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Julie Taylor on craftsy.com
West Midlands, UK

I've crafted all my life. I learned to knit and sew at about the age of 4 and haven't looked back. I made my own wedding dress, and I spent many happy years as a designer/tutor for UK papercraft ...

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Penguin Family

from lovefibres
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Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit, purl, increase, decrease, simple color work

Pattern Description:

These delightful penguins are simple to knit and have removeable accessories for added play value.
Father penguin is keeping warm and cosy in his bobble hat and scarf, mother penguin loves boarding and has the slouchy hat to prove it and baby penguin looks super cute in his cheeky top-knot hat,
They are knit flat on two needles. The pattern suggests double knit /light worsted/8 ply yarn, but you could easily use worsted weight/aran instead.
The 9 page pattern has clear instructions and lots of colour photos of all the stages, including sewing up and finishing.
The pattern involves very simple colour work. There are instructions and photos of this if you haven't done it before.
My patterns are written in standard uk and american terms.
I have worked for several years writing project instructions for UK craft magazines, including knitting patterns.
You may make toys to sell using the pattern, but you cannot sell the pattern itself.

Please use the hashtag #lovefibrespattern to share what you have made with this pattern on Instagram.


Gauge is not important as this is a toy

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Adult penguin - 5 1/2" (14cm) tall
  • Baby Penguin - 3 1/2" (9cm) tall


  • 15 grams(46 yds)(42 metres)black yarn for one adult penguin
  • 4 grams(12 yards)(11 metres) white yarn for one adult penguin
  • oddments of orange, yellow, grey, lt brown, blue, pink and white yarn for beak, feet and accessories
  • Pair of US size 3 (3.25mm) needles
  • Toy safety eyes
  • Toy stuffing

Suggested yarn:

46 yards of DK weight