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Hippo and Elephant

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  • The pattern has row numbers for each step so you don’t lose your place
  • instructions for making the hippo and elephant and photos
  • a list of abbreviations and explanation of some techniques
  • a materials list and recommended yarns.
  • The pattern is 5 pages and written in English.



Hippo and elephant are best friends and love to lounge around; both toys can be knitted from a 100g skein of DK weight yarn.

TECHNIQUES: All pieces are knitted flat on straight knitting needles, apart from the tails which are i-cord pieces knitted on two DPNs. You will need to cast on and off, knit, purl, work increases and decreases, and sew seams.

FINISHED SIZE: The hippo is approximately 22cm long, and the elephant is approximately 28cm long (with the trunk outstretched).

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Materials you need at home:

  • A pair of straight 3.5mm knitting needles (US 4)
  • DK yarn (double knitting or light worsted weight); both toys can be knitted from a 100g skein
  • Toy filling
  • Domed buttons for eyes (or you can use beads or toy safety eyes)