Knitting patterns for toys and other projects inspired by animals and birds native to Central and South America. Most patterns are free.
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Armadillo toy softie designed by Jan Fearnley who wrote about colorful cuddly Milo in her children’s picture book. Knit flat with a colorful striped shell. Fingering weight yarn. Pictured projects by designer and stitchknitwitch
Save the Drama Llama
Llama toy measures about 18" [45.5 cm] tall, measured from bottom of front feet to top of ears. Toy measures about 13" [33 cm] long. Fur knit with the loop stitch. Instructions for blanket, halter, and ear pompoms included. Designed by Nancy Anderson for Red Heart. Aran weight yarn.
Armadillo Andy Stitchadillo
Toy armadillo softie. A crochet version is also available. FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: 2” [5 cm] wide by 8” [20.5 cm] long (nose to tail). Designed by Megan Kreiner of MK Crochet and Knits for MarlyBird.com. Bulky weight yarn. Web version is free. PDF available for purchase on Ravelry.
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Rosina the Anteater Toy Softie
Adorable anteater toy with her own wardrobe. Worked flat and seamed. Designed by Cilla Webb. DK weight yarn. Pictured project by veraredondo.
Flamingo Toy Softie
Flamingo bird softie is a fast and fun knit! Size 3" wide (including the wings) by 5" tall (with the head curved over). Rated easy by Ravelrers. There is a Hi-Bounce Pinky Ball inside the body for an added element of bouncy fun though you can fill with regular polyfill. Designed by Susan B. Anderson. Aran weight yarn. Pictured project by YarnHookAndNeedle.
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Cuddly sloth softie approx 15" [38 cm] long. Sloths are live in the tropical rain forests of South America and Central America. Designed by Yarnspirations.
Pax the Alpaca
50cm tall (standing, from toes to tips of ears.) Toy animal softie worked flat and all the skills needed are knit, purl, increase and decrease. Looks like you could easily adapt to be a donkey or a horse. Designed by Amanda Berry. DK weight yarn.
Fizz the Llama
This llama softie is designed by Fiona Gable. The file needs to be unzipped after download.
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Armadillo Toy Softie
This adorable armadillo is 10 inches long and can even be rolled into a ball into its shell if you don't add too much stuffing. Don the Dillo designed by Gabrielle Thériault. Armadillos are native to South and Central America and eventually ranged into the United States.
Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne’s friendly lizard is a free pattern from their book Knit Your Own Zoo.Length (including tail): 10in (25cm) Height to top of body: 4½in (11cm)
- Get the free knitting pattern – IMPORTANT! Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page or search for Armadillo pattern. There are two free patterns on the page. The Armadillo pattern shows a picture of the Chameleon but it is the pattern for the Armadillo.
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Patterns for Purchase
Sitting Pretty Flamingo Toy
Bird softie approx. 7” sitting (from the bottom of its body to the top of its head, the legs are approx. 4” in length). Aran weight but can be adapted to other weights of yarn. Designed by Heather Kumpf.
Eli the Alpaca Amigurumi Toy
Alpaca is knitted flat, then seamed and stuffed. Approximate size 25 cm x 15 cm (10" x 6").Designed by Nix Knittingsticks.
Sloth Amigurumi Toy
This sloth reminds us there's "No Rush". Snaps on the paws lets your sloth hang out in any position. Size: 13.8 in (35 cm) tall. Knit flat. Designed by bySol. Designer allows you to sell finished toys. Available in English and Spanish.
Graham the Toucan
Adorable toucan toy softie measures approximately 30cm/12in from the tip of his beak to the end of his body and is around 20cm/8in tall when seated. All the pieces are knitted flat on straight needles. Toucans are native to South America and live in rain forests and savannahs. Designed by Trish Roberts. DK weight yarn.
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Topsy-Turvy Chrysalis to Butterfly
This toy flips inside-out turning from a chrysalis into a Monarch butterfly on a leaf. One of the 12 patterns in Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys by Susan B. Anderson. Pictured project by Scitchr
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The finished butterfly is approx 4 inches wide, about the size of a real monarch butterfly. This pattern comes with two versions. You can either knit a flat butterfly, to use for applique, or knit a 3-dimensional butterfly, which would make a lovely toy or mobile.