Valentine Penguin- FREE Pattern

Valentine Penguin

© Amanda Bryant 2021

Materials Used:

Worsted Weight yarn- Red Heart Super Saver (Baby Pink, Soft White, Perfect Pink)

4.00 mm hook

18 mm black safety eyes

Embroidery floss (a small amount of black for the eyelashes)

Stitch marker

Polyester fiberfill

Sewing needle or darning needle (with an eye large enough to fit the yarn through)

Gauge: 

The gauge isn’t important, as long as your stitches are tight enough that the stuffing does not pop through. I like anywhere from 3.75 mm to a 4.00 mm hook, with this weight of yarn.

Finished Size:

The finished size using the materials listed above resulted in a 12 inch tall penguin. However, if you use different yarn and a different hook size, the size of your penguin will vary. For amigurumi, always use a hook size smaller than that suggested on the yarn label.

Notes:

  • The head, body, beak and flippers are worked in continuous rounds without joining. The face mask and the belly patch are worked flat in rows. 
  • When I begin working in rounds, I use the ch 2 method (and making my first round of sts in the 2nd ch from the hook). However, you can use the magic ring method if you wish. Both ways are completely acceptable. 
  • Always use a stitch marker to mark where your rounds end/begin. Move the stitch marker up with each round.
  • Sew the belly patch onto the body BEFORE attaching the flippers. This will make it easier to keep all pieces centered and even. 

Abbreviations Used (US Terminology):

Ch- chain

Sc- single crochet

Hdc- half double crochet

Dc- double crochet

Tr- treble crochet

Sl st- slip stitch

St(s)- stitch(es)

Sc2tog- single crochet 2 stitches together

Inc- increase (make 2 of the specified stitches in one stitch)

Dec- decrease (you can use sc2tog <single crochet 2 stitches together> or the invisible decrease method)

RS- right side (of work)

WS- wrong side (of work)

Instructions

Body

(with baby pink, beginning at the bottom of the body, worked all in sc, in rounds)

Ch 2

Round 1- make 6 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook (6 sc)

Round 2- inc in each sc around (12 sc)

Round 3- (sc, inc) around (18 sc)

Round 4- (2 sc, inc) around (24 sc)

Round 5- (3 sc, inc) around (30 sc)

Round 6- (4 sc, inc) around (36 sc)

Round 7- (5 sc, inc) around (42 sc)

Round 8- (6 sc, inc) around (48 sc)

Round 9- (7 sc, inc) around (54 sc)

Round 10- (8 sc, inc) around (60 sc)

Rounds 11- 15- sc around (60 sc)

Round 16- (8 sc, dec) around (54 sc)

Rounds 17- 21- sc around (54 sc)

Round 22- (7 sc, dec) around (48 sc)

Rounds 23- 27- sc around (48 sc)

Round 28- (6 sc, dec) around (42 sc)

Rounds 29- 33- sc around (42 sc)

Round 34- (5 sc, dec) around (36 sc)

Rounds 35- 39- sc around (36 sc)

Round 40- (4 sc, dec) around (30 sc)

Fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing. Stuff the body firmly.

Face Mask

(with Soft White, worked in flat rows):

Ch 16

(RS)- Row 1- sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn (15 sc)

(WS)- Row 2- sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn (15 sc)

Rows 3- 8- repeat Row 2 (15 sc)

Row 9 (this row turns into a round as we will work a border around the entire face mask)- Work each st in each sc across the row as follows: (sc, hdc, dc, tr, dc, hdc, sc, sl st, sc, hdc, dc, tr, dc, hdc, sc) (15 sts). *Do not turn the piece to work another row. Instead, turn to work around the edges of the face mask. First side edge- make 8 sc. Across the bottom edge (in the unused loops of the foundation ch)- make 15 sc. Second side edge- make 8 sc. Next, join with a sl st to the first sc of Row 9. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing the face mask to the head. Weave in the beginning yarn tail. 

Head

(starting at the top of the head with Baby Pink, worked in all sc, in rounds):

Ch 2

Round 1- make 6 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook (6 sc)

Round 2- inc in each sc around (12 sc)

Round 3- (sc, inc) around (18 sc)

Round 4- (2 sc, inc) around (24 sc)

Round 5- (3 sc, inc) around (30 sc)

Round 6- (4 sc, inc) around (36 sc)

Round 7- (5 sc, inc) around (42 sc)

Round 8- (6 sc, inc) around (48 sc)

Round 9- (7 sc, inc) around (54 sc)

Round 10- (8 sc, inc) around (60 sc)

Rounds 11- 20- sc in ea sc around (60 sc)

Round 21- (8 sc, dec) around (54 sc)

Stop here to sew the face mask to the head. With RS facing you, line the bottom edge of the mask across Round 20 of the head. The top of the mask should be at about Round 7 of the head. Pin the mask into place and sew the mask to the head.  Place the safety eyes on about Row 6 of the mask, push the posts through both thicknesses of the mask and the head, and secure the backings. You can also embroider the eyelashes onto the face now, or wait until the doll is finished.

Next, continue working on the head.

Round 22- (7 sc, dec) around (48 sc)

Round 23- (6 sc, dec) around (42 sc)

Round 24- (5 sc, dec) around (36 sc)

Round 25- (4 sc, dec) around (30 sc)

Round 26- (3 sc, dec) around (24 sc)

Stuff the head firmly, and finish stuffing before closing up the hole.

Round 27- (2 sc, dec) around (18 sc)

Round 28- (sc, dec) around (12 sc)

Round 29- dec around (6 sc)

Fasten off and weave the yarn tail through the outside loops of the last 6 sc. Pull tightly to close, and secure. Sew the head to the body, lining up the neck opening with Round 25 of the head.

Belly Patch

(with Soft White, worked in rows):

Ch 16

(RS) Row 1- sc in the second ch from the hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn (15 sc)

Rows 2-6- sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn (15 sc)

Row 7- sc2tog, sc in each of the next 11 sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (13 sc)

Rows 8- 13- sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn (13 sc)

Row 14- sc2tog, sc in each of the next 9 sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (11 sc)

Rows 15- 20- sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn (11 sc)

Row 21- sc2tog, sc in each of the next 7 sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (9 sc)

Rows 22- 26- sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn (9 sc)

Row 27- sc in each sc across (9 sc), turn the patch to work down the side edges of the rows already made. Sc evenly down the side edge of the patch (one sc in the edge of each row), then sc in each of the 15 unused loops of the foundation ch, and lastly, sc evenly up the next side edge (one sc in the edge of each row). Join with a sl st to the first sc of Round 27. Fasten off, leaving an extra long tail yarn for sewing the belly patch to the body.

Attaching the Belly Patch:

With the RS of the Belly Patch facing, pin the patch to the front of the penguin’s body, lining it up centered, with the bottom of the patch at Round 10 of the body and the top of the patch just below where the body and head are sewn together.  Be sure to place a lot of pins so that the patch does not shift while sewing. Use your extra long yarn tail from where you fastened off to sew the patch on. Work slowly so the extra long tail doesn’t get tied into a knot (and if you have long hair I suggest you wear a pony tail so you don’t sew your hair into it too, lol).  Remove the pins as you sew around them so the sewing yarn doesn’t get snagged on them as you work.

Flipper Arms

(make 2, with Baby Pink, worked in the round with sc):

Ch 2

Round 1- make 6 sc in the the second ch from the hook (6 sc)

Round 2- inc in each sc around (12 sc)

Round 3- (sc, inc) around (18 sc)

Round 4- (2 sc, inc) around (24 sc)

Round 5- (3 sc, inc) around (30 sc)

Rounds 6-8- sc in each sc around (30 sc)

Round 9- (3 sc, dec) around (24 sc)

Rounds 10- 12- sc in each sc around (24 sc)

Round 13- (2 sc, dec) around (18 sc)

Rounds 14- 16- sc in each sc around (18 sc)

Round 17- (sc, dec) around (12 sc)

Rounds 18- 20- sc in each sc around (12 sc)

Round 21- dec around (6 sc)

Round 22- sc in each sc around (6 sc)

Next, flatten the opening and make 3 sl sts (through both thicknesses) to close the hole. Fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail. Using the yarn tail, sew the flipper to either side of the body at about Round 38.

Flipper Feet

(make 2, using Baby Pink, worked in sc in the round):

Ch 11

Round 1- sc in the second ch from the hook and in each ch across. Turn and work 1 sc in each of the unused loops from the foundation ch (20 sc)

Rounds 2- 3- sc in each sc around (20 sc)

Round 4- (3 sc, dec) around (16 sc)

Rounds 5-6- sc in each sc around (16 sc)

Round 7- (2 sc, dec) around (12 sc)

Rounds 8- 12- sc in each sc around (12 sc)

Next, flatten the foot and sc over to the side edge of the opening (about 3 sc over). Flatten the foot again and make 6 sl sts across (through both thicknesses) to close the hole. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing the foot to the body. Sew the feet centered to the bottom of the bottom, the inside edges of each foot beginning in between Rounds 1 and 2 of the body. 

Beak

(with Perfect Pink, worked in sc, in rounds):

Ch 2

Round 1- make 6 sc in the second ch from the hook (6 sc)

Round 2- inc in each sc around (12 sc)

Rounds 3-4- sc in each sc around (12 sc)

Sl st in the next sc, fasten off leaving a long yarn tail for sewing. Sew the beak to the center of the face mask.

Heart Appliques

(with Perfect Pink, make 3, worked in a round):

Ch 3

Make ALL of the following sts in the 3rd ch from the hook:

3 dc, 3 hdc, ch 1, 3 hdc, 3 dc, ch 2, sl st

Sew the appliques to the belly patch as shown in the photos.

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