I was so inspired after sitting down with Corinne Lapierre and finally learning some basic embroidery, that I came home dreaming about little birds. Here’s what I came up with…
Corinne Lapierre has just released her Folk Embroidery Felt Birds book which you can purchase here.
The book is jam-packed full of adorable little birdies for you to cut and embroider out of felt. But for those of you (like me) who struggle with the finer art of needlework, I have conjured up this little crochet alternative as a salute to Corinne and her birds.
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The pattern is made up of 4 main pieces: 2 body panels and 2 wing panels. Because you will have to flip one of the panels around so that they fit together back-to-back, one panel will always show the ‘wrong side’.
The wings are stitched onto the body panels using simple embroidery V’s. You will not need to secure the whole wing as the V will hold the panel to the body.
You will need:
- Yarn Needle for those pesky ends! (These with big loops for eyes are my favourite add-on EVER!)
- A trusty pair of scissors
- Aran weight yarn – I used Scheepjes Cahlista in White and Paintbox Simply Aran in Blush Pink and a scrap of Vanilla Cream (for the beak!)
- Black yarn or black embroidery thread for the eye (a scrap will do)
- Toy stuffing (I used around a handful)
Ch = chain
DC = double crochet (UK) (US = single crochet)
HTC = half treble crochet (UK) (US = half double crochet)
TC = treble crochet (UK) (US = double crochet)
SlSt = slip stitch
sts = stitches
Main Chick Body (make 2)
Make a magic circle, Ch3, 15TC into circle. Join with SlSt to top of Ch3. (16)
Ch10, HTC in 3rd Ch from hook. DC in each of the 7 remaining Ch. Slst into 1st TC from the head (the one next to the starting Ch of the head).
Slst into the next TC of the head.
6TC into 3rd Ch of the Body. Slst into the 6th Ch. SlSt into the next 2 sts.
3Tc into each TC (18)
Slst into the 4th TC from the head.
18DC around edge (this will bring you to the tail-end of the body). 2DC into next st to get you around the corner. Mark these 2 sts with a stitch marker.
1DC into next st. Also mark this st with a stitch marker.
20DC around edge. Join with Slst to starting DC.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
On one panel only:
Using your beak colour: In line with the 7th St from the original starting Ch of the head, make a standing DC. TC into same st and fasten off. Weave in ends.
In the first marked st, join a contrasting yarn, ch6. DC in second st from hook. DC in next 4 sts.
SlSt into next marked st.
Ch6. DC in second st from hook. DC in next 4 sts.
SlSt into next marked st. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Wings (make 2)
Make a magic circle, Ch1, 6DC into circle. SlSt to join.
Ch3, Dc into base of same st.
*Ch1, DC* repeat 4 times
Ch3. In the next st: TC, HTC.
Ch1, DC into next st.
Join with SlSt to 2nd Ch of starting Ch.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Attach wings to body panels using V stitches (as photographed). I used white yarn for this.
Make sure that you are stitching the wings on opposite sides so that when you place the panels back-to-back the wings face outwards.
Embroider an eye onto both panels. (Contrasting colour yarn- I used black)
Join both panels together using a blanket stitch in a contrasting colour. Stuff with toy stuffing as you go. Make your chick as porky or as skinny as you wish!
Blanket stitch not your thing? Join with DC all around the edge in a different colour.
And there you have it! A little folk-inspired crochet chick you can hook up in an evening! I’d love to see your endless colour combinations. Make sure to tag me in any photos with the hashtag #lovealyuk
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