Penguins are synonymous with winter and the holidays! Today’s crochet penguin pattern for the Amigurumi Baby Penguin makes a cute cuddle buddy that can also be used as an ornament or as gift wrap embellishment. This is the first pattern in the fifth annual Holiday Stashdown Crochet Along.
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I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn in the classic penguin colors of Black, Dusty Grey, White, and Gold (for the beak). Red Heart Super Saver is a great “workhorse” yarn that works really well for amigurumi designs because there are so many colors available!
The Amigurumi Baby Penguin is one of over 40 patterns in the 30 Days of Cozy Crochet Pattern Super Bundle. The bundle also includes the Amigurumi Seal and the Amigurumi Polar Bear, and all of the different scarves and the hat shown above.
You can gift the Amigurumi Baby Penguin to a child. You can use your penguin as an additional gift tag when you’re giving a winter holiday present to a friend or loved one. You can use your penguin as an adorable Christmas tree ornament. Can you think of any other ways you can use your version of this crochet penguin pattern?
The crochet penguin pattern is easily constructed and made with simple stitches. His cute flippers are made using the bobble stitch for texture and depth. (If you’re new to the bobble stitch, you can find a video tutorial linked up in the pattern to guide you through it.)
Customize your Amigurumi Baby Penguin by adding a scarf, cowl, cute bow on the head, or debonair bow tie. You can even go wild and make your crochet penguin pattern in any color that you want!
If you’re thinking that your Amigurumi Baby Penguin will look just adorable and squeezable with a crochet scarf, I’ve included the Faux Pom Pom Scarf that you see in the picture in the pattern below.
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Amigurumi Baby Penguin
Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter
This cute baby penguin can be used as an ornament or gift tag. He also makes a great gift as a softie. His front and back flippers are made with bobbles. This is the first pattern in the 2019 Holiday Stashdown Crochet Along.
- Approximately 4.5” (11.5 cm) tall x 3.25” (8.5 cm) wide before stuffing.
- Red Heart Super Saver yarn (100% acrylic, 7 oz/198 g, 364 yd/333 m) – 1 skein each in 312 Black (CA), 340 Dusty Grey (CB), 311 White (CC), and 321 Gold (CD), or approximately 50 yd (45.5 m) in CA and CB and 25 yd (23 m) in CC and CD in any medium weight yarn.
- US Size F-5/3.75 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
- 6 mm black safety eyes – 1 pair.
- Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Packing Fiber Fill.
- Clover Quick Locking Stitch Marker Set.
- Yarn needle.
- 18 sc = 4” (10 cm) across. Exact gauge is not critical for this project. Stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- bob – 5-repeat bobble – [Yo, insert hook in st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops] 5 times in same st, yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook. Stitches n Scraps has a helpful tutorial for the 4-repeat version of this stitch here.
- CA – Color A
- CB – Color B
- CC – Color C
- CD – Color D
- ch – chain
- rep – repeat
- sc – single crochet
- sc2tog – single crochet 2 stitches together (decrease) – [Insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop] twice, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook. A helpful tutorial for sc2tog by New Stitch a Day is available here.
- sl st – slip stitch
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- yo – yarn over
- *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
-  Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.
- The Front and Back Pieces and Beak are crocheted flat in rows. Edgings and Eyes are crocheted in the round.
- Ch 1 at beginning of Rows does not count as a stitch.
- Oombawka Design Crochet has a helpful magic adjustable ring tutorial here.
- A helpful photo tutorial for seaming crochet pieces together with the mattress stitch is available here.
- With CA, ch 6.
- Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, sc in next 5 sts. (5 sts)
- Row 2: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc to last st, 2 sc in last st. (7 sts)
- Rows 3-5: Rep Row 2, 3 times. (13 sts)
- Row 6: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across.
- Rep Row 6 until piece measures approximately 2” (5 cm) long, changing to CB in final yo of last sc. Fasten off CA.
- Rep Row 6 until piece measures approximately 4” (10 cm) long.
- Row 7: Turn, ch 1, sc2tog in first 2 sts, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc2tog. (11 sts)
- Rows 8-10: Rep Row 7, 3 times, changing to CA in last yo of final sc. Fasten off CB. (5 sts)
Back Piece Edging
- Turn, ch 1, sc in next 5 sts, changing to CB in last yo of final sc, fasten off CA.
- Turn to work along side of unfinished edge, sc in side of each row across to CA rows, changing to CA in last yo of final sc in side of a CB row, fasten off CB.
- Sc in side of each row across to foundation chain, turn to work along foundation ch, sc in unworked side of next 5 sts from foundation chain, turn to work along side of unfinished edge, sc in side of each row across to CB rows, changing to CB in last yo of final sc in side of a CA row, fasten off CA.
- Sc in side of each row across to first sc, join with sl st. Fasten off CB.
- Rep instructions for Back Piece through Row 10.
Front Piece Edging
- Turn, ch 1, bob in first st, sc in next 3 sts, bob in next st, changing to CB in last yo of bob, fasten off CA with long yarn tail (approximately 12”/30.5 cm) for seaming.
- Turn to work along side of unfinished edge, sc in side of each row across to CA rows, changing to CA in last yo of final sc in side of a CB row, fasten off CB with a long yarn tail (approximately 24”/61 cm) for seaming.
- Bob in side of first CA row, sc in side of each row across to foundation chain, turn to work along foundation ch, sc in unworked side of next 5 sts on foundation chain, turn to work along side of unfinished edge, sc in side of each row across to last CA row, bob in side of last CA row, changing to CB in last yo of final bob in side of a CA row, fasten off CA with a long yarn tail (approximately 24”/61 cm) for seaming.
- Sc in side of each row across to first bob, join with sl st. Fasten off CB.
Eyes (Make 2)
- With CC, start with magic adjustable ring (see Pattern Notes)
- Round 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, pull yarn tightly to close ring, pm in last st to mark position and move up each round. (6 sts)
- Round 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)
- Round 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around. (18 sts)
- Round 4: Hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in next st to join. Fasten off CC with a long yarn tail (approximately 12”/30.5 cm) for seaming.
- With CD, ch 2.
- Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, 2 sc in next ch. (2 sts)
- Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, 2 sc in next st. (3 sts)
- Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, 2 sc in next st. (4 sts)
- Fasten off CD with a long yarn tail (approximately 12”/30.5 cm) for seaming.
Assembly and Finishing
- Position Front Piece so that bobble flippers “pop” upwards. This is the right side.
- Using locking stitch markers, pin Eyes and Beak to Front Piece using pictures as guide. Once satisfied with positioning, place safety eyes into crocheted Eyes. Attach by firmly securing washers on back.
- With yarn needle and yarn tail, sew Eyes to Front Piece. With yarn needle, weave in ends on back of Front Piece.
- With yarn needle and yarn tail, sew Beak to Front Piece. With yarn needle, weave in ends on back of Front Piece.
- Thread yarn needle with long yarn tail from Edging. Starting at lower flippers, seam pieces together with mattress stitch (see Pattern Notes), changing colors as needed. Once you have about 2” (5 cm) unseamed remaining, stuff firmly with fiber filling. As you finish seaming, continue to stuff.
- With yarn needle, weave in ends.
Faux Pom Pom Scarf
- Red Heart Super Saver yarn (100% acrylic, 7 oz/198 g, 364 yd/333 m) – 1 skein in 319 Cherry Red, or approximately 50 yd (45.5 m) in any medium weight yarn.
- US Size H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
- Gauge is not critical for this project.
- With CA, ch 61.
- Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, bob in next stitch, hdc in next 58 stitches, bob in last stitch. Fasten off. (60 stitches)
Assembly and Finishing
- With yarn needle, weave in ends.