PROJECT #029: AMIGURUMI ZEBRA FINCH | FREE CROCHET PATTERN
Hello and welcome back everyone! It’s been a while. I had to disappear for a bit while I sorted out the other side of Projectarian. I’ve just been diagnosed with a type of arthritis (at the tender age of 29) and along with a whole new healthier lifestyle, I also had to change the way I work when making my toys and other physical products to decrease the strain on my joints. Everything is sorted now and it’s time to focus on a new Project for you guys, so let’s make a Zebra Finch!
First off, credit goes to Lime Green Lady for the majority of the design! This bird’s perfect body is her beautiful design and she very generously published the free pattern at her blog.
Pattern: Crochet Bird by Lime Green Lady
SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED
Yarn in multiple colours (more info below)
Crochet hook: 2.5mm (slightly bigger or smaller will work too)
Yarn sewing needle
Felting needle (Fine gauge)
Felting roving in multiple colours (more info below)
I used a bunch of different brands, and you can use any kind that you can find in the right colours, as long as it’s the correct weight. You’ll need:
You will need to know how to needle felt to do the detail on the bird’s face. You can make your own roving/fluff for felting by brushing yarn with a cat brush (slicker brush). The fluff that stays behind in the brush is ideal for felting and you’ll need very small amounts. You’ll use the following colours:
Written in US terminology
Difficulty: Intermediate. The body itself is relatively easy, but the felting presents more of a challenge.
Necessary Skills: The magic ring, working in the round (in a spiral), basic sewing (whip stitch), needle felting, and the crochet stitches listed below in abbreviations.
Yarn Weight: Double Knit (Light Worsted / 8ply/ 11wpi)
Gauge: Not critical with amigurumi. Using the suggested hook and yarn combo will make a bird about 9cm tall. The mesh should be tight enough to conceal the stuffing inside.
- R = Row
- CH = Chain
- ST = Stitch
- SS = Slip stitch
- SC = Single crochet
- *…* = Section to be repeated
- Hk = hook
- Decr = Decrease (SC next 2 sts together)
All set? let’s begin…
Click here and follow Lime Green Lady’s pattern to make the body. Use Light Grey yarn (a 2.5 mm hook should be used throughout the entire pattenr). Turn the body inside out as you go, so the the Wrong Side faces out when you’re done.
Weave in the loose ends.
R1: Using Black yarn, ch13. In 2nd ch from hk, *(SC, ch1, SC). SC in next 10 ch. In last ch, (SC, ch1, SC).* Repeat along other side of ch.
R2: SC in 1st st. In ch space, (SC, ch1, SC). SC in next st. HDC in next st and change to White as you complete the stitch (YO with black, draw up a loop. YO with White and draw through all 3 loops on hook to complete the HDC).
Using White yarn, DC in next 2 sts. Work the Black yarn in as you go. Change to Black on your 2nd st, by drawing Black yarn up to complete the DC.
Using Black, DC in next 2 sts. Work the White in as you go. Change to White on your 2nd st.
Continue alternating in this manner with 2 Black DC, 2 White DC, until you have 3 White stripes. Change to Black.
In ch space, (DC, ch1, DC). DC in nest 2 sts. In ch space, (DC, ch1, DC). *2 White DC, 2 Black DC. * Twice. 2 White DC. Change to Black. HDC in next st. In ch space, (SC, ch1, SC). SC in next st. SC in last st.
Tie off, leaving a long thread for sewing Tail to Body.
Position the tail at the very last Row of the body. Sew in place and weave in the loose ends.
R1: Using Red-Orange yarn, 4SC in magic ring.
R2: Continue working in the round. 2SC in each st. (8)
R3: *SC in next st. 2SC in next st.* 4 times. (12)
R4: SC in next st. *HDC in next. 2DC in next. HDC in next.* SC in next 3 sts. *Repeat. SC in next 2 sts.
SS in next 2 sts and tie off, leaving a thread for sewing Beak to Head.
Stuff the Beak. The DCs should be positioned at the top and bottom of the Beak. Squash the Beak slightly on the sides to shape it, and position it in line with the top of the Head, spanning down to the top of the Chest, with the DCs at the top and bottom. Sew in place and weave in the loose end.
R1: Using Black yarn, ch10. Starting in 2nd ch from hk, SC in next 9 ch. SS into the same ch as your last SC. Tie off.
R2: Using White yarn, join with a SS, ch1 at 2nd SC. SC in same st. SC in next 6sts, leaving last st un-worked. Ch1, turn. (7)
R3: 2SC in 1st st. SC in next 5 sts. 2SC in last st. Ch1, turn. (9)
R4: 2SC in 1st st. SC in next 7 sts. 2SC in last st. Ch1, turn. (11)
R5-10: SC in each st. Ch1, turn. (11)
R11: Decr. SC in next 7 sts. Decr. Ch1, turn. (9)
R12: Decr. SC in next 5 sts. Decr. Ch1, turn. (7)
R13: Decr. SC in next 3 sts. Decr. Ch1, turn. (5)
R14: Decr. SC in next st. Decr. (3)
SC around the edge:
Return to R1. Join White yarn at un-worked Black SC, with a SS, ch1. Now working into the sides of the Rows, work 1 SC into each Row, all the way down the side of the Belly (13). At the bottom, work 1 SC into each st (3). Work 1 SC into each Row up the other side of the Belly (13). SS into last un-worked Black SC.
Tie off, leaving a long thread for sewing Belly to Body.
Leave a gap of about 1 Row under the Beak. Position the Belly and sew the White area in place with White yarn. Use light Grey yarn to sew the Back area. Weave in the loose ends.
Work slowly and make sure both side of the face are symmetrical. Begin with the cheek. Use Yellow-Orange to make the Cheek shape on the side of the head. I used pins as a guide, to mark both side of the head symmetrically .
Now fill the area between the cheek and Beak with White, adding a rounded shape above the Cheek which will be the Brow.
Now add a Black line around the Beak, starting where the White starts near the bottom of the Beak, and ending at the same position on the other side of the Head.
Add a long, thin Black triangle between the White and the Cheek.
Now make a Black circle for the Eye, between the Brow and the triangle. It doesn’t have to be solid in the middle, since the Eye is going to be Orange.
Using Red-Orange, make an Iris inside the Black circle, leaving a ring of Black around the Eye. Mine covered the Black too much, so I went over it again at the end with more Black to define the ring around the Eye.
Add a small Black Pupil inside the Eye.
Use White to make a highlight overlapping the Iris and Pupil.
You can now go over any parts that need more definition.
R1: Using Red-Orange yarn, 5SC in magic ring.
R2: Continue working in the round. SC in each st. (5)
R3: Join White yarn with a SS, ch1. SC in each st. (5)
R4: SC in each st.
SS in next 2 sts. Tie off, leaving a long thread for sewing Legs to Body.
Stuff the Legs and position them at R8-12 of the Belly. Pin in place and make sure the Bird stands. Shift the legs if needed, to balance the Bird. Sew in place and weave in loose ends.
Click here and follow Lime Green Lady’s pattern to make the wings as well. Use Dark Grey yarn. At the end of Round 5, tie off and change to Brown yarn. Join Brown yarn with a knot on your hook and complete the wing as the pattern instructs.
Weave in the loose ends, leaving a long Dark Grey thread for sewing Wing to Body.
Position the wings at Round 8, with a gap of about 3 sts between them at the narrowest point between the “shoulders”. The tips of the wings should touch each other near the tail.
Your fancy little Bird is complete! I’d love to see how yours came out so please share your pictures with us! You can tag @Projectarian on Instagram with your #ProjectZebraFinch pics, or post them in our Facebook group.
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