Knitting patterns for toys and other projects inspired by animals and birds native to Australia and New Zealand. Most patterns are free. Updated 6/6/23
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Pocket Pal Aussie Birds
Australian bird toy softies including Galah, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Kookaburra, and Crimson Rosella. Finished size about 6 inches/ 16 cm tall. Pocket Pal Aussie Birds designed by Checkheaton. Worsted weight yarn.
Kimmy Koala Toy
Koala toy softie worked flat. Finished size about 4 inches/ 10 cm tall. Designed by Amanda Berry. DK weight yarn.
Koala toy softie worked flat. Finished size about 8 inches/ 20 cm tall. Free forever but designer asks you to consider donating to help Australian animals. Designed by Claire Garland
Kiwi Bird of New Zealand
Adorable toy Kiwi is knit from the base of the body up to the tip of the beak. The eyeballs & legs are knit on stitches picked up from the body, or knit separately & sewn on. Size depends on yarn weight. Small Kiwis are approx. 5 inches tall in worsted weight, large kiwi is approx. 11 inches tall in super bulky yarn. Designed by cheezombie for Knitty. Pictured project by cazcrafts.
More Free Patterns
Kangaroo Baby Joey Cloth or Bib
Kangaroo motif in knit and purl stitches that can be used as motif on a variety of knitting projects. Both written instructions and a chart. Designed by Elaine Fitzpatrick.
Kangaroo Sweater with Pocket
Pullover with kangaroo design that includes a pouch pocket. Sizes 2, 4, 6. Designed by Amy Bahrt for Cascade Yarns.
Pukeko Bird of New Zealand
Bird toy for any gauge yarn. Designed by Suze Nane.
Koala softie knit flat in garter stitch, seamed, with felt and embroidered features. Crochet edge on ears. Approximate sitting height of 18cm (7 in). Aran weight yarn. Designed by Prima Team.
Makers Help the Australian Fire Crisis
Looking to help? Lovecrafts has compiled a list of the things you can knit, crochet and sew in aid of the Australian bushfires, and where you can send them.
Bruce The Great White Shark
Toy softie shark knit in the round and felted. 12 inches/30.5 cm long. Designed by Frances Gillespie for Knitty
Koala Baby Bear
Designed by knitted toy box, this koala baby is 4 inches tall.
Patterns for Purchase
Unique Australian animal softies. The finished platypus will be about 50 cm or 20 inches long. DK weight yarn. Designed by Alma Mahler of heaventoseven
Katie Koala is 18cm tall (sitting). All pieces are knitted flat on straight knitting needles. You will need to cast on and off, knit, purl, work increases and decreases, and sew seams. DK weight yarn.
Kookaburra, Boobook Owl, or Rainbow Lorikeet Toy
Unique Australian bird softies. Kookaburra Size: about 16 cm or 6/12 inches high. Owl Size: 15 cm or 6 inches high. Lorikeet Size: about 28 cm or 11 inches long from head to tail. Designed by Alma Mahler of heaventoseven
- Get the Kookaburra Bird knitting pattern on Etsy
- Get the Boobook Owl knitting pattern on Etsy
- Get the Rainbow Lorikeet knitting pattern on Etsy
Knit Your Own Zoo: Kangaroo, Koala and more
Kangaroo with joey is 8 3/4 in. tall; 6 3/4 in. high. Koala size not specified. Knit Your Own Zoo includes 24 patterns for a koala, giraffe, tiger, crocodile, penguin, meerkat, elephant, armadillo, panda, a kangaroo and her joey, and 14 other delightful creatures. Designed by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne. Pictured projects by designers and Arvidsdotter.
- Get Knit Your Own Zoo: Easy-to-Follow Patterns for 24 Animals on Amazon (Prime available)
- Get the book on Alibris for as low as $2.50
An Australian wombat to knit and cuddle. Use 8ply/DK to make the larger wombat (14" long) or 4ply/fingering to make the small wombat (10" long). The pattern has detailed instructions for assembling the pieces, which are made flat on two needles. For every pattern sold till the end of June 2020, AU$5 will be donated to “AnimalsAustralia” who support charities caring for injured and displaced animals. Designed by RianAnderson
Josie and Roo
Roo the Kangaroo toy softie with baby Josie in pocket. And, for extra fun, the baby joey is a finger puppet! FINISHED SIZE: The kangaroo is 24cm tall (sitting) and the joey is 8cm tall. All pieces are knitted flat on straight knitting needles. You will need to cast on and off, knit, purl, work increases and decreases, and sew seams. DK weight yarn.
Kimmy the Koala
Kimmy is a tubby koala, sewn in the sitting position; he measures 15 inches/39 cms approximately.
Kangaroo Baby Blanket
Blanket with intarsia colorwork kangaroo with a pocket pouch for tiny treasures and lace tree border. Approx 41¾ x 28¾“/106 x 73cm. Designed by Wei Wilkins. One of the patterns in 60 More Quick Baby Blankets. Worsted weight.