Knitting Toys: Egg to Penguin

Create the coolest of all reversible knitting toys, the Egg to Penguin, while learning a few sewing techniques including how to whipstitch.

| January 2014

  • Egg to Penguin Knitting Toys are quick and fairly simple to knit and use only a small amount of worsted-weight yarn.
    Photo courtesy Artisan Books
  • Among the dozen enchanting knit projects in "Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys" are a dog in a doghouse, a chrysalis with a fluttery surprise inside, a tiny hidden fairy, and pigs in a blanket with photographic sequences and line drawings to show how each finished reversible can be turned inside out to reveal its companion toy.
    Cover courtesy Artisan Books

From the amazingly imaginative mind of author and knitter Susan B. Anderson, comes a book focused solely on creating “Reversibles” — knitted projects that are two toys in one. Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys (Artisan Books, 2013) contains step-by-step instructions for knitting a collection of toys that, in one easy flip, become brand new characters for child’s play. The following excerpt will show you the basics of knitting toys, featuring the Egg to Penguin.

You can purchase this book from the Capper’s Farmer store: Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys

The reversible Egg to Bluebird I knit for Itty-Bitty Toys proved to be a very popular project, so I couldn’t resist making two more egg reversibles for this book. In all of these, the tiny knit egg turns into something else, just like eggs do in nature.

My kids swim and work at our neighborhood pool in the summer. The pool mascot happens to be a penguin, so there are pictures of penguins on my kids’ T-shirts, towels, shorts, pants, etc. With so many penguins around, of course I was inspired to include a penguin reversible toy in this collection.



Egg to Penguin Knitting Toys are quick and fairly simple to knit and use only a small amount of worsted-weight yarn. Have some fun whipping up this tiny treasure of a toy. For instance, be creative in your color choices: maybe your penguin is red, blue, or green! Why not?






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