WALRUS AKIAK, soft toy knitting pattern

Of course Akiak the walrus does not need a knitted sweater – his fat protects him well from the cold in the polar region. But then, even a walrus can turn out being a little vain. Akiak for example ist very proud of his looks and loves to see his reflection in the water. By the way, I think his popularity with the walrus ladies proofs him right …

The pattern will lead you step-by-step through the knitting and sewing, including loads of detail photos and charts. Additionally, you’ll find instructions for the more elaborate techniques used. Akiak is rather big: He measures approximately 45 cm = 18 inches from head to tail fins.

Pleas note: The pattern for the penguin is 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. I will translate some of the animals and publish the pattern on makerist when time allowes. Have fun knitting your new walrus friend, yours Steffi (who strongly believes that everybody should have his or her personal walrus ;-))


  • Clear and elaborated step-by-step instruction with pictures for the crucial steps. The pattern is for the walrus only, the penguin is 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:

  • Original yarn from German factory Lana Grossa: Lana Grossa Cool Wool Merino Superfein (100 % Merino wool, 175 yards (160 m) per 1.76 ounces (50 g)) in MAROON and BLUE and some leftover yarn in BRIGHT BLUE, OFF WHITE and ORANGE.
  • Embroidery thread or yarn in brown for the nose
  • Embroidery thread or twine in black
  • 2 black beads, approx ø 12 to 14 mm = 0.4 to 0.6 inches
  • Thick felt, approx 10 x 5 cm = 4 x 2 inches
  • Crochet hook and set of size 3 US (3 mm) double pointed needles or matching to the yarn you chose. As the walrus should be knitted very tight, you should use a smaller needle size than recommended on the yarn slip.
  • Darning needle, sewing needle, 4 safety pins
  • Polyester stuffing or similar, scissors, compass, cardboard
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