Thursday, April 17, 2014

Free Crochet Bird Pattern & a Crochet Car Seat Toy

Six little birdies came out one day,
flapping their wings and ready to play.
Off they went, toward the sky so blue,
ready to spend the day with you.

Free Crochet Bird Pattern by Go Crochet Crazy

I've been indulging in some "happy projects" lately. Recovering from the dreary, gray weather we've had here the past week (and missing my family back in the US, if I'm honest) has led me to turn to my yarn for some uplifting activities and diversion from stress. 

This week, while taking a break from my Cath Kidston-inspired giant granny afghan (which is now the size of a soon, I promise!), I got the hair-brained idea to make one of those dangly sort of toys moms string from their baby's car seat, bouncy seat, or crib. Since my girls both have two-month-old babies, I asked them what such a toy is called. Neither really seemed to have an exciting-sounding name. Apparently, they're referred to as car seat toys, take alongs or tag alongs. 

But even without a fun-sounding name, it certainly was fun to come up with ideas for the car seat toy I made. I've been anxious to show you the pictures, so here they are!

Car Seat Toy Motifs by Go Crochet Crazy
Car Seat Toy Motifs by Go Crochet Crazy
Car Seat Toy Motifs by Go Crochet Crazy

And the Big Reveal!....

Use this adorable dangly decoration as a car seat toy for baby or a springtime bunting! Made by Go Crochet Crazy, who also has a free pattern for the crochet birds on her blog.

After crocheting the stars, the granny diamonds with tassels and the crochet birds, I simply crocheted a chain of about 32 inches long. Then I attached the danglers by little, mini chains, leaving plenty of room on the ends for the toy to be tied to a car seat or crib. For those who don't have any babies in their life, I think this would also make a lovely springtime bunting to cheer up a room a bit after a long, dreary winter.

I have a free pattern for the crochet birds, which I'll post below. But first I have to give kudos to my dear blog friend, Rain, who posted the star pattern on her blog here. Why reinvent the wheel? Rain did such a wonderful job with her star pattern, I decided to use it. For this car seat toy, I modified by doing only two rounds for the star, instead of three.

The diamond shapes are just two-round granny squares edged with a single crochet and finished with a tassel on the bottom. I enjoyed making these and the stars because they were both so simple, but happy-looking.

Finally, I needed one more dangler for each car seat toy and wanted something that said "spring" but not "Easter". I enjoy listening to the birds singing outside, and it was their lovely songs one evening that inspired me to come up with a simple crochet bird pattern that could be used for a variety of projects. 

Crochet Bird Pattern by Go Crochet Crazy, free pattern available on blog.

Crochet Bird by Go Crochet Crazy


Cotton yarn, perfect scrapbuster
Hook size H 5mm

Bird's Head & Body

Ch 4, join with a slipstitch (or use Magic Ring)

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as first HDC). 14 more HDC into ring (15 sts) Join last stitch to top of first stitch with a slipstitch.

Round 2: Ch 1 (counts as first SC). Into the same stitch, crochet [1 HDC, 5 DC, 1 HDC, 1 SC] to make the bird's head. *Continue with same yarn or fasten off and switch to complementary color.* SC in each of next 10 stitches (around the bird's belly).  Into the next stitch, work [HDC, ch 1, DC, ch 1, HDC] to make the bird's tail. SC once in each of next 2 stitches. Then slipstitch into the next stitch to complete the bird's back. SC once in each of the next 8 stitches to outline the head. Slipstitch into the next stitch, then join the last stitch with the first with a slipstitch.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Bird's Beak

Join yellow yarn at 1 stitch above the base of your bird’s head. Ch 3, then slipstitch into the stitch below (the stitch at the base).

Fasten off, weave in ends. Use wet blocking to get a nice point on your bird's beak.

Bird's Feet

Count six stitches from the bottom of the beak to the belly. Attach yellow yarn into the 6th stitch with a slipstitch. *Ch 3, HDC into the 2nd stitch. Slipstitch into the first stitch*. Slipstitch into the 7th stitch from the bottom of the beak to form the next foot. Repeat from * to *. Fasten off and weave in end.
(You can also make the bird without feet if you don't want dangly things hanging from the belly. For a baby, I like the dangle. For my own project, I'd probably leave the feet off.)

Bird's Eye

With black or white yarn and a big yarn needle, sew an X onto your bird’s face for an eye.

Tweet, tweet...aren't we sweet?
This crochet bird pattern and the whole car seat toy thingie might have actually been TOO FUN to make. But, then again, I don't think there's ever such a thing as too much fun. 

What fun creations have you made on a whim, or to fight the doldrums or escape stress? Creativity is such a wonderful thing. Not only for the pretty and functional things it brings forth into the world, but for the wonderful, happy feelings it gives each of us.

This Week I'm Linking Up With:

Memories by the Mile Treasure Box Tuesday
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  1. So cute, I love those little birds, thank you for the pattern. :)

    1. You're welcome, Linda! If you make them, I'd love to see pictures! :)

  2. Your birdie is soooooo cute! Love it!! Pinning it!
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. You're welcome, Bobbie, and thank you for pinning. :)

  3. Really sweet, Mary! It's an adorable, bright, happy toy... I'm sure the babies will love it! I agree with you that working with pretty colors brightens the mood... I'm working on a rainbow puff stitch blanket now :)

    1. Monica, that sounds gorgeous! I can't wait to see pictures!

  4. Those are very beautiful....
    Nicely done...

  5. Thanks for sharing this! I especially love the little stars!

    1. Aren't the stars fantastic?! Rain did a beautiful job working up the pattern. :)

  6. Oh my goodness that is the cutest carseat toy I have ever seen! Those little adorable birdies! LOVE!!!!

    1. Thank you! I think they will be well-received by their recipients. :)

  7. How fun! my boys are a bit big for car seat toys now but I think this would make lovely bunting for the house.

  8. Those little birds are so cute, and they look so quick, I may have to try them out this evening! Thanks

    1. I'd love to see a photo if you make them, Julie!

  9. Super cute!!! I may have to use these as appliques on something!

    1. That's a great idea, Nicole! I'd love to see how they turn out.

  10. Many many thanks for getting some adorable use of, and sharing my star pattern, Mary! (I too loved it at 2 rounds: it looked cartoony and whimsical, i thought!)
    Your little birds are absolutely charming, endearing little things!

    1. Thank you, Rain! Your star pattern is a keeper!

  11. Very cute crochet and i gladly wanted to share on the 4 Seasons blog hop pinterest board. cheers and have a nice day.

  12. Mary,

    Those birds are adorable!!!

    Thank you so much for linking-up at Beauty Observed last week. I always enjoy seeing your projects. Absolutely gorgeous!

  13. Mary those are really lovely!!
    I love looking at the things you create.
    Thanks so much for sharing the patterns.


  14. Your friends site for the star pattern is not working. Can you give us the pattern? Thanks.