Free Blue Jay Crochet Pattern

After a recent visit with my grandmother I spent some time contemplating a cute crocheted gift that she would enjoy. She is a big bird lover so I finally decided on creating an adorable baby blue jay. I worked up this little guy within just a few hours (all while chasing around my 1-year-old) so it shouldn’t take you too much time. You can change up your color choices to create a different kind of bird if desired. This pattern allows for a lot of creativity. Enjoy!

Free Blue Jay Crochet Pattern

Materials Needed:

US size H crochet hook

Worsted weight yarn in the following colors: Blue, baby blue, black, white.

Two size 6 mm safety eyes

Darning Needle

Stitch Marker (place at the end of every round to keep track of your place)

Scissors

 

Stitches Used:

Ch- chain

Sc- single crochet

Ss-slip stitch

Inv dec- Invisible decrease

Sc inc- single crochet increase

 

Head/Body (worked in the round)

Using blue, ch 2

Row 1. 9 sc in 2nd ch from hook (9)

Row 2. 1 sc in each st around (9)

Row 3. sc inc in each st around (18)

Rows 4-7. 1 sc in each st around (18)

Row 8. sc 6, sc inc in 6 st, sc 6 (24)

Row 9. 1 sc in each st around (24)

Row 10. sc 8, sc inc in 8 st, sc 8 (32)

Row 11. 1 sc around, inv dec over last two st (31)

Row 12. inv dec over 1st 2 st, 1 sc in each st around (30)

Row 13. sc 10, inv dec 5 times, sc 10 (25)

Row 14. inv dec over 1st 2 st, sc around, inv dec over last 2 st (23)

Row 15. sc 11, 1 inv dec, sc 11 (22)

At this point you can add the safety eyes to your bird’s head. I added mine on the 5th row down with about 3 holes in between them. Once you have your eyes added begin to stuff and continue to stuff as you work.

Row 16. Inv Dec around (11)

Row 17.  Decrease around and ss to close hole.

Sew in ends
Legs

With blue, ch 5

Row 1. 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook (3)

Rows 2-4. 1 sc in each st around (3)

Stuff the legs with a tiny bit of stuffing and sew onto the bottom of your bird’s body.

Feet

Using black, ch 3

Row 1. ss in 2nd ch from hook and last ch, ch 3, ss in 2nd ch from hook and next, ss to top of 1st set of chains, ch 3, ss in 2nd ch from hook and next and ss to the top of the 1st set of chains, sc 1 and finish off.

Sew in ends and sew to bottom of Legs.

Beak

Using black, ch 2

Row 1. 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook (3)

Rows 2&3. 1 sc in each st (3)

Finish off, sew in end and sew onto your bird’s face.

 

Side wings (NOT worked in the round, make 2)

Using baby blue, ch 2

Row 1. 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, turn (6)

Rows 2-4. 6 sc, ch 1, turn (6)

Row 5. sc around entire wing to add a nice edging.

Finish off, sew onto the sides of your bird.

Tail Feather

Starting with the color of your choice, ch 5 (I used baby blue first, then white, then black, baby blue and white again and ended with baby blue)

Row 1. sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 3 st, ch 1, turn (4)

Row 2. Attach your second color if desired, sc 4, ch 1, turn (4)

Row 3. sc 4, ch 1 turn (4)

Row 4. Attach your third color if desired, sc 4, ch 1, turn (4)

Row 5. sc 4, ch 1, turn (4)

Row 6. Attach your fourth color if desired, sc 4, ch 1, turn (4)

Row 7. Dec 2 times, ch 1, turn (2)

Row 8. Attach fifth color if desired, dec 1 (1)

Finish off and sew in ends. Attach dark blue and sc around the entire edge of the tail feather. Finish off and sew onto the backside of your bird.

Hair

Cut four 2″ strands of black yarn. Use your crochet hook to pull one end of each strand through a stitch on the back of your bird’s head. Knot the yarn. Using a smaller crochet hook or a pair of scissors to split the yarn into smaller separate strands.

I hope this pattern was easy to follow! I would love to see your completed work. Please share photos of your creations below!

 

Happy Crocheting!

Shari

 

 

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