Every year for Christmas, my niece gets a hippo. Earlier this year, one of my favorite crochet artists (Stacey Trock of Fresh Stitches) shared an interview with Heidi Bears. As soon as I saw that she had a pattern for Happypotamus the Happy Hippo I sent it to my sister and asked if I could provide my niece’s hippo this year. I’m so glad she said yes, because this one of my all time favorite things I’ve crocheted.
How cute is she??
Here she is head on.
I can’t tell you how much I wanted to take a picture of her behind straight on with the octagon on her butt. My husband didn’t think that was appropriate. LOL
I mean look at the cute little ears!
To give you some perspective of how big she is, here are my 9 lb cats checking her out.
I LOVED this pattern. It was so easy to follow, which I was worried about. I have to admit that I “cheated” and didn’t use the join-as-you-go method that she suggested (where you crochet the outside white round at the same time that you’re assembling it together). I think that would have put me over the top in terms of the level of complexity that I could handle.
As much as I loved making this…I’m not the fastest crocheter so there were a LOT of hours put into the 44 flower motifs and assembly. I estimate 50+ hours total. Labor of love for sure.
Not only did my niece love it (making it ALL worth it) – my parents continue to comment on how adorable it is and it has inspired my mom to want to pick crochet back up. Seeing as how she originally taught me how to crochet many many (*sigh* many) years ago, that’s the best compliment I could have received.