Crochet panda Polly

We are welcoming winter with Polly the crochet panda, the newest free pattern in our Juna Series. There is just something so cute about Pandas–they’re so cuddly and a crochet panda is even better! Polly has an adorable lacy skirt and bow so that she’s perfectly dressed for the holiday season. Like all the patterns in this series, this pattern works up fast and is simple, yet adorable!

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Abbreviations

This pattern is written in US terms.

Sl st: slip stitch

SC: single crochet

INV DEC: invisible decrease

INC: two SC in the same stitch

HDC: half double crochet

HDC INC: two HDC in the same stitch

BLO: back loops only

Materials

  • Yarn: You need less than 100 grams of DK yarn in black and white and a small amount in light pink, light purple and dark pink.
  • 3mm Crochet hook: For amigurumi, you typically go down one or two hook sizes from that recommended on your yarn label.
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker: You can use a locking stitch marker but even a scrap of yarn will do! This pattern is worked in the round, so place a stitch marker at the first stitch of each round so that you can keep track of where each row begins.
  • Polyfill stuffing
  • 2 9mm Safety eyes or you can crochet eyes for children under 3
  • Embroidery thread: A small amount of black for nose and mouth.

Method

Legs (make 2)

Stuff legs lightly as you go.

Begin with light pink yarn.

Round 1: 6 SC into a magic circle (6)

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: (SC, INC) six times (18)

Round 4: (2 SC, INC) six times (24)

Change to black yarn.

Round 5: SC around BLO (24)

Rounds 6-12 (7 rounds): SC around (24)

Fasten off for the first leg.

Repeat rounds 1-12 for the second leg but don’t fasten off. Change to white as you begin joining the legs.

Body

Using white yarn.

Round 13: Sl st into the first unworked stitch of the first leg. SC in the remaining 23 stitches of the first leg and the 24 stitches of the second leg. (48)

Round 14-17 (4 rounds): SC in each stitch around (48) Change to light purple.

Round 18: SC in each stitch around (48)

Round 19: SC in each stitch around in BLO (48) Change to white.

Round 20-25 (6 rounds): SC in each stitch around (48). Change to black.

Round 26-30 (5 rounds): SC in each stitch around (48). Change to white.

Round 31-33 (3 rounds): SC in each stitch around (48).

Now we will be adding the eye patches using colour changes within each round.

Continue SC until you reach the centre

You will likely end Round 33 towards the right of the centre of the back of your panda. Do not end the round here. Continue to SC until you reach the centre of the back of your panda. The number of SC will vary from person to person, based on your tension and yarn. This will now be the end Round 33. Move your stitch marker over accordingly to mark the start of Round 34.

Round 34: 18 SC, Change to black, 2 SC, Change to white, 8 SC, Change to black, 2 SC, Change to white, 18 SC (48)

At this point, make sure that the black parts are centered to the front of your panda. If not, you may not have ended your previous round in the centre of the panda.

Round 35: 17 SC, Change to black, 4 SC, Change to white, 6 SC, Change to black, 4 SC, Change to white, 17 SC (48)

Round 36-37 (2 rounds): 16 SC, Change to black, 6 SC, Change to white, 4 SC, Change to black, 6 SC, Change to white, 16 SC (48)

Round 38: 17 SC, Change to black, 4 SC, Change to white, 6 SC, Change to black, 4 SC, Change to white, 17 SC (48)

Round 39: 18 SC, Change to black, 2 SC, Change to white, 8 SC, Change to black, 2 SC, Change to white, 18 SC (48)

Round 40-41 (2 rounds): SC in each stitch around (48)

Crochet panda eye placement

Insert 9 mm safety eyes between rows 36 and 37, centered in the middle of the black eye patches. Stuff the body.

Round 42: (6 SC, INVDEC) six times (42)

Round 43: (5 SC, INVDEC) six times (36)

Round 44: (4 SC, INVDEC) six times (30)

Round 45: (3 SC, INVDEC) six times (24)

Round 46: (2 SC, INVDEC) six times (18)

Round 47: (SC, INVDEC) six times (12)

Round 48: INVDEC six times (6)

Fasten off. Insert needle in front loop of each stitch and pull tight to close.

Muzzle

Use white yarn

Round 1: 6 SC into a magic circle (6)

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: (SC, INC) six times (18)

Round 4-5 (2 rounds): SC around (18)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Stuff the muzzle and sew it onto the head at approximately 11 rounds from the top, centered between the eyes. Embroider on a nose and smile using black embroidery thread.

Ears (make 2)

Use black yarn

Round 1: 6 SC into a magic circle (6)

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: (SC, INC) six times (18)

Round 4-5 (2 rounds): SC around (18)

Round 6: (SC, INVDEC) six times (12)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Sew the ears onto your panda’s head, at approximately the fifth round from the top.

Arms (make 2)

Begin with black yarn
Round 1:
6 SC into a magic circle (6)

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: (5 SC, INC) twice (14)

Round 4-5 (2 rounds): SC around (14)

Round 6: (5 SC, INVDEC) twice (12)

Stuff the bottom of the arms lightly.

Round 7: (4 SC, INVDEC) twice (10)

Round 8-16 (9 rounds): SC around (10)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Sew the arms onto the body between Round 29 and 30.

Skirt

Using purple yarn.

Attach yarn in front loops for skirt

Turn your panda upside down and attach yarn centred at the back of the panda in the front loops from Round 19.

Round 1: Chain 1. (7 SC, INC) six times. Sl st to the first SC. (54)

Round 2: Chain 1. (8 SC, INC) six times. Sl st to the first SC. (60)

Round 3: Chain 4. HDC in the same stitch. Skip 2 stitches. *(HDC, chain 2, HDC) in the next stitch. Skip 2 stitches.* Repeat between ** fifteen times around. Sl st into the second chain of the chain 4 at the start of the round. 

Round 4: Sl st into the first chain space.  Chain 4. HDC in the first chain space. (HDC, chain 2, HDC) in each chain space around. Sl st into the second chain from the chain 4 at the start of the round. Fasten off and weave in the ends

Bow

crochet bow

Using dark pink.

Row 1: Chain 5. Starting from the second chain from the hook, HDC INC, 2 SC, 6 HDC in the last chain space as your work turns. Now continue on the other side of the chain. 1 SC in each of the next 2 chains, 4 HDC in the last chain. Sl st to the first HDC.

Fasten off and leave a long tail. Wrap your tail around the centre of your bow and sew it under the ear of your panda.

crochet panda complete

Your Polly the crochet panda is now complete! We hope you enjoyed this crochet panda free pattern! We would love to see your finished toy, so share them on our Facebook group Amigurumi with Chai Coffee Crochet or tag us on Instagram @chaicoffeecrochet We like to share a selection of makes from our patterns in our stories and highlights.

If you enjoyed this pattern, why not try some of the other animals in our Juna series?

Juna Series crochet animals