Bluebird Knitting Pattern Tutorial

I have been wanting to add this knitting pattern to my blog for a while to share. It was featured over at the lovely, Rhythm of The Home and now I am adding it here:) This little Bluebird is wonderful for nature tables, a small stocking filler at Christmas time etc…

This Bluebird of Happiness pattern is knitted with The Magic Loop method of knitting with circular needles.


Brushed Mohair

Circular Needles


Wool needle

Brown yarn for beak

Felting needle, black fleece for eyes


With circular needles, cast on 9 stitches (knitting in garter stitch (plain)). Join for knitting in the round and place a stitch marker at the beginning of the round.

Round 1: Knit 1 round.

Round 2: Knit into the front and back of each stitch for 1 round (18 stitches).

Round 3: Knit 1 round.

Round 4: Knit into the front and back of each stitch for 1 round (36 stitches).

Knit seven rows.

Round 12: (Knit 1 stitch, knit 2 together) repeat across this round.

Round 13: Knit 1 round.

Round 14: (Knit 1 stitch, knit 2 together) repeat across this round.

Round 15: Knit 1 round.

Round 16: Knit into the front and the back of each stitch to increase.

Knit 4 rounds.

Round 21: (Knit 2 stitches together) repeat to the end of the round.

Break yarn and thread the yarn onto a wool needle and thread the remaining stitches through the wool needle and leave until you are finished filling your bird with stuffing.


The tail is knit in garter stitch (plain).

Cast on 3 stitches

Knit 6 rows.

Cast on 1 stitch at the beginning and end of the row.

Knit 3 rows.

Cast off.


Knit wings in garter stitch (plain)

Cast on 5 stitches.

Knit first and second row.

Row 3: Cast on 2 stitches at the beginning of the row and 1 stitch at the end of the row.

Row 4: Knit.

Row 5: Cast on 1 stitch at the beginning and knit 2 together at the end of the row.

Row 6: Knit.

Row 7: Knit 2 stitches together at the beginning of the row, knit to the end of the row.

Row 8: Knit.

Cast off.


Fill your bluebird with soft fleece and ensure he is wonderfully firm, shaping him as you go.  Take your needle and thread it through your stitches and pull firmly closed and finish off.

 Shape your bluebird gently, by pushing more fleece to the back as can be seen in the photo.

Sew on wings and tail.

To make the beak, sew a loop in brown wool and weave in and out through the loop and finish off.

Needle felt on two black eyes with fleece and a felting needle.

And here he is finished!

Please note, this pattern is for personal use only, and not for resale, items knitted from this pattern may not be sold for commercial purposes, thank you.

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25 Responses to Bluebird Knitting Pattern Tutorial

  1. Baa-Me Kniits November 1, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

    such a sweet little bit of happiness, and that blue…did you dye that?? 🙂

  2. .::Our Waldorf Home Mama::. November 1, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    So freakn’ cute!!! What a perfect stocking stuffer!!!! Great idea mama!


  3. Heather November 1, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    Linda, you are truly amazing, and so generous as to what you give here. These are gorgeous.

  4. K November 3, 2010 at 7:56 am #

    Lovely. She will fit very nicely into a cupped hand.

  5. AllyB November 5, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

    Such a sweet little bird. Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

  6. Dutch Hollow November 5, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    What a cute little guy.

  7. Melissa Plank November 5, 2010 at 6:49 pm #

    Darling, I will most certainly be knitting myself a little flock of these cuties! Thanks for sharing the pattern!

  8. atomiclulu November 5, 2010 at 7:13 pm #

    I am a huge fan of the Magic Loop. It has saved my sanity this year. Very cute pattern thank you!

  9. Knot By Gran'ma November 6, 2010 at 6:10 pm #

    So very adorable! Beyond my skills right now, but awesome.

  10. Amanda November 7, 2010 at 7:51 am #


  11. Anonymous November 12, 2010 at 4:36 am #

    Thank you Linda,
    I think you’d like Anna’s tiny pigeon to go with your little bluebird. Check it out at

  12. Rachel November 23, 2010 at 7:12 am #

    Thank you for posting this! I’ve loved this little blue bird since you first posted photos. Years ago I placed a baby girl for adoption. I called her my little blue bird. Natually, blue birds have a tender place in my heart…

  13. Nick March 12, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    Could I use double pointed needles instead of circular needles?

    • Linda February 27, 2013 at 8:10 am #

      Of course you can:)

  14. Anonymous December 18, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    Nick- I used dpns and they turned out great! Cast on 9 stitches on one needle and then put 3 stitches on each(3) needle! Then just continue the pattern. Super easy and fun. It’s a little irritating on my slippery cheap dpns but once you get past the first 3 rows it’s a snap. Have fun

  15. Linda January 1, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    Hi Nick,
    Absolutly, DPNs will be perfect too.

  16. denalynn March 18, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

    I just wanted to say thank you for offering such ADORABLE things as free patterns!!! DL 🙂

    • Linda February 27, 2013 at 8:11 am #

      You are welcome:)

  17. Barbara January 6, 2013 at 6:08 am #

    I’ll definitely make this little creature in blue because at the beginning of December we had bluebirds at our bird feeders. Rare at anytime on our wooded lot but unheard of in Dec. Now we have 6 inches of snow on the ground and mounded on top of the feeders and the cardinals look spectacular against the snow. The males are glowingly brilliant in the sun, which in not frequent here. The cardinals are year-long residents of central Oho. So I will also make one in red and try to figure how to put a crest on its head. I’m not too great at improvising but I will try.

  18. carol stires February 26, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    I cannot find mohair yarn online that is not variegated or does not have a metallic look.I want to make this little guy and some baby chicks.Any suggestions? Love your patterns! Thanks, Carol

    • Linda February 27, 2013 at 8:12 am #

      If you can’t find mohair, you can use dk instead, it won’t be fluffy but it will still be cute:)

  19. carol stires March 1, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    Thanks so much. I made one with some cheap yarn (my prototype ).He’s so precious but he’ll be even cuter with the fuzzy look.Can’t wait! Car

  20. Mary Alyce April 21, 2018 at 4:26 pm #

    Love the Bluebird. What size needle did you use? How tall is he? Thanks for sharing.

  21. Rita Alford September 30, 2018 at 4:59 am #

    i love the bluebird too.Could you tell me what size needles you used. I am not an experienced knitter. Thank you. I am currently working on your owl pattern. Thank you for sharing.

    • Linda October 4, 2018 at 8:31 am #

      Hi Rita, thanks for your message, I used 4mm needles 🙂
      Happy knitting.

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