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Felt Hippo

from Claire Fairall Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Felt Hippo
Felt Hippo
Felt Hippo
Felt Hippo
Felt Hippo
Felt Hippo

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • st st -k 1 row, p 1 row. Makes 2 rows
  • kfb- 1 stitch by knitting into front and then back of the same stitch
  • k2tog- knit the next 2 stitches together

Pattern Description:

You can easily knit your own Happy Hippo.
This cheerfully smiling hippo has moving jointed limbs and cute button eyes it is so quick to knit using large size needles and pure wool, then magically changed into thick soft felt by a ride in your washing machine!

This original hippo design is knitted in pure, hand wash wool and then transformed by a ride in a washing machine into soft strong felt.

Hippos legs are jointed so it can sit, stand or cuddle and its traditional button eyes twinkle above its huge smiling hippo mouth.

My clear and detailed pattern and 13 pages of fully illustrated instructions guide you step by step, through knitting, sewing up, felting, assembling and creating the face of your Hippo.

I guide you every step of the way so you can easily create your own felted Hippo toy.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Felted size approx 30cm /12" tall


  • Knitting needles 8mm (UK 0 /US 11)
  • Yardage 150gm / 3x 50g balls of filz/felting wool

You Will Also Need:

  • 100g toy stuffing
  • 4x 20mm buttons
  • 2 x 17mm buttons
  • Embroidery thread

Suggested yarn:

150 meters of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Rico Creative Filz