Koala Keychain Crochet Pattern

Crochet koala keychain being held against a white background.

I designed this Koala keychain crochet pattern back at the beginning of 2020 when Australia was battling horrendous bush fires. I draw a lot of inspiration from world events and often channel my feelings of helplessness into my crochet projects. I whipped up the pattern for this little keychain to be used for fundraising purposes and it has been extremely popular.


  • Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in Stormy Grey and Paper White
  • 2.5mm hook
  • 6mm safety eyes
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • A small piece of black felt
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Keychain
  • Yarn needle, stitch marker, scissors


  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • inc – increase
  • invdec – invisible decrease
  • FLO – front loop only
  • st/s – stitch/es
  • […] – repeat the instructions in brackets
  • (…) – indicates stitch count at end of round


The pattern is written using US terminology and measures approximately 2.5″ (6.5cm) x 2″ (5cm).
Pieces are worked in a continuous spiral starting with a magic ring unless otherwise specified. Mark the first stitch of each round with a removable stitch marker.

Gauge is not important in this pattern. Use a hook size to match your chosen yarn. Make sure that your stitches are tight enough to prevent stuffing showing through and adjust hook size if necessary.



R1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
R2: [Inc] x6 (12)
R3: [Sc, inc] x6 (18)
R4: Sc, inc, [2 sc, inc] x5, sc (24)
R5: [3 sc, inc] x6 (30)
R6: 2 sc, inc, [4 sc, inc] x5, 2 sc (36)
R7: FLO sc around (36)
R8: Sc around (36)
R9: FLO 2 sc, invdec, [4 sc, invdec] x5, 2 sc (30)
R10: [3 sc, invdec] x6 (24)
R11: Sc, invdec, [2 sc, invdec] x5, sc (18)

Insert the safety eyes between rounds 4 and 5, approximately 1 stitch up from the center and with 5 stitches in between.

Trim stems off the back of the eyes and stuff lightly.

R12: [Sc, invdec] x6 (12)
R13: [Invdec] x6 (6)

Fasten off and weave in end.

EARS (make 2,white)

R1: 4 sc in magic ring (4)
R2: Ch 1, turn. Inc in each st (8)
R3: Ch 1, turn. Sc, inc (12)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Make 2, grey

R1: 4 sc in magic ring (4)
R2: Ch 1, turn. Inc in each st (8)
R3: Ch 1, turn. Sc inc (12)
R4: Ch 1, turn. Place the white piece against the grey piece with right sides facing out.
Sc in each st on both pieces to join together (12)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Repeat for the 2nd ear.


  • Sew ears to the top of the head approximately 5 stitches apart.
  • Cut a small oval of felt for the nose and glue or felt in place centered between the eyes.
  • Embroider a mouth if desired.
  • Attach a keychain to the top.


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