Wild Animal Knitting Patterns
Free Knitting Patterns
Oliphaunt Elephant Toy
This elephant toy is knit in one piece from the rear legs forward to the trunk, shaped with short rows, and then sewn. Size depends on yarn weight and needles used. Designed by Cristina Bernardi Shiffman Pictured project by mariflori
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.
Little Lion Sock Critter
This lion toy softie with a knit lace mane is 9-1/2 in. (24 cm) tall. Designed by Lion Brand Yarn.
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.
Sara Elizabeth Kellner’s 6 inch skunk is knit the round with white strips knit flat and added later. The tail is made of the same yarn as the body.
Designed by Spud & Chloë, this frog is 3 inches wide by 5 inches tall.
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.
- Get the book Knit Your Own Zoo
Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne’s friendly lizard is a free pattern from their book Knit Your Own Zoo. Length (with curled tail): 14cm (51⁄2in) Height to top of head: 6cm (21⁄2in)
- Get the free knitting pattern – IMPORTANT! Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page or search for Chameleon pattern. There are two free patterns on the page. The Armadillo pattern above the Chameleon pattern shows a picture of the Chameleon but the Chameleon is the below the Armadillo pattern.
- Get the book Knit Your Own Zoo
Leon the Lion
Red Heart’s lion toy was designed by Nancy Anderson and features a mane of plied yarn that’s combed out. Finished Size 7″ (18 cm) tall
Elephant measures 9 1⁄2in (24cm) in height
Designed by Christine Landry, this giraffe toy can be knit with any weight of yarn. The example is 17 cm (6.75 inches) tall but can be knit larger or smaller. The legs are then joined in the round and from there the body, neck, ears and head are knit all in one piece.
Aine Marriott designed this hippo toy that can be knit in one evening.
Patterns for Purchase
Nelson the Lion
This lion softie can be adapted to any size by changing the weight of yarn used. Pictured lion is 17 inches.
16 inch high giraffe toy softie.
Knit Your Own Zoo: Easy-to-Follow Patterns for 24 Animals
Knit Your Own Zoo includes patterns for a koala, giraffe, tiger, crocodile, penguin, meerkat, elephant, armadillo, panda, a kangaroo and her joey, and 14 other delightful creatures.
Zoo Animal Friends
Ten knitting patterns include panda, elephant, koala and baby, lion, polar bear, zebra, kangaroo with joey and monkey all about 11 inches tall
The body is knit in one piece with head and feet knit separately and sewn on later. You can change the size by using a different weight of yarn.
Kath the Kangaroo and Joey
Kath the Kangaroo toy softie with baby Joey in pocket. Finished Sizes Kath: 12 1/2in (32cm) tall Joey: 6 1/4in (16cm) tall
Tiny Mochimochi Land Kits Woodland Creatures Trio
These adorable, itty-bitty projects are quick to make and can be used to create a whimsical display in your home or on your desk, or as ornaments and gift-wrap decorations. This set of three kits includes the patterns, fingering-weight wool/nylon yarn and polyester stuffing to make three each of the owl, hedgehog and fox characters approximately 1″ tall.
Toby the Tiger
Toby is about 9 inches tall if standing
Full instructions for knitting and finishing off a little elephant with a textured sweater and shorts. Approx 22cm (9 inches) from the tip of the toes to the top of the ears.