Step 1: Materials
Lion Brand Wool Ease in Blush Heather
Crochet Hook - Size G-6 (smaller bird)
Lion Wool in Winter White
Crochet Hook - Size H-7 (larger bird)
Scraps of black yarn or 6mm Safety Eyes
Large-Eye Blunt Needle
Split-ring stitch marker
Stuffing - I didn't have any batting on hand, so I used a cut-up old sock and t-shirt!
Step 2: Getting Started
This pattern from Lion Brand Yarn was simple to follow and crocheted up quickly. Here it is directly:
sc2tog (sc decrease) Insert hook into st and draw up a loop. Insert hook into next st and draw up a loop. Yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.
Work in continuous rounds; do not join or turn unless otherwise instructed.
With either yarn, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch. Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around - 12 sts.
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around - 18 sts.
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * around - 24 sts.
Rnd 5: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * around - 30 sts.
Step 3: Body
Rnds 6-15: Sc in each st around. Following package directions, attach safety eyes if using. If not, wait until bird is finished to embroider eyes with black yarn.
Rnds 16 and 17: Sc2tog, sc in next 12 sts, 2 sc in next 2 sts, sc in next 12 sts, sc2tog - 30 sts.
Step 4: Stuffing and Magnets
Slide in magnet on side opposite stitch marker.
Next you're going to shape the tail!
Rnd 18: *Sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * around - 24 sts.
Rnd 19: *Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * around - 18 sts.
Finish stuffing Head and Body.
Step 5: Finishing
Rnd 21: (Sc2tog) around - 6 sts. Fasten off.
Sew in Ends.
Step 6: Wings and a Face
With A or B, ch 2.
Rnds 1-3: Work Rnds 1-3 of Body - 18 sts. Fasten off.
Fold Wings in half to form a semi-circle, sew closed. Sew Wings to Body.
Step 7: And a Face
With same color yarn as Wings, embroider a beak. Weave in ends.
With black yarn, embroider eyes using french knots (technique here).
Repeat with opposite colors.
*When you're putting in your second magnet, make sure the polarities face to attract, rather than repel the other bird!