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.

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Wise Guys

I love owls and wanted a quick project as a break from a baby blanket that wouldn’t end. I couldn’t find quite what I wanted so I came up with this guy. A quick, simple project for sure. I like to wear him like a brooch to fancy up my work uniform. He would be great on a hat or ear warmer too.

Check out my other free crochet patterns! Koala embellishment and Boho Cozy Wrap.

You will need: worsted weight yarn in the main color, white, and yellow. 2 safety eyes, a small circle of felt, and a pin back. Obviously if you are making an applique with him you won’t need the felt or pin.

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I used worsted weight Hobby Lobby I Love this yarn and a size G 4.25 mm hook.

Using your main color chain 4 and slip stitch into the first chain to make a circle.

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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.

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

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Eyes, make 2.

Start just like the owl head. 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.

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For the ears cut 6 3 inch strings. Three for each side.

Now it is time to assemble your owl.

I used safety eyes but you could use buttons or beads. Put just the post part of the safety eye thru the white center. Hold the first eye in place and using your crochet hook pull one end thru and then the other but over a stitch. Tie them together, poke the safety eye thru, and put on the back. Repeat for the second eye. You could sew the eyes on if you prefer but they were on well with out.

Using yellow yarn add the beak. I thought it looked cute going on the bottom of the eyes a bit. Poke up thru the bottom of one eye and down thru the bottom of the other. Make a triangle and fill in with stitches. I am not so great at embroidery. Sorry for the clear directions on this part.

For the ears fold 3 strands of yarn in half and pull thru with crochet hook. Pass the ends thru the loop, pull tight, and trim to size. Repeat on the second side.

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Trim any ends but don’t worry about making it neat. Cut a circle from felt and hot glue on. Hot glue pin back and let dry.

Boho Cozy Wrap

So many ways to wear the Boho Cozy Wrap

I am so excited to be sharing with you my first ever crochet pattern. This will be your new favorite shawl. Best of all I’m sharing it here with you for FREE! Yay! Who loves free as much as I do?

I was inspired to make this blanket poncho, ruana, wrap, shawl, cozy thingamabob by sweaters I saw in the window of Abercrombie and Fitch. I knew I wanted to make my very own! It really is so cozy to wear and can be worn so many different ways! It would look especially nice with skinny jeans and boots but, I am not so fashionable and don’t wear those. I am going to wear it with everything. It is the perfect fall accessory. Cozy and not bulky. This free crochet wrap should be the next thing you make. 

This is a very easy, beginner friendly pattern. I used Bernat Super Value Stripes yarn in Jungle Green. I was really surprised by how much I liked this yarn! The colors are beautiful and it feels so soft. The price was a huge plus as well. Each skein has 264 yards and was only $2.79 at my local Meijer (a grocery store). I think this will look wonderful in solids, tweed, or longer striping yarn as well. Actually I don’t think it would look bad in any yarn! Any easy to care for worsted weight yarn will work great. 

I sure hope you enjoy this pattern and give it a try! If you have any questions or issues I would be more than happy to help! If you do make your very own I would really like to see how it turns out. Share on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #Bohocozywrap. The pattern can also be found On Ravelry where you can easily share yours!

Look how pretty these colors are!!
Look how pretty these colors are!!

Supplies Needed:

Approximately 1,650 yards of worsted weight yarn. For me this was just over 6 skeins of the Bernat Super Value Stripes

J 10-6mm crochet hook

The only stitches needed are chain and HDC (US) or HTR (UK)

Finished size is 64 inches long and 48 inches wide. I am 5’2″ and it is roomy on me. If you are much shorter I would suggest using fewer stitches. I think you could be a fair bit taller and have it still fit great.

I think this is my favorite way to wear it.
I think this might be my favorite way to wear it!

Boho Cozy Wrap Pattern:

Chain 142 or whatever length you like. I draped the chain over my shoulder to see how long it should be. It will grow a bit but it’s a good way to decide how long to start. This would also make it easy to adjust for a shorter, cropped wrap.

HDC into second chain from the hook. HDC across chain. Turn, chain 2 and HDC into same stitch and the rest of stitches across.

Continue with HDC for a total of 49 rows or approximately 24 inches.

Row 50 HDC 70 then chain 72 to create the split. You are working no stitches in the remaining 70.

Work HDC in the second chain from the hook, across the chain, and then down the previous row.

Continue with the HDC rows for 50 more rows and end.

The first row after the chain (both times) is a bit fiddly but I think all starting rows are. I crochet over my ends as I go so I only need to weave the starting and end ends in. Not so sure that is the best way but it’s how I do it!

A close up of the split.
A close up of the split. This has room for improvement.
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The finished Boho Cozy Wrap!

Please check out my other free crochet patterns. Wise Guys. This is a free crochet tutorial that shows you how easy it is to add a crochet border to fleece. Another embellishment this time its a koala!