Meet Pierson, this month’s Kiddo in Costume, the crochet doll disguised as an amigurumi crochet penguin. Pierson met Toby and Henry at a party and was so fond of their costumes that he begged and begged for one of his own. Being December Pierson decided penguin pjs would be the perfect way to stay warm this winter. I must admit, I have a pair of penguin pjs myself, but they only have pictures of penguins unlike Pierson’s onesie which he never takes off (and I mean never). Pierson loves hanging out with our other penguin friends Cuddles and Pebbles.
The crochet pattern for Pierson features step by step photos to help your friend come out as awesome as possible.
My Kiddos in Costume are intermediate crochet patterns. They include basic crochet/amigurumi stitches but may still be a little challenging for a beginner.
The feet are made separately and then joined together as one piece before continuing on to the rest of the body in the round. A stitch marker will be your friend to help you keep your place.
I use back loop only stitches at the cuff of his slippers and sleeves. This is optional, you can use a regular single crochet if you prefer. I like doing the back loops because it makes it look more like Pierson is wearing his clothes rather than that he is one with his clothes.
Pierson’s head is closed while his body is left open at the neck for sewing to the head. I feel that this gives a cleaner look than joining two closed pieces. (That’s a tip that nobody ever told me, remember it.)
I have written the crochet pattern to make the head first and then the body, joining to the closed head when finished as this is the way newer crocheters may prefer to do it but something I like to do is make the body piece first and then make the head up to the point where you stop to attach the eyes. At that point I sew the body to the head before adding the eyes. The benefit to attaching the head at this point is that you will not pull up as much stuffing when sewing the pieces together and it will be easier to center the eyes with Pierson’s body. I myself have fallen victim to slightly off centered heads from being just one stitch off when sewing my pieces together. (Use your pins!)
Stitches and Abbreviations in this Pattern
◆ CH: chain
◆ SC: single crochet
◆ BLO: back loop only
◆ FLO: front loop only
◆ ST(S): stitch(es)
◆ SL ST: slip stitch
◆ INC: increase
◆ DEC: decrease
◆ SC JOIN: single crochet join (Explained in pattern)
- 3.75mm crochet hook
- Worsted weight yarn in black, white, yellow, and a flesh color
- (Optional: a tiny bit of pink yarn for rose cheeks)
- 12mm safety eyes (2)
- Tapestry and Sewing Needle
- Polyfil or favorite stuffing
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I HIGHLY recommend this clover crochet hook. It is my favorite crochet hook OF ALL TIME EVER TO EXIST EVER IN THE HISTORY OF EVER and if you have been following my blog then you know almost everything I make uses a 3.75mm hook. Stick with me, kid, and this will be the only hook you’ll ever need (I may be exaggerating). And if that seems like a lot of polyfil, well maybe it is but if you crochet as much as me you will go through it in no time! I also included a link for both a set of strictly 12mm safety eyes as that is what I choose to you about 100% of the time however you may like to experiment with different eye sizes and colors. Additionally the set comes with noses. If you made Pepp last week you know that I sometimes use safety noses.I have some more safety nose projects coming up in 2019. (If you’re a dork like me you will understand why I get so excited about offering options.)
Now that you have everything you need to know to make Pierson the Penguin you can click the link below to purchase the pattern so you can make your very own!
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