- Crocheting that many similar elements is torture to me. I get so bored after doing a few that I take a few days off before making the next few, meaning that what could be a really quick pattern ends up taking forever.
- Assembling the hippo is even worse.
- The result is SO INCREDIBLY CUTE that I can’t wait to try another one of her patterns (preferably the stegosaurus!)
Heidi Bear’s patterns are great. They are well written, every step is illustrated, everything is described in great detail, there are no mistakes (or at least, there was no mistake in this one that I could find and friends who have other patterns of her never mentioned any either), and the end result is great. I will recommend them to everyone. But know yourself and know how well you do with repetitive crafting! If, like me, you don’t find it calming and zen-like you may not want to plan making one of these cuties for every niece/nephew/grandchild/etc so they can open matching presents at Christmas.
This time, I used the join-as-you-go method. You crochet all the elements minus the outer (grey for my hippo) round, then while you are crocheting the outer round you attach the element to the others at the same time. It looks nice and I’m sure that for some people this works great, but I did not fall in love with this method. Next time, I will finish all the elements and slip-stitch them together to see if that makes a difference in speed or frustration.
Luckily, I won’t be able/allowed to start on the stegosaurus or any other pattern until I’ve brought my WIP-list down considerably. By that time, I may have forgotten about how bored I got with it and only remember the fantastic end result.