Free Crochet Pattern: Baby Penguin

Free Crochet Pattern: Baby Penguin

This chubby little penguin fits in the palm of your hand and makes a great wintery decoration. Try adding a keyring to the top to make the perfect portable friend to look after your keys!

Click here to download a printable version of my baby penguin crochet pattern, or scroll down to read the web version!


Baby Penguin Crochet Pattern


You Will Need:

  • Aran yarn in black, white and grey
  • Embroidery thread or DK yarn in bright yellow
  • 3.5mm crochet hook
  • two 6mm toy safety eyes
  • yarn needle for sewing
  • toy stuffing
  • scissors to cut yarn


This pattern uses US terminology.

Rnd – round

sc – single crochet

inc – single crochet increase

dec – single crochet decrease

slst – slip stitch

F/O – finish off

All pieces are crocheted in continuous rounds.


Start with black yarn.

Rnd 1. 6sc in magic circle (6)

Rnd 2. 6inc (12)

Rnd 3. (inc, sc) x2, switch to white, inc, switch to black, sc, switch to white, inc, switch to black, (sc, inc) x2, sc (18)

Rnds 4-5. 6sc, switch to white, 6sc, switch to black, 6sc (18)

Switch to grey.

Rnd 6. 18sc (18)

Rnd 7. (inc, 2sc) x6 (24)

Rnds 8-10. 24sc (24)

Rnd 11. (dec, 2sc) x6 (18)

Rnd 12. (dec, sc) x6 (12)

Insert the safety eyes between rounds 4 & 5, three stitches apart.

Using yellow embroidery thread or yarn, embroider a beak in between the eyes.

a closeup of the crocheted penguin's face

Fill the body with the toy stuffing.

Rnd 13. 6dec (6)

F/O and sew the opening closed.


Flippers (make 2)

Use grey yarn.

Rnd 1. 6sc in magic circle (6)

Rnds 2-4. 6sc (6)

Do not stuff. Instead, fold the flipper flat and crochet 3sc across the top, going through both layers.

F/O, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.


Feet (make 2)

Use black yarn.

Rnd 1. 6sc in magic circle (6)

Rnd 2. 6sc (6)

F/O, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.



Sew the feet onto the body along round 12, one stitch apart. Make sure they line up so that they stick out at the front of the penguin.

Sew the flippers onto each side of the body along round 6. They should line up with each side of the white section.


Now your baby penguin is complete!

a photo of a crocheted baby penguin, cradled in a person's hands.

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Copyright: This pattern was designed and written by Purple Dragon Crafting. This pattern is for personal use only. The pattern, in whole or in parts, may not be published (in print or online), reproduced, shared, altered, translated into other languages, or resold without permission.

You can sell the finished item, handmade by yourself, in limited numbers, provided you credit Purple Dragon Crafting for the design and pattern.

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