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WIP 06/15/17 Woodland Themed Afghan – Bluebird on a Branch Applique

Between appointments, gatherings, to-do lists, t-ball and working on the garden I have found time to keep up the crochet appliques πŸ™‚ I love birds and leaves, and I think this is my most favorite applique yet! It consists of 6 separate pieces put together to make this beautiful Bluebird on a Branch…

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Crochet Bluebird on a Branch Applique

Measures approximately 5” tall by 5.5” wide.

Supplies

  • Medium worsted weight yarn (4)

11 yards – Caron Simply Soft in Soft Blue

6 yards – Caron Simply Soft in Pistachio

6 yards – Loops & Threads, Impeccable, in Chocolate

6 yards – Lion Brand, Vanna’s Choice, in Mustard

12” – Red Heard, Super Saver, in Black

  • Crochet hook sizes G (4.0 mm) & C (2.75mm)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors

 

*Use G Hook unless otherwise stated.

BIRD

Row 1: With Soft Blue – Ch 10, sl st into 3rd ch from hook, sc 6, 3 sc in last, ch 1, turn (10)

Row 2: 2 sc in same, sc 7, sl st, turn (remaining stitches to be unworked) (10)

Row 3: Sl st in next, sc 7, 2 sc in last, ch 1, turn (10)

Row 4: 2 sc in same, sc 6, sl st, turn (other stitches to be unworked) (9)

Row 5: Sl st in next, sc 6, 2 sc in last, ch 1, turn (9)

Row 6: Sc2tog, sc 5, ch 1, turn (other stitches to be unworked) (6)

Row 7: Sc in next, sc 3, 2 sc in last, ch 1, turn (6)

Row 8: Sc2tog, sc 3, 2 sc in last, ch 1, turn (6)

Row 9: 2 sc in same, sc 3, sc2tog, ch1, turn (6)

Row 10: Sc in next, sc 4, ch 1, turn (5)

Row 11: Sc in same, sc 3, 2 sc in last, ch 1, turn (6)

Row 12: Sc2tog, sc, hdc, dc2, ch 1, turn (5)

Row 13: Hdc in same, sc 4, ch 1, turn (5)

Row 14: Sc2tog, tc, sc2tog. Do not turn. Mark stitch, continue and slip stitch around back to marked stitch. Fasten off, leave a long tail. Weave in short end.

Wing

Rnd 1: With Soft Blue – Ch 7, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc, hdc, tc 2, {tc, sc} in last, ch 1, turn (7)

Rnd 2: Sl st in next, sl st 5 (should end at tip of wing), ch 2. Skip the 2 ch you just made and sl st back into same, sl st 5. Continuing, sl st around post of tc from previous row, sl st once more. Fasten off, leave long tail. Weave in short end. Using the long tail and attach wing to bird body.

Beak

Attach mustard yarn to where you left off on bird body. Ch 1, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, now sl st in next (same st as where you attached yarn). Fasten off, weave in ends.

Eye

Using black yarn and a needle, make a couple of stitches for an eye.

Feet

The feet of the bird are made after the bird and the branch pieces are finished and have been sewn onto a granny square. Just use mustard yarn and a needle.

 

BRANCH

Row 1: With Chocolate – Ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc, ch 1, turn (2)

Row 2: Sc 2, ch 1, turn (2)

Row 3: Sc 2, ch 1, turn (2)

Row 4: Sc 2, ch 1, turn (2)

Row 5: Sc 2, ch 1, turn (2)

Row 6: Sc2tog, ch 1, turn (1)

Row 7: Sc, ch 1, turn (1)

Row 8: Sc, ch 1, turn (1)

Row 9: Sc, ch 9, turn (10)

Row 10: Sl st into 2nd ch from hook, sl st 4, sc 4, ch 7, do NOT turn (16)

Row 11: Sl st into 2nd ch from hook, sl st 5, now sl st around post from previous row. (Hook is pointing to post in picture below). Continuing, sl st around and end at stitch marked with an arrow in picture below. Fasten off, leave long tail. Weave in short end.

branch01

 

LEAVES

Make 3

Rnd 1: Using Pistachio – Ch 5, sl st into 2nd ch from hook, sc, hdc, 3 dc in last. Continuing around, hdc, sc, sl st in last, ch 2. Skip the 2 ch you just made and sl st back into same. Fasten off, leave a long tail. Weave in short end.

 

FLOWER

Rnd 1: With Chocolate and a C Hook – MR 10 sc in ring, join (10)

Rnd 2: Switch to mustard yarn and G Hook – Ch 1, {hdc, dc, tc, dc, hdc, sc} in same, sl st in next.

Rnd 3: {Sc, hdc, dc, tc, dc, hdc, sc} all in same stitch. Sl st in next.

Rnd 4 & 5: Repeat Rnd 3.

Rnd 6: Repeat Rnd 3, join to beginning ch 1 from Rnd 2. Fasten off, leave long tail, weave in other flower ends.

Arrange all pieces on granny square where you would like them. Starting with the branch, hold it in place (or safety pin it), set other pieces aside and use long tail end of branch to attach it to the square. Next, the bird, in the same fashion. Then the flower, then leaves. Now, if you choose, you can add the feet using mustard yarn and a needle.

**You can purchase an inexpensive copy of this pattern HERE
**Favorite or queue on Ravelry HERE

 

After I had my applique finished and was admiring it…. it dawned on me that bluebirds don’t actually have yellow beaks or feet. My bad! Maybe next time I will try dark yarn on those. And maybe change the color of the flower center. All in all though, I love it and I hope you do too!

Have you made any of my appliques? I’d love to see! Share them with me on my Facebook page!

 

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11 thoughts on “WIP 06/15/17 Woodland Themed Afghan – Bluebird on a Branch Applique

  1. These look great! I came across the same original woodland afghan pattern the other day, and I wished it had more appliqués available. Your patterns are absolutely perfect! I love them ❀ The campfire originally caught my eye, and I followed the trail to your blog!

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  2. I love this pattern and have tried it twice but mine doesn’t turn out the right way! I’ll see if I can try again. Amazingly cute patterns!!

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      1. Hi again, it’s the bird. It’s just so cute and I can’t figure out where I’m going wrong. Thank you!

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