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For the Adult Penguin Pattern and Hat visit: Penguin Family Christmas In July

Baby Penguin is part of the Red Heart Joy Creators Christmas in July Blog Hop, 2016.

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Supplies

Difficulty Level

EASY-INTERMEDIATE

Finished Size

Adult: 5 inches wide by 10 inches tall

Baby: 4 inches wide by 7.5 inches tall

Gauge

Is not imperative for this project – but be sure you work tightly enough so you will not see the stuffing between the stitches. My gauge was approximately: 3 sc / inch, 4 rows / inch

Abbreviations

beg – beginning
bl – back loop
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
FPsc- Front Post Single Crochet
hdc – half double crochet
R – row/round
RS – right side
rem – remaining
rep – repeat
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
st/sts – stitch/stitches
* – Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain of multiple instructions.
() – Repeat the instructions between the parentheses the number of times indicated.
[] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches

Helpful Tutorials

Invisible Join

Stitch Anatomy

3 Ways to Work into the Starting Chain

Choose How You Want to Seam Your Penguin:

Whipstitch

Invisible Seam Stitch

Slip Stitch Seam

Single Crochet Seam

Notes

  • PrintFriendly Button is located at the end of this post
  • The Baby Penguin is initially crocheted by working in rows to form a base rectangle. Once you have the base rectangle (to make it resemble his/her parents) you will begin to work around the rectangle in rounds. A final top rectangle is added and seamed into place at the end of the project.
  • A Note about the Hat and Headband Sizing – these patterns were designed based on the finished stuffed size of my adult and baby penguin. If you stuff your penguin more (or less) than I did the hat and headbands may not fit the same. I recommend taking the band of the hat and trying it for size on your penguin before seaming it and continuing to the main hat pattern. Be sure it fits and then if it is too loose, remove a couple rows and try again.

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Pattern Instructions

Baby Penguin Top Rectangular Piece (we attach this after we add the stuffing).

R1: Ch 8, beg in 2nd ch from the hook and work 1 sc in each across, ch 1,  turn [7]
R2: 1 sc in each across, ch 1, turn [7]
R3-R11: rep R2.
R12: Rotate to work around the outside of the small rectangle and work 1 sc in each st around (12 sc on the side edge, 8 sc on the bottom edge, 12 sc on the side edge, 8 sc on the top side). Finish off with an invisible join and weave in ends.

Baby Penguin is worked from his bottom up to his head in one piece. We will add the Top Rectangular Piece after we have attached his embellishments and stuffed him.

Baby Penguin Main Body

R1: Ch 8, beg in 2nd ch from the hook and work 1 sc in each across, ch 1, turn [7]
R2: 1 sc in each across, ch 1, turn [7]
R3-R11: rep R2.
R12: Rotate to work around the outside of the small rectangle and work 1 sc in each st around (12 sc on the side edge, 8 sc on the bottom edge, 12 sc on the side edge, 8 sc on the top side).[40]

You will now continue working in rounds.

R13: 1 FPsc in each st around.[40]
R14: 1 sc in each st around. [40]
R15- R33 : Rep R14
Place Marker to hold your yarn loop and remove your hook while you embellish your penguin. You will be going back to add the Baby Penguin Top Rectangular Piece once you have finished these other steps. If you plan on whipstitching the top seam closed (instead of using a slip stitch joining method) you can finish off and weave in the ends instead of saving the loop to work into later.

Embellishments

Beak

R1: Ch 4, sk 1 ch and work 1 sc in the next ch, 1 hdc in the next ch, 1 dc in the next ch, finish off, leaving a yarn tail to assemble to the baby penguin.

White of Eye
Make 2

R1: 8 sc in magic ring [8]
Finish off with an invisible join and weave in one of the ends. You need the other yarn end to sew the white of the eye to the baby penguin.

Tummy Patch

R1: Ch 10, beg in 2nd ch from the hook and work 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn [9]
R2: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn [9]
R3-R9: Rep R2 [9]
Rotate to work around the outside edges of the rectangle. Work 1 sl st in each row end and in each st around. Finish off, leaving a long tail to use to sew the tummy patch to the baby penguin.

Feet
Make 2

R1: Ch 6, beg 2nd ch from hook and work 1 sc in each ch across, ch 1, turn [5]
R2: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn [5]
R3: 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, skip the last st, ch 1, turn [5]
R4: 1 sc in each st across [5]
R5: 1 sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st, sk last st, ch 1, turn [5]
R6: 1 sc in each st across  [5]

You will now work around the outside of the foot. Rotate the foot to work along the heel edge and work 4 sc evenly across. Continue to work around the outside of the foot and work 5 sc evenly up the side edge. Now rotate the foot to begin working across the toes. Work 3 sc in the top of the toe (all in the same spot), sl st to the next row end (in between the toes), work 3 sc in the top of the next toe (all in the same spot), sl st to the next row end (in between the toes), work 3 sc in the top of the final toe (all in the same spot), sl st to the next row end (in between the toes). Finish off and weave in end. Leave the initial yarn end for sewing to the penguin.

Wings
Make 2

R1: Leave a yarn tail to use to sew the wing to the penguin. Ch 8, beg in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn. [7]
R2: 1 sc in each st across, turn. [7]
R3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the front loop of each st across, ch 1, turn [7]
R4: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn [7]
R5: Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, sc2tog [5]
R6: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn [5]
R7: Sc2tog, 1 sc in the next st, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [3]
R8: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn [3]
R9: Sk 1 st, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [1]

Make sure you remember to turn before you begin to work around the edge of the wing – you need the left-over loops (from R3) to be on the top so you can work into them:

Edging the Wing:

1 sc in each row end around the outside of the wing up to the left-over loops in R3. Work 1 sl st in each left-over loop across the wing [7 sl sts] {skip the last 2 rows of the wing (R1 & R2 from above) for edging as we will use those to attach the wing to the side of the penguin} .Work the remaining way around the outside of the wing with 1 sc in each row end.  Finish off with an invisible join.

Optional Poly Pellet Package (to add weight to the bottom of  your Penguin).

Now make a small package to hold your Polyfil pellets secure.  The package I created was slightly smaller than the bottom edge of the penguin so it could rest completely flat at the bottom of the penguin. I simply used a scrap piece of black fabric and folded it in half and stitched up two sides. Then I filled the package with Polyfil pellets and handstitched the final seam of the package. I placed this package at the very bottom of the penguin and then I stuffed regular polyfil stuffing on top to fill the penguin completely.

I probably could have just poured the pellets directly into the body of the penguin but I like to be ‘safe’ and thought they would stay put better in the package.

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Assembly

One important note. Try to position your pieces using the bottom rectangle (the base of your penguin) as a guide. You will be putting the ‘top’ rectangle in place at the end and you will want baby penguin to be facing the right way when you do this! It might help you see how you want to add the embellishments by first adding the Poly Pellet Package inside and even temporarily stuffing it a bit (even with a small towel) so you see how it is ‘shaped’.

For the assembly please position your pieces as you want them – or follow my example in the image below. I do recommend the last part you affix is the safety eyes...because I did those at the beginning and scratched my hands up while I was sewing the embellishments on!

Once the final embellishment is attached you will need to stuff the penguin. If you haven’t placed the weighted package of Poly Pellets inside, do this now. Then fill the penguin body firmly with polyfil or the stuffing of your choice. Finally using a sl st join technique, line up the Baby Penguin Rectangle Top Rectangle piece with the bottom rectangle shape at the base of the penguin and slip stitch together.

One option you can use for your stuffing is a stuffing bomb. They work really well for containing the stuffing and because our penguins body is a darker yarn color and the polyfil is white – it will also contain any errant strands which might try to peek through the stitches. To learn how to make a stuffing bomb check out Dedri’s post here:

Stuffing Bombs

Accessories

Baby Scarf

Scarf Penguin Family Christmas in July

R1: Ch 96, beg in 4th ch from hook and work 1 dc in the back bump of each st across. [93]
R2: 1 dc in each st across, finish off and weave in ends. [93]

Do you want a small fringe on your scarf? Easy to do! Cut 10 pieces of yarn to 2.5 inches in length each. Then separate these into two piles of 5 each. Add a fringe like this:

How To Add a Simple Fringe to Your Crochet Project

Baby Penguin Hat

Baby Hat Penguin Family Christmas in July

Leave a yarn tail to sew up the seam on the hat band at the end of the project.

Hat Band:

R1: Ch 6, beg in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in bl of each ch across, ch 1, turn [5]
R2: 1 sc in bl of each st across, ch 1, turn [5]
R3-R44: rep R2
Ch 1 and rotate to work along the row ends of the hat band. 1 sc in each row end [44]

You will continue to work in rounds from this point onward.

Main Hat:

R1: 1 sc in each st around [44]
R2: sc2tog, 1 sc in each st around [43]
R3-R8: Rep R2 [37]
R9: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 8, leave remaining sts unworked.

With the sc2tog centered on the back, flatten the hat, and using a sl st seam, seam the top of the hat closed. You will work 18 sl st to close the top of the hat.

Baby Hat Back View Penguin Family Christmas in July

If you prefer using a whipstitch to seam this is ok too. Finish off after R9 (as written above) and flatten the hat before whipstitching the top closed.

Baby Penguin Headband With (Or Without a Bow)

R1: Ch 6, beg in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in bl of each ch across, ch 1, turn [5]
R2: 1 sc in bl of each st across, ch 1, turn [5]
R3-R40: rep R2, finish off and using the yarn end seam up the band.

Use a small flower, or a simple bow to embellish the band.

Simple Bow:

Ch 5, work 3 tr in the 5th ch from the hook, ch 4 and sl st to the same ch (the 5th one you have been working in). Now you will be working on the other side of the ch 5 hole. Ch 4, work 3 tr in the same ch (the 5th one you have been working in). Ch 4 and sl st to the same ch. Finish off leaving a long tail of yarn which you will wrap around the center (ch 5 hole) to create the middle of the bow. Weave in any ends.

Little Bows 1

Little Bows 2

Little Bows 3

Little Bow Last

Baby Penguin Christmas in July with Hairband and bow

Do you want a larger bow? Simply change up the height of the stitches:

Double Treble Simple Bow:

Ch 6, work 3 dtr in the 6th ch from the hook, ch 5 and sl st to the same ch (the 6th one you have been working in). Now you will be working on the other side of the ch 6 hole. Ch 5, work 3 dtr in the same ch (the 6th one you have been working in). Ch 5 and sl st to the same ch.

Triple Treble Simple Bow:

Ch 7, work 3 trtr in the 7th ch from the hook, ch 6 and sl st to the same ch (the 7th one you have been working in). Now you will be working on the other side of the ch 7 hole. Ch 6, work 3 trtr in the same ch (the 7th one you have been working in). Ch 6 and sl st to the same ch.

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