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Knitted Aviary
Materials
DK (light worsted/8-ply) yarn:
30m (33yd) in pink
10m (11yd) in bright coral
10m (11yd) in light coral
1m (1yd) in black
1m (1yd) in white

Tension

7 sts measured over 2.5cm (1in) and worked in SS using 3mm (US 2 or 3, UK 11) needles

Finished size

12cm (4¾in) from top of head to bottom of body

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© 2019 Sue Stratford / Search Press · Reproduced with permission. · ‘Sue Stratford’s Knitted Aviary’ by Sue Stratford ISBN: 9781782216407 RRP Price: £9.99 Publisher: Search Press Available from www.searchpress.com
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  • Step 1

    Body and head
    Using pink yarn, cast on 14 sts and purl 1 row.
    Work increase rows as follows (the first row is 
written out in full to enable you to see the pattern 
of the increases):
    Next row: K1, Kfb, K1, Kfb, Kfb, K1, Kfb, Kfb, K1, Kfb, Kfb, K1, Kfb, K1 (22 sts).
    Next row: purl.
    Next row: K1, (Kfb, K3, Kfb) to last st, K1 (30 sts).
    Next row: purl.
    Next row: K1, (Kfb, K5, Kfb) to last st, K1 (38 sts).
    Next row: purl.
    Next row: K1, (Kfb, K7, Kfb) to last st, K1 (46 sts).
    Next row: purl.
    Next row: K1, M1, K21, M1, K2, M1, K21, M1, K1 (50 sts).
    Starting with a purl row, work 3 rows in SS.
    Next row: K24, M1, K2, M1, K24 (52 sts).
    Starting with a purl row work 3 rows in SS.
    Next row: K16, w&t.
    Next row: P13, w&t.
    Next row: K11, w&t.
    Next row: P9, w&t.
    Next row: knit to the end of row.
    Next row: P16, w&t.
    Next row: K13, w&t.
    Next row: P11, w&t.
    Next row: K9, w&t.
    Next row: purl to the end of row.
    Cast off 17 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows (18 sts).
    Next row: K1, ssK, K11, w&t.
    Next row: P9, w&t.
    Next row: K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1 (16 sts).
    Next row: purl.
    Next row: K14, w&t.
    Next row: P12, w&t.
    Next row: K11 w&t.
    Next row: P10, w&t.
    Next row: knit to the end of row.
    Next row: purl.
    Next row: K1, ssK, K9, w&t.
    Next row: P8, w&t.
    Next row: knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1 (14 sts).
    Next row: purl.
    Next row: K1, ssK, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1 (12 sts).
    Next row: purl.
    *Next row: K5, w&t.
    Next row: purl to the end of row.
    Next row: K4, w&t.
    Next row: purl to the end of row.
    Next row: K3, w&t.
    Next row: purl to the end of row.
    Next row: knit.
    Next row: P5, w&t.
    Next row: knit to the end of row.
    Next row: P4, w&t.
    Next row: knit to the end of row.

    Next row: P3, w&t.
    Next row: knit to the end of row.
    Next row: purl.*
    Repeat from * to * once more.
    Next row: K4, w&t.
    Next row: purl. to the end of row.
    Next row: K3, w&t.
    Next row: purl. to the end of row.
    Next row: K2, w&t.
    Next row: purl to the end of row.
    Next row: knit.
    Next row: P4, w&t.
    Next row: knit to the end of row.
    Next row: P3, w&t.
    Next row: knit to the end of row.
    Next row: P2, w&t.
    Next row: knit to the end of row.
    Next row: purl.
    Next row: K1, M1, K4, M1, K2, M1, K4, M1, K1 (16 sts).
    Next row: P7, M1, P2, M1, P7 (18 sts).
    Next row: K8, M1, K2, M1, K8 (20 sts).
    Starting with a purl row, work 3 rows in SS.
    Next row: K1, ssK, K4, K2tog, K2, ssK, K4, K2tog, K1 (16 sts).
    Next row: P1, P2tog, P2, P2togtbl, P2, P2tog, P2, P2togtbl, P1 (12 sts).
    Next row: K1, ssK, K2tog, K2, ssK, K2tog, K1 (8 sts).
    Thread yarn through remaining sts and gather, leaving a length of yarn for sewing up.

  • Step 2

    Wing (make two)
    Using light coral yarn, cast on 7 sts.
    Next row: Kfb, (K1, P1) twice, K1, Kfb (9 sts).
    Next row: Kfb, (K1, P1) three times, K1, Kfb (11 sts).
    Next row: Kfb, (K1, P1) four times, K1, Kfb (13 sts).
    Next row: (P1, K1) six times, P1.
    Next row: (K1, P1) six times, K1.
    Repeat last 2 rows twice more.
    Next row: (P1, K1) six times, P1.
    Next row: K2tog, (K1, P1) five times, K1 (12 sts).
    Next row: (P1, K1) five times, K2tog (11 sts).
    Next row: K2tog, (K1, P1) four times, K1 (10 sts).
    Next row: (P1, K1) four times, K2tog (9 sts).
    Next row: K2tog, (K1, P1) twice, K1, K2tog (7 sts).
    Next row: K2tog, K1, P1, K1, K2tog (5 sts).
    Next row: K2tog, K1, K2tog (3 sts).
    Next row: CDD (1 st).
    Thread yarn through remaining st to fasten.

  • Step 3

    FOOT and LEG (make two)
    Using bright coral yarn, cast on 3 sts and purl 1 row.
    Next row: (K1, M1) twice, K1 (5 sts).
    Next row: purl.
    Next row: K1, M1, K to last st, M1, K1 (7 sts).
    Next row: purl.
    Knit 2 rows (forming a fold line).
    Starting with a knit row, work 2 rows in SS.
    Next row: ssK, K to last 2 sts, K2tog (5 sts).
    Next row: purl.
    Repeat last two rows once more (3 sts).
    Using DPN and the i-cord technique (see page 12), work in SS until leg measures 8cm (3¼in).
    Thread yarn through remaining sts and fasten.
    Tie a knot in the leg to make the knee, using the photograph as guidance.

  • Step 4

    Beak
    Using white yarn and 3mm (US 2 or 3, UK 11) knitting needles, cast on 7 sts.
    Next row: sl1, K2, sl1, K2, turn work (leaving 1 st unworked).
    Next row: purl to last st, sl1 (7 sts).
    Change to black yarn.
    Next row: K3, sl1, K3.
    Next row: purl.
    Next row: K3, sl1, K3.
    Next row: P1, P2tog, P1, P2togtbl, P1 (5 sts).
    Next row: ssK, K1, K2tog (3 sts).
    Next row: CDD (1 st).
    Thread yarn through remaining st, leaving a length of yarn for sewing up.

  • Step 5

    Making up
    Taking the body and starting at the cast-off edge (top of the head), sew the seam along the shaped edge, stopping when you reach the back of the head. Place some toy filling inside the head.
    Sew the seam on the beak and pin in place, using the photographs for guidance. Thread the safety eyes through the knitting. When you are happy with their position, remove the toy filling and beak and push the backs onto the safety eyes to secure them. Re-stuff the head with toy filling.
    Continue sewing the seam, stuffing the neck with toy filling as you go. Continue sewing the seam along the back of the bird until you reach the cast-on edge, stuffing with toy filling as you go. Thread the yarn through the cast-on stitches, gather and secure. Replace the beak and sew firmly in place.
    Taking the wings, pin in place on the body with the sloped edge at the top and using the photographs for guidance. Sew each one in place, stuffing with a small amount of toy filling to give definition.

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