Isn’t this little knit 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 3 (3.25 mm) dnp 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

 

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:
• 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:

-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.

Penguin Head

Round Description

Stitch

Count

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

K2tog  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 CO 24 and work in the round with magic loop or dpn method. 24
2 Knit in each stitch around. 24
3 *kf&b in first stitch, k5; repeat * around. 28
4 Knit in each stitch around. 28
5 *kf&b in first stitch, k6; repeat * around. 32
6 Knit in each stitch around. 32
7 *kf&b in first stitch, k7; repeat * around. 36
8 Knit in each stitch around. 36
9 *kf&b in first stitch, k8; repeat * around. 40
10 Knit in each stitch around. 40
11 *kf&b in first stitch, k9; repeat * around. 44
12 Knit in each stitch around. 44
13 *kf&b in first stitch, k10; repeat * around. 48
14 Knit in each stitch around. 48
15 *kf&b in first stitch, k7; repeat * around. 54
16-17 Knit in each stitch around. Begin to stuff with fiberfill as you go. 54
18 *kf&b in first stitch, k8; repeat * around. 60
19-20 Knit in each stitch around. 60
21 *kf&b in first stitch, k9; repeat * around. 66
22-45 Knit 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

55

K2tog 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 and leaving a 12 inch tail for sewing to body, CO 6 and work in the round with magic loop or dpn method. 6
2 Knit in each stitch around. 6
3 Kf&b in each stitch around. 12
4 Knit in each stitch around. 12
5 *Kf&b in first stitch, k5; repeat * around. 14
6 Knit in each stitch around. 14
7 *Kf&b in first stitch, k6; repeat * around. 16
8 Knit in each stitch around. 16
9 *Kf&b in first stitch, k7; repeat * around. 18
10 Knit in each stitch around. 18
11 *Kf&b in first stitch, k8; repeat * around. 20
12 Knit in each stitch around. 20
13 *Kf&b in first stitch, k9; repeat * around. 22
14-26 Knit in each stitch around. 22
27 *K2tog, k9; repeat * around. 20
28 Knit in each stitch around. Begin to stuff with fiberfill as you go. 20
29 *K2tog, k8; repeat * around. 18
30 Knit in each stitch around. 18
31 *K2tog, k7; repeat * around. 16
32 Knit in each stitch around. 16
33 *K2tog, k6; repeat * around. 14
34 Knit in each stitch around. 14
35 K2tog around. Fasten off and use tail end to weave through remaining stitches and close hole. Weave in ends, set aside until assembly. 7

Head Piece

Row Description

Stitch

Count

1 With Cedar yarn and US 3 (3.25 mm) needles, CO 6. 6
2 Knit in each stitch across. 6
3 Purl in each stitch across. 6
4-7 Repeat rows 2-3 6
8 K1, M1R, knit until one stitch remains, M1L, k1. 8
9 Purl in each stitch across. 8
10-37 Repeat rows 8-9 until stitch count is 40 40
38 K40, thumb cast on 5 45

Round

39

Working 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
47 K2tog around. Fasten off and use tail end to weave through remaining stitches and close hole. Weave in ends, set aside until assembly. 5

Beak

Round Description

Stitch

Count

1 With Yellow yarn CO 6 and work in the round with magic loop or dpn method. 6
2 Knit in each stitch around. 6
3 *Kf&b, k1; repeat * around. 9
4 Knit in each stitch around. 9
5 *Kf&b, k2; repeat * around. 12
6 Knit in each stitch around. 12
7 *Kf&b, k3; repeat * around. 15
8

Knit in each stitch around.

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

15

Penguin Feet (Make 2)

Round Description

Stitch

Count

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

First Toe

 
1 This round will create the firsts toe (see images). K5, place 18 sts on holder, K5 10
2-3

Knit in each first toe stitch around.

Fasten off leaving a long tail. Bind off by Weave tail through remaining live stitches and pulling yarn tight to close opening. Weave in end.

10
 

Second Toe

 
1 This 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
2

Knit in each first toe stitch around.

Fasten off leaving a long tail. Bind off by Weave tail through remaining live stitches and pulling yarn tight to close opening. Sew the opening between the first and second toe closed. Weave in end.

9
 

Third Toe

 
1 This round will create the third toe. Place remaining 9 sts onto needles. Knit in each stitch around. 9
2

Knit in each first toe stitch around.

Fasten off leaving a long tail. Bind off by Weave tail through remaining live stitches and pulling yarn tight to close opening. Sew the opening between the second and third toe closed. Weave in ends. Set aside for assembly.

9

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.