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Crochet Penguin Buddy Pattern

Isn’t this little Penguin Buddy Crochet Pattern a cute winter companion? I first designed this toy in 2019. Immediately, my boys began asking to keep these penguins for themselves. So, I know from firsthand experience that these are great handmade gifts for little ones.

You don’t have to be little to enjoy this penguin stuffy, though! He is cute for holiday decor or to just have around at any time of year. And of course, I think he makes an excellent gift for all ages. Who wouldn’t enjoy cuddling up with this toy? Plus, knit and crochet penguins are trending this year, which is why I’ve decided to republish this pattern. I wanted to make sure you could find it if you haven’t seen it, yet.

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Fun Facts About Penguins

Why are knit and crochet penguins trending right now? Partly it’s because they’re cute. Partly it’s because it’s winter and they’re snuggly. But there’s also a resurgence of interest in penguins in general because they are really special creatures. Here are just a few fun facts about penguins:

  • Penguins live in various places all around the world. Surprisingly, only one of ~18 species lives above the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Penguins range in size from just 10″ tall to over 4′ tall! Our little crochet penguin is just a little bit smaller than the smallest real penguins out there.
  • Penguins are monogamous. The father watches the eggs of unhatched babies while the mom goes out to hunt. Go Mom Penguins!
  • Penguins swim; they don’t fly. Some can swim over 20 mph. They typically only go about 30-60 feet deep. However some species go much deeper; the biggest ones go well over 1000 feet deep.
Crochet Penguin Buddy Pattern

Supplies for the Penguin Buddy Crochet Pattern:

• Size US G (4.0 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

Skill Level:
• Advanced Beginner

Measurements:
Penguin stands about 7.5” (19 cm) tall

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

Yardage:
• 135 yards (124 m)

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

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Notes for the Penguin Buddy Crochet Pattern:

  • This crochet buddy is worked in pieces and then hand sewn together.
  • The Ch 1 at the beginning of the row does not count as a stitch.
  • In order to reduce a traveling seam 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.
  • This pattern is worked in the round continuously without joining. Use a stitch marker to keep track of rounds.

Helpful Videos

Here are some of the video tutorials that will help you with the Penguin Buddy Crochet Pattern in case you get stuck.

No More Twisted Chains

Magic Circle/Ring:

Invisible Decrease (sc2tog):

Ravelry

Penguin Buddy Crochet Pattern Instructions:

Crochet Penguin Head:

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
1With Ivory yarn sc 6 in Magic Ring6
22 sc in each stitch around12
3*2 sc in first, sc in next; repeat * around18
4*2 sc in first, sc 2; repeat * around24
5*2 sc in first, sc 3; repeat * around30
6*2 sc in first, sc 4; repeat * around36
7*2 sc in first, sc 5; repeat * around42
8-14sc in each stitch around42
15*sc2tog, sc 5; repeat * around36
16*sc2tog, sc 4; repeat * around. Begin to stuff with fiberfill as you go.30
17*sc2tog, sc 3; repeat * around24
18*sc2tog, sc 2; repeat * around18
19*sc2tog, sc 1; repeat * around12
20sc2tog around. Fasten off and use the tail end to weave through the remaining stitches and close the hole. Weave in ends, set aside until assembly.6

Crochet Penguin Body:

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
1With Light Grey yarn chain 2020
2*2 sc in first, sc 4; repeat * around24
3 sc in each stitch around24
4 *2 sc in first, sc 5; repeat * around28
5 sc in each stitch around28
6 *2 sc in first, sc 6; repeat * around32
7 sc in each stitch around32
8 *2 sc in first, sc 7; repeat * around36
9 sc in each stitch around36
10 *2 sc in first, sc 8; repeat * around40
11 sc in each stitch around40
12 *2 sc in first, sc 9; repeat * around44
13 sc in each stitch around44
14 *2 sc in first, sc 10; repeat * around48
15 sc in each stitch around48
16 *2 sc in first, sc 7; repeat * around54
17 sc in each stitch around54
18 *2 sc in first, sc 8; repeat * around60
19 sc in each stitch around60
20 *2 sc in first, sc 9; repeat * around66
21-26 sc in each stitch around66
27 *sc2tog, sc 9; repeat * around60
28 *sc2tog, sc 8; repeat * around54
29 *sc2tog, sc 7; repeat * around48
30 *sc2tog, sc 6; repeat * around42
31 *sc2tog, sc 5; repeat * around36
32 *sc2tog, sc 4; repeat * around30
33 *sc2tog, sc 3; repeat * around24
34 *sc2tog, sc 2; repeat * around. Begin to stuff with fiberfill as you go.18
35 *sc2tog, sc 1; repeat * around12
36 sc2tog around. Fasten off and use the tail end to weave through the remaining stitches and close the hole. Weave in ends, set aside until assembly.6

Crochet Penguin Arms (make 2):

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
1With Light Grey yarn sc 6 in Magic Ring6
22 sc in each stitch around12
3-4sc in each stitch around12
5*2 sc in first, sc 5; repeat * around14
6sc in each stitch around14
7*2 sc in first, sc 6; repeat * around16
8sc in each stitch around16
9*2 sc in first, sc 7; repeat * around18
10sc in each stitch around18
11*2 sc in first, sc 8; repeat * around20
12-16sc in each stitch around20
17*sc2tog, sc 8; repeat * around. Begin to stuff with fiberfill as you go.18
18sc in each stitch around18
19*sc2tog, sc 7; repeat * around16
20sc in each stitch around16
21*sc2tog, sc 6; repeat * around14
22-23sc in each stitch around. Fasten off and leave a 12-inch tail, set aside until assembly.14

Crochet Penguin Head Piece:

RowDescriptionStitch Count
1With Black yarn ch 5, sc in 2nd stitch from hook and across, turn.4
2-5Ch 1, sc 4, turn.4
6Ch 1, 2sc in first, sc until last stitch, 2 sc in last, turn.6
7-22Repeat row 6 until stitch count is 3838
RoundTo work in the round, work the next stitch into the first stitch from the previous row. This will now be worked continuously in the round, using a stitch marker to keep track of the beginning of the round. 
23sc in each stitch around (including chains)40
24*sc2tog, sc 6; repeat * around35
25*sc2tog, sc 5; repeat * around30
26*sc2tog, sc 4; repeat * around25
27*sc2tog, sc 3; repeat * around20
28*sc2tog, sc 2; repeat * around15
29*sc2tog, sc 1; repeat * around. Fasten off and use the tail end to weave through the remaining stitches and close the hole. Weave in ends, set aside until assembly10

Crochet Penguin Beak:

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
1With Yellow yarn sc 4 in Magic Ring4
2*2sc in first, sc; repeat * around6
3*2sc in first, sc 2; repeat * around8
4*2sc in first, sc 3; repeat * around10
5*2sc in first, sc 4; repeat * around. Fasten off and leave a 12-inch tail, set aside until assembly.12

Crochet Penguin Toes Small (make 4):

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
1With Black yarn sc 4 in Magic Ring, join.4
2Ch 1, 2 sc in each stitch around, join. Fasten off and leave the tail end to attach to other toes. Weave in ends, set aside until penguin feet.8

Crochet Penguin Toes Big (make 2):

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
1With Black yarn sc 4 in Magic Ring, join.4
2Ch 1, 2 sc in each stitch around, join.8
3Ch 1, *2sc in first, sc 3; repeat * around, join. Fasten off and leave the tail end to attach to other toes. Weave in ends, set aside until penguin feet.10
crochet penguin feet instructions

Penguin Feet (make 2):

For each foot, one big toe and two small toe pieces will be crocheted together. Using a yarn needle, sew big toes & small toe together by joining one stitch on each side. Repeat one more time by sewing a small toe to one side of the joined small toe. Attach yarn and prepare to crochet around the remaining stitches, the sewn joined stitches will not be worked. 24 total stitches are worked around the exterior of the joined toes.

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
1sc in each stitch around24
2*sc2tog, sc 4; repeat * around20
3-5sc in each stitch around20
6*sc2tog, sc 3; repeat * around16
7sc in each stitch around16
8*sc2tog, sc 2; repeat * around Begin to stuff foot with fiberfill.12
9*sc2tog, sc 1; repeat * around. Fasten off and use the tail end to weave through the remaining stitches and close the hole. Weave in ends, set aside until assembly8

Penguin Assembly:

Using a yarn needle and black yarn, sew the headpiece onto the penguin head.

Next, sew the head to the body.

Then attach arms, feet, and beak. Use pins to put in place if helpful.

For the eyes, use black yarn to stitch a U, or upside-down U, and small eyelashes.

Crochet Penguin Pattern Assembly
How to Crochet a Penguin

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Kelly

Saturday 17th of October 2020

I need help with the start of the body. How do you get a chain of 20 to being in the round with 24 stitches in second round. Are we doing the 24 stitches down the Shaun then 24 on the other side of the chain for 48 stitches? I’m confused

Briana Kepner

Wednesday 21st of October 2020

You will chain 20 and then begin to work continuously in the round. So on the second round, work into the chains, while also increasing. Some of the chains will have two stitches placed into them.

Sally

Saturday 27th of June 2020

Please help with the headpiece, cannot figure how to progress from row 22 as there will be 80 stitches all round.

Lina Marcela

Tuesday 15th of September 2020

Hola. Pudiste resolver el casco del pingüino? Help me please

Briana Kepner

Monday 29th of June 2020

The headpiece will not go all the way around the penguins head so you will stop increasing, join, and work the back. Think of it like the cap/top head part of a hat.

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Kari

Wednesday 25th of March 2020

I’m having a hard time with the feet. I have sewn the toes together but I’m not sure where to attach to start around the toes for the 24 stitches. Any help is appreciated!

Briana Kepner

Tuesday 14th of April 2020

As shown in the images, you will be crocheting around all the stitch of each of the toes which joins them together as one piece to continue creating the foot.

Brooke H

Tuesday 24th of March 2020

Hi! I’m having a little trouble creating the feet off of the toes. I have attached 2 sets of one big and two little toes together, but am confused how to start stitching off of the toes.

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