Flamingo Friend

Aren’t Flamingos so darn cute?! My daughter is completely in love with them, so when I signed up to do this CAL, I knew I had to make one!

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The more I thought about making one, the more excited I became with the possibilities! What size will I make? What yarn will I use? What features will it have?

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After a lot of brainstorming, I decided I really wanted it to be a big Flamingo, but I also needed to keep it pretty simple, so that it can easily be made in one week. So, I decided that I would use a thicker yarn. This will yield a bigger finished piece, with less stitch work! 


Once I decided on the yarn size, I had to consider my options. I had been wanting to use Bernat Blanket yarn for quite a while, but I never had the right project. I have an afghan planned out, but I haven’t had time to work up such a large project, so that made this the perfect time to give it a try!

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I am pleasantly surprised with how great this yarn works up into a stuffed animal! It really is the perfect yarn for stuffies. This Flamingo Friend is plush, soft, and super cute! My daughter was very excited about adding it to her collection!


This pattern was designed as part of the CAL Central Crochet event. You can join this group on Facebook to participate. 


Every Monday, from April 2nd – June 4th, there will be a new free stuffed toy pattern released. 


Fairfield World generously donated the Poly-fil used to make these softies. They will also be donating a 5-lb Box of Poly-fil to the crocheter with the most votes.


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Want to make your own? Here’s how:

Flamingo Friend 

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MATERIALS

Super Bulky Weight Yarn (#6) [Bernat Blanket]

Pink (5 oz)

* Black (1 oz)

* White (Scraps)

K/10.5/6.50mmHook [Clover Amour]

Poly-fil Stuffing

24mm Animal Eyes

10” x 3/8” Wooden Dowel

YarnNeedle with Large Eye

GAUGE

Not important for this project

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

13” tall from top of head to bottom of body.

Legs are 9.5” long.

Body is 8.75” long.

STITCH GUIDE

arnd = around

ch = chain

dc = double crochet

sc = single crochet

sl st(s) = slip stitch(es)

st(s) = stitch(es)

SKILL LEVEL

Easy

WRITTEN IN US TERMS

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NOTES

* Beginning ch-1 does not count as a stitch

* This pattern can be worked in any yarn weight.

* Make sure to adjust to the appropriate hook size (example: G/6/4.00mm hook for worsted weight yarn)

* Round 1 of the head is the backside. The beak will go over the last round.

* Round 1 of the body is the front side.

HEAD

With Pink,

1. Magic ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring (6)

2. 2 sc arnd (12)

3. *2 sc, sc* arnd (18)

4. *2 sc, sc x 2* arnd (24)

5. *2 sc, sc x 3* arnd (30)

6-11. sc arnd (30)

12. *dec, sc x 3* arnd (24) – Add eyes between rows 9 & 10

13. *dec, sc x 2* arnd (18)

14. *dec, sc* arnd (12) – Stuff Here

15. dec arnd (6)

16. dec arnd (3)

Weave tail through remaining stitches; Fasten.

BODY

With Pink,

1. Magic ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring (6)

2. 2 sc arnd (12)

3. *2 sc, sc* arnd (18)

4. *2 sc, sc x 2* arnd (24)

5. *2 sc, sc x 3* arnd (30)

6. *2 sc, sc x 4* arnd (36)

7. *2 sc, sc x 5* arnd (42)

8. *2 sc, sc x 6* arnd (48)

9-14. sc arnd (48)

15. *dec, sc x 6* arnd (42)

16. *dec x 2, sc x 38* arnd (40)

17. *dec x 2, sc x 36* arnd (38)

18. *dec x 2, sc x 34* arnd (36)

19. *dec x 2, sc x 32* arnd (34)

20. *dec x 2, sc x 30* arnd (32)

21. *dec x 2, sc x 28* arnd (30) – Stuff Here

22. *dec, sc x 3* arnd (24)

23. *dec, sc x 2* arnd (18)

24. Flatten opening, so that the double decrease section (rounds 16-21) is centered:

sc across, working through both layers together, turn (9)

25. Ch 1, (sc, dc, ch 3, dc, sc), *sk 2, (sc, dc, ch 3, dc, sc)* 2X; Fasten. (3 tailfeathers)

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NECK

With Pink,

1. Magic ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring (6)

2. 2 sc arnd (12)

3. sc arnd (12)

4. 2 sc x 4, dec x 4 (12)

5. dec, 2 sc x 4, dec x 3 (12)

6-12. sc arnd; Fasten at the end of round 12. (12)

WINGS (Make 2)

With Pink,

1. Magic ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring (6)

2. 2 sc arnd (12)

3. *2 sc, sc* arnd (18)

4. *2 sc, sc x 2* arnd (24)

5. *2 sc, sc x 3* arnd (30)

6. *2 sc, sc x 4* arnd (36)

7. Fold circle in half, sl st across, working through both layers together, turn (18)

8. Ch 1, *(dc x 2, sc), sl st* 2X, (dc x 2, sc, sl st). Fasten. Do not stuff. (3 feathers)

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EYELIDS (Make 2)

With Pink,

Ch 4. Fasten.

LEGS (Make 2)

With Black,

1. Ch 8, join to form a ring, ch 1, sc in each ch arnd (8)

2-14. sc arnd (8)

15. *dec, sc x 2* arnd (6)

16. Flatten opening: sc across, working through both layers, turn (3)

17. Ch 1, dc x 2, dc, dc x 2, turn (5)

18. Ch 1, sc across, turn (5)

19. Ch 1, *(sc, dc, sc), sl st* 2X, (sc, dc, sc, sl st) in last st; Fasten. Do not stuff. (3 toes)

BEAK

With Black,

1. Magic ring, ch 1, 4 sc in ring (4)

2. sc arnd (4)

3. 2 sc arnd (8)

4. sc, 2 sc x 2, sc, dec x 2 (8)

5. sc arnd (8)

With White,

6. dec, sc, 2 sc x 2, sc, dec (8)

7-8. sc arnd; Fasten at the end of round 8.

FINISHING

* Sew neck over rounds 6-11 of the body.

* Insert wooden dowel through center of neck & down into body, leave 1-2” above the neck. Stuff neck firmly.

* Sew neck to round 6-9 of the head, making sure to insert the wooden dowel up through the head.

* Attach wings to sides of body, with front tip of wings over round 7.

* Attach legs to bottom of body, to round 8, so the inner legs touch.

* Place eyelids over eyes, so the top and backside are covered.

* Stitch a dot on both sides of the beak over round 7. 

* Hide all strings.

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