How to crochet zebra stripes

Last week, I received an email from Mary asking why there isn’t a FreshStitches zebra pattern. In this post, I’ll explain why I haven’t written a pattern, but tell you how you can crochet your own zebra stripes!

Zebras have unique-looking stripe patterns… check out the picture above. So, if you want to make a zebra, alternating rows of white and black just isn’t going to look right.

In the swatch above, I’ve crocheted two rows of white and two rows of black… and it doesn’t look too much like a zebra!

And, this, is the answer to why it’s difficult to make a zebra pattern. A zebra is nothing without his stripes- and to make realistic-looking stripes, you would need to use charted colorwork. And, let’s be honest- most people crochet stuffed animals for fun, and don’t want to follow an intricate color chart.

However, if you’re daring, and are willing to improvise a bit- you can make semi-realistic zebra stripes. The trick is to alternate white and black, randomly- without completing full rows.

In the above picture, I’ve crocheted a half of a row in black, then switched to white, crocheted a little… it’s pretty random, but the effect is zebra-striping! Not very suitable for a pattern, but definitely something that you could do yourself!

So, to make a zebra: get a horse pattern (I like Everton, but pick your own favorite horse), and improvise with the white and black… you’ll end up with an awesome zebra!

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Feb 17, 2011 | Posted by in Tips & Techniques | 11 comments

Comments (11 Responses)

  1. Thank you for sharing. I do something similar when making spots on cow amigurumi. As I work in the round, I change colors randomly.


  2. Mary says:

    Thanks, Stacey
    I have been thinking about your suggestions about zebra stripes. As soon as i finish Willy the Fish I will give it a whirl. Seeing the above pictures has done the trick. I sort of knew what you meant, but seeing this post did the trick. Thanks once again. Always there for us…………..

  3. Theresa Wiza says:

    Brought here by Marie Anne St. Jean. Realistic looking Zebra pattern. Thank you.

  4. Jody says:

    I just received a request to crochet a zebra patterned cowl scarf. This design will work perfectly. Thank you.

  5. Cora says:

    Love this, thank you for posting it.

  6. Tabby Martz says:

    Can this be done for a blanket??? And just switch the colors to Orange and black for a tiger???????

  7. julie says:

    im not sure i understand…do you carry the coor of yarns your not showing in your work under neath the color that is showing…how do you have yarn at random places just there to pick up and work with ???

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