Kaley the Amigurumi Koala Crochet Pattern (Free!)

Introducing an adorable crochet koala pattern, perfect for any amigurumi enthusiast! Kaley the Koala is a realistic and lovable crochet koala. I’m excited to show you how to make her today!

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amigurumi crochet koala

Koalas are such a unique animal. Despite their adorable, cuddly appearance, they can actually be quite aggressive.

In fact, being held or hugged by a human is actually a stressful situation for a koala. They are more solitary animals.

When it comes to our stuffed crochet koala, though, we’ll go all in on the cute and cuddly part! 😉

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Cute Koala Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

This adorable crochet koala is made in the amigurumi using standard techniques! It features unique color work to create a realistic and lovable koala.

While colorwork in amigurumi isn’t the easiest thing, it is still doable! I will include links to very helpful videos if you are not already familiar with the technique.

crochet koala

Love downloading and printing out your patterns? You can buy this pattern as a standalone PDF—or, it will soon be apart of an Amigurumi Ebook! Keep an eye out for that coming soon.

And while you’re at it, check out my other amigurumi crochet patternsFelicity the FrogDouglas the Dog, Chloe the CatLevi the LionHannah the HippoGiana the GiraffePaige the PandaWalter the WhaleElsie the ElephantDolly the Deer, and Piper the Penguin!

amigurumi koala

Crochet Koala Bear Free Pattern

Without further ado, let’s start making this cute amigurumi koala plush for your stuffed animal collection!

Explanation: Meet Kaley the Koala, an adorable amigurumi stuffed animal! Kaley can be made from DK or worsted weight yarn, using standard color changing techniques. She would make the perfect gift!


  • DK weight yarn: approx.100 grams in gray, and less than 25 grams in black and white
  • 3.5mm crochet hook
  • You can also try using worsted weight yarn & a 4 or 4.5mm hook, but the plushie size will vary depending on your tension.
  • 12-mm black safety eyes (or embroider the eyes for children under 3)
  • Fiber filling
  • Yarn needle & stitch marker

Gauge and Tension:

Exact gauge is not critical for this pattern. Keep tension normal—do not work with a loose tension. You can always adjust your hook size if need be. For example, if you crochet loosely and you find the amigurumi is looking holey, go down a hook size.  


  1. All body parts are crocheted separately and then sewn together according to the finishing instructions.
  2. All parts are made in continuous rounds. Do not join at the end of each round unless otherwise specified. 
  3. Turning chain does not count as a stitch. 
  4. Place a stitch marker at the end of each round and move it up as you go.
  5. When a number is placed after a stitch it means that you should single crochet in each of the next number of stitches. (i.e. sc 7 means single crochet in each of next 7 sts)
  6. You will need to know how to change colors in amigurumi to make this pattern. Learn the different color change methods here. You can use whichever method you like best.


Height: 8-9”

cute crochet koala

 Abbreviations/Stitches Used (U.S.) 

Chain – ch

Slip stitch – sl st

Single crochet – sc

Half double crochet – hdc

Double crochet – dc

Repeat – rep

Stitch(es) – st(s)

Single crochet increase – inc

Invisible decrease – inv dec

Round – rnd

Gray – G

White – W

Special Stitches:

Invisible single crochet decrease (inv dec): video tutorial here

Insert hook into front loop of first stitch, insert hook into front loop of the next stitch, yarn over, pull through both sts (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all loops on hook to complete stitch. 

Single Crochet Increase (inc):

Make 2 sc in indicated stitch. 

Free Crochet Koala Pattern Instructions

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Legs – Make 2 in grey

Chart for first 3 rnds:

crochet koala chart

Ch 5.                                   

Rnd 1: Inc in second ch from hook, sc in next 2 ch. (Inc) 2x in last ch. Turn to work along the opposite side of the ch. Sc in next 2 ch, inc in last ch. (12)

Rnd 2: Inc in first st, sc 4. Inc in next 2 sts, sc 4. Inc in last st. (16)

Rnd 3: Inc in next 2 sts, sc 4. Inc in next 4 sts, sc 4. Inc in last 2 sts. (24)

Rnds 4-5: Sc in each st around. (24)

Rnd 6: Sc 5. (Inv dec) 6x. Sc 7. (18)

Rnd 7: Sc 5. (Inv dec) 3x. Sc 7. (15)

Rnds 8-11: Sc in each st around. (15)

Fasten off. Fill with stuffing. Do not sew the opening closed.

First 3 rounds & finished legs:

crochet koala feet and legs

Arms – Make 2 in grey

Ch 6.

Rnd 1: Inc in second ch from hook, sc 3. 3 sc into last ch. Turn to work on other side of ch. Sc 4 on opposite side. (12)

Rnd 2: Inc in next 2 sts, sc 3. Inc in next 3 sts, sc 3. Inc in last st. (18)

Rnd 3-9: Sc in each st around. (18)

Rnd 10: (Sc 4, inv dec) x3. (15)

Rnds 11-12: Sc in each st around. (15)

Rnd 13: (Sc 3, inv dec) x3. (12)

Rnd 14: Sc in each st around. (12) 

Fasten off. Fill with stuffing until 9th rnd. Sew the opening closed (see photo).

Finished arms + closing the opening:

koala arms

Body – in gray (G) and white (W)

We will use G for 5 rnds before adding W.

With G, make a magic ring.

Rnd 1: Make 8 sc into ring. (8) 

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around.  (16) 

Rnd 3: (Inc, sc 1) x8. (24)

Rnd 4: (Inc, sc 2) x8. (32)

Rnd 5: (Inc, sc 3) x8. (40)

Rnd 6: With G (Inc, sc 4) x2. With W (Inc, sc 4) x3. With G (Inc, sc 4) x3. (48)

Rnds 7-11: G sc 12. W sc 18. G sc 18. (48)

Rnd 12: G (inv dec, sc 4) x2. W (inv dec, sc 4) x3. G (inv dec, sc 4) x3. (40)

Rnds 13-14: G sc 10. W sc 15. G sc 15. (40)

Rnd 15: G (inv dec, sc 3) x2. W (inv dec, sc 3) x3. G (inv dec, sc 3) x3. (32)

Rnds 16-17: G sc 8. W sc 12. G sc 12. (32) 

Rnd 18: G (inv dec, sc 2) x2. W (inv dec, sc 2) x3. G (inv dec, sc 2) x3. (24)

Rnds 19-20:  G sc 6. W sc 9. G sc 9. (24)

Fasten off. Fill with stuffing. Do not sew the opening closed.

First 6 rnds + finished body:

crochet koala body tutorial

Nose – in black

Make a magic ring.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6)

Rnd 2: (3 sc in next st, sc 2) x2. (10)

Rnd 3: Sc in next st, 3 sc in next st. Sc 4, 3 sc in next st. Sc in last 3 sts. (14)

Rnd 4: Sc in each st around. (14)

Fasten off. Fill with stuffing. Do not sew the opening closed.

Ears – Make 2 in white and 2 in grey

Purchase the printable PDF to get a full chart for the ear!

With white, make magic ring.

Row 1: Ch 2, 5 hdc into ring. Ch 2 and turn. (5)

Row 2: Work 2 hdc in each st. Ch 2 and turn. (10)

Row 3: (Hdc 1, 2 hdc in next st) x5. Ch 2 and turn. (15)

Row 4: (Hdc 2, 2 hdc in next st) x5. (20)

Fasten off.

With gray, follow rounds 1-4 above. Do not fasten off. 

Place the white ear on top the gray ear and sl st in the first st to join them together. Work the following rnd through both layers.

Joining Rnd: Ch 2, (dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st) x5. Ch 2, now begin working on the flat side of the ear. Make 2 sc in the side of each rnd for a total of 16 sc across the flat side. Ch 2, sl st to first dc. (25 dc, 16 sc)

Fasten off.

Ears separate, joining, and together:

crochet koala ears

Head – in gray

Make a magic ring.

Rnd 1: 6 sc into magic ring. (6) 

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12) 

Rnd 3: (Inc, sc 1) x6. (18)

Rnd 4: (Inc, sc 2) x6. (24)

Rnd 5: Sc in each st around. (24)

Rnd 6: (Sc 5, inc) x4. (28)

Rnd 7: Sc in each st around. (28)

Rnd 8: (Sc 6, inc) x4. (32)

Rnd 9: (Sc 7, inc) x4. (36)

Rnd 10: (Sc 5, inc) x6. (42)

Rnd 11: (Sc 6, inc) x6. (48)

Rnds 12-13: Sc in each st around. (48)

Rnd 14: (Sc 6, inv dec) x6. (42)

Rnds 15-16: Sc in each st around. (42)

Rnd 17: (Sc 5, inv dec) x6. (36)

Rnd 18: Sc in each st around. (36)

Attach eyes between rnd 14 and 15, with 10 sts in between.

Rnd 19: (Sc 4, inv dec) x6. (30)

Rnd 20: (Sc 3, inv dec) x6. (24)

Rnd 21: (Sc 2, inv dec) x6. (18)

Fasten off. Fill with stuffing. Do not sew the opening closed.

Finished head:

crochet koala head

Muzzle – in white

Ch 6.                                                   

Rnd 1: Inc in second ch from hook, sc 3. 3 sc in last ch. Turn to work along opposite side of ch. Sc 4. (12)

Rnd 2: Inc in each of the next 2 sts. Sc 3, inc in each of next 3 sts. Sc 3, inc. (18)

Rnd 3: Sc in each st around. (18)

Fasten off. Fill with stuffing.

koala muzze


  • Attach muzzle between rnd 16 and last rnd of the head (in the center of the eyes).
  • Attach nose on the muzzle between rnd 14 of the head and first rnd of the muzzle.
  • Attach ears on either side of the head between rnd 6 and 18.
  • Join arms to the two sides of the body (attach to the last rnd of the body).                                                         
  • Attach legs between rnd 5 and 8 of the body. 
  • Sew the head to the body. 
sewing together amigurumi koala


How do I make a mini crochet koala?

Make a mini koala by using a smaller yarn and hook size – sport or fingering weight yarn, for example!

Can I make this into a crochet koala lovey?

Yes! If you crochet the koala head alone, you can make it into a cute lovey! Just make a large granny square or square of your choice, and attach the head in the center. You may want to use a slightly smaller yarn and hook so the head isn’t too big. Also, you will have to keep decreasing to close up the bottom of the head.

Is this pattern toddler friendly?

This pattern is sure to be well loved by toddlers. However, be careful about using safety eyes with small children. If this is a concern for you, simply emroider the eyes on instead.

cute crochet koala


Start crocheting your own cuddly koala friend with this pattern today! Kaley is just waiting for her forever home. So grab your hook and yarn and start crocheting her today! I hope you love the pattern.


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