Hattie the crochet hippo has joined our Juna Series! Hattie has an adorable dress and a pretty bow, and is perfectly huggable! Like all the animals in this series, this crochet hippo free pattern is easy and beginner-friendly. Grab your hook and try her out!

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Amigurumi hippo Hattie

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Materials

  • Yarn: You need approximately 50 grams of DK yarn in grey and a small amount in pink and white. I use DK yarn but worsted weight/aran yarn will work just as well.
  • Crochet hook: For amigurumi, you typically go down one or two hook sizes from that recommended on your yarn label.
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker: You can use a locking stitch marker but even a scrap of yarn will do! This pattern is worked in the round, so place a stitch marker at the first stitch of each round so that you can keep track of where each row begins.
  • Polyfill stuffing
  • Safety eyes: I use 12 mm safety eyes or you can crochet eyes for children under 3
  • Embroidery thread: A small amount of black for eyelashes.

Abbreviations

Sl st: Slip stitch

SC: single crochet

INV DEC: invisible decrease

INC: two SC in the same stitch

DC: double crochet

DC INC: two DC in the same stitch

TR: triple crochet

BLO: back loops only

Muzzle

Use grey yarn

Round 1: Chain 6. Starting from the second chain from the hook, 4 SC, 3 SC in the next chain as your work turns. Now continue on the other side of the chain. 3 SC and INC in the last chain (12)

Round 2: INC, 3 SC, INC, INC, INC, 3 SC, INC, INC (18)

Round 3: INC, 5 SC, INC, 2 SC, INC, 5 SC, INC, 2 SC (22)

Round 4: INC, 7 SC, INC, 2 SC, INC, 7 SC, INC, 2 SC (26)

Round 5: INC, 8 SC, (INC, SC) twice, INC, 8 SC, (INC, SC) twice (32)

Round 6: INC, 10 SC, INC, 2 SC, INC, SC, INC, 10 SC, INC, 2 SC, INC, SC (38)

Round 7: INC, 12 SC, (INC, 2 SC) twice, INC, 12 SC, (INC, 2 SC) twice (44)

Round 8: SC in each stitch around (44)

Round 9: (20 SC, DEC) twice (42)

Round 10: (5 SC, DEC) six times (36)

Round 11: (4 SC, DEC) six times (30)

Round 12: (3 SC, DEC) six times (24)

Round 13: (2 SC, DEC) six times (18)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Legs (make 2)

Stuff legs lightly as you go.

Use grey yarn.

Round 1: SC 6 into a magic circle (6)

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: (SC, INC) six times (18)

Round 4: (2 SC, INC) six times (24)

Round 5: SC around BLO (24)

6-12 (7 rounds): SC around (24)

Fasten off for the first leg.

Repeat rounds 1-12 for the second leg but don’t fasten off.

Body

Round 13: Sl st into the first unworked stitch of the first leg. SC in the remaining 23 stitches of the first leg and the 24 stitches of the second leg. (48)

Round 14-16 (3 rounds): SC  around (48) Change to white.

Round 17: SC in each stitch around (48)

Round 18: SC in each stitch around in BLO (48) Change to pink.

Round 19-29: (11 rounds): SC in each stitch around (48) Change to grey.

Round 30: SC in each stitch around in BLO (48)

Rounds 31-41 (11 rounds): SC in each stitch around (48)

Crochet hippo body

At this point, stuff the muzzle and sew it right above the colour change from pink to grey, centred to the front of your hippo. Now that you have your muzzle in place, insert your safety eyes (but don’t insert the washer) between Rounds 38 and 39 so that they are evenly spaced on either side of the muzzle, approximately 13 stitches apart. Once you have finalized their placement, remove the safety eyes and embroider on lashes. Put the safety eyes back in and insert the washers. Embroider the mouth on at approximately Round 3 of the muzzle. Stuff the body.

Round 42: (SC 6, INVDEC) six times (42)

Round 43: (SC 5, INVDEC) six times (36)

Round 44: (SC 4, INVDEC) six times (30)

Round 45: (SC 3, INVDEC) six times (24)

Round 46: (SC 2, INVDEC) six times (18)

Round 47: (SC, INVDEC) six times (12)

Round 48: INVDEC six times (6)

Fasten off. Insert needle in front loop of each stitch and pull tight to close.

Nostrils (make 2)

Using grey yarn

SC 5 into a magic circle and sl st to the first SC. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Sew onto both sides of the muzzle, at approximately the top of Round 4.

Ear (make 2)

Using grey yarn

Round 1: SC 6 into a magic circle (6)

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: (SC, INC) six times (18)

Round 4: (2 SC, INC) six times (24)

Round 5: SC in each stitch around (24)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Fold each ear and sew the edges together. Sew onto the hippo’s head, at approximately the third round from the top.

Arms (make 2)

Using grey yarn
Round 1: SC 6 into a magic circle (6)

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: (5 SC, INC) twice (14)

Round 4-5: SC around (14)

Round 6: (5 SC, INVDEC) twice (12) Stuff the bottom of the arms lightly.

Round 7: (4 SC, INVDEC) twice (10)

Round 8-16 (9 rounds): SC around (10)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Sew the arms onto the body at Round 30, where the shirt ends and the body begins.

Skirt

Using white yarn.

Attach yarn centred at the back of the hippo in the front loops from Round 18. Chain 2 and (DC INC, DC) twenty-four times around (72). Sl st to the first stitch and fasten off. Weave in the ends.

Bow

Using white yarn

In a magic circle, (Chain 3, TR, chain 3, sl st) twice. Fasten off and leave a long tail. Wrap tail around the middle of the two sections of your bow and sew the bow onto one ear of your hippo.

Crochet hippo Hattie

Your crochet hippo is now complete! We hope you enjoyed this crochet hipppo free pattern! We would love to see your finished hippos, so share them them in our Facebook group Amigurumi with Chai Coffee Crochet or tag us on Instagram @chaicoffeecrochet

If you enjoyed this pattern, why not try some of the other animals in our Juna series?