Free Crochet Koala Pattern

 

Free crochet koala pattern, free Amigurumi koala bear pattern by Cuddly Stitches Craft (7)

This cute Amigurumi koala is called Kevin after my husband who is a big fan of my crochet toys. I just wish he knew how to crochet so he could help me out sometimes! 🙂 Anyways, this free crochet koala pattern is finally ready for you guys so I hope you like it and enjoy making this cuddly koala bear. Happy crocheting! 🙂

 

Free Crochet Koala Pattern – Notes

Skill level: intermediate crochet skills and knowledge

Finished size when seated: 21cm / 8.5 inches

Finished size from ears to toes: 28cm / 11 inches

 

Free Crochet Koala Pattern – Materials and Equipment

Yarn I used for this free crochet koala pattern:

– Fine Sport #2 = 4 ply

– 55% cotton and 45% acrylic

– 2x ball of grey yarn – YarnArt Jeans – colour 80 – (50g/160m)

– 1x ball of cream yarn – YarnArt Jeans – colour 03 – (50g/160m)

– 1x ball of black yarn – YarnArt Jeans – colour 53 – (50g/160m)

 

I like to purchase my YarnArt Jeans from Amazon HERE or from Etsy HERE. If you would like to check some great substitutes for YarnArt Jeans then have a read of my Best Yarn for Making Amigurumi tutorial. You can find the substitutes towards the end of the article.

Or just simply use any 100% cotton that will work just as well. You can also use 100% acrylic if you prefer to work with this type of yarn.

Other materials used: polyester fibre fill, a long piece of black thread yarn for eye brow embroidery

Crochet hook: I used 2.5mm = B/1, if using different weight of yarn then refer to hook size recommendations on the yarn but go one size smaller. I highly recommend this ergonomic crochet hook set from Amazon as it comes in a stylish case and with other accessories such as stitch markers etc.

Other equipment used: scissors, yarn needle, pins with large heads, stitch marker or thin yarn to use instead, 12mm safety eyes

Choking hazard warning: the use of safety eyes or buttons poses a choking risk for children under the age of 3 therefore I recommend using embroidery instead.

 

Free Crochet Koala Pattern – Abbreviations Used

This free crochet koala pattern is written using US crochet terminology

– MR: magic ring – watch this step by step video tutorial on How to crochet a magic ring for Amigurumi

– ST: stitch

– SC: single crochet stitch

– HDC: half double crochet stitch

– DC: double crochet stitch

– TC: triple crochet stitch

– CH: chain stitch

– SL: slip stitch

– INC: increase = two single crochet stitches in the same stitch

– L INC: large increase = three single crochet stitches in the same stitch

– DEC: standard decrease

– INV DEC: invisible decrease = insert the hook into the front loop of the first stitch (two loops on hook) and immediately insert it again into the front loop of the next stitch (three loops on the hook). Yarn over and draw through the first two loops on the hook (two loops on the hook). Yarn over and draw through the two loops on the hook to finish your invisible decrease. Watch this step by step video tutorial on How to crochet an invisible decrease for Amigurumi

– BLO: back loops only

– FO: fasten off

– (…..) x 6: repeat the pattern inside the brackets by the given number (in this example, repeat the pattern in the brackets 6 times)

– {…}: number shown inside these brackets equals the number of total stitches at the end of each round

 

Free Crochet Koala Pattern – Let’s Get Started!

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How to Crochet the Ears

Crochet from the top towards the base; crochet the inside of the ear separately.

R1: MR – 6 x SC into the ring {6} – watch this step by step video tutorial on How to crochet a magic ring for Amigurumi

R2: INC in each ST around {12}

R3: (SC in next ST, INC) x 6 {18}

R4: SC in next ST, INC, (SC in next 2 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next ST {24}

R5: (SC in next 3 ST, INC) x 6 {30}

R6-R8 (3 rounds): SC in each ST around {30}

R9: (SC in next 9 ST, INC) x 3 {33}

R10-R12 (3 rounds): SC in each ST around {33}

FO leaving a long piece of yarn for sewing.

Do not stuff the ears.

 

The inside of the ear:

R1: MR – 6 x SC into the ring {6}

R2: INC in each ST around {12}

R3: SC in next 2 ST, 1x L INC, (SC in next 2 ST, INC) x 2, SC in next 2 ST, 1x L INC {18}

R4: SC in next 3 ST, 1x L INC, SC in next 12 ST, 1x L INC, SC in next ST {22}

FO leaving a long piece of yarn for sewing.

Sew the inside of the ear to the ear as shown below.

 

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How to Crochet the Nose

Crochet from the centre of the nose; starting with a chain.

R1: Chain 8 ST {8} – watch this step by step video tutorial on How to crochet Amigurumi around a foundation chain to help you out with R1 to R4

R2: SC in 7 ST starting from 2nd CH from the hook; go through back bump of each CH as well, now work on the opposite side of the chain, INC in next ST, SC in next 5 ST, INC in last ST {16}

R3: INC in first ST, SC in next 5 ST, INC in next 3 ST, SC in next 5 ST, INC in last 2 ST {22}

R4: (SC in next ST, INC) x 1, SC in next 5 ST, (SC in next ST, INC) x 3, SC in next 5 ST, (SC in next ST, INC) x 2 {28}

R5-R6 (2 rounds): SC in each ST around {28}

FO leaving a long piece of yarn for sewing; stuff the nose at assembly stage.

 

How to Crochet the Head

Crochet from the front to the back of the head.

R1: MR – 6 x SC into the ring {6}

R2: INC in each ST around {12}

R3: (SC in next ST, INC) x 6 {18}

R4: SC in next ST, INC, (SC in next 2 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next ST {24}

R5: (SC in next 3 ST, INC) x 6 {30}

R6: SC in next 2 ST, INC, (SC in next 4 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next 2 ST {36}

R7: (SC in next 5 ST, INC) x 6 {42}

R8: SC in next 3 ST, INC, (SC in next 6 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next 3 ST {48}

R9: SC in each ST around {48}

R10: (SC in next 7 ST, INC) x 6 {54}

R11: SC in next 4 ST, INC, (SC in next 8 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next 4 ST {60} – leave your stitch marker in at the start of R11 as you will need to refer to it when placing the eyes

R12: (SC in next 9 ST, INC) x 6 {66}

R13: SC in next 5 ST, INC, (SC in next 10 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next 5 ST {72}

R14: SC in each ST around {72}

R15: SC in next 13 ST, INC, (SC in next 8 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next 13 ST {78}

R16-R25 (10 rounds): SC in each ST around {78}

R26: (SC in next 11 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {72} – watch this step by step video tutorial on How to crochet an invisible decrease for Amigurumi

R27: SC in next 5 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 10 ST, INV DEC) x 5, SC in next 5 ST {66}

R28: SC in each ST around {66}

R29: (SC in next 9 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {60}

R30: SC in each ST around {60}

R31: SC in next 4 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 8 ST, INV DEC) x 5, SC in next 4 ST {54}

R32: (SC in next 7 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {48}

R33: SC in next 3 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 6 ST, INV DEC) x 5, SC in next 3 ST {42}

R34: (SC in next 5 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {36}

 

You can now place the eyes:

– stuff the head well first

– it helps to use pins with large heads to first mark the spots where the eyes will be placed – you can make a decision whether you are happy with the placement and if it looks symmetrical before you insert the safety eyes; the safety eyes usually make a large hole in between the stitches so it is not recommended to change the placement of the eyes once they are in (Pic H1)

– place the eyes between rounds R11 and R12

– first eye – count 21 stitches from your marker at the start of R11 and place the eye between ST21 and ST22

– second eye – count 39 stitches from your marker at the start of R11 and place the eye between ST39 and ST40

– you can now insert the safety eyes but do not put the safety backs on yet (Pic H2)

 

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Sculpting the eyes (indented eye look):

– take a long piece of yarn and thread your needle

– remove the left eye; place the needle in a stitch next to the left eye hole (Pic H3)

– remove the right eye; come across the side with the needle and place it into a stitch next to the right eye hole; pull all the way through till the yarn tail is not showing

– place your needle in another stitch next to the right eye and come across the side with the needle again (Pic H5)

– repeat the process back and forth between the two eye holes while pulling on the yarn tightly each time you come across the side

– you will need to repeat this about three times until you achieve the indented eye look you want and then you can weave the yarn in (Pic H7)

– place the eyes back in the holes; remove some or most of the stuffing and place the safety backs on making sure they snap in place tightly

– you can now re-stuff the head (Pic H8) and continue crocheting R35

– continue to stuff the head as you go along

 

R35: SC in next 2 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 4 ST, INV DEC) x 5, SC in next 2 ST {30}

R36: (SC in next 3 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {24}

R37: SC in next ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 2 ST, INV DEC) x 5, SC in next ST {18}

R38: (SC in next ST, INV DEC) x 6 {12}

R39: SC in each ST around {12}

Stuff well, FO closing the hole using a yarn needle – watch this step by step video tutorial on How to close a hole in an Amigurumi piece

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How to Crochet the Body

Crochet from the bottom of the body to the top.

R1: MR – 6 x SC into the ring {6}

R2: INC in each ST around {12}

R3: (SC in next ST, INC) x 6 {18}

R4: SC in next ST, INC, (SC in next 2 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next ST {24}

R5: (SC in next 3 ST, INC) x 6 {30}

R6: SC in next 2 ST, INC, (SC in next 4 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next 2 ST {36}

R7: (SC in next 5 ST, INC) x 6 {42}

R8: SC in next 3 ST, INC, (SC in next 6 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next 3 ST {48}

R9: (SC in next 7 ST, INC) x 6 {54}

R10: SC in next 4 ST, INC, (SC in next 8 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next 4 ST {60}

R11: (SC in next 9 ST, INC) x 6 {66}

R12: SC in next 5 ST, INC, (SC in next 10 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next 5 ST {72}

R13: SC in each ST around {72}

R14: (SC in next 11 ST, INC) x 6 {78}

R15-R20 (6 rounds): SC in each ST around {78}

R21: (SC in next 11 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {72}

R22-R24 (3 rounds): SC in each ST around {72}

R25: SC in next 5 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 10 ST, INV DEC) x 5, SC in next 5 ST {66}

R26-R28 (3 rounds): SC in each ST around {66}

R29: (SC in next 9 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {60}

You can now start stuffing the body

R30-R31 (2 rounds): SC in each ST around {60}

R32: SC in next 4 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 8 ST, INV DEC) x 5, SC in next 4 ST {54}

R33-R35 (3 rounds): SC in each ST around {54}

R36: (SC in next 7 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {48}

R37: SC in each ST around {48}

R38: SC in next 3 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 6 ST, INV DEC) x 5, SC in next 3 ST {42}

R39: SC in each ST around {42}

R40: (SC in next 5 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {36}

R41: SC in each ST around {36}

R42: SC in next 2 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 4 ST, INV DEC) x 5, SC in next 2 ST {30}

R43: SC in each ST around {30}

FO leaving a long piece of yarn for sewing; stuff well.

 

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How to Crochet the Belly

Crochet from the centre of the belly, starting with a chain.

R1: Chain 7 ST {7} – watch this step by step video tutorial on How to crochet Amigurumi around a foundation chain to help you out with R1 to R4

R2: SC in 6 ST starting from 2nd CH from the hook; go through back bump of each CH as well, now work on the opposite side of the chain, INC in next ST, SC in next 4 ST, INC in last ST {14}

R3: INC in first ST, SC in next 4 ST, INC in next 3 ST, SC in next 4 ST, INC in last 2 ST {20}

R4: (SC in next ST, INC) x 1, SC in next 4 ST, (SC in next ST, INC) x 3, SC in next 4 ST, (SC in next ST, INC) x 2 {26}

R5: SC in next ST, INC, SC in next 4 ST, (SC in next 2 ST, INC) x 3, SC in next 4 ST, (SC in next 2 ST, INC) x 2, SC in last ST {32}

R6: (SC in next 3 ST, INC) x 1, SC in next 4 ST, (SC in next 3 ST, INC) x 3, SC in next 4 ST, (SC in next 3 ST, INC) x 2 {38}

R7: SC in next 2 ST, INC, SC in next 4 ST, (SC in next 4 ST, INC) x 3, SC in next 4 ST, (SC in next 4 ST, INC) x 2, SC in last 2 ST {44}

R8: (SC in next 5 ST, INC) x 1, SC in next 4 ST, (SC in next 5 ST, INC) x 3, SC in next 4 ST, (SC in next 5 ST, INC) x 2 {50}

R9: SC in next 3 ST, INC, SC in next 4 ST, (SC in next 6 ST, INC) x 3, SC in next 4 ST, (SC in next 6 ST, INC) x 2, SC in last 3 ST {56}

R10: (SC in next 7 ST, INC) x 1, SC in next 4 ST, (SC in next 7 ST, INC) x 3, SC in next 4 ST, (SC in next 7 ST, INC) x 2 {62}

R11: SC in each ST around {62}

FO leaving a long piece of yarn for sewing.

You can sew the belly to the body at this stage.

 

How to Crochet the Arms

Crochet from the bottom of the arm upwards.

R1: Magic ring – 6 x SC into the ring {6}

R2: INC in each ST around {12}

R3: (SC in next ST, INC) x 6 {18}

R4: SC in next ST, INC, (SC in next 2 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next ST {24}

R5: (SC in next 3 ST, INC) x 6 {30}

R6: SC in next 2 ST, INC, (SC in next 4 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next 2 ST {36}

R7-R11 (5 rounds): SC in each ST around {36}

R12: SC in next 2 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 4 ST, INV DEC) x 5, SC in next 2 ST {30}

R13: (SC in next 3 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {24}

R14: SC in each ST around {24}

R15: SC in next 3 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 6 ST, INV DEC) x 2, SC in next 3 ST {21}

R16-R18 (3 rounds): SC in each ST around {21}

You can now start stuffing the arm

R19: (SC in next 5 ST, INV DEC) x 3 {18}

R20-R21 (2 rounds): SC in each ST around {18}

R22: INV DEC, SC in next 16 ST {17}

R23-R24 (2 rounds): SC in each ST around {17}

R25: INV DEC, SC in next 15 ST {16}

You can now stop stuffing the arm

R26-R27 (2 rounds): SC in each ST around {16}

R28: INV DEC, SC in next 14 ST {15}

R29: SC in each ST around {15}

R30: SC the opening together to close the arm

FO leaving a long piece of yarn for sewing.

 

How to Crochet the Legs

Crochet from the bottom of the leg upwards.

R1: Magic ring – 6 x SC into the ring {6}

R2: INC in each ST around {12}

R3: (SC in next ST, INC) x 6 {18}

R4: SC in next ST, INC, (SC in next 2 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next ST {24}

R5: (SC in next 3 ST, INC) x 6 {30}

R6: SC in next 2 ST, INC, (SC in next 4 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next 2 ST {36}

R7: (SC in next 5 ST, INC) x 6 {42}

R8: (SC in next 13 ST, INC) x 3 {45}

R9-R13 (5 rounds): SC in each ST around {45}

R14: SC in next 8 ST, INV DEC, SC in next 4 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 3 ST, INV DEC) x 3, SC in next 4 ST, INV DEC, SC in next 8 ST {39}

R15: SC in next 8 ST, INV DEC, SC in next 3 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 2 ST, INV DEC) x 3, SC in next 3 ST, INV DEC, SC in next 7 ST {33}

R16: SC in next 8 ST, INV DEC, SC in next 2 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next ST, INV DEC) x 3, SC in next 2 ST, INV DEC, SC in next 6 ST {27}

R17: SC in each ST around {27}

You can now start stuffing the leg

R18: (SC in next 7 ST, INV DEC) x 3 {24}

R19: SC in each ST around {24}

R20: SC in next 3 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 6 ST, INV DEC) x 2, SC in next 3 ST {21}

R21-R22 (2 rounds): SC in each ST around {21}

R23: (SC in next 5 ST, INV DEC) x 3 {18}

R24-R25 (2 rounds): SC in each ST around {18}

R26: SC in next 2 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 4 ST, INV DEC) x 2, SC in next 2 ST {15}

You can now stop stuffing the leg

R27-R30 (4 rounds): SC in each ST around {15}

R31: SC the opening together to close the leg

FO leaving a long piece of yarn for sewing.

 

How to Crochet the Tail

Crochet from the centre of the tail.

R1: MR – 6 x SC into the ring {6}

R2: INC in each ST around {12}

R3: (SC in next ST, INC) x 6 {18}

R4: SC in next ST, INC, (SC in next 2 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next ST {24}

R5-R8 (4 rounds): SC in each ST around {24}

R9: SC in next ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 2 ST, INV DEC) x 5, SC in next ST {18}

FO leaving a long piece of yarn for sewing.

You can now stuff the tail.

 

Free Crochet Koala Pattern – Assembly

Nose: Pin the nose to the head first making sure it is placed in the centre between the eyes; add stuffing at the same time. I placed the nose between R8 of the head at the top and R5 of the head at the bottom.

Ears: Pin the ears to the head first making sure they are symmetrical from the front, side and the back too. Sew the ears to the head. I placed the ears between R21 and R28 of the head with 14 STs in between them.

Body: Pin the body to the head first making sure that the head is in the centre from the front and back, however you can attach the head as per your preference. Sew the body to the head, adding more stuffing if needed.

Arms: Pin the arms to the body in a forward facing angle (at about 45°) making sure both arms are symmetrical from the front and back. Sew the arms to the body. I placed the arms between R33 and R42 of the body.

Legs: Turn the body upside down with the nose facing away from you. Pin the legs to the body as shown in the photo below making sure they look symmetrical. The best way to ensure you are happy with the placement of the legs is to sit your toy up and adjust the placement of the legs if needed. Sew the legs to the body. I placed the legs between R3 and R10 of the body.

Tail: Pin the tail to the body first making sure that it is placed in the centre of the lower back. Sew the tail to the body, adding more stuffing if needed. I placed the tail between R12 and R19 of the body.

Eye brow embroidery: You can embroider the eye brows using a long piece of black thread yarn. I embroidered the eye browse between R14 and R16 with 16 STs in R14 between them.

 

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Free Crochet Koala Pattern – Your Finished Crochet Toy:

You have now finished your toy! I hope you found my free crochet koala pattern easy to follow and enjoyed making the koala bear!
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8 Comments

  1. I love your patterns I’ve made so many of them for friends and family thank you for sharing if you’d like I’d love to show a picture of the latest koala bear that I made for my daughter whose turning 16. I just need a idea for how to interpret a 16 symbol any suggestions please thanks

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    • Hi Krystal, thank you so much for your lovely comment! 🙂 I am super happy you like making my toys for your family and friends. They are very lucky they have such a generous lady in their life. 🙂 I would love to see the picture of your koala. You can share it on Instagram with my tag @cuddlystitchescraft or you can join my Facebook group and share the picture there https://www.facebook.com/groups/cuddlystitchescommunity
      Either way, I will be able to see it. 🙂
      With regards to the 16 symbol, I think you could cross stitch this on the finished toy. Each SC stitch would be a cross stitch. I think if you search on Youtube, there are some videos showing how to do this.
      I hope this helps and I can’t wait to see your koala and other creations. 🙂
      Love, Petra

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  2. Thank you so much!

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    • Hi Danielle, thank you for your lovely comment and you are more than welcome! I’m happy you like my patterns! 🙂
      Love, Petra

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  3. Thank you for your pattern and your generosity.

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment Donna. You are very welcome! 🙂
      Love,
      Petra

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    • How can I get the pattern in pdf form?

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      • Hi Monique,
        You can purchase the PDF form for a small fee from my Etsy store here:
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        Your contribution helps to cover the cost of materials I need in order to design the patterns and also covers a bit of my time so I can continue to offer my patterns for free online for all of you to enjoy.
        Thank you! 🙂
        Love, Petra

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