Tatted Bluebird

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Tatted Bluebird

My son bought a small bird feeder for our cats’ entertainment this past month. We put it on the back porch where it’s easy for us to see, and we’ve had a few house finches come visit. It’s been fun, and the cats have really enjoyed it. They’re indoor-only cats, so the birds are safe.

It made me remember that I had a bird in some of my old attempts for patterns. I’d used this beautiful, little box that my mother gave me for inspiration.

So I pulled out the pattern, changed it just a little bit, and tatted up a sample. I hope you enjoy it!

This is an experienced beginner pattern (only because of the bead) and requires one shuttle.

I used Lizbeth size 20 thread color 122 Caribbean. The bird is approximately 2 inches (7 cm) in length.

Printable pattern (97K. Opens a new window.)

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You will need:

Thread in your choice of color and size.
1 tatting shuttle
1 4mm black bead
Size 15 or 16 crochet hook

ds double stitch
p picot
j join
lj lock join
SL shoelace trick

How to make a lock join
How to do the shoelace trick

Instructions:

R: (2ds p) 7 times, 2ds, close, turn
Ch: 16ds, turn
R: (2ds p) 2 times, j to 5th p of previous R, (2ds p) 4 times, 2ds, close, turn
Ch: 5ds, lp (for bird’s legs) 11ds, turn
R: (2ds p) 2 times, j to 5th p of previous R, (2ds p) 4 times, 2ds, close, turn
This next chain makes the bird’s tail. I made my picots really big and didn’t worry about evenness.
Ch: 6ds lp (1ds lp) 4 times, 6ds, turn
R: (2ds p) 2 times, j to 5th p of previous R, (2ds p) 4 times, 2ds, close, turn
Ch: 12ds lj to 3rd p of previous R, 12ds, turn
R: (2ds p) 2 times, j to 5th p of previous R, 2ds p 2ds, j to 3rd p of first R, (2ds p) 2 times, 2ds, close, turn
Ch: 5ds p (large enough to go through diameter of the bead), 7ds, lj to base of first R, turn, SL
Ch: 7ds using crochet hook slide bead over p on previous Ch, j, 9ds, lj to base of last R, turn, SL
Ch: 12ds p (for bird’s beak) 12ds
Cut and tie.

Clip picots for beak and legs, trim to desired length.

Tatting: Tatted Bluebird
Copyright 2012 by Nancy Tracy, All Rights Reserved.

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