Koala Crochet Square | Wildlife Animal Square CAL Part 3

Mar 15, 2024 | Crochet patterns

This Koala Crochet Square is a free crochet pattern by Nana’s Crafty Home!

The Koala Square is Part 3 of the Wildlife Animal Blanket CAL! Such an adorable and sweet koala face with his distinctive large ears and expressive eyes!

Koala Crochet Square free crochet pattern

This koala square is part of the Wildlife Animal Blanket CAL and if you would like all the details on this year-long event you can find it on the blog. You can join this crochet a long event at any time and get caught up in the wild animal fun! This 12 square blanket features a new crochet animal square each month. At the end of the year you will have a large blanket full of adorable animal faces!

Wildlife Animal Squares 1-3

Koala Square Pattern Details

All of these simple crochet squares begin as a double crochet circle and then the circle is squared off for easy joining.  The main portion of the circle in a square uses all beginner-friendly crochet stitches – single, half double, double and treble stitches.

Once the main square for the koala crochet square is complete you will crochet applique pieces – eyes, nose, ears and cheeks – then sew them to the front of the square. Once the nose is sewn to the koala’s face, embroider the smile below the nose.

Koala square applique process

This square works up to a large 14″ x 14″ square. Perfect size for a matching pillow! 

For my crochet koala square I am using my double crochet cartoon Crochet Eyes. These are the same crochet eyes I have used for my previous blankets and I just love how much personality they add! I have a complete photo and video tutorial for the crochet eyes to help you make them as well.

My Wild Animal Blanket uses Red Heart Super Saver* which is a medium worsted weight acrylic yarn.  Very economical and with plentiful color options! You can certainly substitute your favorite worsted weight yarn – Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn!, Red Heart With Love, Paintbox Simply Aran, Vanna’s Choice, Big Twist Value, Caron Simply Soft, Caron One Pound and so many more!  Raid your yarn stash – even mix and match.

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Be sure to come back for April’s Giraffe Square!

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Pattern written in US crochet terminology

Supplies:

Red Heart Super Saver Weight 4 / Medium (100% acrylic)

  •     Light Gray 2.2 oz / 115 yds (Gray) 
  •     Frosty Green 1.5 oz / 80 yds (Green)
  •     White 0.5 oz / 26 yds (White)
  •     Black 0.2 oz / 11 yds (Black)
  •     Turqua 0.01 oz / 1 yard (Blue)
  •     Baby Pink 0.05 oz / 3 yards (Pink)    

Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
Scissors
Stitch marker (optional)
Tapestry needle

Approximate finished size:  14” square

Gauge: First 4 rounds = 4” / 4 dc sts = 1”

Abbreviations:

  • MC = magic circle
  • ch(s) = chain(s)
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • tr = treble
  • sp = space
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sk = skip
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • WS = wrong side
  • RS = right side

Pattern Notes:

  • Ch 3 at beginning of each round counts as first dc stitch.
  • Ears, eyes, nose and cheeks are worked separately and then sewn to front of panel.

Recommended Tutorial:

Crochet Eyes in 3 Sizes Tutorial

Pattern Instructions

With gray, make MC.

Round 1: Ch 3, 11 dc in MC, join with sl st in top of ch-3 and tighten ring. (12)

Round 2: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, sl st in top of ch-3. (24)

Round 3: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st in top of ch-3. (36)

Round 4: Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st,* repeat from * to * to last st, 1 dc in last st, sl st in top of ch-3. (48)

Round 5: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 3 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st in top of ch-3. (60)

Round 6: Ch 3, 1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st,* repeat from * to * to last 2 sts, 1 dc in last 2 sts, sl st in top of ch-3.  (72)

Round 7: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 5 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 5 sts,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st in top of ch-3. (84)

Round 8: Ch 3, 1 dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next 6 sts, 2 dc in next st,* repeat from * to * to last 3 sts, 1 dc in last 3 sts, sl st in top of ch-3.  (96)

Round 9: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 7 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 7 sts,* repeat from * to * to end,  sl st in top of first st. (108)

Fasten off gray.

Round 10: Join green in first st, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts, tr in next 4 sts, *(2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in next sttr in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts, tr in next 4 sts,* repeat from * to * two times; (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in next st, tr in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sl st in first st. (120 + 4 ch-2 corner sp)

Round 11: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 6 sts, tr in next 4 sts, *(2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in ch-2 sp, tr in next 4 sts, dc in next 6 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 6 sts, tr in next 4 sts,* repeat from * to * two times; (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in ch-2 sp, tr in next 4 sts, dc in next 6 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sl st in first st. (136 + 4 ch-2 corner sp)

Round 12 – 13: Ch 3 (counts as first st), *dc in each st to next ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st top of ch-3.  (152 round 12, 168 round 13)

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Ears (make 2)

Row 1: (RS) With white, make a MC, ch 3, 5 dc in MC. Turn. (6)

Row 2: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 2 dc in remaining sts. Leaving a long tail for sewing, fasten off white and switch to gray, turn. (12)

Row 3: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st,* repeat from * to * to end. Turn. (18)

Row 4: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 2 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 sts,* repeat from * to * to end. Turn.  (24)

Row 5: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 3 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts,* repeat from * to * to end. (30)

Leaving a long tail for sewing, fasten off and weave in remaining ends.

Nose

With black, ch 7, 2 dc in fourth ch from hook, 1 dc in next 2 chs, 6 dc in last ch, rotate work to begin working in unused loop of foundation ch; 1 dc in next 2 loops, 3 dc in last loop, sl st top of ch-3. (16)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Eyes (make 2)

With black, make MC.

Round 1: (RS) Ch 3, 10 dc in MC, join with sl st in top of ch-3, tighten ring. (11)

Fasten off black, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Row 2: Join blue in first st of round 1, sl st in next 5 sts.

Fasten off blue.

Row 3: Join white in first st of round 1 (behind slip stitches of row 2), sl st in next 5 sts.

Fasten off white, leaving a long tail for embroidery of eye.

With long tail of white, embroider center of eye.

Weave in remaining ends not left for sewing.

Cheeks (make 2)

With pink, make a MC, ch 3, 11 dc in MC, join with sl st in top of ch-3 and tighten ring. (12)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Assembly 

Note:  Sew following pieces to RS of square.

Koala square sewing ears process

With long tails, sew ears at top corners of face.

With long tail, sew nose to face.

With long tails, sew eyes to face.

With long tails, sew cheeks to face. 

Koala smile process

With long length of black, embroider smile.

Weave in remaining ends.

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Hi! Thank you so much for being here! I am Tonya the designer behind Nana's Crafty Home. As a wife, mother, Nana of 9 & with 2 fur babies, my days are filled with love, laughter, hugs and yarn! Here you will find colorful and creative crochet designs for yourself or loved ones. My hope is that you will be inspired to learn and create along with me!