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Penguin Buddy Knit Pattern

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Isn’t this little Penguin Buddy Knit Pattern 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.

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Are you looking for more penguin patterns?

Look no further! If you’re bicrafty or prefer to crochet, use the crochet penguin pattern for this same style of stuffie.

Is there a newborn in your life? You might want to get the knit and crochet penguin pattern outfits too. They’re so cute for winter photos:

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Supplies for the Penguin Buddy Knit Pattern:

• Size US 3 (3.25 mm) dpn or circular needles
• Removable stitch markers if needed
• Yarn needle to weave in ends
• Fiberfill or stuffing
• Stitch holder or scrap yarn

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:
• 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)

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

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Notes for the Penguin Buddy Knit Pattern:

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

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.

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Penguin Buddy Knit Pattern Instructions:

Penguin Head:

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
1With Ivory yarn CO 6 and work in the round with magic loop or dpn method.6
2Knit in each stitch around.6
3Kf&b in each stitch around.12
4Knit in each stitch around.12
5*Kf&b in first stitch, k1; repeat * around.18
6Knit in each stitch around.18
7*Kf&b in first stitch, k2; repeat * around.24
8Knit in each stitch around.24
9*Kf&b in first stitch, k3; repeat * around.30
10Knit in each stitch around.30
11*Kf&b in first stitch, k4; repeat * around.36
12Knit in each stitch around.36
13*Kf&b in first stitch, k5; repeat * around.42
14Knit in each stitch around.42
15*Kf&b in first stitch, k6; repeat * around.48
16-30Knit in each stitch around.48
31*K2tog, k6; repeat * around.42
32Knit in each stitch around. Begin to stuff with fiberfill as you go.42
33*K2tog, k5; repeat * around.36
34Knit in each stitch around.36
35*K2tog, k4; repeat * around.30
36Knit in each stitch around.30
37*K2tog, k3; repeat * around.24
38Knit in each stitch around.24
39*K2tog, k2; repeat * around.18
40Knit in each stitch around.18
41*K2tog, k1; repeat * around.12
42K2tog  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

Penguin Body:

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
1With Light Grey yarn CO 24 and work in the round with magic loop or dpn method.24
2Knit in each stitch around.24
3*kf&b in first stitch, k5; repeat * around.28
4Knit in each stitch around.28
5*kf&b in first stitch, k6; repeat * around.32
6Knit in each stitch around.32
7*kf&b in first stitch, k7; repeat * around.36
8Knit in each stitch around.36
9*kf&b in first stitch, k8; repeat * around.40
10Knit in each stitch around.40
11*kf&b in first stitch, k9; repeat * around.44
12Knit in each stitch around.44
13*kf&b in first stitch, k10; repeat * around.48
14Knit in each stitch around.48
15*kf&b in first stitch, k7; repeat * around.54
16-17Knit in each stitch around. Begin to stuff with fiberfill as you go.54
18*kf&b in first stitch, k8; repeat * around.60
19-20Knit in each stitch around.60
21*kf&b in first stitch, k9; repeat * around.66
22-45Knit in each stitch around.66
46*K2tog, k9; repeat * around.60
47*K2tog, k8; repeat * around.54 
48*K2tog, k7; repeat * around.48
49*K2tog, k6; repeat * around.42
50*K2tog, k5; repeat * around.36
51*K2tog, k4; repeat * around.30
52*K2tog, k3; repeat * around.24
53*K2tog, k2; repeat * around.18
54*K2tog, k1; repeat * around.12
55K2tog 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

Penguin Arms (make 2):

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
1With Light Grey yarn and leaving a 12 inch tail for sewing to the body, CO 6 and work in the round with magic loop or dpn method.6
2Knit in each stitch around.6
3Kf&b in each stitch around.12
4Knit in each stitch around.12
5*Kf&b in first stitch, k5; repeat * around.14
6Knit in each stitch around.14
7*Kf&b in first stitch, k6; repeat * around.16
8Knit in each stitch around.16
9*Kf&b in first stitch, k7; repeat * around.18
10Knit in each stitch around.18
11*Kf&b in first stitch, k8; repeat * around.20
12Knit in each stitch around.20
13*Kf&b in first stitch, k9; repeat * around.22
14-26Knit in each stitch around.22
27*K2tog, k9; repeat * around.20
28Knit in each stitch around. Begin to stuff with fiberfill as you go.20
29*K2tog, k8; repeat * around.18
30Knit in each stitch around.18
31*K2tog, k7; repeat * around.16
32Knit in each stitch around.16
33*K2tog, k6; repeat * around.14
34Knit in each stitch around.14
35K2tog 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.7

Penguin Head Piece:

RowDescriptionStitch Count
1With Cedar yarn and US 3 (3.25 mm) needles, CO 6.6
2Knit in each stitch across.6
3Purl in each stitch across.6
4-7Repeat rows 2-36
8K1, M1R, knit until one stitch remains, M1L, k1.8
9Purl in each stitch across.8
10-37Repeat rows 8-9 until stitch count is 4040
38K40, thumb cast on 545
Round39Working in the round: Knit in each stitch around.45
40*k2tog, k7; repeat * around.40
41*k2tog, k6; repeat * around.35
42*k2tog, k5; repeat * around.30
43*k2tog, k4; repeat * around.25
44*k2tog, k3; repeat * around.20
45*k2tog, k2; repeat * around.15
46*k2tog, k1; repeat * around.10
47K2tog 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.5

Penguin Beak:

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
1With Yellow yarn CO 6 and work in the round with magic loop or dpn method.6
2Knit in each stitch around.6
3*Kf&b, k1; repeat * around.9
4Knit in each stitch around.9
5*Kf&b, k2; repeat * around.12
6Knit in each stitch around.12
7*Kf&b, k3; repeat * around.15
8Knit in each stitch around. Fasten off and use the tail end to weave through the remaining stitches and close the hole. Weave in ends, set aside until assembly15

Penguin Feet (make 2):

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
1With Black yarn, CO 4 and work in the round with magic loop or dpn method.4
2Knit in each stitch around.4
3Kf&b in each stitch around.8
4Knit in each stitch around.8
5*Kf&b in first stitch, k1; repeat * around.12
6Knit in each stitch around.12
7*Kf&b in first stitch, k2; repeat * around.16
8Knit in each stitch around.16
9*Kf&b in first stitch, k3; repeat * around.20
10-12Knit in each stitch around.20
13*Kf&b in first stitch, k4; repeat * around.24
14-16Knit in each stitch around.24
17*Kf&b in first stitch, k5; repeat * around.28
18-20Knit in each stitch around.28

First Toe:

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
1This round will create the first toe (see images). K5, place 18 sts on holder, K510
2-3Knit in each first toe-stitch around. Fasten off leaving a long tail. Bind off by weaving tail through remaining live stitches and pulling the yarn tight to close the opening. Weave in end.10

Second Toe:

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
1This round will create the second toe. Begin to stuff foot with fiberfill. Place next 5 sts back on needless, skip 9 sts, place 4 back on needles. Knit in each stitch around.9
2Knit in each first toe-stitch around. Fasten off leaving a long tail. Bind off by weaving tail through remaining live stitches and pulling the yarn tight to close the opening. Sew the opening between the first and second toe closed. Weave in end.9

Third Toe:

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
1This round will create the third toe. Place remaining 9 sts onto needles. Knit in each stitch around.9
2Knit in each first toe-stitch around. Fasten off leaving a long tail. Bind off by weaving tail through remaining live stitches and pulling the yarn tight to close the opening. Sew the opening between the second and third toe closed. Weave in ends. Set aside for assembly.9
Penguin Knit Buddy

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.

Penguin Knit Buddy

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Shelly bynum

Sunday 8th of March 2020

Love the penguins! Could you give more detail as to how to sew the head on? I have not found good instructions for doing this on any type of lovey. Mine are not very secure. Some pointers would be appreciated. Thank you

Briana Kepner

Friday 13th of March 2020

If you take some sewing pins and stick it in place, that will help as you sew around :)

Ellisen

Wednesday 4th of March 2020

Totally adorable baby penguins. I'm going to knit one in fuzzy yarn tonight. Thank you so much for sharing, Briana.

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