Sweet Bird Crochet Pattern

A cute and unique crochet bird friend!

Meet Sweet Bird, your new feathered crochet bird friend. You’ll love crocheting her bobbled sweater and embroidering her happy face. You might recognize her from the Designer Amigurumi book (she’s called Cheeky Bird in it) – she was even featured on the cover! Now Sweet Bird is available as a free crochet pattern here and as a premium PDF in my Etsy and Ravelry shops.

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MATERIALS (what I recommend in parentheses)

To see a complete list of my FAVORITE amigurumi crochet tools and supplies, check out this blog post!

FINISHED SIZE

The finished height of Sweet Bird is 8.5 inches. Keep your tension tight and consistent to avoid stuffing showing through.

You can also use lightweight yarn and a size 2.25mm crochet hook to make a smaller Sweet Bird amigurumi. The finished height of this combo is 7 inches. Check out this blog post to learn more about changing your yarn and hook to make different sized amigurumi!

A smaller crochet bird sitting on top of another bird.

STITCHES & ABBREVIATIONS
US TERMINOLOGY

ch – chain
dec – single crochet decrease
hdc – half double crochet
inc – single crochet increase
inv dec – invisible decrease
rnd(s) – round(s)
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
3-dc pc st – 3 double crochet popcorn stitch
[ ] – Repeat steps between brackets for the specified number of times
( ) – The number of stitches you should have at the end of each round

SPECIAL TECHNIQUES

  • 3-dc popcorn stitch – See photo tutorial below.
  • Changing color – Take the last yarn over of previous stitch with new color. Continue working with new color.
  • Embroidering on crochet – See tutorial here.
  • Finish off – Watch tutorial here.
  • Invisible decrease – Watch tutorial here.
  • Magic ring – Watch tutorial here.
  • Standing sc – Start with a slipknot on your hook. Insert hook into stitch and make a single crochet as normal. See tutorial here.

NOTES

  • All sections are worked in a continuous round, except wings which are worked in rows.
  • Mark the beginning of each round with a stitch marker.
  • All stitches are written in US terminology.
  • Demonstration photos are shown using right-handed crochet.

3-DOUBLE CROCHET POPCORN STITCH

Close up of the 3 double crochet popcorn stitch showing 3 double crochets in 1 stitch.
1. Make 3 dcs into stitch. Drop loop of last dc from hook, leaving it open above stitch.
Close up of the 3 double crochet popcorn stitch showing the crochet hook inserted into the first double crochet made.
2. Insert hook through top of first dc.
Close up of the 3 double crochet popcorn stitch showing the dropped loop placed on the crochet hook.
3. Place dropped loop on hook.
Close up of the 3 double crochet popcorn stitch showing the hook bringing the second loop through the first loop.
4. Bring loop through first dc.
Close up of the 3 double crochet popcorn stitch showing 1 chain made.
5. Ch 1.
Close up of the 3 double crochet popcorn stitch showing the crochet hook inserted into the next stitch.
6. Fold popcorn stitch towards you when doing your next st so the popcorn stays on the outside of your bird and to ensure a tight stitch.
Close up of the 3 double crochet popcorn stitch showing the chain stitch in the next round under the popcorn stitch.
7. In the following round, make sure to sc in the ch st under each popcorn st.
Two crocheted bird dolls sitting side by side on a wooden surface in front of a white background. The bird on the left is blue and yellow and the bird on the right is pink and blue.

SWEET BIRD AMIGURUMI PATTERN

BEAK

rnd 1: In color C, ch 6, sc 3 in 2nd ch from hook, sc 3 down chain, sc 3 in last ch, turn to crochet down other side of chain (and over yarn tail to avoid weaving), sc 3 down chain (12 sts)

Sl st 1 into next st. Fasten off, leaving a 15-inch tail for attaching. Weave in and cut beginning yarn tail. Set aside until after head is made.

HEAD

rnd 1: In color A (leave a 15-inch starting yarn tail outside of the top of head for head feathers), start with a magic ring, sc 6 into ring (6 sts)
rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)
rnd 3: [sc 1, inc 1] 6 times (18 sts)
rnd 4: [sc 1, inc 1, sc 1] 6 times (24 sts)
rnd 5: [sc 3, inc 1] 6 times (30 sts)
rnd 6: Sc around (30 sts)
rnd 7: [sc 2, inc 1, sc 2] 6 times (36 sts)
rnd 8: [sc 5, inc 1] 6 times (42 sts)
rnd 9: [sc 3, inc 1, sc 3] 6 times (48 sts)
rnds 10-18: Sc around (48 sts for 9 rnds)
rnd 19: [sc 6, inv dec 1] 6 times (42 sts)rnd 20: [sc 5, inv dec 1] 6 times (36 sts)

Fasten off yarn and weave in ending yarn tail. Attach beak, embroider face, and make head feathers now using the photo tutorials below. Click here to jump to the Shirt & Body section.

ATTACHING THE BEAK & EMBROIDERING FACE

Close up of Sweet Bird's head in progress showing the embroidered face and beak attached.

We’ll now be attaching the beak and embroidering Sweet Bird’s face. The key to embroidering on crochet is to make sure to insert your needle through your stitches and not in a hole between stitches so your thread remains secure.

First we’ll attach the beak in steps 1-5 and embroider in steps 6-12.

Check out this blog post for more tips on embroidering on crochet!

Close up of the beak showing the tapestry needle threading to the center of the beak.
1. Thread tapestry needle and bring yarn to the center of oval.
Close up of the beak showing a stitch on the inner corner to close it slightly.
2. Stitch inner sides of oval together (1 stitch per side).
Close up of showing the finished beak.
3. This is what your finished beak should look like. Keep your tapestry needle threaded to attach to head.
Close up of the beak showing the tapestry needle inserted through the top of the beak.
4. Insert threaded tapestry needle through top of beak.
Close up of the bird's head with a needle inserted under round 15.
5. On side opposite st marker, thread under st on rnd 15. Repeat steps 4 & 5 across beak. Double knot yarn inside head.
Close up of the inside of the bird's head showing the beak's yarn being double knotted to secure it.
6. With 16-in of embroidery floss (all 6 strands), thread embroidery needle & knot end. Bring through st near beak on rnd 14.
Close up of the crochet bird's head showing the embroidery steps for the right eye.
7. Make a small stitch up to the next rnd.
Close up of the crochet bird's head showing the embroidery steps for the right eye.
8. Bring up thread above last stitch.
Close up of the crochet bird's head showing the embroidery steps for the right eye.
9. Make a stitch connecting to previous stitch. Repeat steps 8 & 9 seven more times along eye.
Close up of the crochet bird's head showing the embroidery steps for the right eye.
10. To make the lashes bring needle up near end of eye line.
Close up of the crochet bird's head showing the embroidery steps for the right eye.
11. Connect to eye line. It’s easiest to insert your needle into a previous stitch hole.
Close up of the crochet bird's head showing the embroidery steps for the right eye.
12. Make lashes along eye & mirror steps 6-12 for left eye. Optional: apply pink blush to bird’s cheeks using a small brush.

MAKING THE HEAD FEATHERS

Close up of a loop of yarn on top of the bird's head for a feather.
1. Thread tapestry needle with yarn tail. Bring yarn through center of head.
Close up of a loop of yarn on top of the bird's head for a feather.
2. Leave a small loop of yarn on the top of the head.
Close up of the inside of the bird's head showing the yarn being double knotted inside to secure it.
3. Knot through a st in head to secure loop. Bring needle back through top of head. Repeat steps 1-3 twice more to create 3 loops on head.

SHIRT & BODY

rnd 1: Using color B, attach yarn to last rnd of head using a standing sc. Sc 4, inc 1, [sc 5, inc 1] 5 times (42 sts)
rnd 2: [sc 3, inc 1, sc 3] 6 times (48 sts)
rnd 3: [sc 7, inc 1] 6 times (54 sts)
rnd 4: [sc 4, 3-dc pc st, sc 3, inc 1] 6 times (60 sts)
rnds 5-6: Sc around (60 sts for 2 rnds)
rnd 7: [sc 9, 3-dc pc st] 6 times (60 sts)
rnds 8-9: Sc around (60 sts for 2 rnds)
rnd 10: [sc 4, 3-dc pc st, sc 5] 6 times (60 sts)
rnd 11: Sc around (60 sts)
rnd 12: Change to color A, sc around (60 sts)
rnd 13: [sc 8, inv dec 1] 6 times (54 sts)
rnd 14: [sc 7, inv dec 1] 6 times (48 sts)
rnd 15: [sc 6, inv dec 1] 6 times (42 sts)
rnd 16: Sc around (42 sts)
rnd 17: [sc 5, inv dec 1] 6 times (36 sts)
rnd 18: [sc 4, inv dec 1] 6 times (30 sts)
••• START STUFFING BODY AND CONTINUE STUFFING FIRMLY UNTIL CLOSED. •••
rnd 19: [sc 3, inv dec 1] 6 times (24 sts)
rnd 20: [sc 2, inv dec 1] 6 times (18 sts)
rnd 21: [sc 1, inv dec 1] 6 times (12 sts)
rnd 22: inv dec 6 (6 sts)
Sl st 1 into next st. Fasten off and finish off.

WING (MAKE 2)

Made in rows. Leave a 10-inch starting yarn tail for attaching. Use normal decreases, not invisible decreases.
row 1: Using color A, ch 7, sc 6 starting in 2nd ch from hook (6 sts)
row 2: Ch 1, turn, inc 1, sc 4, inc 1 (8 sts)
rows 3-5: Ch 1, turn, sc across (8 sts for 3 rows)
row 6: Ch 1, turn, dec 1, sc 4, dec 1 (6 sts)
row 7: Ch 1, turn, sc across (6 sts)
row 8: Ch 1, turn, dec 1, sc 2, dec 1 (4 sts)
row 9: Ch 1, turn, sc across (4 sts)
row 10: Ch 1, turn, dec 2 (2 sts)
row 11: Ch 1, turn, sc across (2 sts)
row 12: Ch 1, turn, dec 1 (1 st)
Fasten off and weave in ending yarn tail. Attach to body using tutorial below.

LEG (MAKE 2)

rnd 1: With color C, start with a magic ring, sc 6 into ring (6 sts)
rnds 2-15: Sc around (6 sts for 14 rnds)
Fasten off, leaving a 10-inch tail for attaching. Don’t stuff. Weave in remainder of beginning yarn tail. Set aside until after making foot.

FOOT (MAKE 2)

Leave a 10-inch beginning yarn tail for attaching. See foot reference photo below.
rnd 1: Start with a magic ring, sc 7 into ring (7 sts)
rnd 2: Sl st 1 into next st, [ch 3, sc 1 into 2nd ch from hook, hdc 1 into next ch, sl st 1 into next st of round 1] 3 times (3 toes made)
Fasten off and weave in end yarn tail.

Close up of the in progress bird foot showing where to place the single crochet and half double crochet stitches.
FOOT REFERENCE PHOTO

ATTACHING WINGS

Close up of the bird's wing with a tapestry needle going through it.
1. Insert tapestry needle into wing to hide knot.
Close up of the bird's side with a tapestry needle inserted through the second round of the shirt.
2. Insert tapestry needle into a st of rnd 2 of shirt/body.
Close up of the tapestry needle inserted into the wing to attach to body.
3. Insert needle from front to back through st on wing. Repeat steps 2 & 3 until you’ve securely connected wing. Weave yarn tail through several stitches to secure.

ATTACHING FOOT TO LEG

1. Using tapestry needle, bring yarn through center of foot.
2. Insert needle through center of leg and out through side.
3. Align closed end of leg at the center of foot (the magic ring’s center). Insert needle through foot near center.
4. Bring needle through center hole of foot, through center of leg, and out side of leg. Repeat steps 3 & 4 until the foot is secure.
5. Weave yarn through leg to secure. Cut excess yarn.

ATTACHING LEG TO BODY

1. Attach leg over rnds 16 & 17 of body.
2. Insert needle through st on round 17 of body.
3. Insert needle through next st of leg. Repeat steps 2 & 3 on rounds 17 & 16 until you’ve secured the leg to 3 stitches on each round. Weave yarn through several sts to secure. Cut excess yarn.

I hope you enjoyed this bird amigurumi crochet pattern! If you have any questions about this pattern, leave a comment below!

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ヽ(゚ー゚*ヽ) This bird crochet pattern is an original design by Kristina Turner of Tiny Curl. Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this free pattern, you may link to it, but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use, but please DO NOT sell the crochet pattern or distribute it. Thank you for your understanding.

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Sweet Bird Crochet Pattern

4 thoughts on “Sweet Bird Crochet Pattern

  1. Adorable pattern! I love how you’ve laid out the photos to make it super easy to follow 🙂

  2. Parabéns, pelo trabalho! Muito obrigada, por compartilhar conosco! Beijos

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