Guinea Fowl by June Gilbank

Guinea Fowl

June 2014
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
3.5 mm (E)
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An original crochet amigurumi Guinea Fowl bird pattern by June Gilbank. This bird’s colouring is based on the Helmeted Guineafowl.

Guinea fowl are found in the wild throughout Africa, south of the Sahara desert, but they have also been domesticated. They make excellent farm ‘watchdogs’, as they squawk loudly whenever potential danger approaches, sending all the chickens running to safety! They eat insects and ticks as well as seed, so domestic guinea fowl are handy to keep around the garden for pest control. Guinea fowl can fly, but prefer to run from danger. At night, they fly up into a tree to roost.

Yarn: worsted weight yarn in dark grey (or black) and white, and small quantities of red, light blue, and beige (or cream or light brown)

Hook: US E / 3.5mm

Size: approx 9.5” (24cm) long

Details: Don’t be intimidated by the combination of shaping and frequent colour changes - I carefully designed this pattern to have separate shaping rounds and colour changing rounds, so you never have to worry about both at once! And, when you’re making the spots, the other yarn is always carried, so there are no knots to tie and no ends to weave in. It’s surprisingly simple, and very satisfying to see the beautiful body shape come together.

Eyes: 12mm

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