I found inspiration to create this cute bird in the Lily Sugar 'n Cream Chicken Kitchen booklet. I purchased my copy at a Michaels Arts & Crafts Store.
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
Ch = chain
2 sc tog = 2 single crochet together (single crochet decrease)
You will need to use a crochet hook H (5mm)
1st Round: Work 8 single crochet in the second chain from hook. Join with a slip stitch to the first single crochet.
2nd Round: Chain 1, Word 2 single crochet in each single crochet to the end. Join with a slip stitch to the first single crochet. 16 sc
Rounds 3 to 10: Work even, 1 sc in each sc. 16 sc
Join with a sl st to the first sc and fasten off. Hide the tail on the inside or wrong side.
You will make two wings:
Row 1: 1 sc in second ch from hook.
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in sc. 2 sc
Row 3: Ch 1, 1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc. 3sc
Row 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, 2 sc
Row 5: Ch 1, 1 sc in each sc. 4 sc
Row 6: Ch 1, 2 sc tog, 2 sc tog.
Row 7: Ch 1, 2 sc tog, fasten off
Bird Legs: I recommend using a smaller hook than the H such as the E (3.5mm)
Row 1: 1 sl st in second ch from hook. 1 sl st in the next 2 chains. *Ch 3. 1 sl st in second ch from hook. 1 sl st in the next 2 chains. Anchor this last sl st with another sl st. Repeat from * once more. Fasten off.
Detail of second toe made by slipping stitches.
Detail of third toe. This shows the three chains before the slip stitches are made.
Last toe made by slipping stitches.
Carry the yarn to the top by sewing along the back of the chain.
The yarn is now at the top. You will use this yarn to sew leg to the body.
Sew the legs to the body using 3 to 4 stitches. Weave any left over tails on the wrong side.
Chain 6 - 1 sc in second ch from hook, 3 sc, 3 sc in last ch. Continue working on the opposite side of the ch, 4 sc, join with a sl st to first sc. Fasten off. Leave enough yarn to sew beak to body.
Carry the yarn left on the wrong side to the middle.
Fold the beak in half and sew to the body.
Using 2 strands of the black embroidery or a thin black yarn make french knots for the eyes.
Sew the wings along the side, front and back.
Hide any tails left.
Your little bird is finished. He can be used as a finger puppet, egg cozy or simply as a decoration. He sits well on an inverted votive holder. I plan to give these to my grandchildren in their Easter baskets.
Have fun making many more birdies.