Thandi the African Flower Rhino Crochet pattern by Heidi Bears

Thandi the African Flower Rhino Crochet pattern

September 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
1.75 mm
15cm x 28cm
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Please note: This listing is for a downloadable PDF of the pattern instructions for making Thandi …there is no hard copy of the pattern available, nor a finished item. The pattern is available *only in English** :)**

Thandi is the eighth of my patterns that makes use of the African Flower hexagon crochet motif and variations thereof, joined in a specific order to make a recognizable 3D item. I love this African Flower pattern and the creative possibilities of using it to make 3D items She’s also an excellent stash buster project, as you only need to use very small amounts of leftover sock yarn to make a motif.

I have permission from the designers of this African Flower Crochet Hexagon to design patterns using the African Flower Hexagon motif, and to sell these patterns.
You are welcome to sell any finished Rhinos , made by yourself. Please respect the pattern itself, including instructions, words, photographs, diagrams and the actual construction of the rhino, and do not share, copy, post or distribute in any way, electronic or other that will infringe my right as the author and creator of this pattern. Please do not use the idea and actual rhino pattern to modify and/or alter in any way to create or design and sell derivative patterns, including the use of a different hexagonal / polygonal motif to make a rhino like Thandi. Thank you for respecting the hard work that has gone into designing this pattern. I hope you will love making your own endangered rhino.
You have permission to make and sell finished rhinos, but with the proviso that you yourself have made the rhino and that a credit link is added to any finished items, linking to my Ravelry pattern shop:
Your finished item tag should state that this African Flower rhino is made from a Heidi Bears Design pattern. NO mass production is allowed.

So, let’s take a look at the important points and how you will start to make your own little Thandi

:: Steps to making your own endangered rhino ::

  1. First read the whole pattern through properly, so you have a good overview.

  2. Make sure you know how to crochet the African Flower hexagon crochet motif. I have included both written and charted instructions for the African Flower hexagon in this pattern. If you are a visual learner, you can see a step by step photo tutorial on my blog:

  3. Make sure you are able to crochet an African Flower Pentagon, Octagon and Heptagon, square and triangle… for clarity: the pentagon has five petals and five sides and the heptagon has seven petals and seven sides, the Octagon has eight petals and eight sides and so on…. The difference is simply the number of “petal” repeats that you crochet…pentagons, octagons and heptagons etc are therefore equally easy to crochet. I have included written and charted instructions in this pattern on how to crochet an African Flower Pentagon (as well as all the other motifs). I have also posted a fully explained pentagon tutorial, on my blog, which can be found here:

  1. Make sure you have gone through and practiced the join-as-you-go technique. This has been explained and illustrated in the PDF named Appendix : Joining Tutorials. Since the joining method is really very important to the success of the project, I strongly suggest that you practice joining on scrap yarn motifs before starting the project. If you would prefer to sew your motifs together, you won’t need to practice the join-as-you-go technique, but will need to be confident in your neat sewing ability. I have not included instructions on how to sew stuff together…there are plenty resources available on the internet…

  2. Either choose your yarn for this project or use the sock yarn that you have left over from other projects. Make all the required motifs for your rhino BUT only up to Round 4 of the African Flower motif if you are doing a join-as-you-go method, or the full motif up to Round 5 if you are sewing up the motifs.

: : Materials Requirements : :

The rhino that has been crocheted for this pattern, was made using sock weight/fingering/#1 weight yarn. Using this weight yarn will give you a rhino measuring approximately 15cm measured from the shoulder to the feet, and approximately 28cm horn to tail.


Abbreviations : sc = single crochet , dc = double crochet,
Sock weight / Fingering weight yarn/ #1 in colors of your choice… this little rhino is a great stash busting project as you can use small amounts of sock yarn for each motif, and the more colourful the prettier ! I used random colors, keeping only to the gray colored yarn for Round 5 of each motif. Although I can’t tell you how much yardage of each color I used (since there are so many), I can tell you that the total weight of yarn for the rhino was around 140g (unstuffed).
The yardage for the sock yarn I used is around 320m/100g (350yds/100g). It is a superwash merino yarn, but you can use any alternative fingering weight yarn you like…I suggest that animal fibre yarns would be preferable, as they have more stretch, making the stuffing and shaping of the rhino easier. Try to use a yarn with a similar yardage / 100g.

Crochet Hook 1.75mm
If you are planning to make your rhino in a heavier weight yarn, adjust your hook size accordingly…however, use the smallest hook size possible for the weight of yarn that you can manage. Since the rhino is stuffed, your stitch density will need to be tighter than usual to prevent the stuffing from popping out. Make a test motif in your chosen yarn and hook to see which would be the best size to use.

Polyester toy stuffing Haemostats (optional for stuffing)
Scissors Tapestry Needle used for sewing in ends Sewing Pins
Sewing needle Curved sewing needle

Eyes (plastic safety eyes or glass looped eyes). PLEASE NOTE THAT ATTACHED EYES ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR TOYS CREATED FOR CHILDREN! They can be a suffocation hazard. If you are making this toy for a child, rather embroider the eyes using embroidery thread! I would still suggest sculpting the eye sockets before embroidering the eyes…it adds a lovely realistic element  I have used 12mm wire looped glass eyes. These can easily be sourced from sellers on eBay and Etsy.

: : Skills Requirements : :

Basic Crocheting Skills: Chain stitch (ch) , Single Crochet (sc), Double Crochet (dc), Slip Stitch (sl st), joining a chain to make a ring, joining in a new color yarn, Magic Ring (MR), half double crochet (hdc)

Join-as-you-go motif joining: This pattern will require that you join the crocheted motifs each stitch to each stitch. This is necessary to prevent the stuffing popping out of the rhino. It is imperative that you are confident in your join-as-you-go ability. The method I use is explained in the Appendix pages found at the end of the pattern. These tutorials are illustrated by using actual motif chart illustrations with explanatory notes. This cuts down on printing.

However, if you are scared witless by the thought of doing a join-as-you-go joining method, all is not lost…you can simply make all your motifs in full (including Round 5), then sew them together. The order of motif placement and the number of sides needing to be joined stays exactly the same whether you join-as-you-go or sew up.

Basic sewing skills Sewing the ears to the head, sewing the horns

I really have checked over and over again for errors…please kindly let me know if you find anything :)

Happy crocheting folks!