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Home : Patterns : Heather The Hippo
 

Free Crochet Pattern: Heather The Hippo

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease®
Pattern #: 70459AD
Rating: *****4.6 (based on 29 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: One Size
About 8 in. (20.5 cm) tall

CORRECTIONS: None
 

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Color (A)
Wool-Ease®

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Color (B)
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Color (C)
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To change colors, simply select color name from the drop-down above or else click the swatch you want to change and then click a color below
Wool-Ease®
Natural Heather Fisherman Ranch Red Blush Heather Blue Heather Navy Denim Blue Mist
Seaspray Mink Brown Cocoa Cranberry Dark Rose Heather Rose Heather Grey Heather Oxford Grey
Black Mustard Blossom Eggplant Gold Avocado Chestnut Heather Forest Green Heather
Paprika Denim Twist Pumpkin Wood Multi White/Multi Wheat Mushroom White Frost
*Wool-Ease® (Article #620).
  • Solid, Heather, Twist: 80% acrylic, 20% wool
  • Sprinkles, Wheat, Mushroom, Rainbow Mist: 86% acrylic, 10% wool, 4% rayon
  • Glitter/Multi-colors: 78% acrylic, 19% wool, 3% polyester
  • Frosts: 70% acrylic, 20% wool, 10% polyamide
  • Prints: 80% acrylic, 20% wool
; package size: Solid, Heather, Twist: 3 oz/85g; 197 yd/180m balls
Sprinkles, Wheat, Mushroom, Rainbow Mist: 3 oz/85g; 197 yd/180m balls
Glitter/Multi-colors: 2.5 oz./70g; 162 yd/146m balls
Frosts: 2.5 oz./70g; 162 yd/146m balls
Prints: 2.5 oz/70g; 162 yd/146m balls

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Note: (D) small amount
Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size F-5 (3.75 mm)   $ 2.30  
Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size H-8 (5 mm)   $ 2.45  
Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers   $ 2.49  
Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)   $ 3.59  
Additional Materials
Fiberfill stuffing
 

Heather The Hippo

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease®

GAUGE:

17 sts + 17 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in sc. EXACT GAUGE IS NOT ESSENTIAL FOR THIS PROJECT.
When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch

STITCH EXPLANATION:

sc2tog (sc decrease) Insert hook into st and draw up a loop. Insert hook into next st and draw up a loop. Yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.

NOTES:

Hippo is worked in continuous rnds; do not join or turn unless otherwise instructed. Place a marker to indicate beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.

HEAD
With larger hook and A, ch 3; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in ring; do not join. Place a marker to indicate beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed. Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around - 12 sc.
Rnd 3: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around - 18 sc.
Rnd 4: (Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around - 24 sc.
Rnd 5: (Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around - 30 sc.
Rnds 6-8: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 9: (Sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog) around - 24 sc.
Rnds 10 and 11: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 12: (Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around - 30 sc.
Rnds 13 and 14: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 15: (Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around - 36 sc.
Rnds 16-20: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 21: (Sc in next sc, sc2tog) 12 times - 24 sc.
Stuff Head with fiberfill.
Rnd 22: (Sc in next sc, sc2tog) 8 times - 16 sc.
Rnd 23: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 24: (Sc2tog) 8 times - 8 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Weave tail through sts of last rnd, gather tog and knot. Leave long tail for sewing.

BODY
Note:
Worked from neck down.
With larger hook and A, ch 3; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in ring; do not join. Place a marker to indicate beg of rnd; move marker as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around - 12 sc.
Rnd 3: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 4: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around - 18 sc.
Rnd 5: (Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around - 24 sc.
Rnd 6: (Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around - 30 sc.
Rnd 7: (Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around - 36 sc.
Rnds 8-13: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 14: (Sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog) around - 30 sc.
Rnds 15 and 16: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 17: (Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around - 36 sc.
Rnd 18: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 19: (Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around - 42 sc.
Rnds 20-26: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 27: (Sc in next 5 sc, sc2tog) around - 36 sc.
Rnd 28: (Sc in next sc, sc2tog) 12 times - 24 sc.
Stuff Body with fiberfill.
Rnd 29: (Sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog) around - 18 sc.
Rnd 30: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 31: (Sc2tog) 9 times - 9 sc.
Fasten off leaving a long tail. Weave tail through sts of last rnd, gather tog and knot. Leave long tail for sewing.

BACK LEGS (make 2)
With larger hook and A, ch 3; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in ring; do not join.
Place a marker to indicate beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around - 12 sc.
Rnd 3: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around - 18 sc.
Rnd 4: (Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around - 21 sc.
Rnd 5: Working in back loops only, sc in each sc around.
Rnds 6 and 7: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 8: (Sc in next 5 sc, sc2tog) around - 18 sc.
Rnds 9-12: Sc in each sc around.
Change to working in rows.
Row 13: Sc in next 4 sc; leave remaining sts unworked.
Row 14: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc; leave remaining sts unworked - 10 sc.
Row 15: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 9 sc; leave last sc unworked.
Row 16: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 8 sc; leave last sc unworked.
Row 17: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc; leave last sc unworked - 8 sc.
Row 18: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 7 sc; leave last sc unworked.
Row 19: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 6 sc; leave last sc unworked.
Row 20: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc; leave last sc unworked - 6 sc.
Rnd 21: Ch 1, turn, work 21 sc evenly spaced around, join with sl st in first sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

FRONT LEGS (make 2)
With larger hook and A, ch 3; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in ring; do not join. Place a marker to indicate beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around - 12 sc.
Rnd 3: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around - 18 sc.
Rnd 4: Working in back loops only, sc in each sc around.
Rnds 5-12: Sc in each sc around.
Change to working in rows.
Rows 13-20: Work as for Rows 13-20 of Rear Leg.
Rnd 21: Ch 1, turn, work 21 sc evenly spaced around, join with sl st in first sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

EARS (make 2)
With larger hook and A, ch 3.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next ch - 2 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in each sc - 4 sc.
Row 4: Ch 1, turn, (sc2tog) twice - 2 sc.
Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog - 1 sc.
Fasten off. Fold Ear in half along Row 1.
Edging: Join A with sl st at Row 1 and sc through both thicknesses; working through single thickness, sc evenly around edge of Ear. Fasten off.

FINISHING
Sew Head to Body. Stuff Legs and sew to Body. Sew Ears to Head. With C, embroider straight stitch eyes and nostrils. With D, embroider straight stitch mouth. Weave in ends.

BIKINI
Bikini Top

With smaller hook and B, ch 43.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across - 42 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Rep Row 1. Fasten off.
Bikini Bottom
Ruffle

With smaller hook and B, ch 34.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across - 33 sc.
Row 2: Ch 2, turn. Hdc in each st across.
Row 3: Ch 2, turn. Work 4 hdc in first st, *work 5 hdc in next st, rep from * across. Fasten off.
Center Strip
With smaller hook and B, ch 10.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across - 9 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st across.
Rep Row 2 until piece measures 6 1/2 in (16.5 cm) from beginning. Fasten off.

FINISHING
Top

With smaller hook and B, make a ch about 15 in (38 cm) long. Fasten off. Weave ch through edge of Top, at center of Row 2. Tie ch around Hippo's neck, tie ends of Top at Body back. Weave in ends.
Bottom
Sew Center Strip to center of Ruffle strip, behind Row 3. Wrap Center Strip to Hippo back and sew in place. Sew ends of Ruffle together at Hippo back. Weave in ends.


 
ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
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beg = begin(s)(ning) ch(s) = chain(s)
hdc = half double crochet rnd(s) = round(s)
sc = single crochet sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)  


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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.6 (based on 29 reviews)
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Reviewed by Jill McNabb on 2013-01-26 *****
So, so cute and fun!


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