A Lovely Giraffe

A knit giraffe with charts for simple stranded colourwork. If knitting with 2 colours at once is not for you, the pattern can also be knit as written ignoring the colour directions and the spots can be added in duplicate stitch afterwards. The pattern begins with four legs knit from the feet up. The legs are then joined in the round and from there the body, neck, ears and head are knit all in one piece.

This particular guy was knit at 2.5 sts per cm (or roughly 6 sts per inch) resulting in a giraffe that’s 17 cm (6.75 inches) tall and about 7 cm (2.75 inches) nose to bum. Do feel free to knit him up at a different gauge for a larger or smaller toy, there are no rules here!

- A light and a dark colour main yarn, any type will do, just choose your needle size as appropriate to the yarn weight. Ideally you would like to create a fabric tight enough so that the stuffing does not show through.
- Small amount of contrast colour yarn for eyes
- Set of double pointed needles
- Stuffing
- Tapestry needle

CO = Cast on
BO = Bind off
K = knit
KFB = knit into front and back of stitch
K2T = knit two together
P = purl
SSK = slip 2 stitches individually as if to knit, then knit those 2 stitches together
sts = stitches

CHARTS - available on Flickr by following these links:
Leg chart
Neck chart
Body chart

Legs - Knit in the round (make 4)
Using double-point needles and light coloured yarn, CO 8 sts. Divide sts between needles, place marker and join to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist.
Round 1: [KFB] in each st. 16 sts.
Rounds 2-10: K all sts.
Rounds 11-21: K following leg chart.
Round 22: In light colour yarn, BO4, K8, BO4. 8 sts. (Leave a 6 inch tail. This will be used to sew up legs later and will be conveniently in the center of BO stitches.)
Transfer live stitches to holder.
If there appears to be a little whole at the bottom of the legs, use the cast on tail to snug it shut and then pull the cast on tail to the inside of the leg.
Begin stuffing legs.

Body - Knit in the round
Divide live stitches from all four legs around 3 needles so that BO sts all face the center of triangle.
Needle 1: 8 stitches from leg one, 4 stitches from leg two
Needle 2: 4 stitches from leg two, 4 stitches from leg three
Needle 3: 4 stitches from leg three, 8 stitches from leg four
Follow colour body chart.
Written directions:
Round 1: K all sts. 32 sts.
Round 2: K3, K2T, K22, SSK, K3. 30 sts.
Round 3: K all sts.
Round 4: K2, K2T, K22, SSK, K2. 28 sts.
Round 5: K all sts.
Round 6: K1, K2T, K22, SSK, K1. 26 sts.
Round 7: K all sts.
Round 8: K2T, K22, K2T. 24 sts.

Now would be a good time to pause, turn your knitting upside down on a table and sew the legs shut using the 6 inch tails you left when casting off earlier. There will be 4 short seems running from the center to the outside edge each joining 2 legs together at a time.

With light colour yarn, kitchener stitch the first 4 sts of needle one and the last 4 sts of needle three together. This seam will form the giraffe’s back. You now have 4 sts on needle one, 8 sts on needle two, and 4 sts on needle three. Rejoin yarn for working remaining sts in the round. Add more stuffing to legs and body.

Continue for Neck
Round 1-16: K following neck chart pattern. 16 sts.
Pause here and stuff body and neck. Cut darker coloured yarn and secure on the inside of the neck, the rest of the giraffe will be knit in the lighter colour only.

Continue for ears
Now knitting ear portion, this will be knit back and forth on 8 sts
Row 1: K4, turn.
Row 2: P8, turn.
Row 3: K8, turn.
Row 4: P8, turn.
Repeat rows 3-4 once more. Pull a 60cm (24 inch) length of the light colour yarn halfway through the last stitch of needle 3 and first stitch of needle 1. Leave it there for later.
Repeat rows 3-4 three more times.

Continue for head
Resume knitting in the round.
Rounds 1-8: K. 16 sts.

Pause here. You will see that the previous knitting back and forth for the ears has created a hole on either side of the head (1). Pinch the flap creating the holes (2) and using yarn left at top of ears earlier, use one side to stitch an ear seam that runs from the top of the ear to the outer edge of pinched flap (3), then stitch back up to where you started (4). Repeat using other yarn tail for other ear. Do not cut yarn, we will use these same pieces later for the horns. Stuff head.

Round 9: *K2T, repeat from * to end. 8 sts.
Cut yarn leaving a tail a few inches long, thread yarn tail through remaining 8 sts, gather and tie tightly, pull tail to inside of stuffed animal.

Using the same yarn as used to seam the ears earlier, use one piece to create 3 sts on your knitting needle by passing the yarn over the needle and through the top of the head 3 times. Knit i-cord for 2 rows, thread yarn tail through the 3 sts, gather and tie tightly, pull tail to inside of horn. Repeat for second horn.

Tail: Cut two 20cm (8 inch) lengths of light coloured yarn and one 20cm (8 inch) length of dark coloured yarn. Pull all three half way through a stitch at rear of giraffe (makes six strands). Divide strands into three groups of two and braid a short tail, knotted at the end and trim.
Eyes: Using length of contrasting yarn, embroider eyes.



How to knit Daisy Baby Booties




Approximately 4 inches from heel to toe


  • Bernat Softee Baby light (DK) weight yarn (5 oz/455 yds/140g per ball): 
    8 yds #02003 lemon (A) 
    8 yds #02000 white (B) 
    8 yds #02004 mint (C)
  • Size F/5/3.75mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch markers

    5 sc = 1 inch
    Take time to check gauge. 

    Front post double crochet (fpdc): Yo, insert hook from front to back to front around post of st indicated, draw lp through, [yo, draw through 2 lps on hook] twice.

  • Instructions

    MAKE 2. 

  • Note: Sole is worked in continuous rnds. Do not join unless specified; mark beg of rnds.
    Rnd 1 (RS): With B, ch 14; sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 7 chs, hdc in next 4 chs, 5 hdc in last ch; working on opposite side in unused lps of beg ch, hdc in next 5 lps, sc in next 7 lps, 3 sc in last lp. (32 sts)
    Rnd 2: 2 sc in next sc; sc in next 8 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in each of next 3 sts; hdc in next 5 sts, sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in each of next 2 sts. (38 sts)
    Rnd 3: 2 sc in next sc; sc in next 10 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, [2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st] 3 times; hdc in next 5 sts, sc in next 7 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] twice. (44 sts)
    Rnd 4: 2 sc in first sc; sc in next 15 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 4 times; sc in next 11 sts, 2 sc in next st; sc in next 4 sts; join with sl st in first sc. (50 sc)
    Fasten off and weave in ends.

  • INSTEP Row 1 (RS): With C, ch 8; sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each rem ch, turn. (7 sc)
    Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc, turn. 
    Rows 3–8: Rep row 2. 
    Row 9: Ch 1, sc dec in first 2 sc; sc in next 3 sc, sc dec in last 2 sc. (5 sc)
    Fasten off and weave in ends.

  • SIDES  Note: Sides are worked in continuous rnds. Do not join unless specified; mark beg of rnds.
    Rnd 1 (RS): With A make slip knot on hook and join with sc in side of row 1 of Instep; working in ends of rows, work 8 sc across side of Instep; working across last row of Instep, 2 sc in first sc; sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in last sc; working across next side of Instep, work 9 sc across side; ch 25. 
    Rnd 2: Working in back lps only, sc in next 25 sc, sc in next 25 chs. (50 sc)
    Rnd 3: Sc in each sc. 
    Rnds 4 & 5: Rep rnd 3. 
    Fasten off and weave in ends.

    Hold WS of Sole facing WS of Sides, carefully matching sts; with A and beg at heel end, sl st Sole and Sides tog in back lps only of corresponding sts.

  • SOCK Rnd 1 (RS): Starting at heel end and working in unused lps of beg ch of Sides, with B make slip knot on hook and join with sc in 13th lp before Instep; sc in next 11 lps, sc dec in next lp and first unused lp of beg ch of Instep; sc in next 5 lps, sc dec in last lp of Instep and in next unused lp of beg ch-25 of Sides, sc in next 11 lps. (30 sc)
    Rnd 2: Sc in next 11 sc, sc dec; sc in next 5 sc, sc dec; sc in next 10 sc. (28 sc)
    Rnd 3: Sl st in next sc, ch 3 (counts as a dc), dc in each sc; join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3; change to A by drawing lp through; drop B to WS. Rnd 4: Ch 1, fpdc (see Special Stitch) around beg ch-3 and around each rem dc; insert hook in first fpdc, change to B by drawing lp through st and lp on hook; drop A to WS. 
    Rnd 5: Ch 1, fpdc around each st; insert hook in first fpdc, change to A by drawing lp through st and lp on hook; drop B to WS. 
    Rnd 6: Ch 1, fpdc around each st; insert hook in first fpdc, change to B by drawing lp through st and lp on hook; drop A to WS. 
    Rnds 7 & 8: Rep rnds 5 and 6. 
    Rnd 9: Ch 1, fpdc around each st; join with sl st in first fpdc. 
    Fasten off and weave in all ends. 

10 Web design skills, You should known?

Most of the lessons you learned Web design comes from experience. Learning is an iterative, ongoing process, and there is no better than a wrong approach to the acquisition of knowledge (learning from mistakes). In this article, we will discuss 10 major and conventional techniques, which are new to every Web designer should know.


1. Page Loading Speed

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Here are tips for selecting the right file format: If the image is monochrome, it's best to save as a PNG or GIF format; if it is a continuous tone (such as photographs) is best saved in JPG format.


There are many tools that can help you further optimize your images and reduce their file size. You can refer to this list of tools to help optimize your pictures. As far as possible to minimize the number of images, and flexibility in the use of the picture and, wherever possible, to reduce the file size. As a result, can significantly reduce page load times and improve the performance of Web pages.

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A good Web design not only looks good, but more consumer-friendly. Generally speaking, a clean, simple Web design Web page that will eventually become a high availability design, because it may not make it in the interaction with the user confusion. On a page when there are too many Web site features and components, site will be distracted and loses its original purpose of browsing the Web site. Make sure that each page element has its purpose.

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Most important part of a website is the navigation throughout the site. Without it, no matter what page, users will be stuck in this situation is inseparable from the page. Have a clear practical orientation, we will discuss some important points on construction site navigation.

The main goal is that your website navigation, minimizing the operation (action), and allow users to get what he wants access to the content.

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Although there are thousands of fonts, but you can use only a fraction of (at least until the major browsers fully support CSS3). So stick to Web-safe fonts. If you don't like the Web safe fonts, you can consider using sIFR or Cufon progressively enhanced Web design.

Keep fonts consistent, recognizing different looks for headings and paragraphs. Use blank, adjust the row height, font sizes and letter spacing properties, allows the user easy and pleasant to read and scan.

5. Color

We need to point out the importance of using the correct color. For example, black text on a white background, if you use a high-contrast, red text on orange background will make your eyes feel tight.

In addition, the use of special forms user-friendly color-blind (checked with a tool called Vischeck can test certain types of color blindness).

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By writing their own Web page code, code that can be simple, pleasant and easy to read and maintain. You can be proud to say is the code and write them down. But knowing how to use WYSIWYG IDE preview feature does not prevent to learn HTML and CSS. You know what, in order to create effective and highly optimized Web page design.

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When you design a site, a good Web designer should always bear in mind that the basic concepts of SEO. For example, the structure of Web content, with a text caption (that is the title of the page and logo). At this point, the previous ability to learn how to encode will come in handy. Recognition, semantic and standards-based HTML/CSS is correct, you'll quickly realize much better than table layouts Div, showing not only more accurate, but also helpful to search engine rankings. In addition, know that CSS is also a good idea to replace the background, text, and pictures.

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Ordinary people with a few seconds to decide whether you want to read more Web page content, or to another Web site. Therefore, as a Web Designer, should have a good idea, can these precious few seconds to encourage users to choose the former .

9. Browsers Compatibility

When a Web designer need to know one thing, is your work environment (browser) are finicky and unpredictable. If your Web design can only be run on a Web browser, that's not enough, you need to test multiple browsers. There is a tool here Browsershots can test browser compatibility.

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After a good Web Designer will make sure that you can easily update or modify your site. Design a malleable and easy to maintain Web site, is the sign of a great Web Designer. Let you work shifts from structured modular as possible.

This industry is dynamic Web design, but also very "young". Things tend to change in the short. Keep in mind this idea will contribute to establishing a more flexible page design.