Feel free to add extra features like the rattle (check out the bunny pattern for details) and personalize it to make it your own. Gauge doesn't matter, so you can use basically any yarn and hook you want to, as long the stitches are tight enough to keep the stuffing in.
- Worsted weight yarn (less than 1 skein) in main color
- A small amount of worsted weight yarn for beak
- Size G (4.0 mm) crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
- 6 mm safety eyes
- Fiberfill stuffing
- Stitch marker (recommended)
st(s) = stitch(es)
ch = chain
ss = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
inc = work 2 sc in the same st
dec = sc decrease (I prefer to use the invisible decrease stitch)
Note: This pattern is worked in the round (meaning the stitches are worked in a continuous spiral). I recommend using a stitch marker and moving it after every round to help you keep track of which round you're working on.
Round 1: Make a magic circle and work 6 sc into the magic circle (6)
Round 2: inc around (12)
Round 3: [inc, sc] around (18)
Round 4: [inc, sc in the next 2 sts] around (24)
Round 5: [inc, sc in the next 3 sts] around (30)
Round 6: [inc, sc in the next 4 sts] around (36)
Rounds 7-15: sc around (36)
Round 16: [dec, sc in the next 4 sts] around (30)
Round 17: sc around (30)
At this point, I like to add the face and then begin stuffing. I placed the safety eyes between round 15 and 16, with approximately 4 stitches between them. I stitched the beak using a small bit of orange yarn and the tapestry needle across rounds 13 and 14, in between the eyes.
Round 19: sc around (24)
Round 20: [dec, sc in the next 2 sts] around (18)
Round 21: [dec, sc] around (12)
Round 22: dec around (6)
Fasten off, leaving a yarn tail. Weave the tail through the remaining stitches and pull taut to close. Weave in ends. (If you're unfamiliar with this finishing technique, Planet June has an excellent tutorial).
Row 1: sc in the 2nd chain from the hook and in each remain ch across, turn (4)
Rows 2-3: ch 1, sc across, turn (4)
Row 4: ch 1, dec twice, turn (2)
Row 5: ch 1, dec (1)
Fasten off. .
Using the yarn ends from the wings, attach wings to the sides of the body, about level with the beak. Weave in ends. If you'd like to add a fluffy feathers, cut about four 3-4 inch strands of yarn. Attach the yarn by folding the yarn pieces in half and pulling the centers of each strand through the stitch where you'll be attaching the feathers. Pull the yarn part of the way through the stitch and then pull the ends of the yarn through the loop you just made, pulling taut to secure. Trim the yarn to desired length and separate strands of the yarn to make the feathers fluffier.