THE LITTLE BIRDY

Do you also have little birds that visit your home?

We have a sweet little bird that takes shelter outside our front porch and I think it is the absolute sweetest thing! I have now checked on it every night before bed to see if he/she is still there.  The chirping in the early morning is music to my ears. There is always a rush going on in my home but when I get the chance to hear them, it is sweet.

Here is my version of a small crochet bird. It is constructed to be a one-piece from head, body, and tail. The rest of the finishing touches are fairly easy!

I hope you enjoy making this little birdy!

If you make a little birdy don’t forget to tag me on social media @arianaehall or Pin for later!

Materials:

  • G 6/ 4.00mm crochet hook
  • Medium Worsted weight (#4) yarn:
  • – I used Red Heart, Craftsmart, Lion Brand, I love this yarn (hobby lobby)
  • I used light ivory Craftsmart for the first color (head)
  • Parcel and Bow ILTY for the body and wings
  • Lion Brand – Honey for the beak and legs
  • Red Heart Cafe Latte for the eyes
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch markers (highly recommend this extra piece of yarn works great)
  • Poly-fil

Abbreviations:

Stitches:
CH – chain
ST – stitch (stitch space)
Sl St – slip stitch
SC – single crochet
DC – double crochet
HDC – half double crochet
SC INC (INC)- single crochet increase (2 sc in the same st)
INV DEC – invisible SC decrease ( decrease using FLO)
FLO – front loop only

Other:

F.O: fasten off

MC – magic circle / magic ring

Read Before beginning:

  • STITCH MARKER – You will be working in rounds so keep a stitch marker close to use when working up the bird. Unless otherwise stated to CH and turn.
  • TENSION – Make sure you use a tight enough tension to help close any “holes” a loose tension may cause. I crochet yarning under then over to create a tighter look at the amigurumi.
  • *Measures approximately 5 inches long including the tail. *different yarn weights and tensions will alter the size.
  • ASSEMBLY – The bird’s body and the tail are worked up in just one piece. Eyes are embroidered in, the legs are joined and chained at the bottom. The beak and wings are worked separately and sewn on.
  • SEWING – For all pieces that require sewing, I prefer using the seamless join.
  • CHANGING COLORS- Before finishing the last stitch yarn over new color for the body.

Pattern Body – Starting at the head.

START HERE

8 SC in MC

Round 1 – *INC, SC in 1. Repeat from * to the end. (12)

Round 2 – *SC in 2, INC. Repeat from * to the end. (16)

Round 3 – *INC, SC in 3. Repeat from * to the end. (20)

Round 4 – *SC in 4, INC. Repeat from * to the end. (24)

Round 5 – *INC, SC in 5. Repeat from * to the end. (28)

Round 6 – SC in every st to the end. (28)

Round 7 – *INV DEC, SC in 2. Repeat from * to the end. (21) “neck”

Round 8 – SC in every st to the end. (21)

Round 9 – *SC in 2, INC. Repeat from * to the end. (28)

CHANGE COLORS HERE AND CONTINUE FINISHING THE BODY AND TAIL.

Round 10 – SC in every st to the end. (28)

Round 11 – SC in every st to the end. (28)

Round 12 – SC in every st to the end. (28)

Round 13 – SC in every st to the end. (28)

Round 14 – SC in every st to the end. (28)

Round 15 – SC in every st to the end. (28)

Round 16 – *SC in 5, INV DEC. Repeat from * to the end. (24)

Round 17 – *INV DEC, SC in 4. Repeat from * to the end. (20)

Round 18 – * SC in 3, INV DEC. Repeat from * to the end. (16)

Round 19 – *INV DEC, SC in 2. Repeat from * to the end. (12)

Round 20 – *SC in 1, INV DEC. Repeat from * to the end. (8)

DO NOT FASTEN OFF WE ARE CONTINUING THE TAIL PORTION.

Continuation of Body: the tail

Round 21 –

  • SC in the next ST (the first ST from the previous round) (picture A)
  • insert your hook in the next st and go directly across the st on the other side and make your 2nd SC. (Picture B)
  • Insert hook and go through the opposite side of the round to make the 3rd SC (picture C)
  • Insert hook through the SC post at the end for the 4th SC. CH 1 and Turn. (4) (picture D)

Round 22 – SC in every ST to the end. CH 1 and Turn. (4)

Round 23 – INC, SC, SC, INC. CH 1 and Turn. (6)

Round 24 – SC across. CH 1 and Turn (6)

Round 25 – SC across. CH 1 and Turn (6)

Round 26 – SC across. CH 1 and Turn (6)

Round 27 – SC across. CH 1 and FASTEN OFF. (6)

Weave in the end.

*You will finish with the right side of the tail facing you.

Pattern – Beak

Using Honey color

CH 4

SL ST in the 2nd chain from the hook

SC in the next chain

HDC in the last st.

Leave a long tail just enough to sew on the beak to the head of the bird.

Legs

Using color Honey, join the yarn between rounds 15 & 16. Behind a SC post.

I used the tail as a guide to help space the legs out. They are about 4 stitches apart.

Make sure the bird is upside down facing you as shown, so the right side of the leg, when finished, is to the front.

CH 8

  • DC in the 2nd chain from the hook.
  • Sl st in the next 6 chains down.
  • Fasten off. Secure with a knot using both ends and weave the ends inside.
  • Repeat for the other side.

Wings – Make 2

Use the yarn same as body

The chart below is to guide you through the written pattern below. What is in Black is the 1st round, Red is the 2nd round.

Start here –

CH 7

Round 1 – 14 total stitches

SC in the 2nd chain from the hook.

SC in the next chain.

HDC in the next chain.

HDC in the next chain.

DC in the next chain.

DC 4 times in the last chain.

Working on the other side of the chains.

DC in the next chain

HDC in the next chain

HDC in the next chain

SC in the next chain

SC in the next chain

Round 2 – 18 total stitches.

DC in the next 5 sts.

DC 2 times in each DC – 4 times.

DC in the next 5 sts.

CH 3

Slip st to the first DC made.

Fasten off. weave in the ends.

The wing may have a slight curve to it, That is so it will lay nicely on the body.

Sewing wings- Place the widest part of the wing against the round where you decreased for the “neck”. I shifted the back of the wings slightly pointing upwards, pointing to the top of the tail. approximately 3 stitches between the top of both wings. And less towards the back.

Only sew across the top 4-5 stitches and go over it twice. I did it this way so the wings could be propped up. Feel free to sew them all around if you’d like.

Eyes – Embroidery

Using Cafe Latte

I started on the right, one stitch away from the beak. made two loops over two rows. I then crossed over to the left starting at the bottom, made two loops.

inserted the needle back to where the first end is, secured with a knot, and weaved in both ends using a hook.

pull gently to adjust the size of eyes and take your time, use the beak as a center focal point.

Embroider eyes

Thank you for stopping by Happy Crocheting!

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