Free Crochet Koala Pattern – Coco the Koala!

Hello! Welcome to Coco the Koala and his free crochet pattern!

Recently we’ve been hearing a lot in the news about the terrible forest fires in Australia, and their devastating impact on the environment.

Well of course that spurred me on to get my crochet hook out and do something to help!

So here he is – Coco the Koala – a lovely, cuddly koala with the fluffiest ears who will do whatever he can to help out his friends across the world.

If you use Coco’s pattern could I ask that you consider making a small donation to WIRES or another charity that is helping those affected by the fires? Or maybe you’re planning to sell the koala you make. How about donating a small amount of your profits?

Of course if you’re looking for an easy way to donate then you could buy the premium version of Coco’s pattern. 50% of the profits from sales of this will be donated to WIRES to help the australian wildlife that has been injured or left without habitat by the fires.

Free Amigurumi Koala Pattern - Coco the Koala 3

Tools & Materials

Crochet Hooks:

2.5mm – (You can use whichever hooks you have to hand but I like to use the Clover Amour hooks – they’re lovely to hold and super light so that you can keep crocheting for longer without your hands getting tired!)

Yarn:

Ricorumi 004- Pearl Grey- 75g (3 balls)

Ricorumi 002 – Cream – 25g (1 ball)

Ricorumi 060 -Black- 25g (1 ball) – (You actually only need a tiny bit of this colour yarn so if you have any left over from a previous make then feel free to use than instead of buying a whole new ball!)

Alternative Yarns & Colours:

If you prefer to use a different yarn then go right ahead and use whichever you like! Just remember, that using a different yarn will probably result in your cloud turning our at a slightly different size to mine.

If you want your cloud to look as close as possible but can’t get hold of Ricorumi then I’ve listed the colour alternatives for Sirday Happy Cotton and  Scheepjes Catona here. The colours won’t be an exact match, but they are pretty close!

Ricorumi 004 (Pearl Grey) = Sirdar Happy Cotton 759 (Pebble) = Scheepjes Catona 406 (Soft Beige)

Ricorumi 002 (Cream) = Sirdar Happy Cotton 761 (Dolly) = Scheepjes Catona 105 (Bridal White)

Ricorumi 060 (Black) = Sirdar Happy Cotton 775 (Liquorice) = Scheepjes Catona 110 (Jet Black)

Other:

Stuffing

10mm safety eyes

Yarn needle

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Abbreviations

sc – Single Crochet

inc – Increase

dec – Decrease (using the invisible decrease is the best option for amigurumi)

ch – Chain Stitch

3dcps – 3 Double Crochet Puff Stitch

… tbl – Through the Back Loops Only

*….* rep x … – Repeat the instructions between the stars the stated number of times

(number) – Number of stitches in the round

Step 1 – Coco the Koala’s Legs

Round 1 – sc 6 in Magic Circle

Round 2 – *inc* rep x 6 (12)

Round 3 – *inc, sc 1* rep x 6 (18)

Round 4 – *sc 1, inc, sc 1* rep x 6 (24)

Round 5 – *inc, sc 3* rep x 6 (30)

The next round is slightly different for each leg:

Round 6 Left Leg –  sc 10, *3dcps, sc 2* rep x 4, sc 5, 3dcps, sc 2

Round 6 Right Leg – sc 2, 3dcps, sc 7, *3dcps, sc 2* rep x 4, sc 8

Round 7-9 (3 rounds) – sc 30

Round 10 – *dec, sc 13* rep x 2 (28)

Rounds 11-12 (2 rounds) – sc 28

Round 13 – *sc 6, dec, sc 6* rep x 2 (26)

Rounds 14-16 (3 rounds) – sc 26

Round 17 – *sc 3, dec, sc 8* rep x 2 (24)

Rounds 18-19 (2 rounds) – sc 24

Round 20 – *sc 8, dec, sc 2* rep x 2 (22)

Rounds 21-23 (3 rounds) – sc 22

Round 24 – *dec, sc 9* rep x 2 (20)

Rounds 25-26 (2 rounds) – sc 20

Round 27 – *sc 4, dec, sc 4* rep x 2 (18)

Round 28-30 (3 rounds) – sc 18

At this point stuff the leg

Round 31 – *sc 2, dec, sc 5* rep x 2 (16)

Rounds 32-34 – sc 16 – Mark stitches 7 and 16 in the final round of both legs

Cut the yarn, leaving around a 20cm tail, and pull through the final stitch. Finish off neatly with a false stitch before securing the yarn and cutting off any excess.

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Step 2 – Coco the Koala’s Arms

Round 1 – sc 6 in Magic Circle

Round 2 – *inc* rep x 6 (12)

Round 3 – *inc, sc 1* rep x 6 (18)

Round 4 – *sc 1, inc, sc 1* rep x 6 (24)

The next round is slightly different for each arm:

Round 5 Left Arm- sc 7, *3dcps, sc 2* rep x 4, sc 3, 3dcps, sc 1

Round 5 Right Arm- sc 1, 3dcps, sc 5, *3dcps, sc 2* rep x 4, sc 5

Round 6-8 (3 rounds) – sc 24

Round 9 – *sc 8, dec, sc 2* rep x 2 (22)

Rounds 10-12 (3 rounds) – sc 22

Round 13 – *dec, sc 9* rep x 2 (20)

Rounds 14-17 (4 rounds) – sc 20

Round 18 – *sc 4, dec, sc 4* rep x 2 (18)

Rounds 19-21 (3 rounds) – sc 18

Round 22 – *sc 2, dec, sc 5* rep x 2 (16)

Rounds 23-26 (4 rounds) – sc 16

At this point stuff the leg

Round 27 – *sc 4, dec, sc 2* rep x 2 (14)

Rounds 28-30 (3 rounds) – sc 14 – Mark stitches 5 and 12 in the final round of both arms

Cut the yarn, leaving around a 20cm tail, and pull through the final stitch. Finish off neatly with a false stitch before securing the yarn and cutting off any excess.

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Step 3 – Coco the Koala’s Body

Start: ch 13

Round 1 Starting in the 2nd ch from the hook sc 11, 3 sc in the final ch, then continuing down the other side of the foundation chain sc 10, 2 sc in the final ch (26)

Round 2 – *inc, sc 10, inc 2* rep x 2 (32)

Round 3 – *inc 2, sc 11 inc 2, sc 1* rep x 2 (40)

In the next 2 rounds you will attach the legs as follows:

Round 4 – sc together the 8 stitches at the back of the left leg (from 1 marked stitch to the next)and the next 8 stitches of the body, sc 3, sc together the 8 stitches at the back of the right leg (from 1 marked stitch to the next) and the next 8 stitches of the body, sc 1, inc, sc 1, inc, sc 13, inc, sc 1, inc, sc 1 (44)

Round 5 – sc 10 around the front stitches of the Left leg (from 1 marked stitch to the next), sc 3, sc 10 around the front stitches of the Right leg, (from 1 marked stitch to the next), sc 4, inc, sc 15, inc, sc 4 (50) – Remove the stitch markers

Round 6 – sc 14 – New rounds will start from here (just to the Left of the middle of the front of your Koala)

Rounds 7-16 (10 rounds) – sc 50

Round 17 – *sc 11, dec, sc 12* rep x 2 (48)

Rounds 18-19 (2 rounds) sc 48

Round 20 – *sc 9, dec, sc 2, dec, sc 9* rep x 2 (44)

Round 21 – sc 44

Round 22 – *sc 10, dec, sc 10* rep x 2 (42)

Round 23 – sc 42

Round 24 – *sc 8, dec, sc 2, dec, sc 7* rep x 2 (38)

Round 25 – sc 38

Round 26 – *sc 9, dec, sc 8* rep x 2 (36)

Round 27 – sc 36

Round 28 – *sc 7, dec, sc 2, dec, sc 5* rep x 2 (32)

Round 29 – sc 32

Round 30 – *sc 8, dec, sc 6* rep x 2 (30)

In the next 2 rounds you will attach the arms as follows:

Round 31 – sc 5,  sc together the 8 stitches at the inside of the right arm (from 1 marked stitch to the next, with the fingers pointing forwards) and the next 8 stitches of the body, sc 7, sc together the 8 stitches at the inside of the left arm (from 1 marked stitch to the next, with the fingers pointing forwards) and the next 8 stitches of the body, sc 2

Round 32 – sc 5, sc 8 around the outer stitches of the Right arm (from 1 marked stitch to the next), sc 7, sc 8 around the outer stitches of the Left arm (from 1 marked stitch to the next), sc 2 – Remove the stitch markers

Round 33 – *sc 6, dec, sc 2, dec, sc 3* rep x 2 (26)

Round 34 – sc 26

Round 35 – *sc 7, dec, sc 4* rep x 2 (24)

Round 36 – sc 24 – Mark stitches 6 and 23 of this round.

At this point stuff the body up to the current point then cut the yarn, leaving a short tail, and pull through the final stitch. Finish off neatly with a false stitch before securing the yarn and cutting off any excess.

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Step 4 – Coco the Koala’s Head

Round 1 – sc 6 in Magic Circle

Round 2 – *inc* rep x 6 (12)

Round 3 – *inc, sc 1* rep x 6 (18)

Round 4 – *sc 1, inc, sc 1* rep x 6 (24)

Round 5 – *inc, sc 3* rep x 6 (30)

Round 6 – *sc 2, inc, sc 2* rep x 6 (36)

Round 7 – *inc, sc 5* rep x 6 (42)

Round 8 – sc 3, inc, sc 3* rep x 6 (48)

Rounds 9-10 (2 rounds) – sc 48

Round 11 – *sc 7, dec, sc 7* rep x 3 (45)

Round 12 – sc 45

Round 13 – *dec, sc 13* rep x 3 (42)

Round 14 – sc 42

Round 15 – *sc 6, dec, sc 6* rep x 3 (39) – Mark stitches 17 & 23 in this round

Round 16 – sc 39

Round 17 – *dec, sc 11* rep x 3 (36)

Round 18 – sc 36

Round 19 – *sc 5, dec, sc 5* rep x 3 (33)

Round 20 – sc 33

Round 21 – *dec, sc 9* rep x 3 (30) – Mark stitch 28 in this round

Round 22 – sc 28 – Mark stitch 5 in this round then end the round after 28 stitches but keep the yarn attached.

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Step 5 – Joining Coco the Koala’s Head & Body

Joining – Place the head and body together, matching up the marked stitches. Take a length of yarn around 30cm long and use it to sew the head to the body, starting and ending in the marked stitches. You now have a new round of 42 stitches around both the head and body (including the marked stitches)

Round 1 – sc 42 – Don’t forget to crochet into the marked stitches! Then remove the stitch markers.

Round 2 – *sc 6, dec, sc 6* rep x 3 (39)

Round 3 – sc 39

Round 4 – *dec, sc 11* rep x 3 (36)

At this point insert your eyes into the stitches that you marked in the front of the head and stuff the head

Round 5 – *sc 2, dec, sc 2* rep x 6 (30)

Round 6 – *dec, sc 3* rep x 6 (24)

Round 7 – *sc 1, dec, sc 1* rep x 6 (18)

Now finish stuffing the remainder of your Koala

Round 8 – *dec, sc 1* rep x 6 (12)

Round 9 – *dec* rep x 6 (6)

Cut the yarn leaving a short tail then pull through the final stitch. Close the small hole that’s left (if you need a tutorial for this step click here) and finish off by threading the yarn end into the body.

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Step 6 – Coco the Koala’s Nose

Start: ch 7

Round 1 – Starting in the 2nd ch from the hook sc 5, 3 sc in the final ch, then continuing down the other side of the foundation chain sc 4, 2 sc in the final ch (14)

Round 2 – *inc, sc 4, inc 2* rep x 2 (20)

Round 3 – *sc 1, inc, sc 5, inc, sc 1, inc* rep x 2 (26)

At this point cut the yarn, leaving around a 30cm tail, and pull through the final stitch. Finish off neatly with a false stitch but do not cut off the excess yarn.

Sew the nose to the head – Pin the nose onto your Koala’s head and sew in place with the yarn tail, then secure the yarn and cut off any excess.

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Step 7 – Coco the Koala’s Ears

Round 1 – sc 6 in Magic Circle

Round 2 – *inc tbl* rep x 6 (12)

Round 3 – *inc tbl, sc 1 tbl* rep x 6 (18)

Round 4 – *sc 1 tbl, inc tbl, sc 1 tbl* rep x 6 (24)

Rounds 5-7 – sc 24 tbl

Round 8 – *sc 1 tbl, dec, sc 1 tbl* rep x 6 (18)

Cut the yarn, leaving around a 30cm tail, and pull through the final stitch.

Fluff the ears – Now cut a LOT of strands of yarn in both white and the colour of your koala. Attach these strands to the free front loops of each stitch. The best way to do this is to fold a strand in half and hook this folded end through a front loop, then take the free ends of the strand and pull them through the middle of this folded end (like latch-hooking a rug!). Koala’s normally have a patch of white fur on the front side of their ears so this is the look you are aiming for!

Sew the ears to the head – Pin the ears onto your Koala’s head and use the yarn tail to sew them in place, then secure the yarn and cut off any excess.

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Step 8 – Coco the Koala’s Claws

And finally… Embroider black claws onto each of your Koala’s toes for a cute finishing touch!

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YAY!!!!
Your Koala is finished!

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