Crochet Giraffe Hat Pattern

My boys love giraffes. It’s their favorite zoo animal and they both have giraffe stuffed animals that they snuggle with in bed every night. So this giraffe hat has been on my to-do list for awhile! And I must have good timing because there is something called the “great giraffe challenge” that has gone viral on Facebook the past couple of days. If you noticed your friends changing their profile pictures to giraffes, you can read why HERE.

Materials:
– Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Mustard (yellow), Chocolate (brown), and Loops & Threads Impeccable in Aran (cream color for the snout)
– Small amount of black yarn for snout
– Size H Crochet Hook
– Tapestry needle
– Stitch marker
– Two small buttons for eyes

Abbreviations:
Magic Ring Tutorial HERE
SC = Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
SC decrease = Single Crochet Decrease

Size: 0-3 Months
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ringjoin to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5-10: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below

Size: 3-6 Months
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2


Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)


Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6-11: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below


Size: 6-9 Months
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2

Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)

Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)

Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7-12: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below

Size: 9-12 Months (Should fit up to about 16 months)
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2

Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)

Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)

Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)

Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8-13: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below

Size: Toddler/Preschooler
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC) 

Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)

Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first, DC in next 13, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
Round 9-14: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below

Size: Child 
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC) 

Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first, DC in next 13, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
Round 9: 2 DC in first, DC in next 14, join, chain 2 (64 DC)
Round 10-15: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (64 DC)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below

Size: Teen/Adult 
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC) 
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first, DC in next 13, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
Round 9: 2 DC in first, DC in next 14, join, chain 2 (64 DC)
Round 10: 2 DC in first, DC in next 15, join, chain 2 (68 DC)
Round 11-16: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (68 DC)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below

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Earflaps for 0-3 months – Preschooler
Earflap 1: 

Chain 1, SC in next 10, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends

Earflap 2:
See my PUPPY HAT PATTERN if you need help on where to place the second earflap.
Chain 1, SC in next 10, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 9: 
SC decrease, chain 1 and continue to SC around the entire bottom edge of the hat (including earflaps). Fasten off and weave in ends. Cut 6 long strands of the same color yarn, pull yarn halfway through last loop of the earflaps (you now have 12 strands). Knot, braid and knot again at the end of your braid. Trim ends of braided tails so yarn is even. Do this for both earflaps. 



Earflaps for Child – Adult
Earflap 1: 

Chain 1, SC in next 12, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 8, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (10 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 8 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 8: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC across (4 SC)
Row 10: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 11: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends

Earflap 2:
See my PUPPY HAT PATTERN if you need help on where to place the second earflap.
Chain 1, SC in next 12, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 8, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (10 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 8 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 8: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC across (4 SC)
Row 10: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 11: SC decrease, chain 1 and continue to
 SC around the entire bottom edge of the hat (including earflaps). Fasten off and weave in ends. Cut 6 long strands of the same color yarn, pull yarn halfway through last loop of the earflaps (you now have 12 strands). Knot, braid and knot again at the end of your braid. Trim ends of braided tails so yarn is even. Do this for both earflaps. 


Giraffe Snout:

With white/cream yarn…
Magic Ring, 6 SC in ring. Pull tight but don’t join. You should have a half circle. Chain 1, turn.
Row 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next stitch, repeat to end, 
ch 1, turn (9 SC) 
Row 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2 stitches, repeat to end, ch 1, turn (12 SC)
Row 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 3 stitches, repeat to end, ch 1, turn (15 SC)
Row 5: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 4 stitches, repeat to end, ch 1, turn (18 SC)
Row 6: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 5 stitches, repeat to end (21 SC)
Continue to SC along bottom. Fasten off leaving long tail to sew into hat.



Giraffe Nostrils (make 2):
With dark brown yarn…
Magic Ring, make 6 SC in ring, join and pull tight.
Leave long tail to sew onto mouth


Giraffe Horn (make 2):
Starting with dark brown yarn…
(stuff with poly-fil as you go)
Magic Ring, 6 SC in ring, join and continue to crochet in rounds. Use a stitch marker if needed.
Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next stitch (9 SC)
Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2 stitches (12 SC)
Round 4-5: SC in each stitch around (12 SC)
Round 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, repeat around
Change to yellow yarn…
Round 7-12: SC in each stitch around (9 SC)
Feel free to continue sc in rounds if you want the horn to be longer for larger hats. Otherwise fasten off leaving long tail to sew into hat.





Giraffe Ear (Make 2):

Chain 5, SC in 2nd chain from hook and in remaining chains, ch 1, turn (4 SC)
Row 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next two, 2 SC in last stitch, ch 1, turn (6 SC)
Row 3-5:
 SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (6 SC)
Row 6:
 SC Decrease, SC in next two, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Row 7:
 SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (4 SC)
Row 8:
 Make 2 SC decreases, continue to SC around entire ear. Join to the second SC (this will cause the ear to cup). Fasten off leaving long tail to sew onto hat. For more detailed directions about the ear and how to sew it on, see my Zebra Hat Pattern



Giraffe spots:
Magic Ring, 6 SC in ring, continue to SC in rounds. Use a stitch marker if needed.
Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next stitch, repeat around (9 SC)
Round 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, 2 DC in next stitch, 2 HDC in next stitch, SC + HDC + HDC in next stitch, SC in next stitch, slip stitch to join. End round here. Fasten off leaving tail to sew onto hat.



Now comes the fun part (I say that as sarcastically as possible). You gotta sew all these little bits onto the hat 😐


But when you are done it is all worth it! 
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  1. says

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your patterns are great. I love that you provide different sizes. They're so easy to follow. I just wanted to express my gratitude. Its so hard to find free, easy to read patterns.

  2. says

    Just thought I'd let you know, the directions for the Giraffe Snout are a bit off. I believe it should read:
    Row 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2 stitches, repeat to end, ch 1, turn (12 SC)
    Row 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 3 stitches, repeat to end, ch 1, turn (15 SC)
    Row 5: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 4 stitches, repeat to end (20 SC)

    I absolutely LOVE your patterns, and I think it's wonderful that you share them with the entire crochet community. Keep up the fantastic work!

  3. says

    Help me out here… something is seriously woring with the snout pattern. Tried it for the last 2 hours and can not get it right! It ends up way too wide and not tall enough – nothing like the picture! What am i doing wrong?! I even assumed there was a typo like poptartmal says and i tried it her way and still doesnt work! Help!!!

    • says

      Oh my goodness, I am so embarrassed! I don't know how I botched that pattern up so badly when I wrote it down. Even the count was off. I have fixed it and updated the pattern. So sorry for the trouble. I will post the correct version here as well:

      Magic Ring, 6 SC in ring. Pull tight but don't join. You should have a half circle. Chain 1, turn.
      Row 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next stitch, repeat to end, ch 1, turn (9 SC)
      Row 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2 stitches, repeat to end, ch 1, turn (12 SC)
      Row 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 3 stitches, repeat to end, ch 1, turn (15 SC)
      Row 5: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 4 stitches, repeat to end, ch 1, turn (18 SC)
      Row 6: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 5 stitches, repeat to end (21 SC)
      Continue to SC along bottom. Fasten off leaving long tail to sew into hat.

  4. says

    Help me out here… something is seriously woring with the snout pattern. Tried it for the last 2 hours and can not get it right! It ends up way too wide and not tall enough – nothing like the picture! What am i doing wrong?! I even assumed there was a typo like poptartmal says and i tried it her way and still doesnt work! Help!!!

  5. says

    Help me out here… something is seriously woring with the snout pattern. Tried it for the last 2 hours and can not get it right! It ends up way too wide and not tall enough – nothing like the picture! What am i doing wrong?! I even assumed there was a typo like poptartmal says and i tried it her way and still doesnt work! Help!!!

  6. says

    Could someone please tell me what the "Magic ring" is and how to make it? I for the life of me cannot figure out how to do it.
    TIA Love your patterns and am making your Teeny Tiny Pumpkins.

  7. Rachel says

    Thanks for this! My cousin asked me ages ago to make a giraffe beanie for her little boy. Finally found this one and have cranked that sucker out in a day. Thanks!

  8. Candy Davila says

    Thanks for everything being free. Not all of us can afford to spend $5-$6/pattern plus materials for grandkids when we’re on a fixed income. THANKS!!

  9. Pat Simcox says

    I also thank you very much for sharing your lovely pattern free of charge. As the lady before me says, not everyone can afford to buy patterns or tutorials. Can you tell me please what worsted weight wool is ?? Is it what we call DK double knitting wool ?? Thank you x

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