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 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:
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

Skill Level:
• Advanced Beginner

 

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Measurements:

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

Abbreviations:
• 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)

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

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

Notes:

-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.

Penguin Bonnet Ivory

Row

Description

Stitch

Count

1

With Ivory yarn and US 3 (3.25 mm) needles, CO 68.

68

2-38

Knit stockinette (purl even rows, knit odd rows) in each stitch across.

68

Round

39

Working 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

Row

Description

Stitch

Count

1

With Cedar yarn and US 3 (3.25 mm) needles, CO 14.

14

2

Knit in each stitch across.

14

3

Purl in each stitch across.

14

4

K1, M1R, knit until one stitch remains, M1L, k1.

16

5

Purl in each stitch across.

16

6-57

Repeat 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 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.

Beak

Round

Description

Stitch

Count

1

With Dijon/Yellow yarn CO 28 and work in the round with magic loop or dpn method.

28

2

Knit in each stitch around.

28

3

*K2tog, k5; repeat * around.

24

4

Knit in each stitch around.

24

5

*K2tog, k4; repeat * around.

20

6

Knit in each stitch around.

20

7

*K2tog, k3; repeat * around.

16

8

Knit in each stitch around.

16

9

*K2tog, k2; repeat * around.

12

10

Knit in each stitch around.

12

11

*K2tog, k1; repeat * around.

8

12

Knit in each stitch around.

Fasten off and use tail end to weave through remaining stitches and close hole. Sew the beak to the front to of the bonnet lining it up with the left and right sides of the cedar piece. See image on last page.  Weave in ends.

8

Penguin Wrap (Make Two – 1 Cedar and 1 Ivory

Row

Description

Stitch

Count

1

With US 7 (4.5 mm) needles, CO 66.

66

2-360

Knit 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.

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. (A knit I-cord can also be used for ties)