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.
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!