Knitted String of Birds

Knitted String of Birds
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Pattern from pages 93-95 of 30 Minute Knits by Carol Meldrum.

Spring is in the air and thoughts have now turned to ways to brighten up the home, this knitted string of birds would make a lovely addition to any room in the house, why not try making more than five birds for a longer strand?

Knitted String of Birds

Skill level : Intermediate

Abbreviations Used

  • st/s = stitch/es
  • WS = wrong side
  • K = Knit
  • M1 = Make 1 stitch
  • P = Purl
  • Sl = Slip
  • Yo = Yarn Over
  • 1st = First

You Will Need

Tension is approximately 25 stitches by 32 rows = ten centimetres (four inches) in stocking stitch.

How to Make

Front panel – Using 3.25 mm needles, cast on 5 sts.

  • Row 1 (WS): Purl to end.
  • Row 2: K1, M1 by picking up the strand in between sts and knitting into the back, K3, M1, K1 (7sts)
  • Row 3: Purl to end.
  • Row 4: K1, M1, K5, M1, K1 (9 sts).
  • Row 5: Purl to end
  • Row 6: K1, M1, K7, M1, K1 (11 sts)
  • Row 7: Purl to last st, M1, P1 (12 sts)
  • Row 8: K1, M1, K10, M1, K1 (14 sts)
  • Row 9: Repeat row 7 (15 sts).
  • Row 10: K1, M1, K13, M1, K1 (17 sts)
  • Row 11: Repeat row 7 (18 sts)

Shape the Head

  • Next row: K7, yo, slip next st, yarn back, turn.
  • Next row: Sl1, P5, yarn back, Sl1, yo, turn.
  • Next row: Sl1, K4, yo, slip next st, yarn back, turn.
  • Next row: Sl1, P4, yarn back, Sl1, yo, turn.
  • Next row: Sl1, K2, yo, slip next st, yarn back, turn.
  • Next row: Sl1, P1, yarn back, Sl1, yo, turn.
  • Next row: Sl1, knit to end, picking up strand around wrapped stitch, slipping onto the left-hand needle and working together with stitch.

Work Tail

  • Next row: P6, yarn back, Sl1, yo, turn.
  • Next row: Sl1, knit to end.
  • Next row: P4, yarn back. Sl1, yo, turn.
  • Next row: Sl1, knit to end.
  • Next row: P2, yarn back, Sl1, yo, turn.
  • Next row: Sl1, knit to end
  • Next row: Purl to end, picking up strand around wrapped stitch, slipping onto the left-hand needle, and working together with stitch. Do not cast off, place on spare needle.

Back Panel – Using 3.25 mm needles cast on 5 sts.

  • Row 1 (WS): Purl to end.
  • Row 2: K1, M1 by picking up the strand in between sts and knitting into the back, K3, M1, K1 (7 sts)
  • Row 3: Purl to end.
  • Row 4: K1, M1, K5, M1, K1 (9 sts)
  • Row 5: Purl to end
  • Row 6: K1, M1, K7, M1, K1 (11 sts)
  • Row 7: P1, M1, purl to end (12 sts)
  • Row 8: K1, M1, K10, M1, K1 (17 sts)
  • Row 9: Repeat row 7 (15 sts)
  • Row 10: K1, M1, K13, M1, K1 (17 sts)
  • Row 11: Repeat row 7 (18 sts)

Work Tail

  • Next row: K6, yo, Sl1, yarn back, turn.
  • Next row: Sl1, purl to end.
  • Next row: K4, yo, Sl1, yarn back turn.
  • Next row: Sl1, purl to end.
  • Next row: K2, yo, Sl1, yarn back, turn.
  • Next row: Sl1, purl to end.
  • Next row: Knit to end, picking up strand around wrapped stitch, slipping onto the left-hand needle, and working together with stitch.

 Shape Head

  • Next row: P7, yarn back, Sl1, yo, turn.
  • Next row: Sl1, K4, yo, Sl1, yarn back, turn.
  • Next row: Sl1, P4, yarn back, Sl1, yo, turn.
  • Next row: Sl1, K3, yo, Sl1, yarn back, turn.
  • Next row: Sl1, P2, yarn back, Sl1, yo, turn
  • Next row: Sl1, knit to end, picking up strand around wrapped stitch, slipping onto the left-hand needle and working together with stitch.
  • Next row: Purl to end, picking up strand around wrapped stitch, slipping onto the left-hand needle and working together with stitch.
  • Cast off front and back panels together using the 3-needle cast-off method as follows: Hold wrong sides together and insert needles through 1st st on both needles, then knit. Repeat this for the 2nd st on needle. Next, pass 1st st over the top of the second and pass off the needle. Repeat this until all sts have been cast off. Break off yarn and slip through the last sts – pull tight.

Three needle cast off method

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Assembly

1. Gently press front and back panels.
2. Next, sew front and back seams leaving the bottom edge open to insert stuffing. Next, insert stuffing; make sure stuffing goes into the head and tail sections.
3. Once you are happy with the amount of stuffing, sew bottom edge.
4. Beak – Cut a small square from yellow felt, approximately 1 centimetre, fold in half to form 2 triangles. Then pin and stitch into position at front of head.
5. Tail – Cut a length of felt fabric approximately 25 centimetres long and 5 millimetres wide, using the picture as a guide, fold to make approximately 4 loops. Pin and stitch the loops together to keep them in position. Next, pin and stitch the loops to the top of the tail.
6. Wings – Cut out wing shapes from the felt using the images as guide. Pin into position on the cast-off edge at the top of the bird. Stitch into position down centre of the wings along the back.
7. Eyes – Using the picture as a guide, sew 1 bead to either side of the head for the eyes (tip – I couldn’t find a bead small enough to do the eyes of the birds so I used a French knot instead).
String of birds

String of birds

8. Stringing the birds – Lay out the birds in the order that you want them to be. Next lay out the beads in the order you want them to be placed between the birds. Measure out the length of string you require – make it longer than you need as you can trim to the required length. Starting at the bottom, work your way up threading on the beads and then the birds alternatively using the image as a guide.

Knitted String of Birds pattern from pages 93-95 of 30 Minute Knits by Carol Meldrum

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I also knitted up these cute bows (from the same book) they are really quick, easy makes (taking around 10 minutes), and are so effective, they are perfect for customising as you could embellish them with bead and sequins too.

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Hints and Tips

I found it easier to use fine yarn not string when it came to putting the birds together it makes it easier to string the beads, alternatively hunt for beads with large holes to ease the string through.

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