Wee Knitted Bird

This pattern will be easier to follow if you are an Intermediate knitter. It will seem difficult if you are a beginner. Knitting this bird involves knitting using double point needles and employing the following techniques: M1 (make one) which is a type of increase, K 2 tog (knit two together ) to make decreases and working the double knitting pattern (which is basically knitting in the round only using two double point needles. You will also be using a Crochet hook size G or C to make the birdie’s toes. I have used sport weight yarn in pink for the bird, and light brown for the feet and beak, black yarn for the eyes. You will also need a set of four double point knitting needles in size 5[3.75 mm] and a yarn needle to hide the tails.

Some abbreviations used:
Co – Cast on K 1 – Knit one Kf&b – Knit one front and back Fr – from Sts – stitches K2tog – Knit 2 together M 1 – Make one Rep - Repeat

Let’s Begin knitting on the round:
CO 6 – Place two sts on each double point needle. Join being careful not to twist yarn. You can place a marker after the first stitch is made if you desire. Round 1 - *[Kf&b] Rep fr * to the end. (12 sts) Round 2 - *[K1, Kf&b] Rep fr * to the end. (18 sts)

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Round 3 – *[K2, Kf&b] Rep fr * to the end. (24 sts) Round 4 - *[K3, Kf&b], Rep from * to the end. (30 sts) Round 5 – 11 Work even by knitting every stitch (30 sts)

Begin decreases:
Round 12 - *[K3, K2tog] Rep from * to the end. (24 sts) Round 13 – Work even by knitting every stitch (24 sts) Round 14 - *[K2, K2tog] Rep from * to the end. (18 sts) Round 15 – Work even by knitting every stitch (18 sts)

Work one increase round:
Round 16 - *[K2, M1, K3, M1, K1] Rep on the next two needles. (24 sts)

Round 17 – 21 – Work even by knitting every stitch (24 sts) Round 22 - *[K2, K2tog] Rep from * to the end. (18 sts)

Stuff the birdie now using Polyester fiberfill

Round 23 - *[K1, K2 tog] Rep fr * to the end. (12 sts) Cut the yarn leaving a 6 inch tail. Thread the tail through the remaining 12 sts. Fasten off.

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The Beak – Using the crochet hook pick up one
stitch and chain 1. Work 1 single crochet in the same stitch. Chain 3 and work 1 slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook, work two more slip stitches. The last slip stitch is worked on the beginning single crochet. Hide the tails. Make two eyes on each side by making two French knots using dark yarn. If you want to make a crest for your birdie, simply use a crochet hook to attach two strands of yarn.

Feet – Make two – The feet are made by making an I – Cord consisting of two
stitches. Work until the I cord measures 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 inches long. You will then need to use a crochet hook size C or G to make the birdie’s toes. I made three. Some birds actually do only have three toes. Place a stitch holder on one of the stitches and insert the crochet hook on the other stitch. Each toe consists of three chains: Do this: Chain 3, slip stitch in the second chain from the hook, slip the next stitch and connect to the I cord by slipping one more stitch. Chain three to make the middle toe and work as above. Always finish the last crochet stitch by slipping a stitch in the I Cord. To make the last toe, slip a stitch into the last loop and repeat the process by chaining three. Work at it and don’t forget Birdies feet are not perfect. Attach the feet to the bottom of the bird.

Wings – Make two
The wings are knitted using the double Knitting technique. Work all rows this way: CO 8 sts *[K1, yf, slip 1, yb] Rep from * to the end. Work using this pattern until you have around ¾ of an inch. You are actually knitting in the round by using only two needles. At the end you will have completed 5 rounds. Each round begins at the tail and ends at the tail.

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1 - Finished Wing

Here’s a You Tube Video which illustrates this technique: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPGXNoG0fjA After completing the 5 rounds, separate the stitches evenly using two double point needles. You should have an equal amount on each needle. Now you will continue knitting in the round the traditional way and finish the wing by knitting each stitch together. You will have four stitches left. Cut the yarn and thread the tail through the remaining four stitches. Hide the tail inside the wing. Sew the wing to each side of the birdie.

Note: Please have lots of fun making this bird and many more but please do not sell this
pattern. It is for your personal use only and to make someone happy by knitting them a bird. Visit my blog for other fun crafts: knittingaura.blogspot.com

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