A squishy purple hippo and a matching purple hippo card for the purple hippo-loving Alicia Wishart’s birthday last week!
More accurately, I first came across the purple hippo birthday card while looking for a birthday card for Waffles. Then I remembered the hippo pattern in my favorite pattern book, and I knew I had to make a squishy hippo to match the card!
I think this is a record for how many photos I’ve taken of a single project…so far…wait until you see how many photos I took of Superman!
The lazy part of me loved this pattern: Simple and all one color = quick and easy!
Like all the other patterns in Easy Crochet Critters, this pattern had shaping built in: The head and body are one big piece. Add some cleverly placed increases and decreases to the body, and ta da! A big hippo head appears!
All I had to sew on were ears, legs, and a tail!
Did you know that real-life hippos have tails that look like frayed pieces of yarn?
I certainly didn’t know until I Googled “hippo tail” for image references on how long hippo tails are!
Another fun fact I learned when I Googled “hippo tail”: Hippos spin their tails around while defecating to spread their poop around and mark their territories.
I made one mistake with this hippo: I completely forgot to give her nostrils!!
I was supposed to sew two little black lines on her snout at the end. But by the time I realized I had forgotten, it was too late. Oops!
No crafty project would be complete without a tortle inspection! Kirby not only helped me start on this hippo (click for the photos!), but also he inspected the hippo for squishy-ness when I finished!
Turns out the purple hippo is the perfect size for Kirby to sit on!
The purple hippo passed Kirby’s last and most important test: nap quality!