American Wool Series

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


This is one of Little A's Christmas gifts that I didn't get finished up until yesterday. She's been dragging it around the house already and giving it all the love a two year old has to offer. Yeah, it's a little rough but it's looove. I'm not a huge fan of knitting toys since I hate sewing all those little pieces together but this one isn't bad and the outcome is worth it.

Pattern: Giraffe from Itty Bitty Toys by Susan B. Anderson
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in Daffodil & Orange
Needles: US #5 Clover
Mods: I knit all the pieces on a long circular using the magic loop method. After knitting the body and the head I sewed them together and then picked up stitches from the body and knit the legs down so I wouldn't have to sew them on. It worked pretty well but the lower legs are a bit splayed. All other pieces I knit as written. I used a 1 & 5/8 clover pom pom maker for the mane, horns, and tail. After sewing all the pieces onto the head I went back and reinforced the neck seam for added strength since the extra weight on top was making him a little floppy. The spots are definitely worth the added time to knit separately and applique.


  1. The Giraffe you knit is beyond adorable ! It looks HUGE !!! (at least with the angle of your daughter in the background.

    So cute though. Hmmmmm, is it REALLY worth all of the sewing together ??!! I still wrestle with the thought of making knitted toys. Don't get me wrong, the outcome is the most adorable thing ever !!!
    Hmmm..... Yes, I will tackle a knitted toy sometime soon ! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  2. That's the most awesome giraffe I've ever seen!

  3. The cutest toy ever. I love it! Cute little girl in the picture all around!

  4. The giraffe is just great! I can't believe you made it yourself, you're really talented!
    Kind regards,