Earlier this week I did a round-up of 10 free crochet penguin patterns, and today I’m here to share these 10 free knit penguin patterns.
Penguins are so cute and cuddly and there were so many different types of patterns to choose from I had a hard time narrowing it down to 10! I tried to gather a variety of project types instead of choosing only stuffed animals. So here we also have mittens, a hat, bunting bag, and even a sweater. Check out these adorable penguin patterns.
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Tips for Knitting Penguins
When knitting any type of stuffed animal, there are a few things to keep in mind:
First, you will usually need to use a smaller needle than normal if you are knitting a stuffed penguin. You want tight stitches that do not let the stuffing show.
Next, for a stuffed animal to sit properly, you need to give it some weight. A bit of rice or plastic pellets work really well. I tend to use them in the bottom of my stuffies.
Finally, be careful of the amount of stuffing used in any stuffed animal. You don’t want it to have too much or too little stuffing. A lot of times people will tend to understaff and then find that their animal is floppy.
What are the Best Yarns for Knitted Penguins?
When knitting a stuffed animal, you can use many types of yarns with success. Acrylic yarns tend to be widely used, but you can also use a natural fiber such as cotton or wool.
If the penguin you are knitting is not a stuffed animal (such as some of the projects shown here), then try to use a yarn similar to the one used in the pattern. Think of the end result and care that it will need and choose from there.
Best Knit Penguin Patterns
This Teeny Penguin is a super quick knit that is simply adorable. It is worked in a DK yarn that is 100% acrylic.
This pattern can be found as a free Ravelry download via the link below.
This penguin is so festive! It boasts a scarf and a fun striped pattern on the belly. It is also knit in a DK weight yarn from Red Heart on double pointed needles.
You can download the free pattern from the Yarnspirations website by clicking the link below.
Cheerful Holiday Penguin from Red Heart
This is such a fun color work yoke pattern that includes penguins! This sweater is knit with Aran weight yarn.
Sized for kid’s 2-10 years old. Find the Ravelry listing below.
Another cute knit penguin made with DK yarn. This is a great pattern for using up small, leftover bits of yarn.
This penguin pattern is unique in that it is knit flat with straight needles, unlike the patterns that use double pointed needles.
Find the link to the free Ravelry download by clicking the link below.
What knitted penguin roundup would be complete without a penguin hat? This color work hat is sized for adults and uses worsted weight yarn.
Find the free downloadable PDF by clicking the link below.
Penguins Galore Hat from All Kinds of Knitting
Penguin mittens? Yes, please! These knit penguin mittens work up with DK weight yarn in sizes XS and S.
This pattern recommends wool yarn for a comfy, warm pair of mittens.
Find the free download on Ravelry by clicking the link below.
Penguin Mittens by Marianne Lind
Babies look super cute in anything, but especially this adorable penguin bunting bag!
If you are looking for a cute, winter-themed baby gift, this just might be the thing.
Find the free pattern by clicking the link below.
Penguin Bunting Bag from Yarnplaza.com
Here is a small penguin that would look adorable on any tree, or make a wonderful gift. Created with worsted weight yarn, this pattern works up quickly.
Worked on double pointed needles.
Find the free pattern download on Knit Picks by clicking the link below.
Penguin Ornament at KnitPicks.com
This penguin is a more realistic looking stuffed animal that stands about 8” tall. It is knit with worsted weight yarn on straight needles.
Find the free knit pattern on Knitty by clicking the link below.
Penguin Baby Blanket from Craftsy
So there we are! 10 free knit penguin patterns all ready to go! I hope you find inspiration and maybe a new project from this list. Happy knitting!