Thulani, the Rhino

Meet Thulani, the Rhino, the name Thulani means ‘peace’ in the Zulu language. This is a very special pattern and holds great meaning for me. I am sure you are aware of the barbaric poaching of Rhino that occurs here in South Africa. Rhino are brutally hunted and poached for their horns, last year 448 Rhino were killed and this year so far the numbers are increasing. I have knitted Thulani to raise funds to donate to an organisation called Stop Rhino Poaching Now. For each Rhino pattern that is sold in any of my pattern shops, I will be donating $ 1.00 to this fund. To read more about what this fund does and how even the smallest donations help, please visit the link above.

I will also be knitting up a limited number of Rhino to sell in my Mamma4earth Etsy shop and a portion of the sale money will be donated as well.

Here is some more information about the pattern:

Thulani is knitted flat on 2 needles in stocking stitch in aran weight wool, the horns are knitted in the round with the magic loop or you can knit them on DPNs in the round. The eyes are needle felted on with fleece and a felting needle or you could sew them on with wool and a needle.

Finished measurements:
4.5 inches tall and 8 inches from tail to horn

The pattern is 17 pages long with plenty of photos to guide you.

I am giving away 2 patterns to 2 readers, to enter, please leave your comments here in this blog post, if you are a Google reader, please click on the Natural Suburbia heading in your Google email and that will bring you to my blog where you can leave a comment.
I will announce the winners on Friday in this post.
Please could you Tweet and Facebook this post to bring awareness to people, it will also give you extra entries, let me know by commenting here again. Every little bit will help these majestic creatures.

Congratulations to:

I have posted it on my Facebook page.



I just adore this one! I keep saying this every time your new pattern comes out but, they are all so brilliant. they look just like what they are supposed too! You should do a pangolin! Those animals are amazing.

Please could you send your email addresses to me at and I will email the patterns off to you.

Love and light to you all

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69 Responses to Thulani, the Rhino

  1. Kelly April 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Linda! What a superb rhino and what makes him even more special is that you are helping such a special cause to help stop rhino poaching. This cause is close to my heart. He is beautiful as is your elephant!

    • Linda April 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

      Thank you dear friend.
      Love to you

    • Frances Leftwich August 29, 2015 at 9:14 pm #

      6159434389 I have tried twice to order this pattern, but don’t want to Pay Pal. The instructions aren’t clear to me how to order without Pay Pal. I entered credit card info, etc and it doesn’t seem to give me the option of not using Pay Pal. Any suggestions? Frances

  2. Dawn April 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    Adorable! What a great cause to support too x

  3. The Knitty Gritty Homestead April 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    I’ve just started watching “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” (after having read the books years ago)…set in Botswana and the scenery is amazing. The short-sightedness of poachers and people who support them saddens me to no end. Thanks for reminding us of these beautiful, unique animals and their plight.

  4. Tracey April 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    He’s wonderful Linda and I love the cause you are supporting. It is such a shame that animals are still being exploited and killed for horns, makes me cry!

    • Linda April 10, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

      Thank you Tracey, each time I visit the anti-poaching web site I cry, I can’t believe how sad this all is. I am determined to help these creatures as much as I can. Every little bit helps.
      xo xo

  5. Maryanne & Duke April 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    This pattern looks great, and I’m glad some of the proceeds go to such a good cause. I’m in the U.S., but if you’d like help knitting models to sell, I’d be happy to.

    Wil4ds on Ravelry

  6. The Knitty Gritty Homestead April 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    There…tweeted it!

  7. The Knitty Gritty Homestead April 10, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    Posted on facebook, too!

  8. Sara April 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    I didn’t think you could top the cuteness of your elephant pattern, but here you go again. This is remarkable! I love everything about it.

  9. Kelly April 10, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    I wanted to say fingers crossed for a hippo knitting pattern soon!!

  10. Suzie April 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    I love it!

    justsuzie_s at hotmail dot com

  11. Andee April 10, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    It is a wonderful thing you are doing to help supporting the Rhinos. It is absolutely horrifying what is happening to them. I have seen videos and pictures and it tears my heart out. It is so inspiring to see you supporting their protection. Knitting and helping the world one stitch & pattern at a time 🙂 It is so wonderful!

  12. Myrthestiek April 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    What a great way to support a very good project.
    Love your pattern!

  13. pinkundine April 10, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    Oh, isn’t he just fabulous!

  14. Mama Nature April 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    Yay! I found and reconnected with your blog!! Thank u!

    • Linda April 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

      Welcome back Amber! 🙂

  15. FroggyMama April 10, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    What a gorgeous pattern! We are learning about the environment and conservation, and just read about the rhinos.

  16. eidolons April 10, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Congrats on a new pattern and for supporting a create cause! (:

  17. Anna April 10, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    He is adorable! You are so creative. Blessings for a hugely successful fund raiser!

  18. Anna April 10, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    I have posted it on my Facebook page.

  19. Belinda April 10, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    What a fabulous rhino! Made even more awesome by your support of such a great cause.

  20. Lali April 10, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    Fantastic Rhino indeed; your Elephant was more than amazing but this one has even bigger wooow factor + good cause on the top of it ! Chapeau!!!

  21. Lenka April 10, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    He is awesome! And thanks for helping the rhinos!

  22. Mama Gone Green April 10, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    such a cute rhino! and such a great cause!

  23. Sarah April 10, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    This is a beautiful project! And I think it is so great that you are donating to the fund – a great thing to do

  24. Carmen Nuland April 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    Another great pattern! The rhino looks awesome!

  25. Marianne April 10, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    This is so awesome!! I’d love a chance to win the pattern, I’m on a fixed income, but have friends who gift me yarn, I knit for nursing homes and for an orphanage through my church group. I’ve made a few toys and I’m sure the kids would love this Rhino.

  26. forevermore April 10, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    Very life-like Rhino w/lots of character. Bless you for helping them. Forevermore (Rav)

  27. patchouli moon studio April 10, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    So kind of you to giveaway a couple of patterns and donate money for a great cause.

  28. Karen Traversy April 10, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    Great pattern. I posted this on google plus and facebook and twitter and my blog. Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. fehnna April 10, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    Love this pattern! Thanks for the opportunity to educate others about the poaching through your art!

  30. Tanya M April 10, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  31. Tanya M April 10, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

    I just shared on Facebook as Tanya Rubezhov.

  32. Nysa April 11, 2012 at 12:05 am #

    What a beautiful pattern! One of the best I’ve seen for a toy!

  33. tartankiwi April 11, 2012 at 12:19 am #

    My gruffalo obsessed daughter also loves Rhinos, but according to her they don’t have horns on their noses, they have warts on their noses(just like the gruffalo!)
    You’ve come up with another wonderful pattern, well done. I think this is my new favourite, but I’m sure I say that every time that you make a new pattern!

  34. Robin April 11, 2012 at 12:42 am #

    He’s beautiful and thank you for helping these wonderful creatures! Thanks for the giveaway.
    cokelush at gmail

  35. The craft goddess April 11, 2012 at 2:14 am #

    Thulani is wonderful and what a great cause!

  36. Andrea April 11, 2012 at 2:56 am #

    What a wonderful project! I would love to try this pattern.

  37. Mary April 11, 2012 at 4:51 am #

    a lovely pattern and a great cause!

  38. Lori ann April 11, 2012 at 6:33 am #

    this is something we are passionate about too. the numbers are appalling, increasing each and every year. we donate to save the rhino (stop poaching now) too. so so important.
    thulani is a perfect likeness linda, i love him so much. thank you for such a meaningful giveaway and a gorgeous pattern.

    have you seen this?

  39. ziezo April 11, 2012 at 7:36 am #

    A lovely rhino Linda! He would be called Amani here in Kenya. . .
    Sad about the poaching, if people could just be smarter. THere are just still to many horror stories as if we learned little or nothing from the past.

  40. UmmRania April 11, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    aww this is so nice, raising money for a good cause, and a giveaway! Thank you!

  41. Fairy Tale Ending April 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    The Rhino is lovely. Would love to win the pattern. Thanks for the opportunity.

  42. Fairy Tale Ending April 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    Just shared your link on my FaceBook page. Asking everyone to “take a look”. Anita

  43. Cherie Harding April 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Thulani is lovely, Linda. Clever girl. I would love to knit him and Ellie.

  44. All things in His Hands. April 11, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    Wonderful project for a grand cause. Wishing you extra warm days with joy.

  45. Ellen April 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    Thank you, Linda. How sweet is this rhino.

  46. BEP April 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Love the pattern and all your other patterns too. Great job!

  47. La Chili April 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    Love the pattern and share your indignation on this horrible problem.

  48. Kathleen April 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    It’s so important to protect amazing animals like rhinos, so I’m glad that you’re calling attention to this cause—and with such a wonderful pattern, too. I may have to buy my mom a copy for Mother’s Day, as I can’t knit but definitely want one of these beautiful rhinos around. 🙂

  49. Danielle Sheridan April 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    Your Rhino is so beautiful Linda, I think he could be my favourite of your patterns, such a likeness to the real thing. What a terribly sad thing Rhino poaching is, it’s wonderful you are supporting this cause, thank you.

  50. Danielle Sheridan April 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    I have shared this on facebook tooxx

  51. Rachel April 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    Oh Linda! I didn’t know this was still a problem! Thank you for making me aware. Your rhino is tremendously fantastic! You always amaze me… Going to Facebook now to make other people aware!!!

  52. pelicanknits April 11, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    great cause

    hope I win

  53. Anonymous April 11, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    Just lovely, like all your animals and flora. Love them all.
    Love the look of your Tea Leaves Cardigan — will be anxious to see that; it’s a beautiful colour too.
    You must be one of the world’s fastest knitters to produce like you!

  54. Julie P. April 12, 2012 at 1:59 am #

    Thanks for raising awareness. I, for some reason, thought that rhino poaching had slowed down, but I see that I was wrong.

  55. K April 12, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    Oh, phooey. I know I’m not really eligible, but I am ever greedy for these patterns. You are getting better and better at this all the time. I LOVE the detail and the shaping. And I KNOW I’m only making camels, to the point where I have calluses now on both thumbs so they have numb places which freaks me out. But I am putting my name in anyway because I really wish we lived next door so i could just run over and breathe in the atmosphere of love and industry and creativity. So there. Now I’m going to bed. To sleep, I hope.

  56. Tanya April 12, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    Love that rhino! 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway! Your giveaways are always so generous.

    householdcents @ gmail . com

  57. andrea April 12, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    he is beautiful. i can not remember seeing anyone else try to make one.
    i would love the pattern to make with all the other toys that are to go to an orphanage in Guatemala. the children will love him

  58. Peachie6560 April 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    After viewing a recent documentary on the rhino poaching, I applaud your efforts. Of course, it goes without saying that your patterns are great. Do you have a snake pattern?

  59. Anonymous April 12, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    Wow hes so cute! It’s really hard to find patterns that would make great gifts for little boys!


  60. Beau April 12, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    Another great animal (My fav …. long story…. lol)and what a great cause! Whether I win or not, I plan to donate to your cause! Thanks for all you do!

  61. KC Pagano April 13, 2012 at 2:29 am #

    I just adore this one! I keep saying this every time your new pattern comes out but, they are all so brilliant. they look just like what they are supposed too! You should do a pangolin! Those animals are amazing.

  62. SmartAsana April 13, 2012 at 4:58 am #

    Gorgeous! I posted it to Pinterest, too. 🙂

  63. Baa-Me Kniits April 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    Your Rhino is amazing Linda and I will have to buy one and make him up for my Aunty. She was born and raised in South Africa and now lives in France, the saving of the Rhino is also a cause dear to her heart. She will love him! I’m off to post him on FB too. 🙂

  64. Jazz April 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    I just missed the elephant giveaway I hope I’m lucky in this one 🙂

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    I’ll post it on Twitter under @JazzBruno

  65. Anonymous April 14, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    You continue to share so much – your creativity is awesome.

    The swan is also gorgeous! My husband and I loved swans as our ‘mate for life’ and it’s how I feel now, although he’s gone 11 years.

    Thank you and sure would love winning Thulani!

    Marny (although Anonymous might show up!)

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