Wee Little Hippos

© 2011 Stephanie Osborne

This Wee Little Hippo is about 3″ tall and worked in just two pieces: the head and body. This pattern hasn’t been tested so please let me know if you find any mistakes. Thank you. :)

Materials Needed:
WW Yarn
US “F” Crochet Hook
Polyfil, Stitch Marker, Yarn Needle

sc = Single Crochet
inc = 2 stitches in 1 stitch
sl st = slip stitch
blo = back loops only
dec = invisible decrease
fo =  fasten off
5 dbl popcorn = work 5 double crochet stitches into one stitch. take hook out of loop, insert it into the front of the first dc, grab loop and pull through dc.

Work in rounds without joining. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round.
Begin with a magic circle.

Head:
Rnd 1:  6 sc in a magic circle. (6)
Rnd 2:  (inc in next st, sl st in next 2 st) repeat around. (8)
Rnd 3:  (inc in next 2 st, sl st in next 2 st) repeat around. (12)
Rnd 4:  BLO, sc around. (12)
Rnd 5-6:  sc around. (12)
Rnd 7:  (dec, sc in next st) repeat around. (8)
Rnd 8:  sc around. (8)
Rnd 9:  Ear: (ch 3, sc in second chain from hook, sc in next chain st, sl st to original st), 1 sc in next st, sl st into next st, repeat ear, sc in next 6 st. (8)
Rnd 10:  sc around (go behind ears). (8) stuff head
Rnd 11:  (dec, sc in next 2 st) repeat around. (6)
fo using tail to sew up hole.

Body: (leave a long tail when you start to sew the head on with)
Rnd 1:  4 sc in a magic circle. (4)
Rnd 2:  inc in each st. (8)
Rnd 3:  sc around. (8)
Rnd 4:  (inc in next st, sc in next st) repeat around. (12)
Rnd 5:  (inc in next st, sc in next 2 st) repeat around. (16)
Rnd 6:  sc in next 2 st, 5 dbl popcorn in next st, sc in next 3 st, 5 dbl popcorn in next st, sc in next 9 st. (16)
Rnd 7:  (inc in next st, sc in next st) repeat around. (24)
Rnd 8: sc around. (24)
Rnd 9:  sc in next 5 st, 5 dbl popcorn in next st, sc in next 6 st, 5 dbl popcorn in next st, sc in next 11 st. (24)
Rnd 10:  (dec, sc in next 2 st) repeat around. (18)
Rnd 11:  (dec, sc in next st) repeat around. (12)
Rnd 12: dec around. (6)

Leave a long tail, using yarn needle, sew up hole then using tail bring it out the back of the hippo where you would want a tail. Using crochet hook, go into stitch next to where yarn tail comes through, slip st, (alternately, you can cut the yarn and refasten here with a slip stitch) Chain 3, fo and trim to length decide. Fuzz yarn end a little till you achieve desired tail look. Use yarn or embroidery thread to stitch on eyes and nostrils.

 

© 2011 Stephanie Osborne  Please do not sell or distribute this pattern; instead just post a  link to the original, (http://rockin4god.com/2011/04/wee-little-hippos )   I don’t mind you using the items you make however you wish but please give credit to me as the pattern designer. I would love to see your photos when you make your own Wee Little Hippos.  Please use your own photos when posting your work. Thank you and God bless. :)

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11 Responses to “Wee Little Hippos”

  • jane says:

    Very cute – also looks like a Moomintroll.

  • Alli says:

    This guy makes me smile. :)

  • Whitney says:

    Loved the hippo :)

  • Anna says:

    Hi,
    Im trying to follow your instructions and make a hippo myself:)
    I have a question though, for the head, why do you decrease before the ears? In the picture it looks like the part of the head where the ears are is actually bigger than the rest, however by decreasing from 12 to 8 it is kind of the opposite.
    Thanks

    • Stephanie says:

      I decreased because it’s actually the nose that is 12 and I wanted the head where the eyes go to be smaller than the nose. So, it does decrease to 8, it may look bigger as the ears are worked into that round. Hope that helps. :)

  • sarafem says:

    I love this amigurumi but I have two questions.
    The beginning of the body is only 4 st, doesn’t it look too small as the hippo’s neck?

    Another one is how to attach the head to the neck. Do you sew in the the neck to the last round or the penultimate round of the head? Thanks.

  • Niki says:

    made this for my best friend :) i absolutly love it and think its so cute. almost wanna keep it for myself and make him something else hehe

  • Niki says:

    also if ur gonna use a bigger needle the nose must be a tid bit shorter. trail and error on my part. used a “I” hook and the nose was so long lol

  • Stephanie says:

    Danke. You can use any color you like. :)

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