This little robin recently accompanied me on a trip to Dublin where Knitting For All was exhibiting at the Knitting & Stitching Show.  He was one of a few toys, animals and accesories I took with me to show people the kind of thing we do in our classes.  All the patterns and projects were greatly admired, but this little robin was a particular favourite among the visitors.  

With that in mind, I thought I’d share it with you so that you can knit up a little flock of robins in time for Christmas.

You will need:

  • 4 mm needles (single points)
  • 10g brown aran weight yarn
  • 5g red aran weight yarn
  • Tapestry needle for sewing up
  • 10g Stuffing
  • Pipe cleaner for the legs
  • tiny bit of felt for the beak
  • 2 black beads for the eyes

 

Skills:

  • Knit stocking stitch using knit and purl
  • Decrease stitches by knitting 2 stitches together (k2tog)
  • Increase stitches by knitting one stitch in the front and back (kfb)
  • Knit Intarsia (changing colours in the middle of a row)

 

Pattern

Using brown yarn, cast on 4 stitches

Row 1:  kfb all stitches (8 stitches)

Row 2: purl

Row 3: kfb all stitches (16 stitches)

Row 4:  purl

Row 5: kfb all stitches (32 stitches)

Row 6:  purl

 

Intarsia red breast

(Carry the brown yarn loosely across the back when the red is in use.)

Row 7:  k13 in brown, k6 in red, k13 in brown

Row 8:  p12 in brown, p8 in red, p12 in brown

Row 9:  k11 in brown, k10 in red, k11 in brown

Row 10:  p11 in brown, p10 in red, p11 in brown

Row 11:  k11 in brown, k10 in red, k11 in brown

Row 12:  p12 in brown, p8 in red, p12 in brown

Cut red yarn and continue in brown

Row 13: *k2tog, repeat from * to end (16 stitches)

Row 14: purl

Row 15: *k2tog, repeat from * to end (8 stitches)

Row 16:  purl

Row 17:  kfb all stitches (16 stitches)

Row 18:  purl

Row 19:  *kfb, k1, repeat from * to end (24 stitches)

Rows 20-24:  Continue in stocking stitch

Row 25: *k2tog, repeat from * to end (12 stitches)

Row 26: purl

Row 27: *k2tog, repeat from * to end (6 stitches)

Cut the yarn leaving a long end to sew up.  Thread the end through the remaining 6 stitches, slip them off the needle and pull up tight. Secure with some sewing.

 

Wings (make 2)

Cast on 6 stitches

Rows 1-6: stocking stitch

Row 7:  k2tog, k2 k2tog

Row 8:  p2tog twice

Row 9:  k2tog and bind off

 

Making up

Sew up the back seam adding stuffing as you go.  Sew on wings at either side of the neck.  Add two black beads for the eyes and diamond shaped piece of felt for the beak.  Thread a single pipe cleaner through the base of your robin so that two equal lengths stick out at the sides.  Shape into two birds feet.