I got my start as a designer in the photography prop industry. It was soon after I had my first son I was loving anything newborn related. By the time I had my second son I had such a passion for newborn photography that I became a newborn photographer. While I no longer take photography clients, I still enjoy designing newborn props. It’s also nostalgia for when mine were so little. If I could reverse time I would totally put my own boys in this cuddly and cozy outfit. 

You don’t have to be little to enjoy this penguin stuffy! He is cute for holiday decor or to just have around. And of course I think he makes a great gift for all ages.

Gather your supplies:

• Size US G (4.0 mm) crochet hook &
US I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
• Removable stitch markers if needed
• Yarn needle to weave in ends
• Fiberfill or stuffing

Yarn:
Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek DK Yarn
in colorways:
Ivory
Cedar
Linen
Dijon
Yarn substitutions (check gauge):
Bernat Baby Sport
Paintbox Yarns Baby DK
Plymouth Yarn Deambaby DK

 

Many of the supplies can be found at the affiliate links below:

Skill Level:
• Advanced Beginner

Measurements:
Bonnet Depth 5” (13 cm)
Bonnet Height 5.5” (14 cm)
Wrap Length 60” (152 cm)
Wrap Width 12” (30 cm)

Abbreviations:
• ch – chain
• sc – single crochet
• sc2tog – single crochet two together
• st(s) – stitch(es)

Yardage:
• 850 yards (777 m) for each wrap
• 125 yards (114 m) for bonnet

Gauge:
• 22 sts and 28 rows = 4” (10 cm)
in single crochet stitch

Notes:

– The Ch 1 at the beginning of the row does not count as a stitch.

– To reduce a traveling seam when working in the round, use the hook over method. This occurs when completing the last step of the single crochet. Instead of placing the yarn over the hook, place the hook over the yarn and complete stitch.
– An alternative to crocheting the wraps is to purchase a stretchy knit fabric 12 inches wide and 60 inches long.

Helpful Links:
– No More Twist Chains: https://brianakdesigns.com/no-chain-twists-ever/
– Magic Circle/Ring: https://brianakdesigns.com/magic-crochet-circle-ring/
– Invisible Decrease (sc2tog): https://brianakdesigns.com/invisiblesinglecrochetdecrease/

Penguin Wrap (Make Two – 1 Cedar and 1 Ivory

Row Description

Stitch

Count

1 With I hook, Ch 68 sts, sc in 4th chain from hook (these chains will count as first st) *ch 1, skip 1, sc 1; repeat * until end of row, turn. 66
2 Ch 2, sc in chain space from previous row, *ch 1, skip 1, sc 1; repeat * until end of row. The last sc will be worked into the space between the ch 2 turning chain and the sc from the previous row. 66
3-270 Repeat Row 2 for 270 rows or desired length. Fasten off and weave in ends. 66

Penguin Bonnet Ivory

Round Description

Stitch

Count

1 With Ivory yarn and G hook, sc 8 in Magic Circle, join. 8
2 Ch 1 (doesn’t count as stitch), 2 sc in each stitch around, join. 16
3 Ch 1, sc in each stitch around, join. 16
4 Ch 1, *2sc in first, sc in next; repeat * around, join. 24
5 Ch 1, sc in each stitch around, join. 24
6 Ch 1, *2sc in first, sc in next 2; repeat * around, join. 32
7 Ch 1, sc in each stitch around, join. 32
8 Ch 1, *2sc in first, sc in next 3; repeat * around, join. 40
9 Ch 1, sc in each stitch around, join. 40
10 Ch 1, *2sc in first, sc in next 4; repeat * around, join. 48
11 Ch 1, sc in each stitch around, join. 48
12 Ch 1, *2sc in first, sc in next 5; repeat * around, join. 56
13 Ch 1, sc in each stitch around, join. 56
14 Ch 1, *2sc in first, sc in next 6; repeat * around, join. 64
15-34 Ch 1, sc in each stitch around, join. 64
  Fasten off and weave in ends. Set aside until bonnet assembly.  

Penguin Bonnet Cedar

Row Description

Stitch

Count

1 With Cedar yarn and G hook, ch 11, sc in second chain from hook and across, turn. 10
2 Ch 1 (doesn’t count as stitch), 2sc in first, sc until last st, 2sc in last, turn. 12
3-28 Repeat row 2 until stitch count is 64 64
29 Ch 1, *sc2tog, sc 6; repeat * across, turn. 56
30 Ch 1, *sc2tog, sc 5; repeat * across, turn. 48
31 Ch 1, *sc2tog, sc 4; repeat * across, turn. 40
32 Ch 1, *sc2tog, sc 3; repeat * across, turn. 32
33 Ch 1, *sc2tog, sc 2; repeat * across, turn. 24
34 Ch 1, sc2tog, sc 20, sc2tog, turn. 22
35 Ch 1, sc2tog, sc 18, sc2tog, turn. 20

Finishing

Fold the flat row worked in half and seam closed to create the back of the bonnet. Weave in ends

 

Penguin Bonnet Beak

Round Description

Stitch

Count

1 With Dijon yarn and G hook, sc 8 in Magic Circle, join. 8
2 Ch 1, *2sc in first, sc in next; repeat * around, join. 12
3 Ch 1, sc in each stitch around, join. 12
4 Ch 1, *2sc in first, sc in next 2; repeat * around, join. 16
5 Ch 1, sc in each stitch around, join. 16
6 Ch 1, *2sc in first, sc in next 3; repeat * around, join. 20
7-8 Ch 1, sc in each stitch around, join. Leaving a long tail to sew to bonnet, fasten off. 20

Penguin Bonnet Assembly & Ties

I find it’s easier to sew the ivory and cedar bonnet pieces together by placing them onto a small ball. Line up the back base of bonnets together and pin into place. Pull the front edges together and pin them in place at top center.

Using yarn needle and cedar yarn, sew the cedar bonnet headpiece onto the ivory bonnet piece. Using the tail end of the beak, stitch to the front top center of bonnet.

Ties: Using G-hook, attach yarn to one side front bottom corner of bonnet. Chain 51, slip stitch in second chain from hook and across. Fasten off and weave in ends. Repeat for other side.