Helium the Hippo CAL




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Also available on Ravelry. Coming to Etsy on 30 September 2021.

Helium the Hippo | by Projectarian

Read on for pattern info or click here to see Helium’s blog post and more pictures of him.

• Size: 30cm tall, excluding tail
• Skill Level: Intermeditae
• Yarn Weight: DK
• Terminology: US with metric sizes


Helium is precisely who you’d expect him to be: the bouncing baby hippo who fills your balloons at birthday parties! Being a magical hippo who can blow up balloons that float, Helium is very popular among his friends and always gets invited to special events. This suits him just fine because Helium loves to eat cake and parties are, of course, the best place to find cake.


This hippo is a detailed amigurumi with interesting features such as an open mouth with a tongue and teeth, individual toes, nostrils and realistic eyes. Weighing in at nearly 700 g, Helium is a large amigurumi who is physically about the size of a real baby pygmy hippopotamus!

If you need help with your project at any stage, you can post your questions in the Hooked on Sunshine group on Facebook for fast and friendly help from a dedicated support team. You can also join Projectarian’s Facebook group for general community support and sharing.


During the CAL, you can post your pictures and share the fun with your fellow participants, by tagging your pictures with #HeliumTheHippo on Instagram and Facebook. You can tag me directly by using @Projectarian on social media; I would love to see your posts and interact!

– FAQ –


What is a CAL?
A CAL (crochet along) is a pattern that gets released in parts, over a certain length of time. Everyone who participates gets each new pattern part at the same time, so all participants crochet together at the same pace.

How do I join?
Click on the Buy Now button and complete payment. After you’ve paid, you will officially be signed up for the CAL, so you’ll automatically receive all the pattern content over the course of the CAL, at no extra charge.

When can I join?
Anytime! The last part of the CAL will be released on 27 September; however, the pattern will permanently remain available for purchase at the same price.

What do I get when I sign up?
After making payment, you’ll receive a welcome letter, describing how the CAL works and how to get support. It includes a schedule of when each pattern part will become available to you. You’ll get the Prelude two weeks before the CAL begins, and you’ll start receiving pattern parts from 13 September onward.

When does the CAL start?
It kicks off with Part One on 13 September but you’ll get the pattern’s Prelude before that, on 30 August, so you can gather all your supplies and prepare for the project.

How long is the CAL?
30 August – 27 September, with 2 CAL parts released per week.

What supplies do I need?
On 13 September, you’ll receive the pattern’s Prelude. The Prelude will tell you everything you need to know in order to prepare for making Helium, including all the tools, supplies, yarn quantities and skills required. You’ll also receive my Amigurumi Tips booklet to help you with special skills and techniques.

What happens if I join late?
You’ll get access to all the parts of the CAL that have already been released, and you’ll get the new parts as they are released throughout the rest of the CAL.

Can I still buy the pattern after the CAL?
Yes. The pattern parts will be collated into a single pattern document that will permanently remain available for purchase at the same price as the CAL. CAL participants will receive the collated pattern for free when the CAL is over.


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