Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Stevie Bird Amigurumi Tutorial

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Hi Everyone!

With our lovely Australian Spring weather, I've been super inspired by Birds this year.

You may have already seen or even purchased my Pearly Hummingbird pattern which I released a little over 4 weeks ago.

Now I'd like to present my latest feathered friend Stevie Bird!



And this pattern is free right here, right now!

I also have created a printable PDF version of this pattern.

It will only cost a small fee of $1 on the PDF as it takes ALOT of work to create these patterns.

The PRINTABLE PDF is AVAILABLE FOR US$1 on LoveCrochet., Ravelry and Etsy.

****UPDATE 4th of May 2016****
 
I now have a video tutorial for Stevie Bird!!!!
If you want to watch it, you can access the entire tutorial in one video or watch the 3 parts series via my Stevie Video post here!

So what do you need?


I have used Yarnart Begonia which is a 4ply mercerised cotton, but you can use any type of finger weight yarn.

Polyester stuffing

2 x 6mm safety eyes

2.5mm Crochet hook

Stitch markers

Darning needle

Scissors

You can simply have Stevie as is, or attach Alligator clips or ribbon if you want to clip or hang her from a Xmas tree etc.

Stitches used:


(American crochet terms)

Beg–   Beginning        
Ch-    Chain       
Dc-    Double crochet   
Hdc– Half double crochet
Inv dec– Invisible decrease- tutorial available here
MR- Magic Ring    - tutorial available here
SC– single crochet
Sk- Skip     
Sl st- Slip stitch
Sp- Space     
Tr– Treble
  


 
Colour Options:

For Stevie Bird:        

Colour A– teal

Colour B– mid blue

Colour C– light pink

Colour D– grey

Colour E– mid pink

Or substitute with any of your favourite colours.

Body:

Worked in Colour A

Ch 22.


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Row 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, and in each st across. Ch 1, turn. [21]

R2: 2sc in first st, 1 sc in each st across, 2sc in last st. Ch 1, turn. [23]

R3 &4: Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. [23]

R5: 2sc in first st, 1 sc in each st across, 2sc in last st. Ch 1, turn. [25]

R6: 2sc in 1st st, (1 sc in each st across) x 11, 2sc in same st, (sc in each st across) x 11, 2 sc in last st. Ch 1, turn. [28]

R7: Sc in each st across. Ch1, turn. [28]

R8: (Sc in each st) x 13, 2sc in next st, (sc in each st) x 14. Ch 1, turn. [29]

R9: Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. [29]

R10: (Sc in each st) x 14, inv dec, (Sc in each st) x 13. Ch 1, turn. [28]

R11: (Sc in each st) x 13, inv dec, (sc in each st) x 13. Ch 1, turn. [27]


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Row 15. Partway through one of the invisible decreases.
R12: (Sc in each st) x 8, inv dec, (sc in each st) x 7, inv dec, (Sc in each st) x 8. Ch 1, turn. [25]

R13: In 1st st (2sc), (Sc in each st) x 7, inv dec, (sc in each st) x 5, inv dec, (sc in each st) x 7, in last st (2sc). Ch 1, turn. [25]

R14: (sc in each st) x 7, 2 x inv dec, sc x 3,2 x inv dec, (sc in each st) x 7. Ch 1, turn. [22]

R15: (sc in each st) x 7, 4 x inv dec, (sc in each st) x 6. [17]

Now the 2 sides are curving towards each other. Join them and slip stitch together.

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Slip stitching the bottom of the body closed.
Finish off.
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The finished body right side out.

Head

Start with Colour B

Make a Magic Ring

Round 1: Crochet 6 sc in MR

R2: Crochet 2sc in each st of previous round [12sc]

R3: (2sc in next st, 1sc in next st) x 6 [18sc]

R4: (2sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts) x 6 [24]

R5: (2sc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts) x 6 [30sc]
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Row 6 of the head. Remember to use your stitch markers!!
R6– 11: Sc in each st around. At end of row 11, finish off.





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Stevie Bird can now see you!!

Fasten safety eyes between rows 8 and 9. Insert the first eye between them, then count 10 holes to the left and insert the second eye in the next hole. Close the washers from the inside of the piece.

Beak

Worked using Colour C

Ch 3. 
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Work 5 dc in the first ch (3rd from the hook).

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Sl st to the top of the beginning ch 3 to form a little cone. Tie off. Thread this end onto a darning needle.



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Sl st to the top of the beginning chain 3 to form the cone shape


Get a tiny bit of polyfill stuffing and stuff it into the little beak.

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Then sew the beak onto the head on the exact opposite side from the beginning of each rounds, between rounds 9 & 10. (see photo below)



 Once you have used the first thread to sew the beak on, leave the end dangling inside the head piece. Then thread the other cotton end onto the darning needle and thread through the centre tip of the beak to the inside of the head. Don’t pull this too tightly as it will pull the tip of the beak in. You want it to stay nice and pointy!

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With the 2 loose thread ends, tie them together to secure.

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And Stevies head is finished!

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The Back of Bird and Tail


Worked using Colour B


Chain 12


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Rw 1:  Sc in 2nd ch from the hook and in each chain across. Ch 1, turn. [11sc]


Rw 2-8: Sc in each stitch across (including in beginning ch 1 stitch). Ch 1, turn. (do not ch 1 in the 8th row)


Rw 9: Sl st to the 2nd sc, Ch 1. Sc in the same st and in each of the next 8sc to the 2nd last sc. Ch 1, turn. [9sc]


Rw 10– 11: Sc in same stitch as beginning ch 1, & in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. (do not ch 1 in the 10th row)


Do not finish off!!!   Attach a stitch marker to the last stitch to hold it place.


Using pins or better: stitch markers, attach the corners of the back piece to the corners of the body piece as shown in the photo below so the body and back will be stitched together inside out. 

***make sure to have the length of yarn which will still be used (still attached to the back piece) hanging out of the top, so when the whole piece is stitched together and needs to be turned right side out, you can then easily use it for crocheting again.

you can see this in the photo below as the mid blue length of yarn hanging out at the top right of the piece.***


One stitch marker on each of the 4 corners, plus that 5th stitch marker which was put in place to hold the last stitch on the back piece.
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There's that yarn you'll use again in a moment!
Hand stitch down each of the sides.



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First stitch down one side....
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And then stitch down the other side...

Turn out the right way.

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Then pick up Colour B with your last stitch of the back piece which was held in place with the stitch marker and start to crochet the tail:
Round 1: crochet 16 sc evenly around the opening.  For the remaining rounds, continue to crochet around in the amigurumi spiral style.



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R2: sc x 11, inv dec (this should be in the centre under the tail),  sc x 2. [15]

R3: sc x 11, inv dec, sc x 2. [14]

R4: sc x 8, inv dec, sc x 3, inv dec. [11]

Working an invisible decrease under the tail on row 4.

R5: sc x 10, inv dec, sl st to next stitch. [10]


The 5th row finished!






















Cut the yarn with a 4-5 inch tail. Finish off, then turn inside out and use the excess yarn to stitch the open tail end together.



To Make up the body:

With right sides facing (the body is inside out) and the head tipped upside down, make sure the beak and the centre circle on the body (which was Round 1) are lined up and pin in place.



Using the same colour yarn as one of the  colours, or with invisible thread, sew the head to the body around from body corner to body corner. Then there will be a gap at the back of the neck which the back strip attaches to later.

Sorry about the dodgy arrows!  But you get the idea. Stitch from the bottom line around to the top leaving the gap at the back of the neck open.


Turn your little bird carefully inside out through the gap, fluff out his tail and gently stuff with the polyester stuffing.

Then once filled, stitch the back of the neck closed.

Now it's time to embroider on her little birdie feet!

Turn Stevie upside down so she looks like this:



As you can see in the photo below, I used pearl headed pins to mark out where I wanted to position the feet. The white pin marks out the base centre point.

The pink pins mark out the position of each foot.



Slide a pin in at the tip of where the claws should end, then embroider 5 long claws.



When you've finished Stevies little feet should look like this!



Wings:


Make 2.


Start with Colour C


Starting with a magic ring, ch 3, then work 11 dc into the ring.

Tie off and change to colour D


R2: (2sc, sc, sc) x 4. Tie off and change to colour E


R3: Ch 3, in the same sp dc, in next st (2dc), in next st (2hdc), in next st (hdc, sc), 1sc in each of the next 2 st, in next st (sc, hdc), in next st (hdc,dc), in next st (tr, ch 2, slip st in 2nd ch from the hook, tr), in next st (dc, hdc), in next st (hdc, sc), 1 sc in each of the next 2 st, in next st (sc, hdc), in next st (2hdc), in next st (2dc). Join with a sl st to top of beg ch 3. Finish off.  Leave a 5-6 inch tail end for sewing the wing onto the body.










Position and pin wings to the desired position on your little bird and after threading the long leftover thread from the wing onto a darning needle, hand stitch it onto the body. After you’ve stitched around the wing, tie off and hide the tail end inside the body.

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I hope you like my little Stevie Bird! 

Just remember you can also purchase a digital download of this pattern from lovecrochet for just US$1. as well as Etsy or Ravelry.

It is 7 pages long.  It has photos along the way but not ALL the photos here on the blog to save you on printing, but enough to show you how it's done. 

If you make one I'd love to see a photo! You can email them or any questions to me at balibelibear@gmail.com or on my Facebook Page!

If you did enjoy my tutorial or any others you've found on my little blog.  Many of my tutorials are free for everyone, however if you'd like to make a little donation, it would be gratefully received and contribute towards future free tutorials!



16 comments:

  1. I'm in love with Stevie! I've pinned and tweeted and collected (g+). Those stitch markers are so lovely too. I'd love you to share Stevie at my linky parties!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'll pop on over and share him on your 2 Uses Tuesday right now :)
      I got the stitch markers for free with a copy of a crochet magazine a few months ago. I couldn't live without them!

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  2. These are such adorable little birds!

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  3. These birds are so cute! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern and tutorial.

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    1. You're welcome Kathleen! I'm glad you like them :)

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  4. He's just gorgeous, I'm pinning as I think I have a couple of nieces who NEED these as part of their Christmas presents! Your step by step looks so clear, I feel confident I could have a go at making one, thanks.

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    1. Good Luck Julia! I'd love to hear from you if you have any feedback on the pattern or need any help!

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  5. Awww he is super cute! Thank you for the lovely pattern. Wishing you a most lovely day. :)

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  6. Oh if only I could crochet as love little birdies, do sew them though

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  7. You have such colourful birds... They're all brownish up here... A Cardinal or BlueJay is about as exciting as it gets! -- Anyhoo, LOVE your little STEEVIEs!
    *hugs*!

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  8. Aww your birdies are so cute! The cheerful colours are the perfect antidote to a rather grey November day here in the UK :) x

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  9. Thanks for this pattern! I used it to make this little cockatiel today! http://i.imgur.com/GTvA0m4.jpg

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  10. This birds are so pretty cool! I love them very much and thank you for the detailed pattern :*

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  11. Thank you very much for the patron of this beautiful little bird , I just made mine !! and I was so cute !! sorry my English !! Hugs from Chile :)

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