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FREE Amigurumi Pattern: Mini keychain-sized budgie parakeet

Updated: May 17

Hello everyone! I'm here with another free pattern - little keychain-sized budgie! I really love budgies because they come in such a beautiful array of colours.


This is another great beginner pattern with little sewing involved! As I mentioned in my narwhal pattern, you can get split key rings on either Amazon or Etsy.


As always, I'd love to see your work so feel free to tag me on instagram (@yurigurumi) with photos of your creations! You can also contact me there or via email if you get stuck or need some help :)


You can purchase a PDF version of this pattern with additional images as well as an informative appendix here.


Mini Keychain-Sized Budgie Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

*Note: this pattern is for personal use only. Please credit the designer (yurigurumi or Christina from yurigurumi) should you post photos of finished products.


Difficulty: Easy

Skills Required

o Single crochet in the round

o Magic ring

o Increasing and decreasing number of stitches

o Color changes

o Sewing pieces together

o Fastening off

o Basic embroidery

Size of finished product: Approximately 4.5 x 5 x 4.5 cm (LxWxH)

Materials needed:

o 3mm crochet hook

o DK or light weight yarn in:

o For green budgie: Light yellow, medium green, black, dark green, orange

o For blue budgie: White, light blue, dark blue, black, light yellow

o Yarn needle

o Scissors

o Stitch marker (optional)

o Polyester stuffing

o 6mm black safety eyes

o Nickel ball chain (10 cm length or more recommended) or split key ring


Stitches used and abbreviations (pattern written in US terms):

o MR = magic ring

o st/sts = stitch/stitches

o sc = single crochet

o inc = increase (2 sc in one st)

o dec = decrease (sc 2 sts together)

o (…) = repeat instructions in brackets given number of times

o [..] = total number of stitches in the round


*Note: For clarity, from this point the pattern will refer to colours used for the blue and white budgie. If you are making the yellow and green budgie (or any colour budgie!), replace colours accordingly.

Body

In white

R1) 6 sc in MR [6]

R2) (inc in next st) x 6 [12]

R3) (sc in next st, inc in next st) x 6 [18]

R4) (sc in next 2 sts, inc in next st) x 6 [24]

R5) sc in all 24 sts [24]

R6) (sc in next 3 sts, inc in next st) x 6 [30]

R7-8) sc in all 30 sts [30]

Change to light blue

R9-10) sc in all 30 sts [30]

Place 6 mm safety eyes between Rounds 5 and 6, 7 sts apart from each other. Note: I usually place the eyes in the middle of the round to hide the colour change at the back of the body.

R11) (sc in next 3 sts, 1 dec) x 6 [24]

R12) sc in all 24 sts [24]

R13) (sc in next 2 sts, 1 dec) x 6 [18]

R14) (sc in next 1 sts, 1 dec) x 6 [12]

Fill with polyester stuffing

R15) (dec) x 6 [6]

Close the body by looping the yarn through each of the sts from Round 15 and pulling tight.

Wings (make 2)

In black

R1) 4 sc in MR [4]

Switch to white

R2) (sc in next st, inc in next st) x 2 [6]

Switch to black

R3) (sc in next st, inc in next st) x 3 [9]

Switch to white

R4) sc in all 9 sts [9]

Switch to black

R5) sc in all 9 sts [9]

Switch to white

R6) (sc in next st, 1 dec) x 3 [6]

Fasten off and leave a long tail for tying. Filling with polyester stuffing is not necessary.

*Note, this long tail is going to be used to attach the keychain part of the budgie. The longer your tail, the more times you can loop around the keyring to make it more durable


Beak

Embroider as shown using light yellow yarn


Attaching the wings

Sew the wings to the body as shown.


Embroidering the feet

Using dark blue yarn, embroider the feet as shown.

Attaching the tail

Using 3 pieces of dark blue yarn, make the tail as shown in the step by step photos (always insert your hook into the same initial hole)

Yarn over and pull the ends through the loop...

Repeat two more times... (don't forget, hook goes in the same hole and out the next hole!)

Finally, use the tail from one of the wings to attach the split key ring. Loop it around 4-5 times so that it's nice and secure and tie tightly to another tail of yarn so it doesn't come loose.


Thanks so much for trying out this pattern! Let me know what you think and I can't wait to see all your budgies :)


Happy crocheting and until next time,


Christina


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