EMPEROR PENGUIN ROALD soft toy knitting pattern

A penguin chatting with a walrus in the Arctic? Of course! Meet curious Roald who wanted to get to know all the interesting animal friends in the far north! The travel genes run in his family: His grand-grand-grand-granddad was the first penguin reaching the south pole – working as an adviser for Roald Amundsen. Ever since all first born in the penguin family are christianed Roald in honour of the great explorer.

Choose any yarn you like – Roald will be bigger or smaller depending on the yarn. If you knit Roald for a child, make sure the yarn is robust, washable and doesn’t pill too much.

The pattern for the walrus, the polar bear and the krill/shrimp are NOT included!

This pattern was first published in my book “Steffis wunderbare Tierwelt”, which literally means “Steffi’s wonderful Animal Kingdom”. There is only a German version of the book available so far, and I don’t believe there will ever be an English version of the book (alas, I hope I’m wrong!), so I will translate some of the animals and publish the pattern on ravelry.

Enjoy knitting Roald – he is a fast knit and a wonderful present for your intrepid friends traveling the world, yours Steffi


  • Clear and elaborated step-by-step instruction with pictures for the crucial steps. The pattern is for the penguin only, the walrus, polar bear and krill/shrimp are NOT included.
  • Appendix with all techniques needed, for example short rows German style. However, you should know how to cast on, bind of, knit and purl. All other techniques are explained in detail.

Materials you need at home:

  • Lana Grossa Cool Wool Merino Superfein (100 % Merino wool, 175 yards (160 m) per 1.76 ounces (50 g)) in WHITE and BLACK, tiny amounts of any yarn in YELLOW and ORANGE
  • 2 black beads or safety eyes, Ø approx 8 – 10 mm, or black yarn for stitching the eyes
  • Circular needle and a set of double pointed needles, size 3 US (3 mm), depending an how tight you knit, crochet hook for provisional cast on
  • Darning needle, polyester stuffing, scissors
  • Optional: 1 fine sock, 1 handful of rice or polyester granules
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