Learn to create knitted toy animals with these knitted wild animals free patterns. 16 wild animals to choose from. It is a case of too many projects too little time.
1. Spud and Chloe’s Flamingo Knitting Pattern
This pink flamingo has an added bouncy ball inside so it will bounce when you throw it. Gives the body a nice round shape too. You will need to know how to do a picot binding or at least be willing to learn it.
This pattern is available at https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/flamingo-3
2. Valley Yarns’ Knitted Robin Knitting Pattern
This pattern will make a 4-inch tall red-breasted robin. There is also a pattern for a crochet version. This pattern is available at https://www.yarn.com/products/valley-yarns-370-knit-robin-free
3. Betsy’s Goose Knitting Pattern
I thought this goose pattern is really realistic. The shaping is really good. This pattern is available at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/betsys-goose
4. Kathy’s Little Black Owl
I am not sure why but there are a lot of free owl knitting patterns. Some are really good and I think it is a perfect project for someone learning to knit in the round.
This cute little owl is basically a knitted ball with felt circles and black buttons as eyes. It is really quite straightforward if you already know how to knit in the round and do increases and decreases.
This pattern is available at http://www.justcraftyenough.com/2011/09/project-little-black-owl/
5. Amanda’s Stuffy Owl
Knit in one piece. The eyes and beak are added after knitting using the duplicate stitch. No tricky colourwork here although the chart is given if you want to try that. The project is knitted flat and the pieces are sewn together.
This pattern is available at http://www.loveknitting.com/stuffy-owl-knitting-pattern-by-amanda-berry
6. Purl Soho’s Big Snowy Owl
When Purl Soho called this big, they meant it. This is a humongous project, as big as an adult cat. It requires Super Bulky yarn and US size 15 needles.
This pattern is available at http://www.purlsoho.com/create/2011/09/22/whits-knits-big-snowy-owl/
7. Knit-a-Zoo’s Cordell The Owl
Cordell is a silly looking owl. Knit in the round from bottom to head and is about 11 cm high.
This pattern is available at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cordell-the-owl
8. Sarah’s Knitted Elephant Knitting Pattern
With 2 gleaming white tusks and flared ears, Sarah’s elephant reminds me of Babar The Elephant. Different parts of the body are knitted separately and then assembled. This gives the elephant a more realistic shape.
This pattern is available at http://www.womansday.com/home/crafts-projects/how-to/a5353/craft-project-knitted-toy-elephant-112798/
9. Gabrielle’s Armadillo Knitting Pattern
For Gabrielle’s first attempt, this cute armadillo pattern is actually quite good. There are a couple of pieces but the making up is quite straightforward.
This pattern is available at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/don-the-dillo-knit-armadillo
10. Sara’s Beaver Knitting Pattern
This knitted beaver is about 16 inches long complete with a big flat tail. Don’t you just like its big fat butt?
This pattern is available at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/liams-beaver
11. Purl Soho’s Knitted Hedgehog Knitting Pattern
This hedgehog has a really sweet face. It doesn’t come with feet so if you think your hedgehog needs some, knit some of your own.
This pattern is available at http://www.purlsoho.com/create/2013/02/10/whits-knits-knit-hedgehogs/
12. Cate’s Octopus Knitting Pattern
The MOST realistic octopus I have ever seen! Cate uses plastic eyes and created eyelids which really add something different to the octopus. If you are knitting this for a small kid, you can substitute the eyes with safety eyes or use black yarn.
This pattern is available at http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEdf14/PATTopus/PATTopus.php
13. Purl Soho’s Knit Octopus
Unlike Cate’s ultra-realistic octopus, Purl Soho’s is a cute one in warm white. The tentacles feature an interesting stitch pattern. You must be comfortable knitting in the round using double-pointed needles, magic loop or 2 circular needles because there is quite a bit of that going on. Purl Soho has very clear instructions on how to connect the tentacles to the body so it is a good project to learn how to do the assembly.
This pattern is available at http://www.purlsoho.com/create/2013/05/19/whits-knits-knit-octopus/
14. Louise’s Mrs West The Tortoise Knitting Pattern
Mrs West is designed by Louise Walker. She spots a diamond repeat pattern on her pink shell. There is a little bit of colourwork which I think is manageable for beginners.
This free pattern is available at https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mrs-west-the-tortoise
15. Ruth’s Turtle Sheldon
Sheldon is cute but also practical. His shell can be removed to be washed separately. Knit up additional shells in different colours for Sheldon to change into. What a great idea!
This pattern is available at http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/PATTsheldon.html
16. Louise’s Cara the Dolphin Knitting Pattern
Cara is designed by Louise Walker to use up her yarn stash. She organizes the Scrap Yarn Challenge to get ideas on what to knit. She has quite a big collection now. Visit https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/sincerely-louise-2/patterns to see them.
Cara is knitted in 4 parts: the top piece, the under piece, the dorsal fin, and the fins. Instructions are detailed. The making up required a fair bit of sewing though.
This free pattern is available at https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cara-the-dolphin