Tux the penguin

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One of my nerdy brothers recently had a birthday. I asked my other nerdy brothers what I should crochet for him and they suggested Tux, the Linux penguin. So here it is, the cuddliest logo in the IT world.

Tux’s pattern is written in American crochet notation and requires a 4mm hook and 8ply wool.

Body

With black wool

Round 1: 6sc in a magic ring (6 stitches)

Round 2: increase in every stitch (12 stitches)

Round 3: sc in the first stitch, increase in the next stitch – repeat (18 stitches)

Round 4: sc in the first two stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (24 stitches)

Round 5: sc in the first three stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (30 stitches)

Round 6: sc in the first four stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (36 stitches)

Rounds 7 – 16: sc in every stitch (36 stitches)

Round 17: sc in the first five stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (42 stitches)

Round 18: sc in every stitch (42 stitches)

Round 19: sc in the first six stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (48 stitches)

Round 20: sc in every stitch (48 stitches)

Round 21: sc in the first seven stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (54 stitches)

Round 22: sc in every stitch (54 stitches)

Round 23: sc in the first eight stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (60 stitches)

Round 24: sc in every stitch (60 stitches)

Round 25: sc in the first nine stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (66 stitches)

Rounds 26 – 40: sc in every stitch (66 stitches)

Round 41: sc in the first nine stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (60 stitches)

Round 42: sc in the first eight stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (54 stitches)

Round 43: sc in the first seven stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (48 stitches)

Round 44: sc in the first six stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (42 stitches)

Round 45: sc in the first five stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (36 stitches)

Round 46: sc in the first four stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (30 stitches)

Round 47: sc in the first three stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (24 stitches)

stuff

Round 48: sc in the first two stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (18 stitches)

Round 49: sc in the first stitch, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (12 stitches)

Round 50: decrease until the hole closes.

Fasten off, weave in end.

Eyes (make two)

With white wool

Chain 5

Rows 1 – 3: sc in every stitch (4 stitches)

Row 4: decrease twice (2 stitches)

Row 5: decrease (1 stitch)

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Pupils (make two)

With black wool

Round 1: 6sc in a magic ring (6 stitches)

Slip stitch in the first stitch. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Beak

With yellow wool

Round 1: 6sc in a magic ring (6 stitches)

Round 2: sc in the first two stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (8 stitches)

Put markers at opposite points (separated by four stitches)

Rounds 3 – 7: sc around but increase in the two stitches closest to each marker (four increases per round)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Tummy

With white wool

Chain 13

Rows 1 – 2: sc in every stitch (12 stitches)

Row 3: sc in every stitch except increase in the first and last stitches (14 stitches)

Rows 4 – 5: sc in every stitch (14 stitches)

Row 6: sc in every stitch except increase in the first and last stitches (16 stitches)

Rows 7 – 8: sc in every stitch (16 stitches)

Row 9: sc in every stitch except increase in the first and last stitches (18 stitches)

Rows 10 – 14: sc in every stitch (18 stitches)

Row 15: sc in every stitch except decrease in the first two and last two stitches (16 stitches)

Row 16: sc in every stitch (16 stitches)

Row 17: sc in every stitch except decrease in the first two and last two stitches (14 stitches)

Row 18: sc in every stitch (14 stitches)

Row 19: sc in every stitch except decrease in the first two and last two stitches (12 stitches)

Row 20: sc in every stitch except decrease in the first two and last two stitches (10 stitches)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Feet (make two)

With yellow wool

Toes (make three per foot)

Round 1: 6sc in a magic ring (6 stitches)

Rounds 2 – 3: sc in every stitch (6 stitches)

Fasten off.

Round 4: sc three stitches on the first toe, sc three stitches on the second toe, sc six stitches on the third toe, sc three stitches on the other side of the second toe, sc three stitches on the other side of the first toe (18 stitches)

Rounds 5 – 6: sc in every stitch (18 stitches)

Rounds 7 – 9: sc in every stitch except decrease at each end of the foot (so two decreases per round)

Rounds 10 – 11: sc in every stitch (12 stitches)

Round 12: Sc in every stitch except with a decrease at each end of the foot (10 stitches).

Fasten off, stuff, sew closed.

Wings

With black wool

Round 1: 6sc in a magic ring (6 stitches)

Round 2: increase in every stitch (12 stitches)

Round 3: sc in the first stitch, increase in the next stitch – repeat (18 stitches)

Rounds 4 – 18: sc in every stitch (18 stitches)

Fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing.

Assembly

Sew the pupils to the eyes. Stuff the beak and sew it onto the head. Sew on the tummy. Sew on the feet and wings. Don’t stuff the wings. Give your nerdy little penguin a cuddle and put him near the computer where he’ll feel at home.

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