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Huggable Holiday Penguin

Huggable Holiday Penguin

Just in time for the holiday season you can work up this adorable Huggable Holiday Penguin. The magic of making crochet amigurumi patterns is that you can use them as holiday decor or you can keep them as snuggly friends. The cute crochet hat and scarf can be removed for a completely different look. Make a cowboy hat and give the penguin as a gift to your country friends or adorn it with a birthday hat and give it as a birthday gift. The possibilities are endless.

Easy

Crochet HookG/6 or 4 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Mystery Crochet Along WinnerThanks to all who participated in our Mystery Crochet Along! Kelly Zuercher has been chosen as the winner for the Red Heart prize pack. Her penguin is going on a skiing trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Materials:

  • RED HEART® Super Saver® 1 skein each of:
    • 319 Cherry Red A
    • 706 Perfect Pink B
    • 316 Soft White C
    • 321 Gold D
    • 661 Frosty Green E
  • Crochet Hooks: 4.25 mm [US G-6] and 5.5 mm [US I-9]
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Stuffing
  • One pair 9-12 mm safety eyes
  • 3 x 4" piece of heavy cardboard
  • Pins

Gauge:

18 sts = 4”; 20 rows = 4” in single crochet with smaller hook. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge


Special Technique: 

Adjustable ring : Holding the yarn a few inches from the end, wrap around your finger. Do not remove wrap from finger, insert hook into the wrap and draw up a loop of
working yarn. Chain one to secure the loop, and remove ring from finger. Work stitches of first round in the ring. Pull gently, but firmly, on tail to tighten ring.


Special Stitches:

hdc2tog = [Yarn over, draw up a loop in next st] twice, yarn over and draw through all 5 loops on hook.
sc2tog = [Draw up a loop in next st] twice, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.


Notes:

1. Gauge is not critical for this project. Work tightly so stuffing will not show between stitches.
2. Pieces are worked separately then sewn together.
3. Most pieces are worked in continuous rounds, do not join at ends of rounds unless instructed.
4. Week 2 instructions are worked in one piece.
5. Week 3 instructions are worked in 2-row stripes. To change color, work last stitch of old color to last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and draw through all loops on hook to complete
stitch. Proceed with new color. Carry color not in use up side of piece. Take care to cover carried strands when working edging.


Instructions:

Head and Body
Beginning at top of head, with smaller hook and A, make an adjustable ring.
Round 1: Work 6 sc in ring—6 sc. Do not join, work in continuous rounds (spirals). Place a marker for beginning of round. Move marker up as each round is completed.
Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around—12 sc.
Round 3: [2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc] 6 times—18 sc.
Round 4: [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc] 6 times—24 sc.
Round 5: [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc] 6 times—30 sc.
Round 6: [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc] 6 times—36 sc.
Round 7: [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc] 6 times—42 sc.
Round 8: [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc] 6 times—48 sc.
Rounds 9–20: Sc in each sc around.
Round 21: [Sc in next 6 sc, sc2tog] 6 times—42 sts.
Round 22: [Sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog] 6 times—36 sts
Round 23: [Sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog] 6 times—30 sts.
Round 24: [Sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog] 6 times—24 sts.
Round 25: Sc in each sc around.
Attach safety eyes between Rounds 16 and 17.
Rounds 26–28: Repeat Rounds 5–7—42 sc.
Rounds 29–31: Sc in each sc around.
Round 32: Repeat Round 8—48 sc.
Round 33: Sc in each sc around.
Round 34: [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc] 6 times—54 sc.
Round 35: Sc in each sc around.
Round 36: [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc] 6 times—60 sc.
Rounds 37–57: Sc in each sc around.
Begin stuffing piece, and continue to stuff until piece is complete.
Round 58: [Sc in next 8 sc, sc2tog] 6 times—54 sts.
Round 59: [Sc in next 7 sts, sc2tog] 6 times—48 sts.
Rounds 60–63: Repeat Rounds 21–24—24 sts.
Round 64: [Sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog] 6 times—18 sts.
Round 65: [Sc in next st, sc2tog] 6 times—12 sts.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through stitches of last round. Pull to close opening. Securely weave in end.

Accent Piece


With smaller hook and C, ch 14.
Row 1: Working in back bumps only, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; change to B, turn—13 sc.
Row 2: With B , ch 1, [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc] 3 times, sc in last sc, turn—16 sc.
Row 3: With B , ch 1, [sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 4 times; change to C , turn—20 sc.
Row 4: With C , ch 1, [sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 4 times, turn—24 sc.
Row 5: With C , ch 1, sc in each sc across; change to B, turn.
Rows 6–17: Ch 1, sc in each sc across and continue to change color every other row, turn.
Row 18: With B, ch 1, [sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 4 times, turn—28 sc.
Row 19: With B , ch 1, sc in each sc across; change to C, turn.
Rows 20–37: Ch 1, sc in each sc across and continue to change color every other row, turn.
Row 38: With B , ch 1, [sc2tog] 2 times, sc in next 20 sc, [sc2tog] 2 times—24 sc.
Edging: With B , ch 1, sc evenly spaced around edges of entire piece; join with slip st in first sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing to body.

Flippers
(Make 2)
With smaller hook and B, ch 20; join with slip st in first ch to form a ring , taking care not to twist ch.

Round 1: Ch 1, sc in each ch around—20 sts. Do not join, work in continuous rounds (spirals). Place a marker for beginning of round. Move marker up as each round is completed.
Rounds 2–15: Hdc in next 10 sts, sc in last 10 sts.
Round 16: Sc in next 10 sts, hdc in last 10 sts.
Rounds 17–19: Hdc in each st around.
Round 20: [Hdc in next 3 hdc, hdc2tog] 4 times—16 hdc.
Round 21: [Hdc in next 2 hdc, hdc2tog] 4 times—12 hdc.
Round 22: [Hdc in next hdc, hdc2tog] 4 times—8 hdc.
Round 23: [Hdc2tog] 4 times—4 hdc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Do not stuff flipper. Thread tail through stitches of last round. Pull to close opening.
Securely weave in end.

Hat and Scarf

SCARF
With larger hook and E, ch 62.
Row 1: Working in back bumps only, hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn—60 sts.
Row 2: Ch 3, dc in each st across, turn.
Row 3: Ch 2, hdc in each st across.
Fasten off. Weave in tail.

HAT
With larger hook and E , ch 12.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn—11 sc.
Rows 2–31: Ch 1, working in front loops only, sc in each sc across, turn.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. With tail, sew short edges together to form a tube. Flatten the piece, and working through both thicknesses, slip st across top edge to seam crown of hat.

Tassels (make 2):
Wrap yarn around piece of heavy cardboard about 25 times. Thread a 12” strand of yarn under the top of the wraps and tie a knot to secure. Slip wraps from cardboard. Wrap a 10” strand of yarn around the wraps several times, about ½” below the top tie for tassel neck. Tie ends of strand to secure and thread ends to inside of tassel. Cut ends of wraps, trim to desired length. With ends of top tie, tie one tassel to each top corner of hat. Knot the ties securely on the inside of hat.

BEAK

With smaller hook and D, ch 17; join with slip st in first ch to form a ring, taking care not to twist ch.
Round 1: Ch 1, sc in each ch around—17 sc. Do not join, work in continuous rounds (spirals). Place a marker for beginning of round. Move marker up as each round is completed.
Round 2: Sc in each sc around.
Round 3: Sc in next sc, [sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] 4 times—13 sts.
Round 4: Sc in next sc, [sc in next sc, sc2tog] 4 times—9 sts.
Round 5: Sc in each sc around. Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through stitches of last round. Pull to close opening. Securely weave in end. Stuff beak lightly.


FEET (make 2)

With smaller hook and D, ch 11.
Round 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across to last ch, 2 sc in last ch; working across opposite side of foundation ch, sc in next sc and in each sc across; join with slip st in first sc—20 sc.
Rounds 2–5: Sc in each sc around.
Round 6: [Sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog] 4 times—16 sc.
Rounds 7–11: Sc in each sc around.
Round 12: [Sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] 4 times—12 sc.
Round 13: [Sc in next sc, sc2tog] 4 times—8 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Do not stuff feet.


FINISHING

Sew flippers to side edges near top of chest piece. Pin chest piece to body and sew in place. Sew beak to face, centered between eyes. Sew feet to bottom of penguin. Weave in any remaining ends. Tie scarf around neck and place hat on head.


 

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How cute is this?! And it would require making a lot of small parts, and a lot of sewing on off all those small parts. If that is your thing, if that is what fulfills you, then have at it! For me, not the usual project I gravitate toward, for that very reason. That being said, if I DID decide to take this on, I would have the ultimate in satisfaction when I do finally complete it!

how did she know how to dress it up that way when we weren't supposed to know what it was? it did say mystery crochet didnt it?

i would like to know how they choose the winner.

Congratulations, Kelly!! He is really cute and I love the skis! Great job ) This was a really fun contest ) Happy holidays to everyone!

VERY CUTE, CONGRATS!!

very cute!!! CONGRATULATIONS!

Very nice, Kelly...Congratulations.

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