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Hummingbird on Holiday

Hummingbird On Holiday Pattern

This is a free pattern offered by Alisha Lariscy of Alisha Goes Around. Copyright 2010.More tips on Alisha Goes Around

I designed this pattern to use up the little ends of sock yarn I usually have laying about after finishing a pair of socks. Mr. H. Bird uses the tiniest bit of yarn, can be knit in under an hour. (Well, the first one might take a bit longer. Fingering weight yarn can make the hummingbird a bit fiddly, too.)

This sweet little hummingbird can be used in many ways:

1. Put a wire ornament hook through a few stitches between the wings and hang it on a tree.

2. Knit many hummingbirds and string them together (with or without greenery) for a garland.

3. Attach a hummingbird to a stone or glass hemisphere and call it a paperweight.

4. Lace a wire through the belly and around a barrette or headband as a hair ornament or fascinator centerpiece. Attach a hummingbird to a pin blank to use as a brooch. Small or felted hummingbirds can also be added to scarves, mittens, gloves, or hats.

5. Poke a bamboo skewer into a hummingbird belly and add a birdie to an artificial flower arrangement. For a real flower arrangement, use a plastic, glass, or other non-porous stick-shaped thing.

6. Knit multiple hummingbirds and make a mobile (omit the wire in the beak if there’s a chance a child will handle the hummingbirds).

7. Knit one hummingbird and mount belly to a hard disc (plastic, cardboard) and attach to a hair band for use as a pincushion.

8. If you wish, you can felt your hummingbird. If you choose to felt him, use an un-joined cast on and do not stuff the bird until after felting. Sew wings to body before felting. You probably will not need wire for the beak. Duplicate stitch eyes before felting, but bead or paint on eyes after felting.

To complete a hummingbird, you will need:

about 7g of fingering weight yarn, 10g of sport weight yarn, 13g of DK weight yarn, or 15g worsted weight yarn

3 inches of skinny wire (I used 24 gauge jewelery wire, but many other wires will work just fine. Even trimming a wire hanger to size will do just fine.)

a handful of stuffing — polyfil, yarn scraps, bits of old clothes, unspun fiber, even a couple of cotton balls

small beads, buttons, fabric paint, paint, or contrasting color yarn for eyes

Directions: The hummingbird body is knit in the round in one piece from tail to beak. The wings are knit separately in garter stitch, then sewn to the body. Your whole hummingbird can be finished in less than two hours, including the time it takes to weave in ends, apply eyes, insert wire, and fix the wings to the body. Felting your hummingbird will take a bit longer.

BODY:

(Tail Section) CO 16 with figure 8 cast on (You can use another cast on if you prefer. For non-joined cast ons, you will have to sew the opening closed. If using a non-joined cast on, join for knitting in round.)

Knit 17 rows in the round.

K1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k2, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1 (12 st remain)

Knit 2 rounds

(Body Section)

(k1, inc1)x5, k7 (17 stitches total)

Knit 1 round

(k2, inc1)x5, k7 (22 stitches total) PM AROUND a stitch on this row.

Knit 12 rounds

(k2, k2tog)x4, k6 (18 stitches total) Remove marker.

Knit 4 rounds

Stuff Body Section until plump, but do not distend stitches. Do not stuff Tail Section.

(k1, k2tog)x4, k6 (14 stitches total)

Knit 3 rounds

(Head Section)

k9, inc1, k4, inc1, k1 (16 stitches total)

Knit 3 rounds

Add more stuffing

(k2tog)x5, k4, k2tog (10 stitches total)

Knit 2 rounds

(k2tog)x5 (5 stitches total)

Stuff a bit more (probably have to use a pencil, the hole will be tiny!)

Knit 2 rounds

k2, k3tog (3 stitches total)

(Beak Section)

Switch to I-cord style and knit 12 rounds (or until the beak looks correct to you). For first round in i-cord, knit loosely. After 6 rounds, feel free to pull the i-cord stitches tightly.

Cut yarn and draw end through 3 stitches. Pull tight to make a pointy beak.

Weave in ends.

Insert wire inside I cord beak and into the head. Trim wire to size. Straighten beak and tilt head into position.

WINGS(Knit 2):

CO 3 stitches

Knit 4 rows. Turn. Mark this side as RS.

On RS: K1, inc1, k to end of row

On WS: Knit

Repeat previous two rows until 8 stitches

Knit 8 rows

k1, k2tog, k4, inc1, k1 (still 8 stitches)

Knit 3 rows

Cast off 3 stitches, knit remainder of row (5 stitches remain)

Cast off 5 stitches. Leave at least 6 inches of tail. Cut yarn and draw through final loop. Weave in cast-on tail. Sew last five cast off stitches to hummingbird body with cast-off tail as shown.

Questions? Email Alisha@AlishaGoesAround.com