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Festive Bird Ornament

By: Michele Wilcox for Red Heart Yarn

This Festive Bird Ornament is a very unique crochet pattern that uses holiday yarn to create a fun, sparkly aviary ornament. This Festive Bird Ornament is a beautiful addition to any Christmas tree and also makes a wonderful gift adornment or stocking stuffer.  Since it uses such a small amount of yarn, this crocheted ornament is also great for using up yarn scraps.  You could even make these cute crocheted birds to be out on display all year long by using general colors that are not holiday-themed.

Festive Bird Ornament'

Materials:

  • 1 Ball Red Heart® “Holiday” yarn in Aran/Gold (A)
  • 1 Ball Red Heart® “Holiday” yarn in Wine/Gold (B)
  • 1 Ball Red Heart® “Holiday” yarn in Hunter/Gold (C)
  • 1 Ball Red Heart® “Holiday” yarn in Black (D)
  • 4mm [G-6] crochet hook
  • Polyester filling
  • Yarn needle
  • Ribbon for hanging

 

Gauge: 16 sc = 4"; 16 rounds = 4". CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the specified gauge.

 

Instructions:

Body

With C, ch 2.

  1. Round 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Place marker for beginning of round.
     
  2. Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around – 12 sc.
     
  3. Round 3: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] around – 18 sc.
     
  4. Round 4: Sc in each sc around.
     
  5. Round 5: [Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around – 24 sc.
     
  6. Rounds 6-15: Sc in each sc around.
     
  7. Round 16: [Sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] around – 18 sc.
     
  8. Round 17: Sc in each sc around.
     
  9. Round 18: [Sc in next sc, sc2tog] around – 12 sc.
     
  10. Stuff with polyester filling.
     
  11. Round 19: [Sc2tog] around.
     
  12. Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Stuff tightly. Thread tail through remaining sts and pull to close. Knot to secure.

Head

With B, ch 2.

  1. Rounds 1-3: Work as for Body – 18 sc.
     
  2. Rounds 4-9: Sc in each sc around.
     
  3. Round 10: [Sc2tog] around – 9 sc.
     
  4. Round 11: Working in front loops only, 2 sc in each sc around – 18 sc.
     
  5. Round 12: Sc in next sc, hdc in next 2 sc, [2 hdc] in each of next 2 sc, hdc in next sc, [2 hdc] in each of next 2 sc, hdc in next 2 sc, sc in last 8 sc.
     
  6. Fasten off. Stuff tightly and sew onto Body.

Wing (Make 2)

With A, ch 2.

  1. Round 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
     
  2. Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around – 12 sc.
     
  3. Round 3: Sc in each sc around.
     
  4. Round 4: [Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around – 15 sc.
     
  5. Round 5: Sc in each sc around.
     
  6. Round 6: [Sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog] around – 12 sc.
     
  7. Rounds 7-11: Sc across to last 2 sc, sc2tog – 7 sc.
     
  8. Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through remaining sts and pull to close. Knot to secure.

Tail

With C, ch 6.

  1. Round 1: Work sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 3 ch, 3 sc in last ch, turn to work along opposite side of foundation ch, sc in next 3 ch, 2 sc in last ch – 12 sc.
     
  2. Rounds 2-9: Sc in each sc around.
     
  3. Round 10: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] around – 18 sc. Fasten off. Sew running stitches through both thicknesses at Round 4.
     
  4. Stuff lightly. Sew in place.

Beak

With D, ch 4.

  1. Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in last ch.
     
  2. Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 2 sts, slip st in last st. Fasten off. Fold in half and sew together. Sew in place.

Finishing

  1. Embroider eyes with French knot with D. Fold a length of ribbon in half and sew ends on Chirper for hanging. Weave in ends.
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