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Free Penguin Baby Pullover Crochet Pattern

Hi crochet friend!

Winter is in full swing here in the mountain valley of Wyoming! We’re getting snow at least once a week now, and the Christmas lights are up all around town. And I think it’s important to remember that sweaters are so nice to have this time of year, especially for our little ones. So, today I’m sharing my Penguin Pullover pattern with you!

You can get sizes 0-3 month, 3-6 month, and 6-12 month FREE here on my blog! If you’d like to make it for a toddler (12-18 month, 18-24 month, or 2T-3T), you can buy it in my Ravelry or Etsy Shops.

This pattern is so great, because it’s a simple pullover with a penguin applique added to the front. I like putting the applique right in the center of the chest, but you’re welcome to try it in the corner, or the bottom, too. Make it your own!

And next week, I’ll be sharing a matching hat and booties set to go with it! So be sure to sign up for my newsletter, so you don’t miss it!

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The Penguin Pullover works up super quickly, too, so it’s a perfect gift to make this Christmas for that special little one in your life. My niece was my model, and I just can’t stop looking at how cute she is in this sweater! I mean, really, isn’t she just adorable?!

The yarn I used for this pattern was Baby Bee Sweet Delight in Flannel Marled from Hobby Lobby. I really love this kind of yarn. Even though it’s acrylic yarn, it’s sooooo soft and is very easy to work with. My only issue with this yarn is that I tend to get that “yarn vomit” at the very start, and it can be annoying to untangle the yarn for the first little while. Other than that, though, I really do love this yarn!

Anyway, I won’t keep you much longer. I want you to be able to get started on this beautiful pullover!

Happy Crocheting!

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Penguin Pullover (Sizes 0-3 month, 3-6 month, and 6-12 month)

Get all 6 sizes up to 3T in my Etsy & Ravelry Shops!

Materials:

-Light/DK weight yarn in Grey, Black, White, and Orange (Baby Bee Sweet Delight DK Yarn in Flannel Marled, Soft Licorice, White, and Yarn Bee Smooth Move in Burnt Pumpkin used for designing)

Yarn yardage listed below for each size

-4mm (G) crochet hook (for sweater)

-3.5mm (E) crochet hook (for applique)

-4 stitch markers 

-Yarn needle for sewing

-Pins for pinning on applique

Gauge:

18 dc x 10 rows = 4 inch square

Sizes:

0-3 month – 16″ chest – 280-290 yards

3-6 month – 17″ chest – 340-360 yards

6-12 month – 18″ chest – 380-400 yards

Stitches:

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

hdc – half double crochet

dc – double crochet

trc – treble crochet

alt dc – alternative double crochet (pattern for this stitch here)

st(s) – stitch(es)

sk – skip 

sl st – slip stitch

f/o – finish off

Pattern Notes:

  • This pattern is written for sizes 0-3 months, 3-6 months, & 6-12 months.
  • Pay attention to the gauge, because it is very important for the proper fit.
    • My crochet stitches tend to be tighter than most, so you may end up going up a hook size. 
    • The brand of yarn can also result in a different gauge.
      • Use yarnsub.com to find the best substitute for yarn used in pattern.
  • This pattern uses the alternative double crochet stitch. You can find a tutorial for this stitch here.
  • The photo tutorial for borders is shown using a different yarn (tutorial stolen from herringbone pullover pattern). This does not change the way these borders are done. Please follow the directions for these below:
  • Use the following guide for how the number of stitches is communicated:
    • The number before the stitch is the amount of times worked in one stitch
    • The number after the stitch is the number of stitches you are to work that specific stitch into.
    • Ch 3 in applique will always count as a double crochet
    • Ch 2 in applique will always count as a half double crochet
    • Ch 1 throughout will NEVER count as a stitch.
    • When stitches are surrounded by asterisks (*), you are to repeat what is between the asterisks the amount of times stated.
    • Number in parentheses is the number of stitches in each round. 
    • Eg.  alt dc in first st, dc 7, 2dc, *dc 8, 2dc* 9x, sl st to join, turn. (100) means “work an alternative double crochet in first stitch, double crochet in next 7 stitches, work 2 double crochets in the next stitch, *double crochet in each of the next 8 stitches, work 2 double crochets in the next stitch * repeat the pattern between the asterisks 9 times, slip stitch in alternative double from beginning of round. (there are 100 stitches in this round)

Patterns:

Penguin Applique (same for all sweater sizes):

Use 3.5mm (E) crochet hook for this pattern. 

Body:

Round 1: With white yarn, make a magic circle and ch 3, dc 9 in circle, sl st in ch 3 to join. (10)

Round 2: ch 3, dc in same st, 2dc in each st around, sl st in top of ch 3 to join. (20)

Round 3: ch 3, dc in same st, 2dc in next 4 sts, dc in next 5 sts, 2dc in next 5 sts, dc in last 5 sts, sl st in top of ch 3 to join. (30)

Round 4: ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next st, *2dc, dc* 4x, dc 5, *2dc, dc* 2x, 2sc, dc, *2dc, dc* 2x, dc 5, sl st in top of ch 3 to join. (40)

Switch to Black yarn:

Round 5: ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc 2, *2hdc, hdc 2* 4x, hdc 5, *2hdc, hdc 2* 2x, 2 extended dc into space between 2sc from round 4, hdc 2, *2hdc, hdc 2* 2x, hdc 5, sl st in top of ch 2 to join. (50)

Round 6: ch 1, 2sc in first st, sc 3, *2sc, sc 3* 3x, 2sc, sc, ch 3, 2trc, 2dc, hdc, sl st in next st, sc 2, *2sc, sc 3* 5x, sl st in next st, hdc, 2dc, 2trc, ch 3, sc in next st, sl st in first sc to join. 

F/O leaving a long tail for sewing onto body of sweater.

  • Embroider 2 u-shaped eyes at round 3 below and on either side of extended dc st from round 5.
  • Embroider nose between and below eyes as a triangle pointing to the center of penguin.

Feet:

Connect yarn at the bottom of penguin, ch 1, 3dc in same st, sl st in same st. 

F/O and sew in ends.

Repeat with second foot made 2 sts over from 1st foot.

Pullover (all sizes use 4mm (G) crochet hook):

0-3 month:

Ch 61,

Round 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each chain around, sl st to join, turn. (60)

Round 2: alt dc, dc 4, 2dc, *dc 5, 2dc* 9x, sl st to join, turn. (70)

Round 3: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (70)

Round 4: alt dc, dc 5, 2dc, *dc 6, 2dc* 9x, sl st to join, turn. (80)

Round 5: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (80)

Round 6: alt dc, dc 6, 2dc, *dc 7, 2dc* 9x, sl st to join, turn. (90)

Round 7: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (90)

Round 8: alt dc, dc 7, 2dc, *dc 8, 2dc* 9x, sl st to join, turn. (100)

Round 9: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (100)

Round 10: alt dc, dc 8, 2dc, *dc 9, 2dc* 9x, sl st to join, turn. (110)

Round 11: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (110)

Count 34 sts, place st marker in 34th st, count 22 sts, place st marker in 22nd st, count 33 sts, place st marker in 33rd st, count 22 sts, place st marker in 22nd st (this will also be the first st from the round).

Round 12: alt dc, dc 33, ch 4, sk 21 sts, dc 34, ch 4, sk 21 sts, sl st in top of alt dc, turn.

Round 13: ch 1, sc in each of the 4 chs, sc 34, sc in each of the next 4 chs, sc 34, sl st to join, turn. (68 sts + 8 chs)

Round 14: alt dc, dc 75, sl st to join, turn. (76)

Round 15: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (76)

Rounds 16-33: repeat 14-15

Do not f/o. Continue with border:

Border:

Ch 5,

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 3 sts, sl st in next 2 sts of Round 33, turn.

Row 2: sc in blo in 4 scs from previous row, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: sc in blo in 4 scs from previous row, sl st in next 2 sts from Round 33, turn.

Rows 4-75: repeat rows 2 & 3

Row 76: sc together through blo rows 75 and 1.

f/o and sew in ends.

Neck Edging:

Connect yarn at last st in Round 1 of yoke.

Ch 4, 

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 chs, sl st in the 1st and 2nd sts of Round 1 of sweater, turn.

Row 2: sc in blo of 3 scs from previous row for edging, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: sc in blo in 3 scs from previous row for edging, sl st in next 2sts from Round 1 of sweater, turn.

Row 4-5: repeat rows 2-3

Row 6: repeat row 2

Row 7: sc in blo in 3 scs from previous row for edging, sl st in next 3 sts from Round 1 of sweater, turn.

Rows 8-59: repeat rows 2-7

Row 60: sc together through blo rows 59 and 1.

F/o and sew in ends.

Sleeves:

Connect yarn at armpit of sweater, ch 1.

Round 1: alt dc, dc 27 equally around, sl st to join, turn. (28)

Round 2: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (28)

Round 3: alt dc, dc 27, sl st to join, turn. (28)

Rounds 4-13: repeat rows 2-3

Round 14: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (28)

Round 15: alt dc, dc 25, dc2tog, sl st to join, turn. (27)

Round 16: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (27)

Round 17: alt dc, dc 26, sl st to join, turn. (27)

Round 18: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn.  (27)

Round 19: alt dc, dc 24, dc2tog, sl st to join, turn. (26)

Round 20: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (26)

Do not f/o. Continue with cuff:

Cuff:

Ch 4, 

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 3 chs, sl st in the 1st and 2nd sts of Round 20 of sleeve, turn.

Row 2: sc in blo of 3 scs from previous row for edging, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: sc in blo in 3 scs from previous row for edging, sl st in next 2 sts from Round 20, turn.

Rows 4-25: repeat rows 2-3

Row 26: sc together through blo rows 25 and 1.

F/o and sew in ends.

3-6 month:

Ch 66,

Round 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each chain around, sl st to join, turn. (65)

Round 2: alt dc, dc 4, 2dc, *dc 6, 2dc, dc 5, 2dc* 4x, dc 6, 2dc, sl st to join, turn. (75)

Round 3: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (75)

Round 4: alt dc, dc 5, 2dc, *dc 7, 2dc, dc 6, 2dc* 4x, dc 7, 2dc, sl st to join, turn. (85)

Round 5: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (85)

Round 6: alt dc, dc 6, 2dc, *dc 8, 2dc, dc 7, 2dc* 4x, dc 8, 2dc, sl st to join, turn. (95)

Round 7: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (95)

Round 8: alt dc, dc 7, 2dc, *dc 9, 2dc, dc 8, 2dc* 4x, dc 9, 2dc, sl st to join, turn. (105)

Round 9: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (105)

Round 10: alt dc, dc 8, 2dc, *dc 10, 2dc, dc 9, 2dc* 4x, dc 10, 2dc, sl st to join, turn. (115)

Round 11: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (115)

Round 12: alt dc, dc 114, sl st to join, turn. (115)

Round 13: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (115)

Count 35 sts, place st marker in 35th st, count 23 sts, place st marker in 23rd st, count 35 sts, place st marker in 35th st, count 23 sts, place st marker in 23rd st (this will also be the first st from the round).

Round 14: alt dc, dc 34, ch 3, sk 22 sts, dc 36, ch 3, sk 22 sts, sl st in top of alt dc, turn. (71 sts + 6 chs)

Round 15: ch 1, sc in each of the 3 chs, sc 36, sc in each of the next 3 chs, sc 35, sl st to join, turn. (77)

Round 16: alt dc, dc 76, sl st to join, turn. (77)

Round 17: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (77)

Rounds 18-37: repeat 16-17

Do not f/o. Continue with border:

Border:

Ch 5,

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 3 sts, sl st in next 2 sts of Round 37, turn.

Row 2: sc in blo in 4 scs from previous row, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: sc in blo in 4 scs from previous row, sl st in next 2 sts from Round 37, turn.

Rows 4-76: repeat rows 2 & 3

Row 77: sc together through blo rows 76 and 1.

f/o and sew in ends.

Neck Edging:

Connect yarn at last st in Round 1 of yoke.

Ch 4, 

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 chs, sl st in the 1st and 2nd sts of Round 1 of sweater, turn.

Row 2: sc in blo of 3 scs from previous row for edging, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: sc in blo in 3 scs from previous row for edging, sl st in next 2 sts from Round 1 of sweater, turn.

Row 4-5: repeat rows 2-3

Row 6: repeat row 2

Row 7: sc in blo in 3scs from previous row for edging, sl st in next 3 sts from Round 1 of sweater, turn.

Rows 8-63: repeat rows 2-7

Row 64: sc in blo of 3 scs from previous row for edging, ch 1, turn.

Row 65: sc together through blo rows 64 and 1.

F/o and sew in ends.

Sleeves:

Connect yarn at armpit of sweater, ch 1.

Round 1: alt dc, dc 29 equally around, sl st to join, turn. (30)

Round 2: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (30)

Round 3: alt dc, dc 29, sl st to join, turn. (30)

Rounds 4-15: repeat rows 2-3

Round 16: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (30)

Round 17: alt dc, dc 27, dc2tog, sl st to join, turn. (29)

Round 18: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (29)

Round 19: alt dc, dc 28, sl st to join, turn. (29)

Round 20: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn.  (29)

Round 21: alt dc, dc 26, dc2tog, sl st to join, turn. (28)

Round 22: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (28)

Round 23: alt dc, dc 27, sl st to join, turn. (28)

Round 24: ch 1, sc 28, sl st to join, turn. (28)

Do not f/o. Continue with cuff:

Cuff:

Ch 4, 

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 3 chs, sl st in the 1st and 2nd sts of Round 24 of sleeve, turn.

Row 2: sc in blo of 3 scs from previous row for edging, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: sc in blo in 3 scs from previous row for edging, sl st in next 2 sts from Round 24, turn.

Rows 4-27: repeat rows 2-3

Row 28: sc together through blo rows 27 and 1.

F/o and sew in ends.

6-12 month:

Ch 71,

Round 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each chain around, sl st to join, turn. (70)

Round 2: alt dc, dc 5, 2dc, *dc 6, 2dc* 9x, sl st to join, turn. (80)

Round 3: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (80)

Round 4: alt dc, dc 6, 2dc, *dc 7, 2dc* 9x, sl st to join, turn. (90)

Round 5: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (90)

Round 6: alt dc, dc 7, 2dc, *dc 8, 2dc* 9x, sl st to join, turn. (100)

Round 7: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (100)

Round 8: alt dc, dc 8, 2dc, *dc 9, 2dc* 9x, sl st to join, turn. (110)

Round 9: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (110)

Round 10: alt dc, dc 9, 2dc, *dc 10, 2dc* 9x, sl st to join, turn. (120)

Round 11: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (120)

Round 12: alt dc, dc 119, sl st to join, turn. (120)

Round 13: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (120)

Count 38 sts, place st marker in 38th st, count 23 sts, place st marker in 23rd st, count 37 sts, place st marker in 37th st, count 23 sts, place st marker in 23rd st (this will also be the first st from the round).

Round 14: alt dc, dc 38, ch 3, sk 22 sts, dc 38, ch 3, sk 22 sts, sl st in top of alt dc, turn. (76 sts + 6 chs)

Round 15: ch 1, sc in each of the 3 chs, sc 38, sc in each of the next 3 chs, sc 38, sl st to join, turn. (82) 

Round 16: alt dc, dc 81, sl st to join, turn. (82)

Round 17: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (82)

Rounds 18-39: repeat 16-17

Do not f/o. Continue with border:

Border:

Ch 5,

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 3 sts, sl st in next 2 sts of Round 39, turn.

Row 2: sc in blo in 4 scs from previous row, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: sc in blo in 4 scs from previous row, sl st in next 2 sts from Round 39, turn.

Rows 4-81: repeat rows 2 & 3

Row 82: sc together through blo rows 81 and 1.

f/o and sew in ends.

Neck Edging:

Connect yarn at last st in Round 1 of yoke.

Ch 4, 

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 chs, sl st in the 1st and 2nd sts of Round 1 of sweater, turn.

Row 2: sc in blo of 3 scs from previous row for edging, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: sc in blo in 3 scs from previous row for edging, sl st in next 2 sts from Round 1 of sweater, turn.

Row 4-5: repeat rows 2-3

Row 6: repeat row 2

Row 7: sc in blo in 3 scs from previous row for edging, sl st in next 3 sts from Round 1 of sweater, turn.

Rows 8-69: repeat rows 2-7

Row 70: sc together through blo rows 69 and 1.

F/o and sew in ends.

Sleeves:

Connect yarn at armpit of sweater, ch 1.

Round 1: alt dc, dc 31 equally around, sl st to join, turn. (32)

Round 2: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (32)

Round 3: alt dc, dc 31, sl st to join, turn. (32)

Rounds 4-15: repeat rows 2-3

Round 16: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (32)

Round 17: alt dc, dc 29, dc2tog, sl st to join, turn. (31)

Round 18: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (31)

Round 19: alt dc, dc 28, dc2tog, sl st to join, turn. (30)

Round 20: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn.  (30)

Round 21: alt dc, dc 29, sl st to join, turn. (30)

Round 22: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (30)

Round 23: alt dc, dc 27, dc2tog, sl st to join, turn. (29)

Round 24: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. (29)

Round 25: alt dc, dc 28, sl st to join ,turn. (29)

Round 26: ch 1, sc in each st around,sl st to join, turn. (29)

Do not f/o. Continue with cuff:

Cuff:

Ch 4, 

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 3 chs, sl st in the 1st and 2nd sts of Round 26 of sleeve, turn.

Row 2: sc in blo of 3 scs from previous row for edging, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: sc in blo in 3 scs from previous row for edging, sl st in next 2 sts from Round 20, turn.

Rows 4-28: repeat rows 2-3

Row 29: sc together through blo rows 28 and 1.

F/o and sew in ends.

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