Percy the Penguin

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Percy the Penguin

I love penguins. Always have. Always will. In fact, my whole family loves penguins. We used to argue about whether they could fly. My brother Stephen would say that they can fly, but they’re the smartest of all the birds, so they don’t fly when people are around, so that’s why there isn’t any evidence. I’d say that’s a perfectly reasonable assumption, don’t you?

Percy Wing

As you’ve seen from my last two posts, I have gotten very in to making stuffed animals with granny squares. Both the Granny Square Elephant and Leo the Lion are patterns that my grandma had made decades ago. My sister-in-law thought it would be sweet to give her godchildren on our side of the family stuffed animals just like the ones my grandma made, so she asked me to figure them out for her. It was so fun! I’m so glad she asked me to do it!

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So last week, I sent those all off to my adorable nephews, and I hope they love them! But this penguin pattern is all my own. I love designing stuffed animals, so this has been tons of fun!

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Now, I don’t know about you, but I always need an afternoon beverage of some kind. Whether it be a soda (on those really bad days) or a cup of tea (on days when I just need to relax). But lately, the thing that I like drinking while I crochet in the afternoon is my mom’s hot chocolate.

Hot Chocolate

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know that I’ve been drinking my mom’s hot chocolate A LOT this winter! So I thought I’d share the recipe with you all! So here it is:

Dort’s Hot Chocolate

  • 3 cups Nesquik
  • 6 cups powdered milk
  • 2 cups non-dairy powdered creamer (like coffee mate)
  • 1 cup sugar

Mix all the ingredients together in large bowl. Mix 1/3 cup of mix with 1 cup of hot or boiling water.
Makes 36 servings.

Easy right?! And it is amazing! So enjoy it while you make my buddy Percy. He’s the cutest penguin around!

Percy Face

Percy the Penguin

Materials:

1 skein medium weight black yarn (I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn! in Black)

1/2 skein medium weight white yarn (I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn! in White)

10 yards medium weight red yarn (I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn! in Red)

20 yards medium weight orange yarn (I used Crafter’s Secret in Orange)

3.5 mm (E) crochet hook

2 – 12 mm safety eyes

Yarn Needle for sewing in ends

Poly-Fil

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Stitches:

ch – chain

dc – double crochet

sl st – slip stitch

Gauge:

1 granny square = 1.5 inches x 1.5 inches

Pattern Notes:

  • This pattern requires 13 white, 2 red, and 45 black granny squares; 2 white and 14 black granny square corners; and 2 orange granny square triangles.
  • When connecting granny squares, you can use any method you prefer. I used the back loop only method where I make a slip knot on my hook and then slip stitched all of the granny squares together using only the back loops of the granny squares.
  • I provide patterns for the granny squares and the granny square corners, but only provide a graph for how to assemble the 2 panels, wings, and feet of the penguin.

Pattern:

Granny Squares (13 white, 2 red, 45 black):

ch 5, sl st in first chain to make circle,

Round 1: ch 3, 2dc inside circle, ch 2, *3dc inside circle, ch 2* 3 times, sl st at top of ch 3 to join.

Round 2: sl st to fist ch 2 space, working all in ch 2 space, ch 3, 2dc, ch 1, 3dc, *[3dc, ch 1, 3dc] in next ch 2 space* 3 times. Sl st at top of ch 3 to join.

Finish off and sew in ends.

Granny Square corner (2 white, 14 black):

ch 5, sl st in first chain to make circle,

Row 1: ch 3, 2dc inside circle, ch 2, 3dc inside circle, ch 2, turn.

Row 2: dc 3, 3dc in ch 2 space, ch 1, 3dc in same ch 2 space, dc in next 3 stitches.

Finish off and sew in ends.

Triangle Granny Square (2 orange):

ch 5, sl st in first chain to make circle,

Round 1: ch 3, 2dc inside circle, ch 2, *3dc, ch 2* 2 times inside circle.

Round 2: sl st to fist ch 2 space, working all in ch 2 space, ch 3, 2dc, ch 1, 3dc, *[3dc, ch 1, 3dc] in next ch 2 space* 2 times. Sl st at top of ch 3 to join.

Finish off and sew in ends.

Stitching together together:

Organize squares and corners as seen in diagram below. Slip stitch or sew together. (I slip stitched in back loops only.)

Penguin Chart

Finishing:

  • Once you have assembled both panels, insert safety eyes at the bottom of the top white granny square on head about 1 inch apart.
  • Embroider the beak just below the eyes across and down the entire granny square.
  • After slip stitching the two red granny squares together, leave a long tail and wrap at the seam of the two squares about 8 times. Sew the bow tie onto the penguin just below the beak.
  • Slip stitch two panels together with wrong sides facing each other. Stuff with Poly-Fil as you go. Make sure you put the orange triangle granny squares at the bottom between the two panels for the feet. Finish off.
  • Attach wings by folding them in half (hotdog bun style) over the body and sew on either side of body at the same level as the bow tie. Only sew down one granny square to give the wings the flare look you see above.

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