Little Winter Penguin | Free crochet penguin pattern

As someone who lives in the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas time for me is usually pretty warm. It’s funny, we sing about “Let it snow” and “Winter wonderland” (and decorate our trees and houses to match) even though the temperature outside is soaring! So, even though it has been pretty warm lately, putting together this little wintery scene for these adorable penguins got me in a Christmas mood!

crochet penguin with purple snow hat with pom pom

This free crochet penguin pattern is a delight to make. I mean, who doesn’t love a little pom pom hat?? The pattern is available for free here on the blog, but you can also buy a low-cost, add free, step by step and printable version in my online stores.

I suggest reading through my article on tips for crocheting amigurumi before starting this project.

If you haven’t done the magic ring before, you can find a photo tutorial here.

FREE CROCHET PENGUIN PATTERN

Materials
2.75 mm / size C crochet hook
2 x 6 mm safety eyes (2 per penguin)
Stuffing
Pins
Sewing thread
Pom pom (or you can make your own using a pom pom maker)
Stitch marker

Yarn
DK (light worsted) cotton yarn (e.g. Paintbox Yarn) in the following colors:
Washed Teal
White
Pansy purple / Tea rose
Mustard (scrap)
Blush (scrap)

This pattern uses US terminology. Please refer to the abbreviations page for stitch details

Finished Size: 10cm / 4 “

INSTRUCTIONS

Body (washed teal)

Rnd 1: into a magic ring, work 6 sc (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: [sc in next st, 2 st in next] repeat around (18)
Rnd 4: [sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next] repeat around (24)
Rnd 5: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] repeat around (30)
Rnd 6: Sc around (30)
Rnd 7: [sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st] repeat around (36)
Rnd 8 – 9: sc around (36)
Rnd 10: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 st] repeat around (42)
Rnd 11 – 14: sc around (42)
Rnd 15: [sc2tog, sc in next 5 st] repeat around (36)
Rnd 16 – 17: sc around (36)
Rnd 18: [sc in next 4 st, sc2tog] repeat around (30)

Attach safety eyes between rnd 16 and rnd 17, 5 sts apart. Stuff

Rnd 19: Sc around (30)
Rnd 20: [sc2tog, sc in next 3 st] repeat around (24)
Rnd 21: Sc around (24)
Rnd 22: [sc in next 2 st, sc2tog] repeat around (18)
Rnd 23: [sc in next st, sc2tog] repeat around (12)
Last chance to add stuffing!
Rnd 24: sc2tog around (6)
Fasten off yarn, leaving a tail. Thread yarn needle onto the yarn tail and
weave in and out of rnd 24 to cinch the top of the penguin closed.

Flippers (Make 2, washed teal)

Rnd 1: Into a magic ring, sc 5 (5)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (10)
Rnd 3: [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] repeat around (15)
Rnd 4: [sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st] repeat around (20)
Ch 1. Fold the circle in half, work a sc through both sides of the half circle (9)
Fasten off and leave a tail for joining.

Beak (mustard)

Ch 4, sk 1 ch and sc into the 2nd ch from hook. Hdc into the next st. Sc into the last st. Fasten off and leave a tail. You should have two tails on the same end of the beak. Using these tails, tie a knot to complete the shaping.

Hat (Purple / Tea Rose)

Rnd 1: into a magic ring, work 6 sc (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: [sc in next st, 2 st in next] repeat around (18)
Rnd 4: [sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next] repeat around (24)
Rnd 5: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] repeat around (30)
Rnd 6: Sc around (30)
Rnd 7: [sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st] repeat around (36)
Rnd 8 – 10: sc around (36)
Start forming the ear flaps

  1. Sc in the next 5 st. Ch 1, turn, sc across (5)
  2. Ch 1, turn, sc across (5) Repeat once more.
  3. Ch 1, sk 1, dc into the 3rd st, work 5 more dc into the same st.
    sk 1, slst into the last st. Fasten off
    Join yarn in the 12th st from the end of the first flap.
    Repeat steps 1 – 3 for the 2nd flap.
Tummy (white)

Rnd 1: Into a magic ring, work 5 sc (5)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 3: [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] repeat around (15)
Rnd 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] repeat around (20)
Rnd 5: [sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next] repeat around (25)
Fasten off and leave a long tail for joining

Assembly
  1. Using the white yarn tail, stitch the tummy in place just below the eyes. For a neat finish, stitch only into the back loops of the tummy.
  2. Stitch the beak on between the eyes.
  3. Stitch the flippers in place, with the curve of the flipper facing forwards. Each flipper is placed approximately 5 sts away from each eye.
  4. Using a scrap piece of pink yarn, stitch a small line underneath each eye.
  5. Add the pom pom to the hat and turn up the front of the hat.
  6. Enjoy your new little penguin friend!

two blue crocheted penguins in a cold winter scene with glittery trees in the background

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