Introduction: Crochet a Baby Penguin Amigurumi

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This is a pattern to crochet this baby pengiun amigurumi. This assumes you know how to crochet, and know the basics of assembling amigurumi animals.

If you need some pointers getting started, here are a couple:
Crochet stitch tutorials

Tips for crocheting with fun fur yarn

This is the first time I've written a pattern; let me know if there are any questions.

Step 1: Abbreviations and Materials

Lion Brand Fun Fur yarn, "Lava" (black/gray/silver eyelash fun fur yarn)
Worsted Weight white or cream yarn
Worsted weight black yarn
4.0mm crochet hook
fiberfill stuffing

ch = chain
dec = decrease (1 sc in two stitches)
dc = double crochet
inc = increase (2 sc in one stitch)
sc = single crochet
ss = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
tc = triple crochet
  • = repeat directions between * * as many times as indicated

Step 2: Body

Picture of Body

I did this in a spiral, use a marker to keep track of each row.

Using Fun Fur yarn:
1: Ch 2, 6 sc in second chain from hook
2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts)
3: *1 sc, inc 1*, x 6 (18 sts)
4: *2 sc, inc 1*, x 6 (24 sts)
5: *3 sc, inc 1*, x 6 (30 sts)
6: *4 sc, inc 1*, x 6 (36 sts)
7: *5 sc, inc 1*, x 6 (42 sts)
8-10: sc in each st around (42 sts)
11: *5 sc, dec 1*, x 6 (36 sts)
12: sc in each st around (36sts)
13: *4 sc, dec 1*, x 6 (30 sts)
14: sc in each st around (30sts)
15: *3 sc, dec 1*, x 6 (24 sts)
16: sc in each st around (24sts)
17: *2 sc, dec 1*, x 6 (18 sts)
18: sc in each st around (18sts)
19: *1 sc, dec 1*, x 6 (12 sts)

now is a good time to stuff the body with fiberfill!

Step 3: Head

Picture of Head

Here you will switch back and forth with the black and white yarn. Hide the extra color inside the head to carry. You will want to fill the head with fiberfill right before closing it up.

black: *sc, inc 1* x 6 (18 sts)
white: *sc, inc 1* x 3, inc 1, sc, inc 1
black: *sc, inc 1* 5, sc, sc
white: sc x 3
black: sc x 3
white: sc x 3
black: sc x 17
white: 1sc, dec 1
black: sc x 3
white: dec 1, sc
black: *sc, dec 1* x 5, sc, sc
white: sc, ss
black: sc x 3
white: ss, sc
black: *sc, dec 1* x 4, sc x 2, dec 1, sc x 3, dec 1 x 10, finish off.

Step 4: Beak

Picture of Beak

black yarn:
ch 2 and crochet into first ch, (or magic ring)
1sc, 1dc, 1sc, 1dc, join tog.
Shape into a triangle, and use the tail to sew onto the face.

Step 5: Feet

Picture of Feet

This is actually a base that includes feet.

Using black yarn:
1: Ch 2, 6 sc in second chain from hook
2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts)
3: 2 sc in each sc around (24 sts)
4: *1 sc, inc 1*, x 6 (36 sts)
5: ch2, turn. tc x 1, sc x 10, ch 2, tc x 1, sc x 1
6. ch1, turn. 4sc around foot, slip stitches across to other foot, sc around foot. Finish off, and use the tail to sew onto the base of the body.

Step 6: Wings

Picture of Wings

Wings, make two:
ch6, 2 tc in 2nd ch, tc x 4, ch 1, sc around the whole wing, finish off.
Use tail of yarn to sew onto body.

Step 7: Eyes

Picture of Eyes

Sew eyes into place, either sew thread eyes or use beads.

And you're finished!
Depending on the tension, yours may look a little different.


miriam2244 (author)2016-09-26

I want to make this for my grandson's birthday in December. However, there are no amounts listed for the yarns. Can you help?

Vanna1 (author)2015-11-28

Is this arumigurmi

Vanna1 (author)2015-11-28

Is this arumigurmi

loreal.barrow made it! (author)2014-12-30

Hello. I want to say thanks so much for providing this free pattern. The head and face were challenging, but I think it turned very cute in the end. I confess to changing up the stitches for these a bit, but I'm not certain it was necessary - won't know for sure until I can try the pattern again and I've other projects pending!

In any case, thanks again for your generosity and taking so many pictures which made things easier to understand.

Wishing you a Happy New Year. Cheers.

lnelson9 (author)2011-08-22

I would love to make your baby penguin amigurumi, which was listed as a FREE pattern on Crochet Pattern Central. But I can't get the pattern without becoming a Pro member, which has a fee.

Is this pattern free or not?

kendralc (author)lnelson92011-08-23

I posted this tutorial a couple of years ago, and it was always free at that time. As a regular member myself, I have no idea how Instructables has changed their settings for viewing items. I can see the whole pattern, so I THINK when people log in (even without a Pro membership) they should be able to see it. You can't see all steps at once or download it as a PDF, but you should be able to click "Next Step" to see each additional step.

But aside from that you would need to talk to the Instructables administrators if there's an issue.

BethPoet (author)2011-08-16

Hello! I'm the admin for yet another blog, The Penguin Perspective ( where we'd like to use your photo and will credit your website. Please do take a look if you have time! You've crafted a wonderful project here, and I hope it spreads. As the previous commenter said, if you don't want the image used, just let me know and I'll take it down -- but it's perfect. Thank you! Beth

kendralc (author)BethPoet2011-08-16

Thanks, Beth! I'm glad you like my pattern, and thanks for linking to me!

Ingavikinga (author)2010-11-10

Hello! I´m an admin of the blog Amigrumi´s eden ( and I want to use this photo to ilustrate an article on our blog. We will put your web address on this entry. In case you don´t want that the photo was loaded to our blog, please, feel free to say it to me and I will retire it asap. Again, thank you for all!! ^_^

kendralc (author)Ingavikinga2010-11-11

Thanks for the link up! I'm glad you like the pattern!

Ingavikinga (author)kendralc2010-11-11

You are welcome!! And please, keep on doing amigurumis. See you soon!!!:D

Lego man (author)2008-03-20

Darn! I wish I could crochet like that! Does anyone know where I can find a place that can teach you lots of techniques and shows me what the abbreviations are, like sc or dec? also nice instructable!

keri1963 (author)Lego man2010-03-08

Try nexstitch it also has videos to show you the how to's

woofiegrrl (author)2009-12-23

I'm working on it now, but shouldn't [*2 sc, dec 1*, x 6] (body row 15) result in 18 sts, not 24 like the pattern says?  And likewise for the other body dec rows?  I can't tell if you're missing a dec row or if the numbers are just off - not sure if I should just dec to 12 sts or dec down to 6 sts.

Anyway, I'm comfortable enough with crochet and amigurumi to figure this out on my own...just wanted to point out a potential issue with the pattern.

kendralc (author)woofiegrrl2009-12-23

Ooh, good catch. It's been so long since I did anything with this! Looks like the final numbers are what's right on these... so I just updated it. Let me know if you catch anything else!

keri1963 (author)kendralc2010-03-06

Very, very cute...........I was wondering if the above pattern is the corrected one?

Thank you,

kendralc (author)keri19632010-03-07

yes, the pattern above is updated.

keri1963 (author)kendralc2010-03-08

Wonderful............... I can't wait to get started

Thank you

-chase- (author)2010-01-24

I was logging out heading off line and in doing so the home page had the B&W picture of your Penguin... dang thing is cute enough to have me log back in just to say that it's cute enough to say so... ;0)

nice work

PetBennett (author)2009-05-15

Crocheting is awesome. Penguins are awesome. That makes this DOUBLEY AWESOME! I probably sound like I have no grammar skills, WELL I DO!

ANTQNUT (author)PetBennett2009-11-14


PetBennett (author)ANTQNUT2009-11-14

indeed what? the last time I heard some one say that it was in third grade, don't ask how I remember that...

Mehehehful (author)PetBennett2009-11-30

Indeed that Penguins are AWESOME and that its DOUBLEY AWESOME. =D
(this is the same person but my new acc)

PetBennett (author)Mehehehful2009-12-10


PetBennett (author)PetBennett2009-12-10

oooooooooooooh, never mind


I believe the term for doubly awesome is Fried Gold


fried gold? i prefer fried Orios, there AWESOME!

maria67 (author)2009-12-08

Soooo cute!!!  Thank you for sharing this pattern. But I would like to know a little more specific how you make the head. I´m not use to crochet with two yarns at the same time....

NatureGeek24 (author)2009-12-06

Adorable!  I've got to get at least one made for one of my daughter's classmates -- he's wild about penguins and this one is so cute. 

littlemisscraft (author)2009-11-23

 your baby penguin is SO cute!! :-)

kimberlybowyer (author)2009-01-23

I love your penguine. I know my sisters would love it too. you should try selling it. :) Its the cutest thing I have ever seen!!

Quilter Penguin (author)2008-07-11

The best amigurumi EVER! Absolutely adorable!!! I tried to learn crochet during Christmas 2006 and made one scarf, then nothing...I have become inspired again in recent months when I saw some amigurumi books! I will try this baby penguin next! Do you have any recommendations of beginner websites or books for someone new to the stitch names and crochet/ amigurimi "lingo"? Much of what I have seen in books assumes that people are already familiar with these terms & how to make certain stitches. I'm a quilter & penguin lover, and I have GOT to make some of these amigurumi animals, especially penguins! I have even seen some interesting ones of people and inanimate objects. Basically anything can be crocheted, I am beginning to see...

auschick (author)Quilter Penguin2008-12-29

I taught myself by watching clips on YouTube! Just search for the stitch you need to learn. My first project was a small toy from "Amigurumi!: Super Happy Crochet Cute"

kendralc (author)Quilter Penguin2008-07-11

Thanks, I'm glad you like it!

I tend to research everything online that I want to do with crochet... that's how I learned to crochet amigurumi. There's a fantastic library of stitch tutorials at that I love.

Planet June has some great tips, too, that will come in handy for the penguin.

Lizzio (author)2008-12-07

If I had one of those I would NEVER stop squeezing it! So cute!

Parakeet Crazzzy (author)Lizzio2008-12-12

yeah. me too.

cutekitten (author)2008-12-10

so cute

woosang (author)2008-12-04

AAAAAAAH! It sSO CUTE!!! I need to learn to crochet.. great work!

=SMART= (author)2008-11-18

awwww i want one !! :D

Darkshot (author)2008-02-27

wish i could crochet.... i tryed once but never got the hang of it :P i'll probably show my mom and ask her if she will make a few, shes a EXPERT in crocheting she been doin it for over 20 yrs i beleave

Wow!! That looks great! I need to start a penguin family!!

Brennn10 (author)2008-01-26

Not much of a knitter/crocheter, but this is one of the coolest project I have seen. Nice work!

jessyratfink (author)2008-01-19

I have to show this page to one of my friends. She is OBSESSED with penguins and I know she'll start squealing as soon as she sees it. :P

GorillazMiko (author)2008-01-13

Great job! Looks very cute! You can post the results and stuff into a Slideshow, then you can enter it into the LionBrand Yarn challenge! Great job!

canida (author)2008-01-13

That's absolutely adorable!

The big question: do I make them for my Linux-geek friends, or for their toddlers? ;) I may just have to make lots!

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