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Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Ok,  here's the Kowalski doll...  I'm sorry that I only have this one photo,  but for some reason,  all the others came out terribly blurred - and the winds were giving us fits and he wouldn't stay upright LOL.  I'll try and get some more (and better) pics soon.  His feet are oddly positioned in this one,  but it's the only way we could get him to stand up in the winds  :D

For the most part,  he's very similar to the other two,  with a few differences such as height and he's a little skinnier and the wings are of course a bit longer.   I'm going to take a bit of a break before attempting to work on Rico,  my wrists are giving me a bit of trouble after working on these three so closely together,  but I won't take *too* long to get Rico up here as well.

As always,  if you find any problems in the pattern,  or just get confused,  let me know here and I'll get back to you ASAP.

WW yarn in black and white,  with a small amount of orange/yellow for beak and feet
G hook
15mm google eyes
Yarn needle
Sewing thread in suitable colors to match yarn and sewing needle


Gauge isn't important to this doll.  As long as your yarn, hook and individual tension result in a stitch that is tight enough to prevent the stuffing from showing through,  it's perfectly fine.

Numbers at the end of each round or row indicate how many total stitches should be in that round or row.

I recommend reading through each set of instructions before beginning,  to familiarize yourself with the progression of that particular piece.

Pinning all the parts together before sewing is also highly preferable.  It allows you time to decide if you're truly happy with each part,  and make changes to individual parts before making them permanent.


(using black for the body -  then the white belly part is slipped snugly over the body and sewn together)

Rnd 1:  8 sc in magic ring (8)
Rnd 2:  2 sc in each sc around  (16)
Rnd 3:  sc in next sc,  2 sc in next sc around  (24)
Rnd 4:  sc in next 2 sc,  2 sc in next sc around  (32)
Rnd 5:  sc in next 3 sc,  2 sc in next sc around  (40)
Rnd 6:  sc in the next 19 sc,  2 sc in next sc,  sc in next 19 sc,  2 sc in last sc  (42)
Rnd 7-40:  sc in each sc around  (42)
Begin stuffing at this point if you haven't already.  Stuff firmly but don't overstuff.  Shape body while stuffing,  continue stuffing as you progress.
Rnd 41:  sc in next 19 sc,  dec over next 2 sc,  sc in next 19 sc,  dec over last 2 sc  (40)
Rnd 42:  sc in each sc around  (40)
Rnd 43:  sc in next 8 sc,  dec over next 2 sc around  (36)
Rnd 44:  sc in each sc around  (36)
Rnd 45:  sc in next 7 sc,  dec over next 2 sc around  (32)
Rnd 46:  sc in each sc around  (32)
Rnd 47:  sc in next 6 sc,  dec over next 2 sc around  (28)
Rnd 48:  sc in each sc around  (28)
Rnd 49:  sc in next 5 sc,  dec over next 2 sc around  (24)
Rnd 50:  sc in each sc around  (24)
Rnd 51:  sc in next 2 sc,  dec over next 2 sc around  (18)
Rnd 52:  sc in next sc,  dec over next 2 sc around  (12)
Rnd 53:  dec over next 2 sc around  (6)
F/O  Add any stuffing needed to finish out shaping.   Weave tail through final round of stitches,  tug gently to close opening.  Secure end and weave in.


Using white yarn:

Rnd 1-6:  same as for body
Rnd 7-9:  sc in each sc around  (42)
Beginning with row 10,  you will no longer be working in rounds, but in rows.  At the end of each row turn your work so that you'll be working back across the stitches you just made.  I personally do not use a turning chain,  but make my first sc in the very last sc of the previous row.  This creates and stronger and cleaner edge for the stitches later.
Row 10:   dec over first 2 sc,  sc across to last 2 sc,  dec over last 2 sc.  Turn your work   (40)
Row 11:  sc in each sc across,  turn  (40)
Row 12-30:  repeat rows 10 and 11.  (until you have 20 sc across)
Row 31-32:  repeat row 10  (16)
Row 33-36:  sc in each sc across (16)
Row 37 and 38:  2 sc in the first sc of the row,  sc across remaining scs (18 at end of row 38)
Row 39-40:  sc in each sc across  (18)
Row 41:  slip stitch in first 4 sc,  sc across 10 sc,  turn  (leave remaining sc unworked)  (10)
Row 42-44:  sc in each sc across  (10)
Row 45:  sc in next 5 sc,  turn,  sc back across the 5 sc,  turn,  dec over first 2 sc,  sc,  dec over last 2 sc.  Slip stitch down the sides of the rows just worked back to the row with 10 sc.  Sc in next five sc,  turn, sc back across the 5 sc,  turn,  dec over the first 2 sc,  sc,  dec over last 2 sc.  Slip stitch back down to the row of 10 sc,  Slip stitch to secure and F/O.  Weave in your end.


Attach yarn to center back of piece.  Sc in same stitch as joining,  and sc evenly around the sides.  Work 3 sc in each of the  outside 'corners'  at the top of the piece.  Following the shaping around,  sc evenly back down the other side to beginning,  join to first sc with slip stitch.
F/O and weave in end.

FEET (make 4):

Using orange/yellow:

Rnd 1:  6 sc in magic ring  (6)
Rnd 2:  2 sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3:  * chain 5,  slip stitch in second chain from hook,  sc in next chain, hdc in next chain, dc in next chain.  Skip one sc,  slip stitch in next sc * ,  repeat * to * twice more  (for three toes). Secure and F/O  weave in end

Take two of the 'feet' and place them together, matching up the toes.   Using a long piece of the matching yarn and yarn needle,  whip stitch the two pieces together around the outside edges.   Secure and weave in ends.

LEG (make 2):

(On this particular character,  the leg portion is purely optional.  Very often you don't see his 'legs' on the show - only the feet,  but once in a while you do.  I'm including the instructions for the leg if you choose to do that part.  I prefered to attach the feet directly to the body,  as I didn't find the legs added anything to the doll's overall look)

Begin with orange/yellow:

Rnd 1:  chain 6,  join to form a 'ring'.  Chain 1 and sc around change to white in last sc,  join to first sc of rnd.
Rnd 2:  Chain 1,  sc in same stitch as joining.  * 2 sc in next sc,  sc in next sc *  repeat from * to * around to beginning,  join to first sc with slip stitch.
Rnd 3:  Chain 1, sc in same sc as joining.  * 2 sc in next sc,  sc in next sc  *   repeat from * to * around .   F/O and secure tail,  weave in end.
(when working the leg,  you may have an 'odd' stitch left over in a round... this is ok,  just sc in that stitch and join to begin next round)

Sew the 'leg' portion to foot as shown  (orange section of leg is connected to 'foot')


Rnd 1:  6 sc in magic ring  (6)
Rnd 2:  sc in next 2 sc,  2 sc in next sc,  sc in next 2 sc,  2 sc in last sc  (8)
Rnd 3:  sc in next 3 sc,  2 sc in next sc,  sc in next 3 sc,  2 sc in last sc  (10)
Rnd 5:  sc in next 4 sc,  (hdc, dc, hdc) in next sc,  sc in next 4 sc, (hdc, dc, hdc) in last sc  (14)
Rnd 6:  sc in next 5 sc,  (hcd, dc, hdc) in next sc,  sc in next 6 sc,  (hdc, dc, hdc) in next sc,  sc in last sc  (18)
Rnd 7:  sc in next 6 sc,  (hcd, chain 4, sc in 2nd chain from hook and each of next 2 chains, hdc) in next sc,  sc in next 8 sc,  (hdc, chain 4, sc in 2nd chain from hook and each of next 2 chains, hdc) in next sc,  sc in last 2 sc.
F/O.  Flatten and shape beak as desired.  I did find that for Kowalski,  a tiny bit of stuffing (mostly in the center portion to fill it out better)  worked well for the overall design of this doll.

WINGS (make 2):

Row 1:  chain 5,  sc in 2nd chain from hook and each chain across , turn  (4)
Row 2-4:  sc in each sc across, turn (4)
Row 5:  2 sc in first sc,  sc in next 2 sc,  2 sc in last sc , turn (6)
Row 6-24:  sc in each sc across (6)
Row 25:  sc in first 4 sc,  dec over last 2 sc  (5)
Row 26:  sc in each sc across  (5)
Repeat rows 25 and 26 until 1 sc remains.
F/O.  Weave in end.   (slanted side of wing should be placed toward the 'back' of the doll when pinning to body)


I highly recommend pinning all the parts together before sewing.  This gives you the chance to make sure you're happy with all the parts and their placement before making it permanent.

The 'white belly' fits snugly over the bottom and is smoothed and stretched up towards  the top of the head as shown in the photo.

Beak is placed on the face area as shown. I found with Kowalski that a tiny bit of stuffing in the beak gave it a shape more consistent with the character.    Feet are sewn underneath as shown.

Eyes are glued in place with a strong fabric/all purpose glue  (I recommend E-6000  as it is very strong,  washable,  and will work on nearly every surface)

Wings are placed on the side of the doll as shown and positioned as you like.   I used a little sewing thread to tack the wings in the positions you see in the pics here.

Kowalski and The Penguins of Madagascar are copyright DreamWorks and their respective creators.

This crochet pattern is an original pattern and is © by Linda Potts (June  2011).  Please do not claim this pattern as your own.  If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint/repost it on your site.  You may print and keep a copy for your own personal use but you may not sell or distribute it, or sell items made from this pattern. 


Elsas Stickeri said...

He is very very cute! Thank you sooo much for all of your awesome patterns!:D

Kimi said...

Wolfdreamer, you're amazing. I just have to say that every so often. Do you know how hard it is to find a GOOD penguin pattern? And here you have THREE with a fourth on the way that are positively spectacular! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us.

irene said...

Hello my name is Irene and follow you from Spain.
I would make the penguins my brother to love but
Please can you tell me which means "dec over last 2 sc"
Since in the dictionary "Dec" stands for December.
My mail is irene.rgimenez @
Thank you very much beforehand.

WolfDreamer said...

It's a decrease stitch. :D

LLB said...

i e-mailed you a pic of the fingerless gloves i made for my daughter, did you get it? just wondering. you never know with e-mail sometimes :)

KatBus said...

This is awesome! Love it! You're amazing! Thank you so much!! :D

Strikkesinen said...

Hi, My name is Bente, and I am from Denmark.
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderfull design :-).

I am in the process of making the Ninja turtel for 2 twin boys, it is a birthday present.

I have a question. Row 16 (the legs) I do not understan why i have to make 7 chs after the 7 sc? And then repeat it.

In the next row it shows that there should be 14 st. How ?

Hope you are abel to help me, as I need to have them finished before 6. og August
Yours Sincerely

QuincyRoxi said...

All of your penguins are cute don't worry about your pictures. I sew chao plushies from sonic and I'd like it if you could make a Amy Rose crochet pattern so I can have some one to sit with my chao.

AngelMeag said...

thank you, you completely made my day when I found these patterns! I love penguins and I've been looking for decent patterns that weren't knit. and when I saw that it was the Madagascar penguins, I had to remind myself that I'm at work and I couldn't scream "PENGUIN!!" like I wanted to. I love these!!!

WolfDreamer said...


In round 16 of the turtle pattern (legs) you will sc in each of the first 7 sc, then (leaving the remaining sc unworked) chain 7 and then slip stitch that chain to the first sc of that round.

In round 17, you will then sc in each of the 7 sc you made in R16, and also sc in each of the 7 chains you made. (this will now give you 14 sc for round 17, and there will be an opening where you made the chain 7)

Rnds 18 and 19 will then combine to create the 'hip' of the leg. This hip allows for easier placement of the legs and more flexibility in choosing the positioning (it also gives the 'muscular' look to the legs that's characteristic of the turtles :D

The hip area is lightly stuffed (not as much as the legs are stuffed) to give the 'hip' a slightly rounded natural muscular appearance.

Hope that helps! :D

Anonymous said...

I would really appreciate it if you would consider a togepi pattern.
PS I love all your other patterns. :)

Marifetane hobi said...

örgü penguen harika çok beğendim ellerine sağlık..tebrikler.

Rebbykins said...

so I'm working on the white belly part and I came to a stop.

"Row 33-36: sc in each sc across (16)
Row 37 and 38: 2 sc in the first sc of the row, sc across to last sc, 2 sc in last sc of row (18 at end of row 38)"

If in row 36 I had 16, and in in row 37 and I add 2 to the row I'll end up with 18 at the end of row 37. Is row 38 supposed to be sc in each sc across?

WolfDreamer said...

Ooops. Sorry bout that, I must have read my notes wrong when I was typing it out (I'd made a few changes on my notes, and I didn't type in the right set on that line)

I made the change to the pattern... thanks for the heads up on that! :D

Het Voske said...

Wow this is great!
I'm trying te make it but I can't figure out when I turn over to the black yarn with the body and head piece. Can you help me?

WolfDreamer said...

Het Voske: I'm afraid I don't understand what you mean. Could you please be more specific - then I can help better :D

Anonymous said...

I loooove your patterns sooo much, i was just wondering if you could make plushies from nintendo's golden sun sires.

Maria said...

He's so cute

Debby Taylor said...


WolfDreamer said...

Awesome! I'm glad you're enjoying the patterns and hope you have a lovely holiday season. :-)

Unknown said...

Hola! No te imaginas lo feliz que me sentí al encontrar estos patrones! Te felicito realmente maravillosos! Lo que si te quería pedir si me puedes ayudar con la vuelta 45 de la parte blanca! Muchas gracias

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