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« on: September 25, 2007 08:03:46 AM »

Yeah!!! I finally finished the bird i've been working on!!!  His name is Nerdy Birdy and he's made with fun fur, simply soft, and some chunky weird green yarn i found on clearence at Big Lots.  I did sew the wings on lopsided, but he's a nerd so it's expected of him!!





And here he is taking a nap with his new friend, Twinketoes:



I did write out a pattern for him, but the kittens knocked over a drink on the notebook, so as soon as the pages dry i'll copy it down and post it here!

Thanks for looking!!
Nathalie

please read the notes at the end before starting the head/body!!!!!!

Materials:

ww yarn (I used Caron simply soft in grey)

chunky yarn (I used Bernat softee chunky)

fun fur - 2 balls (Technically its not the furry one, its the feathery one)

Size I hook and size F or G hook

fiberfill

yarn needle, sewing needle, embroidery floss, sewing thread/or machine

google eyes

1 piece felt, 2 buttons (medium or large sized)

The legs and wings are made using one strand chunky yarn.  The head and body are made using one strand ww yarn and one strand feathery fun fur held together.  The beak is made with one strand ww yarn.  You want the ww yarn for the head/body to closely match the fun fur color.  The color for the beak, feet, neck, and legs are totally up to you!

Making Nerdy Bird feet:

Use one piece of whatever color felt, cut it in half, then cut each half in half (4 squares total)  Holding 2 squares together, cut out any kind of bird foot shape you want.  Cut out a similar foot with the other 2 squares:



Then sew each pair, leaving the bottom part open.  Trim around the edges, turn them inside out.  Now you can either glue the foot closed, or sew closed.  Ive done both.



  Use a medium or large sized button to attach the foot to the leg.  Any color is fine. Just be sure not to give him two left feet!!!!  Unless you like that look.

Legs (make 2 with I hook and chunky yarn)

6 sc in a ring

rd1: 2sc in each sc around (12 sc)

rd2 & 3: sc in each sc around (12 sc)

Sew the foot on now:

Thread your needle, insert from inside of leg, go through both the foot and the button and back down again until foot is secure:



Then continue with leg:

rd4: (sc2tog, sc in next sc ) 4 times (9 sc)

rd5-21: sc in each sc around ( 9sc)

Fasten off, stuff

Wings (make 2 with I hook and chunky yarn)

6 sc in a ring

rd1: 2sc in each sc around (12 sc)

rd2: 2sc in first sc, sc in next sc around (18 sc)

rd3-5: sc in each sc around (18 sc)

rd6: sc2tog, sc in next sc around (12 sc)

rd7 & 8: sc in each sc around (12 sc)

Ch 1, hold both sides together and sc across.  Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing. On the bird pictured above, i switched to the ww/fur combo on the last 2 rounds and sc across.  You dont have to if you dont want to.

Beak ( use size F or G hook, ww yarn)

6 sc in a ring

rd1: 2sc in each sc around (12 sc)

rd2-4: sc in each sc around (12 sc)

rd5: 2sc in first sc, sc in next 5 sc, 2sc in next sc, sc in last 5 sc (14 sc)

rd6: sc in each sc around (14 sc)

rd7: 2sc in first sc, sc in next 6 sc, 2sc in next sc, sc in last 6 sc (16 sc)

rd8 & 9: sc in each sc around (16 sc)

rd10: 2sc in first sc, sc in next 7 sc, 2sc in next sc, sc in last 7 sc (18 sc)

rd11: sc in each sc around (18 sc)

Fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing.  Lightly stuff.

Head/Body (use I hook, hold 1 strand ww yarn & 1 strand fun fur together)

6 sc in a ring

rd1: 2sc in each sc around (12 sc)

rd2: 2sc in first sc, sc in next sc around (18 sc)

rd3: 2sc in first sc, sc in next 2 sc around (24 sc)

rd4: 2sc in first sc, sc in next 3 sc around (30 sc)

rd5-9: sc in each sc around (30 sc)

rd10: sc2tog 6 times, sc in next 18 sc (24 sc)

rd11: sc2tog 6 times, sc in next 12 sc (18 sc)

rd12: sc2tog 6 times, sc in next 6 sc (12 sc)

Sew beak on here

rd13 & 14: sc in each sc around (12 sc)

Now switch to 1 strand chunky yarn

rd15-32: sc in each sc around (12 sc)

Now switch back to ww and fun fur:

rd33 & 34: sc in each sc around (12 sc)

rd35: 2sc in first sc, sc in next sc around (18 sc)

rd36: sc in each sc around (18 sc)

rd37: 2sc in next 6 sc, sc in next 12 sc (24 sc)

rd38 & 39: sc in each sc around (24 sc)

rd40: (2sc in first sc, sc in next sc) 6 times, sc in next 12 sc (30 sc)

rd41 & 42: sc in each sc around (30 sc)

rd43: 2sc in first sc, sc in next 4 sc around (36 sc)

rd44-46: sc in each sc around (36 sc)

rd47: 2sc in first sc, sc in next 5 sc around (42 sc)

rd48: sc in each sc around, but add 3 (2sc in one sc) in there wherever (45 sc)

rd49-58: sc in each sc around (45 sc)

Here is a good place to sew on the wings and stuff the head/neck

rd59: sc2tog, sc in next 7 sc around (40 sc)

rd60: sc2tog, sc in next 6 sc around (35 sc)

rd61: sc2tog, sc in next 5 sc around (30 sc)

rd62: sc2tog, sc in next 4 sc around (25 sc)

Here is a good spot to sew on legs

rd63: sc2tog, sc in next 3 sc around (20 sc)

rd64 sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc around (15 sc)

rd65: sc2tog, sc in next sc around (10 sc)

rd66: sc2tog around (5 sc)

Sew shut, fasten off, weave in ends.

Notes:

1. Sew the beak onto the head above the decrease rounds, the part that looks like its sticking out the most.



2. After the neck is complete, you want to start round 37 so that your increases kinda line up with the beak on the head.  If that means pulling out or adding some sc to get it right, its totally cool.  Youre gonna want to eyeball the 3 weird increase rounds so the bird sorta lines up.

3. Stuff the head/neck area pretty good cause it gets wobbly.  Ive got one bird that cant hold up its head and one that sorta does.  Cool either way!

Oh yeah, i almost forgot~ this pattern hasnt been tested by anyone but me, so totally let me know if you find anything wrong with it!!!

 Enjoy your bird!!

Nathalie

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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2007 08:07:16 AM »

I love him, but then again, I am biased to all things nerdy!
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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2007 08:52:37 AM »

Oh, me too!!  I am such a nerd!!!   Grin
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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2007 09:35:17 AM »

He's so cute! I love how bendy he is.
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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2007 12:53:49 PM »

wow I love him!
I think that's the best thing I've seen made with fun fur
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2007 04:41:20 PM »

Thank you!!!  I've had the stuff laying around forever, i even threw out a bunch cause it's a pain to work with.  But i saw the 'ugly green' fun fur and i had to have it!!!!
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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2007 06:26:46 PM »

Oh, man! I was just at the craft store yesterday and they had a ton of fun fur on clearance ($1 a skein)...in wacky colors, too. I should run back to get some so I can make a whole flock of them!
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2007 07:04:36 AM »

please do post the pattern, I will actually buy some full price fun fur to make one!
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« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2007 03:36:57 PM »

Hey everyone!  I finally added a tutorial for nerdy bird!!  It took way longer than i thought, but here it is!!
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« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2007 04:30:54 PM »

Wow! Thanks so much for the pattern! I have some time to kill after work tomorrow before I have to go to a meeting. I think I'll need to hit the craft store for some yarn!

ETA: Well, I hit the store today and bought 36 skeins of fun fur yarns...only $1 each...I got 2 of every one that they had on clearance. Now, I need to watch for a sale on the rest of the yarn I'll need! Christmas gifts will be coming...but maybe not until next Christmas Wink
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