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FREE PATTERN: Small Rhino

My little hippo has a rhino cousin - just as tiny and cute with his stumpy legs and huge nose.

Free amigurumi rhino pattern

It's not a difficult pattern to crochet, but the small details like the legs and especially ears can be a bit fiddly to make.

 

Size

About 11,5 cm (4 1/2") long and 5,5 cm (2 1/5”) tall, when crocheted with with DK weight cotton and a 2,50 mm hook.


Skills required


You will need

  • Yarn. I used Novita Tennessee, a DK weight 100% cotton yarn [105m/50g (115yds/50g) / 8 ply / 11 wpi / 3: light]. You will need about 20g of light gray and 5g of dark gray yarn.
  • 2,25 - 2,75 mm crochet hook (US size 1/B - 2/C) or according to the yarn.
  • Polyester fiberfill, wool, wadding etc. for stuffing.
  • 6 mm (1/4") safety eyes or buttons, beads, felt etc.
  • Yarn needle, scissors, stitch marker.

 

Abbreviations

  • mr, sc n = magic ring – crochet n single crochet stitches into the adjustable loop.
  • ch = chain stitch.
  • sl st = slip stitch.
  • sc = single crochet stitch (double crochet stitch in UK and Australia). 
  • sc n = crochet n single crochet stitches, one in each stitch. 
  • inc = increase – crochet two single crochet stitches in the same stitch.
  • dec = decrease – crochet two stitches together using the invisible decrease method
  • (sc 4, inc) x n = repeat the pattern between parentheses n times. 
  • [36] = number of stitches in a round after finishing round.


Notes

  • Work in a continuous spiral, do not join rounds or turn your work, unless instructed otherwise in the pattern.
  • Use a stitch marker or a piece of yarn to mark the end or the beginning of a round. Move the marker up after completing each round.
  • All stitches are worked into both loops, unless instructed otherwise in the pattern.

 

Head

With light gray yarn:

Round 1: mr, sc 6 = [6]
Round 2: inc x 6 = [12]
Round 3: (sc, inc) x 6 = [18]
Round 4: (sc 3, inc) x 4, sc 2 = [22]
Rounds 5-9: sc in each stitch = [22]
Round 10: (sc 3, dec) x 4, sc 2 = [18]
Round 11: (sc 5, dec) x 2, sc 4 = [16]
Rounds 12-14: sc in each stitch = [16]

Stuff the nose firmly. Place safety toy eyes to the opposite side from the round end, between rows 12 and 13, leaving 5 stitches (count 4 holes) between them.

Round 15: (sc 2, dec) x 4 = [12]
Round 16: dec x 6 = [6]

Finish stuffing the head. Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail, and fasten off. Pick up all the remaining stitches and close the opening.

Ears

With light gray yarn:

Round 1: mr, sc 5 = [5]
Round 2: sc in each stitch = [5]
Round 3: sc, dec, leave the rest of the stitches unworked = [4]

Sl st in next stitch. Cut the yarn, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing, and fasten off. Do not stuff the ears.

Flatten the ears and sew them to the head over round 15.

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Body

Round 1: mr, sc 6 = [6]
Round 2: inc x 6 = [12]
Round 3: (sc, inc) x 6 = [18]
Round 4: (sc 3, inc) x 4, sc 2 = [22]
Rounds 5-12: sc in each stitch = [22]
Round 13: (sc 3, dec) x 4, sc 2 = [18]

Start stuffing the body.

Round 14: (sc, dec) x 6 = [12]
Round 15: dec x 6 = [6]

Finish stuffing the body. Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail, and fasten off. Pick up all the remaining stitches and close the opening.

Sew the head to the body, making tiny stitches below the head.

Legs (make 4)

With dark gray yarn:

Round 1: mr, sc 6 = [6]
Round 2: (sc, inc) x 3 = [9]

With light gray:

Rounds 3-4: sc in each stitch = [9]

Cut the yarn, leaving a yarn tail for sewing, and fasten off. Stuff the legs firmly.

Sew the legs to the body.

 

Tail

Start with a slip knot about 10 cm (4”) from the yarn end. Chain 5, cut the yarn, leaving a 5 cm (2”) tail, and fasten off. Cut another 10 cm (4”) strand of yarn and draw it through the last chain. Make a knot in the yarn tails and push it close to the tail. Cut off the extra yarn.

Sew the tail to the body.

Large Horn

With dark gray yarn:

Round 1: mr, sc 4 = [4]
Round 2: sc in each stitch = [4]
Round 3: sc, inc x 2, sc = [6]
Round 4: sc 2, inc x 2, sc 2 = [8]
Round 5: sc 2, inc, sc, inc, sc 3 = [10]
Round 6: sc in each stitch = [10]
Round 7: sc 5, inc, sc 4 = [11]
Round 8: sc 2, leave the rest of the stitches unworked = [11]

Cut the yarn, leaving a yarn tail for sewing, and fasten off. Stuff the horn firmly.

 

Small Horn

With dark gray yarn:

Round 1: mr, sc 4 = [4]
Round 2: sc in each stitch = [4]
Round 3: (sc, inc) x 2 = [6]
Round 4: (inc, sc 2) x 2 = [8]

Cut the yarn, leaving a yarn tail for sewing, and fasten off. Stuff the horn firmly.

Sew the larger horn to the head just above round 4 and the smaller horn one row above that.

And done!



If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me or leave a comment below, I am always happy to help.

I would love to see how your little hippos turn out, so do post a photo to my Facebook page or tag me in your social media posts, I'm @kristitullus on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

Copyright 2012 TÜ Spire. All rights reserved.

Please do not post this pattern to your website or blog, instead post a link to https://kristitullus.com/blogs/blog/free-pattern-small-rhino. You MAY use this pattern as a teaching aid in any free class or e-course, or as part of a free crochet pattern, provided you credit me as the designer (Kristi Tullus, http://kristitullus.com).

Feel free to sell items made with this pattern.

 

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