Amigurumi Ballerina Ostrich - A Free Crochet Pattern



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It brings me joy to share this pattern with you! This shy little ballerina ostrich is part of a new trio, and I just love her! She was designed with my youngest in mind, her birthday is next week and I wanted to make similar characters from her favorite book!


Head over here to learn more about the inspiration behind this trio and to find the patterns for the ballerina kitten and mouse!




The ballerina ostrich is made on a smaller scale than some of my other designs. She's 10 inches tall when in a seated position.


With her small size I have kept the body and head as one piece! Feel free to change up the colors to your liking!


If you are new to crocheting stuffed animals, head over to my Tips to Learning Amigurumi page to get started. I go over a lot of the common techniques you'll see in the pattern, plus photos to help you through it!


Be sure to also join the Grace and Yarn Crochet Group on Facebook if you haven't already! You can share your work and ask any questions you have along the way!


If you plan to make this for a little one under 3 I recommend these crochet eyes as an alternative to the plastic safety eyes!



Pattern



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Materials


  • Size 4 worsted weight yarn 
    • 75g light gray (I used Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek in Light Gray) 
    • 75g choice of color for outfit/bows/slippers 
    • Small amount of 
      • White 
      • Ivory for the legs and beak 
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook 
  • 12mm safety eyes 
  • Crochet thread for eyelashes (optional) 
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle (I love using the bent tip needles)
  • Stuffing 
  • Stitch markers 


Abbreviations: US terminology 


SC- Single crochet

SC INC- Single crochet increase

INV DEC- Invisible decrease

DC- Double crochet

Ch – Chain

Sl st – Slip stitch

Rep – Repeat




*Slowly stuff as you go, you want it to be firm but not stretched. You will be working in the round, I like using a stitch marker at the beginning of each round. 



(For this pattern the body and head will be made as one piece.) 


Beak


With ivory

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each stitch (12)

Rounds 3-4: SC around (12)

Round 5: SC in the first stitch, SC INC in the next, repeat around (18)

Round 6: SC around (18)

Round 7: SC in the first 2 stitches, SC INC in the next, repeat around (24 SC)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing


Body


With outfit color

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: SC in the first stitch, SC INC in the next, rep around (18)

Round 4: SC in the first 2 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (24)

Round 5: SC in the first 3 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (30)

Round 6: SC in the first 4 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (36)

Round 7: SC in the first 5 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (42)

Round 8: SC in the first 6 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (48)

Rounds 9-12: SC around (48)

Round 13: SC in the back loops only (48)

Rounds 14-15: SC around (48)

Round 16: SC in the first 6 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (42)

Round 17-18: SC around (42)

Round 19: SC in the first 5 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (36)

Rounds 20-21: SC around (36)

Round 22: SC in the first 4 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (30)

Rounds 23-24: SC around (30)

Round 25: SC in the first 3 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (24) Change to light gray

Rounds 26-27: SC around (24)

Round 28: SC in the first 2 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (18)

Rounds 29-38: SC around (18)

*We will now start the head*

Round 39: SC in the first 2 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (24)

Round 40: SC in the first 3 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (30)

Round 41: SC in the first 4 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (36)

Round 42: SC in the first 5 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (42)

Round 43: SC in the first 6 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (48)

Round 44: SC in the first 7 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (54)

Rounds 45-52: SC around (54)

Note: Here is where we will add the facial features before we start closing the head. Insert the eyes between rows 49 and 50, 9 stitches apart. Place your eyes where you would like them and then remove to embroider your eyelashes before attaching the washer to the back. (This creates a little hole to help see where you want your eyelashes to go)



Sew the beak on evenly between the eyes, stuff lightly before closing.







Round 53: SC in the first 7 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (48)

Round 54: SC in the first 6 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (42)

Round 55: SC in the first 5 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (36)

Round 56: SC in the first 4 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (30)

Round 57: SC in the first 3 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (24) *Continue to stuff the head firmly

Round 58: SC in the first 2 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (18)

Round 59: SC in the first stitch, INV DEC in the next, rep around (12)

Round 60: INV DEC around (6)

Fasten off and sew remaining part closed, weave in your end


Tutu 


To work the tutu, have the head towards you and body away from you (see pictures for example).

With color of choice create a slip knot and attach with a slip stitch to one of the front loops from round 13 (For a cleaner look attach at the back of the body) 





Round 1: Ch 2 (this does not count as your first stitch), 3DC in the same stitch and in each stitch around, join with a slip stitch to the first DC (144) Change to white (I carried my yarn as we will pick it back up for the last round, but fastening off works as well)

*Note – It is not necessary to count each stitch of the tutu, if a few are missed it will still have its nice ruffles

Round 2: Ch 2, DC in each stitch around, join with a slip stitch to the first DC (144) Change to color of choice

Round 3: Ch 2, DC in each stitch around, join with a slip stitch to the first DC (144)

Fasten off and weave in end


Wings


Make 2

*I left the wings unstuffed*

(Each wing is made with two “feathers” that we will join together.)

Small Feather: With light gray

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each stitch around (12)

Rounds 3-4: SC around (12)

Fasten off



Large Feather:

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each stitch around (12)

Rounds 3-5: SC around (12)

Do not fasten off, here is where we will join the feathers and continue the wing.

Round 6: Attach to the first feather with a SC. SC around the first feather and then the second feather (24 SC) This completes your join and is where your next round will start, from here we will work the wing. 


Rounds 7-10: SC around (24) 

Fasten off and leave a long tail to sew onto the body. 






Legs


Make 2 stuffing lightly in the bottom half

With color of choice for slippers

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each stitch (12)

Round 3: SC in the first stitch, SC INC in the next, rep around (18)

Round 4: SC in the first 2 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (24)

Round 5: SC around in the back loops only (24)

Round 6: SC around (24)

Round 7: SC in the first 6 stitches, INV DEC 6 times, SC in the last 6 stitches (18)

Round 8: SC in the first 3 stitches, INV DEC 6 times, SC in the last 3 stitches (12) Change to ivory

Rounds 9-24: SC around (12)



At the end of round 24 pinch the leg flat and make 6 SC across the top to close, fasten off and leave a long tail to sew onto the body.




Accessories 


“Ribbons” for slippers – Make 2

With color of choice, make a chain until it reaches around the leg, crossing at the front. Tension and stuffing can vary from person to person and this number may be different for some. As a reference my chain was 26. Fasten off leaving about 6 inches to sew onto the slipper.



Bows for Slippers – Make 2

Working in a magic circle make 4 DCs, slip stitch, 4 DCs, and slip stitch again, pull your string tight and wrap it around the middle of the bow 3-4 times. Tie/secure in the back and cut your string leaving a long section to sew with.



Headband –

Make a chain long enough to reach around the head, my chain was 48, fasten off leaving a long tail to sew with.



Bow for headband –

Working in a magic circle make 7 DCs, slip stitch, 7 DCs, and slip stitch again, pull your string tight and wrap it around the middle of the bow 3-4 times. Tie/secure in the back and cut your string leaving a long section to sew with.

Assembly 


1. Sew on the headband and bow. I placed the headband where I wanted it and sewed it in place, I had enough remaining yarn from my tail to tie a bow at the back.



2. Attach the wings onto the body starting at round 25 (near the top of her outfit) and ending at round 16 (right above the tutu). I placed the larger feather facing up.

3. Attach the “ribbon” for the slippers to each leg. I attached to one side, wrapped around the back to the front to create an “x” and secured to the other side of the slipper.

4. Sew each bow onto the outsides of the slippers.





5. Sew the legs onto the bottom of the body, making sure to keep them centered with the facial features.





Your ballerina ostrich is complete! I hope you have enjoyed making this pattern. Let me know if you have any questions with this pattern or any of my other patterns, I would be happy to help. 



Thank you, 


Stephanie



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