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Free Crochet Pattern for an Amigurumi Hippo

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One of the free amigurumi crochet patterns we will share today is the amigurumi hippo. You can learn how to crochet these hippo using the free amigurumi pattern.

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Materials

• 3.5mm (E) hook
• 15mm safety eyes (buy here)
• Yarn needle
• Fiber fill
• Yarn (acrylic, weight 4)
Medium Teal (I used RHSS – Jade)
Light Teal (I used RHSS – Aruba Sea)
Dark Teal (I used RHSS – Dark Jade)
Light Pink (I used RHSS – Baby Pink)
White (I used RHSS – White)

Abbreviations

ch: chain
sc: single crochet
inc: 2sc increase
BLO: back loop only
dec: invisible decrease
Attaching with thread vs. yarn tail

AMIGURUMI HIPPO FREE PATTERN

For a cleaner look, I opted to cut a short tail, weave it in, and attach a few of the pieces with matching thread. I did this with the inner ears, snout, and belly. However, it’s totally up to you and will look cute either way!
Optional: Skip arm & leg pads

Instead of attaching separate arm and leg pads, you can simply start with light teal yarn for rounds 1 – 3 on the arms, and rounds 1 – 4 on the legs, then switch to medium teal yarn for the remaining rounds. I prefer the look of the separate pads, but skipping them is definitely easier.
How to indent the eyes
How to Indent Amigurumi Eyes

Step 1 – Cut a strand of yarn approximately 18” long. Tie a large, secure knot in one end and thread the other end through your yarn needle.
Step 2 – Insert your needle through the back opening of the head and sew between the two spots where you’ll be placing your safety eyes.
Step 3 – Pull your strand of yarn taut, which will create indents.
Step 4 – Fasten off with a knot and hide your yarn tail inside the head.

Head

With medium teal yarn:
01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
02. inc in each st around [12]
03. *sc, inc* [18]
04. sc, inc, *sc 2, inc* 5 times, sc [24]
05. *sc 3, inc* [30]
06. sc 2, inc, *sc 4, inc* 5 times, sc 2 [36]

07. *sc 5, inc* [42]
08. sc 3, inc, *sc 6, inc* 5 times, sc 3 [48]
09. *sc 7, inc* [54]
10. sc 4, inc, *sc 8, inc* 5 times, sc 4 [60]
11 – 20. sc in each st around [60]
21. sc 4, dec, *sc 8, dec* 5 times, sc 4 [54]

22. *sc 7, dec* [48]
23. sc 3, dec, *sc 6, dec* 5 times, sc 3 [42]
24. *sc 5, dec* [36]
25. sc 2, dec, *sc 4, dec* 5 times, sc 2 [30]
Stuff head ¾ full. Decide on placement of eyes, sew between the two spots to sculpt the head. Insert eyes and secure backings.
26. *sc 3, dec* [24]
Finish stuffing, fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Ears (make 2)

With medium teal yarn:
01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
02. *sc, inc* [9]
03. sc, inc, *sc 2, inc* 2 times, sc [12]
04. *sc 3, inc* [15]
05. sc 2, inc, *sc 4, inc* 2 times, sc 2 [18]

06. *sc 5, inc* [21]
07. sc in each st around [21]
08. *sc 5, dec* [18]
09. sc 2, dec, *sc 4, dec* 2 times, sc 2 [15]
10. *sc 3, dec* [12]
11 – 12. sc in each st around [12]
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Fold the top opening in half and slip stitch closed.

Inner Ears (make 2)

With light pink yarn:
01. Chain 7 start: ch7, inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc 4, 5sc in the last ch. Continue on the other side of the chain base, sc 4, 3sc in the last ch [18]
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Snout

With light teal yarn:
01. Chain 5 start: ch5, inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc 2, 5sc in the last ch. Continue on the other side of the chain base, sc 2, 3sc in the last ch [14]
02. inc, sc 4, *inc* 3 times, sc 4, *inc* 2 times [20]
03. inc, sc 6, *inc* 2 times, sc, inc, sc 6, *inc* 2 times, sc [26]
04. inc, sc 8, *inc, sc* 2 times, inc, sc 8, *inc, sc* 2 times [32]

05. inc, sc 10, inc, sc 2, inc, sc, inc, sc 10, inc, sc 2, inc, sc [38]
06. inc, sc 12, *inc, sc 2* 2 times, inc, sc 12, *inc, sc 2* 2 times [44]
07. inc, sc 14, inc, sc 3, inc, sc 2, inc, sc 14, inc, sc 3, inc, sc 2 [50]
08. inc, sc 16, inc, sc 3, inc, sc 3, inc, sc 16, inc, sc 3, inc, sc 3 [56]
09. *sc 26, dec* [54]
10. sc in each st around [54]
11. *sc 7, dec* [48]

12. sc 3, dec, *sc 6, dec* 5 times, sc 3 [42]
13. sc in each st around [42]
14. *sc 5, dec* [36]
15. sc in each st around [36]
16. sc 2, dec, *sc 4, dec* 5 times, sc 2 [30]
17. sc in each st around [30]
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff firmly with fiber fill.

Teeth (make 2)

With white yarn:
01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
02. inc in each st around [12]
03. BLO: sc in each st around [12]
04. sc in each st around [12]
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff firmly with fiber fill.

Body

With medium teal yarn:
01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
02. inc in each st around [12]
03. *sc, inc* [18]
04. sc, inc, *sc 2, inc* 5 times, sc [24]
05. *sc 3, inc* [30]
06. sc 2, inc, *sc 4, inc* 5 times, sc 2 [36]
07. *sc 5, inc* [42]

08. sc 3, inc, *sc 6, inc* 5 times, sc 3 [48]
09. *sc 7, inc* [54]
10. sc 4, inc, *sc 8, inc* 5 times, sc 4 [60]
11 – 17. sc in each st around [60]
18. sc 4, dec, *sc 8, dec* 5 times, sc 4 [54]
19. sc in each st around [54]
20. *sc 7, dec* [48]
21. sc in each st around [48]

22. sc 3, dec, *sc 6, dec* 5 times, sc 3 [42]
23 – 24. sc in each st around [42]
25. *sc 5, dec* [36]
26 – 27. sc in each st around [36]
28. sc 2, dec, *sc 4, dec* 5 times, sc 2 [30]
29 – 30. sc in each st around [30]
31. *sc 3, dec* [24]
Fasten off. Stuff firmly with fiber fill.

Belly

With light teal yarn:
01. Chain 5 start: ch5, inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc 2, 5sc in the last ch. Continue on the other side of the chain base, sc 2, 3sc in the last ch [14]
02. inc, sc 4, *inc* 3 times, sc 4, *inc* 2 times [20]
03. inc, sc 6, *inc* 2 times, sc, inc, sc 6, *inc* 2 times, sc [26]
04. inc, sc 8, *inc, sc* 2 times, inc, sc 8, *inc, sc* 2 times [32]
05. inc, sc 10, inc, sc 2, inc, sc, inc, sc 10, inc, sc 2, inc, sc [38]
06. inc, sc 12, *inc, sc 2* 2 times, inc, sc 12, *inc, sc 2* 2 times [44]
07. inc, sc 14, inc, sc 3, inc, sc 2, inc, sc 14, inc, sc 3, inc, sc 2 [50]
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Arms (make 2)

With medium teal yarn:
01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
02. inc in each st around [12]
03. *sc, inc* [18]
04. sc, inc, *sc 2, inc* 5 times, sc [24]
05. BLO: sc in each st around [24]
06 – 08. sc in each st around [24]
09. sc 11, dec, sc 11 [23]

10. sc in each st around [23]
11. sc 21, dec [22]
12. sc in each st around [22]
13. sc 10, dec, sc 10 [21]
14. sc in each st around [21]
15. sc 19, dec [20]
16. sc in each st around [20]
17. sc 9, dec, sc 9 [19]
18. sc in each st around [19]
19. sc 17, dec [18]

20. sc in each st around [18]
21. sc 8, dec, sc 8 [17]
22. sc in each st around [17]
23. sc 15, dec [16]
24 – 25. sc in each st around [16]
26. *sc 2, dec* [12]
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff firmly with fiber fill. Fold the top opening in half and slip stitch closed.

Arm pads (make 2)

With light teal yarn:
01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
02. inc in each st around [12]
03. *sc, inc* [18]
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Legs (make 2)

With medium teal yarn:
01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
02. inc in each st around [12]
03. *sc, inc* [18]
04. sc, inc, *sc 2, inc* 5 times, sc [24]
05. *sc 3, inc* [30]
06. BLO: sc in each st around [30]

07 – 09. sc in each st around [30]
10. sc 14, dec, sc 14 [29]
11. sc 27, dec [28]
12. sc 13, dec, sc 13 [27]
13. sc 25, dec [26]
14. sc 12, dec, sc 12 [25]
15. sc 23, dec [24]
16. sc 11, dec, sc 11 [23]

17. sc 21, dec [22]
18. sc 10, dec, sc 10 [21]
19. sc 19, dec [20]
20. sc 9, dec, sc 9 [19]
21. sc 17, dec [18]
22. *sc 7, dec* [16]
23. *sc 2, dec* [12]
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff firmly with fiber fill. Fold the top opening in half and slip stitch closed.

Leg Pads (make 2)

With light teal yarn:
01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
02. inc in each st around [12]
03. *sc, inc* [18]
04. *sc 2, inc* [24]
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Tail

Cut 12 strands of dark teal yarn, approx. 6” long
With medium teal yarn:
01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
02 – 08. sc in each st around [6]
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Fold the top opening in half and slip stitch closed. Root in strands of dark teal yarn to flat end, secure and trim as desired.

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