Ready to crochet an adorable penguin? Penguins lend themselves so well to crochet. Whether tiny baby penguins or large emperor penguins, they are loveable and irresistibly huggable!
Make your penguin special by adding fun details. Some of these cute penguin patterns come with special accessories like hats and scarves. Others include sweet designs for the feet. Or play around with yarn choices and make them in a rainbow of colors.
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Have you heard about amigurumi? These cute animal crochet patterns are for stuffed toys you can crochet. There are a wide variety of amigurumi toy patterns available.
Once you’ve made a simple amigurumi in a single color, amigurumi penguins are a great way to take your skills up a level. In addition to the basics, you will need a few special skills and materials.
You just need a few extra skills beyond the basics to crochet adorable amigurumi. Basic stitches to know include the chain, slip stitch, single crochet, and double crochet.
Most of the patterns will begin with a magic loop (sometimes called a magic circle or magic rings). And you will need how to work in the round.
The bulk of the penguin will likely be made using single crochet stitches. Knowing how to increase and decrease in single crochet is a must. Using an invisible decrease will help you get beautiful results. This is a special technique that involves working the in the front loop of the single crochet stitches.
Knowing how to change colors is also a must for the body of most of the penguins. Luckily changing colors in single crochet (sc) is easy. To change colors in sc, start the sc before the color change as normal by inserting the hook into the st and pulling up a loop with the first color. Then drop the first color and complete the sc by pulling the new color through both loops on the hook.
You will also need to decide what to do with the color you are not using. You can carry the non-working yarn along under the stitches using the tapestry crochet method. Or you can use an intarsia crochet method. With intarsia instead of carrying the non-working yarn, you take small amounts of the different colors and make separate bobbins or balls of yarn.
All of these patters require the basics. You’ll need an appropriate hook plus white yarn. Then depending on the patterns you’ll use black yarn or another color. Some choices include gray yarn or rainbow colors. Accents might be made with a lighter weight yellow yarn. Having a stitch marker on hand will help keep track of rounds.
You only need a few special materials to make amigurumi. You will want some stuffing. Small amounts of embroidery thread are used in some of the patterns to add small details. To keep the toys safe, either use safety eyes or embroider the eyes. An adult should always supervise a child playing with one of these amigurumi too.
Different patterns use different yarn weights from Sport weight to worsted yarn all the way up to jumbo weight for a chunky penguin. Whichever pattern you choose, you’re sure to make a cute present or keep one as your own penguin.
If you like making squares, the Squishy Squares Blanket is also a great way to combine textured squares in different colors.