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Stacey's Perfect Penguin*

This is a variation of the Bean Bag pattern which was designed by one of my students.

Skills Needed: Cast On, Knit, Decrease, and Cast Off.


Size 10.5 knitting needles, worsted-weight yarn (1 ounce each of black, white, and a color for the hat and scarf) a sewing needle for yarn, wiggly eyes, and material for the feet and beak. Craft foam or felt works well for the feet and beak.


Front: Cast on 30 stitches with the white yarn. Using the garter stitch (knit every row) knit 13 ridges. (26 rows) Cast off.

Back: Using the black yarn, make a piece identical to the front.

Wing: Cast on 15 stitches with the black yarn. At the beginning of each row, knit 2 stitches together (for a decrease of one stitch) and knit to the end of the row. Continue to decrease one stitch for each row until you have 1 stitch left. Cast off, leaving a tail of yarn 24 inches long. Make a second wing identical to the first one.

Scarf: Cast on 5 stitches in the color of your choice. Knit every row for 55 ridges. Cast off.

Hat: Cast on 30 stitches. Knit 8 ridges. Knit 2 stitches together across the next 2 rows. There will be one stitch left over on the last row to knit at the end of the row. Do not cast off. Cut the yarn 20 inches long and thread the yarn sewing needle with it. Use the sewing needle to thread through each of the stitches left on the knitting needle as you take them off the knitting needle. Pull the stitches tightly to make the crown of the hat and sew the sides of the hat together neatly. Hide the ends of the yarn under some stitches before you cut them. You can add a pom pom to the top of the hat, if you wish.

Finishing: Pin and sew the white and black pieces together and stuff them. Using the 24 inch tail of yarn, sew the wings on the sides of the body with the longest edge of the triangle next to the penguin's side seam. Use a glue gun to add eyes, feet and a beak. Dress your "Perfect Penguin" in the hat and scarf.

*Try to make you own variation of this pattern. There is a bunny and a pig in the picture. They were made by adding small knitted shapes to the basic body of the penguin pattern, using different colors of yarn. Other decorations were then glued in place.

Photo of Penguin

Photo of Pig and Bunny

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