Hi! I got a request for the pattern to my hummingbird, and I definitely think the world needs more hummingbirds in it, so I’m going to give it a go! Unfortunately, I did a lot of guesstimating as I went, so this is not the best pattern I’ve ever written up :-/. As usual, if anyone uses this pattern, please link back to my page, and also send me a picture! I’d love to see what people make!
I used a 3mm hook, and the pink and white were just scrap yarns I had lying around (probably Red Heart Super Saver). Frustratingly, I can’t find the green yarn that I used! I think maybe… when I bought it the lady kept the label when she wound it? (I am definitely outing myself as a yarn noob, I mostly buy the cheap stuff and getting it wound up like that was a new experience for me!)
If anyone recognizes it, help me out because I’d like to know too! It’s a very pretty green/brown that looks a bit glossy, frays easily, and is a little thinner than Red Heart Super Saver yarns…
Okay on to the pattern!
The idea behind the body is that I made a small dome for the head, then unevenly added increases to the back and decreases to the front to make the body arch backwards, then decrease so that it came back down to a point. For the color changes, I didn’t end up having it look perfectly smooth, but I just made the change each time as I saw it lining up. Also, I made mine a key chain, which is totally optional, the only thing I did was after starting the magic circle, I used the excess yarn to tie through the metal loop.
- green yarn: 6 sc in a magic circle
- green yarn: (1 sc, 1 inc) x 6 to make 12 stitches
- green yarn: (2 sc, 1 inc) x 6 to make 18 stitches
- green yarn: (3 scs, 1 inc) x 6 to make 24 stitches
- green yarn: 24 sc
From here on out, almost all the rows have a color change in them - I just picked one side to be the front and always aligned the colors to each other, to me it didn’t matter if it was at the start of a row or in the middle, as long as the changes match up.
- green: 13 sc, pink 11 sc (24 stitches)
- green: 13 sc, pink 11 sc (24 stitches)
After these rows, it starts to feel a bit complicated, but again it was just increasing on the back and decreasing on the front to make the back sweep away from the head - I know that seems counterintuitive, but it’s just the way crochet works, it basically makes the tube shear instead of curve, if that makes sense. - I usually spaced each increase and decrease out with one sc in between.
- decrease 2x on pink, 2x on sides, increase 3x on green, and have one more pink on each side (23 stitches total - 13 pink, 10 green)
- decrease 2x on pink, 2x on sides, increase 3x on green, and have one more pink on each side (22 stitches total - 15 pink, 7 green)
- white yarn same as pink row, increase 2x on green (24 stitches total - 15 white, 9 green)
at this point, i inserted two 6 mm safety eyes between the row of green and the first row of pink, about one stitch in from the start of the pink. I also just used a black sharpie marker to draw the black line at the green and pink division between the eyes. Here’s the head so far compared to a Google image search picture - the beak is just a toothpick that I’m using as a placeholder, I’ll put the stuff for the beak under the rest of the body pattern, but importantly, DON’T COMPLETE THE BODY BEFORE ADDING THE BEAK - Continuing with the body:
- white same, increase 3x in green (27 stitches total - 15 white, 12 green)
- white same, increase 3x in green (30 stitches total - 15 white, 15 green)
- replicate above row: (30 stitches total - 15 white, 15 green)
- decrease 1 in white at the front (29 stitches total - 14 white, 15 green)
- decrease 1 on each the side to make it more symmetric (i needed on in green, on in white (27 stitches total, 13 white, 14 green)
- decrease 1 w on each side, (25 stitches total, 11 white, 14 green)
- decrease 1 w on each side, (23 stitches total, 9 white, 14 green)
- decrease 1 w on each side, inc 1 in green (22 stitches total, 7 white, 15 green)
- decrease 1 white on each side (20 stitches total, 5 white, 15 green)
- decrease 1 white on each side (18 stitches total, 3 white, 15 green)
- decrease 3 green, crochet completely in green (12 stitches)
- (1 sc, 1 dec) x6 to make 6 stitches
- end in a point by skipping stitches until closed.
Okay, you should probably add the beak in around row 10ish, but I just kept all the body together for continuity. I experimented a bit with the beak, trying for different looks. Eventually I used a ~ 2in scrap of black yarn and painted 1 inch of it with clear nail polish so that it became stiff - I’m pretty sure there are better methods for stiffening yarn, but this worked ok for me. I then threaded the unstiffened bit into the piece and tied it tightly before stuffing.
^Wings (make two!):
These were tough, I will definitely admit that I didn’t get them to look quite even, and took terrible notes on how I managed it. One piece of advice is to make both before attaching, so that if they end up way too different, you can make a third and choose which it matches the most closely to!
- 6 foundation sc (foundation single crochets are great and look up a tutorial if you don’t know them, they changed my life!)
- This got a bit weird: I turned the piece and then did 5 foundation sc perpendicular to the first 6 - basically instead of going back across the fsc’s after turning, I pulled a loop through the first stitch, then foundation sc’d and continued outward as if that was my first stitch…
This made that wide angled underside of the wings. Now each time I crocheted a row, I sort of messily hooked in the first row of fsc (the one that is perpendicular to the row you just made) until I couldn’t any longer… I’m sorry this isn’t the best explanation, but crochet is a magical wonderful art that is very lenient to fudging, so please go at it bravely!
- turn, sc 6 (leave one off at the end)
- turn, sc 5 (leave one off at the end)
- turn, sc 4 (leave one off at the end)
- turn, sc 3 (leave one off at the end)
- turn, sc 2 (leave one off at the end)
I sewed the wings on at where the white met the green, attaching it at least several stitches so they weren’t too flimsy - for me the wings curl a bit but I suspect with different yarn or with some blocking they’d stand out straighter.
Similar deal with the tail as the wings I’m afraid - I fudged this a lot, and it isn’t symmetric, but when I sewed in onto the body I curved it around so that any asymmetry was basically hidden.
- foundation sc 5
- turn the piece and foundation sc 8 perpendicular to the first 5
- 10 rows of 8 hdc - the half double crochets make the more undulating shape, and each time I came to the other row of 5 I messily hooked them in, which is why the shape turned out slightly narrower at the top than at the bottom. The narrower top is what I wrapped around the point of the hummingbird body and sewed it on, again it was a bit curled but I think it looked better that way.
And that is it! I think the biggest thing is that with each part I didn’t aim too much for perfection, the body can be squished and the wings and tail aren’t perfect, but I think overall it gives it some character! Good luck, and please feel free to message me if you have questions on the pattern, I know this one is not the most straightforward…