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Saintcady
« on: August 15, 2012 08:25:41 AM »

Hi! I recently made this cuddly hippo for a swap and thought I'd share the pattern.

There are more pictures and whatnot available on my blog (listed in signature). Enjoy!



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.
« Last Edit: August 15, 2012 03:23:37 PM by Saintcady » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2012 01:50:46 PM »

Awesome! Thanks for sharing Smiley
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