He's finished! A very happy looking green hippo:
Adding the face to a soft toy is always a little nerve-wracking - just a millimetre the wrong way and that cheerful smile looks sinister or unhappy. It's always worth taking the time to sew on the face carefully - my Current Husband thinks the hippo looks a little bit stoned but I think he looks cute.
This was an enjoyable knit from Susan B. Anderson's Itty Bitty Toys book, which I also used to make this rabbit in 2011:
There are lots of cute patterns in this book and as they are knit in the round that means less sewing up, which is always good news. It's not just soft toys like this in the book, but also sweet reversible toys, balls and stacking blocks, all items which are great to use up odds and ends of wool. I'd really recommend it if you're looking for some nice kids projects.
To make the hippo I used a varigated Knitpicks sock yarn which is held double and knits up to make a nice robust fabric. He's stuffed with regular toy stuffing and also some poly pellets in his body and a few in his hands and feet to give him a bit of weight and let him sit up. As such, he's a little heavy (and large!) for a young baby but perfect for somone a bit older.
As knitting my last cardigan had ground to a halt this was a great project to make knitting enjoyable again for me, and now I've got a new crochet project on the go too.
Have you tried knitting any soft toys?