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42 inches MATERIALS [MC] Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted [85% wool, 15% mohair; 190yd/174m per 4oz skein]; color: #M07 Sable; 1 skein Knit Picks Wool of the Andes [100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 110yd/101m per 50g skein]; 1 skein each color [CC1] #23439 Grass [CC2] #23766 Avocado [CC3] #23432 Cloud [CC4] #23428 Blueberry [CC5] #24075 Camel Heather [CC6] Knit Picks Swish Superwash [100% Superwash Merino Wool; 110yd/101m per 50g skein]; color: #23877 Bordeaux; 1 skein [CC7] Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 [100% Wool; 220yd/201m per 100g skein]; color: #9476 Maize; 1 skein

25 inch diameter (to be cut into shorter lengths) Fiberfill stuffing GAUGE 24 sts/32 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch using larger (doublepoint) needles Note: Gauge is not critical for this project. head. work a crochet chain several sts longer than the number of sts to be cast on. size US #I/9 / 5. PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here. approx.5 mm straight needles (or one size smaller than size used to achieve gauge) [always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below -every knitter's gauge is unique] Approx. 0. but it is important to work more tightly than receommended ball band gauge for yarns used. pick up and k 1 st in the back loop of each ch . 'stripe color'.5mm Waste yarn Yarn needle 48 inches wooden dowel.7m black yarn or embroidery floss (used for eyes) Crochet hook.Recommended needle size: 1 set US #5/3. This will produce a firm fabric.75 mm double-point needles 1 set US #4/3. each bird uses five different colors: one color each for the body (including tail). etc. 3yd/2. which will help pieces maintain their shape and prevent stuffing from leaking out. body stripe. Starting 1 or 2 sts in from end of chain and using working yarn. Crochet Cast On Using waste yarn. The pattern will refer to 'body color'. The chart at right lists the colours used for each of these parts of each bird. beak and wings.] In the mobile shown.

Step 2: Before working first st of second round of new color. or pass on to the position of the next stitch as at B.until the required number of sts have been picked up. leaving the stitch on the . Now you'll need to "set up" for grafting by performing the following two steps one time: Insert the threaded tapestry needle into the first stitch on the needle closest to you as if to purl and pull it through. Step 1: Work first round of new color. Pull the needle through to the back. twist the needle back to the starting point and insert it close to where the thread first emerged (not in the exact place or it will simply pull back through). leaving a small knot on the surface. when stripes are worked in the round. Instructions for working a French Knot: French knots Bring the thread out at the required position. the chain will be unraveled and the resulting live sts picked up. as shown. Still holding the thread firmly with your thumb.) Step 3: Knit first st of second round together with st that has been lifted onto left needle. Later. lift stitch below first st of first round onto left needle. then continue knitting as usual. hold the thread down where it emerges with the left thumb and encircle the thread twice with the needle (see A). Jogless Stripes: This technique may be used to avoid the jog that happens at the beginning of a round. Instructions for grafting: Hold the needles parallel with the tips pointing in the same direction and the wrong (purl) sides facing inwards. (The st you lift onto left needle will be in previous stripe color.

These first two steps are preparatory and are only done once. I usually chant to myself "knit. Then insert the needle into the first stitch on the back needle as if to knit. knit" while grafting and you'll soon see why. Step 2 . Pull the yarn through.needle.the following four steps are the ones you will repeat until you've worked every stitch on the needles. Step 1 Insert the needle into the first stitch on the front needle as if to knit.purl. leaving the stitch on the needle. purl -. while slipping it off the end of the needle. Now let's get down to some serious kitchenering -.

. leave it on the needle. but this time. working from the beginning of the join towards the last stitches worked. pause [being sure to complete step 4 so you'll know where to begin again] and tighten up the stitches using the end of the tapestry needle to tug at each loose loop in turn. I find I get a nicer final result when I pull the yarn lightly through the stitches during the process of grafting and then adjust the tension on the yarn to match the gauge of the knitting as closely as possible afterwards. and slip it off the end of the needle. Repeat steps 1-4 over and over again. . After you've worked a couple of inches.. So this. Gently pull the yarn through. Step 4 Insert the needle into the next stitch on the back needle as if to knit.Insert the needle into the next stitch on the front needle as if to purl. Step 3 Insert the needle into the first stitch on the back needle as if to purl. and leave it on the needle. Pull the yarn through.

insert the needle into the first stitch on the front needle as if to purl and then into the first stitch on the back needle as if to purl again.becomes this. k2tog. DIRECTIONS . Then. you'll have to be sure that the last row of stitches on the front piece have purl bumps snug up against the needle and the last row of stitches on the back piece have knit stitches up against the needle. instead of working steps 1-4. The last two stitches remaining on the needle will require you to perform step 1 then go directly to step 3. simply repeat steps 1 and 2 with first the front needle and then the back needle. sk2p: Sl 1. pausing to tighten up the stitches now and then until all the stitches are worked. Now a brief word about grafting garter stitch: In order to create an invisible join on garter stitch. purl --knit. 2 sts decreased. For the preparatory steps. purl". pass slipped st over. The chant in this case will be "knit. Pure magic! Keep repeating steps 1-4.

Body: K first 4 sts of next round. Round 8: [K1. To avoid jog at beginning of each stripe. Color used for each round is indicated in brackets next to round . This point (center of bird's back) will now be beginning of round. Round 5: [K1. this will twist the strands. 18 inches long. being careful not to twist. Tail: Rounds 1-4: K all sts. Join stripe color. Body is worked in 2-round stripes. preventing holes from forming at color-change points. Rounds 9-15: K all sts. using body color and stripe color. CO 24 sts onto doublepoint needles. Rounds 6-7: K all sts. 16 sts. be sure to bring the new color up from under the old color. k1] twice. Divide sts between needles and join to begin working in the round. redistribute sts as needed. using Crochet Cast On or other provisional cast on method and leaving a tail approx. 18 inches long. k4. k1] twice. leaving a tail approx. ssk. k6.BIRD (Make 5) With body color. k2tog. ssk. 20 sts. k2tog. use 'Jogless Stripe' technique (see Pattern Notes). Carry yarn not in use up inside of work. When beginning a new stripe.

Round 28 [Body]: [K3. Round 24 [Body]: [K5. m1. Cut knotted ends. ssk. Round 27 [Body]: K all sts. 20 sts. 16 sts. Round 15 [Body]: K all sts. k3] twice. See color chart in Pattern Notes. k2. 24 sts. Round 30 [Stripe]: [K2. k2. k4] twice. k2. k3] twice. k4. ssk. k2tog. Rounds 19-20 [Body]: K all sts. Knot body color tail together with head color tail. 24 sts. Round 4 [Body]: [K2. k4. k2. ssk. k2] twice. tuck these tails inside body. k2tog. Round 8 [Body]: [K3. Rounds 1-2 [Stripe]: K all sts. Round 29 [Stripe]: K all sts.number. Head: Round 1: Using head color. k all sts. m1. 28 sts. . Round 3 [Body]: K all sts. Break stripe color and secure end inside work. 32 sts Rounds 17-18 [Stripe]: K all sts. m1. k4. m1. Round 25 [Stripe]: K all sts. Round 7 [Body]: K all sts. k4. Round 16 [Body]: [K5. Round 23 [Body]: K all sts. ssk. m1. Rounds 13-14 [Stripe]: K all sts. 28 sts. m1. forming knot very close to inner surface of work. 1 inch long. k4] twice. k2] twice. Round 12 [Body]: [K4. Round 26 [Stripe]: [K4. m1. Rounds 31-32 [Body]: K all sts. m1. k5] twice. 20 sts. Rounds 21-22 [Stripe]: K all sts. k2tog. Break body color. k5] twice. leaving tails approx. Rounds 9-10 [Stripe]: K all sts. Rounds 5-6 [Stripe]: K all sts. Round 11 [Body]: K all sts. k2tog.

use black yarn or embroidery floss to work French knots (see schematic below for placement). Beak: Round 1: Using beak color. Cut knotted ends. k4. 2 rows back from row currently on needles. 16 sts. k2] twice. Round 11: [K2tog. k all sts. forming knot very close to inner surface of work. m1. Round 4: [K2tog] four times. Rounds 3-8: K all sts. leaving a tail approx. k2tog. k1] four times. Working approx. tuck these inside head. Knot head color tail together with beak color tail.Continue in head color as follows. Round 10: [K1. See Pattern Notes for link to directions for French knots. Continue in beak color as follows. Rounds 2-3: K all sts. Round 9: [K2. Round 5: K all sts. as you have access to both sides of the fabric. This is a good time to embroider the eyes onto the head of the bird. 4 sts. k1] four times. k2tog. 20 sts. m1. 1 inch long. you may wish to practice on a swatch before you begin. 12 sts. . Round 2: [K2. If you haven't worked a French knot before. k1] four times. 8 sts. Break head color.

Turn bird right side out. Stuff head and body. Wings: Using wing color and double-point needles. k2tog. tail should lay flat. 17 sts. but not tail. Rounds 1-5: K all sts. place first 12 sts one one needle. k1. Sew in remaining end of stripe color. Graft sts on first needle to sts on second needle. k7. Turning bird inside out. Sew in remaining end. Divide sts between needles and join to begin working in the round. placing resulting live sts on needles. 18 inches long. CO 19 sts. sew top of body to bottom of body in a straight line. Shape beak to a nice point and draw yarn end to inside of head.Break yarn and draw through all sts. so that tail is flattened out at base (see photos). leaving a tail approx. . ssk. leaving long tails at beginning of stripe color and body color. Round 6: K7. When needles are held together. pull tight. Use long tail of stripe color to sew body closed at point where body joins tail. Carefully remove waste yarn from CO end. tighten knots. trim and secure ends as needed. being careful not to twist. and last 12 sts on another needle.

Round 16: K all sts. 7 sts. CO 6 sts. Flatten wings. ssk. ssk. 11 sts. k1. Round 21: K1. ssk.Rounds 7-10: K all sts. This decrease-line fold will form back edge of wing. 9 sts. pull tight. Shape wing to a nice point and draw yarn end to inside of piece. 13 sts. k1. Break yarn and draw through all sts. k1. k2. Weave in end. Round 17: K4. . 5 sts. BRANCHES Using MC and double-point needle. ensuring that decrease-line folds are correctly positioned toward back of bird. ssk. ssk. Rounds 12-14: K all sts. Round 11: K6. Round 18: K all sts. Knit another wing in the same way. k1. ssk. Work I-Cord until piece measures 15. k6. k2tog. k4. draw through all sts and pull tight. k1. Use yarn tails to sew wings to sides of body (see photos). k5. k2tog. k2tog. k3. Round 15: K5. k2tog. Round 19: K3. k1. k2tog. folding so that decrease line forms fold at one side of wing. Round 20: K2.5 inches. 15 sts. k1. but leave long tail at beginning of wing. k2tog. Break yarn.

leaving tails at least 4 inches long at the beginning and end of each chain. Row 2 [WS]: Kfb. k1.This piece will be Branch 1. chains will stretch when piece is hung. Using smaller (straight) needles. Four chains 8. work crochet chains of the following lengths. ssk. with the following lengths: 15 inches. Weave in and trim all ends. Leaves are worked back and forth in garter st. kfb. k1. Row 4 [WS]: K all sts. sewing end of each branch closed using yarn tail at CO end. k1. Row 19 [RS]: K all sts. k1. Rows 15-17: K all sts. kfb. leaves are reversible. 7 sts. Row 1 [RS]: Kfb. of the following lengths: Branch 2: 12. These correspond to Branches 1. Although [RS] and [WS] rows are indicated in directions. Using MC. Row 5 [RS]: K1. 12 inches. 10 inches and 7.5 inches long (short chains) Four chains 10 inches long (mid-length chains) . Measure lengths of chains when stretched. k2tog. 5 sts. 2 sts. k2tog. Break yarn and draw through remaining st. Use attached yarn tails to sew three leaves to each end of each branch. but leave tail at beginning (CO end). 3 and 4.5 inches Branch 4: 8 inches LEAVES Make 12 leaves using CC1. CO 1 st. so measuring length when stretched will give a better indication of final results.5 inches Branch 3: 10. k1. 3 sts. and 12 using CC2. Rows 6-13: K all sts. 3 sts. 5 sts. 2. Weave in tail at end of leaf. Insert lengths of dowel into I-cord branches. FINISHING Cut four pieces of dowel. k2. Row 3 [RS]: Kfb. Row 20 [WS]: Sk2p. Row 18 [WS]: Ssk.5 inches. kfb. Row 14 [WS]: K1. Work three more l-Cord branches in the same way. Lightly sand cut ends of dowel.

past the leaves. then hang another bird from the other end of branch 2. which works well for high ceilings (10 feet or higher).Beginning at the bottom. (If you've ever used a yo-yo. Use the tail of yarn to sew the loop securely. Form loops at each end of remaining three mid-length chains in the same way. If you prefer a shorter mobile. reduce the length of the chains. adjust positions of pieces as needed. Reducing each chain by 1 inch will make a mobile 37 inches in height. forming an adjustable loop. with a loop at each end. then hang another bird from the other end of branch 3. and sew remaining end to back of remaining bird. dangle the assembled piece to see if it is balanced.Hang branch 3 from the end of branch 2. Form a loop at one end of each short chain. hang two birds on the shortest branch (branch 4). fold the loop at the top of the chain over.5 inches when stretched. and reducing each by 2 inches will make a mobile 32 inches in height. to ensure that the bird will hang in a pleasing way. Form a loop at one end of long chain. . then pull some of the chain through the loop.Fasten a chain around the center of branch 1. this will be familiar to you. Repeat for the other end of the chain. . In this way. Wrap the end of one of the mid-length chains around your index finger to create a loop at the end. 8. sewing through several stitches to avoid stretching fabric out of shape. Sew free end of each short chain to the back of a bird. be sure to try hanging bird from chain before sewing in ends. assemble mobile as shown in diagram.One chain 11. This chain. Hang branch 2 from the end of branch 1. After each step. then pull to tighten. should measure approx.Hang branch 4 from the end of branch 3. . using mid-length chains to connect branches. Weave in and trim the end.5 inches long (long chain) Note about ceiling heights: This mobile measures 42 inches in height when fully assembled. . Weave in ends. then hang another bird from the other end of . To attach the top of a chain to a branch.) Slide the adjustable loop over the end of a branch.

Dangle mobile to see if it is balanced. Once all pieces are placed and mobile is balanced. but for mobile shown. These may be sewn in place if desired. adjust positions of pieces as needed. tighten loops. pulling the loops tightly was sufficient to keep everything in place.branch 1. .