little amigurumi penguin
This is the pattern for my little amigurumi penguin. He was made with a 3.5 mm hook.
I used Stylecraft Special DK yarn. The penguin has three different colours, one for his head, body and wings, another for his beak and feet, and a third for his tummy. This chap's body and wings are Lincoln green, his beak and feet are Citron and his tummy is Cream. For the first little penguin here I used Storm Blue for his head, body and wings, Spice orange for his beak and feet, and cream again for his tummy.
The penguin also has two 6 mm safety eyes and the head and body is stuffed with toy filling. If you are making the penguin as a toy for child under three, for safety reasons you should embroider the eyes instead.
The pattern is written in US terms. The abbreviations are as follows: SC - single crochet; INC - 2 SC in the same stitch; DEC - SC decrease. I use the invisible SC decrease (insert hook into front loop only of next two stitches, draw up a loop through both stitches (two loops on hook), draw a loop through both loops on hook).
Each piece starts with a magic circle. I have a quick guide to crocheting a magic circle here.
You can use either continuous or joined rounds, depending on your preferred style. I've used a combination of the two here, joining the first round and working continuous rounds thereafter, which I think looks neater.
When making the wings, you will crochet in rounds until the last row, when you will hold the wing flat, and SC across to join the top, (inserting your hook into the two stitches opposite each other and drawing up a loop through both stitches).
I attached the eyes, beak, wings and tummy to the body before crocheting the last few rows of the body, stuffing and closing him up. If your little penguin is going to be a toy, make sure you attach all parts firmly and securely so that it will be safe for small children.