H is for Hippopotamus by Emily Ivey

H is for Hippopotamus

September 2012
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
5 stitches and 6 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
220 yards (201 m)
big fat hippo size
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Hippos (the real ones) kill more than 2,000 people a year. Their roly-poly exterior is how they lure their victims. The knit version is a much safer alternative if you need a cuddle.

Most of the bulky yarns will yield a 15” hippo. You’ll need to be able to be able to work in the round on double pointed needles (Magic Loop is fine if you know what you’re doing), and enough knitting knowledge to increase, decrease, graft (kitchener). The most complicated thing about this pattern is the nose bobbles and there are only two of those. There is a single short row on the ears. It’s not enough to worry about, I mention it only in the interest of full disclosure. Seriously, I’m thinking of going back to delete the last couple sentences. My techniques page has links to tutorials or written explanations for all methods used in my patterns and pattern support is always cheerful.

If you are just beginning to work in the round, this might be an interesting place to start. Intermediate and above knitters won’t bat an eyelash.

This pattern honors my amazing friend, Judi Hames. She doesn’t knit, but I love her anyway. And she loves hippos.