Everyone remembers their first cuddly toy, and this panda bear is the perfect christening or first birthday gift. Soft and squashy, Percy won't spend much time on the toy shelf – in fact, he's sure to become a firm friend!


"This loveable panda bear is knitted in stocking stitch, the simplest of techniques, so it won't take you too long to finish!" says designer Ann Franklin, who created Percy for Knit Today issue 99. He'd be a good first toy project if you're a beginner knitter looking to try something new.

It's important to keep a firm tension when making toys, so knit and stuff a swatch before you start and consider going down a needle size if you find that the stuffing pokes through the holes in the fabric. Remember to shred the stuffing before you use it so you get a nice smooth finish, and use tweezers to stuff any harder-to-reach bits, such as Percy's paws.

You might also like our Rabbit Toy Sewing Pattern

You will need:

  • Stylecraft, Special DK (100% acrylic, 100g/295m), 60g of White (shade 1001) and 50g of Black (shade 1002)
  • A pair of 3¼mm knitting needles
  • 150g of toy stuffing

Download your free pattern:

This pattern is written in UK metrics but it's really easy to convert, just check out our yarn weight conversion chart and beginner’s guide.

To download your free knitting pattern, click on the link below and it will open in a new window. You can then save the pattern.


Panda toy knitting pattern PDF

Panda toy knitting pattern


ann franklin
Ann FranklinKnitting Designer

Ann Franklin has many years of knitting experience, having been taught to knit, crochet and sew as a very young child by her mother, who was hugely skilled in all three. She combines knitting and designing with her full time job as a HLTA in a local primary school . Her designs first appeared ten years ago in Knit Today magazine, and she also had designs published in Love Knitting for Baby magazine. She currently designs for Simply Knitting magazine. Her designs can also be found on Love Crafts and Ravelry.

Comments, questions and tips

Rate this recipe

What is your star rating out of 5?

Choose the type of message you'd like to post

Choose the type of message you'd like to post

Overall rating