rnd 7. *do hdc in each stitch around,*repeat until you hat measures 6.5 inches long, (will be longer for a bigger size head, see above for sizes)

Ear flaps:

Make 2

H hook , use yellow yarn

For the first ear flap, continue from your hat. 2nd flap, fold hat in half and sl st in hdc directly across from the last hdc from the other ear flap. follow directions below for both ear flaps.

ch 2. hdc in next 14 stitches, turn. -14 sts

ch 2. hdc2tog, hdc in the next 9 stitches. hdc2tog. hdc in the last st., turn. -12 sts

ch 2. hdc2tog, hdc in next 7 stitches. hdc2tog. hdc in last st., turn. -10 sts

ch 2. hdc in each stitch across, turn. -10 sts

ch 2. hdc2tog, hdc in the next 5 stitches. hdc2tog. hdc in the last st., turn. -8 sts

ch 2. hdc in each stitch across, turn -8 sts

ch 2. hdc2tog, hdc in the next 3, hdc2tog. hdc in the last st., turn -6 sts

ch 2. hdc2tog, hdc in next 1, hdc2tog. hdc in the last st., turn. -4sts

ch 2. hdc in each stitch across, pull through and fasten off. -4 sts

The braid from the center of the ear flap at the bottom, attach two colors of yarn, yellow and brown yarn, with a sl st in the center of the bottom of the ear flap and with an I hook, chain 30, and sl st it off and cut yarn.

Trim: half double crochet in each stitch around with dark brown yarn, sl st. fasten off. weave in the ends

Antlers:

Make 2, I hook (if you want a smaller antler, use an H hook) yellow and brown yarn.

Start with Dark brown yarn ch 2, sc in second chain from the hook, work 5 more sc in the second chain from the hook, sc around for each round until your antler reaches 1 inch. Then switch to yellow yarn with a slip stitch and do the same as above until it reaches 1 inch, fasten off. Stuff the antlers with stuffing or yarn, Attach the antlers on top of the hat, about 2 inches apart.

Ears: Make 2,

I hook, yellow and brown yarn,

chain 7, Row 1 with brown yarn, Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across – 6 sc. Turn each row. Rows 2-4 Ch 1, sc in each sc. Row 5 Ch 1, (sc2tog) sc in the next two stitches (sc2tog)- 4sc row 6 Ch 1, sc2tog twice -2sc. row 7 (2sctog) -1sc. Fasten off. Then add yellow yarn, sc around the brown ear twice, then fasten off. Attach the ears on the outside of the antlers as seen in the picture above.

Muzzle:

H hook

light brown yarn,

ch 18 , hdc (half double crochet) in the 2nd chain from the hook and across. turn -17 sts

rnd 1. ch 1, hdc2tog (half double crochet 2 together) in first two hdc, hdc in each stitch across, hdc2tog in the last 2 hdc. turn -15 sts

rnd 2. ch 1, hdc2tog, hdc in each stitch across, hdc2tog in last 2 sts. turn -13 sts

rnd 3. ch 1, hdc2tog, hdc in each stitch across, hdc2tog in last 2 sts. turn -11 sts

rnd 4. ch 1, hdc2tog, hdc in each stitch across, hdc2tog in last 2 sts. turn -9 sts

rnd 5. ch 1, hdc2tog, hdc in each stitch across, hdc2tog in last 2 sts. turn -7 sts

Fasten off.

Nostrils: dark brown yarn, h hook, chain 2, sc in 2nd chain from the hook, work 5 more sc in the second chain from the hook, slip stitch, fasten off. Make 2. Place the nostrils on top two opposite sides as seen in picture. Attach the muzzle on the bottom center of the hat.

Eyes: Make 2, G hook, dark brown yarn, chain 2, sc in 2nd chain from the hook, work 5 more sc in the second chain from the hook, slip stitch, fasten off, place the eyes about 2 inches apart above the muzzle.

Thank you Amy for sharing this pattern with us! If you would like to submit a guest post, please email me at aprile@thesteadyhandblog.com.

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