For better or worse, there’s nothing more motivating than hearing “I bet you can’t do that” when you’re trying to achieve something. I came across the endeavor known as One Million Giraffes from a fellow determined and creative soul (and friend) by the name of Ashley Albert, of kids’ rock band The Jimmies fame.

The mission of One Million Giraffes begins:

“My friend, Jørgen, doesn’t believe I can collect one million giraffes by 2011. I’m gonna prove him wrong, but I need your help. You can create your giraffes in any way you like, but not on a computer and no store bought objects.”

The tally as of today is 808,224! And further:

“There are people all over the world drawing giraffes right now. Isn’t that cool? I think it’s really, really cool. I think it’s very interesting to see how many giraffes I will get, but it’s even more interesting and fun to just sit back and look at all the amazing giraffes that are pouring in. Have you looked in the gallery? There’s some really amazing stuff in there. So, if you think this is only about reaching a million you’ve kind of missed the point of the project. It doesn’t matter if I make to a million. I really, really want to, and I’m still working hard towards that goal, but at this point it’s just fun to see people all over the world turning off their TVs, putting their computers away and sitting down to creating giraffes. Old school style. People spend too much time being digital. They should try be analog, being human and creating something real for a change. Most people love it when they try it. I get emails from people all over the world saying that they’ve rediscovered drawing! Families are sitting down in the living room and acting like families. I have hundred of emails from mums and dads saying that they sat down with their kids and had a blast drawing giraffes. People are actually having giraffe parties! Do you realize how cool that is? Please join in on the fun.”

I love this project for a number of reasons: it’s a little silly, it involves creating with one’s hands in some way and it’s about aiming for a goal no matter how unreachable it seems. Those are pretty much three of my favorite things! From legos to foil to fruit to buttons, there’s quite the variety of mediums! And, of course, there are a lot of sketches and drawings. All you have to do is upload a photo of your giraffe. I decided to design a little 2-D crochet giraffe and I’m posting the simple pattern here, so that if you happen to be a crocheter and want to contribute to One Million Giraffes, go ahead and whip up one of these guys.

The pattern is after the jump!


f or g hook
worsted weight yarn in two colors
bead and embroidery thread (optional)


With main color:
Ch 7, sc across, ch 1 turn
sc across, ch 1 turn
*sc 2, ch 1 turn*
repeat between * * two more times, except don’t turn on the last one
Sc up the inside of this “leg” until you hit the 2nd row; sc across, ch 1 turn.
repeat between * * three more times. Finish off.

With main color:
Join at top right corner of the first row (free loops) and repeat between * * 6 times.
2sc in each (4sc)
ch 6 and join to first ch. This is the ear. Make sure it’s on the right side and the neck is to the left of it. Sk a sc, sc in next 2 sc.
In the last sc: dc, dc, hdc.
Sl into next row and all the way around giraffe until you hit the bottom of the ear. Finish off.

With contrast color:
Join at the base of the neck: ch 4, sl in next; repeat this till you hit the ear. Sl behind the ear but not through the giraffe to carry the yarn through. (Ch 2, sl in next) twice, on top of the head. Finish off.

With contrast color:
Join at the top of the right leg, ch 7 (tail) and finish off.

Sew on a bead if you like! Take a picture and submit to One Million Giraffes.