Meet Kai the Little Kiwi! This crochet pattern was so fun to whip up and it wouldn’t be a kiwi Christmas without a kiwi right?
If you’re not familiar with kiwis, they are a flightless bird native to New Zealand. They have loose hair-like feathers, strong legs, no tail and are approximately the size of a domestic chicken.
For this little kiwi I decided to change things up a bit and embroider his eyes. Sewing of any kind is not my strong suit but it always amazes me how such a small detail can give a completely different personality and look to an item. You can of course use safety eyes or small beads if you’d prefer but I encourage you to at least give sewing them a try.
The pattern is quick and easy and is the perfect keychain size. It would also make a cute Christmas ornament or small gift.
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- DK Weight Yarn in brown and yellow (I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in Coffee Bean and Mustard Yellow)
- 2.5mm crochet hook
- Polyester Fiberfill
- Black and white embroidery floss
- Stitch marker, yarn needle, scissors
- Optional: keychain or contrasting yarn/thread if you want to turn it into a hanging ornament
- ch – chain
- sc – single crochet
- inc – increase
- invdec – invisible decrease
- sl st – slip stitch
- st/s – stitch/es
- (…) – indicates stitch count at end of round
- […] – repeat the instructions in brackets
The pattern is written using US terminology and measures approximately 2.5″ x 2″ (6.5cm x 5cm) when using the materials listed.
Pieces are worked in a continuous spiral starting with a magic ring unless otherwise specified. Mark the first stitch of each round with a removable stitch marker.
Gauge is not important in this pattern. Use a hook size to match your chosen yarn. Make sure that your stitches are tight enough to prevent stuffing showing through and adjust hook size if necessary.
The beak and feet will require you to work into the back bump of chain stitches.
IDENTIFYING THE BACK BUMP
If you look at the front of your starting chain you will see the front loop and back loop of your chain stitches. Flip your chain over so you’re looking at the back. You will see a line of stitches running down the center, these are the back bumps of each chain.
R1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
R2: [Inc] x6 (12)
R3: [Sc, inc] x6 (18)
R4: Sc, inc, [2 sc, inc] x5, sc (24)
R5-9: [Sc] x24 (24)
R10: [3 sc, inc] x6 (30)
R11: 2 sc, inc, [4 sc, inc] x5, 2 sc (36)
R12-16: [Sc] x36 (36)
R17: 2 sc, invdec, [4 sc, invdec] x5, 2 sc (30)
R18: [3 sc, invdec] x6 (24)
R19: Sc, invdec, [2 sc, invdec] x5, sc (18)
Start stuffing and continue to stuff as you go.
R20: [Sc, invdec] x6 (12)
R21: [Invdec] x6 (6)
Fasten off and weave in end.
Ch 8, working into the back bump of the ch, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and next 4 chs. Sc in next ch, hdc in last (7)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
FEET (make 2 – yellow)
R1: Ch 2, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Turn (3)
R2: Work into the back bump of the ch – [Ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and next ch. Sl st into next sc] x2. Ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and next ch. Sl st in last sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
- Using black embroidery floss doubled, embroider eyes over R6, 2 stitches apart. With white floss doubled, add a line to the outer edge of each eye. I stitched over the same spot 5 times with black and twice with white.
- Sew the beak one row below and centered between the eyes.
- Sew feet to the bottom of the body so that they just peek out.
- Optional: attach a keychain or sew a hanging loop to the top of the head if desired.
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