Knitting season is in full swing and I have several WIPs (work-in-progress) stashed in various parts of the apartment. With that said, I’m ecstatic to let you all know that I have finished my first Christmas gift of the season! I know, I know, all you non-knitters are probably thinking, “Christmas gift? It’s not even Halloween!” Well, I hate to break it to you, knits and other hand-crafted projects take time to make. We can’t just make it magically appear out of thin air (though that would be nice-especially for those who tend to procrastinate like me).
For those who follow me on my knitting adventures know that I typically design my own knitting projects but this time I decided to use a pattern by another designer. I couldn’t resist. When I first found this pattern, I thought it was the most adorable thing I had ever seen. I knew I had to knit it.
The Knitted Sock Giraffe is a pattern by Bobbi Padgett and can be found on Ravelry. You will see that I made some modifications below to the ears. The original pattern makes the ears in garter stitch and I changed it the stockinette so that it’ll match up with the rest of the body. Of course this is optional. The materials I used differ from that of what the original calls for as well. I used worsted weight yarn (Sugar n’ Cream in Playtime) instead of DK weight. With Sugar n’ Cream, I find it a little more difficult to knit complex patterns with because it is cotton and it isn’t very stretchy. Just something to keep in mind when selecting yarn. Also, I provided some videos that will help you with some techniques that are not very common in everyday knitting.
The giraffe measures about 10 inches (top of head) when sitting.
Measures about 15 inches when standing. Note: the giraffe will not stand up on its own. You will need to prop it against something.
Here you go…
Download PDF from Ravelry.
1 skein of Sugar n’ Cream in Playtime (Y2) and 1 in Soft Ecru (Y1)
- Color: Playtime and Soft Ecru
- 120 yds / 109 m per skein
- 2.5 oz/70.9 g per skein
- 100% cotton
Ears (this version is optional)
Row 1: With Y1, CO 6 sts.
Row 2: knit.
Row 3: purl.
Row 4: k1, m1, knit to the end.
Row 5: p1, m1, purl to the end.
Row 6: knit.
Row 7: rep Row 5.
Row 8: rep Row 4.
Row 9: purl.
Row 10: knit.
Row 11: purl.
Row 12: knit.
Row 13: purl.
Row 14: knit.
Row 15: sl1, p1, psso, purl to the end.
Row 16: sl1, k1, psso, knit to the end.
Row 17: rep Row 15.
Row 18: rep Row 16.
Row 19: rep Row 15.
Row 20: rep Row 16.
Row 21: rep Row 15.
Row 22: rep Row 16.
Row 23: sl1, p1, psso.
Follow directions from the pattern as usual.
Sorry there is a lot of talking in the beginning of the video above (crediting the source of the pattern). You can skip to minute 2.
Hope you enjoy! Happy knitting!