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Published on June 17th, 2015 | by Angie


We Love: Zoo Animals!

The days are getting hotter and the kids are almost out of school for the summer. Families are taking daytrips to museums, beaches, and zoos! Prepare your little ones with these 5 crochet zoo animal patterns. 

1. Penguins with beach balls set by Flying Dutchman Crochet Design

We love zoo animals: Top 5 zoo animal crochet patterns: Penguins with a beach ball by Flyting Dutchman Crochet design


These little penguins are ready for summer – are you? Parent penguin and baby penguin are set to go to the beach with their ball, and you can take them with! This pattern contains US and UK crochet term instructions and plenty of detailed photographs to guide you through the pattern. This penguins are crocheted up with aran, worsted weight yarn. We recommend Rico Creative Cotton Aran, a 100% cotton yarn that’s perfect for crochet. You’ll need a ball each of Smoky Blue (31), Orange (74), and Black (90), as well as whatever shades you choose for the beach ball. Click on the image below to view all available shades!

Rico Creative Cotton Aran yarn for the penguins and beach ball crochet pattern by Flying Dutchman Crochet


2. Polar Bear Bathrobe by Peach Unicorn

Top 5 zoo animal crochet patterns: polar bear bathrobe by peach unicorn


Designed to fit toddlers from ages 1 – 4, this absolutely adorable bathrobe is too cute for words! This pattern uses US crochet terms (check out our conversion table by clicking here), and it’s easy enough for an adventurous beginner crocheter! We love Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton, a 100% cotton yarn that’s super soft and absorbent. You’ll need between 600 and 700 grams of this yarn in the shade Vanilla (098), depending on size, and one ball of Licorice (153) for the details.

3. Amigurumi Zebra by Marika Uustare

Top 5 zoo animal crochet patterns: zebra amigurumi my marika uustare


Amigurumi lovers rejoice – this zippy zebra is a snap to create, using a 3.5 mm (US E-4) hook and DK weight yarn in black and white. To make this friendly fellow as cuddly as possible, we love Rico Baby Soft Cotton, a machine washable cotton blend that’s soft enough for even the most sensitive of baby skin. You’ll need one ball each of Snow White (18) and Black (27) to complete this project!

4. Giraffe Hat pattern by Joni Memmott

Top 5 zoo animal crochet patterns: giraffe hat by Joni Memmott


We can’t get enough of these super cute giraffe hats, designed with US crochet terms. The pattern includes several instructional photographs to guide you on your way through the process. This hat features Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn in several shades – we love Mustard (158), Honey (130), Toffee (124), and Chocolate (126), as seen here.

Lion Brand Vanna's Choice for the top 5 zoo animal crochet patterns


5. Harriet Hippo and Penelope Elephant by Sarah Lyons

top 5 zoo animal crochet patterns: harriet hippo and penelope elephant by sarah lyons


This fun 2 for 1 pattern contains both the elephant and the hippo! The pattern includes instructions on how to incorporate the legs into the body so as to avoid any seaming and create a stronger hold between the pieces. You can use any weight of yarn with a matching hook, but these guys are made with a worsted, aran weight yarn using a 4 mm hook; they stand about 8 – 10 cm tall when crocheted up with this yarn. We love Drops Big Fabel Uni Color, a wool blend yarn that’s machine washable and perfect for toys. You could use Pink Yellow Green (900) or Pink Dream (161), as seen here.

Drops Big Fabel Uni Colour yarns for the top 5 zoo animal crochet patterns


To purchase the designs featured here: click on the image of the design you wish to purchase; this will take you to the page where you can add the downloadable pattern to your basket. You can then continue shopping or check out using the normal checkout process.

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A Jack of all crochet, but a master of Netflix and video games. When not crocheting, you might find me on the archery range or in choir practice!

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