Free Amigurumi Crochet Pigeon Pattern – Percy the Pigeon

Are you ready to make an adorable crochet pigeon?  Today I’m sharing my free crochet pigeon pattern Percy the Pigeon.

This easy-level crochet project uses basic crochet stitches and includes a video tutorial with step by step instructions, making it accessible for beginners.

Have fun playing with the colour combo you use for this project to make a fun and unique crochet pigeon that is all your own.

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cupped hands holding a crochet pigeon

In order to support people with different learning style as well as to provided added support for folks that may need it, my blog posts often have built-in videos in them so that if you need help, you don’t have to leave this page in order to get it. The video tutorial for this pattern can be found further down the page.

The Inspiration Behind This Design

As a fibre artist, I love to design patterns that are quick and easy to make.  I designed my Percy the Pigeon pattern when my daughter kept begging my husband and I for a pet pigeon. So before she climbed into a pigeon’s nest somewhere to get her own, I decided that I would make her her own crochet pigeon.

How This Crochet Pigeon Pattern Is Made

​Percy the Pigeon is made in six different pieces and then seamed together.  Instead of making a right wing and left wing, you’ll make two of the same piece and sew them to either side of the bird, as they are designed to be interchangeable.

How Can I Change the Size of This Pigeon Pattern?

To change the size of this project, you’ll need to use a different crochet hook and yarn weight.

Disclaimer

Feel free to sell the physical items created with this free crochet pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me as the crochet designer when posting online, and please provide a link to my blog: https://theloopylamb.com.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, or claim this pattern as your own work, patterns or design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.  This pattern is for personal use only. 

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Skill Level:  Easy

Terminology:  U.S. Terminology

Supplies:

Abbreviations:
(click the underlined abbreviations in this list to view a photo and video tutorial links for that stitch/technique)


 Special Stitches & Techniques:
  

  • Bobble (BO): *YO, insert hook into designated stitch, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through first two loops, repeat from * two more times (4 loops on hook), YO, pull through all loops on hook.

  • Invisible Finish/Join: FO leaving a long tail. Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle.  Place the tapestry needle through the top of the 2nd ST from front to back and pull through.  Place tip of needle into top of the last ST of the round, under the back loop of the stitch, and pull through to the back of the work.  Weave in the end. Find a tutorial on my blog https://www.theloopylamb.com/invisible-finish-crochet-tutorial/


 Finished Size:
   

  • Approximately 3.25” tall from bottom of feet to top of head when crocheted to gauge.

Gauge:  

  • Rounds 1 – 3 of the body = 1.25” across at widest point.


 Notes: 

  • Gauge is not vital to the project but it may effect the amount of yarn needed for the project and the size of your toy.  

  • Maintain a consistent tension throughout the project to ensure the pieces fit together as expected.  

  • A 3.5 mm hook is recommended for this pattern but I suggest using whatever hook size needed to create a tight, closed fabric free of holes, or whatever hook size needed to match the given gauge.

    • If you find that you have holes in your fabric using the recommended hook size, try going down a hook size until you create a tight fabric with no holes in it and no stuffing is showing through.

  • Instructions within the brackets () are to be repeated the number of times specified next to the brackets.

  • Reading the Pattern: Instructions in brackets: I.e.: (SC, SCINC) x 6, this means you’ll work 1 SC stitch in the first stitch and then SCINC in the next ST and you’ll repeat that pattern a total of 6 times.

    • Numbers indicated in () at the end of a Round/Row indicate the number of stitches you should have at the end of the Round/Row. I recommend counting your stitches at the end of each Round/Row before moving on to the next.

    • Where SC followed by a number (i.e. SC 14), you’ll work 1 SC stitch in the next 14 stitches or chains, unless the pattern specifies to work those stitches into the same stitch or chain.

  • All pieces of this project (except the feet) are worked in continuous rounds.   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 cleaner single crochet decrease stitches (SCDEC), do your SCDEC under the front loops only of each st rather than under both loops.  This is often referred to as an invisible decrease.  Find my tutorial on how to do this in my Invisible Decrease Tutorial here.

  • Color changes are done using the last YO of the last ST before the color change is indicated. Learn how to do this in my How to Change Colors Tutorial)

  • Place scrap pieces of yarn or stitch markers into the stitches indicated for safety eye placement until you have crocheted past that point far enough to insert the safety eyes with the back on them without them getting in the way of your crocheting.

  • I recommend using sewing pins to help get the ideal placement of your pieces and to hold the pieces in place while you sew.

Percy the Crochet Pigeon Step-by-Step Video Tutorial

YouTube video

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Body 

Round 1: Using Colour A, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)


Round 2: (SCINC) x 6. (12)


Round 3: (SC, SCINC) x 6. (18)


Rounds 4 – 5: SC around. (18) 


Round 6: SC 8, change to Colour B, BO, change to Colour A, SC 9. (18) – push BO to right side of fabric.


Rounds 7 – 8: SC around. (18) – place safety eyes in Round 5, on either side of the BO, with 3 STs between them.


FO using invisible join (see special techniques). Join Colour C to the BLO of the first ST of Round 8.


Round 9: SC in the BLO of the first ST and each ST around. (18)


Round 10: SC around. (18)


Round 11: SC, SCINC, (SC 2, SCINC) x 5, SC. (24)


Rounds 12 – 14: SC around. (24)


Round 15: SC, SCDEC, (SC 2, SCDEC) x 5, SC. (18) – Start stuffing, adding a bit more stuffing as you work.   Stuff firmly.


Round 16: SC around. (18)


Round 17: (SC, SCDEC) x 6. (12)


Round 18: (SCDEC) x 6. (6)


FO leaving a long tail.  Finish stuffing.  Thread tail onto tapestry needle and weave tail through FLO of last round and pull tight to close up the hole. Weave in ends.

hand holding a blue and grey crochet pigeon toy next to a yarn, crochet tools and another toy in a different color


 

Wings (Make 2)

Round 1: Using Colour A, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)


Round 2: (SCINC) x 6. (12)


Round 3: SC around. (12)


Round 4: (SCDEC, SC 4) x 2. (10)


Round 5: (SCDEC, SC 3) x 2. (8)


Round 6: (SCDEC, SC 2) x 2. (6)

FO leaving a long tail.  Flatten piece. Do NOT stuff.

Thread tail onto tapestry needle and weave tail through FLO of last round and pull tight to close up the hole. Insert needle through center of last round and pull out through the side of the piece.  Set aside for assembly.

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Tail

Round 1: Using Colour A, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)


Round 2: (SCINC) x 6. (12)


Rounds 3 – 5: SC around. (12)

FO leaving a long tail for sewing.  Set aside for assembly.

hands holding an amigurumi pigeon upside down to show the feet

Feet (Make 2)

Using Colour B, CH 8.

Row 1: (All STs of this Row should be worked in the back bump of the chain -> learn how to do this in my How to Crochet in the Back Bumps of the Chain Tutorial here. https://theloopylamb.com/how-to-crochet-in-the-back-bumps-of-a-chain-tutorial/) SL ST in the 2nd CH from the hook and the next 3 CHs, CH 4, SL ST in the 2nd CH from the hook and the next 2 CHs, SL ST into the last worked CH of the initial CH-8, SL ST in the last 3 CHs

FO leaving a long tail for sewing. Use tapestry needle to thread tails back into the foot and pull it through to the back of the center-point of the foot.   Set aside for assembly.

hands holding a crochet pigeon showing the profile of the toy

Assembling Your Crochet Pigeon

  • Place a wing on either side of the body, with the tips of the wings pointing towards the back of the bird.  When sewing the wings to the body, I recommend leaving the tips unsewn so they will stick out from the body. Sew the wings to the body.  

  • Sew tail to bottom of bird.  

  • Sew feet to bottom of bird.

  • Weave in ends.

That’s it! I hope that you enjoyed making my Percy the Pigeon pattern. I’d love to see your finished crochet pigeon! If you share your crochet toys on social media, please tag me @theloopylamb and/or use the hashtag #theloopylamb so I can see your project and share it as well.

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