Back in April, I posted a pattern for a spring-appropriate tweety bird. Turns out, that bird pattern is pretty versatile. Over the weekend, I used black and orange yarn to make this bird, appropriate for any Baltimore Orioles’ fan, but any number of color combos can be used to support your favorite aviary mascot: Ravens, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Blue Hens, and so on.
For ease, I will re-post the pattern below. For the Orioles hat, I used one strand of worsted weight yarn, but for tweety, I used light yarn, and thus two strands. Two strands of worsted weight is just too thick for this pattern!
1 skein, worsted weight black yarn, or 2 skeins light weight yarn
A small amount of orange, white, and black
FPDC=Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC=Back Post Double Crochet
SCdec=Single Crochet decrease
HDC= Half Double Crochet
With an H hook and 2 strands of yarn, form a ring, ch 2
Rd 1- 11 DC
Rd 2- Ch 2 (Does not count as first DC) 2 DC in each stitch around (22)
Rd 3- Ch 2, *2 DC in 1st stitch, 1 Dc in next, repeat from * (33)
Rd 4- Ch 2, *2 DC in 1st, 1 DC in next 2, repeat from* (44)
Rd 5- Ch 2, *2 DC in 1st, DC in next 10, repeat from * (48)
Rd 6- Ch 2, *2 DC in 1st, DC in next 11, repeat from * (52)
Rd 7- Ch 2, *2 DC in 1st, DC in next 12, repeat from * (56)
Rd 8- Ch 2, *FPDC in 1st 4 stitches, BPDC in next 4 stitches, repeat from * (56)
Rd 9- Ch 2, *BPDC in 1st 4 stitches, BPDC in next 4 stitches, repeat from * (56)
Rd 10-13 Repeat Rds 8 and 9
Rd 14- Repeat Rd 8
Do not fasten off. Begin on first earflap
Row 1- SC in next 10 stitches. Ch 1, turn
Row 2- SCdec in first 2 stitches, SC in next 6, SCdec (8). Ch 1, turn
Row 3- SC in each stitch across (8). Ch 1, turn
Row 4- SCdec, SC in next 4, SCdec (6). Ch 1, turn
Row 5- SC in each stitch across (6). Ch 1, turn
Row 6- SCdec, SC in next 2, SCdec (4). Ch 1, turn
Row 7- SC in each stitch across (4). Ch 1, turn
Row 8: SCdec, twice. (2). Ch 1, turn
Row 9- SC in first stitch, ch 3, SC in second stitch. Fasten off.
Fold your hat in half in order to place your second ear flap, insert your hook into the desired stitch, and repeat. Do not fasten off, SC around the base of the hat. (For the Orioles hat, I fastened off the black yarn, and used orange to SC around.) To make the braids, cut anywhere from 6-12 pieces of yellow and orange yarn, about 2 feet long. Pull the yarn through the ch 3 loops on the earflaps halfway through, braid and knot. Repeat on the second earflap.
Beak (with orange)
2 tr, DC, HDC, SC, HDC, DC, 2 tr, DC HDC, SC, in ring, join to 2nd chain of your ch 3. Fasten off, leaving a tail to sew onto the hat.
Outer Eyes (make 2, with white)
Form a ring, ch 3
4 tr, 4 DC, 3 tr, 3 DC, join to ch 3. Fasten off, leaving a tail to sew onto hat.
Pupils (make 2, with black)
Form a ring, ch 1
8 SC in ring, join. Fasten off, leaving a tail to sew onto outer eye.
Cut three pieces of yellow yarn and one piece of orange about 12? strands. Knot the pieces around one of the DCs in round 1. Repeat around, for a total of 6 knots (or as many or as few as you want!) Cut each knotted section to the length you want. In order to make it “fluffy,” insert a tapestry needle into each individual strand of yarn and separate the yarn fibers.
And voila! You’ve just hatched yourself a pretty cute hat.