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Baby Hippo – Free Knitting Pattern

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Here are a few suggestions in making this baby hippo:

  • Use whatever worsted weight yarn (10 ply) you have on hand
  • Be creative when choosing your color combinations…bright colors work well and attract attention with the little people
  • Knit tightly so the stuffing/polyfill does not poke out between the stitches
  • Stuff the baby hippo tightly with polyfill

To use the pattern in another language, click the Google Translate button to the left…the entire page and pattern will be translated.

Hippo Toy

Measurements: Approximately 15cm/6in long and 12cm/4¾in high.
Materials:

  • 1 x 50g (170m) ball of Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk 4ply (75% wool, 20% silk, 5% cashmere) in each of Cuddle (002) and Waterlily (005)*
  • Length of Black 4ply for embroidery
  • Pair of 2¾mm (No. 12) knitting needles
  • Washable toy stuffing

Tension: 32 stitches and 42 rows, to 10 x 10cm, over stocking stitch using 2¾mm needles.
Abbreviations: K, knit; p, purl; st, stitch; tog, together; dec, decrease (by taking
2 sts tog); ss, stocking st (k on right side and p on the wrong side); up1, pick up loop lying between needles and k into the back of it; skpo, slip 1, k1, pass slip st over; wrap1, take yarn between needles to front of work after k st or back of work after p st, slip next st onto right needle, take yarn back to original position, place slipped st back onto left needle.
Note: Yarn amounts are based on average requirements and are therefore approximate. Figures in square brackets are worked as stated after 2nd bracket.
Body: 
With 2¾mm needles and Cuddle, cast on 9 sts. Working in stripes of 4 rows Cuddle and 4 rows Waterlily throughout, continue as follows: P 1 row.
1st increase row: K1, [up1, k1] 8 times – 17 sts. P 1 row.
2nd increase row: [K1, up1] twice, k3, up1, k2, up1, [k1, up1] 3 times, k2, up1, k3, [up1, k1] twice – 27 sts. P 1 row.
3rd increase row: K1, [up1, k3] 8 times, up1, k2 – 36 sts. P 1 row.
4th increase row: [K2, up1] twice, [k4, up1] 3 times, [k2, up1] twice, [k4, up1] 3 times, k2, up1, k2 – 47 sts. P 1 row.
5th increase row: K13, up1, [k7, up1] 3 times, k13 – 51 sts. P 1 row.
6th increase row: K1, [up1, k7] 7 times, up1, k1 – 59 sts. Ss 37 rows.
1st dec row: K23, k2tog, [k3, k2tog] twice, k24 – 56 sts. Ss 3 rows.
2nd dec row: K2, [k2tog, k4] 9 times – 47 sts. P 1 row.
3rd dec row: K2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog – 45 sts.
Divide for neck: Next row: P17, turn and work on these sts only for left side.
Left side: Next dec row: K3, k2tog,
[k4, k2tog] twice – 14 sts. P 1 row.
Dec 1 st at end of next row – 13 sts.
P 1 row.
Next dec row: K1, k2tog, [k3, k2tog] twice – 10 sts. P 1 row. Dec 1 st at end of next row – 9 sts. Cast off.
Right side: With the wrong side facing, rejoin appropriate yarn to remaining sts, cast off center 11 sts, p to end – 17 sts.
Next dec row: [K2tog, k4] twice, k2tog, k3 – 14 sts. P 1 row. Dec 1 st at beginning of next row – 13 sts. P 1 row.
Next dec row: [K2tog, k3] twice, k2tog, k1 – 10 sts. P 1 row. Dec 1 st at beginning of next row – 9 sts. Cast off.
Fold body in half and join together cast-on edge, row-end edges then cast-off edge at the front leaving neck edge open. Stuff body firmly.
Head
With 2¾mm needles and Cuddle, cast on 16 sts. Working in stripes of 4 rows Cuddle and 4 rows Waterlily throughout, continue as follows: P 1 row.
1st increase row: [K1, up1] 7 times, k2, [up1, k1] 7 times – 30 sts. P 1 row.
2nd increase row: K3, [up1, k2] twice, up1, k1, up1, [k2, up1] twice, k6, [up1, k2] twice, up1, k1, up1, [k2, up1] twice, k3 – 42 sts. P 1 row.
3rd increase row: K6, [up1, k2] twice, up1, k1, up1, [k2, up1] twice, k12, [up1, k2] twice, up1, k1, up1, [k2, up1] twice, k6 – 54 sts. P 1 row.
4th increase row: K13, up1, k2, up1, k24, up1, k2, up1, k13 – 58 sts. Ss 13 rows.
1st dec row: K7, [k2tog, k2] twice, skpo, [k2, skpo] twice, k8, [k2tog, k2] twice, k2tog, [k2, skpo] twice, k7 – 48 sts. P 1 row.
2nd dec row: K6, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2, skpo, [k1, skpo] twice, [k2, k2tog] twice, [k1, k2tog] twice, k2, skpo, k1, skpo, k6 – 37 sts. With Cuddle, cast off pwise. With right side facing and using Cuddle, pick up and k37 sts along cast-off row. Ss 3 rows in Cuddle, 4 rows Waterlily and 4 rows Cuddle. Continue in Waterlily.
3rd dec row: K3, [k2tog, k1] twice, skpo, k1, skpo, k9, [k2tog, k1] twice, skpo, k1, skpo, k3 – 29 sts. P 1 row.
4th dec row: K2, [k2tog] twice, k1, [skpo] twice, k7, [k2tog] twice, k1, [skpo] twice, k2 – 21 sts. P 1 row. Cast off.
Join row-end edges together leaving an opening. With this seam at centre, join cast-on edge together, then cast-off edge together. Stuff firmly and close the opening. Sew head to open edge of the body. Mark position of eyes. Attach a length of Cuddle to neck seam under the chin and take the yarn through the head to marked eye position, make a small stitch and return to point of entry. Pull up to indent for eye socket and secure. Indent other eye socket in the same way. With Black, work a circle of chain stitches at each eye position. Using Black, embroider oval shape nostrils in front of the head with chain stitch, then mouth with backstitch as shown in the photo.
Legs (make 4)
With 2¾mm needles and Cuddle, cast on 8 sts. P 1 row.
1st increase row: K1, [up1, k1] 7 times – 15 sts. P 1 row.
2nd increase row: K1, [up1, k2] 7 times – 22 sts. P 1 row.
3rd increase row: K1, [up1, k3] 7 times – 29 sts. P 5 rows.
Beginning with a k row, continue in ss and stripes of 4 rows Waterlily and 4 rows Cuddle throughout, work 4 rows.
1st dec row: K1, [k2tog, k5] 4 times – 25 sts. Ss 3 rows.
2nd dec row: K1, [k2tog, k4] 4 times – 21 sts. P 1 row.
Shape top: Cast off 2 sts at beginning of next 6 rows – 9 sts. Cast off.
Gather cast-on edge, then join row-end edges together. Stuff legs firmly. Pin legs to lower edge of the body with the seam on the inside, making sure that the body stays upright. Sew legs in position.
Ears (make 2)
With 2¾mm needles and Cuddle, cast on 11 sts. Ss 6 rows.
Next 2 rows: K9, wrap1, turn, p7, wrap1, turn.
Next 2 rows: K6, wrap1, turn, p5, wrap1, turn.
Next 2 rows: K4, wrap1, turn, p3, wrap1, turn.
Next 2 rows: K3, wrap1, turn, p3, wrap1, turn.
Next 2 rows: K4, wrap1, turn, p5, wrap1, turn.
Next 2 rows: K6, wrap1, turn, p7, wrap1, turn.
Next row: K to end.
Ss 6 rows across all sts. Cast off.
Fold ears in half and join the seam at each side. Oversew bottom edge, then fold this edge in half and secure. Sew ears to sides of the head.
Tail
With 2¾mm needles and Cuddle,
cast on 10 sts. K 1 row.
Next 2 rows: P7, wrap1, turn, k7.
Next 2 rows: P5, wrap1, turn, k5.
Next 2 rows: P7, wrap1, turn, k7.
P 1 row. Cast off.
Fold the tail in half and join row-end edges together. Sew tail to top at the back of the body.

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