Thanks so much for all the compliments! This was my first try at really altering a pattern, and I'm glad it came out so well. I'm glad everyone else likes it too!
I will try to explain my mods. I'm not sure what the appropriate term for the color change technique I used is because I kind of made it up as I went along. Also, I'm not really great and converting what I did into actual knitting pattern instructions, so I'll try to explain what I did in plain English instead.
Please post photos if you try this out. I love seeing baby penguins!
The back was knit as usual, except I used Red Heart Symphony in Charcoal.
The head is the only complicated mod!
When you to the head, change to black worsted weight yarn. I did the first 10 rows exactly as noted, and repeated them exactly. When it gets to the CO 5 stitches on row 21, cast them on in white worsted yarn. loop black and white yarns around each other and continue to the end with the black yarn. On the purl side (row 22) cast on the 5 stitches in white again. Loop white and black yarns and continue with black until 6 (yes, one more white stitch than last time) stitches from the end. Purl last 7 in white. On knit row (row 23) knit first 7 in white, knit in black until 6 from end, knit last 7 in black. Every time I made a color change, I twisted the yarns around each other to secure them. Continue through the decrease section AS MARKED, but keep the end stitches white. The decreases will mean that eventually the last 6 turn into fewer stitches, but you're just going for making the ends solid blocks of white.
On the last purl row, carry the black yarn behind the white to the edge. When you begin the beak, all the stitches will be knit with the black instead of orange. Finish normally.
For the front: Knit in the same yarn as the back rather than changing to white. Knit as usual, except for the last two rows (up by the neck) change to black yarn.
Knit the wings in the same color as the body, and the feet in black.
Really, the only complicated part of this is knitting the white parts around the eyes while also doing short row shaping and decreases. Everything else is just color or yarn changes!
Baby Pasha wanted you all to know how tall he is. You'll note that he's trying to cheat!