15 cutest toy knitting patterns (3 free!)

January 11, 2022

Cutest toy knitting patterns and crochet patterns (three free!)

I know how many of you love to knit toys for loved ones or charity and so I thought you might like to see my pick of the cutest toy knitting patterns around. It wasn’t easy whittling the choice down, but I only added those patterns that literally melted my heart. I would love to know how you get on making these – you can send me an email or connect on social media. I always love to hear from you and about your creative stories. If you scroll down you’ll see that patterns number 5, 6 and 15 are all free ones – hope you enjoy!

Toy knitting pattern 1 Ellie the Bunny crochet pattern

amigurumi crochet bunny rabbit pattern

This adorable crochet bunny pattern includes 6 pages of detailed instructions and images and is suitable for anyone with basic crochet skills. So cute.

These bunny rabbit patterns are available to buy on Etsy as instant PDF downloads.

Toy knitting pattern 2 Crocodile Doll

crocodile soft toy doll knitting pattern by claire garland and available on Etsy as an instant download printable PDF pattern with lots of step by step photos and tips to help you on your way. Just one of the soft toy knitting patterns i've picked out as my favourites - including one free pattern! happy knitting! x

I just love this new pattern by Claire Garland. How adorable is this little crocodile soft toy doll pattern? It’s available to buy as a PDF download on Etsy. Included in the pattern are the two items of clothes:- Knitted Tee and a comfy pair of relax-wear leggings

Toy knitting pattern 3 ‘To the Moon and Back’ Hare

toy knitting patterns hares big and little to the moon and back claire garland dot pebbles pdf digital download
Moon & Back Hares knitting pattern available to buy as PDF digital download on Etsy here

I defy anyone not to fall a little bit in love with this adorable pair. It’s by the wonderful Claire Garland and available to buy on Etsy as a PDF digital download. Inspired by the classic children’s story book How Much Do I Love You? this pattern includes masses of instructions and how to photos to help you make both hares. I think what sets Claire’s patterns apart is how she manages to capture a heart-melting sense of character and lifelike gentleness.

Claire and I were chatting before Christmas and she wanted to give my readers a little New Year ‘gift’. So, if you buy the pattern before the end of February 2022 you can save 50%. Apply the Shop discount code FROMBRITAIN50OFF to your Etsy basket beside the label icon where it says ‘Apply shop coupon codes’ to take 50% off the standard price (usually £4.80 – so you’ll pay just £2.40). IMPORTANT: don’t enter it in the Etsy discount code box as this won’t work. Discount valid until end of the day on 28th Feb 2022.

Toy knitting pattern 4 Little Teddy Bear

toy knitting pattern teddy bear baggy trousers scarf
toy knitting pattern teddy bear baggy trousers scarf

There are a lot of teddy bear patterns out there, but this one stands out for me. The shape is just right, the face kind and gentle and there’s something about the baggy trousers that really makes your heart melt. It’s by Mary Jane’s Tearoom on Etsy and available to buy for knitting In the Round and Back and Forth.

Toy knitting pattern 5 Vintage Kangaroo and baby Joey

toy knitting pattern mother mummy kangaroo and joey baby kangaroo
This adorable toy knitting pattern was originally published on 18th December 1968 and is available as a PDF download or printed pattern in the post. I love the simplicity of it and the fact that it’s been cuddled by children for more than half a century now.

Knitting pattern 6 Miffy (free!)

miffy knitting pattern free

Both of my children ADORED Miffy, so I wish I’d known about this knitting pattern when they were little. It’s by Knitterbees and you can get the free pattern here as well as on Ravelry here. I think this one would do really well at charity sales – or as gifts for babies and children. You don’t need me to remind you (but I will anyway) that you should replace the bead eyes if you’re planning to give this to a baby or small child due to the potential choking hazard. I made a soft elephant for my youngest when he was a baby and used black felt for the eyes – which are still going strong 20 years later…

Rabbit doll soft toy knitting pattern #7

rabbit soft toy doll knitting pattern with clothes by claire garland available to buy as a printable PDF download - get all the info you need, plus other adorable soft toy knitting patterns from my blog post. happy knitting! x

How adorable is this little rabbit doll pattern by Dot Pebbles? It’s available to buy on Etsy (at a special introductory price at the time of writing!) and includes pdfs to make the rabbits, the trousers and the dress plus a simple sewing pattern to make the felt coat.

Lucky Duckling Knitting pattern by Dot Pebbles Knits #8

ducklings toy knitting pattern claire garland dot pebbles knits on etsy

Why not knit this cute fluffy duckling by the super-wonderful Claire Garland of Dot Pebbles Knits? It’s available to buy on Etsy as a PDF download. Claire has included lots of how to make images and the ducklings are knitted flat on 2 needles. Yarn recommendations if you’d like to make ducklings like Claire’s:


For the Beige-Grey Duckling
beige grey duckling toy knitting pattern claire garland dot pebbles knits on etsy

Small amounts of :
Yarn A – 4-ply Alpaca in pink, Drops Baby Alpaca Silk 3125
Yarn B – fine crochet cotton in beige, DMC Petra, 3-ply shade 5712
Yarn C – 4-ply Alpaca in beige, Drops Alpaca shade 2020
Yarn D – silk mohair in yellow, Rico Essentials Super Kid Mohair Loves Silk shade 017

For the Yellow Duckling
yellow fluffy duckling toy knitting pattern claire garland dot pebbles knits on etsy

Small amounts of:
Yarn A – 4-ply Alpaca in pink, Drops Baby Alpaca Silk 3125
Yarn B – silk mohair in yellow, Rico Essentials Super Kid Mohair Loves Silk shade 017
Yarn C – Alpaca in gold, Drops Sky shade Curry
Yarn D – silk mohair in yellow, Rico Essentials Super Kid Mohair Loves Silk shade 017

Hand-knitted toy ducklings #9

In case you’re not actually a knitter, how about these adorable ready-made hand knitted ducklings? They’re made by The Pink Elephant Knits on Etsy using the pattern above.

ducklings hand knitted toys

Panda crochet pattern #11

panda soft toy crochet pattern by Stephanie Lau of allaboutami - it's free to read online or to buy as a printable PDF download pattern from Etsy - my blog post has all the info you need to get making this super cuddly panda teddy! x

I know this isn’t a knitting pattern, but I had to include it here because it’s so cute. It’s by Stephanie Lau and is available to buy as a PDF printable pattern on Etsy or you can read it for free on her website here:

Friendship Dolls Knitting Pattern #12

black doll toy knitting pattern
friendship doll toy knitting pattern

How sweet is this friendship dolls knitting pattern available as a paper or PDF download? Each of the dolls comes with their own outfit – click through to buy the pattern and get all the Sirdar Snuggly wool you need…

Vintage teddy bear toy knitting pattern #13

vintage teddy bear toy knitting pattern

No selection of toy knitting patterns would be complete without a vintage teddy bear and this one’s a beauty. It’s to make a family of bears – daddy, mummy and baby bears – and it’s a pattern from the 60s. Knitted in soft cotton yarn with embroidered eyes, it’s a great choice as a handmade baby gift.

Flower bunny pattern #14

bunny rabbit soft toy knitting pattern with knit crochet flower garland headdress and cuddly, cute face and floppy ears

How gorgeous is this Flower Bunny rabbit knitting pattern by Sachiyo Ishii on Etsy? It’s worked in flat pieces and seamed and the stitches used simple. Sachiyo recommends taking your time with sewing up for a neat finish.

Free Polar bear pattern #15

free polar bears soft toy knitting pattern by sachi Yoishii to make this adorable family of polar bear teddies including teeny tiny micro bears and two bigger bears. Love! It's just one of the free soft toy knitting patterns I've shared in my blog post. Happy knitting! x

Another lovely pattern by Sachiyo is this polar bear family (taken from her book Mini Knitted Safari ) and available for free on Ravelry here: If you’re lucky, you can sometimes buy this adorable polar bear family knitted by Sashiyo herself on Etsy too:

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panda soft toy pattern - just one of my selection of the most cuddly and cute soft toy patterns - including 3 free patterns!! (this Panda is by Stephanie Lau and free to read online or to buy as a printable PDF pattern. My blog post has all the info you need to get this pattern as well as the other adorable soft toys. Happy knitting!

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  • Reply Lenny Amilia May 14, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    Thanks for the free knitting pattern!

  • Reply Sheila Davis May 5, 2023 at 9:11 pm

    thank you x

  • Reply Aileen May 5, 2023 at 9:20 pm

    I love your knitted babies! they are better shapes that are more realistic and cuter. They aren’t flat but have a 3rd demention! Thank you for sharing then!

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