My little boy loves penguins! I’ve previously made my son a larger penguin from a Lion Brand Yarn pattern but I wanted to make a smaller version. (I’m delighted to report that LBY think my design is “cute“!) My amigurumi penguin measures about 2 by 2 inches, when complete, and you can cradle it in the palm of your hand. Tbh, it also put me in mind of Pigwidgeon – Ron Weasley’s scops owl (from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling) – with the tiny fluff ball thing, that fits in one hand.
You will need 3.5 mm (US: 4) and 4 mm (US: 6) hooks and DK weight yarn in 3 colours. I suggest grey (A), white (B) and yellow (C). All notations are UK crochet terms; you can check the US versions in the abbreviations glossary, at the bottom.
Make a magic loop with 4 stitches, using yarn A (grey) and 4 mm hook.
Change to yarn B (white).
Fasten off, leaving a long tail (for sewing). Stuff the body and use the yarn tail to sew the gap closed.
Using yarn A (grey) and 4 mm hook, chain 5.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail (for sewing). Make a second wing.
Make a magic loop with 5 stitches, using yarn B (white) and 3.5 mm hook. Close the round with a sl st and fasten off, leaving a long tail (for sewing). Using yarn A (grey), sew a French knot in the centre of the eye (wrapping the yarn around the needle 4 times). Make a second eye.
Using yarn C (yellow) and 3.5 mm hook, chain 3.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail (for sewing).
Make a magic loop with 5 stitches, using yarn C (yellow) and 3.5 mm hook. Close the round with a sl st and fasten off, leaving a long tail (for sewing). Make a second foot.
Making the Amigurumi Penguin
Sew the wings to either side of the body, about just above where the grey upper half merges into the white lower half, along the top of each wing.
Position the beak in the centre of the body, between the 2 wings, and sew into place – going around the beak triangle.
Sew the eyes on either side of the beak, going around the eye.
Position the feet on the base of the body and sew into place, going around the foot.
If you wanted to make a more Pigwidgeon version, I’d change yarn A to brown and add a couple of tufted ears to the top. Either keep the feet the same, change them to triangles (using the beak pattern) or simply embroider lines for the claws. The feet have to be kept quite flat, to help keep the amigurumi penguin (or owl) upright!
ch = chain
dc = double crochet (US: single crochet)
dc2tog = dc 2 sts together (US: sc 2 sts together)
sl st = slip stitch
st = stitch
sts = stitches
Pattern updated on April 13, 2013, to correct errors.