Knitted Flamingos

Handmade Knitted Flamingo on Bed Fitting in Knitting
Knitted Flamingo

How to Knit a Flamingo

What you will need…

Total time – 6 Hours 30 minutes

Complete Size cm Width, cm height

3.25mm knitting needles (UK 10, US 3)

Double knitting yarn – Colours according to preference for flamingo type

Greater flamingo – light pink, dark pink, black.

Chilean flamingo – light pink, grey, dark pink, cream, black.

Flamingo babies – grey, light pink, black.

Sewing up needle

Scissors

Toy filling/stuffing

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Knitted Flamingo Cuddles

Before You Start…

Abbreviations

K = Knit   P = Purl   St = Stitch   Sts = Stitches

St-st = stocking stitch. Alternating a row of knit stitches (right side), with a row of purl stitches (wrong side).

K2tog = Decrease by knitting two stitches together, making one stitch from two.

Inc = Increase – by knitting into the front and the back of the same stitch, to make two stitches out of one.

Cast On – I use the thumb method

Cast off – K wise or P wise according to pattern. US – bind off

B&T tightly – Using sewing up needle, thread yarn through all remaining stitches

TOP TIP

If knitting for a child, I suggest using the greater flamingo colours or you are otherwise at risk of being told that it’s not a proper flamingo.

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Knitted Flamingo

How to Make it…

Made from one knitted body and neck piece, one head and beak piece, two knitted leg pieces, and four small knitted pieces to make up the two feet. All pieces are sewn together and stuffed, with added stitching for the eye features.

Body & Neck Piece

Handmade Knitted Flamingo Body and Neck Piece Fitting in Knitting
Flamingo Body and Neck Piece

Make 1

Time – 2 Hours 30 Minutes Each Piece

Piece Size cm x 4 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Light pink and dark pink (or alternative as per other flamingo breeds using picture for guidance)

Using dark pink, cast on 16 sts

G-st 6 rows

Change yarn to light pink

Next row (K1, Inc Kwise) to the end (24sts)

Beginning with a P row, st-st 7 rows

Next row (K2, Inc Kwise) to the end (32sts)

Beginning with a P row, st-st 7 rows

Next row K2 (Inc Kwise, K2) 10 times (42sts)

Beginning with a P row, st-st 21 rows

Next row K2, (K2tog, K2) 10 times (32sts)

Beginning with a P row, st-st 7 rows

Next row (K2, K2tog) to the end (24sts)

Beginning with a P row, st-st 7 rows

Next row (K1, K2tog) to the end (16sts)

Beginning with a P row, st-st 55 rows

Cast off Kwise

Head & Beak Piece

Handmade Knitted Flamingo Head Piece Fitting in Knitting
Flamingo Head Piece

Make 1

Time – 1 Hour Each Piece

Piece Size cm x 4 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Light pink, dark pink and black, or alternative as per flamingo breed. (Use picture for guidance)

Begin at the back of the head in light pink and cast on 4 sts

P 1 row

Inc Kwise into every st (8 sts)

P 1 row

Next row Inc Kwise into every st (16sts)

P 1 row

Next row (K1, Inc Kwise) to the end (24sts)

P 1 row

Next row (K2, Inc Kwise) to the end (32sts)

Beginning with a P row, st-st 11 rows

Next row K2, K2tog twice, K5, K2tog twice, K2, K2tog twice, K5, K2tog twice, K2 (24 sts)

P 1 row

Break off yarn and join on colour required for main beak (dark pink for greater flamingo, cream for the chilean flamingo)

Beginning with a K row st-st 10 rows

Next row K7, K2tog twice, K2, K2tog twice, K7 (20 sts)

Beginning with a P row st-st 3 rows

Break off yarn and join on colour for tip of beak (e.g. black for Chilean and greater flamingos)

Beginning with a K row st-st a further 2 rows

Next row K5, K2tog twice, K2, K2tog twice, K5 (16 sts)

P 1 row

Next row K2tog to the end (8sts)

P 1 row

Next row K2tog to the end (4sts)

B&t tightly

Legs

Handmade Knitted Flamingo Leg Piece Fitting in Knitting
Flamingo Leg Piece

Make 2

Time – 30 Minutes Each

Piece Size cm x cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Dark pink or alternative as per flamingo breed. (Use picture for guidance.)

These are knitted from side to side rather than top to bottom.

Cast on 50sts

Beginning with a P row, st-st 7 rows 

Cast off

Feet

Handmade Knitted Flamingo Foot Piece Fitting in Knitting
Flamingo Foot Piece

Make 4 (two for each foot)

Time – 20 Minutes Each

Piece Size 1.5 cm x 1.5 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Dark pink or alternative as per flamingo breed. (Use picture for guidance.)

Cast on 19sts

Beginning with a K row st-st 2 rows

K8, (Sl2tog, k1, p2sso), K8 (17 sts)

P1 row

K7, (Sl2tog, k1, p2sso), K7 (15 sts)

P1 row

K6, (Sl2tog, k1, p2sso), K6 (13 sts)

P1 row

K5, (Sl2tog, k1, p2sso), K5 (11 sts)

P1 row

K4, (Sl2tog, k1, p2sso), K4 (9 sts)

P1 row

K3, (Sl2tog, k1, p2sso), K3 (7 sts)

P1 row

K2, (Sl2tog, k1, p2sso), K2 (5 sts)

P1 row

Cast off

Piece it Together…

Sewing-up time – 70 Minutes as shown

Sewing Up

Handmade Knitted Flamingo Body Piece Sewing Up Fitting in Knitting
Sewing Flamingo Body

Body & Neck Piece – With right side of stocking-stitch on the outside, fold the cast-on edge to bring row ends together, catching the row ends to the centre of the cast-on edge. Oversew this cast-on edge and then the row ends along the body. Stuff lightly with toy filling as you move along. Leave the cast off edge at the top of the neck lying open, with a long end of yarn to later attach this to the head piece.

Handmade Knitted Flamingo Body Piece Sewn Up Fitting in Knitting
Flamingo Body Sewn Up

Head Piece – Beginning at the tip of beak, pull up yarn tightly and with right side of stocking-stitch on the outside, sew across row ends as in picture below. Continue along row ends leaving a small gap for stuffing at the cast on edge. Stuff lightly, then sew across this edge to complete the head piece. Pull up yarn tightly and fasten off.

Handmade Knitted Flamingo Head Piece Sewing Up Fitting in Knitting
Sewing Up Flamingo Beak
Handmade Knitted Flamingo Head Fitting in Knitting
Knitted Flamingo Head

Facial Features – Backstitch pupils onto the sides of the flamingo head using black yarn; counting the numbers of knitted stitches for the location of each pupil to keep your design symmetrical. Add any other detailing required as per your design, such as a name or age number (not included in timings).

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Sewing Flamingo Eyes
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Flamingo Eye
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Sewing Flamingo Feet
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Sewn Flamingo Foot
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Flamingo Leg – First Sewn Length
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Flamingo Leg – Second Sewn Length
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Flamingo Leg and Foot
Handmade Knitted Flamingo Leg and Foot Sewn Fitting in Knitting
Flamingo Leg and Foot Sewn
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Sewing up Flamingo

Making their Day…

The best bit is in the giving! Carefully wrap your flamingo in some tissue paper or nestle him in a box of shredded paper. Pop in a gift bag and hand to your delighted recipient. In this case – Happy 5th Birthday Poppy!

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Look at that Face!
Handmade Knitted Flamingo on Bed Fitting in Knitting
Knitted Flamingo

Make it Different…

As well as coming up with your own designs, it may be helpful to have a look at the knitted monsters from last year. Use parts of these patterns to make little additions to your red nose.

Handmade Knitted Flamingo on Cushion Fitting in Knitting
Flamingo on Cushion

Behind the Scenes!

These patterns are all made up as I go along, learning from mistakes along the way. Every time I create a new pattern, I record it in the Updates part of this site (effectively my blog…)  There is a story behind each creation, and this can help give you some more ideas and encouragement. See the Update info….

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Knitted Flamingo

All done?

Feel free to share your successes or any other tips or suggestions by contacting me. If it’s all gone swimmingly and you’re ready for your next challenge, have a look at what to try next! My next pattern!