I made this penguin for my friend Diane who I met in Edmonton, Alberta. She is a big fan of the Edmonton Oilers so I thought I’d use that theme for this project. I loved how it turned out.
To find the pattern, I googled “Amigurumi Penguin” and a lot of search results came up! The pattern I chose was this one by “rheatheylia” but I altered it slightly to make the head/body smaller (I didn’t want to make a huge penguin.) I used a 5mm hook for the head/body.
Reducing the size of the pattern was harder than I expected! (If anyone has any tips on how to quickly reduce or enlarge amigurumi patterns please send them my way!) I didn’t want to reduce the pattern any further so for the wings, beak, and tummy, I stuck to the original pattern but used a smaller 3.5mm hook instead of the 5mm one. For the feet, I made little orange circles. It worked out well. Yay!
For eyes, I used 12mm safety eyes with some white felt behind them. I ordered the eyes from “Lisa and Ed’s Eyes and More.”
*HELPFUL TIP!: With most amigurumi projects, you have to do a little bit of hand stitching. For this project, I stitched on the beak, wings, tummy and feet. I find “Crochet Dude’s Bent End Yarn Needles” to be a great tool to help conceal the stitches. The bent end allows me to easily stitch hard to reach places. There’s also a sharp point on the tip of the needle that helps push through those really tight 3.5mm stitches. (Great idea Crochet Dude!) I purchased these at Michael’s.