Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Penguin Ball

This pattern I made because I have some friends who have younger kids, and even the older ones I find, love having things to cuddle and throw. As any parent or caretaker will tell you the softer the item the more desirable it will be (because face it, when it gets thrown at you and it will,  it doesn't hurt as bad). Ive not only made penguins like this but just regular birds. Very nice hit!

Here is the pattern!

This is an easy make, and uses the odds and ends in your stock pile quite nicely.

things you will need to know to make this project;
- "pfb" = purl a stitch front and back
- "kfb" = knit a stitch front and back
- "p2tog" = purl two stitches together
- "bo" = bind off
- "MC" = master color
- "CC" = contrast color
- "Stockinette" = knit the right side and purl the wrong side
- "Sl1" = slip 1 stitch onto right needle
- "PSSO" = pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch

you will need;
- set of straight needles
- a master color yarn
- a contrast color yarn
- sewing needle
- yarn or buttons for the eyes
- stuffing or poly-fill

**[For this penguin my master color is black and my contrast color is white]**


C/O 6 sts in MC

Row 1: k
Row 2: pfb all sts (makes 12 sts)
Row 3-4: work 2 rows in stockinette
Row 5: kfb all sts (makes 24 sts)
Row 6: p10 MC, p4 CC, p10 MC
Row 7: k9 MC, k6 CC, k9 MC
Row 8: p8 MC, p8 CC, p8 MC
Row 9: k8 MC, k8 CC, k8 MC
Row 10: p8 MC, p8 CC, p8 MC
Row 11: k8 MC, k8 CC, k8 MC
Row 12: p8 MC, p8 CC, p8 MC
Row 13: k8 MC, k8 CC, k8 MC
Row 14: p8 MC, p8 CC, p8 MC
Row 15-18: work in stockinette in MC
Row 19: Dec every stitch by k2tog (makes 12 sts)
Row 20-21: work 2 rows in stockinette
Row 22: p2tog (makes 6sts)
Row 23: k all sts

Bind off work, leave longer tail to sew the penguin together. Put aside until the beak gets done.

Make 2 of these. They are sewn flat like the penguin is knitted.

C/O 5 sts in MC

Row 1-4: knit all sts
Row 5: k2tog
Row 6: knit
Row 7: Sl 1, k2tog, PSSO

Bind off and set aside.


I made this with an orange string I had lying around.  It’s knitted in I-cord.

C/O 3 sts  leaving a longer tail.

Make an I-cord about 3 rows long and then bind off. Tie the two tails together to make a sort of semi circle.

At this point sew on the eyes whether they are buttons or yarn right about where the decrease is on the top of the head.  Attach the beak between the eyes about 1 or two rows beneath them, above the belly.  Start sewing the penguin up, and when you have a little left to go fill/ stuff your penguin to desired amount and close off. Weaving in your ends.  Then simply sew on the wings on either sides of the body right about mid-belly.

There you have it, your very own penguin ball.


  1. What size needles did you use for this project?

  2. Very sweet little ball penguin. Love it. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

  3. you can use any size I used 3.25mm needles.