Amigurumi Pattern: Baby Kit – Hippo Melman

Today we are pleased to share a new project accompanied by… Don Ovillo – Don Trapillo! Many will already know our adorable hippo Melman, we shared his pattern two years ago to celebrate our 2nd anniversary, and throughout this time, this little hippo became a well-known character in the world of amigurumis 。◕‿◕。Thinking about new projects to share, we have thought of making more designs that could accompany Melman and have had the opportunity to make them thanks to the yarns of Don Ovillo factory. We fell in love with the combination of colors that we could use of their Premium Cotton and so we created the new < MELMAN’S BABY KIT > so that the little ones are raised with a lot of love 

We are very happy to collaborate with Don Ovillo. For those who are reading about them for the first time, both Don Ovillo and Don Trapillo are part of the Lanas Gayfil group. Its factory is located in Spain and they have been producing wools and yarns for two generations.

On this occasion, we had the pleasure of trying their wonderful Premium Cotton Yarn and combining delicate colors that you can find in the store
It is a cotton very soft to the touch and easy to work, we test it and have become increasingly convinced that it is one of the best quality cottons – price in the Spanish market.

We welcome the baby kit of our adorable hippo < MELMAN >

Next you’ll find the free step-by-step crochet pattern to make a crochet amigurumis from the <MELMAN’S BABY KIT>, will have the option to download the free PDF to collect only from the original Melman ; his extras of this version, the baby teether/rattle and the blanket will be exclusive to our website and you can enjoy them right here.

If you want to collaborate so we can continue creating new designs, can do purchasing our Premium Patterns in our Etsy Shop, we will be very grateful

Click aquí para versión en Español

Let’s do it … What do you need to get started?


  • ch = chain stitch
  • cm = centimeters
  • dc = double crochet
  • dec = decrease
  • FO = fasten off
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • inc = increase
  • mm = millimeters
  • mr = magic ring
  • sc = single crochet 
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st = stitch
  • rep   = repeat
  • rnd. = round(s)
  • * * x…= repeat instructions in asterisks … times 
  • BLO = Instead of inserting your hook underneath the entire stitch, the hook enters the center of the stitch, and exits underneath the back loop.
  • Continuous round = Crochet all followed, without closing the rounds < remember to help you with a stitch marker to know where the next round starts >.
  • Joined round = Go closing every rounds and climb to the next turn with a chain.
  • Worked in Rows = Crochet in a base of chains and turning the crochet at the end each row.


To make the complete Melman’s Baby Kit, we have used Don Ovillo’s Premium Cotton Yarn as we mentioned previously. For those who are in Spain and within Europe can get them in the stores of Don Ovillo and Don Trapillo, and for those who don’t have access to them they can look for a yarn with similar characteristics.


  • Content: 100% Cotton – natural fiber
  • Recommended Hook: 2.5mm to 4mm (US: 2.50mm to G/6 – UK: 12 to 8)
  • Width: DK / light worsted / 1,5mm measured with centimeter (0.059 inches)
  • Weight / Yardage: 3.52oz (100gr) = approx 241 yds (220 meters – each ball)

With 1 ball of each color it’s enough to make the complete kit

… more materials …

  • Fiberfill (for stuffing)
  • 10mm Safety Eyes (2 pieces) < 0,39 inches – diameter approx. >
  • 9mm Safety Eyes (4 pieces) < 0,35 inches – diameter approx. >
  • Decorative Button 25mm (diameter approx.)
  • Sewing thread according to the button (to sew it)
  • Natural Wood Teething Ring 70mm (diameter approx.)
  • 1 or 2 rattle box (it contains small plastic pellets to make the rattle sound)


  • 3mm Crochet Hook (Clover Amour – UK 11)
  • Yarn Needle (to sew and embroider)
  • Sewing Needle (for the button)
  • Scissors / Centimeter or Ruler

… Let’s start …


The pattern of Melman’s amigurumi is found in the post we made 2 years ago here.
We have changed the crochet to use for 3mm because on this occasion we have made a new version with Don Ovillo Premium Cotton Yarns and these are more fine than the yarn we used in the original Melman. We have used the Lead Grey and White colors.

This version of Melman has a change and an addition. We have made his inner ears with yarn instead of felt and have added a scarf, it is a new accessory that have placed and that makes it look even more tender … Follow the steps that we will explain below to make his inner ears and new scarf…

… INNER EARS (2 pieces) …

Work in continuous round with light blue color
Round 1.- Magic Ring (6)
Round 2.- *1inc* x6 (12)
FO. leaving a long tail and once the rest of Melman is ready, sew to his ears.


Work in rows with light blue color
Start with: 60ch + 1ch to climb (61)
Row 1.-
1hdc in each st (60)
Rows 2 – 3.-
1hdc BLO in each st (60)
Row 4.-
1hdc BLO, 1dec. BLO, 14hdc BLO, 1dec. BLO, 22hdc BLO, 1dec. BLO, 14hdc BLO, 1dec. BLO, 1hdc BLO (56)
Row 5.-
1hdc BLO, 1dec. BLO, 12hdc BLO, 1dec. BLO, 22hdc BLO, 1dec. BLO, 12hdc BLO, 1dec. BLO, 1hdc BLO (52)
Row 6.-
1hdc BLO, 1dec. BLO, 10hdc BLO, 1dec. BLO, 22hdc BLO, 1dec. BLO, 10hdc BLO, 1dec. BLO, 1hdc BLO (48)
Row 7.-
*6hdc BLO, 1dec. BLO* x6 (42)
Row 8.-
*5hdc BLO, 1dec. BLO* x6 (36)
Row 9.-
*4hdc BLO, 1dec. BLO* x6 (30)
Once Melman’s assembly is ready, place the scarf around his body and sew on the back. Finally sew the button forward and to the side.




One of the new projects we present today is this sweet baby blanket starring Melman. Next we will detail the steps to follow …


Work in a circle with the multicolored Gray Print yarn. Make the blanket with the help of the following diagram …

… HEAD (Part 1) …

Work in continuous round with silver grey color
Round 1.- Magic Ring (6)
Round 2.- *1inc* x6 (12)
Round 3.- *1sc, 1inc* x6 (18)
Round 4.- *2sc, 1inc* x6 (24)
Round 5.- *3sc, 1inc* x6 (30)
Round 6.- *4sc, 1inc* x6 (36)
Round 7.- *5sc, 1inc* x6 (42)
Rounds 8 – 18.- 1sc in each st (42)
Place 9mm safety eyes between the Rnds.11 / 12 counting from the top and with 5sc of distance between them.
To make them safer, very carefully you can burn with a lighter the stick of the eye so that it melts and is well held, this must be done once the washer is put on and with caution. If you don’t want to use safety eyes, can replace it by embroidering the eyes.
Round 19.- *5sc, 1dec* x6 (36)
Round 20.- *4sc, 1dec* x6 (30)
Round 21.- *3sc, 1dec* x6 (24)
Round 22.- *2sc, 1dec* x6 (18)
Round 23.- *1sc, 1dec* x6 (12)
Stuff the head as you crochet. FO, leaving a long tail.

… HEAD (Part 2) …

Work in continuous round with silver grey color
Start with: 7ch + 1ch to climb (8) < we work around both sides of the chain >
Round 1.-
6sc, 3sc in the same ch base < Would be the 7ch of the chain without counting the ch to climb >  Continue crochet in a continuous round around all the chain – 5sc, 2sc in the same ch base < Would be the 1ch of the chain but the other side – do not count the ch to climb > and to finish the round make 1sl st. (16)
Round 2.- < Make 1ch only to climb and from here crochet in a continuous round as usual
1inc, 5sc, 1inc, 1sc, 1inc, 5sc, 1inc, 1sc (20)
Round 3.- 
1inc, 7sc, 1inc, 1sc, 1inc, 7sc, 1inc, 1sc (24)
Round 4.-
 1sc, 1inc, 1inc, 6sc, 1inc, 1inc, 2sc, 1inc, 1inc, 6sc, 1inc, 1inc, 1sc (32)
Round 5.- 2sc, 1inc, 1inc, 9sc, 1inc, 1inc, 3sc, 1inc, 1inc, 9sc, 1inc, 1inc, 1sc (40)
Round 6.- 3sc, 1inc, 1inc, 12sc, 1inc, 1inc, 4sc, 1inc, 1inc, 12sc, 1inc, 1inc, 1sc (48)
Round 7.- 1sc in each st (48)
Round 8.- 3sc, 1dec, 1dec, 12sc, 1dec, 1dec, 4sc, 1dec, 1dec, 12sc, 1dec, 1dec, 1sc (40)
Rounds 9 – 10.- 1sc in each st (40)
Stuff the head (snout) as you crochet. FO, leaving a long tail.

… NOSTRILS (2 pieces) … 

Work in continuous round with silver grey color
Round 1.-
Magic Ring < Make like normal ring but do not close it > (6)
FO, leaving a long tail.

… OUTER EARS (2 pieces) …

Work in continuous round with silver grey color
Round 1.- Magic Ring (7)
Round 2.- 
*1inc* x7 (14)
FO, leaving a long tail.

… INNER EARS (2 pieces) …

Work in continuous round with light blue color
Round 1.- Magic Ring (7)
FO, leaving a long tail.

… ARMS …

Work in continuous round with white and silver grey color
Start with white color
Round 1.-
Magic Ring (6)
Round 2.- *1inc* x6 (12)
Round 3.- *1sc, 1inc* x6 (18)
Change to silver grey color
Rounds 4 – 6.- 1sc in each st (18)
Round 7.- *4sc, 1dec* x3 (15)
Rounds 8 – 42.- 
1sc in each st (15)
Stuff to Rnd.16, leave unstuffed between Rnds.16 / 32 and stuff from Rnd.33, the end of the arm that remains to be finished.
Round 43.- *4sc, 1inc* x3 (18)
Rounds 44 – 45.- 1sc in each st (18)
Change to white color
Round 46.- 1sc in each st (18)
Round 47.- *1sc, 1dec* x6 (12)
Round 48.- 
*1dec* x6 (6)


1.- Embroider the eyelids with a yarn of the same color as the head. Give 2 turns over the safety eye. Then embroider with white yarn a line under the safety eye.

2.- Sew on the head (part 1) the head (part 2). To do this, count from the top the head (part 1) until the Rnd.13 (it will be Rnd. under the eyes). Once there, count 12 / 13sc wide and centered with eyes. Use that base to match the top of the head (part 2). Place it between Rnd.14 and 23 and sew.

3.- Sew the nostrils between Rnds. 3 and 4 (counting from the seam under the eyes of part 2 of the head).

4.- Sew the inner ears inside the outer ears.

5.- Sew the ears to the head between Rnds.6 and 7 (counting from the top). Fold the ears a little at the time of sewing them to give them a longer shape.

6.- Sew the already armed head over the center of the arms.

7.- Sew the head / arm assembly in the center of the blanket.

NOTE: To make the assembly, always follow the instructions and the images. It will be much easier to understand the steps.




The last project we present today is this tender teether / rattle also starring Melman. Next we will detail the steps to follow …

… HEAD …

For make the head follow the same steps as the baby blanket but changing the silver grey color to light blue. Before finishing crocheting, must be placed the rattle box inside the stuffing to make sound. If you want to be heard louder you can place 2 rattles instead of 1.
Finally, change the light blue color of the inner ears with white.


Work in row with light blue color.
Start with: 26 ch + 1 ch to climb (27)
Rows 1 – 10.-
1sc in each st (26)


1.- Sew the piece around the wooden ring. If you want more firmness with the head, you can put some glue on the ring, place the piece on the glue and sew. This will prevent the piece from sliding down the ring.

2.- Sew the head centered on the piece sewn to the ring. Take enough surface of the base of the head to sew, so that it is better held.


*  *  *  *  Ready Melman’s Baby Kit  *  *  *  * 

Enjoy it !!!

To download the PDF pattern of the original Melman amigurumi just go to the link below and choose the language. You can enjoy it and add to the Tarturumies patterns collection!!! (doesn’t include Melman’s Baby Kit)

Melman y Pi

List of languages available for downloading the pattern
Español – English – Nederlands – Magyar – Türk


Click aquí para versión en Español.

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USING: Our patterns are registered with all rights reserved and they are only for personal use. You can use this pattern to make this tender amigurumi for yourself, your family and your friends. If you share your versions of the finished amigurumi in your social networks, we would appreciate you mentioning us as authors of the design, that gesture would help more people to know us and enjoy with us. 

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