Christmas felt like a great reason to try and crochet something for a present. It’s quite a long time since I’ve crocheted anything, so I needed a simple pattern otherwise I knew I’d just get stressed and not complete it!
So I decided to crochet a little animal for my Nanna. As I wanted something relatively easy, I went for a FreshStitches pattern as Stacey Trock is always reliable when it comes to straightforward yet cute patterns.
I settled for this pattern – Pepper the Penguin! This pattern is a bit different as it also includes a sewing pattern by Abby Glassenberg. I’ve been eyeing up Abby’s ‘Stuffed Animals’ book for a while as I’d like to attempt sewing an animal, so it seemed like a good buy at £6.40.
And here is the finished penguin:
I went for plastic eyes rather than felt, and it has somehow made the little guy a bit cuter! Overall I’m happy with how the penguin turned out – I had a few problems around the beak area as the black and white isn’t quite right, and I also had trouble sewing the wings and feet on as I’m out of practice. I didn’t have time to crochet his little hat, but hopefully he won’t get cold! At least I slightly over-stuffed him (I couldn’t help it!!) to keep him a bit warmer.
The pattern itself was very straightforward to follow and didn’t take that long to make. I’d definitely recommend the pattern, I’ll probably end up making the sewing version of the pattern at some point! It took quite a lot of effort to wrap him up – I could definitely have kept him for myself :) My Nanna absolutely loved him though, and that’s the main thing!