Crochet, Seasonal

Crochet Penguin Cushion

What you’ll need

  • US 2 (3mm) Crochet Hook
  • Black DK yarn
  • White DK yarn
  • Small quantity of yellow DK yarn
  • Small quantity of pink DK yarn
  • Small quantity of colour of choice for the bow in DK yarn.
  • 10mm Safety Eyes
  • Acrylic toy stuffing – I get mine here
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

Abbreviations

  • Ch – Chain
  • MR – Magic Ring
  • SS – Slip Stitch
  • SC – Single crochet
  • SC Inc – Two single crochet stitches in the same stitch
  • SC Dec – Single crochet decrease
  • FO – Fasten off
  • BLO – Back loop only

Notes:

Dimensions: 6.5 inches (height) x 8.5 inches (width) at widest point.

Difficulty: Intermediate/ experienced crocheter

This pattern is made in a ragdoll style, separate pieces are worked flat and then joined together to create finished cushion.

For the purposes of this pattern the chain stitches do not count as stitches, unless otherwise instructed.

Both a colour chart and written instructions have been used to make this pattern as easy as possible to follow.

This pattern used intarsia crochet technique for the colour work. E.g. for the front panel two colours are worked simultaneously.

This pattern uses American crochet terminology.

Pattern:

Front

A colour chart for this part can be found at the bottom of the written pattern. 

Start in black yarn Ch 9 stitches:

Row 1: (in 2nd Ch from hook) SC 8 (8) Ch 1 and turn

Row 2: SC Inc, SC Inc, SC4, SCInc, SCInc (12) Ch 1 and turn

Row 3: SC Inc, SC Inc, SC8, SC Inc, SC Inc (16) Ch 1 and turn

Row 4: SC Inc, SC14, SC Inc (18) Ch 1 and turn

Row 5: SC Inc, SC16, SC Inc (20) Ch 1 and turn

Row 6: SC Inc, SC18, SC Inc (22) Ch 1 and turn

Row 7: SC Inc, SC20, SC Inc (24) Ch 1 and turn

From here you will be working both white and black yarn simultaneously. The colour worked is indicated before the stitches worked. 

Row 8: (black) SC Inc, SC1, (white) SC6, (black) SC8, (white) SC6, (black) SC1, SCInc (26) Ch 1 and turn

Row 9: (black) SC Inc, SC1,  (white) SC8, (black) SC6, (white) SC8, (black) SC1, SC Inc (28) Ch 1 and turn

Row 10: (black) SC2, (white) SC10, (black) SC4, (white) SC10, (black) SC2 (28) Ch 1 and turn

Row 11: (black) SC Inc, (white) SC11, (black) SC4, (white) SC11, (black) SC Inc (30) Ch 1 and turn

Row 12: (black) SC2, (white) SC11, (black) SC4, (white) SC11, (black) SC2 (30) Ch 1 and turn

Row 13: (black) SC2, (white) SC12 (black) SC2, (white) SC12, (black) SC2 (30) Ch 1 and turn

Row 14: (black) SC Inc, (white) SC28, (black) SC Inc (32) Ch 1 and turn

Row 15: (black) SC2, (white) SC28, (black) SC2 (32) Ch 1 and turn

Row 16: (black) SC2, (white) SC28, (black) SC2 (32) Ch 1 and turn

Row 17: (black) SC2, (white) SC28, (black) SC2 (32) Ch 1 and turn

Row 18: (black) SC Inc, SC1 (white) SC28 (black) SC1, SC Inc (34) Ch 1 and turn

Row 19: (black) SC Inc, SC2, (white) SC28, (black) SC2, SC Inc (36) Ch 1 and turn

Row 20: (black) SC Inc, SC3, (white) SC28, (black) SC3, SC Inc (38) Ch 1 and turn

Row 21: (black) SC Inc, SC4, (white) SC28, (black) SC4, SC Inc (40) Ch 1 and turn

Row 22: (black) SC Inc, SC5, (white) SC28, (black) SC5, SC Inc (42) Ch 1 and turn

Row 23: (black) SC Inc, SC6, (white) SC28, (black) SC6, SC Inc (44) Ch 1 and turn

Row 24: (black) SC Inc, SC7, (white) SC28, (black) SC7, SC Inc (46) Ch 1 and turn

FO. Break yarn.

Row 25: Re-attach black yarn to the 8th stitch and Ch1, SC1 in the same stitch as Ch1, SC1 (white) SC28 (black) SC2 (32) Ch 1 and turn

Row 26: (black) SC2, (white) SC28, (black) SC2 (32) Ch 1 and turn

Row 27: (black) SC2, (white) SC28, (black) SC2 (32) Ch 1 and turn

Row 28: (black) SC Dec, SC1, (white) SC26, (black) SC1, SC Dec (30) Ch 1 and turn

Row 29: (black) SC2, (white) SC26, (black) SC2 (30) Ch 1 and turn

Row 30: (black) SC2, (white) SC26, (black) SC2 (30) Ch 1 and turn

Row 31: (black) SC Dec, SC1, (white) SC24, (black) SC1, SC Dec (28) Ch 1 and turn

Row 32: (black) SC3, (white) SC22, (black) SC3 (28) Ch 1 and turn

Row 33: (black) SC Dec, SC2, (white) SC20, (black) SC2, SC Dec (26) Ch 1 and turn

Row 34: (black) SC Dec, SC2, (white) SC18, (black) SC2, SC Dec (24) Ch 1 and turn

Row 35: (black) SC Dec, SC2, (white) SC16, (black) SC2, SC Dec (22) Ch1 and turn

Row 36: (black) SC Dec, SC18, SC Dec (20) Ch 1 and turn

Row 37: (black) SC Dec, SC Dec, SC12, SC Dec, SC Dec (16)

FO and weave in ends.

Insert eyes between rows 12-13, approximately 12 stitches apart.

Colour Chart for Front:

One Square = One Stitch

Back

The back panel is worked exactly the same as the front panel except this piece is worked in black yarn only.

Start in black yarn Ch 9 stitches:

Row 1: (in 2nd Ch from hook) SC 8 (8) Ch 1 and turn

Row 2: SC Inc, SC Inc, SC4, SCInc, SCInc (12) Ch 1 and turn

Row 3: SC Inc, SC Inc, SC8, SC Inc, SC Inc (16) Ch 1 and turn

Row 4: SC Inc, SC14, SC Inc (18) Ch 1 and turn

Row 5: SC Inc, SC16, SC Inc (20) Ch 1 and turn

Row 6: SC Inc, SC18, SC Inc (22) Ch 1 and turn

Row 7: SC Inc, SC20, SC Inc (24) Ch 1 and turn

Row 8: SC Inc, SC22, SCInc (26) Ch 1 and turn

Row 9: SC Inc, SC24, SC Inc (28) Ch 1 and turn

Row 10: SC28 (28) Ch 1 and turn

Row 11: SC Inc, SC26, SC Inc (30) Ch 1 and turn

Row 12: SC30 (30) Ch 1 and turn

Row 13: SC30 (30) Ch 1 and turn

Row 14: SC Inc, SC28, SC Inc (32) Ch 1 and turn

Row 15: SC32 (32) Ch 1 and turn

Row 16: SC32 (32) Ch 1 and turn

Row 17: SC32 (32) Ch 1 and turn

Row 18: SC Inc, SC30, SC Inc (34) Ch 1 and turn

Row 19: SC Inc, SC32, SC Inc (36) Ch 1 and turn

Row 20: SC Inc, SC34, SC Inc (38) Ch 1 and turn

Row 21: SC Inc, SC36, SC Inc (40) Ch 1 and turn

Row 22: SC Inc, SC38, SC Inc (42) Ch 1 and turn

Row 23: SC Inc, SC40, SC Inc (44) Ch 1 and turn

Row 24: SC Inc, SC42, SC Inc (46) Ch 1 and turn

FO. Break yarn.

Row 25: Re-attach black yarn to the 8th stitch and Ch1, SC1 in the same stitch as Ch1, SC31 (32) Ch 1 and turn

Row 26: SC32 (32) Ch 1 and turn

Row 27: SC32 (32) Ch 1 and turn

Row 28: SC Dec, SC28, SC Dec (30) Ch 1 and turn

Row 29: SC30 (30) Ch 1 and turn

Row 30: SC30 (30) Ch 1 and turn

Row 31: SC Dec, SC26, SC Dec (28) Ch 1 and turn

Row 32: SC28 (28) Ch 1 and turn

Row 33: SC Dec, SC24, SC Dec (26) Ch 1 and turn

Row 34: SC Dec, SC22, SC Dec (24) Ch 1 and turn

Row 35: SC Dec, SC20, SC Dec (22) Ch1 and turn

Row 36: SC Dec, SC18, SC Dec (20) Ch 1 and turn

Row 37: SC Dec, SC Dec, SC12, SC Dec, SC Dec (16)

FO and weave in ends.

Beak

For the purposes of the beak only, Ch stitches count as 1 SC.

Using yellow yarn Ch 5

Row 1: Starting in the 2nd Ch from the hook, SC4 (4) Ch 1 and turn

Row 2: SC Dec, SC1 (3) Ch 1 and turn

Row 3: SC Dec (2)

Do not Ch for the next row, simply turn.

Row 4: SC Dec (1)

FO, leaving tail long for assembly.

Feet (make 2):

Using yellow yarn, Ch 5

Row 1: Starting in the 2nd Ch from the hook: SC Inc, SC2, SC4 into the last stitch, begin working around the other side of the Ch, SC2, SC Inc (12)

Continue working around.

Row 2: SC Inc x 6, SS to next stitch

FO, leaving tail long for assembly.

Cheeks (make 2):

Using pink yarn MR6, SS to first stitch.

FO, leaving tail long for assembly.

Bow:

Using blue yarn CH21

Row 1: In the 2nd CH from the hook, BLO SC1, BLO SC19 (20)

Row 2 – 11: SC20 in the BLO (20)

FO.

Middle ribbon:

CH15

Row 1: In the 2nd CH from the hook SC1, SC13 (14)

FO.

Sew the middle ribbon around the centre of the first piece of the bow.

Assembly

You will now be joining the front and back panels together.

Place front and back panels together, matching up the sides and wings. It is helpful to use stitch markers to do this. Make sure the front of your penguin is facing outward, towards you.

Starting at the bottom left corner, re-attach black yarn and begin single crocheting around the edge of both panels.

Begin stuffing your penguin once you have crocheted around 2/3 of the edge. Continue topping up the stuffing as you go.

When you get back to the start, finish with a SS and FO. Weave in your end.

Sew the beak to over rows 13-17 centrally.

Sew the cheeks over rows 14-15, just either side of the eyes.

Sew the feet over rows 33-35, with approximately 4 stitches between.

Sew bow to the top.

If you make your own penguin with this pattern, I would love to see it! You can share your photos on my Facebook page, tag me on Twitter (@zocreates) or Instagram (@zoe.creates) and you can use the hashtag #zoecreates.

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Happy Making!

Zoe

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