FLOPPY COCKATOO BIRD
As many of you know, I have been putting my time into developing an entire line of Floppy limbed amigurumi creatures. When I saw this yarn (Lion Brand yarn, Landscapes in Boardwalk) I instantly thought, “bird!” Unlike my other crochet creatures in this series, Floppy Bird only has the floppy legs, but the wings are so fun to crochet! They also have a flop all to their own, so I think I got away with it.
If you run this pattern up in white, it makes an awesome Cockatoo!
This pattern contains small parts. If you are making this for a younger child please embroider or needle felt the eyes, and sew pieces on extra firm.
This pattern is written using US terminology.
– Worsted weight yarn (medium 4)
– Lion Brand Yarn, Landscapes in Boardwalk
– Red Heart, Super Saver in Pumpkin
– 4mm hook
– 15mm doll safety eyes in blue (Not for children under 3. If you are making this for a smaller child please embroider or needle felt the eyes on)
– Doll making needle (or whatever needle you like to sew your pieces together extra firm.
– Optional: You can put a stuffing bomb in his bum to improve his sitting skills if you like. Just use pantyhose and fill it with some poly pellets.
Gauge is not important for this pattern. Just make sure it’s tight so your fiberfill doesn’t show through your stitches. If you are a loose hooker, you might want to go down an additional hook size to compensate for this.
ABREVIATIONS USED IN THIS PATTERN
R- round or row
FO- Finish off
Sl st- slip stitch
MC- magic circle
Sc- single crochet
Sc2tog- single crochet two together
Hdc- half double crochet
NOW FOR THE FUN PART…..
– Working in continuous rounds for head and body
– Use stitch marker to keep track of rounds.
– Use invisible decreases throughout (my You Tube tutorial can be found here)
HEAD (working from front to back of head)
– In main color
R 1- sc 6 into mc (6)
R 2- (sc 2 in ea st) around (12)
R 3- (1 sc into the next 2 sts, 2 sc into the next) around (16)
R 4- (1 sc into the next 3 sts, 2 sc into the next) around (20)
R 5- (1 sc into the next 4 sts, 2 sc into the next) around (24)
R 6- sc in ea of the next 3 sts, (1 hdc, 2 hdc) three times, 1 hdc, sc in ea of the next 7 sts, (sc2tog) two times, sc in ea of the last 3 sc (25)
-Mark center of forehead, in center of the half double crochet stitches. This will help with eye and ear placement later.
R 7 to R 9- sc in ea st around (25)
R 10- (sc in ea of the next 3 sts, sc2tog) around (20)
R 11- (sc in ea of the next 2 sts, sc2tog) around (15)
R 12- (sc in the next st, sc2tog) around (10)
– Stuff head, place eyes (if using safety eyes)
– FO with long tail and do a drawstring close.
– Use the long end for needle sculpting and tuck the eyes as desired.
BEAK (with Dark Grey Heather)
R 1- sc, (hdc) four times, sc into mc (6)
R 2- (sc in ea st) around (6)
R 3- join with a sl st, ch 1, sc in same st as sl st, (2 hdc in next st) three times, sc, do not join
– FO, leaving a long tail for sewing the beak to the face.
BODY (working from neck down to bottom)
R 1- sc 6 into mc (6)
R 2- (sc into the next st, sc 2 into the next) around (9)
R 3- sc in ea st around (9)
R 4- (sc in ea of the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next) around (12)
R 5- sc in ea st around (12)
R 6- (sc in ea of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next) around (15)
R 7- sc in ea st around (15)
R 8- (sc in ea of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in the next) around (18)
R 9-(sc in ea of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in the next) around (21)
R 10 & R 11- sc in ea st around (21)
R 12- (sc in ea of the next 6 sts, 2 sc in the next) around (24)
R 13- (sc in ea of the next 7 sts, 2 sc in the next) around (27)
R 14 & R 15- sc in ea st around (27)
R 16- (sc in the next st, sc2tog) around (18)
– If you haven’t done so already, get stuffin’
R 17- repeat round 16 (12)
R 18- (sc2tog) around (6)
– FO. Weave closed.
WINGS, TAIL & CREST (make 4)
– Start with long tail to use to sew wing to the body
R 1- ch 5, turn
R 2- sc in 2nd ch from hook and ea of the remaining 3, ch 4, turn
R 3- sk all ch sts, sk 3 sc, sl st in last sc st
R 4- ch 2 (counts as dc), dc 7 into ch 4 sp, turn
R5- ch 3 (counts as dc, ch 1), dc in next st, (ch1, dc in next st) five times, turn (should have a total of 6 ch 1 spaces)
R 6- ch 2 (does not count as dc), (dc, ch 1, dc) in ea ch 1 sp across (should have 6 V st clusters) turn
R 7-ch 2 (counts as dc), 2 dc in first ch 1 sp, sc between V sts, (3 dc in next ch 1 sp, sc between V sts) across (should have a total of 6 scallops)
– FO, darn end
– For wings sew flat to body through the beginning 4 sc
– For tail, sew flat to bum through the beginning 4 sc
TO SEW/SHAPE THE CREST
– Sew the base of the crest (through the beginning 4 sc) across the top of the head about two rows behind the eyes
– Fold the crest in half and tack the corners together, then secure them to a center stitch in the head, immediately behind the base.
– Sew through the bars from R 5 of the crest, sew back and forth up and then back down to the head, bring yarn through the head to the forehead, just above and center to the eyes
– Sew through the base of R 4, pulling the bottom of the dc stitches together to form an oval, and stitch down to the forehead.
– Secure ends
-Start and finish with long tail. Bring tail up through legs and hide ends in the body. Ends have a way of working their way out of i-cord, bringing them to the body eliminates this problem.
R 1- ch 4, working in the back bumps of ch, sl st in closest ch to hook, sl st in the next 2 ch, sc in the last ch.
R 2- ch 1, turn, sc in the next sc, ch 4, working in the back bumps of ch, sl st in closest ch to hook, sl st in next 3 chains, sc in sc st, ch 3,
sl st in the closest ch to the hook, sl st in next 2 chains (this forms the back toe),
sl st in the sc on the other side of the middle toe (between the first & the second toe),
ch 1, bring ch over the back toe just made and sc in the sc st on the other side of the middle toe
R 3- ch 3, working in the back bumps of the ch, sl st in the closest ch to the hook, sl st in the next 2 ch, sc in the last sc st from R 2.
R 4- Working across the bottom of the foot, insert hook, yo, pull up loop under middle toe and above the back toe (fold the back toe against the bottom of the foot to do this), insert hook in corner st, yo, pull up loop (3 loops on hook)
R 5- use 3 loops on hook to begin i-cord
– Do NOT finish off
The link for how to make the I-cord for his legs can be found here:
– To make i-cord
– Beginning with 3 loops on hook
R 1- Drop 2 loops (pinch them so that they don’t unravel), ch 1, pick up 2nd loop & ch 1, pick up last loop & ch 1
R 2- R 17- sl 2 sts off the hook and repeat R 1
– To finish, yo, pull through all three, yo, pull through one.
– Leave long tail to sew legs to the body.
Finished your bird? Hop on over to my Facebook group (Frog Hooker Crochet Colony) and share a picture. We would love to see it.
Design by Rachel Hilz. Please do not copy or sell this pattern. You are more than welcome to do whatever you wish with your final piece, but please link back to my pattern if selling online.
Love & Light,
The Frog Hooker