Meet Sweet Bird, your new feathered 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)
- Yarn: Medium weight yarn (worsted, aran, or 10-ply) (Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran)
- Color A: Head, body, & wings
- Color B: Shirt
- Color C: Beak, legs, & feet
- Hook: 2.75mm (C) hook (Clover Amour)
- Toy stuffing (Fairfield Poly-Fil)
- Stitch markers (Clover Quick Locking Stitch Markers Small – I LOVE these, they don’t leave big holes in your work!)
- Embroidery floss in black for face (DMC Embroidery Floss in black)
- Embroidery needle (DMC Embroidery Needles)
- Tapestry needle (DMC Tapestry Needle Size 16)
- Scissors (Gingher Stork Scissors)
- Optional: water soluble marking pen for drawing on your face before embroidering (Wrights Water Soluble Marking Pen)
- Optional: pink blush and brush or cotton bud for cheeks
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!
STITCHES & ABBREVIATIONS
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
- 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.
- 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
SWEET BIRD AMIGURUMI PATTERN
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.
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
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!
MAKING THE HEAD FEATHERS
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.
ATTACHING FOOT TO LEG
ATTACHING LEG TO BODY
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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