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Crochet Koala Free Pattern – Kaya the Koala

Crochet Koala made with Fur Yarn being held in someone's hands.
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I have always wanted to design a crochet koala. They’re adorable, furry and just irresistable. I wanted my crochet koala to capture all of those loveable koala qualities and I hope you think that Kaya does. This crochet koala pattern is a relatively easy amigurumi pattern and it is the perfect cuddle size. Plus, this pattern can be made with one ball of Fable Fur yarn and a small amount of worsted weight black yarn.

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Kaya the Koala is made using this lovely super bulky Fable Fur yarn I received from my friends at We Crochet (wecrochet.com). I used the colourway Kuma to make Kaya. This faux fur yarn has incredible dimension of colour and really helps bring Kaya to life. This was my first time using faux fur yarn and it exceeded absolutely every one of my expectations. We Crochet just knocked it out of the park with this yarn. It is insanely soft and because of the wide band on the back of the yarn, it is really easy to feel your stitches. Because of the fur, stitch visibility is practically zero but feeling the stitches makes it so much easier to work with. When you see the finished project, stitch visibility doesn’t even matter once you see the beautiful effect of the faux fur. I’ve had people ask me where I bought Kaya because they thought she was a store-bought stuffy. If that’s not a huge compliment, I don’t know what is!

Fable Fur Yarn and crochet accessories coming out of a mustard tote from Wecrochet.com

Kaya’s sweet little nose is made with a small amount of Brava Worsted yarn in black which is also from We Crochet. Brava Worsted is a worsted weight acrylic yarn and I used only a fraction of a Brava Worsted Mini Skein to create the nose. This yarn has great stitch definition and was also really enjoyable to use. I’ve started other designs using the Brava Worsted Mini Skeins because they are a great size for amigurumi projects and they come in some really great colours.

If this is your first time working with faux fur yarn, check out my video below to get my top tips for working with faux fur yarn.

Are you ready to get started on making your very own crochet koala? Let’s get started.

Kaya the Koala – Crochet Koala Free Pattern

Crochet Koala next to a ball of fable fur yarn and some crochet accessories

Get an ad-free PDF version of this pattern HERE on Ravelry or HERE on Etsy.

Skill Level:

  • Beginner


Terminology:

  • U.S. Terminology

Supplies:

Abbreviations:

  • CH = Chain
  • ST = Stitch
  • SL ST = Slip Stitch
  • SC = Single Crochet
  • SCINC = Single Crochet Increase
  • SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
  • MC = Magic Circle
  • FO = Finish Off


Finished Size:  

  • Approximately 10” tall from top of head to bottom of feet.

Gauge:  

  • 4 sts x 6 rows = 2 inches

Notes:

  • All pieces are worked and sewed onto the project with the wrong side facing out to show the better-looking side of the fur. 
  • All pieces (except the nose) are worked in continuous rounds.  Do not join the ends of your rows.

Head and Body:

Round 1: Using Fable Fur and 5.5mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
Round 3: (SCINC, SC 1) x 6 (18)
Round 4: (SCINC, SC 2) x 6 (24)
Rounds 5 – 9: SC around.(24) Place safety eyes in Row 6 with 4 sts between them.
Round 10: (SCDEC, SC 2) x 6 (18)
Start stuffing, adding a bit more stuffing each row.
Round 11: (SCDEC, SC 1) x 6 (12)
Round 12: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)
Round 13: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
Round 14: (SCINC, SC 1) x 6 (18)
Rounds 15 – 21: SC around. (18)
Round 22: (SCDEC, SC 1) x 6 (12)
Round 23: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)
FO off, using your end to close up the hole.  Weave in ends.

Crochet Koala made with this free pattern held in someone's hands

Nose:

Row 1: Using black yarn and 3.5mm hook, CH 3.  SC in 2nd CH from hook.  SC 1.  (2)
Row 2: CH 1 and turn.  (SCINC) x 2. (4)
Row 3: CH 1 and turn. SCINC, SC 2, SCINC. (6)
Rows 4 – 8: CH 1 and turn. SC across. (6)
Row 9: CH 1 and turn. SCDEC, SC 2, SCDEC (4)
Row 10:  CH 1 and turn. (SCDEC) x 2. (2)
Row 11: CH 1 and turn.  SC around the outside of the piece, putting a single SC in each st and the end of each row, placing 2 SCs in each of the four corners. Join last st to first st with a sl st.  FO leaving a long tail to sew onto head.

Sew nose onto head, between the eyes, adding a small amount of stuffing behind the nose so the nose protrudes off the face a bit. 

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Ears (make 2)

Round 1: Using Fable Fur and 5.5mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
Round 3: (SCINC, SC 1) x 6 (18)
Round 4: SC around. (18)
FO leaving a long tail.  Use the tail to sew the ears onto other side of the head. Weave in ends.

Arms (make 2)

Round 1: Using Fable Fur and 5.5mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
Round 2: (SCINC, SC 2) x 2 (8)
Rounds 3 – 4: SC around (8)
Start stuffing, adding more as you work.
Round 5: (SCDEC, SC 2) x 2 (6)
Rounds 6 – 7: SC around (6)
FO leaving a long tail.  Use the tail to sew arms onto either side of the body near the “neck”.

Crochet Koala next to a tea, scissors and a yellow furls crochet hook

Legs (make 2)

Round 1: Using Fable Fur and 5.5mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
Round 2: (SCINC, SC 2) x 2 (8)
Rounds 3 – 6: SC around (8)
FO leaving a long tail.  Stuff the legs and sew onto either side of the bottom of the body.

I hope you enjoyed making your own crochet koala! If you liked this pattern you may enjoy some of my other free amigurumi patterns: Buttons The Bunny Free Crochet Along, Clawdia Cat, Wanda the Whale and Ned the Narwhal and Penny the Bunny Cactus. You can find all my free crochet patterns listed HERE.

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