Koala: Fundraiser for Adelaide Koala Rescue

I’m sure you are saddened by the horrible fires that are devastating our friends and the animals in Australia. It seems so helpless to be watching from afar. I created this cute little koala as a way to help fundraise for Adelaide Koala Rescue. They have an Instagram and Facebook page where you can follow along and see all the good they are doing. Do be warned some of the images are very hard to look at.

AKR provides a free, volunteer based rescue service to the Adelaide and Adelaide Hills area.

In December 2019, the Adelaide Hills bushfires created the need to establish an Emergency Triage Centre to cater for the influx of burnt, displaced and orphaned Koalas.

I hope that if you enjoy this pattern you will join me in making a donation. Click here to donate directly to Adelaide Koala Rescue . You can even set up monthly donations!

This is a very simple pattern made up of just 4 crocheted circles. It’s my Wise Guys pattern reimagined.

Can you see it? Same base, the eyes with a round of grey are the ears, and another eye in black is the nose!

I’m going to cheat and reuse the directions and in progress images.

Supplies Needed:

  • Grey, white, and black worsted weight yarn. Only a small amount of each.
  • Size G/4.0 crochet hook
  • 2 safety eyes
  • Tapestry needle to weave in ends

Pattern: for AKR Koala

For the head: Using grey chain 4 and slip stitch into the first chain to make a circle.

Chain 3 and then 13 DC into circle. I crochet over the end at this point to avoid weaving it in. Slip stitch into the top of the chain 3 to join.

Chain 3 then 2 DC into each stitch. Join with slip stitch and break yarn. Weave on your ends.

Koala Body

Ears make 2: Start just like the head but with white. Chain 4 and join with a slip stitch.

Chain 2. 10 HDC into circle. Join with slip stitch and break yarn. Don’t worry about the ends.

Attach grey yarn. Chain 2 and make 2 HDC in each stitch. Join and break yarn.

Koala Ears

Nose: Do the first round of the ears but with black.

Koala Nose

Now for the only tricky bit, assembly!

First shape then attach the nose. To shape it I used the cast on yarn threaded in a tapestry needle. Very loosely make two stitches to connect the sides of the nose. Don’t pull tight, this is just shaping. Now from the top to the bottom, gently pulling to round out the ends. Shape lightly as desired and attach to the center of the head.

Place the ears behind the head how you like them and use the safety eyes to tack into place. Flip over,sew the ears down a bit more, and trim yarn ends. You could finish it with felt and make a pin or use as an applique.

I hope you enjoyed this pattern! Please be sure to check out my Facebook page. I usually share recipes but also crochet patterns as I come up with them.

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