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Roly-Poly Plush Pets
Handmade Roly-Poly Round 'Crocheted Critters'
I craft in the fiber art of Crochet and my specialty is stuffed animals. I recently discovered a cute round style I call Roly-Poly and have been making a whole series of plush animals that are in this 'Round' shape. They turned out so adorable, I just had to share them with you. Most of my 'critters' are crocheted in the same basic pattern, with differences in ears & tails and facial features unique to each animal.
To give you an idea which animal each plush roly-poly represents, I searched for some 'real' animal pictures to match some of my creations. Welcome to my World of Roly-Poly stuffed animals!
Visit the Antarctica
From Largest to Smallest
All penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere. Some live in cold Antarctica and others in regions like Australia and New Zealand. They range from the largest species called Emperor Penguins (over 3-1/2 feet tall) to the smallest, the Little Blue Fairy Penguin (barely 16 inches tall). The larger penguins live where it is coldest, with the smaller penguins living in warmer climes, even tropical areas.
There are around 20 different species of penguins and their existence has been documented from a million years ago. It would appear to be one of the oldest creatures on earth, and they are equally at home in the water and on the land.
These flightless aquatic birds are fascinating to us and I found that children love them in plush form.
Roly-Poly Penguin in Crochet
A cute and cuddly amigurumi-style typical tuxedo Penguin who is crocheted in black and white acrylic yarn and plumply stuffed with soft polyfil. He has an orange beak and feet and his features are embroidered in yarn to make him soft and safe all over. Mr. Penguin stands about 6 inches tall and is about 5 inches from 'wing to wing' He measures 15 inches around his plump body.
Plush in the Round...
Children love balls to toss and roll and catch, so what could be more fun than a plush animal in a ball shape -- round and roly-poly!
A plump plush penguin just the right size for little hands to hold.
Little Penguin of Australia
Little Blue Fairy Penguin in Plush
This is my interpretation, in crochet, of Australia's "Little" Penguin. In the past, they were known as Blue Penguins and Fairy Penguins, and are now officially known as "Little Penguins". And they are actually 'blue' (see official photo above).
My crocheted version measures just 4 x 5 inches and is made in blue & white acrylic yarn. He is stuffed with soft polyfil and has blue safety eyes for features.
A Colony of Penguins in Many Colors... Little Round Rainbows.....
We have the actual 'Tuxedo' style penguin .... and Australia's Little Blue Fairy Penguin, but in the world of crocheted plush animals, colors are not limited to those provided by nature. Here we have a Colony of Roly-Poly Plush Penguins in rainbow colors to delight a child!
Jungle Animals and Birds
A handmade Lion named Linda
Round and Roly-Poly
Linda is a plump round roly-poly kind of plush Lion who is soft and sweet and fun to hold. She's a very friendly little lion who seldom ever roars, preferring 'quiet' things, like reading and playing board games. Hand-crocheted with acrylic yarn in gold, and softly stuffed with polyfil, she looks so sweet with her embroidered face. Linda measures about 5" x 5"
Easy Crochet Critters Pattern Booklet
Many of the roly-poly plush pets found in my article I created from the Lion pattern in this Leisure Arts Little Book of critter patterns from Lion Brand Yarn. It's a fun pattern to crochet and easy to adapt from a lion to a tiger and more. With small changes to yarn colors and to ears & tails and features, you can make almost any animal you want in a roly-poly design.
A Roly-Poly Tiger
Plump and Round
My daughter lives in Missouri, home of the Mizzou Tiger at UMC (the college she attended), so naturally had to crochet a tiger! Roly-Poly Tiger is made in the same style as the Lion, using Tiger orange yarn and adding tiger stripes!
Tiger measures 5 inches tall, 6 inches long, and is 15 inches around the body. (Made-to-order upon request at Coastal Crochet Crafts on Etsy.
Parrots on a Sticker...
A Roly-Poly Plush Parrot...
Round and roly-poly is this cute and colorful plush parrot toy. Hand-crocheted in red acrylic yarn, Parrot measures about 5 x 4 inches. His 'parrot' beak is 2 inches long and beak and feet are done in a cornsilk shade of yellow. Parrot's 'feathers' (arms) are each 3 inches long and done in shades of turquoise, kelly green and red. The 'beak' would be fun for 'teething' babies to 'chew' on. Made-to-order on request @ Coastal Crochet Crafts on Etsy.
The Giant Panda of China
Giant Panda Bear in Real Life Next to a Smaller Plush Version!
Handmade version in a roly-poly round design similar to the real Giant Panda.
The Giant Panda Bear lives in China and stands 2-3 feet tall at the shoulders and can be up to 6 feet long. They weigh upwards of 350 lbs.
Polly is a Plush Panda Bear handmade in a roly-poly round design. Polly measures about 5 inches tall and 6 inches across and weighs only about 8 ounces. She's a much better size for a child to cuddle than the 'real' Panda Bear. :)
Panda bears never hibernate like other bears, so Polly will be awake and ready to play all year round.
Bonsai The Panda is a round plush animal.
The Red Panda
The Red Panda, also called a Red Cat-Bear because it's not much bigger than a domestic cat and rather resembles a cat, or a raccoon, is not really related to the Giant Panda. It is mainly native to the Himalayas and China. They measure up to 4 feet long (including the tail) and weigh between 6 and 13 pounds.
The crocheted interpretation of the Red Panda is as close as I could come to defining a Red Panda in crochet. This version is soft & cuddly, weighing only about 8 ounces, and just the right size for a youngster to hold, measuring about 5 x 6 inches and 14 inches around his plump belly.
Crocheted Red Panda is a fun plush friend to the Giant Panda stuffed toy. :)
'Round About the Barnyard
Penelope is a Piglet
As Round as she can be!
Penelope is a perfectly delightful Piglet, cute as she can be in her light pink coat with deep pink ears, nose and tail. She feels very stylish, in fact.
Penelope is a roly-poly piglet crocheted in the amigurumi style and is approximately 5" x 5" and about 13 inches around her plump pig belly. She is filled with polyfil and her eyes are embroidered in yarn.
More Plush Barnyard Buddies
A Black & White Cow!
Connie the Cow is hand crocheted using acrylic yarn in black and white. Her 'nose' is pink, her 'hoofs' are black and she has black 'spots' all over her body. One ear is white, one ear is black! Connie measures 6 x 7 x 5 inches, a roly-poly & round design that makes her very hugable! She's filled with soft polyfil.
Brown Cow in Crochet
Charlene the Cow is hand crocheted using acrylic yarn in tan and brown. Her 'nose' is pink, her 'hoofs' are brown,and her body is tan. Her ears and tail are brown and she has big brown safety eyes. She measures a round and roly-poly 4 x 4 inches in size.
A Collection of Cats!
There's Nothing Cuter than Cats & Kittens!
Cats are PURR-fect in Plush!
Cats can be any color in plush!
Pink Panther Pussycat and Teal Tomcat are a pair of plush kittens who love to play with their cat toys and yarn.
These cute crocheted cats measure about 4 x 4 inches with a 3 inch tail.
The best thing about creating plush cats in crochet is that you can indulge your 'flights of fancy' when choosing a yarn color. Why not have a Pink or Teal-Blue cat? One is limited only to one's imagination!
Eeks ... A Mouse in the House!
Mindy the Mouse
A Fun 'mouse-in-the-house!
Mindy the Mouse joins her roly-poly friends in my world of roly-poly plush animals. Mindy is delighted to be here, but wishes the 'cats' above would go away! :)
Mindy, cute & roly-poly at 5 x 6 inches, is crocheted of gray acrylic yarn with pink ears, feet & nose and stuffed with polyfil.
Puppies are Precious!
Plump Roly-Poly Puppy Dogs
Woof, Bow-Wow, Yip-Yip...
Roly-Poly plump plush Patches the Puppy Dog. He is hand-crocheted and is so soft and cuddly. He's a round (5" x 5") roly-poly Amigurumi Plush Puppy in tan & brown acrylic yarn.
Peter the puppy is is crocheted in white with black accents in a washable acrylic yarn and is a playmate of Patches.
What an adorable St. Bernard puppy in plush!
Lady Bug, Lady Bug, Fly Away Home...
Lady Bugs Galore!
Red Plush Lady Bug
From Coastal Crochet Crafts
Red Lady Bug loves warm weather and garden-time, flitting and frolicking among the plants. Since she's a plushie, she's also fun to cuddle.
Currently, little Red Lady Bug is spending time in the Etsy Shop of Coastal Crochet Crafts, waiting for a lady bug fan to come along and find her.
Colorful Lady Bugs
Come in Red, Orange and Yellow!
Did you know that lady bugs can be found in yellow and in orange, as well as red?
This Yellow Lady Bug is soft and cuddly and fun -- a colorful Lady Bug plushie that will delight any youngster (or collector of Lady Bugs).
Find Zebras at the Zoo or in the Wild
Or in a 'plush version', so you can have one all the time!
Crocheted in the Amigurumi Style of cuteness, Zippy Zebra is a soft and cuddly plush toy just the right size for little hands to hold. Measuring a nice round 4 x 4 inches. There is one black ear and one white ear and a black & white tail.
Zippy the Zebrais the perfect plush animal for anyone who loves jungle or zoo animals.
Plush Animal Poll
Which was your favorite roly-poly animal in plush on this page?
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