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:
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
Tape measure or ruler
Pinky Hi-Bounce Ball (optional if you prefer to stuff the body with fiberfill)
Black embroidery floss
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.
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.
Have fun with your Flamingo knitting. Enjoy.