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. 

Gather your 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

1 With Ivory yarn sc 6 in Magic Ring 6
2 2 sc in each stitch around 12
3 *2 sc in first, sc in next; repeat * around 18
4 *2 sc in first, sc 2; repeat * around 24
5 *2 sc in first, sc 3; repeat * around 30
6 *2 sc in first, sc 4; repeat * around 36
7 *2 sc in first, sc 5; repeat * around 42
8-14 sc in each stitch around 42
15 *sc2tog, sc 5; repeat * around 36
16

*sc2tog, sc 4; repeat * around

Begin to stuff with fiberfill as you go.

30
17 *sc2tog, sc 3; repeat * around 24
18 *sc2tog, sc 2; repeat * around 18
19 *sc2tog, sc 1; repeat * around 12
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

1 With Light Grey yarn chain 20 20
2 *2 sc in first, sc 4; repeat * around 24
3  sc in each stitch around 24
4  *2 sc in first, sc 5; repeat * around 28
5  sc in each stitch around 28
6  *2 sc in first, sc 6; repeat * around 32
7  sc in each stitch around 32
8  *2 sc in first, sc 7; repeat * around 36
9  sc in each stitch around 36
10  *2 sc in first, sc 8; repeat * around 40
11  sc in each stitch around 40
12  *2 sc in first, sc 9; repeat * around 44
13  sc in each stitch around 44
14  *2 sc in first, sc 10; repeat * around 48
15  sc in each stitch around 48
16  *2 sc in first, sc 7; repeat * around 54
17  sc in each stitch around 54
18  *2 sc in first, sc 8; repeat * around 60
19  sc in each stitch around 60
20  *2 sc in first, sc 9; repeat * around 66
21-26  sc in each stitch around 66
27  *sc2tog, sc 9; repeat * around 60
28  *sc2tog, sc 8; repeat * around 54
29  *sc2tog, sc 7; repeat * around 48
30  *sc2tog, sc 6; repeat * around 42
31  *sc2tog, sc 5; repeat * around 36
32  *sc2tog, sc 4; repeat * around 30
33  *sc2tog, sc 3; repeat * around 24
34

 *sc2tog, sc 2; repeat * around

Begin to stuff with fiberfill as you go.

18
35  *sc2tog, sc 1; repeat * around 12
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)

Round Description

Stitch

Count

1 With Light Grey yarn sc 6 in Magic Ring 6
2 2 sc in each stitch around 12
3-4 sc in each stitch around 12
5 *2 sc in first, sc 5; repeat * around 14
6 sc in each stitch around 14
7 *2 sc in first, sc 6; repeat * around 16
8 sc in each stitch around 16
9 *2 sc in first, sc 7; repeat * around 18
10 sc in each stitch around 18
11 *2 sc in first, sc 8; repeat * around 20
12-16 sc in each stitch around 20
17

*sc2tog, sc 8; repeat * around

Begin to stuff with fiberfill as you go.

18
18 sc in each stitch around 18
19 *sc2tog, sc 7; repeat * around 16
20 sc in each stitch around 16
21 *sc2tog, sc 6; repeat * around 14
22-23

sc in each stitch around

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

14

Head Piece

Row Description

Stitch

Count

1 With Black yarn ch 5, sc in 2nd stitch form hook and across, turn. 4
2-5 Ch 1, sc 4, turn. 4
6 Ch 1, 2sc in first, sc until last stitch, 2 sc in last, turn. 6
7-22 Repeat row 6 until stitch count is 38 38
Round Ch 2, sl st in first stitch from previous row to join and begin working in the round.  
23 sc in each stitch around (including chains) 40
24 *sc2tog, sc 6; repeat * around 35
25 *sc2tog, sc 5; repeat * around 30
26 *sc2tog, sc 4; repeat * around 25
27 *sc2tog, sc 3; repeat * around 20
28 *sc2tog, sc 2; repeat * around 15
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

Beak

Round Description

Stitch

Count

1 With Yellow yarn sc 4 in Magic Ring 4
2 *2sc in first, sc; repeat * around 6
3 *2sc in first, sc 2; repeat * around 8
4 *2sc in first, sc 3; repeat * around 10
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)

Round Description

Stitch

Count

1 With 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)

Round Description

Stitch

Count

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

1 sc in each stitch around 24
2 *sc2tog, sc 4; repeat * around 20
3-5 sc in each stitch around 20
6 *sc2tog, sc 3; repeat * around 16
7 sc in each stitch around 16
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.