Free Pattern: Mini Flamingo Floatie Amigurumi
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The Mini Flamingo Floatie was the first doll I designed for my Mini Tropical Beach Amigurumi series, and he’s still one of my favourites! You may have noticed… I like flamingos. A lot. So when I started designing this series, the first thing that jumped to my mind was a flamingo (followed, naturally, by a pineapple). I already had a couple of normal flamingo patterns on the go, however, and I wanted something different that would be small, fun, and easy to make. I used to have a proper inflatable flamingo floatie for the beach, but it got left behind in Vancouver when I moved… so I decided to crochet myself a mini replacement!
You’re not going to get far trying to float on his back on the lake, but he’s happy to chill out on the beach and watch as you take his giant inflatable cousin out onto the water. I promise he won’t get TOO jealous…
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Chilling with his friends, the turtle and crab!
Tropical Beach Mini Amigurumi Series
Wondering who the little cuties hanging out with my flamingo are? That’s my Mini Sea Turtle Amigurumi and my Mini Crab Amigurumi, and they and my Flamingo Floatie are all part of my Tropical Beach Mini Amigurumi pattern series. Click below to learn more about the other patterns in this series, and to find some special bundle deals!
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Mini Flamingo Floatie Amigurumi Pattern
Nothing quite says summer like drifting lazily across a lake on a giant inflatable flamingo. Now you can carry some of that summer warmth with you every day of the year by attaching this cute little flamingo floatie to your keychain or backpack – or make him into a Christmas Ornament!
Approx. 2.5” wide & 3” tall
- DK weight/#3 yarn (Paintbox Yarns Simply DK or similar): Pink, light pink, and black
- Size C / 2.75mm crochet hook – I highly recommend the ergonomic Clover Amour hooks
- Two 6mm black safety eyes
- Fiberfill stuffing
- Yarn needle
- Scissors & pins
- Stitch marker – I recommend locking stitch markers
- Keychain: I purchased mine on Amazon, they have a 1” split key ring, a short chain, and an open jump ring.
Optional Santa Hat & Scarf:
- DK weight/#3 yarn (Paintbox Yarns Simply DK or similar): Red, white
- A length of red ribbon or yarn for the hanger
Terms & Abbreviations
- Mc: Magic Circle
- Ch: Chain
- Sl: Slip Stitch
- Sc: Single Crochet
- Inc: Increase
- Dec: Decrease – I recommend using the Invisible Decrease
- Dc: Double Crochet
- Bobble Stitch
When reading the pattern, (_,_)*x means that you repeat the instructions in the bracket “x” number of times. For example, (Sc 1, Inc)*6 means to repeat (Sc 1, Inc) 6 times. The number in brackets at the end of each row is the total number of stitches you will have when you finish that row.
Round 1: Ch 24
Round 2: Join to the first Ch with a Sc to form a circle. Sc into the remaining 23 chain stitches (24)
Round 3: (Sc 3, Inc)*6 (30)
Round 4: (Sc 4, Inc)*6 (36)
Round 5: (Sc 5, Inc)*6 (42)
Round 6: (Sc 6, Inc)*6 (48)
Rounds 7-8: Sc around (48)
Round 9: (Sc 6, Dec)*6 (42)
Round 10: (Sc 5, Dec)*6 (36)
Round 11: (Sc 4, Dec)*6 (30)
Round 12: (Sc 3, Dec)*6 (24)
Finish off, leaving a very long end. Flatten the donut ring and use the long end to sew the the middle hole together. Stuff the donut ring firmly as you go. Don’t leave the stuffing to the end, it will be too hard to get the stuffing in!
Round 1: Sc 3 in a Magic Circle (3)
Round 2: Sc 1, Inc, Sc 1 (4)
Switch to light pink:
Round 3: Sc 1, Inc 2, Sc 1 (6)
Round 4: (Sc 1, Inc)*3 (9)
Switch to pink:
Round 5: (Sc 2, Inc)*3 (12)
Round 6: Sc 6, Inc 3, Sc 3 (15)
Round 7: (Sc 4, Inc)*3 (18)
Round 8: Sc around (18)
Round 9: Sc 1, Ch 6, skip over next three stitches, Sc 14 (15 + 6 chains – this will create a gap that you will work into when you make the neck)
Round 10: Sc 1, Sc into each of the 6 Ch stitches from Round 9, Sc 14 (21)
Insert the safety eyes now, between Rounds 6 and 7 and evenly spaced around the beak. To work out the correct placement, I stuck my finger in the neck hole and held up the head like a finger puppet. 🙂 This helped me see where everything should go and how it would look once stuffed.
Round 11: (Sc 1, Dec)*7 (14)
Round 12: Dec*7 (7)
Finish off and close up the hole. You can start stuffing the head through the neck hole now, and continue to add more as you make the neck.
To make the neck, you will be working into the gap in the head that you made in Round 9. The gap consists of the 6 chains you made in that row, plus the 3 skipped stitches. In addition to these stitches, I also worked into the corners on either side of the chain – otherwise you end up with holes in the corners! Therefore in total you are working into 11 spaces in the first round (6 chains + 3 skipped stitches + 2 corners = 11). (see Figure 1 below)
Insert your hook and yarn into the corner before the 6 chains. Your first stitch of Round 1 will go into this corner space. You will be working clockwise from here.
Stuff the neck as you go.
Round 1: Sc 7, Dec 2 (9)
Rounds 2-9: Sc around (9)
Finish off, leaving a long end, and finish stuffing the neck. Leave the bottom of the neck open.
Assembling the Flamingo & Adding a Keychain
Sew the neck to the donut ring using the leftover end from the neck. Weave in all ends.
Read on if you’d like to turn your flamingo into a keychain or a Christmas ornament. Otherwise, your Mini Flamingo Floatie is done!
To create a yarn loop for attaching the keychain:
Using pink: Ch 11, then Sc into 2nd Ch from hook and Sc into the remaining 9 stitches (10)
Cut the yarn, leaving a long end.
The keychains I purchased consist of a split ring attached to a chain, and a separate open jump ring. If you have something similar, follow my instructions for attaching an open jump ring to your flamingo.
If you have a keychain where the jump ring is already closed and can’t be easily opened, then skip to my instructions for attaching a closed jump ring to your flamingo.
If you have an OPEN jump ring on your keychain:
Join the yarn into a loop and stitch it securely to the flamingo. To attach the keychain, insert the open jump ring through the chain of the keychain and then through the yarn loop you just made. Use pliers to close the jump ring tightly.
Optional: Turn your flamingo floatie into a Christmas ornament!
Want to turn your flamingo floatie into a festive Christmas ornament so he can hang out on your tree during the holidays? Read on to find the Santa Hat & scarf patterns.
Bobble Stitch Instructions
The Bobble Stitch is used to create the first row of the Santa hat. The stitch consists of your desired number of Double Crochets (4 Dc in this case) worked into a single stitch and secured by one loop, to create a texture that pops out from your work
Step 1: Yarn over, insert hook into the stitch where you are going to make the bobble. Yarn over, draw up a loop – this is like the beginning of a normal Double Crochet. You will now have three loops on your hook.
Step 2: Yarn over, pull yarn through the first two loops only. You will now have two loops on your hook.
Step 3: Next, instead of finishing the Double Crochet like you normally would, yarn over and insert the hook back into the stitch. Yarn over, draw up a loop, then yarn over and pull through only the first two loops again. You will now have three loops on your hook.
Step 4: Repeat step 3 two more times until you have five loops on your hook.
Step 5: Yarn over and pull through all 5 loops on your hook. This will complete the bobble!
Round 1: Ch 16, making sure to leave a long end of yarn at the start (you will use it later to sew the hat to the head). Slip stitch to the first ch to form a circle.
Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as first Dc of your first bobble), Bobble Stitch (3 Dc), Sl 1. For the remaining Bobble Stitches, you will make 4 Dc per bobble: (Bobble Stitch 1, Sl 1)*7 (16)
Rounds 3-4: Sc around (16) You will Sc into the top of the first bobble from Round 2 – skip the initial Ch 3.
Round 5: (Sc 6, Dec)*3 (14)
Round 6: Sc around (14)
Round 7: (Sc 2, Dec)*4 (12)
Round 8: Sc around (12)
Round 9: (Sc 2, Dec)*3 (9)
Round 10: Sc around (9)
Round 11: (Sc 1, Dec)*3 (6)
Round 12: Sc around (6)
Round 13: Dec*3 (3)
Switch to white to make the top ball, leaving a long red end.
Round 14: Inc*3 (6)
Round 15: (Sc 1, Inc)*3 (9)
Rounds 16-17: Sc around (9)
Stuff ball and continue stuffing as you finish the last round.
Round 18: (Sc 1, Dec)*3 (6)
Finish stuffing the ball and close up the hole.
Sew the hat to the top of the flamingo’s head using the long white end from the start of Round 1.
Fold the hat back and use the red end from Round 13 to stitch it into place. Weave in all ends.
Using red or preferred colour:
Ch 31 (or desired length)
Rows 1-4: Sc across (30)
Finish off and sew the scarf to the flamingo. You can see in the image below how I chose to style the scarf, but you can sew it on however you think looks best.
Finally, thread a length of red yarn or red ribbon through the top of the hat and tie it into a knot (or a nice bow!). Then this cute little flamingo floatie can hang out on your Christmas tree!
I hope you enjoy this pattern, and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to comment below or email me.
And if you made your own Mini Flamingo Floatie I would love to see a picture on Instagram! Make sure to tag me so I don’t miss it, @waywardpineapplecreations.
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