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Flamingo – Free Pattern!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Okay, I’ve got a cute one for you today. I’ve been putting out some sneak peeks on Twitter and Facebook yesterday (please join me on both – see the top of the blog sidebar for links). The response was huge! I didn’t know everyone needed a Flamingo but now I do. What a fun and fast knit. The Hi-Bounce Pinky Ball inside the body makes for a great shape and a great bounce. My daughter could not stop with the bouncing flamingo yesterday. You can bounce this one standing up and it will bounce high enough that you can catch it.

Here is some information you might like to know:


Finished Measurements:

3 inches wide (including the wings) by 5 inches tall (with the head curved over)


Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45 % organic cotton; 160 yards/100 grams), 1 skein each in Watermelon #7512, Ice Cream #7500 and Popsicle #7501

Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton (100% organically grown cotton; 150 yards/100 grams), 1 skein in Ink #613


US size 5 double pointed needles, set of 4 or size to obtain gauge

Yarn needle


Tape measure or ruler

Polyester fiber-fill

Pinky Hi-Bounce Ball  (optional if you prefer to stuff the body with fiberfill)

Black embroidery floss

Stitch marker

2 pipe cleaners


6 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch


The wings and tail use a simple picot edging bind off. I have a video tutorial available on how to do this technique if you are interested.

Click here for the video tutorial!

The legs and tail help to balance the body so it can sit up nicely. Play around with the placement of these pieces so your Flamingo can sit up on its own.

The reason the Hi-Bounce Pinky has an optional after it on the pattern is because you could also just stuff the flamingo with fiberfill if you don’t want the ball inside. That works fine, too. The Hi-Bounce Pinky Balls can be found at many local toy shops but they are also available for online order on Amazon.

Click here for the Hi-Bounce Pinky Ball link to Amazon!

Click here for the downloadable pdf pattern for Flamingo

Click here for the Ravelry page for Flamingo!

Have fun with your Flamingo knitting. Enjoy.

52 Responses to “Flamingo – Free Pattern!”

  1. August 12, 2010 at 9:08 am Sara says:

    I know what I’ll be making for my mom for Christmas! She loves flamingos!

  2. August 12, 2010 at 9:23 am Colleen says:

    I LOVE this and can’t wait to make it for my daughter. We actually call her “flamingo” because of her long, long, skinny legs!

  3. August 12, 2010 at 9:24 am alene says:

    Thank you for another wonderful pattern!!

    • August 12, 2010 at 9:26 am sanderson says:

      you are welcome, Arlene:)

  4. August 12, 2010 at 9:29 am Lígia says:

    Thank you!!!!
    :-) )))))

  5. August 12, 2010 at 9:34 am Suzanne says:

    You hit another one of the park Susan!! :) Your creativity is simply amazing!

  6. August 12, 2010 at 9:43 am Michelle says:

    OH MY! That is the cutest little thing!!!! I’m not even a huge flamingo fan, but as soon as I get back from an appointment this morning I will be ordering yarn for this little cutie. Thank you SO much for all of these awesome patterns!!

  7. August 12, 2010 at 11:30 am Jen says:

    This is awesome! My husband is definitely going to want one; he’s got a collection of Hawaiian shirts I’ve made him, and several of them feature flamingos. I’ll have to get the ball too, so he can take this to work and throw it against walls as a stress reliever!

    • August 12, 2010 at 11:39 am sanderson says:

      love that whole story! have fun!

  8. August 12, 2010 at 1:00 pm Bubblesknits says:

    OMG that is precious!!! :D Thank you!

  9. August 12, 2010 at 1:15 pm JennO says:

    WOW!! Darling, so sweet–I saw your twitter yesterday and couldn’t wait to be able to have the pattern–you’re so generous to offer it as a freebie!! Thank you!!!

  10. August 12, 2010 at 2:37 pm Amy D says:

    I just moved to Kenya from the US and there is a lake here that has hundreds of thousands of flamingoes there!! We can’t wait to see them. Maybe I’ll have to make this little guy to bring along!!

    • August 12, 2010 at 2:44 pm sanderson says:

      Oh, that’s so cool! I’d love to see a photo when you get to see the lake! Or better yet a photo with your knitted flamingo at the lake! fun.

  11. August 12, 2010 at 2:41 pm Terrie says:

    How adorable!! Thank you for another great free pattern :)

  12. August 12, 2010 at 3:30 pm Crystal says:

    OMGosh!!! He is so cute. I have to head to my LYS to grab some supplies. Love the design as usual, thanks for adding the pattern you do such amazing designs!!

  13. August 12, 2010 at 4:48 pm Debbie says:

    So adorable!!! I plan on starting mine tonight! Thank you so much for the free pattern!

  14. August 13, 2010 at 8:48 am Gael says:

    My snowbird parents are getting this for the holidays – my flamingo will fly south to Florida when it’s finished.

  15. August 13, 2010 at 9:14 am ann in indy says:

    Very cute! Will you be at Stitches Midwest next week? My local yarn shop needs to carry this yarn.

    • August 13, 2010 at 9:21 am sanderson says:

      No, not at Stitches, sorry!

  16. August 13, 2010 at 11:19 am Pam H says:

    I love this and can’t wait to cast it on!! Thank you so much for sharing. I am working on my dpn skills now making the squishy balls from Itty Bitty Toys. Love them!

  17. August 13, 2010 at 6:34 pm Mary Schaefer says:

    I graduated from UW-Madison in 1981 and of course have a special fondness for all things flamingo. Love the addition of the bouncy ball. I predict many of these cuties being sent all over the country to my friends from college, and bringing smiles. Thanks!

  18. August 14, 2010 at 10:59 am Terrib says:

    My daughter loves “pamingos.” Since her birthday is coming up in Spetember, I better get started!

  19. August 14, 2010 at 1:53 pm PurlingPenny says:

    Oh tooooo cute Susan, I love it!

  20. August 14, 2010 at 2:13 pm Rachel says:

    This is the cutest thing ever. I love the shape, the legs, the bounce… oh my! I’m off to tweet this. Thanks so much!

  21. August 14, 2010 at 2:57 pm Ammie says:

    Thanks for the pattern! He is adorable, especially the floppy legs. :D

  22. August 14, 2010 at 8:58 pm Margaret Sanford says:

    This is too cute for words! I’m all finished my first one except for the legs. Think I’ll be making a few more! Thanks for a great pattern.

    • August 14, 2010 at 10:22 pm sanderson says:

      It’s really easy, too. I am glad you are having fun!

  23. August 18, 2010 at 7:08 pm Alyssa says:

    Thanks for sharing! I linked to you on my blog :D


    For some reason trackback isn’t working!

  24. August 22, 2010 at 7:35 pm Natalie says:

    Flamingo is just too cute!

  25. September 4, 2010 at 7:24 pm Roslyn says:

    Have tried many times to print out this pattern but only the first page prints out. Could you please advise.
    Thankyou Ros.

  26. September 5, 2010 at 9:44 pm carol says:

    I am a new chocheter do you have this pattern for chocheters? TKS

    • September 5, 2010 at 10:04 pm sanderson says:

      only in a knit version:)

  27. September 21, 2010 at 9:06 pm Ann says:

    I have got to do this for my granddaughter! She was asking her mother a few weeks ago to teach her how to stand like a “tamingo” She’s three.
    Thank you for the pattern!

  28. September 24, 2010 at 5:33 pm Terri says:

    I found my Pinky Hi Bouce balls at Dollar General! I cant wait to make this project!

  29. October 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm Michelle B says:

    OMG this is so fun! I will have to make one for my friend at work is obsessed with Flamingos! I know what she’s getting for Christmas now :o )

  30. November 7, 2010 at 4:18 am Anita says:

    Hi there, this is my first visit to your blog and I will certainly be knitting the beautiful flamingo. Thanks for the pattern. Kind regards, Anita.

  31. November 18, 2010 at 1:43 pm Michelle Carter says:

    How cute!! Love it :) Thanks once again for creating such an adorable treat for us to knit FOR FREE!

  32. January 7, 2011 at 1:51 am Mollie says:

    Thanks for the pattern! I just took my 6 month old daughter to the zoo and she loved the flamingos!! I need to knit one now. Thanks!

  33. March 8, 2011 at 9:45 pm Kristal says:

    I was looking for a pattern for a “fun mail” package I’m sending to another blogger. She loves flamingos. Thanks for sharing the pattern. I’m so happy to have found your blog. Adding it to my reader.

    Do you think you could use a tennis ball inside instead like the frog pattern?

    Now I hope I have some pink yarn in my stash!

    • March 9, 2011 at 6:00 am sanderson says:

      The pinky hi bounce ball is smaller than the tennis ball so I don’t think the tennis ball would fit. Thanks for the nice comment.

  34. March 16, 2011 at 6:31 pm andama says:

    You are very talented

  35. March 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm morgan says:

    so so so cute i love this LOL i like it at how you can bounce a flamingo!

  36. June 18, 2011 at 2:15 am seahaghaz says:

    Thank you very much for the Pink Flamingo pattern! I didn’t realize that you are so talented and creative! Pink flamingoes as a lawn ornament are over 50 years old and created by a lady in the States. Thank you!

  37. August 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm Marty says:

    Awesome pictures, but where’s the pattern?

    • August 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm Marty says:

      oops…. sorry…. found it. Been one of *those* days. *sigh*