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Free Crochet Bird Pattern: Bob and Betty Bird

Two chubby crochet birds, one wearing a hat and one with a flower on her head.
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This free crochet bird pattern has been sponsored by Clover USA. All opinions are my own.

This week I’d love to introduce you to my new free crochet bird pattern to make my little friends Bob and Betty Bird. This is a quick and easy amigurumi bird pattern that makes two chubby little birds who are ready for spring. They’re all dressed up to celebrate the spring season and make new friends after a long winter away.

Bob and Betty are a pattern that was created with the help of my two young children. I wanted to make a crochet bird pattern for spring and started on a prototype. Once my children saw it, they both wanted one of their own, in their favourite colours. I was happy to oblige and began making them their own birds.

It felt like the birds needed a little something more though so I asked my kids: “what do you think this little crochet bird needs to make them cuter?” They came up with some fun ideas but ultimately, my daugther decided on a pink flower and eyelashes for her bird and my son wanted a blue hat. My kids are always a big inspiration for me but it was especially fun creating this for them to be exactly what they wanted it to be.

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My husband laid claim to the original prototype and wanted nothing added to his. So thanks to my kids, instead of one free crochet bird pattern to share with you today, we have two. We hope you enjoy them. I know my kids certainly do!

For this project I used some wonderful tools from Clover USA, specifically, a Clover Amour crochet hook, Chibi Bent Tip Tapestry Needles and Quick Lock Stitch Markers.

Two amigurumi birds standing in front of clover usa products used in the free crochet pattern

A good quality, comfortable crochet hook and locking stitch markers are vital tools to creating amigurumi. When creating an amigurumi project, the stitches tend to be tighter than other projects in order to prevent the stuffing from showing. This can lead to hand pain if you have an uncomfortable crochet hook. I found this hook to be incredibly comfortable and smoothe to work with.

Get an ad-free PDF version of this pattern HERE on Ravelry or HERE on Etsy.

I exclusively use locking stitch markers. The reason being is that I don’t trust stitch markers that don’t lock. I’ve had other stitch markers that didn’t lock fall out of my work, losing my place too many times to count. And that, is just too frustrating to deal with. If you really enjoy making amirugumi, then I highly recommend locking stitch markers become your new best friend. The Quick Lock Stitch Markers from Clover were fab. They come in a great little box that latches closed so it helps me keep them all in the same place (besides the ones that fall in my couch lol). Not only did the little kit of stitch markers come with a few different sizes, they look like tiny little sheep. They are just C.U.T.E.!

Free Crochet Bird Pattern: Bob and Betty Bird

Back view of the birds made with this free crochet bird pattern
Check out those cute little tails!



Check out the free tutorial for this pattern on YouTube!



Skill Level:

  • Easy

Terminology:

  • U.S. Terminology

The yarn and some of the tools used in this free crochet bird pattern.

Supplies to make Betty Bird (Purple Bird):

Supplies to make Bob Bird (Blue Bird):

Abbreviations:

  • CH = Chain
  • ST = Stitch
  • MC = Magic Circle
  • SL ST = Slip Stitch
  • SC = Single Crochet
  • SCINC = Single Crochet Increase
  • SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
  • FLO = Front Loops Only.
  • FO = Finish Off


Finished size:

  • Approximately 3” tall by 4.5” wide from wing tip to wing tip

Gauge:

  • 10.5 sts x 11.5 rows = 2 inches

Notes:

  • This pattern is worked in continuous rounds (unless stated otherwise).  Do not join at the end of the row, unless indicated.  A stitch marker is used to keep track of the beginning of the round.
  • For a cleaner SCDEC, do your SCDEC under the front loops only of each stitch rather than under both loops.  This is often referred to as an invisible decrease.
  • The Body, Wing, Beak and Tail pattern is the same for both birds.  The only difference is the colour you use.  Where “main colour” is indicated, use Fairy Tale (purple) for Betty Bird (she’s wearing a flower) and Denim (blue) for the Bob Bird (he’s wearing a hat).

Amigurumi birds standing on top of colourful yarn

Body:

Round 1: Using your main colour, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
Round 3: (SCINC, SC 1) x 6 (18)
Round 4: SC 1, (SCINC, SC 2) x 5, SCINC, SC 1 (24)
Round 5: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6 (30)
Round 6: SC 2, (SCINC, SC 4) x 5, SCINC, SC 2 (36)
Round 7: (SC 5, SCINC) x 6 (42)
Round 8: SC 3, SCINC, (SC 6, SCINC) x 5, SC 3 (48)
Rounds 9 – 17: SC around (48) – Place safety eyes in Round 15 with 7 sts between them.
Round 18: SC 3, SCDEC, (SC 6, SCDEC) x 5, SC 3 (42)
Round 19: SC around (42)
Round 20: (SC 5, SCDEC) x 6 (36)
Round 21: SC 2, (SCDEC, SC 4) x 5, SCDEC, SC 2 (30)
Start stuffing, adding a bit more stuffing with each round.  Stuff firmly.
Round 22: (SC 3, SCDEC) x 6 (24)
Round 23: SC 1, (SCDEC, SC 2) x 5, SCDEC, SC 1 (18)
Round 24: (SCDEC, SC 1) x 6 (12)
Round 25: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)

FO leaving a long tail.  Weave the tail through the FLO to close the opening.  Weave in ends.

** For Betty Bird Only**
Using the black embroidery thread, embroider some eyelashes next to each eye.  Start in the stitch directly next to the center/side of each eye.  Insert the needle into the stitch two stitches to the right and back up through the stitch you started the eyelashes in.  Insert the needle into the stitch that is one stitch above and slightly to the left (for the first eyelash on the right side and to the right for the left eyelash) of tip of the first eye lash.  Repeat with the other eye.

Purple crochet bird made with this free crochet bird pattern

Beak

Round 1: Using Caution, make a MC and SC 8 into the MC. (8)
Round 2: (SC 1, SCINC) x 4 (12)
Rounds 3 – 4: SC around (12)
Do NOT stuff.  After completing Row 4, join your last stitch to the first stitch with a SL ST.  FO leaving a long tail to sew onto face. Lining the beak up with the bottom of the eyes, sew onto the face, sewing through both layers of the beak at once.

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Wings (make 2)

Round 1: Using main colour, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC (6).
Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
Rounds 3 – 5: SC around (12)

After completing Row 5, join your last stitch to the first stitch with a SL ST.  FO leaving a long tail to sew onto the body.  Do NOT stuff.  Sew wings onto either side of the body, lining the top edge of the wing up with the bottom of the eyes and sewing through both layers of the wings at the same time.

Blue Amigurumi Bird made with this free crochet bird pattern

Feet (make 2)

Round 1: Using Caution, make a MC and SC 8 into the MC. (8)
Round 2: (SC 1, SCINC) x 4 (12)
Rounds 3 – 5: SC around (12)
After completing Row 5, join your last stitch to the first stitch with a SL ST.  FO leaving a long tail to sew either side of the body. Do NOT stuff.  Sew the feet onto the bottom of your bird along Round 5 with 3 stitches in between them, sewing through both layers of the feet at the same time.

Tail

Round 1: Using main colour, CH 10.  SCINC in the 2nd CH from the hook.  SC 7, SC 4 in the last CH. Working up the other side of the CH, SC 7, SCINC in the last CH.  Do not join. (22)
Round 2: SC in each st around (22)
Round 3: SCDEC, SC 8, SCDEC, SC 10 (20)
Round 4: SC around (20)
Round 5: SCDEC, SC 8, SCDEC, SC 8 (18)
Round 6: SC around (18)

After completing Round 6, join your last stitch to the first stitch with a SL ST.  FO leaving a long tail to sew onto the bottom part of the back of your bird.  Do NOT stuff.  Sewing through both layers of the tail, sew the tail onto the bottom of your bird along Round 4 of the body so the tail points out towards the center of the back of the body.

Flower for Betty Bird

Round 1: Using Caution, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC.  Join to first st with a SL ST. FO.
Round 2:
Change to Rouge, attaching it to the first ST of the previous round.CH 1.(HDC, DC, HDC) in the first st. *(SL ST, HDC, DC, HDC) in the next st.* Repeat instructions in ** 4 more times.  Join last st to first st with a SL ST. 

FO and weave in ends.  Sew to the head of the bird.

Two amigurumi birds being held i someone's hands.

Hat for Bob Bird

Round 1: Using Celestial, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
Round 3: (SCINC, SC 1) x 6 (18)
Round 4: SC 1, (SCINC, SC 2) x 5, SCINC, SC 1 (24)
Round 5: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6 (30)
Rounds 6 – 8: SC around (30)
Round 9: (SCINC, SC 1) x 15 (45)
Round 10: SL ST in each st around. (45)
FO.  Using a long piece of Celestial yarn, sew the hat onto the top of the bird’s head, adding a bit of stuffing into the hat before closing it up.


I hope you have enjoyed making your very own Bob and Betty bird using this free crochet bird pattern! While you’re here, check out some of my other free amigurumi patterns: Buttons the Bunny Crochet Bunny Pattern, Derek the Dinosaur, Carter the Carrot, Kaya Koala, Crochet Koala Keychain, Penny the Bunny Cactus. See all available patterns HERE.

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