Koala Crochet Pattern – Easy & Free Amigurumi

Hello! Lately, I’ve been crocheting little animals (known as Amigurumi) for my daughter. Well, okay, let’s be honest, I’m actually crocheting because it’s FUN! I’m hooked (pun intended) on this craft that I can do while relaxing on our huge bean bag. And to spread the joy, I’m sharing my first crochet pattern design here for free (SEE BELOW). Please comment if you have any questions or problems so I can update instructions for all. Thanks in advance! I hope you enjoy making as much as someone special enjoys hugging their cute koala!

Koala by Lucy
Koala by Lucy

Pipe cleaner flower made a good softie stand, at least it’s better than having my fingers in all photos.

Koala Cute Pose with Pipe Cleaner Flower
Koala Cute Pose with Pipe Cleaner Flower

One thing I don’t love about crocheting animals is sewing pieces together. I was able to make the head and body as one piece. But the arms, legs and ears are done separately then sewn to head/body. Maybe in the future, I’ll make something done in one piece. Okay, enough of my babbling, here it is, crochet away!

Koala Crochet Pattern by Lucy

Materials
Koala is approximately 3″ tall when made with worsted weight yarn.
Any weight yarn can be used. I use a wool worsted weight with a size G or 4 mm hook.
Gauge does not matter for softies. Thinner yarn makes smaller softie.
Yarn in any color for body/head, arms, legs, ears
Black yarn for face
White embroidery floss for eye accents
Stuffing

Abbreviations
inv dec = invisible decrease (sc into next 2 front loops only, turns 2 stitches into 1)
Rnd = round
sc = single crochet
sk = skip stitch(es)
st(s) = stitch(es)
[If you need more instruction on specific stitches, search online and you will get lots of help. I didn’t know what invisible decreasing was until I searched this year.]
Note: “2 sc in next st” is an increase, you make 2 stitches in one stitch, so you are adding a stitch

Instructions
BODY/HEAD
Rnd 1: sc 5 in magic ring (5 sts)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (10 sts)
Rnd 3: *sc 1, 2 sc in next st* repeat between * 5 times total (15 sts)
Rnds 4 – 7: sc in each stitch (15 sts)
Rnd 8: *sc 3, inv dec 1* repeat between * 3 times total (12 sts)
Rnd 9: *sc 1, 2 sc in next st* repeat between * 6 times total (18 sts)
Rnd 10: *sc 2, 2 sc in next st* repeat between * 6 times total (24 sts)
Rnd 11: *sc 3, 2 sc in next st* repeat between * 6 times total (30 sts)
Rnds 12 – 16: sc in each stitch (30 sts)
Rnd 17: *sc 3, inv dec 1* repeat between * 6 times total (24 sts)
Rnd 18: *sc 2, inv dec 1* repeat between * 6 times total (18 sts)
– Add face now, especially if using safety eyes. See “Koala Face” photo and instructions below.
Rnd 19: *sc 1, inv dec 1* repeat between * 6 times total (12 sts)
– Stuff body and head
Rnd 20: *sk 1 sc, sc 1* repeat between * 6 times total (6 sts)
[basically, skip one stitch, sc into next st, repeat to end of round]
– Add more stuffing if desired
– Weave yarn end through hole in top to close hole. See “Koala Top of Head” photo below.

ADDING FACE
You may wish to use buttons or safety eyes. My koala’s face is made with black yarn (worsted weight, same as koala).
I used one strand of yarn for nose and eyes. Nose is made with approximately 8-10 horizontal straight stitches and about as tall as 2 1/2 rounds of crochet. See photo detail below.
Eyes are vertical straight stitches a bit taller than 1 round of crochet.
For white eye accent, use 6 strands white embroidery floss with 1 French knot for each eye.

Koala Face
Koala Face
Koala Top of Head
Koala Top of Head

EARS – make 2
Rnd 1: sc 6 in magic ring (6 sts)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts)
Rnds 3 – 4: sc in each stitch (12 sts)
Rnd 5: *sc 1, inv dec 1* repeat between * 4 times total (8 sts)
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing to head
Using tail of yarn, attach ears to head. I try to slightly curve ear instead of attaching in straight line. Then you can massage ears to make them cup or round out a bit.
Placement: Bottom edges of ears are approximately same level as bottom of eyes.

ARMS/LEGS – make 4
Rnd 1: sc 6 in magic ring (6 sts)
Rnds 2 – 3: sc in each stitch (6 sts)
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing to body

Beginning tail, from Rnd 1, can be stuffed into ARM/LEG as stuffing. Or you can lightly stuff with other material, it doesn’t take much.
Using tail of yarn, attach arms and legs to body.
Placement: Top edges of arms are right below neck. Bottom edges of legs are sewn between rounds 2 and 3. See “Koala Bottom” photo below to see legs at bottom.

YAY! You are done!

Koala Bottom
Koala Bottom

Koala in Hand - 3" with worsted weight yarn
Koala in Hand – 3″ with worsted weight yarn

Added BONUS… have you heard crocheting is good for your health? Yep, serious studies have shown it helps lower stress and keep brain alert. Who doesn’t need that? And it’s fun!