c2c Crochet Hippo Pattern

Explore the world of crochet with my adorable Crochet Hippo Pattern, one of six c2c safari animals from my safari blanket collection.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced crocheter, this delightful hippo is a fun and rewarding project to create your own safari-inspired masterpiece. The free hippo pattern is below.

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Crochet Hippo Pattern Information

Skill Level

Advanced beginner. Project uses basic stitches, repetitive stitches, color changes, and simple finishing.

Project Materials

Finished Size

22 inches by 22 inches

Crochet Gauge

4 squares (ch 3 + 3 dc) = 2 inches

Important Notes

  • You can choose to follow the pixel graph or the written instructions.
  • Written instructions are for working from the bottom right corner to the top left.
  • Crochet the pixel graph using the corner-to-corner (c2c) technique. Use the traditional method of making three double crochets for each square.
  • Chain 6 to start each new row and chain 3 at the beginning of each square.

Etsy Shop

This pattern is also available as an ad-free PDF pattern in my Etsy Shop.

C2C Course

If you would like to learn the corner to corner (c2c) crochet method to make this crochet pattern, check out my online c2c course.

Related Patterns

This pattern is one of six animals from my Safari Animals blanket pattern.

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Terms & Abbreviations

  • dc = double crochet
  • sc = single crochet
  • ch = chain
  • chs = chains
  • st = stitch
  • sts = stitches
  • sl st = slip stitch

c2c Crochet Method

Corner to corner (c2c) crochet is a technique where you crochet “squares” in diagonal rows. You start in the bottom right corner and end in the top left corner.

c2c Crochet Increases

Increases are made at the end of each row. Chain 6 and DC in the 4th chain from the hook and in each of the 2 remaining chains.

You will have a chain 3 + 3 DC square. This is your first square for the beginning of the next row.

c2c Crochet Decreases

The first decreases for both the width and length will create corners.

To decrease, turn your work and slip stitch across the 3 DC’s in the last square made. Join with a slip stitch to the chain 3 space and chain 3 + 3 DC.

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Crochet Hippo Pattern Instructions

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Download the Crochet Hippo Pattern Graph

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Crochet Hippo Pattern Written Instructions

↙ Row 1: white x 1 (1 square)  

↗ Row 2: white x 2 (2 squares)  

↙ Row 3: white x 3 (3 squares)  

↗ Row 4: white x 4 (4 squares)  

↙ Row 5: white x 5 (5 squares)  

↗ Row 6: white x 6 (6 squares)  

↙ Row 7: white x 7 (7 squares)  

↗ Row 8: white x 8 (8 squares)  

↙ Row 9: white x 9 (9 squares)  

↗ Row 10: white x 10 (10 squares)  

↙ Row 11: white x 11 (11 squares)  

↗ Row 12: white x 12 (12 squares)  

↙ Row 13: white x 13 (13 squares)  

↗ Row 14: white x 14 (14 squares)  

↙ Row 15: white x 5, dark gray x 3, white x 7 (15 squares)  

↗ Row 16: white x 6, dark gray x 2, gray x 2, dark gray x 1, white x 5 (16 squares)  

↙ Row 17: white x 4, dark gray x 2, gray x 4, dark gray x 1, white x 2, off white x 1, white x 3 (17 squares)  

↗ Row 18: white x 3, off white x 2, white x 1, dark gray x 1, gray x 6, dark gray x 1, white x 4 (18 squares)  

↙ Row 19: white x 4, dark gray x 1, gray x 7, dark gray x 1, off white x 3, white x 3 (19 squares)  

↗ Row 20: white x 3, off white x 3, dark gray x 1, gray x 8, dark gray x 1, white x 4 (20 squares)  

↙ Row 21: white x 4, dark gray x 1, gray x 9, dark gray x 1, off white x 2, white x 4 (21 squares)  

↗ Row 22: white x 5, off white x 1, dark gray x 1, gray x 10, dark gray x 1, white x 4 (22 squares)  

↙ Row 23: white x 5, gray x 6, dark gray x 1, gray x 4, dark gray x 1, white x 6 (23 squares)  

↗ Row 24: white x 6, dark gray x 1, gray x 5, dark gray x 1, gray x 5, dark gray x 1, white x 5 (24 squares)  

↙ Row 25: white x 6, gray x 5, dark gray x 1, gray x 1, dark gray x 1, gray x 4, dark gray x 1, white x 6 (25 squares)  

↗ Row 26: white x 6, dark gray x 1, gray x 5, dark gray x 2, gray x 5, dark gray x 1, white x 6 (26 squares)  

↙ Row 27: white x 6, dark gray x 1, gray x 6, dark gray x 1, gray x 6, dark gray x 1, white x 2, off white x 1, white x 3 (27 squares)  

↗ Row 28: white x 3, off white x 2, white x 1, dark gray x 1, gray x 14, white x 7 (28 squares)  

↙ Row 29: white x 7, dark gray x 1, gray x 14, dark gray x 1, off white x 3, white x 3 (29 squares)  

↗ Row 30: white x 3, off white x 3, dark gray x 1, gray x 14, dark gray x 1, white x 8 (30 squares)  

↙ Row 31: white x 8, gray x 16, dark gray x 1, off white x 2, white x 4 (31 squares)  

↗ Row 32: white x 5, off white x 1, dark gray x 1, gray x 15, dark gray x 1, gray x 1, white x 8 (32 squares)  

↙ Row 33: white x 8, gray x 2, dark gray x 1, gray x 15, dark gray x 1, white x 6 (33 squares)  

↗ Row 34: white x 6, dark gray x 1, gray x 15, dark gray x 1, gray x 3, white x 8 (34 squares)  

↙ Row 35: white x 8, gray x 4, dark gray x 1, gray x 15, dark gray x 1, white x 6 (35 squares)  

↗ Row 36: white x 6, dark gray x 1, gray x 15, dark gray x 1, gray x 5, white x 8 (36 squares)  

↙ Row 37: white x 8, gray x 22, dark gray x 1, white x 6 (37 squares)  

↗ Row 38: white x 6, dark gray x 1, gray x 4, dark gray x 1, gray x 18, white x 8 (38 squares)  

↙ Row 39: white x 9, gray x 17, dark gray x 1, gray x 5, white x 7 (39 squares)  

↗ Row 40: white x 7, dark gray x 1, gray x 3, dark gray x 1, gray x 1, dark gray x 1, gray x 17, white x 1, gray x 2, white x 6 (40 squares)  

Corner: Start decreasing on both ends  

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↙ Row 41: white x 5, gray x 8, black x 1, gray x 12, dark gray x 2, gray x 4, white x 7 (39 squares)  

↗ Row 42: white x 6, dark gray x 1, gray x 4, dark gray x 1, gray x 12, black x 2, gray x 5, pink x 1, gray x 1, white x 5 (38 squares)  

↙ Row 43: white x 4, gray x 1, pink x 2, gray x 4, black x 2, gray x 18, white x 6 (37 squares)  

↗ Row 44: white x 5, dark gray x 1, gray x 18, black x 1, gray x 4, pink x 2, gray x 1, white x 4 (36 squares)  

↙ Row 45: white x 4, gray x 25, dark gray x 1, white x 5 (35 squares)  

↗ Row 46: white x 5, dark gray x 1, gray x 24, white x 4 (34 squares)  

↙ Row 47: white x 5, gray x 23, white x 5 (33 squares)  

↗ Row 48: white x 4, dark gray x 1, gray x 22, white x 5 (32 squares)  

↙ Row 49: white x 4, gray x 13, dark gray x 1, gray x 8, dark gray x 1, white x 4 (31 squares)  

↗ Row 50: white x 4, dark gray x 1, gray x 7, dark gray x 1, gray x 13, white x 4 (30 squares)  

↙ Row 51: white x 4, gray x 9, black x 1, gray x 3, dark gray x 1, gray x 6, dark gray x 1, white x 4 (29 squares)  

↗ Row 52: white x 4, dark gray x 1, gray x 5, dark gray x 1, gray x 3, black x 2, gray x 8, white x 4 (28 squares)  

↙ Row 53: white x 3, gray x 8, black x 2, gray x 4, dark gray x 2, gray x 1, dark gray x 3, white x 4 (27 squares)  

↗ Row 54: white x 6, dark gray x 2, gray x 6, black x 1, gray x 8, white x 3 (26 squares)  

↙ Row 55: white x 3, gray x 14, white x 8 (25 squares)  

↗ Row 56: white x 8, gray x 13, white x 3 (24 squares)  

↙ Row 57: white x 3, gray x 12, white x 8 (23 squares)  

↗ Row 58: white x 8, gray x 11, white x 3 (22 squares)  

↙ Row 59: white x 3, gray x 10, white x 8 (21 squares)  

↗ Row 60: white x 8, gray x 9, white x 3 (20 squares)  

↙ Row 61: white x 4, gray x 7, white x 8 (19 squares)  

↗ Row 62: white x 9, gray x 5, white x 4 (18 squares)  

↙ Row 63: white x 5, gray x 1, pink x 1, gray x 1, white x 9 (17 squares)  

↗ Row 64: white x 8, gray x 1, pink x 1, gray x 1, white x 5 (16 squares)  

↙ Row 65: white x 4, gray x 1, pink x 2, gray x 1, white x 7 (15 squares)  

↗ Row 66: white x 7, gray x 1, pink x 1, gray x 1, white x 4 (14 squares)  

↙ Row 67: white x 4, gray x 3, white x 6 (13 squares)  

↗ Row 68: white x 6, gray x 2, white x 4 (12 squares)  

↙ Row 69: white x 11 (11 squares)  

↗ Row 70: white x 10 (10 squares)  

↙ Row 71: white x 9 (9 squares)  

↗ Row 72: white x 8 (8 squares)  

↙ Row 73: white x 7 (7 squares)  

↗ Row 74: white x 6 (6 squares)  

↙ Row 75: white x 5 (5 squares)  

↗ Row 76: white x 4 (4 squares)  

↙ Row 77: white x 3 (3 squares)  

↗ Row 78: white x 2 (2 squares)  

↙ Row 79: white x 1 (1 square)  

Border

In each corner you will make (sc-ch 2-sc) and in the side of each square you will make 2 sc.

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