Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Baby Knit Giraffe Balloon Animal

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by Lion Brand Design Team

Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Baby Knit Giraffe Balloon Animal

The Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Baby Knit Giraffe Balloon Animal is fun and easy to do - no neck straining required!

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1 hour

Project Instructions

  • 1
    An exact gauge is not necessary for this project. Finished giraffe measures approximately 13 inch tall. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you less stitches and rows to make a 4 inch square, try using a smaller size needle; if it takes you more stitches and rows, try a larger size needle. Download template for abbreviations not explained elsewhere and the patterns. kfb = knit into front and then back of same st - 1 st increased Notes: Giraffe is worked by knitting a long strip. The strip is seamed to make a tube, then stuffed. The stuffed tube is tied off with yarn at various points to shape the Frog. It is this aspect of the construction that is inspired by twisting balloons to make animals. Strip for Giraffe is worked with Goldfish only, Duckie dots are worked with duplicate st after piece is stuffed.
  • 2
    Body: Beg at nose, with Goldfish, cast on 6 sts. Row 1: Knit. Rows 2 and 4: Purl. Row 3 (Increase Row): Kfb in each st across - 12 sts at the end of Row 3. Row 5: Rep Row 3 - 24 sts. Continue in St st (k on RS, p on WS) as established until piece measures about 32 inch from beg, end with a WS row. Next Row (Decrease Row): *K2tog; rep from * across - 12 sts. Next Row: Purl. Next Row: Rep Decrease Row - 6 sts. Do not bind off. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through remaining sts, pull tightly to gather together, and knot.
  • 3
    Finishing: Measure 1-1/2 inch from cast on edge and, following package directions, attach safety eyes. Beginning at bound off end, and adding stuffing as you go, seam long sides of strip to make a tube.
  • 4
    Shaping: Notes: Refer to template for placement of ties. If desired, after wrapping and tying, you can sew a few stitches to secure the shaping.
  • 5
    Cut 12 inch lengths of Goldfish for ties. Wrap each length around stuffed tube and knot securely, placing lengths as follows: Wrap and tie first length about 2-1/2 inch from cast on edge to make head. Wrap and tie 2 inch from first tie for first ear. Wrap and tie 2 inch from first ear tie for second ear. Bend ears against head, matching second ear tie to head tie. Wrap and tie ears/head together at this point. Tie for first ear will be at highest point, centered behind head. Wrap and tie 2 inch from bound off end of tube for tail. For first back leg, wrap and tie 2 inch from tail tie. For second back leg, wrap and tie 2 inch from first back leg tie. Wrap and tie back legs together under body. Wrap and tie 4 inch from back legs/tail for body. Working towards head, wrap and tie 2 inch from body tie for first front leg. Still working towards head, wrap and tie 2 inch from first leg tie for second front leg. Tie front legs together under body, wrapping and tying over previous ties.
  • 6
    Spots and Mouth: With Duckie, and following charts, work duplicate st large and small spots on neck and body as desired. With Pink yarn, embroider a straight st smile onto head. Weave in ends.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1 hour

Project Supplies

  • Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Baby Yarn Mint 100367365
  • Lion Brand Knitting Needles U.S. 6/4.0 mm 104239365
  • Lion Brand Blunt End Needles Large Eye 6 pc. 104755288
  • Fairfield Processing Poly-fil Fiber 32 oz. 104238553
  • Small Amount of Pink Yarn
  • 9 mm Plastic Safety Eyes (2)
Download Project Template