Isn’t this little crochet penguin buddy a cute winter companion? My boys have been asking to keep these penguins for themselves ever since I crafted them up. I think they might find them under the tree this year as their gift from mommy.

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. 

Supplies:

• 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

 

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

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

Notes:

– This 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.
– 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 is worked in the round continuously without joining. Use a stitch marker to keep track of rounds.
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 Head:

Round

Description

Stitch 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
20

sc2tog around

Fasten off and use tail end to weave through remaining stitches and close hole. Weave in ends, set aside until assembly.

6

Penguin Body:

Round

Description

Stitch 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 tail end to weave through remaining stitches and close hole. Weave in ends, set aside until assembly.

6

Penguin Arms (make 2):

RoundDescription

Stitch 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
22-23

sc in each stitch around

Fasten off and leaving a 12 inch tail, set aside until assembly.

14

Penguin Head Piece:

RowDescription

Stitch Count

1With Black yarn ch 5, sc in 2nd stitch form 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
Round To work in the round, work the next stitch into the first stitch from previous row. This will now be worked continuuslly in the round, use stithc marker to keep track of the beginning of 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 tail end to weave through remaining stitches and close hole. Weave in ends, set aside until assembly

10

Penguin Beak:

Round Description

Stitch 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 leaving a 12 inch tail, set aside until assembly.

12

Penguin Toes Small (make 4):

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
1With Black yarn sc 4 in Magic Ring, join.4
2

Ch 1, 2 sc in each stitch around, join.

Fasten off and leave tail end to attach to other toes. Weave in ends, set aside until penguin feet.

8

Penguin Toes Big (make 2):

RoundDescription

Stitch Count

1With Black yarn sc 4 in Magic Ring, join.4
2Ch 1, 2 sc in each stitch around, join.8
3

Ch 1, *2sc in first, sc 3; repeat * around, join.

Fasten off and leave tail end to attach to other toes. Weave in ends, set aside until penguin feet.

10

Penguin Feet (make 2):

For each foot one big toes and two small toe piece will be used. 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.

Round Description

Stitch 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 tail end to weave through remaining stitches and close hole. Weave in ends, set aside until assembly

8

Penguin Assembly:

Using 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.