Tuesday 6 September 2011

Red Bird plush toy pattern

Sorry for the delay but I have finally finished the pattern.  This pattern is for the Red Bird who is the mascot of the game, although he may not have a special ability like the other, but he’s certainly the cutest of all.  The pattern hasn't been tested yet as I have misplaced my notes when I knitted the first bird so please tell me if you find any mistakes.  Hope you guys enjoy knitting him along with the pig.
As this is a free pattern, pattern is for personal use only and may not be sold, photocopied or copied electronically or distributed in any way.   Please don't sell the toy you've made, and please provide credit for the design of the pattern to myself (Knitterbees).

1.       8 ply weight wool or acrylic.  (I have used Patons Australia, Big Baby 8 ply red 60% acrylic and 40% Nylon for the main head, Peter Pan, Darling 10 ply white 100% polyester for bottom part of the head)
2.       3.25mm  40cm  circular needles/ 3.25 DPN or size needed to obtain gauge. 
3.       Buttons for eyes
4.       Stitch marker
5.       Yarn needle
6.       polyester stuffing

 Gauge: 2 inch = 13 stitches, 19 rows

Colours for Red Bird:
MC – red
CC1   - White
CC2   - Yellow
CC3   - Black

Knitterbees stitch dictionary:
CC: contrasting color (CC1= contrasting color 1 etc.)
dpns: double pointed needles
k: knit
k2tog: knit the next two stitches together.
Kfb: knit front and back
MC: main color
pm: place marker
rm: remove marker
ssk: slip next 2 sts knitwise onto your right needle, insert left needle purlwise into the front of the sts & knit them together.
St st: stockinette/stocking stitch. k a row, purl a row. (In the round however you must knit every round.)
st(s): stitch(es)
yo: yarn over

Let's Begin Knitting !!!!!!

With the circular needle cast on 6 stitches (CC1).  Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches. Place a stitch marker on the first stitch. Work onto double‐pointed needles when necessary.
Please change to red yarn when the text is in red.
Row 1-2(CC1): kfb every sts.  24st
Row 3(CC1): knit
Row 4(CC1): (kfb, k1) Repeat to the end of the round.  36st
Row 5(CC1): knit
Row 6(CC1): (kfb, k2) Repeat to the end of the round.  48st
Row 7(CC1): knit 
Row 8: kfb, k3, (kfb, k3) Repeat 10 times, kfb, k3.  60st
Row 9: k9, k42, k9,
Row 10: (kfb, k4) Repeat 2 times, kfb, k4, (kfb, k4) Repeat 6 times, kfb, k2, k2,(kfb, k4) Repeat 2 times. 72st 
Row 11: k16, k40, k16,
Row 12: (kfb, k5) Repeat 3 times, (kfb, k5) Repeat 6 times, (kfb, k5) Repeat 3 times.  84st
Row 13: k23, k38, k23,
Row 14: k25, k34, k25,
Row 15: k27, k30, k27,
Row 16: (kfb, k6) Repeat 4 times, (kfb, k6) Repeat 4 times, (kfb, k6) Repeat 4 times.  96st
Row 17: k33, k30, k33,
Row 18: k34, k28, k34,
Row 19: k35, k26, k35,
Row 20: (kfb, k7) Repeat 4 times, kfb, k3, k4, (kfb, k7) Repeat 2times, kfb, k3, k4, (kfb, k7) Repeat 4 times. 108st
Row 21: k42, k25, k41,
Row 22: k43, k23, k42,
Row 23: k44, k21, k43,
Row 24: k45, k19, k44,
Row 25: k46, k17, k45,
Row 26: k47, k15, k46,
Row 27: k48, k13, k47,
Row 28: k49, k11, k48,
Row 29-32(MC): knit. 
Knit in red yarn from here.
Row 33(MC): (k2tog, k7). Repeat to the end of the round.  96st
Row 34-41(MC): knit for 8 rows
Row 42(MC): (k2tog, k6) Repeat to the end of the round.  84st
Row 43-48(MC): knit for 6 rows
Row 49(MC): (k2tog, k5) Repeat to the end of the round.  72st
Row 50-53(MC): knit for 4 rows
Row 54(MC): (k2tog, k4) Repeat to the end of the round.  60st
Row 55-57(MC): knit 3 rows
Row 58(MC): (k2tog, k3) Repeat to the end of the round.  48st
Row 59-60(MC): knit 2 rows.  Start inserting stuffing before hole gets too small.
Row 61(MC): (k2tog, k2) Repeat to the end of the round.  36st
Row 62(MC): knit
Row 63(MC): (k2tog, k1) Repeat to the end of the round.  24st
Row 64(MC): knit
Row 65(MC): (k2tog) Repeat to the end of the round.
Row 66(MC): knit
Repeat Row 65 until you have 6 stitches left.   Use tweezers to stuff firmly and bind off using kitchener stitch.  

Pick up 6 stitches (in circle) to create the first feather on top of head
Row 1 (MC): knit in the round.  6st
Row 2 (MC): k4, kfb, k1.  7st
Row 3 (MC): knit
Row 4 (MC): k5, kfb, k1.  8st
Row 5 (MC): knit
Row 6 (MC): k6, kfb, k1.  9st
Row 7 (MC): knit
Row 8 (MC): k1, kfb, k5, kfb, k1.  11st
Row 9 (MC): knit
Row 10 (MC): k1, kfb, k7, kfb, k1.  13st
Row 11 (MC): knit
Row 12 (MC): k1, kfb, k9, kfb, k1.  15st
Row 13 (MC): knit
Row 14 (MC): k5, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k1.  13st
Row 15 (MC): knit
Row 16 (MC): k4, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k1.  11st
Row 17 (MC): knit.  Start inserting stuffing before hole gets too small.
Row 18 (MC): k3, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k1.  9st
Row 19 (MC): knit
Row 20 (MC): k2, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k1.  7st
Row 21 (MC): knit
Row 22 (MC): k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1.  5st
Use tweezers to stuff stuffing but don’t stuff too firmly and bind off using kitchener stitch. 

Repeat instruction for feather 2.

Pick up 30 stitches as indicated in Diagram 1, using CC2.  Divide stitches between 4 dpns.  Start round from the bottom mid-point of beak.
Row 1(CC2): knit
Row 2(CC2): (k1, k2tog, k9, SSK, k1) repeat once
Row 3(CC2): knit
Row 4(CC2): k1, k2tog, k20, SSK, k1
Row 5(CC2): knit
Row 6(CC2): (k1, k2tog, k6, SSK, k1) repeat once
Row 7(CC2): knit
Row 8(CC2): k1, k2tog, k14, SSK, k1
Row (CC2)9: knit
Row 10(CC2): k1, kfb, kfb, k3, SSK, k2, k2tog, k3, kfb, kfb, k1
Row 11(CC2): knit
Row 12(CC2): k7, SSK, k2, k2tog, k7
Row 13(CC2): knit
Row 14(CC2): k2, k2tog, k2, SSK, k2, k2tog, k2, SSK, k2.  Insert stuffing before hole gets too small.
Row 15(CC2): k1, k2tog, k1, SSK, k2, k2tog, k1, SSK, k1
Row 16(CC2): k2tog, SSK, k2, k2tog, SSK
Use tweezers to stuff beak firmly and bind off using kitchener stitch.

 Divide stitches between 4 dpns.

Directions for middle tail.
At the back of the head, , pick up 6 stitches, with size 3.25mm dpns. Divide stitches between 2 dpns 3 sts parallel to each other.  The tail is knitted in the round sitting on the 2 needles.
Row 1-4(CC3): knit in the round.  6st
Row 5(CC3):  k1, kfb, k1, k1, kfb, k1.  8st
Row 6(CC3): knit
Row 7(CC3):  k2, kfb, k1, k2, kfb, k1.  10st
Row 8(CC3): knit
Row 9(CC3):  k2, kfb, k2, k2, kfb, k2.  12st
Row 10(CC3):  k3, kfb, k2, k3, kfb, k2.  14st
Row 11(CC3):  k3, kfb, k3, k3, kfb, k3.  16st
Row 12(CC3): knit
Bind off using kitchener stitch. 

Divide stitches between 2 dpns 3 sts parallel to each other.
Directions for top and bottom tail.
With size 3.25mm dpns , pick up 4 stitches.  Divide stitches between 2 dpns parallel to each other.
Row 1-3(CC3): knit in the round.  4st
Row 4(CC3):  kfb, k1, kfb, k1.  6st
Row 5(CC3): knit
Row 6(CC3):  k1, kfb, k1, k1, kfb, k1.  8st
Row 7(CC3): k2, kfb, k1, k2, kfb, k1.  10st
Row 8(CC3):  knit
Bind off using kitchener stitch.  

Bottom tail: divide 4 stitches between 2 dpns parallel to each other.

Worked the eyes in duplicate stitches and sew in eyebrow as shown in Diagram 1.

Chart Rules for Diagram 1:
1. All stitches are knitted.
2. X indicates the pick up stitches.
3. Read from bottom row to top.

Diagram 1:
 Hope you'll enjoy kniting this little fellow as much as I did.

And PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE post pictures to my Ravelry account if you make these little guys!! 



  1. the diagram does not work love the pattern :)

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  2. Can u please explain why it doesn't work? thanks

  3. I clicked on the chart to print a larger size and nothing shows up. Thanks for posting the pattern!

  4. it should work...my friend tested it and it shows a larger size chart.

  5. I just checked it using Google Chrome and it worked. Thanks for the pattern! LUV angry birds!!

  6. I can't wait to start on these!!! Are you planning on doing the other birds as well? I see a pic for the yellow...just hoping...=)

  7. Hi muddypaws, i'm in the middle of writting up the yellow birds right now, but i've been very bz at work so it has been slow. i'm not planning to do the other birds as i want to start doing some of my own design. But i think if you want to do the other birds, you can always follow the basic shape, beak, eyes and feather of the red bird, and just alter the colour for the main body. hope this helps. :)

  8. can anyone convert this to crochet?

  9. If you go on Ravelry.com they have a bunch of crochet ones.

  10. between row 63 and 63 is says "start" can you explain that? Thank you

  11. Row 63(MC): (k2tog, k1) Repeat to the end of the round. 24st
    Row 64(MC): knit

    Sorry I meant row 63 and 64.

  12. hi, the mistake has been removed, thanks.

  13. Thank you so much for posting this!! My neiphew is four and absolutely loves angry birds. I'm going to start on this one now:) thank you again!

  14. This is so cute I have already started one. I have run into a snag. What do you do with the yarn you are not using after you change colors? I know this will be stuffed and the inside won't show, but I am getting some funny pulling or way too loose stitches. Do you have any tips?

  15. hi,
    I cut the yarn on every round and knotted it as i'm goin to end up stuffing it inside anyway. i know its bad but my stitch wouldn't be loose as you have said.

  16. yeah... wasting more time with angry birds!

  17. I'm sorry but I am having difficulty understanding how to incorporate the eyes. The duplicate stitch?

  18. Can the bird be done with two needles instead of the circular needle?

  19. Help! I can't figure out how to do the eyes either. Can someone explain please? Thanks!

  20. For the eyes and eyebrows, use a yarn needle & follow the diagram as if doing a cross-stitch embroidery. Stitch in the same direction as the knit stiches\/.

  21. I've never knitted on a circular kneedle before, but I'm having trouble with the stitches being too tight by the end, I'm up to row 5 and they won't even move along the needle, what am I doing wrong? Everything I've read about circular says work should be about the same size as needle?

  22. Just finished an angry bird for my son and he loves it! Thanks so much for the pattern

  23. Hi, I'm almost done the red bird for my hubby, but I'm having some issues with the eyes. Does anyone know of a great learning video for doing cross-stitch embroidery? Many thanks for the pattern. I'm learning all sorts of different stitches!

  24. I can't figure out how to do the eyes! Anybody have any tips?

  25. The pattern calls for circular needles, which I unfortunately lack. Can anyone tell me an alternative to this?

    Thanks. :)

  26. instead of using circular needles, you can use double point needles to knit in the round as well.

  27. How big is the finished bird?

  28. Use double-pointed needles for the beginning and end when the project becomes too small for circulars. Or just use DPNs for the whole thing. I prefer double-pointed needles over circular anyway!

  29. Are the eyes that you used the kind that stay in place with washers? What size of eyes did you use? Thanks!

  30. Great pattern. Has anyone tried sizing it down to make a holiday ornament?

  31. I'm not sure if I'm doing this right. In the Head @ Row 8, it starts with red and ends with red, with white in the middle. Are you using intarsia methods to knit the multiple colors, or are you using new strands of yarn for the 2 sides of red? Trying to instruct my son, but it's not clear to me.

  32. Wish there was a video for the first few rows as I am a beginner and finding it hard to use circular needles.I will just keep trying :)

  33. what alternative yarn can i use? thanks

  34. I've used drops karisma which is 100% pure wool, feels quite sturdy and is fairly cheap. Colours are nice too. It knits with a 3.5-4mm needle which knits a bigger item. I'm knitting mine as a door stop so wanted a bigger size :-)

  35. it's a little difficult for me to handle that, but I have a buy one from toyswill.com

  36. I have just started my toy.

  37. Thanks for sharing It was really fun knitting the bird! You can see the result here http://www.jumbojetje.nl/Blog/angry-birds-breien-2

  38. Hi,
    I am currently testing out you diagram in an impromptu angry bird hat pattern:


  39. Thank you so much for the red Angy Bird, you
    are awesome!
    Greatings from Greece!

  40. can u please tell me what correct is for row 9 as its wrong how can u knit 9 red 42 white 9 red when don't have 42sts yet please help this is for red 1

  41. row 1 should be 12 sts one done kfb sts says 24 :(

  42. I love this pattern! I am an editor at AllFreeKnitting.com and would love to feature your tutorial on my site with full credit to you. I've noticed you have some other great projects on your site, and I would love to link to any other free knitting patterns you have as well. I know my readers would just love them and in return would generate some nice traffic to your site. If you agree and would like us to feature your project and/or other free projects, our readers will simply click the link to your blog to get your full tutorial.

    If you are interested and would like more information, please email me at kburke [at] primecp [dot] com.

    Thanks! I look forward to hearing from you.

  43. Bricomomo.
    Merci pour ces beaux modèles, je vais pouvoir remplir la hotte du Père-Noël. :-)

    1. Bonjour,

      Ce modèle est extra, par contre les termes techniques en anglais me posent problème....auriez-vous la traduction en français ? J'ai hâte de m'y mettre !!!

  44. Hello I love the pattern but I don't quite understand the pick up bit? As I've never seen this in a pattern before. Just wondered I you could explain this for me
    Thank you very much

  45. Can someone tell me the size of the finished toy???
    Thank you!...

  46. HOW do you even get started? Not a beginners pattern... I can't seem to figure out how to use dpns or circular with 6st? ???? thanks

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