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Update! Penguin sweaters are no longer needed in New Zealand, but check back in the future. Thanks for all of your efforts!

A recent oil spill on New Zealand’s coast has left the environment and wildlife in shambles — including the local blue penguin population. While volunteers are working hard to rescue and clean the animals in the region, they require a little bit of crafty help: tiny sweaters, or penguin pajamas, for the rescued birds. These woolen sweaters keep oil-soaked birds warm until they’re well enough to be cleaned and prevent them from ingesting oil from their feathers.

If you’re interested in donating a penguin sweater, New Zealand yarn store Skeinz has provided a handy how-to and is organizing the donation efforts.

Penguin Jumper in 8ply – Must be 100% Wool Yarn
1 pair 3.25mm , 1 pair of 3.75mm needles , 1 set of 3.25mm dpn’s or circular
Cast on 36 stitches using 3.25 needles.K1, P1 to end of row. Repeat this row 7 times. Change to 3.75mm needles and K2, P2 rib. Work 4 rows increasing at each end of every row. (44 sts)
Continue until work measures 15 cms.
Decrease 1 st at each end of every row until 28 sts remain.
Decrease 1 st. in middle of next row (27 sts.)
Leave on needle.
Make second side the same.
Transfer the 54 sts from both pieces to 3 of the set of 4 3.25mm needles.(18 sts on each.) and work a round neck in K1 P1 rib for 10 rows.
Cast off.
Stitch up sides to decreasing to 27sts (opening for flipper). Add elastic to the top and bottom to prevent the penguins getting out of them. Top: 15cm of elastic; bottom 17 cm (knots allowed). Flat elastic okay.

For more details, visit Skeinz’s website.

Alison is Editor in Chief of the Etsy Blog. When she's not trawling Etsy for pottery, folk art, and vintage oddities, she enjoys historical nonfiction and cat videos.

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry says:

    Oh my what a wonderful idea to help those poor penguins. Such a tragedy :,-(

    3 years ago

  • Earleyimages

    Earleyimages says:

    Great article. Always loved penguins.

    3 years ago

  • Earleyimages

    Earleyimages says:

    Great article. Always loved penguins

    3 years ago

  • RossLab

    RossLab says:

    Oil spills keep happening over and over... it so sad to see the wildlife and environment deal for the decades to come with our mistakes. I never thought a tiny sweater could help. It's a nice idea because we can all take part, without even moving from our favourite armchair. As my knitting skills are more then rusty, I better make sure to leave those openings for the flippers in the right place!

    3 years ago

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns says:

    I LOVE IT!!!!! I am definitely going to knit a sweater for a penguin. I love finding things I can do to help.

    3 years ago

  • VoleedeMoineaux

    VoleedeMoineaux says:

    Perfect! Pengins wearing sweaters in NZ!

    3 years ago

  • ladyluckyduck

    ladyluckyduck says:

    question: do these penguins not swim? I love this idea, I'm just concerned a sweater would felt if made with 100% wool as directed...

    3 years ago

  • nekote

    nekote says:

    Love New Zealand and their attempts at helping the penguins!! go Kiwis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 years ago

  • AliceCloset

    AliceCloset says:

    Oh,that's a great idea!! I will share this article with all my friend :D

    3 years ago

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage says:

    another oil spill? this is terribly sad. it's wonderful that people can get creative and help though.

    3 years ago

  • scandivintage

    scandivintage says:

    That's such a great idea. :)

    3 years ago

  • picklehead

    picklehead says:

    This so sad :( poor little penguins. Definitely going to pass this along to my mother who is a knitting-addict.

    3 years ago

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns says:

    How sad for the penguins. And another oil spill, of course. Great idea!

    3 years ago

  • vintagejane

    vintagejane says:

    I will spread the word!

    3 years ago

  • Kosmika

    Kosmika says:

    Uhm.. I'm not very good at knitting, but I can give it a try! :)

    3 years ago

  • nicilaskin

    nicilaskin says:

    i cannot knit, to bad, but what a lovely idea

    3 years ago

  • PetiteFraise

    PetiteFraise says:

    so nice idea! if I was be able to knit, I'd do it! but unfortunately I can't :(

    3 years ago

  • MossMountain

    MossMountain says:

    omg so awesome LOL :) penguins in sweaters!!!

    3 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    Sweaters for penguins! Penguins are the best!!

    3 years ago

  • FiscallyChic

    FiscallyChic says:

    This is so sad for the penguins, but heartwarming at the same time. I'd love to knit a sweater, but don't know how to knit. So I'll pass on the information.

    3 years ago

  • OhMafelt

    OhMafelt says:

    Thanks for passing along this information!

    3 years ago

  • seagrassstudio

    seagrassstudio says:

    I'm in! favorite part of the instructions? "Add elastic to the top and bottom to prevent the penguins getting out of them."

    3 years ago

  • KnitsForLife

    KnitsForLife says:

    Thank you for posting this! I'm going to go knit at least one :)

    3 years ago

  • TwistedBows

    TwistedBows says:

    Too bad there's not a crochet pattern for it. I can't knit :(

    3 years ago

  • uncovermyeyes

    uncovermyeyes says:

    Anyone know of a crochet pattern for these?

    3 years ago

  • kzieler

    kzieler says:

    I would love to do this but, cannot knit either - does anyone have a crochet pattern that I could use??

    3 years ago

  • TheHickoryTree

    TheHickoryTree says:

    That penquin is really smartly dressed. Such a good color on him/her. I'll try to make one for sure.

    3 years ago

  • stockannette

    stockannette says:

    I can knit - I'm on it!

    3 years ago

  • ThisNThatBoutique

    ThisNThatBoutique says:

    Does anyone have a crochet pattern? I'd love to make one, but I don't knit.

    3 years ago

  • knittingcate

    knittingcate says:

    I do!!!!! Hoping the shipment don't take long time!

    3 years ago

  • TheGressenator

    TheGressenator says:

    I could probably eyeball it and make up a crochet pattern. hmmm....

    3 years ago

  • afghansgalore

    afghansgalore says:

    I would absolutely love to help the poor little penguins but alas I don't know how to knit! Have attempted it before to no avail. Is there a crochet pattern available?

    3 years ago

  • chnkemnke

    chnkemnke says:

    Shared on Facebook! How awesome is helping these penguins?

    3 years ago

  • ToothNailTail

    ToothNailTail says:

    One more really good reason to learn to knit!!! Such a fantastic idea.

    3 years ago

  • FireBugCO

    FireBugCO says:

    I only crochet and would love to help, too! Keep us posted on the crochet pattern!

    3 years ago

  • TheWeirdGirlWorkshop

    TheWeirdGirlWorkshop says:

    Oh how I wish I could knit! Thank you to all who are able to make these!

    3 years ago

  • VictoriaWest

    VictoriaWest says:

    That penguin picture is too cute! x

    3 years ago

  • LiliDMagpieCreations

    LiliDMagpieCreations says:

    Poor Babies :( I'll Spread the Word to my local yard shop to get more knitters involved!!! I'm a crocheter and would be happy to work on a crochet pattern...just need to have some approximate penguin dimensions..

    3 years ago

  • LuzAmigurumiPatterns

    LuzAmigurumiPatterns says:

    Oh! I don't knit much but I will try to get a crochet one done!

    3 years ago

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen says:

    thank you! very caring and thoughtful of etsy to publish the plight of the penguins :) thanks Alison for writing this :)

    3 years ago

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen says:

    and thanks to the knitters and crocheters above who are so kindly making their fingers do the work :) sorry - but I can't tie a shoelace to save my life, let alone add a long thin implement to the equation, to manipulate the snakey wee fibre ......

    3 years ago

  • lizabethmccool

    lizabethmccool says:

    I agree there needs to be a crochet pattern! I can't knit to save my life!

    3 years ago

  • epicycledesigns

    epicycledesigns says:

    Cute, but they are already saying the have too many -- better hold your needles, girls.

    3 years ago

  • PeaceDogDesigns

    PeaceDogDesigns says:

    Oh, I wish I could knit! I'd SO do this!! What a beautiful idea!! :o)

    3 years ago

  • TheLaughingLlama

    TheLaughingLlama says:

    Thank you for this blog...I am an animal lover. I just passed this information along to my peeps on Facebook. It is wonderful and exciting to see so many creative people joining in to help the penguins. ;)

    3 years ago

  • LaurenM7209

    LaurenM7209 says:

    This touched my heart! I can't sew but will pass on to others on Facebook!

    3 years ago

  • AuracaunaDesigns

    AuracaunaDesigns says:

    how wonderful! in case they need more.... my 100% REclaimed Wool yarn would be perfect! http://www.etsy.com/listing/45301986/eggplant-reclaimed-100-percent-shetland :) now I wish I could knit!!!!!

    3 years ago

  • LaMues

    LaMues says:

    Just wondering if one could re-purpose old wool sweaters or scarves... could someone please provide finished measurements? I'm sure I'm not the only one who can't knit but could manage making them from discarded wool sweaters. Thanks.

    3 years ago

  • whitenoisemaker

    whitenoisemaker says:

    more details for the NZ readers; http://felt.co.nz/blog/2011/10/knitting-for-penguins-caught-in-rena-oil-spill/

    3 years ago

  • BlueRoseRetro

    BlueRoseRetro says:

    I am with LaMues... How about up-cycling 100% wool sweaters into penguin sweaters? I don't knit or crochet but I do sew and would be happy to make a sweater or two for my New Zealand, penguin friends.

    3 years ago

  • BlueRoseRetro

    BlueRoseRetro says:

    I just checked the blog and found this message: "Skeinz have had an overwhelming response to this project and have enough jumpers on the needles to meet the initial demand. If you’ve already got a jumper started, complete it and send it in – otherwise, check the Skeinz blog for updates as they find out more."

    3 years ago

  • slaterk4

    slaterk4 says:

    love to help!

    3 years ago

  • sacredflesh

    sacredflesh says:

    What if you do not know how to knit but have old sweaters that could be sewn into the right sizes? How big do they need to be?

    3 years ago

  • crzybutiful06

    crzybutiful06 says:

    i wish i knew how to knit i would love to help the penguins!

    3 years ago

  • thefuzzypeach

    thefuzzypeach says:

    According to their blog, they currently have all the jumpers they need. http://theyarnkitchen.blogspot.com/

    3 years ago

  • blainedesign

    blainedesign says:

    I just went to their blog and they are still accepting sweaters, for current and future needs. Alison, great story!

    3 years ago

  • sharlalaJewellery

    sharlalaJewellery says:

    I was born and grew up on the beach that has been so terribly damaged in the Bay of Plenty, NZ, but unfortunately I am far away in London, UK and think that this is the most gorgeous idea!

    3 years ago

  • Glynneybug

    Glynneybug says:

    I emailed them and asked for a crochet pattern or measurements so that I could make my own pattern. I will let you know what I get back from them. :D

    3 years ago

  • 14xbags

    14xbags says:

    This is s awesome! What a great way to help!

    3 years ago

  • Ayca

    Ayca says:

    Great idea!Off to check Skeinz website... Thank you for the great article!

    3 years ago

  • TheChunkyScarf

    TheChunkyScarf says:

    I am absolutely definitely helping here!! Made a post about it :) www.dreamaginarius.com

    3 years ago

  • LeighsArt

    LeighsArt says:

    awwww that's awesome!!!

    3 years ago

  • ChimeraStudios

    ChimeraStudios says:

    iI do not know how to knit and am not sure my grandmother could teach me in time. Can I pay for materials instead?

    3 years ago

  • lilakid

    lilakid says:

    I love the sweaters. These little guys are only about 12 inches tall per wiki. For an emergency couldn't they use tube socks?

    3 years ago

  • AnatomyVintage

    AnatomyVintage says:

    How sad! If I could knit I would make 100. Maybe it's time to learn.

    3 years ago

  • TheChunkyScarf

    TheChunkyScarf says:

    I am definitely helping!

    3 years ago

  • CrotchetyCraft

    CrotchetyCraft says:

    I can crochet but not knit does anyone have a converted pattern, would like to help?

    3 years ago

  • boxofsparkles

    boxofsparkles says:

    I am horrible at crochet and knitting ='( Does anyone know if we could donate a few dollars instead? I still want to help!

    3 years ago

  • holymolygranoly

    holymolygranoly says:

    This is awesome! Wish I knew how to make sweaters. So happy the little penguins are getting help!

    3 years ago

  • Theoccupant

    Theoccupant says:

    Any information on crocheting patterns? I have a few friends that don't speak knitting that would really like to help.

    3 years ago

  • jennifermorrisbeads

    jennifermorrisbeads says:

    been looking for a good excuse to learn how to knit, and this is it! thank you for sharing this. x

    3 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    That's so sweet, poor penguins! I'd love to make a little penguin sized jumper :)

    3 years ago

  • Soanie

    Soanie says:

    i'm a kiwi, and this disaster has been horrible. however, being here and updated, it's been in domestic news that there's been TOO many sweaters made already! i was surprised to see this link up for more.

    3 years ago

  • Soanie

    Soanie says:

    Funny I left a comment and it's gone. Anyway, just information from a kiwi herself. Thanks for the effort y'all! http://www.3news.co.nz/Woolly-jumpers-for-oil-covered-penguins/tabid/1160/articleID/229974/Default.aspx

    3 years ago

  • 3monstermama

    3monstermama says:

    Re Soanie's comment, the last time there was an oil spill there was also a call out for penguin sweaters and they got inundated. I would be willing to bet that there are sweaters left over from the last oil spill and thats why there are so many sweaters. Still one can understand the potential joy in responding to the "what are you knitting?" question with "A sweater for a penguin. . . ."

    3 years ago

  • MissyLovesTi

    MissyLovesTi says:

    What a beautiful idea! Those poor little penguins. I can't stand how these oil spills just keep happening. How can we be so shortsighted? If we don't change our ways NOW there will be no animals left to protect.

    3 years ago

  • notesinstones

    notesinstones says:

    Is there a crochet version available? I'm not savy enough to convert needle to hook, and I would love to help out!

    3 years ago

  • ImSoVintage

    ImSoVintage says:

    Wish I could knit, but I'll share this on my facebook pages.

    3 years ago

  • ChasingLightDesigns

    ChasingLightDesigns says:

    poor penguins! what a helpful/cute idea to help them though!

    3 years ago

  • beatknits

    beatknits says:

    I am totally going to knit sweaters for these poor penguins. Poor little guys.

    3 years ago

  • lindaluf

    lindaluf says:

    Love it! Thank you for posting this. Definitely making some!

    3 years ago

  • InMyLife

    InMyLife says:

    I am definitely spreading the word about this wonderful project... But I can't knit :/ I could crochet or sew if I knew the dimensions...

    3 years ago

  • elleestpetite

    elleestpetite says:

    Yay, save the penguins!

    3 years ago

  • knotjustknots

    knotjustknots says:

    can anyone post a crochet pattern for this? i cant knit, but would love to help

    3 years ago

  • windsweptlady

    windsweptlady says:

    See: never say domestic crafts are obsolete! I love that the use of our talents is so self-directed and thoughtful. What a loving craft community that knows its niche. Happy knitting, everyone!

    3 years ago

  • dahlilafound

    dahlilafound says:

    I love this! Don't suppose there's crochet instructions I don't knit. :( d xo

    3 years ago

  • dahlilafound

    dahlilafound says:

    Several requests for CROCHET instructions. If we can get measurements I might be able to wing a crochet pattern. Will share if you can help w/measurements! d xo

    3 years ago

  • BigBeluga

    BigBeluga says:

    So cute! I love penguins, and will get right to it!

    3 years ago

  • DingsInsainity

    DingsInsainity says:

    What a lovely idea, I am not the quickest knitter in the world, but I am going to give it a go!

    3 years ago

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies says:

    This is the first I have heard of this oil spill. It is so sad how common they are. Thanks for the info...It's a wonderful idea.

    3 years ago

  • frankenyutz

    frankenyutz says:

    Heads up ... I noticed the newsletter was dated Spring 2011, so I contact the store directly at info@skeinz.com to see if there was still a need ... here is the response I received: Thank you for your kind offer - at this stage the response has been overwhelming & we have enough pledges to cover the required number of birds needing jumpers - keep in touch with updates via our blog at http://theyarnkitchen.blogspot.com if we require more we will post here Many Thanks Mary Chatterton - Skeinz.

    3 years ago

  • thecyclingartist

    thecyclingartist says:

    http://www.tct.org.au/jumper.htm Another link saying the campaign is over?

    3 years ago

  • Christen26

    Christen26 says:

    i can knit, and i love penguins. kills me to think some cultures make gloves from penguin hides. but wool? omg, if i get near it, i scratch all day! I will leave this one for the super fast knitters and admire and respect their efforts from afar! gotta love penguins and i think this effort is admirable. thank you!

    3 years ago

  • DOTTO

    DOTTO says:

    muffin FACES. the little moos. what a supreme donation effort. you GUYS! supreme.

    3 years ago

  • LittlePhoenixRising

    LittlePhoenixRising says:

    Well I read that the campaign is over for now since they had such an overwhelming response BUT, like another Etsian said above, there will always be more spills SO if anyone can help all of us on here that crochet with a pattern of sorts, I for one would still be happy to make a few to have some on hand for the next (sadly predictable) oil spill.

    3 years ago

  • AnnaDelores

    AnnaDelores says:

    This is the cutest. Thing. EVER! Wish I could knit, I'd be all over it!

    3 years ago

  • courtneyobanion

    courtneyobanion says:

    Just because I love penguins, I am now determined to knit a sweater. What a great cause :)

    3 years ago

  • AdornmentsNYC

    AdornmentsNYC says:

    oh, so cute, so sad. I wish I could knit. I would knit a little tuxedo sweater.

    3 years ago

  • Arinias

    Arinias says:

    is there an way to just do this on a round needle instead, of switch back and forth?

    3 years ago

  • willowtreefarm

    willowtreefarm says:

    I have shared this with all my friends. Hopefully we can get some Penguin jumpers made : )

    3 years ago

  • babble4baby

    babble4baby says:

    I knew I would see that day when penguins would wear sweaters. Check out my store at www.babble4baby.etsy.com

    3 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Great post!

    3 years ago

  • VintageChinchilla

    VintageChinchilla says:

    Omg how sad :( Sadly since this happens often, maybe there should be a stockpile that can be shipped where needed in emergencies! Apparently you can never have too many penguin sweaters. But not in a cute way, in a totally sad freaking sad bummer way! :(

    3 years ago

  • AlexandraMackenzieNZ

    AlexandraMackenzieNZ says:

    Whilst I am sure they have got all the sweaters they need at the momnet with many to spare (last i heard it was about 200 penguins). They still have not managed to pump all the oil off of the Rena (ship) yet dispite the best efforts of the salvage teams due to weather conditions. I believe they have resumed today but as the vessel has a huge crack in the hull and is apparently being held together by internal equipment the disaster is not over and there could still be much more oil spilt so many more jerseys may yet be needed. And like many have said before me - there will always be another oil spill!!

    3 years ago

  • BoogalooBubbywear

    BoogalooBubbywear says:

    Oh my G, this is so amazing!

    3 years ago

  • Trimbuktoo

    Trimbuktoo says:

    I will be knitting a penguin sweater this weekend! I never dreamed I would be able to do that!

    3 years ago

  • kpmusic

    kpmusic says:

    I saw someone was concerned because this was in Skeinz Spring newsletter. You have to remember that in Australia, it is spring; their seasons are opposite ours.

    3 years ago

  • grayworksdesign

    grayworksdesign says:

    Sharing now, and knitting one too!

    3 years ago

  • frankenyutz

    frankenyutz says:

    Yes, I realize now it is spring over there (o_0), but the bottom line is they are overwhelmed with penguin sweaters and don't need us to send them any more right now. When and if they need more, they will certainly post that on their blog, which you can subscribe to at http://theyarnkitchen.blogspot.com

    3 years ago

  • johnmiller1331

    johnmiller1331 says:

    Aww how adorable is this! Wish I knew how to knit! http://hcgboost.net

    3 years ago

  • TricksterInTheLight

    TricksterInTheLight says:

    That's so sad, yet so adorable

    3 years ago

  • mnsfld

    mnsfld says:

    I wish there was a crochet pattern!

    3 years ago

  • Trimbuktoo

    Trimbuktoo says:

    It sounds like they have plenty of penguin sweaters, so I am going to knit a little human sweater in honor of a little penguin for my favorite knitting/crochet charity Afghans for Afghans.

    3 years ago

  • cursiveart

    cursiveart says:

    This is awesome. But I am such a slow knitter, by the time I finished it and got it to NZ, they would probably have all the penguins cleaned.

    3 years ago

  • Shivvers

    Shivvers says:

    This is the cutest and saddest thing ever. Good luck little guys!

    3 years ago

  • Barbara707

    Barbara707 says:

    This website gives the dimensions http://www.factmonster.com/spot/penguinsweater.html - Can't wait for the crochet pattern! "Their sweaters are about 9 inches high and 4 inches wide, with openings for the head and flippers. The sweaters must be pure wool to provide enough warmth for the penguins." Even though this need has been met Skeinz is still encouraging determined knitters to send their handiwork along to “keep stocks available for the Wildlife Rescue Team to draw from if required.”

    3 years ago

  • aserda

    aserda says:

    What a great picture of the penguin.

    3 years ago

  • designlab443

    designlab443 says:

    I can't knit, but I will cheer all you knitters on... Knit, knit knit, make those sweaters fit! Help a penguin keep their feathers fit!

    3 years ago

  • Judalon

    Judalon says:

    Can't knit, otherwise I would help. If there was a donation possibility I'd donate material cost for someone else to knit one. Hope it all pans out well!. Wonderful initiative.

    3 years ago

  • FluffyMorgan

    FluffyMorgan says:

    Where would the sweater be sent to? And... how long would a package take to go all the way from México to New Zeland? :S

    3 years ago

  • LeatherWoodsCraft

    LeatherWoodsCraft says:

    Will post on my facebook page and get all those knitters working those needles!

    3 years ago

  • ClosetGothic

    ClosetGothic says:

    Thank you for this article - I live right beside where the oil spill is and it is horrific, 100km of pristine shore has been coated with thick blobs of oil and yes, wildlife is suffering, as are the local people. At present the spill is 'just' under control and we are cleaning up. HOWEVER, good and kind Etsy people, despite all the wonderful offers here, Penguin Sweaters are NOT needed. Here is an article from Friday: http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/penguin-sweaters-wont-be-used/1145547/ I will contact Alison.

    3 years ago

  • sabinat

    sabinat says:

    I asked a friend in our office to teach me, finally, how to knit and I think we may have a crew of us (including some elementary-aged little girls) motivated to learn because of THIS story. Thank you for offering an avenue to make a difference. Because this will. :-)

    3 years ago

  • ClosetGothic

    ClosetGothic says:

    Please, please read my post above before knitting any sweaters - thank you.

    3 years ago

  • PurpleSnapdragons

    PurpleSnapdragons says:

    I absolutely adore penguins and wish I could knit! This is such a tragedy. I'm sure there must be a lot of other animals and people in need too. Is there anything else we can do?

    3 years ago

  • daysdawn

    daysdawn says:

    Why does it have to be wool? I don't use anything from animals.I don't know how to knit,either, so it doesn't matter.Wish I could help.

    3 years ago

  • daysdawn

    daysdawn says:

    I put it on Twitter.

    3 years ago

  • thesequinnedsheep

    thesequinnedsheep says:

    What a wonderful idea, I'm so glad Etsy are supporting this and highlighting this cause. I love penguins!

    3 years ago

  • DitteRoemer

    DitteRoemer says:

    This is such a great idea and initiative! Yay! I'd like to suggest that the wool used be second hand yarn or up cycled already disposed of sweaters etc. (you probably get my drift). Why avoid buying new wool? - Because the wool industry is not harmless. Not at all, I'm sad to say. I'm not going to go into details here, but take a quick look at various animal rights' organizations and their investigations into what goes on. Although not all sheep may be molested, there is no way of knowing if the wool recently bought in a shop comes from nice or not nice places. Since I completely get that acrylic or polyester yarn may not have the same properties as sheep's wool when it comes to keeping the penguins warm although wet and oily by leading the water away from their bodies, I suggest using second hand yarn. Perhaps an old woolen sweater could be unraveled or sewn together to make a nice little penguin sweater. Reusing wool/yarn will not only help the penguins and sheep - it's also easier on the planet. All you knitters/crocheters who have contributed: Great work! It's so nice of you. :)

    3 years ago

  • BreatheCouture

    BreatheCouture says:

    Oh what a fabulous way to help these little beautiful creatures!! :)

    3 years ago

  • LorenzoTheCat

    LorenzoTheCat says:

    Bravo for the knitters!

    3 years ago

  • FabricFascination

    FabricFascination says:

    I read about this the other day from someone on the Quiltsy team. What a fun and practical way to help. The penguin pictures in their sweaters are adorable.

    3 years ago

  • diymold

    diymold says:

    I love it。

    3 years ago

  • daigled

    daigled says:

    The support for penguins is a good thing but maybe you should have checked with the store earlier, they've had enough sweaters for quite a while now. As cool as charity knitting is for penguins there are a lot of other organizations out there that could use the knitted help too. The Linus project is one, and many local areas area have programs to knit/crochet for premies and chemotherapy patients. Granted these aren't as cool as penguin sweaters but they are all good knitting causes. So if people are disappointed they can't knit for a penguin maybe they can knit for another charity? Just a thought.

    3 years ago

  • bdykman

    bdykman says:

    Poor Penguins, but they look so cute in their sweaters!

    3 years ago

  • cakesandtroubles

    cakesandtroubles says:

    I love penguins!

    3 years ago

  • LucysPlace

    LucysPlace says:

    Fantastic that people outside of NZ are helping! I read though that the idea of using penguin jerseys has now been abandoned because of the stress they might feel wearing them. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10760906 Here is a link for donations for anyone interested http://renaoilspill.co.nz/tag/donations/ :)

    3 years ago

  • fireyvalkyrie

    fireyvalkyrie says:

    we did the same for the penguins in Africa after the oil spill years ago, so wonderful, and that is also why I ALWAYS buy DAWN dish detergent they donate to clean the birds. I have worked at a zoo with penguins and they are wonderful little creatures.

    3 years ago

  • goddessofthecosmos

    goddessofthecosmos says:

    I was thinking about the sweaters for the penguins...perhaps they should be more 'penguin-ish' colors. While hot pink and lime green and bright orange might look super cute, they aren't neccesarily going to protect the penguins from predators and such as their natural colors would...Just a thought...

    3 years ago

  • PinwheelStudio

    PinwheelStudio says:

    What a wonderful idea - a great way to help out the little penguins while crafting! The penguins at our local aquarium are delightful - so playful and agile in the water.

    3 years ago

  • StoneyMountainCrafts

    StoneyMountainCrafts says:

    Sherry Daughtry has created a Crochet pattern! You can find it here: http://cobcottagegifts.com/2011/10/30/crochet-pattern-penguin-sweater/

    3 years ago

  • zakonek

    zakonek says:

    Couldn't look more adorable! Love the little guys...

    3 years ago

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom says:

    Oh I hope I have time to do this project. How wonderful : )

    3 years ago

  • metroretrovintage

    metroretrovintage says:

    I had no idea that one could put a sweater on a penguin! And if it helps them, then what a terrific idea!

    3 years ago

  • didyouknowher

    didyouknowher says:

    Was the concept of the razor sharp Astrolabe Reef non existent? I don't understand. This is Such twisted irony, an astrolabe is an instrument used to navigate latitude. Unfortunately I have only JUST been enlightened about this through TeenAngster. My heart goes out to Northern New Zealand.

    3 years ago

  • juliagraphydesign says:

    I have found crochet pattern for the jumpers http://www.skeinz.com/Patterns+Gallery/penguinpattern.html I am still learning how to crochet, could someone write the pattern in usa/canada terms please. Maybe someone could make the pattern instruction more simple that would be awesome. I would like to make one of those too.

    1 year ago