Yarn

Bird Trio

By  Edie Eckman  for  Storey Publishing, ©2014

size: 3" tall

  • Bird Trio
  • Fig. 1 - Body
  • Fig. 2 - Head
  • Fig. 3 - Breast
  • Fig. 4 - Wing
  • Fig. 5 - Beak

Materials

  • Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted Yarn, one skein each: Real Red 12294 (A), Vivid Blue 91868 (B), Cream Natural Undyed 40001 (C)
  • Solid black safety eyes, 6mm
  • Polyester fiberfill stuffing
  • Yellow craft felt, 1”x1” scrap (for each bird)

Tools

  • Crochet hook, Size US F/5
  • Needles: yarn, bead
  • Sewing thread to match craft felt

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler, stitch markers

Abbreviations

ch: chain
dc: double crochet
hdc: half double crochet
rep: repeat
rnds: rounds
RS: right side
sc: single crochet
sl st: slip stitch
st(s): stitch(es)
tr: treble crochet

  • Gauge
  • 1. 4 rnds sc = 1-1/2" in diameter. Gauge is not crucial for this project; fabric should be consistent and tight.
  • Special Stitches/Techniques
  • 1. sc2tog - single crochet 2 stitches together: (Insert hook into next st and pull up loop) two times, yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook.
  • 2. sc3tog - single crochet 3 stitches together: (Insert hook into next st and pull up loop) three times, yarn over and pull through all four loops on hook.
  • 3. working into back bump of chain - with wrong side of chain facing, insert hook into bumps on back of chain. (Right side of chain is series of "v's".)
  • 4. Note: Each bird takes approximately 33 yards of yarn. The birds are made in pieces and sewn together. Head, Breast, and Wings are fastened off with 15" long tails to use for sewing together. All pieces are sewn together using whipstitch. Body, Breast, and Head are sewn together by using top two loops of each outside stitch.
  • Body
  • 1. Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st to first sc. (6 sc)
  • 2. Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st to first sc. (12 sc)
  • 3. Rnd 4: Place marker in 12th st from join, ch 1, 2 sc in next 2 sc, *(sc next 3 sc, 2 sc next st) two times**, 2 sc next sc, 3 sc in marked sc (place marker in 3rd sc), 2 sc next 2 sc; rep from * to ** once, 2 sc in next sc, sc next st, join with sl st to first sc. (36 sc)
  • 4. Rnd 5: Ch 1, (sc next 4 sc, 2 sc next sc) three times, sc next sc, 2 sc next sc, sc next sc, 3 sc in marked sc (remove marker), (sc next sc, 2 sc next sc) two times, (sc next 4 sc, 2 sc next sc) two times, sc next 2 sc, 2 sc next sc, join with sl st to first sc. (47 sc)
  • 5. Rnd 6: Ch 1, (sc next 5 sc, 2 sc next sc) seven times, sc next 5 sc, join with slip st to first sc. (54 sc)
  • 6. Rnd 7: Ch 1, (sc next 6 sc, 2 sc next sc) three times, sc in next 11 sc, (2 sc next sc, sc next 6 sc) three times, 2 sc in next st, sl st to first sc of round. (61 sc)
  • 7. Rnd 8: Ch 1, (sc next 7 sc, 2 sc next sc) three times, sc next 4 sc, hdc next 5 sc, sc next 4 sc, (2 sc next sc, sc next 7 sc) three times, join with sl st to first sc. (62 sc, 5 hdc)
  • 8. Fasten off. Place marker in 27th and 41st st. See Figure 1.

    Fig. 1 - Body
  • Head
  • 1. Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st to first sc. (6 sc)
  • 2. Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc each sc, join with sl st to first sc. (12 sc)
  • 3. Rnd 3: Ch 1, (sc next 3 sc, 2 sc next sc)
  • 4. three times, join with sl st to first sc. (15 sc)
  • 5. Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing. See Figure 2.

    Fig. 2 - Head
  • Breast
  • 1. Row 1: Ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook, turn. (1 sc)
  • 2. Row 2: Ch 1, 3 sc in sc, turn. (3 sc)
  • 3. Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first sc, 2 sc next sc, sc next sc, turn. (4 sc)
  • 4. Row 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc next 2 sc, 2 sc next sc, turn. (6 sc)
  • 5. Row 5: Ch 1, sc in next 6 sc, turn.
  • 6. Row 6: Repeat Row 5.
  • 7. Row 7: Ch 1, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc, sc in next 2 sc, turn. (8 sc)
  • 8. Row 8: Ch 1, sc in next 8 sc, turn.
  • 9. Rows 9-11: Repeat Row 8 three times.
  • 10. Row 12: Ch 1, sc in next 2 sc, (sc2tog) twice, sc in next 2 sc, turn. (6 sc)
  • 11. Rows 13 and 14: Repeat Row 5 two times.
  • 12. Row 15: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc next 2 sc, sc2tog, turn. (4 sc)
  • 13. Row 16: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc2tog, sc next st, turn. (3 sc)
  • 14. Row 17: Ch 1, sc3tog, turn. (1 st)
  • 15. Row 18: Ch 1, sc in next st.
  • 16. Edging: Ch 1, turn 90° to work along side, sc in side of next 6 rows, 2 sc in side of next row, sc in side of next 4 rows, 2 sc in side of next row, sc in side of next 5 rows, 3 sc in bottom of Row 1; turn to work along other side, starting with Row 2 sc in sides of next 5 rows, 2 sc in next row, sc in sides of next 4 rows, 2 sc in next row, sc in next 6 rows, sl st in top of next st. (41 sc)
  • 17. Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing. See Figure 3.

    Fig. 3 - Breast
  • Wings (make two)
  • 1. Wings are worked in continuous rounds. Place marker at first stitch of round and move it up as you work rounds.
  • 2. Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sc)
  • 3. Rnd 2: 2 sc in next 6 sc. (12 sc)
  • 4. Rnd 3: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) six times, then continuing part way around to finish rnd, hdc next sc, sc next sc, (sc, hdc) in next sc, dc in next st, (dc, tr, ch 4, sc) in next st, skip next st, sl st in next st. (21 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 1 tr)
  • 5. Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st, (2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sc) four times, sc in next 4 sc, (2 sc, ch 2, sc) in next st, skip 1 ch, sc in next 3 ch, sl st in first sc of rnd. (28 sc)
  • 6. Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing. See Figure 4.

    Fig. 4 - Wing
  • Finishing
  • 1. Weave in beginning tails on all pieces.
  • 2. Sew Head to Body along sts 27-41 using ending tail; do not fasten off.
  • 3. Place Breast with ending tail at base of Head with wrong sides together to Body. Using remaining tail from Head and starting with same st as last st on Head, sew Breast to Body along one side of Breast. (21 sts) Weave in rest of tail from Head. (Note: On first st of Breast, sew through both st on Head and st on Body.)
  • 4. Insert safety eyes between 2 sc on either side of hdcs. Fill head with stuffing.
  • 5. Using ending tail from Breast, sew opposite side of Breast to Body starting at Head (21 sts). Do not cut tail.
  • 6. Stuff Body firmly through opening at tail. Fold tail flat, making sure all stuffing is in Body cavity. Use remaining Breast tail to sew running stitch along base of tail to center round of Body to close opening. Weave in remaining ends.
  • 7. Place Wings along sides and sew in place, stitching around rounded end.
  • Beak
  • 1. Cut Beak shape from craft felt. Referring to beak diagram, fold point B to point C. Starting at point A, whipstitch to close raw edges to points B and C. Then place Beak on bird's Head. Weave in ends. See Figure 5.

    Fig. 5 - Beak