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1. 8 ply weight wool or acrylic.
2. 3.25mm and 4mm 40cm circular needles/ 3.25 DPN and 4mm DPN or size needed to obtain gauge.
3. Buttons for eyes
4. Stitch marker
5. Yarn needle
6. polyester stuffing
Colours for Red Bird:
MC – red
CC1 - White
CC2 - Yellow
CC3 - Black
Knitterbees stitch dictionary:
CC: contrasting color (CC1= contrasting color 1 etc.)
dpns: double pointed needles
k2tog: knit the next two stitches together.
Kfb: knit front and back
MC: main color
pm: place marker
rm: remove marker
ssk: slip next 2 sts knitwise onto your right needle, insert left needle purlwise into the front of the sts & knit them together.
St st: stockinette/stocking stitch. k a row, purl a row. (In the round however you must knit every round.)
yo: yarn over
Let's Begin Knitting !!!!!!
With the 4mm circular needle cast on 48 stitches (CC1). Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches. Place a stitch marker on the first stitch.
Please change to red yarn when the text is in red.
Row 1-20(CC1): (k2p2) repeat
Change to 3.25mm circular needle. Row 21-60(CC1): (k2p2) repeat
Change to 4.00mm circular needle. Row 61: k5, k38, k5,
Row 62: k6, k36, k6,
Row 63: k7, k34, k7,
Row 64: k8, k32, k8,
Row 65: k9, k30, k9,
Row 66: k10, k28, k10,
Row 67: k11, k26, k11,
Row 68: k12, k24, k12,
Row 69: k13, k22, k13,
Row 70: k14, k20, k14,
Row 71: k16, k16, k16,
Row 72-92: knit. 48st
Row 72-92: knit. 48st
Row 93: (k2tog) repeat. 24st
Row 94: knit
Row 95: (k2tog) repeat. 12st
With the remaining 12 stitches and 3.25mm needles, divide into 2 groups to create the 2 feathers on top of head (6 st for each feather). I have used the first 4 and last 2 stitches for the first feather and remaining stitches for the second feather – this will result the 2 feathers to be slightly offset.
Row 1 (MC): knit in the round. 6st
Row 2 (MC): k4, kfb, k1. 7st
Row 3 (MC): knit
Row 4 (MC): k5, kfb, k1. 8st
Row 5 (MC): knit
Row 6 (MC): k6, kfb, k1. 9st
Row 7 (MC): knit
Row 8 (MC): k1, kfb, k5, kfb, k1. 11st
Row 9 (MC): knit
Row 10 (MC): k1, kfb, k7, kfb, k1. 13st
Row 11 (MC): knit
Row 12 (MC): k1, kfb, k9, kfb, k1. 15st
Row 13 (MC): knit
Row 14 (MC): k5, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k1. 13st
Row 15 (MC): knit
Row 16 (MC): k4, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k1. 11st
Row 17 (MC): knit. Start inserting stuffing before hole gets too small.
Row 18 (MC): k3, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k1. 9st
Row 19 (MC): knit
Row 20 (MC): k2, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k1. 7st
Row 21 (MC): knit
Row 22 (MC): k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1. 5st
Use tweezers to stuff stuffing but don’t stuff too firmly and bind off using
Repeat instruction for feather 2.
Pick up 26 stitches with 3.25mm needles as indicated in Diagram 1, using CC2. Divide stitches between 4 dpns. Start round from the bottom mid-point of beak.
Row 1(CC2): knit
Row 2(CC2): (k1, k2tog, k7, SSK, k1) repeat once 22st
Row 3(CC2): knit
Row 4(CC2): k1, k2tog, k16, SSK, k1 20st
Row 5(CC2): knit
Row 6(CC2): (k1, k2tog, k4, SSK, k1) repeat once 16st
Row 7(CC2): knit
Row 8(CC2): k1, k2tog, k10, SSK, k1 14st
Row (CC2)9: knit
Row 10(CC2): kfb, kfb, k2, SSK, k2, k2tog, k2, kfb, kfb 16st
Row 11(CC2): knit
Row 12(CC2): K5, SSK, k2, k2tog, k5. Insert stuffing before hole gets too small. 14st
Row 13(CC2): knit
Row 14(CC2): k1, k2tog, k1, SSK, k2, k2tog, k1, SSK, k1 10st
Row 17(CC2): k2tog, SSK, k2, k2tog, SSK 6st
Use tweezers to stuff beak firmly and bind off using kitchener stitch.
Worked the eyes in duplicate stitches and sew in eyebrow as shown in Diagram 1.
Chart Rules for Diagram 1:
1. All stitches are knitted.
2. X indicates the pick up stitches.
3. Read from bottom row to top.