Mini Amigurumi Penguin

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.

Mini Amigurumi Penguin

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.

Body

Make a magic loop with 4 stitches, using yarn A (grey) and 4 mm hook.
Rnd 1: 2 dc into each st [8 dc]
Rnd 2: 2 dc into each st [16 dc]
Rnds 3-5: dc every st [16 dc]

Change to yarn B (white).
Rnds 6-9: dc every st [16 dc]
Rnd 10: dc2tog across the round [8 dc]

Fasten off, leaving a long tail (for sewing). Stuff the body and use the yarn tail to sew the gap closed.

Wings

Using yarn A (grey) and 4 mm hook, chain 5.
Row 1: dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc remaining sts [4 dc]
Row 2: no turning ch, dc all sts [4 dc]
Row 3: dc into 2nd st, dc remaining sts [3 dc]
Row 4: dc into 2nd st, dc last st [2 dc]
Row 5: dc into 2nd st [1 dc]

Fasten off, leaving a long tail (for sewing). Make a second wing.

Eyes

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.

Beak

Using yarn C (yellow) and 3.5 mm hook, chain 3.
Row 1: dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc last st [2 dc]
Row 2: dc into 2nd st [1 dc]

Fasten off, leaving a long tail (for sewing).

Feet

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!

Abbreviations:
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.

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