Knitted Little Flamingo

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Knitted Little Flamingo

How to Knit a Flamingo

What you will need…

Total time – 6 Hours 40 minutes

Complete Size – 22 cm (body length) x 10 cm (body width) x 38 cm (stood tall)

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. (As shown in this pattern.)

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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Living life on the Edge

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.

Sl2tog – Slip two stitches together from the left needle to the right

p2sso – pass two slipped stitches over (over the knitted stitch)

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

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Greater Flamingo

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. Also take a look at the larger flamingo pattern if you want one a bit more dingly dangly like the real thing.

Knitted Flamingo By the Riverfitting-in-knitting
Flamingo by the River

How to Make it…

Made from one knitted body piece, one knitted 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 eyes.

Body Piece

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Flamingo Body Piece

Make 1

Time – 2 Hours

Piece Size 25 cm (width/body circumference) x 22 cm (length)

Needles 3.25 mm

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

Begin at tail end and 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 5 rows

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

Beginning with a P row, st-st 7 rows

Next row K2tog to the end (8sts)

B&t tightly

Neck Piece

Knitted Flamingo Neck Piece fitting-in-knitting
Flamingo Neck Piece

Make 1

Time – 30 Minutes

Piece Size 6 cm x 12 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

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

Begin at the bottom, and in light pink cast on 16 sts

Beginning with P row st-st 35 rows

Cast off loosely

Head & Beak Piece

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Head & Beak Piece

Make 1

Time – 1 Hour

Piece Size 11 cm x 13 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)

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 (black for 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

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Flamingo Leg Piece

Make 2

Time – 20 Minutes Each Piece

Piece Size – 13 cm width x 3 cm height

Needles 3.25 mm

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

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

Cast on 30 sts

Beginning with a P row, st-st 7 rows 

Cast off

Feet

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Make 4 (two for each foot)

Time – 20 Minutes Each

Piece Size 6 cm x 6 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Dark pink or alternative as per flamingo breed. (Use pictures 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

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Sewing Body Piece

Body 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, working along the body. Stuff lightly with toy filling as you move along.

Knitted Flamingo Body made-up fitting-in-knitting
Flamingo Body

Neck Piece – With right side of stocking-stitch on the outside, fold the cast-on edge to bring row ends together. Leaving cast on and cast off edges open, sew through row ends along it’s length in mattress stitch to leave a neat finish. Stuff the neck firmly to make the neck more sturdy. Pin the open end of the lower part of the neck to the top of the curved front end of the flamingo body as in the picture. Once happy with positioning, sew into place and fasten off loose ends. Leave the cast off edge at the top of the neck lying open at this stage, and leave this body/neck part aside while the head is completed.

Knitted flamingo Neck fitting-in-knitting
Flamingo Neck
Knitted Flamingo neck on body fitting-in-knitting
Pinning Neck to Body

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 Flamingo Beak
Handmade Knitted Flamingo Head Fitting in Knitting
Knitted Flamingo Head

Flamingo feet – Place two foot pieces back to back, with wrong side of stocking stitch together. Oversew cast on edges together, and then along each of the row ends and the cast on edge. Fasten off loose ends.

Handmade Knitted Flamingo Feet Sewing-Up Fitting-in-Knitting
Sewn Flamingo Foot
Handmade Knitted Flamingo Feet Sewn-Up Fitting-in-Knitting
Sewn Flamingo Foot

Flamingo Legs – Lay out leg piece horizontally and fold over cast off edge towards the purl side of st-st. Roughly sew or tack this edge to the centre of the leg piece, catching it all the way down the middle of the leg. (You could pin it first if you would find this easier.) Then roll the cast on edge over this (effectively like a long swiss roll) and sew this neatly down the full length of the leg (as seen in pictures).

Knitted Flamingo Sewing Leg First-layer fitting-in-knitting
Sewing Flamingo Leg First Layer
Knitted Flamingo Sewing Leg Second-layer fitting-in-knitting
Sewing Flamingo Leg Second Layer
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Knitted Flamingo Leg & Foot

Flamingo Leg Positioning – Sew one end of the first completed leg to the top of the completed foot, and then sew the other end to the underside of the completed flamingo body. This position should only be a few knitted stitches away from the seam. Complete your flamingo by attaching the second leg to the other foot piece, and sew the top of this leg piece to the underside of the flamingo body equidistant from the seam as the other leg.

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Pinning Flamingo Legs
Knitted Flamingo Legs fitting-in-knitting
Knitted Flamingo Legs

Flamingo Completion – Pin the open cast off edge of the open flamingo neck to the back/underside of the completed flamingo head. Once happy with positioning, sew into place. 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. Fasten off all loose ends and all that’s left to do is choose her a name!

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Flamingo Neck Sewing
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Sewing Eyes
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Finished Flamingo!
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Flamingo Sitting Pretty

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!

Make it Different…

As well as coming up with your choice for breed of flamingo and changing the colours accordingly, you may choose to personalise it further by adding some side detailing. (Not included in timings). Give her some sprouts of hair on the top of her head, or add some stitching a name or age number to the side of the body for example. Other detailing can personalise it such as the small buttock stars seen in the knitted unicorn.

And don’t forget this flamingo can be adjusted to make it a little larger – see the larger kitted flamingo or have a go yourself by adding extra rows for the neck or more cast-on stitches for the leg pieces. This could always be a mummy or daddy for this little flamingo!

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Knitted Large Flamingo

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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Flamingo Going for a dip!
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Knitted Little 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!