Hummingbird on Holiday by Alisha Broberg

Hummingbird on Holiday

November 2011
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
gauge is not critical for this pattern
US 2 - 2.75 mm
35 - 60 yards (32 - 55 m)
Fingering, Sport, DK, Worsted, Bulky
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This pattern is available for free.

Pattern Coming Soon as a Ravelry Download
In the meantime, the pattern (in an unfinished but knit-able state) can be viewed at Alisha Goes Around

This is a free pattern offered by Alisha Lariscy of Alisha Goes Around. Copyright 2010.

I designed this pattern to use up the little ends of sock yarn I usually have laying about after finishing a pair of socks. Mr. H. Bird uses the tiniest bit of yarn, can be finished in under an hour. (Well, the first one might take a bit longer. Fingering weight yarn can make the hummingbird a bit fiddly, too.)

This sweet little hummingbird can be used in many ways:

  1. Put a wire ornament hook through a few stitches between the wings and hang it on a tree.
  2. Knit many hummingbirds and string them together (with or without greenery) for a garland.
  3. Attach a hummingbird to a stone or glass hemisphere and call it a paperweight.
  4. Lace a wire through the belly and around a barrette or headband as a hair ornament or fascinator centerpiece. Attach a hummingbird to a pin blank to use as a brooch. Small or felted hummingbirds can also be added to scarves, mittens, gloves, or hats.
  5. Poke a bamboo skewer into a hummingbird belly and add a birdie to an artificial flower arrangement. For a real flower arrangement, use a plastic, glass, or other non-porous stick-shaped thing.
  6. Knit multiple hummingbirds and make a mobile (omit the wire in the beak if there’s a chance a child will handle the hummingbirds).
  7. Knit one hummingbird and mount belly to a hard disc (plastic, cardboard) and attach to a hair band for use as a pincushion.
  8. If you wish, you can felt your hummingbird. If you choose to felt him, use an un-joined cast on and do not stuff the bird until after felting. Sew wings to body before felting. You probably will not need wire for the beak. Duplicate stitch eyes before felting, but bead or paint on eyes after felting.

To complete a hummingbird, you will need:

about 7g of fingering weight yarn, 10g of sport weight yarn, 13g of DK weight yarn, or 15g worsted weight yarn

Needles to knit in the round at a denser than normal gauge. The knit fabric should not be easily distorted by stuffing, but it also shouldn’t stand up and salute.

3 inches of skinny wire (I used 24 gauge jewelery wire, but many other wires will work just fine. Even trimming a wire hanger to size will do just fine.)

a handful of stuffing -- polyfil, yarn scraps, bits of old clothes, unspun fiber, even a couple of cotton balls

small beads, buttons, fabric paint, paint, or contrasting color yarn for eyes