Mini Christmas Penguin

FREE CROCHET AMIGURUMI PATTERN

About this pattern:

Next on the list of super quick last minute Christmas decorations are these penguin pups! They make great hanging decorations, centrepieces for wreaths or cute stocking fillers for the kiddos!

The materials required are listed below. The yarn used to make them as pictured was Drops Safran (cotton) yarn in light blue, deep pin and white. *Full disclosure* My local yarn store ran out of black and grey yarn, hence the cool pastel colour scheme!

You can mix up the colours, add some glitter, add some stitched decoration – whatever suits your mood. 🙂

Materials:

  • Sports Weight Yarn (one main colour, one contrast colour and white)
  •  2.5mm crochet hook
  • Stitch markers and pins
  • Yarn needle
  • Stuffing
  • Safety eyes (7mm x 2)

Stitch Abbreviations:

Sc = Single crochet
Invdec = invisible decrease
Sc2tog = single crochet decrease
** = a repeating stitch pattern

Measurements:

The completed piece measures approx. 8 cm tall.

Pattern Notes:

Stitches are written in standard US terms working in continuous rounds unless otherwise specified.

Let’s Get Started!

MAIN BODY

Using your choice of main colour yarn, working in continuous rounds

Rnd 1 : Stitch 6sc into a magic ring (6)
Rnd 2 : 2sc in each stitch around (12)
Rnd 3 : *sc, 2sc* Repeat 6 times (18)
Rnd 4 : *sc in next 2 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 6 times (24)
Rnd 5 : *sc in next 3 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 6 times (30)
Rnd 6 : *sc in next 4 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 6 times (36)
Rnd 7-12 : sc in each stitch around (36)
Rnd 13 : *sc in next 4 stitches, invdec* Repeat 6 times (30)
Rnd 14 : sc in each stitch around (30)
Rnd 15 : *sc in next 3 stitches, invdec* Repeat 6 times (24)
Rnd 16-18 : sc in each stitch around (24)
Start to stuff the body, and continue to stuff as you go.
Rnd 19 : *sc in next 2 stitches, invdec* Repeat 6 times (18)
Rnd 20 : sc in each stitch around (18)
Rnd 21 : *sc, invdec* Repeat 6 times (12)
Rnd 22 : invdec in each stitch around (6)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for closing.

Using the tail end yarn and a yarn needle, stitch around the last 6 stitches of Rnd 22 and pull tight to close the opening. Fasten off.

FEET (Make 2)
Using yellow yarn, working in continuous rounds:

Rnd 1 : Work 6sc into a magic ring (6)
Rnd 2 : *sc in next stitch, 2sc* Repeat 3 times (9)
Rnd 3 : sc in each stitch around (9)

Fasten off.

Attach the feet to the base of the penguin (between Rnds 5 and 6, approx 5 stitches apart).

BELLY
Using white yarn, working in continuous rounds:

Rnd 1 : Work 6sc into a magic ring (6)
Rnd 2 : 2sc in each stitch around (12)
Rnd 3 : *sc, 2sc* Repeat 6 times (18)
Rnd 4 : *sc in next 2 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 6 times (24)

Fasten off and attach to the front-centre of the body. You can flip the belly patch to get the smoother texture of the back side facing front.

BEAK
Using yellow yarn, working in continuous rounds:

Rnd 1 : Work 6sc into a magic ring (6)
Rnd 2 : *sc in next stitch, 2sc* Repeat 3 times (9)

Fasten off and attach directly above the patch at the front of the penguin.

Insert the eyes one row above the beak approximately 4 stitches apart. You can then use some white yarn or embroidery thread to stitch around the water line of each eye to make the eyes really stand out.

WINGS (Make 2)

Using the same colour yarn as the body, working in the round:

Rnd 1 : Work 6sc into a magic ring (6)
Rnd 2 : *sc in next stitch, 2sc* Repeat 3 times (9)
Rnd 3 : *sc in next 2 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 3 times (12)
Rnd 4-7 : sc in each stitch around (12)

Fasten off leaving a long tail. Attach to either side of the body.

HAT

Using contrast colour yarn, working in the round:

Rnd 1 : Work 4sc into a magic ring (4)
Rnd 2 : *sc in next stitch, 2sc* Repeat 2 times (6)
Rnd 3 : sc in each stitch around (6)
Rnd 4 : *sc in next stitch, 2sc* Repeat 3 times (9)
Rnd 5 : sc in each stitch around (9)
Rnd 6 : *sc in next 2 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 3 times (12)
Rnd 7 : sc in each stitch around (12)
Rnd 8 : *sc in next 3 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 3 times (15)
Rnd 9 : sc in each stitch around (15)
Rnd 10 : *sc in next 4 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 3 times (18)
Rnd 11 : *sc in next 2 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 6 times (24)
Rnd 12 : *sc in next 3 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 6 times (30)
Switch to white yarn
Rnd 13 : sc in each stitch around

Fasten off leaving a long tail for attaching. Attach a small pom pom to the tip of the hat.

And that’s it, your little penguin is complete!

I hope you have enjoyed this pattern, please let me know in the comments below what you think!

And if it’s your thing, then feel free to browse the blog for more nerd inspired crochet crafts, including perhaps our other mini Christmas decorations (a few links below).

You can check out our FREE pattern for this mini nisse decorations by clicking HERE.

You can check out our FREE pattern for this mini toadstool decorations by clicking HERE.

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©2020 Ninja Cat Crafts. This pattern is the property of Ninja Cat Crafts. The written pattern and images are for personal use only and not for sale or redistribution. Items made based on this pattern may be sold, but with clear credit to Ninja Cat Crafts.

3 replies to Mini Christmas Penguin
    1. Hi Jackie, thanks for the question! I meant to include a note on this in the pattern and COMPLETELY forgot, so thanks for flagging it up! 🙂

      Because the head is quite small, I found that if you put the eyes in with the safety backs while the penguin was still ‘open’ it could be really tricky to either crochet around the safety backs, or alternatively still have enough finger space to pop them on before closing the penguin.

      So… I found it easier once he was stuffed and closed. The technique I used was to locate where I wanted the eyes to be and then I inserted the end of my crochet hook to widen the space (just with a little wiggle). I then used a spot of glue on the back of the eye and inserted it into the hole and pushed firmly all around. Then, I just repeated for the second eye and then put the penuin to one side for the glue to set.

      Hope that helps!

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