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Please note: This listing is for a digital download PDF file pattern, not for the finished item. Hard copies of the pattern are not available due to unacceptably high shipping costs. It is available only in English. This pattern has 45 pages.
I have had many, many emails regarding the sending of patterns by email to purchasers. I am happy to share that all of my patterns are available as instant downloads on Etsy. This means that if your payment has cleared), you will be able to download the pattern immediately. It is not feasible to email patterns to every person who has purchased a pattern as the files are large. If there is really a problem, and you have checked the links listed below and still haven’t managed, please email me and I will try and sort it out. Due to the huge volume of emails I receive this may take a few days…it’s not that I don’t want to help, I’m just always struggling to keep on top of the emails I receive :)
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…
So, let’s take a look at the important points and how you will start to make your own Knitapotamus.
:: Steps to making your own Knitapotamus ::
NB: First read the whole pattern through properly, so you have a good overview.
Make sure you know how to knit in the round on a Magic Loop.
Make sure you know how to cast on using the crochet cast on method.
Make sure you are able to knit each of the polygons required for making Knitapotamus… I have included both written and charted instructions for each of the motifs used in making Knitapotamus.
Make sure you have gone through and practiced the joining method. Since the joining method is really very important to the success of the project, I strongly suggest that you practice joining on scrap yarn motifs before starting the project. If you would prefer to sew your motifs together, you won’t need to practice the join-as-you-go technique, but will need to be confident in your neat sewing ability. I have not included instructions on how to sew stuff together…there are plenty resources available on the internet…
Familiarize yourself with the abbreviations used in this pattern: Abbreviations : Stitches (sts), Knit (k), Purl (p), Knit Two Together (k2tog), Slip Slip Knit (ssk)
: : Materials Requirements : :
The hippo that has been knitted for this pattern, was made using sock weight/fingering/#1 weight yarn and a 2mm circular knitting needle. Using this weight yarn will give you a hippo measuring approximately 24cm nose to bum and 11cm high at the shoulder.
Sock weight / Fingering weight yarn/ #1 I used a multi-colored self-striping yarn for Knitapotamus. This was a deliberate choice as I felt it would help
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