MATERIALS

size 8 (5.0 mm) crochet hook (for the body, beak, feet, wings)
size 1 (2.25 mm) crochet hook (for attaching the crest)

Yarns – yellow (Y), grey (G), orange (O), pink (P)

polyester fibrefill
8.0 mm safety eyes
pet brush

ABBREVIATIONS

ch = chain
st = stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
inc = single crochet 2 into the same stitch
dec = decrease over next two stitches (single crochet 2 stitches together or use invisible decrease)

HEAD/BODY

R1: With Y, sc 6 in magic ring (6)
R2: inc in each st around (12)
R3: (sc 1 , inc) six times (18)
R4: (sc 2, inc) six times (24)
R5-7: sc in each st around (24)
R8: (sc 3, inc) six times (30)
R9: Switch to G, sc in each st around (30)
R10: sc 1, inc, inc, sc 24, inc, inc, sc 1 (34)
R11: dec, dec, sc 26, dec, dec (30)
R12: (sc 3, dec) six times (24)
R13: (sc 2, dec) six times (18)
R14: (sc 1, dec) six times (12)

Insert safety eyes 7 rows from the top and 6 stitches apart. Cut small strands of orange yarn and embroider a small cheek blush under each eye.

R15: dec six times (6)

Finish with a sl st. Stuff the body with stuffing. Cut a short tail and use it to close the opening.

BEAK

R1: With G, sc 6 in magic ring (6)
R2: inc, hdc 4, inc (10)

Finish with a sl st. Cut a long tail for sewing. The side with the half double crochet stitches (hdc) will form a small point. Sew the beak to the head with the point facing down.

FEET (Make 2)

With P, chain 2.
Skip first ch, sc 1, ch 2 and turn.
Skip first ch, sc 1, ch 2 and turn.
Skip first ch, sc 1.

Fasten off. Cut a long tail. Thread the tail through the chain at the bottom of the first toe to close the foot.

Sew the feet to the body.

WING (Make 2)

With G, chain 3.
Skip first ch, hdc 1, sc 1, ch 4 and turn.
Skip first ch, hdc 1, sc 2, ch 4 and turn.
Skip first ch, hdc 2, sc 1.

Fasten off. Cut a long tail for sewing. Sew wing to the body with the shortest feather towards the back.

CREST

Cut ten strands of yellow yarn approximately 12 cm long. Cut four strands of grey yarn approximately 12 cm long.

Use the 2.25 mm hook to attach the yellow yarn using a latch hook method.

Continue attaching the strands of yarn with the grey strands in the back.

Use a pet brush to brush out the strands of yarn to get a fur-like texture. The more you brush, the softer it gets.

I encourage you to experiment with colours and shapes of the crest! To get the curly crest on the blue and white birb, I crocheted a circle with white yarn and left it for a day. When you unravel the yarn, it’s all curly and you can cut it into strands and attach them to the head for a fresh perm look.