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Newborn Penguin Knit Outfit

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penguin buddy knit pattern

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 Newborn Penguin Knit Outfit 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.

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Are you looking for more penguin patterns?

I have a crochet penguin newborn outfit pattern. It's this same design in crochet.

I also have both a knit penguin pattern and a crochet penguin pattern. These are huggable stuffed toys. They make great gifts!


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Supplies for the Newborn Penguin Knit Outfit:

• Size US 3 (3.25 mm) & US 7 (4.5 mm) dnp or circular needles

• Removable stitch markers if needed
• Size US G (4.5 mm) crochet hook for ties

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

Skill Level:
• Advanced Beginner

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

• BO- Bind Off
• CO- Cast On
• k- knit
• k2tog – knit two stitches together
• kfb – knit 1 into the front and back of stitch
• M1R- Make 1 Stitch Right
• M1L- Make 1 Stitch Left
• st(s) – stitch(es)

• 125 yards (115 m) for Bonnet
• 450 yards (412 m) for Each Wrap

• 26 sts and 36 rows = 4” (10 cm)
in stockinette stitch

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Notes for the Newborn Penguin Knit Outfit:

-This bonnet is worked in pieces and then hand sewn together.

-An alternative to knitting the wraps is to purchase a stretchy knit fabric 12 inches wide and 60 inches long.

M1R: pick up the bar between the last stitch you knit and the one you’re about to knit, bringing the needle from the back to the front. Then knit into the front of this stitch.

M1L: pick up the bar between the stitch you knit and the one you’re about to knit, bringing the needle from front to back. Then knit into the back of the stitch.

Crochet Penguin Buddy Pattern

Newborn Penguin Knit Outfit Instructions:

Penguin Bonnet Ivory

RowDescriptionStitch Count
1With Ivory yarn and US 3 (3.25 mm) needles, CO 68.68
2-38Knit stockinette (purl even rows, knit odd rows) in each stitch across.68
Round39Working in the round:*k2tog, k15*; repeat from * to * around.64
40*k2tog, k6*; repeat from * to * around.56
41*k2tog, k5*; repeat from * to * around.48
42*k2tog, k4*; repeat from * to * around.40
43*k2tog, k3*; repeat from * to * around.32
44*k2tog, k2*; repeat from * to * around.24
45*k2tog, k1*; repeat from * to * around.Fasten off and use tail end to weave through remaining stitches and close hole. Weave in ends.16

Penguin Bonnet Cedar Overlay

1With Cedar yarn and US 3 (3.25 mm) needles, CO 14.14
2Knit in each stitch across.14
3Purl in each stitch across.14
4K1, M1R, knit until one stitch remains, M1L, k1.16
5Purl in each stitch across.16
6-57Repeat rows 4-5 until stitch count is 68. Then bind off knitwise.68

Attaching Cedar Overlay to Ivory Bonnet

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 it into place. Pull the front edges together and pin them in place at the top center. Using a yarn needle and cedar yarn, sew the cedar bonnet headpiece onto the ivory bonnet piece.

Crochet Penguin Buddy Pattern


RoundDescriptionStitch Count
1With Dijon/Yellow yarn CO 28 and work in the round with magic loop or dpn method.28
2Knit in each stitch around.28
3*K2tog, k5; repeat * around.24
4Knit in each stitch around.24
5*K2tog, k4; repeat * around.20
6Knit in each stitch around.20
7*K2tog, k3; repeat * around.16
8Knit in each stitch around.16
9*K2tog, k2; repeat * around.12
10Knit in each stitch around.12
11*K2tog, k1; repeat * around.8
12Knit in each stitch around. Fasten off and use tail end to weave through remaining stitches and close holes. Sew the beak to the front to of the bonnet lining it up with the left and right sides of the cedar piece. See the image on the last page.  Weave in ends.8

Penguin Wrap (Make Two- 1 Cedar and 1 Ivory

RowDescriptionStitch Count
1With US 7 (4.5 mm) needles, CO 66.66
2-360Knit in each stitch across.Bind off knit-wise, weave in ends.66

*Note: An alternative to knitting the wraps is to purchase a stretchy knit fabric 12 inches wide and 60 inches long.


Using G-hook, attach yarn to one side front bottom corner of bonnet. Chain 51, slip stitch in the second chain from hook and across. Fasten off and weave in ends. Repeat on the other side. (A knit I-cord can also be used for ties)

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