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Worsted weight yarn in appropriate colors
(golden yellow, tan, brown)
Size 8, 16" circular needles
Size 8 double pointed needles
1 stitch marker
5 mm crochet hook (optional)
Makes sizes: 6-9 mo (1-2 y, 2-3 y)
Gauge: 17 st x 24 rows = 4 in. in stockinette stitch
CO 56 (64, 72)
Place stitch marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.
Work in stockinette stitch until work measures 3.25 (4, 4.5 in).
Round 1: *K5 (6, 7), k2tog. Repeat from * around. [48 (56, 64) sts]
Round 2: knit
Round 3: *K4 (5, 6), k2tog. Repeat from * around. [40 (48, 56) sts]
Round 4: knit
Round 5: *K3 (4, 5), k2tog. Repeat from * around. [32 (40, 48) sts]
Round 6: knit
Round 7: *K2 (3, 4), k2tog. Repeat from * around. [24 (32, 40) sts]
Round 8: knit
Round 9: *K1 (2, 3), k2tog. Repeat from * around. [16 (24, 32) sts]
Round 10: knit
For 6-9 mo size, k2tog around (8 sts). For 1-2 y and 2-3 y sizes: continue with decreasing pattern until 8 sts remain.
Break yarn, and using a tapestry needle, thread tail through remaining 8 sts. Pull tight.
Ears (make 2):
CO 6 stitches
Row 1: knit
Row 2 and all even rows: purl
Row 3: k1, kfb, k2, kfb, k1 (8 st)
Row 5: k1, kfb, k4, kfb, k1 (10 st)
Row 7: k1, kfb, k6, kfb, k1 (12 st)
Row 9: knit
Row 11: k4, ssk, k2tog, k4 (10 st)
Row 13: k3, ssk, k2tog, k3 (8 st)
Row 15: k2, ssk, k2tog, k2 (6 st)
Row 17: k1, ssk, k2tog, k1 (4 st)
Row 19: ssk, k2tog (2 st)
Break yarn and using a tapestry needle, thread the tail through the remaining 2 stitches.
Antennae (make 2):
CO 5 on dpn
With 5 stitches, make i-cord until length is approximately 1.5 inches.
Break yarn, and using a tapestry needle, thread the tail through the 5 stitches. Pull tight.
Assembling the hat:
Sew ears and antennae onto the hat.
Using the appropriate color, create giraffe spots on the hat using duplicate stitch. I prefer the duplicate stitch in this instance because the spots are relatively small and intarsia in the round is rather annoying. Plus, I think it's nice to see the main color peak through.
Pick up stitches along the brim with a 5.0mm crochet hook and single crochet around.
Weave in ends.