Traditional Scandinavian Bird Ornament | Free Crochet Pattern
As promised, let me share with you my second Scandinavian-inspired pattern, the Traditional Scandinavian Bird Ornament!
If you did not catch my first Scandinavian ornament post, consisting of three traditional shapes, you can read the post and get the free pattern right here!
There is something so thrilling about making red and white ornaments for Christmas. I’m pretty much convinced it’s the last needed ingredient to put the cheer in my holiday season!
Last week when I shared the first pattern, Traditional Scandinavian Ornaments, I talked about the tradition I started of making small handmade Christmas gifts for family and friends some years back. As I said then, these are the ornaments I have chosen to give this year and production is going smoothly so far.
My family gasped when they heard my suggested maximum quantity for this years giving — a minimum of 12 ornaments and a maximum of 42. I explained that as usual, I made a sectioned list: the definite recipients, the possible recipients, and the most-likely-not recipients. I’m pretty sure they think I’m nuts anyhow. But I love to make and share what I make! It’s time that is so constraining.
Now this little bird I am going to share with you is my favorite yet! It is a little more involved than the other three shapes I created so I have put it in it’s own little post. But don’t let this mislead you, it is still a simple pattern that should take very little time to make!
Let’s take a look!
Traditional Scandinavian Bird Ornament
Skill Level easy
Finished Size 5 inches long
Medium weight yarn in red
Yardage: 15 yards
Crochet hook 7/4.50mm
Embroidery floss in white and needle
Small white button
Gauge not necessary for this project
PANEL (make 2)
Round 1: make an adjustable ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring, sl st in first sc: 6 sc
Round 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc: 12 sc
Round 3: ch 1, 2 sc in next sc, (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) 4 times, leave remaining sc unworked: 14 sc
Round 4: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first sc, (sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 3 times, sc in next 3 sc, 2 hdc in last sc: 19 sts
Round 5: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in next st, sc in next 4 sts, (2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts) twice, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc, 2 hdc in last st: 24 sts
Do not finish off. At this point you will work the remainder of the tail and then the head.
Round 6 tail: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog, sl st in next st: 7 sts
Round 7 tail: ch 1, turn, skip first st, sc2tog, sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in last st: 6 sts
Round 6 head: join yarn in 10th st from last st [refer to Round 6 of tail], sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in last st: 7 sts
Round 7 head: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next st, sc2tog, sl st in next: 4 sts
Round 8: ch 1, turn, skip first st, sc2tog, dc in next st: 3 sts
Assembly and Embroidery
One the front of one bird panel, embroider whatever pattern you desire. My embroidery skills are so-so, that’s why I stuck to some easy lines and French knots.
For the eye, use a small button. I adore buttons, don’t you? And I love a chance to put them on my designs.
Match panels and single crochet together with red, working (sc, ch 2, sc) at beak and (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) at tail. Stuff with a small amount of fiberfill before closing. Cut a length of ribbon around 11 inches and thread through any stitch; knot to secure.
Simple, huh? These little birds emanate with old fashioned glee. I love the simplicity of the design and how it refers back to old world Germanic heritage. What do you think?
(Remember, you can get your own digital, printable copy of my Traditional Scandinavian Ornaments in my stores at Ravelry and Etsy! I will be adding the Bird to my PDF for the original ornaments soon!)
Have you made any of my Traditional Scandinavian Ornaments? I would love to see! Mention me when you share it on social media, @GingerPeachyStore on Instagram and @CompulsivWriter on Twitter.
This is an original pattern created and designed by Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. You are welcome to copy the pattern for personal use but do not sell the pattern, distribute, or reprint it. Feel free to share a link to the pattern. You can sell products made from this pattern but please credit me, Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. Do not mass produce or factory manufacture using my pattern. Thanks for respecting the wishes of the designer, and be sure to ask me if you have any questions regarding this copyright.