Kingfisher by June Gilbank


by June Gilbank
October 2010
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
3.5 mm (E)
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Errata available:

An original realistic crochet amigurumi Kingfisher bird pattern by June Gilbank. This bird’s colouring is based on the beautiful (British) Common Kingfisher.

Yarn: worsted weight yarn in teal (blue), orange, white, and grey/black

Hook: US E / 3.5mm

Size: approx 7” long


  • The clever design is self-supporting, so the kingfisher can stand by itself without the need for wires or armature.
  • This is a perfect pattern for practising making neat colour changes! The pattern notes include bonus tips to make your colour changes look as good as possible.
  • The pattern is 9 pages long and includes full instructions and 12 detailed step-by-step photographs with explanations so you can crochet and assemble a perfect kingfisher of your own.

Eyes: 10mm

Additional Details for the magazine version:
Please note: the errata only apply to the Inside Crochet published version. The PDF version from PlanetJune is 100% correct and written in standard (US) terminology together with my usual assembly photos etc.

Extra notes from June after seeing the magazine: here are a few minor things that that may cause confusion (please note that these only apply to the version published in Inside Crochet using UK terms, not the PlanetJune PDF version):

  • Under yarn substitutions it says to use any DK yarn - please don’t do that! The pattern is written for a worsted weight yarn (I believe that’s known as 10-ply in the UK) and all the colour changes will show through between the stitches if you use a lighter-weight DK yarn. (Or, if you want to use a DK yarn, go down a hook size or two to compensate.)

  • The magazine gives instructions for a ‘magic loop’ but my pattern uses a ‘magic ring’ - don’t be confused, these are the same thing :)

  • Beak: It says to sl st into the magic ring and then 1ch - don’t do both!

  • All pieces: My ‘1ch’ after the magic ring throughout the pattern is the equivalent of the ‘sl st’ in IC’s magic loop instructions. I don’t know why this wasn’t standardised!

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