I’ve been trying to make a stuffed penguin for a long time now! If you’ve been following the blog you know that my Puppy Love Puffball was originally intended to be a penguin, but turned out to be a dog! I don’t know why this has been such a hard project for me but I finally made one I love.
This was my first time working with Red Heart Buttercup yarn and I loved it! I am going to make more stuffed animals with this yarn for sure. This yarn and Bernat Pipsqueak have become my two favorites for stuffed animals. My favorite things about these yarns are the soft, squishiness (is that a word??) and how well the yarns hide the crochet stitches. When people see the animals I’ve made with these yarns they have a hard time believing they are crocheted – but they are!
The only downside to this is that it can be hard to see your stitches while you are working! Stitch markers are a huge help with this so at the very least use a bobby pin to mark the first stitch of each round (that’s what I usually use anyway).
Buttercup Penguin Pal
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Red Heart Buttercup – 1 skein each in Pool (MC) and White (CC)
Hook: K (6.5mm)
Notions: Two 12mm safety eyes, orange scrap yarn (for beak), fiberfill, rice
Gauge: Not crucial for this project
Finished Size: Approximately 5″ tall
Body and Head:
With MC, ch 2.
Round 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join to first sc with slip st – 6 sts.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st – 12 sts.
Round 3: *Sc, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * – 18 sts.
Round 4: With MC: sc, 2 sc in next st, with CC: sc, 2 sc in next st, with MC: *sc, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * to end – 24 sts.
Round 5: With MC: sc 3, with CC: sc 6, with MC: sc to end.
Round 6: With MC: sc 2, with CC: sc 8, with MC: sc to end.
Rounds 7-8: Repeat round 6.
Round 9: With MC: sc 2, with CC: sc2tog, sc 2, sc2tog, sc 2, with MC: sc2tog, *sc 2, sc2tog; repeat from * to end – 18 sts.
Attach safety eyes. Stuff head with fiberfill.
Round 10: With MC: sc 2, with CC: sc 6, with MC: sc to end.
Round 11: With MC: sc 2, wh CC: 2 sc in next st, sc 2, 2 sc in next st, sc 2, with MC: 2 sc in next st, *sc 2, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * to end – 24 sts.
Round 12: With MC: sc 2, with CC: sc, 2 sc in next st, sc 3, 2 sc in next st, sc 2, with MC: sc, 2 sc in next st, *sc 3, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * to end – 30 sts.
Rounds 13-16: With MC: sc 2, with CC: sc 10, with MC: sc to end.
Round 17: With MC, sc2tog, with CC: (sc2tog) 5 times, with MC: *sc2tog; repeat from * to end – 15 sts.
Round 18: With MC, sc, *sc2tog; repeat from * to end – 8 sts.
Stuff firmly with fiberfill. Add 1/4 cup rice to bottom.
Round 19: With MC: *sc2tog; repeat from * to end – sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Draw yarn through remaining sts and pull tight to close. Embroider beak with orange yarn.
WING (Make 2)
With MC, ch 6.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across; turn – 5 sts.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc, sc2tog; turn – 3 sts.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc3tog – 1 st.
Fasten off. Sew wings to body.
And – you’re done! Such a quick and easy pattern. I really hope you enjoy making your new penguin pal as much as I enjoyed designing him! Check out the rest of my free crochet patterns!