35 Knitted Animal Patterns

Take a stitch on the wild side! I have a whole herd of knitted animal patterns for you to explore, ranging from deep blue sea creatures to jungle friends. Knitted Amigurumi animals and creature comforts in a variety of adorable tones and shades are ideal for playrooms and nurseries — and you can even make your own zoo! Stitch, detail, and stuff each character to make these lovable pals come to life. Keep them as desk or bookshelf companions, or give them to a critter-obsessed child!

Knitted Animal Patterns

35 Knitted Animal Patterns For You To Make For Your Little One

These animals are surprisingly easy to make; with a few evenings of work, you can have a covetable companion for life. And, of course, these knitted animals are much easier to look after than the real things―they don’t eat, won’t make a mess, and are legal to keep in your home. Be warned though, these unlikely characters will become your new best friends as you knit your way through the whole menagerie!


1. Knitted Zebra Pattern by Yarnspirations

Use whichever color you like and knit-up a veritable zoo full of cute zebras for any child you love. This one makes a wonderful gifting toy, but be sure to treasure one for yourself too.

Also see: Crochet Zebra Patterns

Knitted Zebra Pattern by Yarnspirations

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2. Ginger And Smudge Toy Cats Knitting Pattern by Fluff And Fuzz

What a pair of lazy fat cats! Ginger, the orange striped cat, is having a little lie down, (they could make a sweet doorstop) and Smudge, the grey cat is waiting for a head scratch (they could also be used as a bookend).

These cats are knitted in acrylic DK yarns on single pointed needles (not in the round). Smudge uses kitchener stitch, an invisible grafting technique, to finish the top of their head. 

Ginger And Smudge Toy Cats Knitting Pattern by Fluff And Fuzz

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3. Knitted Bird Pattern by Beaded Wire

Twitching to knit? Get off to a flying start with this knitted bird pattern, which has instructions you need to bring a flock of colorful birds to life. Great for gifts or perching as decorations, these quirky birds are fantastic fun to make and display, whatever your knitting experience,

Knitted Bird Pattern by Beaded Wire

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4. Muffin, The Puppy Dog Knitting Pattern by Toy Shelf

Muffin is a really cute little puppy and fun to knit. As his legs move easily, he can be placed in a variety of different poses. He is easy to knit and will only take small amounts of yarn.

Muffin, The Puppy Dog Knitting Pattern by Toy Shelf

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5. Free Elephant Knitting Pattern by Gathered

This super-cute knitted elephant toy gives unbeatable cuddles and is sure to brighten up anyone’s day! Knitted toys make thoughtful gifts for special occasions, and I think this cuddly elephant would be a fun addition to a jungle-themed bedroom or nursery. Just make sure you embroider the eyes rather than using buttons if you’re making her for a young child. With a garter stitch body and simple shaping using increases and decreases, she’s easy to knit and ideal for toy knitting beginners.

Free Elephant Knitting Pattern by Gathered

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6. Opus, The Octopus Knitting Pattern by Knitty

Who doesn’t need a life-sized, squishy, tentacled companion? With his sleepy eyes and wonderfully squishable body, Opus the Octopus is equally at home perched on a sofa or at the head of a bed. He’s also a great decoration for a child’s room. Opus’s design is inspired by the real thing (octopus vulgaris in particular), but minus the creepy parrot-like beak.

Opus, The Octopus Knitting Pattern by Knitty

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7. Petite Pocket Pets Knitted Animal Patterns by Fuzzy Mitten

This Petite Pocket Pets Pattern makes six tiny and lovable toy animals for you to cherish. The instructions include a House Cat, Doodle Pup, Pug Pup, Dutch Rabbit, Lop Rabbit, and Teddy-bear Hamster. There is also a bonus bandanna scarf to accessorize your toys. 

Petite Pocket Pets Knitting Pattern by Fuzzy Mitten

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8. Horse/Unicorn Knitting Pattern by Koha Knits

Knit a sweet horse or unicorn for a new arrival — easy to grip and perfect for a cuddle. This toy is designed in a Waldorf style, it is easy to knit using simple techniques and minimal materials. The horse or unicorn can also be easily made into a rattle.  

Horse/Unicorn Knitting Pattern by Koha Knits

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9. Koala Knitting Pattern by Prima

Welcome to what could be cutest of all – a cuddly knitted koala. This free pattern shows you how to make a cuddly toy that’s perfect as a keepsake or gift. Made with grey and white wool with detailing in black yarn and felt, it’s a simply adorable knitting project. Once made he has an approximate sitting height of 18cm.

Koala Knitting Pattern by Prima

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10. Knit Hedgehogs Pattern by Purl Soho

Make your own adorable Knit Hedgehog! Knit in one piece without a lick of sewing or even grafting, these sweet little hedgies are super fun to make and even more fun to cuddle!

Knit Hedgehogs Pattern by Purl Soho

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11. Brax, The Brachiosaurus Knitting Pattern by Arty Crafty Alice

Introducing Brax, the Brachiosaurus! This cuddly little creation would make the perfect prehistoric pal for someone special, and a fun filled project for an intermediate level knitter.

Knitted on straight 3mm needles, Brax is an easy to follow pattern using the following skills; knit, purl, cast off in middle of row, knit front and back increase, knit two together decrease and purl two together decrease. There is also an optional alternative pattern to create a striped body using intarsia colour work. 

Brax, The Brachiosaurus Knitting Pattern by Arty Crafty Alice

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12. Giraffe Toy Knitting Pattern by Fluff And Fuzz

Playtime will be extra special for little ones with this baby giraffe to cuddle and share fun times with. Giraffes in the wild have unique coat patterns, and your giraffe can, too, as the spots are decorated with Swiss darning (duplicate stitch) after knitting. Also included in this pattern is a chart of patch shapes you can copy on your toy. 

iraffe Toy Knitting Pattern by Fluff And Fuzz

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13. Dress Up Rabbit Doll Knitting Pattern by Out Of The Thistle

This Dress Up Rabbit Doll Knitting Pattern is an exceptional template for endless creative opportunities! This pattern creates a basic bunny that allows for a variety of finishes.

With this pattern, you can embroider spots, you can double knit stripes, you can embroider on flowers or stars or any kind of decorative details, and you can incorporate shirts or stockings! Make it fuzzy or knit it in wool and dye it. Another bonus: dress it up!

Dress Up Rabbit Doll Knitting Pattern by Out Of The Thistle

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14. Tarragon, The Gentle Dragon Knitting Pattern by Knit A Zoo

Mythology or reality? The reality is that Tarragon is a dragon with a tender heart and an obscure predilection for French cuisine. He will only blow fire for bbq-ing some sausages — to eat with lots of onions and garlic sauce! One day to knit, one second to love! Gift this friendly fantasy creature to a special little one and see her face light up!

Tarragon, The Gentle Dragon Knitting Pattern by Knit A Zoo

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15. Knitted Woodland Animals Pattern by Huggable Bears

This pattern includes 4 sweet woodland animals: Fox, Squirrel, Badger, and Raccoon. They can be created in any medium of yarn, from plain cotton, acrylic, wool or eyelash/faux fur or any one of the fuzzy/fleecy yarns available today. We are spoilt for choice.

They measure 12 inches/30cm standing. Knitted flat on straight needles, the legs and body are knitted as one piece. A simple seam is sewn from inside leg to outside leg to form a hip joint enabling them to sit or stand easily.

Knitted Woodland Animals Pattern by Huggable Bears

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16. Knitted Baby Sea Animals Pattern by Beth Decker

Who loves babies? I do! Make these fun knitting machine baby sea animals with me! They are super quick and easy to make. They are great as a little stuffed toy, add them to a keychain and attach to your child’s backpack, or decorate a babies room with them. The possibilities are truly endless!

Knitted Baby Sea Animals Pattern by Beth Decker

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17. Luke, The Sloth Knitting Pattern by Let’s Knit

Fall in love with this cuddly pal! A lover of lazy days and long naps, this quirky clawed pal is after a simple life. He’s incredibly soft to cuddle and loves hanging around. Luke is relatively simple to knit as he uses only basic stitches and a little shaping, and he’s knitted flat so he’s a great toy project for beginners. Why not knit him for your little ones?

Luke, The Sloth Knitting Pattern by Let's Knit

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18. Knitted Llama Pattern by Red Heart

Leave the drama behind and stitch up a sweet llama toy for children of all ages! Choose your favorite colors to finish a perfect plaything with loopy fur stitchwork, colorful blanket and cute ear pompoms. Customize shades to your child’s preferences, for extra meaning. This lovable llama measures 18″ in height — perfectly sized for cuddling!

Knitted Llama Pattern by Red Heart

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19. Knitted Wild Animals Pattern by David And Charles

Go wild with these adorable knitted wild animal toys in their own wonderful wardrobes. The animal dolls have the same basic body shape and are the same size so that all of the outfits are interchangeable, so you can mix and match your favorites. Or you can just make the animals: the animal patterns and a lot of the clothes are knitted flat and then sewn together but some of the clothing is knitted in the round.

There are so many possibilities for animal and outfit changes so that you can make the perfect doll for the cheeky monkeys in your life!

Knitted Wild Animals Pattern by David And Charles

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20. Snails And Slugs Knitting Pattern by Mochimochi Land

When they’re not vying to determine which species will slowly take over the world, snails and slugs make cute house pets. Knit some up for your friends and hide them in unusual places. The pattern, which calls for fingering weight yarn, is a tiny bit fiddly, but very fast and super cute!

Snails And Slugs Knitting Pattern by Mochimochi Land

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21. Fishy Friends Knitting Pattern by Trish Le Moose

Scuba diving can be tricky when you’re a knitter — that woolen wetsuit seemed like such a good idea on dry land but 20,000 leagues under the sea? No. But, worry not, because you can still get all nautical with your needles thanks to these fishy friends!

There are four colourful cuties to knit: choose from tiddlers Timothy the Turbot and Pauline the Pollock or land yourself something a little larger with Harold the Haddock and Felicity the Flounder. Whichever you go for, they’re bound to be a keeper!

Fishy Friends Knitting Pattern by Trish Le Moose

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22. Knitted Australian Animals Pattern by Heaven To Seven

Here’s a collection of seven of Australia’s iconic wildlife creatures. This knitted animal patterns includes instructions to knit all these mini versions: Wallaby, Koala, Tasmanian Devil, Brush Tail Possum, Bilby, Echidna. and Spotted Quoll.

Each animal is about 10 cm (4 inches) tall and requires just a few grams of Worsted Weight (10 Ply) yarn. The animals are knitted flat, and are a very fun way to use remnants.

Knitted Australian Animals Pattern by Heaven To Seven

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23. Savannah Chaps Knitted Animal Patterns by Fuzzy Mitten

This knitted animal patterns include instructions for 4 animals: an elephant, a lion, a zebra, and a rhinoceros. The toys can be knit from a single type of yarn, or from multiple yarns. The can also be knit from worsted or chunky weight yarn, in order to achieve the two different sizes.

Savannah Chaps Knitted Animal Patterns by Fuzzy Mitten

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24. Striped Stockinette Snake Knitting Pattern by Purl Soho

Snake is scary? Not all, as many of us have them as pet at home. This Striped Stockinette Snake is a good alternative for those who loves snakes, and will be your next fun knitting project, for sure. It’s simple to make and fun for the kids to play with! I love the soft texture of the yarn and vibrant colors.

Striped Stockinette Snake Knitting Pattern by Purl Soho

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25. Shark Knitting Pattern by Two Sisters Teddy Bear

This knitted shark is cute, cuddly and is looking forward to meeting you. From the tip of his blunted nose, to the pointed ends of his tail, this shark is all bark and no bite.

Shark Knitting Pattern by Two Sisters Teddy Bear

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26. Hen Knitting Pattern by Dot Pebbles Knits

Strutting about, shaking their tail feathers—and usually making something of a din—hens are some of the most striking creatures in the farmyard. They are knitted here in some fairly traditional hues, but the color choices are up to you. And if your fingers are feeling nimble, don’t forget to complete your mother chickens by knitting them a few tiny eggs!

Hen Knitting Pattern by Dot Pebbles Knits

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27. Fair Isle Mice Knitting Pattern by Janet McMahon

I can’t get over how cute these little mice look in their tiny fair isle sweaters. These smartly dressed rodents are worked flat and use very little amounts of yarn. At just over 3 inches long, these adorable little squeakers fit perfectly in a child’s hands — or snuggly in their pockets!

Fair Isle Mice Knitting Pattern by Janet McMahon

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28. Knitted Polar Bear Pattern by Yarnspirations

Stitched with wonderful furry yarn, this knit polar bear is super lovable and extra fluffy! He’s even ready for outdoor adventures, sporting his own winter scarf. Make it as a heartwarming gift in any shades you like — if you can bear to give it away! He’s a loyal companion that stimulates imaginations and brings hugs wherever he goes.

Knitted Polar Bear Pattern by Yarnspirations

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29. Felipe, The Flamingo Animal Knitting Pattern by Trish Le Moose

Felipe measures approximately 30cm/12in from the tip of his beak to the end of his body and is around 26cm/10¼in tall when seated. He’s made using just yarn and toy stuffing so you don’t need any extra materials to create his graceful neck and curved beak. Felipe’s legs are deliberately left unstuffed so, although he can’t stand up, he can do all sorts of yoga poses — just like a real flamingo!

Felipe, The Flamingo Animal Knitting Pattern by Trish Le Moose

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30. Farmyard Knitted Animal Patterns by Fluff And Fuzz

With this pattern, you can knit up a set of farmyard animals, including a cow, goat, pig, duck and rooster. These much-loved creatures make the most wonderful set of companions for youngsters and each one only takes a little yarn from your stash and your basic knitting stitches. With plenty of characterful detail, hours of fun awaits — and after you’ve finished making them, let someone else have a play!

Farmyard Knitted Animal Patterns by Fluff And Fuzz

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31. Frogs And Bugs Knitted Animal Patterns by Amanda Berry

These little creepy crawlies are quick to knit, and are a super way to use up odds and ends in your yarn stash. This knitting pattern includes instructions to make four toys, including a snail, bumble bee, butterfly and frog. 

Frogs And Bugs Knitted Animal Patterns by Amanda Berry

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32. Big Snowy Owl Knitting Pattern by Purl Soho

There’s something about owls. Is it their baby-wide eyes? Their mysterious nighttime habits? Or their totemic gumdrop shape? I’m not sure, but owls somehow manage to be simultaneously enigmatic and totally lovable.

This one is heavy on the lovable! With a big, pudgy belly and a cozy soft alpaca-blend yarn, this Big Snowy Owl is one heck of a hugger. At a foot and a half tall and a yard around, he’s just right for little arms to squeeze and for young imaginations to love. Although, you’re never too old for an unconditionally amiable friend!

Big Snowy Owl Knitting Pattern by Purl Soho

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33. Dorsey Duckling Knitting Pattern by Huggable Bears

Dorsey Duckling sits at 10 inches/25cm and stands at 12 inches/30cm. The pattern uses a fuzzy yarn but he can easily be knitted from a plain Aran/Worsted weight and be just as sweet!

Dorsey Duckling Knitting Pattern by Huggable Bears

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34. Alec, The Alligator Knitting Pattern by Amanda Berry

Alec, the Alligator is a pocket-sized snappy toy you can carry with you on your adventures. This pattern is for a 19cm long stuffy, which is knitted flat, using single-pointed, straight knitting needles. You will enjoy making this predator every bit as much as the little one who receives it will love playing with it.

Alec, The Alligator Knitting Pattern by Amanda Berry

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35. Knitted Frog Pattern by Claire G

This little frog is ready to be your pocket pal. Knitted on two needles and knitted in one piece working simple short rows and pick up and knit stitches, you can knit your own pet froggy in no time at all! Perfect for using up stash yarn, I’m pretty sure you won’t want to stop at just the one!

Knitted Frog Pattern by Claire G

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MAKE ALL OF YOUR FAVORITE KNITTED ANIMAL PATTERNS WITH A FEW SIMPLE STITCHES, YOU’LL BE SURPRISED TO FIND HOW EASY IT IS TO MAKE THEM ALL. 

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Knitting animals has always been so popular. Even if you are not only a toy maker, I am sure you knitted an animal at some point. Whether it was a classic stuffed knitted animal or your have just used it as an element in your project. Looking for more ideas? Here are more knitted animal patterns to love:

Whether you’re here to knit an animal for a loved one, or for yourself, I know that you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in this collection of knitted animal patterns. Happy knitting!