little birds

Make these little birds as toys or Christmas ornaments.


Copyright ©Mel Clark 2008

This pattern and photographs are for my readers’ personal use only. They may not be used on other blogs, published or used for commercial purposes.



15 g suitable yarn (shown in Blue Sly Alpaca Skinny Organic Cotton and Manos Del Uruguay Silk Blend)

Size 3.5mm[US4] double pointed needles or size appropriate for yarn choice

5 stitch markers, one in contrasting colour to mark end of round

Organic wool fibre for stuffing

20 cm length of ribbon


Cast on 26 sts.

Join in rnd, taking care not to twist the stitches. Place contrasting marker.

Rnd 1: K6, pm, k1, pm, k12, pm, k1, pm, k6.

Note: slip the marked stitches on alternate rnds.

Rnd 2: K 1 rnd.

Rnd 3: *K to 2 sts before marker, ssk, sm, k1, sm, k2tog; repeat from * once, k to end–22sts

Work 6 rnds straight.

**Work Rnd 3–18sts

Work 6 rnds straight.

Repeat from **–14sts

Work Rnd 3–10sts


Note: knit the marked stitches on all rounds from this point.

Rnd 1: M1, k to 2nd marker, sm, k1, m1, k2, m1, k1, sm, work to last marker, m1–14sts

Work 1 rnd.

Rnd 3: work to 2nd marker, k1, m1, k4, m1, k1, work to end–16sts

Work 1 rnd.

Rnd 5: Work to 2nd marker, k1, m1, k6, m1, work to end–18sts

Work 1 rnd.

Rnd 7: Work to 2nd marker, k1, m1, k8, m1, work to end–20sts

Work 1 rnd.

Rnd 9: Work to 2nd marker, k1, m1, k10, m1, work to end–22sts

Work 1 rnd.

Rnd 11:Work to 2nd marker, k1, m1, k12, m1, work to end–24sts

Work 4 rnds.

Fold tail at slipped stitches, and sew tail at cast on edge. Insert fibre filling.

Rnd 16:Work to 2nd marker, ssk, work to 2 sts before next marker, k2tog, work to end–22sts

Work 1 rnd.

Rnd 18-20: Repeat Rnd 16 three times–16sts

Rnd 21: Ssk, work to last 2 sts, k2tog–14sts

Rnd 22: Repeat Rnd 16–12sts

Rnd 23: *K2tog; repeat from * to end–6sts

Insert fibre filling

Remove all markers except one marking end of rnd.


Rnd 1: *Kfb; repeat from * to end–12sts

Rnd 2: K3, m1, k6, m1, k to end–14sts

Rnd 3:K3, m1, k8, m1, k to end–16sts

Work 2 rnds straight.

Rnd 6: K3, ssk, k6, k2tog, k3–14sts

Work 1 rnd

Rnd 8:K3, ssk, k4, k2tog, k3–12sts

Rnd 9: K3, ssk, k2, k2tog, k3–10sts

Rnd 10: K3, ssk, k2tog, k3–8sts

Insert last of fibre filling.

Rnd 11: [Ssk] twice, [k2tog] twice–4sts

Rnd 12: Ssk, k2tog–2sts

Slip 1st over second st. Fasten off.

Weave in ends.

WING [make 2]

Cast on 1st.

Row 1: Kfbf (knit front, back, front of stitch)–3sts

Row 2: Kfb, p1, k1–4sts

Row 3: [k1, p1] twice

Row 4: Pfb, k1, p1, k1–5sts

Row 5: [K1, p1] twice, k1.

Row 6:Kfb, [p1, k1] twice–6sts

Row 7: [K1, p1] 3 times.

Row 8:Pfb, [k1, p1] twice, k1–7sts

Row 9: [K1, p1] 3 times, k1.

Row 10:Kfb, [p1, k1] 3 times–8sts

Row 11: [K1, p1] 4 times

Row 12: [P1, k1] 4 times

Repeat rows 11 & 12.

Row 15: Dec 1 st each end of row–6sts

Row 16: Work 1 row straight.

Repeat rows 15 & 16 twice–2sts

Skp. Fasten off.

Sew short edge of wing along side of bird following curve of the shaping stitches.

Sew upper surface of the tail to the bird’s Back to set the tail at an angle [see photo below].

Sew 3 lines of running stitch along the length of the tail.

Sew ends of ribbon to Back of bird to form a loop.

note: pin the ribbon first to see how it hangs and make adjustments to the position.