Chunky, Funmigurumi Hippo

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I have noticed that my hippos are very popular and for some time, I have wanted to make more, different hippos, but I had not had the time to do it, but finally, I have been able to make another hippo and want to share him with all of you!

Materials-
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Kelly Green (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Bright Yellow (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Carrot (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Delft Blue (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Pumpkin (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Black (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Pretty ‘N Pink (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Spring Green (scraps)
Crochet hook size H
Crochet hook size F (For eyes and nostrils, and part of ears only)
Measuring tape
Blunt needle
Fiberfill

Size- Approx. 9 ½’ x 7 ½”

Body
Side #1 (Make 2)-

With Kelly Green and H hook, ch 16.
Row 1- 1 sc in third ch from hook and in each ch across. (15 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 2- 1 sc in each sc across. (15 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Rows 3 to 14- 1 sc in each sc across. (15 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 15- 1 sc in each sc across. (15 sc) Fasten off Kelly Green, leaving long tail to sew with.
Row 16- Join Bright Yellow. Work 1 sc in each sc across. (15 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Rows 17 to 30- 1 sc in each sc across. (15 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 31- 1 sc in each sc across. (15 sc) Fasten off Bright Yellow, leaving long tail to sew with.

Side #2 (Make 2)-
With Carrot, and H hook, ch 16.
Row 1- Row 1- 1 sc in third ch from hook and in each ch across. (15 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 2- 1 sc in each sc across. (15 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Rows 3 to 14- 1 sc in each sc across. (15 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 15- 1 sc in each sc across. (15 sc) Fasten Carrot, leaving long tail to sew with.
Row 16- Join Delft Blue. Work 1 sc in each sc across. (15 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Rows 17 to 30- 1 sc in each sc across. (15 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 31- 1 sc in each sc across. (15 sc) Fasten off Delft Blue, leaving long tail to sew with.

Sew one side of each together, to form Front of Body. Repeat for Back, matching the square colors. Sew sides together. Sew bottom closed. Fasten off, weave in tails. Do not close top.

Legs- Leg #1-
With Kelly Green, ch 2.
Rnd 1- 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6 sc)
Rnd 2- 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)
Rnd 3- 1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around. (18 sc)
Rnd 4- 1 sc in each of first 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around. (24 sc)
Rnds 5 to 12- 1 sc in each sc around. (24 sc)
Rnd 13- 1 sc in each sc around. Fasten off Kelly Green, leaving a long tail to sew with.

Leg #2-
With Carrot, ch 2.
Rnd 1- 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6 sc)
Rnd 2- 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)
Rnd 3- 1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around. (18 sc)
Rnd 4- 1 sc in each of first 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around. (24 sc)
Rnds 5 to 12- 1 sc in each sc around. (24 sc)
Rnd 13- 1 sc in each sc around. Fasten off Carrot, leaving a long tail to sew with.

Leg #3- (or Arm #1)-
With Bright Yellow, ch 2.
Rnd 1- 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6 sc)
Rnd 2- 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)
Rnd 3- 1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around. (18 sc)
Rnd 4- 1 sc in each of first 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around. (24 sc)
Rnds 5 to 12- 1 sc in each sc around. (24 sc)
Rnd 13- 1 sc in each sc around. Fasten off Bright Yellow, leaving a long tail to sew with.

Leg #4 (or Arm #2)-
With Delft Blue, ch 2.
Rnd 1- 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6 sc)
Rnd 2- 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)
Rnd 3- 1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around. (18 sc)
Rnd 4- 1 sc in each of first 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around. (24 sc)
Rnds 5 to 12- 1 sc in each sc around. (24 sc)
Rnd 13- 1 sc in each sc around. Fasten off Delft Blue, leaving a long tail to sew with.

Stuff legs # 1 and # 2, and sew to bottom of Body, as seen in photos.
Stuff Legs #3 and #4 and sew to sides of Body, as seen in photos.

Muzzle- With hook H and Pumpkin, ch 11.
Rnd 1- 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook and all across till your reach the last ch, make 3 sc in that chain. Do not turn, work 1 sc in each loop at the other side of the chain, till last ch, make 3 sc in last loop, sl st to end rnd.
Rnd 2- Ch 1, 1 sc in same spot, 1 sc in each of next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, sl st to end rnd.
Rnd 3- Ch 1, 1 sc in each of next 10 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 10 sc, 2 sc in last sc, sl st to end rnd.
Rnd 4-Ch 1, 1 sc in each of next 10 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 10 sc, 2 sc in last sc. Sl st to join rnd.
Rnd 5- Ch 1, 1 sc in same spot, 1 sc in each of next 11 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 11 sc, 2 sc in last sc, sl st to stitch made after ch 1, to join rnd.
Rnd 6- Ch 1, 1 sc in same spot, 1 sc in each of next 11 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 12 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in last sc, sl st to join to first sc of rnd (skipping beginning ch 1).
Rnd 7- ch 1, 1 sc in each sc around, 1 sc in front of ch 1, sl st to first sc of rnd, ignoring ch1.
Rnd 8- Rep rnd 7. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.

Nostrils (Make 2)-
With F hook and Pretty ‘N Pink, ch 2.
Rnd 1- Work 6 sc in second ch from hook, sl st to join rnd. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Thread blunt needle with tails left at the end of the nostril circles and sew them in place as seen in photos. Fasten off, weave in tail. With Black, thread blunt needle and sew two long horizontal stitches in each nostril or make an “X” (I decided to go for the “X”), to make them look like buttons. Fasten off, weave in tail. Thread blunt needle with Black and embroider Mouth as seen in photos. Fasten off, weave in tail.
Stuff Muzzle. Measure front and center Muzzle between the 4 color patches. Pin in place and sew. Fasten off and weave in tail.

Eyes (Make 2)-
With F and Black, ch 2.
Rnd 1- Work 6 sc in second ch from hook, sl st to join rnd. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.

Optional- With Black, embroider eyebrows. Fasten off, weave in tail.

Bangs-
With H hook and muzzle color, ch 18, 1 sc in 7th ch from hk, 1 sc in next sc, ch 6, 1 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc, ch 6, 1 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc, across. Last two loops, do not make 1 sc in between. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with. Center Bangs on top of Front of Chunky’s “face”, thread blunt needle with tail and sew to first loop of Front, using back loop of Bangs. Fasten off, weave in tail.

Tail-
Measure and cut 10 pieces of Spring Green yarn, each 20 inches long. Twist the ends together and wrap the twisted yarn around your index finger, fold the yarn into itself and pull to make a knot. Divide the yarn into 3 sections and make a 3-strand braid. When you reach 8 inches, make another knot as before, leaving a bit of yarn to sew with. Trim the end into a little tassel. Thread the leftover yarn on the opposite end of the tail into a blunt needle and sew the tail in place. You can pull yarn you don’t need into the toy and weave in extra ends. Try to secure well, because kids like to pull on tails!

Ears- Ear #1 (Make 2)-
With Pumpkin and hook size H, ch 3.
Row 1- Make 3 dc in third ch from hook. Ch 1, turn. (4 dc)
Row 2- (Change to hook size F) work 2 sc in each dc across. (8 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 3- 1 sc in each sc across. (8 sc) Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with in one of the two pieces. Thread blunt needle and sew both pieces together, leaving bottom open to stick to head.

Ear #2 (Make 2)-
With Spring Green and hook size H, ch 3.
Row 1- Make 3 dc in third ch from hook. Ch 1, turn. (4 dc)
Row 2- (Change to hook size F) work 2 sc in each dc across. (8 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 3- 1 sc in each sc across. (8 sc) Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with in one of the two pieces. Thread blunt needle and sew both pieces together, leaving bottom open to stick to head.

Stuff Chunky’s body well. Sew top. Fasten off, weave in tail. Insert open portion of each ear in place and sew as seen in photos. Fasten off, weave in tail.

Done!

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