Knitting patterns for animal softies knit in one skein or less of yarn. Most patterns are free. Updated 5/8/23
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Tabitha the Destash Kitty
Cat plushie designed to use up leftover yarn. You'll need around 50m for a DK or Fingering weight yarn and a bit more for chunkier wools. Sizes Fingering weight 10cm/4in high, DK 14cm/5.5in high, Aran/Worsted 20cm/8in high. Designed by Penny Connor.
Sebastian the Puppy
Available again. Puppy dog softie amigurumi toy pattern with body and ears are knitted flat and sewn together. The legs and tail can be done flat or in the round. Approximately 5 inches tall. Designed by Tricia Wood. Uses 100 - 200 yards (91 - 183 m) of Bulky weight yarn.
Adorable teddy bear knit in the round with boucle yarn. Size isn't specified but looks like it's maybe 8 inches tall depending on gauge. Uses less than one skein 123 yards (112 m) of the recommended DK weight yarn. Designed by Cassidy Clark. Pictured project by RachaelR
Bunny rabbit toy softie knit flat on 2 needles and seamed. Size: Height: 4.5 inches/11 cm. Uses just 20 - 30 yards (18 - 27 m) of DK weight yarn. Designed by Cilla Webb. May only be free for limited time.
Bird stuffy about 8 inches tall. Knit with one skein 217 yards / 198 m of Worsted weight yarn and oddments of accent yarn. Designed by Alison Green for Berocco.
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Frog toy is knit with a tennis ball inside so it bounces when you play with it! Size 3" wide by 5" tall. Uses just one skein 160 yards (146 m) of Aran weight yarn. Designed by Susan B. Anderson for Spud & Chloë.
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Ted the Bear
Toy teddy bear knit flat with one skein of DK weight yarn.. Separate patterns for a sweater with front pocket and cardigan jacket are available. Designed by Jem Weston.
Bunny Rabbit Toy
This toy bunny softie is about 7 inches tall and has optional tennis ball stuffing to give him shape. Uses 1 skein 160yds (146m) of Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Susan B. Anderson
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Dog softie toy designed by Amanda Berry. All pieces are knitted flat (back and forth) on a pair of straight knitting needles.
Designed by Dyah Dyanita, this puppy is approximately 8 inches / 20 cms tall to the tip of the ears. Uses 120 - 150 yards (110 - 137 m) of Aran weight yarn.
A cute little yellow bird, the companion and best friend to a very special dog. Quickly and easily made in a few hours using less than 25gms of yarn. Designed by Sara Hall. Pictured project by Lisia Designs. DK weight yarn.
Squeeeeal! Pig Softie
This toy pig measures about 13 inches long from tail to snout, and 8 inches tall from floor to top of his head. Designed by the Sara Elizabeth Kellner who was inspired by Margaret Wise Brown’s The Big Red Barn, “By the big red barn… there was a pink pig who was learning to squeal…” Uses less than one skein 150 - 175 yards (137 - 160 m) of the recommended Aran weight yarn.
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- Get the book The Big Red Barn that inspired Sara to create this toy
- Get the recommended Red Heart Super Saver yarn at Amazon
Knit One, Squirrel Two
Sara Elizabeth Kellner’s 7 inch tall squirrel is knit in the round. The tail is made of the same yarn as the body.
Sara Elizabeth Kellner’s 6 inch tall beaver is knit in the round. The tail is knit in linen stitch to make it more sturdy.
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Dexter the Labrador
Toy puppy dog softie. Size: 22cm approx. Part of the The Dera-Dogs collection. Designed by Amanda Berry. Uses one skein 273 yards (250 meters) of the recommended DK weight yarn with scraps of other yarn.
Baby Elephant Toy
Baby elephant softie with body, head and trunk is knitted as a single piece of garter stitch (knit every row) and assembled with very few seams and some interesting, but not complicated folding. Photos included to help you make up your elephant baby. Size-approx.12cm /5” tall x 17cm /6.75” from trunk to tail in DK weight yarn though other weights of yarn can be used to change the size. Designed by ClaireFairallDesigns.
Dove Knit From a Square
Stella the Dove is constructed from a stockinette square with picot details that is folded and seamed into a bird toy shape. The lace tail is knit separately and sewn on. Stella can be knit to different sizes by using different yarn weights and gauges. One of the 25 animal patterns in Nicky Epstein’s Knit a Square, Create a Cuddly Creature: From Flat to Fabulous – A Step-by-Step Guide.
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Bernie the Dog Knitting Pattern
Toy puppy dog knit flat on a pair of straight single-pointed knitting needles. Height: 16 cm 6 in tall. Designed by Amanda Berry.