Free Crochet Bird Pattern: Bob and Betty Bird

Two chubby crochet birds, one wearing a hat and one with a flower on her head, made with this free crochet bird pattern
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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 in my Ravelry or Etsy shops.

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!


Disclaimer:

Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my blog: www.theloopylamb.com.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   


Skill Level:

  • Easy

Terminology:

  • U.S. Terminology

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

Supplies:

Abbreviations:

Click links to view a stitch tutorial for that stitch


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:

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

  • Keep a consistent tension throughout your project to ensure the pieces fit together properly.

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

  • This pattern is worked in continuous rounds (unless stated otherwise).  Do not join at the end of the Round, 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. Check out my invisible decrease tutorial.

  • The Body, Wing, Beak and Tail pattern is the same for both birds.  The only difference is the colour you use.  Where “Color A” is indicated, use Fairy Tale (purple) for Betty Bird (she’s wearing a flower) and Denim (blue) for Bob Bird (he’s wearing a hat).

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

Get an ad-free PDF version of this pattern in my Ravelry or Etsy shops.

Amigurumi birds standing on top of colourful yarn

Body (for both birds):

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


Round 2: (SCINC) x 6. (12)


Round 3: (SCINC, SC) x 6. (18)


Round 4: SC, (SCINC, SC 2) x 5, SCINC, SC. (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, (SCDEC, SC 2) x 5, SCDEC, SC. (18)


Round 24: (SCDEC, SC) x 6. (12)


Round 25: (SCDEC) x 6. (6)

FO leaving a long yarn tail.  Weave the yarn 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 eyelash.  Repeat with the other eye.

Purple crochet bird made with this free crochet bird pattern

Beak (for both birds)

Round 1: Using Color B, make a MC and SC 8 into the MC. (8)


Round 2: (SC, SCINC) x 4. (12)


Rounds 3 – 4: SC around. (12)


Do NOT stuff.  After completing Round 4, join your last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.  FO leaving a long yarn tail to sew onto face.

Flatten piece and lining the opening of the beak up with the bottom of the eyes, sew onto the face, sewing through both layers of the beak while sewing to the face.


Wings (for both birds) (Make 2)

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


Round 2: (SCINC) x 6. (12)


Rounds 3 – 5: SC around. (12)

After completing Round 5, join your last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.  FO leaving a long yarn tail to sew onto the body.  

Do NOT stuff.  Flatten piece and sew wings onto either side of the body, lining the top, open edge of the wing up with the bottom of the eyes and sewing through both layers of the open end of the wing at the same time.

Blue Amigurumi Bird made with this free crochet bird pattern

Feet (for both birds) (Make 2)

Round 1: Using Color B, make a MC and SC 8 into the MC. (8)


Round 2: (SC, SCINC) x 4. (12)


Rounds 3 – 5: SC around. (12)


After completing Round 5, join your last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.  FO leaving a long yarn tail to sew either side of the body.

Do NOT stuff.  Flatten the piece and line up the open end with Round 5 of the bottom of the body.  Sew the Feet onto the bottom of your bird, sewing through both layers of the open end of the feet at the same time.

Tail (for both birds)

Round 1: Using Color A, 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. (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 ST to the first ST with a SL ST.  FO leaving a long yarn tail to sew onto the back of your bird’s Body.  Flatten piece. Do NOT stuff. 

Sewing through both layers of the open end of the Tail, sew the Tail onto the bum of the bird. Weave in ends.

Flower for Betty Bird:


Round 1: Using Color B, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC.  Join to first ST with a SL ST. FO.


Round 2:
Attach Color C to the first ST of Round 1 with a SL ST. CH 1.(HDC, DC, HDC) in the first ST, *(SL ST, HDC, DC, HDC) in the next ST, repeat instructions from * 4 more times.  Join last ST to first ST with a SL ST.  (23)

FO leaving a long tail for sewing.  Sew to the head of the bird.  Weave in ends.


Two amigurumi birds being held i someone's hands.

Hat for Bob Bird

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


Round 2: (SCINC) x 6. (12)


Round 3: (SCINC, SC) x 6. (18)


Round 4: SC, (SCINC, SC 2) x 5, SCINC, SC. (24)


Round 5: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6. (30)


Rounds 6 – 8: SC around. (30)


Round 9: (SCINC, SC) x 15. (45)


Round 10: SL ST in each ST around. (45)


FO.  Using a long piece of yarn in Color D, sew the Hat onto the top of the bird’s head, adding a bit of stuffing to the Hat as you sew it to the bird. Weave in ends.


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.

Disclaimer:

Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my blog: www.theloopylamb.com.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

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Two Amigurumi Birds made with this free crochet bird pattern/>

7 thoughts on “Free Crochet Bird Pattern: Bob and Betty Bird”

  1. I would love the free version but it’s not available on Ravelry?

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    • Hi Linda,

      The free version is available both here and on YouTube. There is a link to the free version here via Ravelry. The ad-free PDF is available for a small fee via Ravelry.

      Reply
  2. Hi, what does ” caution ” mean when starting the beak?

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