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No-Sew Pocket Penguin · Free Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

This is a highly-requested no-sew pattern! Say hello to the POCKET PENGUIN! This little guy looks so cute in different yarn fibers and weights, and even comes with a bonnet hat and scarf pattern! 


Pocket Penguin is a quick, easy, and no-sew baby penguin with a scarf and bonnet hat.

This amigurumi features realistic color changes on the head, as well as crochet methods to make the beak and 3-toed feet. This fluffy antarctic bird is able to stand up on its own, and makes a great keychain! 

The initial inspiration for this amigurumi penguin is from Pingu’s little sister, Pinga.

About the Pattern

  • Easy / beginner-friendly
  • Works up quickly
  • No-sew 
  • Stashbuster project; great for using up leftover yarn scraps
  • Can be turned into a keychain
  • Available as a FREE video tutorial


There are many ways to make use of this pattern, such as: 
  • Keychain: add a keyring
  • Ornament: add a hanging loop for your Christmas tree
  • Scent Sachet: stuff it with a satchel of lavender (or your favorite scent) to make it into a soothing diffuser for your car, office, or room 
  • Pin cushion: just stick in your pins to have it serve as a pincushion
  • Gift: for family and friends as a birthday gift, Christmas holiday gift
  • "Pocket pal" or fidget: suitable as a portable therapy aid or security toy for kids and penguin-loving adults 
  • Craft fair product: sell it at markets; it's the perfect market prep pattern to work up because it's quick, easy, and will surely grab attention! Great for Christmas or winter markets. 


    It can also be crocheted with different yarn weights and fibers to create different looks!  Below is the penguin I crocheted using 100% cotton medium weight 4 yarn, such as Lion Brand's 24/7 Cotton Yarn. It's a great keychain size, and I love the stitch definition. 

    For the penguin below, I used a polyester yarn that creates a chenille and velvet look. This penguin turned out to be fluffy, plush, squishy, and super soft! Since the yarn is thicker, I used a larger hook size as well (5mm) and this penguin turned out larger than the previous.

    PDF Pattern

    The PDF pattern is printable, ad-free, easy to read, includes over 40 photo references, and helps support Sweet Softies! (If you enjoy my free patterns, you can consider it as a donation to me when you buy one of my pattern PDFs! It allows me to maintain my blog and continue sharing more free patterns.)

    You can get the PDF pattern from my storeRavelry, or Etsy.

    BONUS: This PDF pattern also includes instructions for crocheting the bonnet and scarf for your penguin, which is not available in the free video tutorial version.


    Free Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

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    Crochet Pattern Information


    Height: 3 inches (7.6 cm) 

    Level of Difficulty:

    ★★☆☆☆ Familiar Beginner. Requires familiarity with stitches used (below), changing colors, and attaching yarn. 

    Stitches/Terms Used:

    • FO = fasten off 
    • YO = yarn over 
    • ch = chain 
    • sl st = slip stitch 
    • sc = single crochet 
    • inc = increase (insert 2 sc in same st) 
    • dec = decrease (sc 2 sts together) 
    • fsc = (chainless) foundation single crochet 
    • dc = double crochet 
    • dc-inc = double crochet increase (2 dc in same st) 
    • BLO = back loops only 
    • FLO = back loops only


    • Medium weight 4 yarn in white, light grey, dark grey, and yellow. For accessories: blue, dark green, and light green. (I used Hobbii Friends Cotton 8/8) 
    • 3.25mm crochet hook 
    • 7mm plastic safety eyes (x2) 
    • Stuffing 
    • Scissors 

    Crochet Instructions

    The free written crochet instructions will be added here within 6 months of the pattern release! Please stay tuned. 

    If you want to add the bonnet and scarf (available in the printable PDF pattern), here's what your finished Pocket Penguin will look like!

    Video Tutorial

    Ready to crochet this project with me? Follow the step-by-step video tutorial below! (Note: This tutorial comes with instructions for the penguin only, not the bonnet and scarf.)

    Want to share your finished penguin? I'd love to see it on Instagram, @SweetSofties!

    Thank you for reading, and hope you had a fun time crocheting this project!  If you'd like to help out my blog, feel free to check out my post, "5 Ways to Support my Blog!"

    You might like my other designs if you enjoyed this one!  Simply click on the image below for the pattern, or check out all my free patterns here.


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    Best wishes,