This is my first attempt at a crocheted (vs. knitted) “amigurumi“.  Because crochet comes out thicker than knitting, this hippo turned out to be very durable-feeling, which makes me think that crochet might be a better choice for small children’s toys.
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The hippo is roughly 5 inches in length, not including the tail.  I used Red Heart acrylic worsted weight yarn in the “Primary” color and a 4.0mm crochet hook.  The pattern is from a booklet called Easy Crochet Critters:
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Total time: 2 hours (a little quicker than knitting!)

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