Hippo

free hippo crochet pattern for valentines day

I started this little guy in with pink yarn because I thought it would be so cute in a little girl’s room. After I finished I pulled out these hearts I made for Valentine’s day decor last year and they just went perfectly together. A hippo would be cute in so many other colors too! Enjoy!

Materials

  • About 130 yards of acrylic yarn (I used Red Hart Super Saver)
  • Polyester fiber fill
  • 9 mm plastic safety eyes
  • F 3.75 mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle

Stitches

  • ch chain
  • sl st slip stitch
  • sc single crochet
  • st stitch
  • hdc half double crochet
  • dc double crochet
  • dec single crochet two together (one stitch decreased)
  • hdc dec half double crochet two together (one stitch decreased)

Tips + Tricks

  • Work the pattern in continuous rounds without joining.
  • Gauge five rows of sc and four st of sc across should be about one square inch.

Body

Row 1: 6 sc into magic circle (6)

Row 2: 2 sc in each st (12)

Row 3: [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] x6 (18)

Row 4: [sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st] x6 (24)

Row 5: [sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st] x6 (30)

Row 6: [sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st] x6 (36)

Row 7: [sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st] x6 (42)

Row 8: sc in each st around (42)

Row 9-18: sc in each st around (42)

Row 19: 21 hdc, 21 sc (42)

Row 20: [hdc in next 4 st, 2 hdc in next st] x4, sc in next 22 st (46)

Row 21: [2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 5 st] x4, sc in next 22 st (50)

Row 22: hdc in next 26 st, sc in next 24 st (50)

Row 23: hdc in next 26 st, sc in next 23 st, hdc in next st (50)

Row 24: hdc in next 4 st, hdc dec, [hdc in next 5 st, hdc dec] x3, sc in next 21 st, hdc dec (45)

Row 25: hdc in next 4 st, [hdc dec, hdc in next 4 st] x3, sc in next 23 st ( 42)

 

Insert eyes between rounds 19 and 20, centered and about three stitches apart. It is helpful to start stuffing the hippo at this point to get your eyes centered correctly.

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Row 26: sc in each st around (42)

Row 27: sc in next 21 st, [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] x6, sc in next 9 st (48)

Row 28: sc in each st around (48)

Row 29-50: sc in each st around (48)

 

Continue stuffing the hippo. You can create the shape and accentuate the curves of the hippo as much as you would like as you stuff. Just be sure to stuff it very firm and try to even out bumps of stuffing around the middle body of the hippo.

 

Row 51: [sc in next 6 st, dec] x6 (42)

Row 52: [sc in next 5 st, dec] x6 (36)

Row 53: [sc in next 4 st, dec] x6 (30)

Row 54: [sc in next 3 st, dec] x6 (24)

Row 55: [sc in next 2 st, dec] x6 (18)

Row 56: [sc in next st, dec] x6 (12)

Row 57: [dec] x6 (6)

 

Add a little stuffing to finish it off. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Using a tapestry needle thread the tail through the outer loops of the last six stitches you made, in a clockwise direction. Gently pull on the tail to close the hole. Stick your needle back through the body to hide the extra tail.

 

Front Legs

Row 1: 6 sc into magic circle (6)

Row 2: 2 sc in each st (12)

Row 3: [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] x6 (18)

Row 4: Working in back loops only, sc in each st around (18)

Row 5-8: Working in both loops again, sc in each st around (18)

 

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

 

Back Legs

Row 1: 6 sc into magic circle (6)

Row 2: 2 sc in each st (12)

Row 3: [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] x6 (18)

Row 4: Working in back loops only, sc in each st around (18)

Row 5-7: Working in both loops again, sc in each st around (18)
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

 

Ears

Ch 6, in the second crochet from the hook sl st, sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next st, 3 dc in the last loop on the chain and turn. Working down the other side of the chain, dc in first st, hdc in next st, sc, in next st, sl st in last loop. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

 

Assembly

  • First stuff the legs firmly. The longer legs go in the front, right in front of the curve of the belly, approximately in between rows 26 and 32 of the body.
  • The back legs are sewn on approximately in between rows 40 and 46 of the body.
  • Sew the ears on in between rows 22 and 23 with about 10 visible stitches in between.
  • Add a tail by cutting three strands of yarn about 6 inches long. Holding all three strands together pull a loop through one of the stitches on the rear, slip the other strands through the loop and pull them tight. Braid the six strands until the tail is about 1 ¼ inches and tie a knot to fasten it off. Cut the leftover strands to make the tail about 2 inches long.
  • Use the pictures throughout to get the right placement of all the parts.

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Leave a comment below if you have any questions!

14 Comments on “Hippo

    1. Aurelia there is! I’ll go back in and fix it tonight but just continue with the rows, the only problem is they are numbered wrong.

          1. Sorry if it’s hard for me to describe my problem, I’m french.
            I’m Ok that it slopes down after the head but because of row 27 the body of the hippo is not straight behind the head but a little going to the left.
            Row 27: sc in next 21 st, [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] x6, sc in next 9 st (48) : i think there must be a problem of symmetry in this row. Or maybe it’s normal but your hippo seems to have his body straight behind his head on your pictures, mine doesn’t.

          2. You’re fine! I’m glad you are asking questions. Hmmm, usually when I have a problem like that I pull out 1-2 rows before the problem row and do them again. Usually this fixes it. The only other thing I can think of is it might straighten out when you stuff it.

  1. I tried another hippo with this row 27 instead and it’s much better, my problem is solved ! you should try !
    Row 27: sc in next 25 st, [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] x6, sc in next 5 st (48)

    1. It’s been a while since I made one, and I have my last one away, but I think it’s about eight inches long.

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