How To Crochet A Penguin Applique

When I pledged to make a seal for Hug in a Blanket UK, I also pledged to make a penguin too.

For my birthday this year we went to Great Yarmouth and the Sea Life centre.

We have taken our little boy there a few times already, and he has always enjoyed watching the fish. This time, for the first time, he noticed the penguins.

So here is a penguin crochet applique.

Note that the pattern is written in UK Crochet Terms and the applique is shown on a 6″ square for size.

Materials

  • DK weight yarn in black, white, and yellow or orange
  • 3.5mm crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle

Instructions

Head and Face

Head: using black yarn, crochet a circle using 3 rounds of treble crochet.

Face: using white yarn, crochet a circle with 1 full round of treble crochet, and a part round as follows… 2 chain sts & 1 treble, 2 trebles in each of the next 10 sts, 1 double & 1 slip stitch in the next st. Bind off.

Eyes: using black yarn, make 4 chain sts and join in the round with a slip stitch. Make two eyes.

Beak: using yellow or orange yarn, make 4 ch, double crochet in the 2nd stitch from the hook, 1 treble in the next stitch. Bind off.

Tighten up the centre circles of the head and face and trim the ends. Next sew the face on to the head but do not trim the white end just yet.

Next sew the eyes on to the head and trim the ends. Using the white end from the face, sew in two white bits in each eye and trim the end.

Finally sew on the beak and trim the ends.

Body

Body: using black yarn, make a circle with 3 full rounds of treble crochet, plus one part round as follows… 1 double crochet in the next stitch, 2 treble crochet in the next stitch, 1 treble crochet in the next, 1 treble crochet in the next, 2 treble crochet in the next, 1 double crochet in the next, slip stitch in the next. Bind off.

Tummy: using white yarn, make a circle with 2 full rounds of treble crochet, and 1 part round as follows… 1 double crochet in the next stitch, 2 treble crochet in the next stitch, 1 treble crochet in the next, 2 treble crochet in the next, 1 double crochet in the next, 1 slip stitch in the next. Bind off.

Tighten up the centre and trim the ends. Then with the part rounds aligned, sew the tummy on to the body.

Next sew the head on to the body. I aligned the bottom of the head with the top of the tummy.

Arms

Make two. Using black yarn, make 8 chain sts. Double crochet into the second stitch from the hook. Treble crochet into each of the remaining sts. Bind off.

The arms have a natural curve to them, so the arm on the left hand side is actually upside down.

Sew the arms to the side of the body.

Feet

Make two. Using yellow or orange, make 4 chain sts. Double crochet into the second stitch from the hook, and double crochet into the next stitch. Chain 3 sts, double crochet into the second stitch from the hook, and double crochet into the next stitch. Chain 3 sts, double crochet into the second stitch from the hook, and double crochet into the next stitch. Finally double crochet into the final stitch on the original chain. Bind off.

Tighten up the little hole in the foot, and sew each foot to the bottom of the penguin. I sewed them to the back, using the end to just catch the body so the colour wouldn’t show through on the front.

At the end of the construction I had the following ends left for sewing… one each for the head, body, each arm, and each foot.

Voila!

Here is the finished penguin sewn on to a 6″ green square of garter stitch.

I did go on to make a fish. Because I didn’t sew the penguin in the middle and it irritated me that it was uneven. The fish was made as follows…

Using blue yarn, make a chain of 4 sts, half treble crochet into the second stitch from the hook, half treble crochet into the next, 5 half treble crochets into the end stitch (this turns around the end with the opposite facing), half treble into the each of the next 2 sts, chain 3 sts, double crochet into the second stitch from the hook, double crochet into the next stitch, chain 3 sts, double crochet into the second stitch from the hook, double crochet into the next stitch, slip stitch into the next and bind off.

Note though that I had to sew it into a fish shape.

Have you made our penguin yet? Let us know how you got on with it in the comments below.

Best wishes, Sam xox


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