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I left full-time medical practice when my first daughter was born, and wanted to make some cute outfits for her. That led to learning a host of new skills in various crafts, including sewing, ...

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Knitapotamus The Knitted Hippo Pattern

from Heidi Bears Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Knitapotamus The Knitted Hippo Pattern
Knitapotamus The Knitted Hippo Pattern Knitapotamus

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit, Purl, SSK, K2tog, Magic Loop knitting, Crochet Cast On

Pattern Description:

Knitapotamus is the first of my knitted animals, based on my crocheted animal patterns. He is put together using various polygonal shapes in a specific order to make a recognizable 3D hippopotamus :) Over time, I will create knitted critters from all of my crocheted animals, so knitters can look forward to making their own 3D animals.
Knitapotamus is constructed virtually seamlessly, with only the last motif needing to be sewn to the body instead of being joined seamlessly. Each motif is knitted on a circular needle, using the Magic Loop technique.

Although the basic techniques used in this pattern are in and of themselves not difficult, I would grade this pattern overall as intermediate to advanced. This does not mean that newish knitters will not be able to make Knitapotamus...it just means they'll have to practice some of the techniques a bit and take it slowly :) I have tried to give as much detail as possible on the required techniques, so that newbies can learn too...

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 24cm by 11cm


  • 100g of sock weight yarn
  • 2.0mm circular knitting needles
  • 2.0mm crochet hook
  • scissors
  • tapestry needle
  • basic sewing supplies
  • doll making needle or long tapestry needle
  • 12mm wire looped glass eyes
  • polyester stuffing