Yes it’s another hippo 4

You would honestly think that I would be able to dream up some new creature to make but no…I’m just retreading old territory.

Truth is, I’ve never been particularly happy with the original hippo pattern that I made and have been picking at it ever since…that’s about 5 years worth of picking..

So, I’ve pretty much completely rewritten it.  Bigger nose and bigger bum to balance it out better.  More photos in the pattern to help clarify some of my overcomplicating tendencies.  I’ve been dabbling with various techniques as well that may be new to some folk and to that end I would say that it’s not really a beginners pattern.  I’m going to stick it on ravelry to start with and hopefully your feedback will help me to correct it if necessary.

~As it is similar in idea to my previous pattern (if not in the execution!) I’m going to try to set up an offer on ravelry so it will be $2 to anyone who has purchased the previous pattern or a whopping $4 to everyone else.  I think this means that you get both patterns for $7…..I’ve yet to work out the set up.

Old Pattern:

Hippo crochet pattern

New Pattern:


Doesn’t look that different I know but it is.  Honest Guv.

The big one was made with a chunky yarn and 4mm hook and is probably my favourite and is not really a pocket hippo…  I really want to make an even bigger one now using rope or something weird – would make an excellent foot stool!!


You’ll need about 50m of yarn, less than a ball usually.

Here’s a video if you find you are struggling with my dodgy written instructions for the leg…



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4 thoughts on “Yes it’s another hippo

  • Karen C from Tri-Cities, Washington

    I just wanted to let you know that I recently made your pocket hippo and I love it! It was a toughie for me as I have just started my adventures in crocheting! Wish I could post a pic for you and your readers ( I did post one on Ravelry.) I had to do a lot of frogging and recounting, but in the end the stretching of my abilities was successful! Thank you!

    • SarahL Post author

      Well I admire your perserverance and the end result looks great!! Now is probably not the best time to tell you that I have also posted a video to help with piecing the legs together…. Maybe it will help for your next one although you appear to have it all sorted now!!
      All the best