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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 knit 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.

penguin knit buddy pattern

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

Notes for the Penguin Buddy Knit Pattern:

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

M1R (Make 1 Right): 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 (Make 1 Left): 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 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

Newborn Penguin Knit Outfit

Knit Penguin Buddy Pattern

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 Newborn Penguin Knit Outfit outfit.

Supplies for the Newborn Penguin Knit Outfit

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

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 for the Newborn Penguin Knit Outfit:

-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 (Make 1 Right): 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 (Make 1 Left): 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.

Newborn Penguin Knit Outfit Instructions

Penguin Bonnet Ivory

RowDescriptionStitch Count
1With Ivory yarn and US 3 (3.25 mm) needles, CO 68.68
2-38Knit stockinette (purl even rows, knit odd rows) in each stitch across.68
Round39Working 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

RowDescriptionStitchCount
1With Cedar yarn and US 3 (3.25 mm) needles, CO 14.14
2Knit in each stitch across.14
3Purl in each stitch across.14
4K1, M1R, knit until one stitch remains, M1L, k1.16
5Purl in each stitch across.16
6-57Repeat 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 it into place. Pull the front edges together and pin them in place at the top center. Using a yarn needle and cedar yarn, sew the cedar bonnet headpiece onto the ivory bonnet piece.

Beak

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
1With Dijon/Yellow yarn CO 28 and work in the round with magic loop or dpn method.28
2Knit in each stitch around.28
3*K2tog, k5; repeat * around.24
4Knit in each stitch around.24
5*K2tog, k4; repeat * around.20
6Knit in each stitch around.20
7*K2tog, k3; repeat * around.16
8Knit in each stitch around.16
9*K2tog, k2; repeat * around.12
10Knit in each stitch around.12
11*K2tog, k1; repeat * around.8
12Knit in each stitch around. Fasten off and use tail end to weave through remaining stitches and close holes. Sew the beak to the front to of the bonnet lining it up with the left and right sides of the cedar piece. See the image on the last page. Weave in ends.8

Penguin Wrap (Make Two- 1 Cedar and 1 Ivory

RowDescriptionStitch Count
1With US 7 (4.5 mm) needles, CO 66.66
2-360Knit 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 the second chain from hook and across. Fasten off and weave in ends. Repeat on the other side. (A knit I-cord can also be used for ties)

I hope you enjoyed making the knit penguin buddy or the newborn penguin outfit.

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