Free Mini Crochet Flamingo Pattern



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Happy Friday friends! I'm excited to share this fun new pattern with you! A little while back I ordered some Lion Brand Feels Like Butta yarn, I wanted to see what all the hype was.

The feel was extra squishy and feathery soft! While this yarn would be lovely for a garment I had amigurumi in mind (as always)! I had two different shades of pink and flamingos instantly popped into my head. Also around this time two of my nieces were celebrating their 4th birthday and their room is decorated with flamingos, I couldn't resist!

In case I needed an extra reason to get these on my hook, we visited our local wildlife park and I fell in love with the flamingos there! Do you get inspired when you're out and about for new crochet projects?

I made these two in a mini version but as soon as I finished them I felt we needed a larger version too (stay tuned for their release in the near future!). In a standing position these mini flamingos are about 8 inches tall (5.5 in a sitting position). If you'd prefer they end up a little bigger they would be super cute with a chunky (weight 5) yarn and 4mm or 4.5mm crochet hook!

I used Feels Like Butta Yarn in Dusty Pink and Pink to make these two feathered friends, but you can use any weight 4 yarn you prefer. I did notice it seemed on the thinner side when compared to I Love This Yarn or Yarn Bee (my usual go to for amigurumi). If using a different yarn your flamingo may end up just a pinch taller.

I will definitely be using Feels Like Butta again, in fact I went back and ordered it in yellow, white and a beautiful light blue! I'm not sure what I'll make with them yet but I love the soft feel of the yarn and the squish factor is comforting!



For this pattern the body and head are made as one piece. To help ensure a strong neck you will want to have tight stitches and firm stuffing. Be sure to stuff your body before beginning your neck as you won't have a large opening to work with. If you find your stitches are running on the loose side try going down a half size in your hook.


More Helpful Tips for Amigurumi

How to Stuff Your Amigurumi

Tips to Learning Amigurumi

Crochet Eye Tutorial (for those times you don't have the right size on hand)

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Materials -

  • Size 4 worsted weight yarn (50g of light or dark pink; small amount of white, grey, and beige)
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook (these are the hooks I use)
  • 9mm safety eyes
  • Black crochet/embroidery thread for eyelashes (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle (bent tip needles work great for amigurumi)
  • Stuffing
  • Stitch markers (a piece of scrap yarn will also do the trick)


Abbreviations - US terminology

MC- Magic circle

SC- Single crochet

SC INC- Single crochet increase

INV DEC- Invisible decrease

DC – Double crochet

St(s)- Stitch(es)

Sl st – Slip stitch




NOTES -


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


- The body and head will be made as one piece. I recommend tight stitches and firm stuffing to help avoid a wobbly neck.


Beak –

With grey

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC around (6)

Round 3: SC INC in each st (12)

Round 4: SC around (12)

Change to white

Rounds 5-6: SC around (12)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing onto the head.



Body –


With pink

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each st (12)

Round 3: SC in the first st, SC INC in the next, repeat around (18)

Round 4: SC in the first 2 sts, SC INC in the next, repeat around (24)

Round 5: SC in the first 3 sts, SC INC in the next, repeat around (30)

Round 6: SC in the first 4 sts, SC INC in the next, repeat around (36)

Round 7: SC in the first 5 sts, SC INC in the next, repeat around (42)

Rounds 8-12: SC around (42)

Round 13: SC in the first 5 sts, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (36)

Round 14: SC in the first 4 sts, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (30)

Round 15: SC in the first 3 sts, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (24)

Round 16: SC in the first 2 sts, INV DEC in the nex,t repeat around (18)

Round 17: SC in the first st, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (12)

Rounds 18-23: SC around

Here is where we will start the head

Round 24: SC in the first st, SC INC in the next, repeat around (18)

Round 25: SC in the first 2 sts, SC INC in the next, repeat around (24)

Round 26: SC in the first 3 sts, SC INC in the next, repeat around (30)

Round 27: SC in the first 4 sts, SC INC in the next, repeat around (36)

Round 28: SC in the first 5 sts, SC INC in the next, repeat around (42)

Rounds 29-34: SC around (42)

NOTE: Here is where we will attach the facial features. Place the safety eyes 6 stitches apart between rounds 31 and 32. (For a girl version, I recommend sewing on the eyelashes before securing your safety eyes).

Beak - Sew the beak centered between the eyes with a small amount of stuffing.

Cheeks – With your tapestry needle and yarn for cheeks pass through one stitch on either side of your beak just under the eyes.



(Be sure to stuff the neck and shoulders firmly as you go. This will keep the neck sturdy.)

Round 35: SC in the first 5 sts, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (36)

Round 36: SC in the first 4 sts, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (30)

Round 37: SC in the first 3 sts, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (24)

Round 38: SC in the first 2 sts, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (18)

Round 39: SC in the first st, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (12)

Round 40: INV DEC around (6)

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


Tail-

With pink

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each st (12)

Rounds 3-4: SC around (12)

Round 5: SC in the first 3 sts, SC INC in the next 6, SC in the last 3 sts (18)

Round 6: SC around (18)

Round 7: SC in the first 6 sts, SC INC in the next 6, SC in the last 6 sts (24)

Round 8: SC around (24)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.



Wings-

Starting with pink, make 2

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each st (12)

Round 3: SC in the first st, SC INC in the next, repeat around (18)

Rounds 4-8: SC around (18)

Do not fasten off, we will now work across the top in rows.

Row 1: Fold flat (as pictured below) and make 9 SC across the top making sure to go through both top stitches. Leaving a long tail of your pink yarn change to white for the last row.

Row 2: *2 DC in the first st, sl st into the next*, *repeat across ending with 2 DC into the last st (this creates the feathers). Fasten off and weave in your white strand.



Legs –

With beige make 2, lightly stuffing as you go

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 7 SC

Rounds 2-12: SC around (7)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.


Assembly -

- First, sew the tail centered onto the back of the body stuffing as you go.

- Next, sew the wings centered with the facial features and a slight angle upward as pictured below.

- Lastly, sew the legs onto the bottom of your flamingo starting at the 2nd round and ending at the 6th round.


Your mini flamingo is complete! Feel free to share your flamingo with us in the group, we'd love to see them!

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