Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Crochet Hippo Pattern

I've got kind of a departure here for you guys today.
I was recently in a Craftster swap where I decided to send my partner a crochet hippo. (She's a big hippo fan.) I looked around the web for a cute (and free) hippo pattern, but didn't find one that really caught my eye. This is not totally shocking since I did have something rather specific in mind, so I wrote my own.

So, please enjoy the fruits of my labor! Here's the finished hippo in all his glory:
amigurumi hippopotamus
Ta-da!
Materials:
Size K (6.5 mm) hook
1 pair of safety eyes or buttons
polyfil stuffing
Approximately 8 oz worsted weight yarn. I used Red Heart With Love and it took one whole skein, plus a bit of a second.

Gauge:
14sc x 14r = 4" x 4" (10cm x 10 cm)
*Though gauge doesn't matter too much here; it's just to help you pick yarn.

Abbreviations:
Ch - chain stitch
Ss - slip stitch
Sc - single crochet
St - stitch
Sc2tog - single crochet the next 2 stitches together (insert hook in next stitch, yarn over, pull up loop; insert hook in next stitch, yarn over, pull up loop; yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook)


All pieces are made holding two strands of yarn together and crocheted as one. You can either use strands from two different skeins, or use only one skein at once by holding the center pull strand together with the strand wrapped around the outside.

The hippo is crocheted in 8 parts, then stitched together. Each part except the head in done in a continuous spiral. The head is done in circular rows, slip stitches together at the ends.

Each piece except the head is started using the magic ring technique. Here's a great tutorial on how to do a Magic Ring from CrochetSpot.com: http://www.crochetspot.com/how-to-crochet-the-magic-adjustable-ring/

You could also begin each piece by making a ch 2, then sc 6 times into 2nd ch from hook.

Body:
1) Start magic ring of 6 sc, ss to join. Mark start/end of round.
2) (2 sc in next st) x 6  (12)
3) (2 sc in next st, sc 1) x 6  (18)
4) (2 sc in next st, sc 2) x 6  (24)
5) (2 sc in next st, sc 3) x 6  (30) 
6) (2 sc in next st, sc 4) x 6  (36)
7-24) sc around (36)   -18 rows
25) (sc2tog, sc 4) x 6  (30)
26) (sc2tog, sc 3) x 6  (24)
27) (sc2tog, sc 2) x 6  (18)
  stuff with polyfil and continue stuffing as you close
28) (sc2tog, sc 1) x 6  (12)
29) (sc2tog) x 6  (6)
Fasten off, leaving tail. Use tail to gather final 6 st closed.

Back Legs (make 2):
1) Start magic ring of 6 sc, ss to join. Mark start/end of round. 
2) (2 sc in next st) x 6  (12)
3) (2 sc in next st, sc 3) x 3  (15)
4) sc through back loop only around  (15)
5-9) sc around  (15)   -5 rows
10) ss, ch 1, turn, sc 6, ss
Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.

Front Legs (make 2):
1) Start magic ring of 6 sc, ss to join. Mark start/end of round. 
2) (2 sc in next st) x 6  (12)
3) (2 sc in next st, sc 3) x 3  (15)
4) sc through back loop only around  (15)
5-10) sc around  (15)   -6 rows
11) ss, ch 1, turn, sc 6, ss
Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.

Head:
For the head, rows are begun with a ch 1, then a sc into the base of this stitch, these together are the first stitch. At the end of the round, ss into the top of this first stitch.
1) Ch 6
2) Sc in 2nd st, sc 4, 3 sc in next, sc 3, 2 sc in next, ss in first (12)
3) Ch 1, sc in base, sc 4, 3 sc in next, sc 5, 3 sc in next, ss in first (16)
4) Ch 1, sc in base, sc 5, 3 sc in next, sc 7, 3 sc in next, sc 1, ss in first (20)
5) Ch 1, sc in base, [sc 4, (2 sc in next, sc 1) x 3] x 2 (instead of last sc, ss into first) (26)
6-13) Ch 1, sc in base and around, ss into first (26)   -8 rows
14) Ch 1, sc 6, sc2tog, sc 2, sc2tog, sc 7, sc2tog, sc 2, sc2tog, ss to first (22)
15) Ch 1, sc in base, sc 8, (2 sc in next, sc 1) x 6, sc 1, ss in first (28)
16) Ch 1, sc in base, sc 10, (2 sc in next, sc 1) x 7, sc 3, ss in first (35)
17) Ch 1, sc in base, sc 14, (2 sc in next, sc 2) x 5, sc 5, ss in first (40)
18 - 22) Ch1, sc in base and around, ss in first  (40)    -5 rows
23) Ch 1, sc in base, (sc2tog, sc 8) x 3, sc2tog, sc 7, ss to first (36)
24) Ch 1, sc in base, (sc2tog, sc 4) x 5, sc2tog, sc 3, ss to first (30)
25) Ch 1, sc in base, (sc2tog, sc 3) x 5, sc2tog, sc 2, ss to first (24)
26) Ch 1, sc in base, (sc2tog, sc 2) x 5, sc2tog, sc 1, ss to first (18)
  stuff with polyfil and continue stuffing as you close 
27) Ch 1, sc in base, (sc2tog, sc 1) x 5, sc2tog, ss to first (12)
28) Ch 1, sc in base, (sc2tog) x 6 (6)
Fasten off, leaving tail. Use tail to gather final 6 st closed.

Ears (make 2):
1) Start magic ring of 6 sc, ss to join. Mark start/end of round. 
2) (2 sc in next st) x 6  (12)
Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.

Sew together all parts, using pictures as a guide.

For tail, cut 6 pieces of 6" yarn, tie together, braid, tie off, and sew to hippo's bottom.
For ears, fold each circle in half and sew pinched edge to head.
The front legs on this guy are slightly wider set the the back ones to help keep him stable and hold up his head. For all legs, the slightly taller edge goes up his side, away from his tummy.Stuff them, sew on using long tail, then stuff firmly as you close.

tummy feet underside of hippo

hippo toy face

back and tail hippo toy

top toy hippo


Enjoy your hippo! If you follow this same pattern with a single strand and a smaller hook, you still get a lovely hippo, but much smaller. I just really liked the heft and hugability of this guy! I made one using an H hook, worsted weight yarn, and the same pattern. Here's the little version with the big one:
hippo amigurumi
I love that they seem to have the same expression.

hippo amigurumi
Hippo stack!

amigurumi hippos
Are you my mother?


If you try it out, we'd love to see your pictures! Link them here, or share them with us on our Facebook page.

TTFN!
Cady

2 comments:

  1. IS there a mistype in the pattern for the head? I can't for the life of me figure out the first few steps :(

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    1. Hi! No, no mistype that I can see, but it's also not very explicit. Let me see if I can help.

      The head is worked in rounds, so each one starts with a ch and ends with a ss into that chain. The reason the beginning can be confusing is that it's a setting up an oval instead of a circle. So you ch 6 to get a center started, then for the first oval you Sc in 2nd st from hook, sc 4 (working up one side of the chain), 3 sc in next (3 stitches into the top of the chain), sc 3 (down the other side of the chain), 2 sc in next (bottom of the chain), ss in first ch which should get you to an oval with 12 stitches around. From then on you're working around and around that oval.

      Does that help? If not, you can email me and I'll see if I can explain it better.

      <3 cady

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