Happy Hippos

I know that this blog is supposed to be primarily about pearls and restringing, but since I am on maternity leave and taking a little break from that, I have little else to talk about other than my new crochet obsession! I even have a ravelry account! 

One of the first things I knew I wanted to make was one of Heidi Bears African flower animals. It took me a long time to choose one but the hippo just looked adorable so the pattern was purchased. As a beginner I was a little daunted as I had never made anything like this before but the instructions were so clear and included lots of photos to help that I didn’t have a problem at all and even managed the “join as you go” tequnique of joining the motifs which I was dreading! 

This is my first Hippo, made for a friends little girl. I used rico baby cotton soft DK and a 1.9mm hook and the finished Hippo was a massive 44cm long. (Excuse the photo, I should have taken some better ones before I gave it away) 

Once this was complete, I knew I wanted to make another one and decided to use a variegated yarn throughout rather than change colour within the motifs. The Louisa Harding Amitola yarn caught my eye in the colour fairy and my new Hippo was born! 

For this one I used a 1.5mm hook and she ended up 32cm long. The motifs were made and joined as I went so the colours were totally random as the yarn changed colour. The only exception was the eye motifs and the ears which I made to match each other. I love this one so much that I have kept it for the nursery. 

The pattern can be found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/happypotamus-the-happy-hippo

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