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Amigurumi + Origami = a fun pattern to create one adorable bird!
The design for this amigurumi parrot was inspired by origami, the art of using intricate folds to turn a two-dimensional surface into a three-dimensional object. Instructions will walk you through crocheting a flat square motif known as a Granny square. By starting at the corner, you use a simple colorwork technique to create the beak, face, and wings. The belly is made from a separate single-colored square, worked in the round like a traditional Granny square. To create the eyes for your amigurumi parrot, check out the tutorial "Simple Eyes with Felt and French Knots" here on Cut Out + Keep.

Posted by Jennifer Olivarez from Arvada, Colorado, United States • Published See Jennifer Olivarez's 19 projects »
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  • How to make a parrot plushie. Parrot Origami-Inspired Amigurumi - Step 1
    Step 1

    Back, Wings, and Tail in One Piece (Large Square)
    Note: The 3-ch at the beginning of each row counts as a dc.
    With yellow, begin with a magic loop.
    Row 1: Ch 3, dc, tr, 2 dc into the magic loop. Pull tight to close. Break yarn. Turn. (5)
    Row 2: With white, ch 3, dc in next dc, (2 dc, tr, 2 dc) in tr, dc in next 2 dc. Break yarn. Turn. (9)
    Row 3: With red, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, (2 dc, tr, 2 dc) in tr, dc in next 4 dc. Turn. (13)
    Row 4: Ch 3, dc in next 5 dc, (2 dc, tr, 2 dc) in tr, dc in next 6 dc. Turn. (17)
    Row 5: Ch 3, dc in next 7 dc, (2 dc, tr, 2 dc) in tr, dc in next 8 dc. Break yarn. Turn. (21)
    Row 6: With yellow, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, PM, dc in next 6 dc, (2 dc, tr, 2 dc) in tr, dc in next 6 dc, PM, dc in next 4 dc. Break yarn. Turn. (25)
    Row 7: With green, ch 3, dc in next 11 dc, (2 dc, tr, 2 dc) in tr, dc in next 12 dc. Break yarn. Turn. (29)
    Row 8: With blue, ch 3, dc in next 13 dc, (2 dc, tr, 2 dc) in tr, dc in next 14 dc. Turn. (33)
    Row 9: Ch 3, dc in next 15 dc, (2 dc, tr, 2 dc) in tr, dc in next 16 dc. Break yarn. Turn. (37)
    Row 10: With red, ch 3, dc in next 11 dc, PM, dc in the next 6 dc, (2 dc, tr, 2 dc) in tr, dc in next6 dc, PM, dc in next 12 dc. FO and weave in ends. (41)
    You might use this opportunity to close any spaces between stitches (particularly between 3-chs and the next stitches) by sewing them together as you weave in your ends.

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Parrot Origami-Inspired Amigurumi - Step 2
    Step 2

    Belly (Small Square)
    Note: The 3-ch at the beginning of each row counts as a dc.
    With red, create a magic loop.
    Rnd 1: Ch 3, into the magic loop: 2 dc, tr, * 3 dc, tr, rep from * 2 more times. Pull magic loop closed. Join with slst to the top of the 3-ch. (16)
    Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, (2 dc, tr, 2 dc) in next tr, * dc in next 3 dc, (2 dc, tr, 2 dc) in next tr, rep from * 2 more times. Join with slst to the top of the 3-ch. (32)
    Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in next 4 dc, (2 dc, tr, 2 dc) in next tr, * dc in next 7 dc, (2 dc, tr, 2 dc) in next tr, rep from * 2 more times. Dc in the next 2 dc. Join with slst to the top of the 3-ch. (48)
    FO, leaving a long tail (at least 36 inches long) for sewing. Weave in other end.

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Parrot Origami-Inspired Amigurumi - Step 3
    Step 3

    Feet
    Hold the Body (small square) with the long tail at the bottom and RS facing up. Join black in the second dc after the tr in the right corner (see photo below). * Ch 4, working back down the chain: slst, sc, hdc. Slst in next dc **, rep from * to ** 2 more times. FO. Sk 1 dc and join black again in next dc. Rep from * to ** 3 times. FO.

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Parrot Origami-Inspired Amigurumi - Step 4
    Step 4

    Weave in ends.

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Parrot Origami-Inspired Amigurumi - Step 5
    Step 5

    Assembly
    For these instructions, the RS is whichever side you like best. (In other words, WS is the side you want to show the least of.)
    Lay the large square (head, back, wings) with WS facing up, so that the beak is pointing away from you. Lay the small square (body) with RS facing up on top of the large square. Line up the corners of the small square with the PMs on the large square. The feet should be closest to you.

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Parrot Origami-Inspired Amigurumi - Step 6
    Step 6

    Thread open stitch marker through the stitch marked by the PM and the tr at the corner of the small square. Repeat for the other three corners to hold the small square in place.

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Parrot Origami-Inspired Amigurumi - Step 7
    Step 7

    Using the long tail on the small square, sew the small square to the large square.

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Parrot Origami-Inspired Amigurumi - Step 8
    Step 8

    Once you’ve gotten about 3/4 of the way around, stuff firmly with polyester stuffing.

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Parrot Origami-Inspired Amigurumi - Step 9
    Step 9

    Fold the beak down and, using the tail of yarn, tack this down to the top of the small square (the bird’s chest).

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Parrot Origami-Inspired Amigurumi - Step 10
    Step 10

    Fold each wing in and tack each down as well.

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Parrot Origami-Inspired Amigurumi - Step 11
    Step 11

    Eyes
    Make the eyes for your bird using the Simple Eyes with Felt and French Knots tutorial found here on Cut Out + Keep.

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