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Crochet Bird Applique Tutorial

Learn how to crochet your own bird applique with this free tutorial

This adorable crochet bird applique was originally featured in the Sweet Birdsong Scarf but it’s just too cute not to share. In this free bird applique tutorial, we’ve taken an excerpt from the scarf pattern so you can enjoy this adorable motif on all your crochet patterns — for free! Whether you use this motif on a keychain, on a scarf, on a blanket or even on a wall hanging for a nursery, we promise you’re bound to find multiple uses for this cute tutorial. Have fun playing with the color choices to create your favorite crochet version of birds from your backyard.

Crochet Bird Applique Tutorial



Light weight yarn  Universal Yarn Uptown DK (100% Acrylic; 273 yards [250 meters]/100 grams): #116 Bachelor Blue (C), 1 skein; #144 Navy Blue (D), 1 skein.

Hook: US size G/6 (4.0 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle

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Lower Body

With C, ch 4, join into ring with sl st in first ch.

Row 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), turn – 6 sc.

Row 2: Dc in first sc, 2 dc in each of next 5 sc, ch 3, turn – 12 dc.

Row 3: Dc in first dc, (dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc) twice, dc in each of next 2 dc, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc) twice, 2 dc in last dc, ch 3, turn – 18 dc.

Row 4: Dc in first dc, (dc in each of next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc) twice, (2 dc in next dc, dc in each of next 3 dc) twice, 2 dc in last dc –24 dc.

Fasten off.

Upper Body

With D, rep Rows 1-3 of Lower Body.

Fasten off.


With C, ch 13.

Row 1: Tr in 5th ch from hook, dc in next 2 ch, hdc in next 2 ch, sc in next 2 ch, sl st in last 2 ch, ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Working in front loops only, sl st in first 2 sl st, sc in next 2 so, hdc in next 2 hdc, dc in next dc, (dc, 2 tr) in next dc.

Fasten off.


With C, ch 4, join into ring with sl st in first ch.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, join rnd with sl st in first sc, ch 3.

Rnd 2: Work 2 dc in same sc as rnd join, 3 dc in each dc around, join rnd with sl st in top of beg-ch-3 – 18 dc.

Do not fasten off.


Ch 4.

Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, sk 1 dc of Rnd 2 of Head, sl st in next dc of Rnd 2.

Fasten off.

This bird applique is used in the Sweet Birdsong Scarf! Join the Gold Club today to get access to this pattern.


So tell us, what pattern will you add a crochet bird to?

  • Judi P.

    Since my name is Pidgeon, I can’t wait to crochet the lovely bluebird. I haven’t decided what I will do with it but I am very excited to begin. Thank you.

  • Lorna H.

    Hi I love your website.
    How do I download the crochet bird . It is very sweet. I love your patterns and I have seen many I am going to crochet.

    • Nicola P.

      Hi Lorna! At this time, we do not allow downloads of our patterns. You are welcome to save this pattern by copying and pasting into a word document or by printing the pattern via the printer icon on the left hand side of your screen. Hope this helps! – Nicola, Editor


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