My Knitted Birdies

Birdies

Designed by Parisa Roohipour a.k.a. LittleFire :)

Happy New Year Everybody! And welcome to my first ever pattern published on my blog…exciting stuff! I hope you will enjoy knitting these little Birdies. Pin them in your hair, on your clothes. Make them into brooches or decorations. A flock of Birdies would make a beautiful mobile or garland. They take so little time to make and are perfect for using up your scraps of yarn. Feel free to use any weight yarn you have lying around. Just make sure you use the appropriate size needles for the yarn and be aware that difference weight yarn will make a different sized Birdie. Have fun!

I wish you all a wonderful year to come, perfect stitches, even tension and lots of happy knitting!

Materials:

  • Small amount of 8ply/DK yarn
  • Textured yarn for wings and tail – optional
  • 4mm needles
  • Darning needle
  • Button/bead/thread from eye

Abbreviations:

  • w&t – wrap and turn. Knit across, leaving one stitch un-worked. Slip this stitch to the right needle, bring the yarn to the front of your work (as if to purl), put the stitch back onto the left needle, and put the yarn to the
    back of your work. Turn your work.
  • k2tog – knit 2 sts together
  • p2tog – purl 2 sts together
  • kfb – knit into front and back of same stitch
  • CO – cast on
  • BO – bind off

Pattern:

CO 10 sts
Row 1-4: Knit
Row 5: BO 2 sts, knit to end (8sts)
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: K 7sts, w&t
Row 8: Purl (7sts)
Row 9: K 6 sts, w&t
Row 10: Purl (6sts)
Row 11: K 5 sts, w&t
Row 12: Purl (5sts)
Row 13: K 4 sts, w&t
Row 14: Purl (4sts)
Row 15: K 3 sts, w&t
Row 16: Purl (3sts)
Row 17: K 2 sts, w&t
Row 18: Purl (2sts)
Row 19: K 1 sts, w&t
Row 20: Purl (1st)
Row 21: k1, pick up and knit wrap and wrapped stitch together. Do this to all wrapped stitches. (8sts)
Row 22: Purl

REPEAT rows 7-22 twice (3 w&t sections in total).

Row 54: k6, k2tog (7sts)
Row 55: Purl
Row 56: k5, k2tog (6sts)
Row 57: Purl
Row 58: k4, k2tog (5sts)
Row 59: Purl
Row 60: k2tog, k1, k2tog (3sts)
Row 61: Purl
Row 62: k2tog, k1 (2sts)
Row 63: p2tog (1st)
Pull end through remaining loop.

Beak

Pick up and knit 3 sts on right edge of Birdie’s head.

Row 1: Knit
Row 2: p2tog, p1
Row 3: k2tog
Pull end through remaining loop

Wing

Pick and knit 3 sts vertically in the centre of Birdie’s body.

Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: Kfb in every st (6sts)
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: k2tog, k2, k2tog (4sts)
Row 6: Knit
Row 7: k2tog, k2tog (2sts)
Row 8: Knit
Row 9: k2tog (1st)
Pull end through remaining loop.

Weave in all ends. (If the top of Birdie’s head is a little pointy, pull the yarn end down further when weaving it in, making the head more rounded).

Sew a button or bead, or make a french knot for your Birdie’s eye.

Little Fire a.k.a. Parisa Roohipour is a singer/songwriter from County Down, Northern Ireland who loves knitting, crochet, baking, making, basically anything crafty. She is currently in Australia, where she’s been living for the last 8 months (working in a yarn store – heaven!) and is about to embark on an epic round the world trip. Follow all the travelling, music and mayhem right here :)

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2 responses to “My Knitted Birdies

  1. How could I not resist to comment on the little birdies … I trust they have found a happy home. And those photos – my goodness aren’t they just wonderful, perfectly highlighting your crafty talents! [hehe] I love your first ever pattern and have been practising my w&t before making a bunch of birdies to take flight across the little ones bedroom. aPPLe

    • I would like to publically acknowledge Apple.Fluff for taking these lovely photos cuz my camera had died. And for teaching me lots about colour and photography in these last few months…extremely influencial you’ve been :)

      Speaking of wee birdies, where have those 2 ended up?? with you, right?! otherwise they are AWOL! Oops!

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