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Free Pattern: Santa Flamingo Amigurumi Christmas Ornament

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I love flamingos and I love Christmas, so what better way to celebrate the holidays than to combine the two? Santa Flamingo is guaranteed to bring some summer warmth to your Christmas tree. We in the north may not be able to travel to the tropics this winter, but at least we can enjoy some tropical cheer in our own homes!

I designed Santa Flamingo to be my feature pattern in the Amigurumi Stocking Stuffer Blog Hop in December – the first ever blog hop that I organized! I was a big learning curve and a lot of work, but very rewarding to see it all come together. Visit the blog hop hub post to see the other designers who were featured during the event. The blog hop is over now, but many of the patterns can either be viewed for free with ads, or purchased as an ad-free PDF.

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Santa Flamingo Amigurumi Christmas Ornament Pattern

Bring the tropics into your home this Christmas with the Santa Flamingo Christmas Ornament!

Skill Level

Beginner-Intermediate

Finished Dimensions

Approx. 3.5″ tall

Supplies Needed

Terms & Abbreviations

All details below are based on US crochet terms.
 
  • 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 (instructions below)

Pattern Notes

You will be working in a continuous spiral for most of the pattern. Use a stitch marker and do not join rounds or turn (unless otherwise stated).
 

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.

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!

Pattern Instructions

Beak & Head

The beak and head are made using worsted weight yarn & the 3.75mm hook.

Using black and leaving a long end:

Round 1: Sc 3 in a Magic Circle (3)

Round 2: Sc 1, Inc, Sc 1 (4)

Round 3: Sc 1, Inc*2, Sc 1 (6)

Round 4: Sc around (6)

Round 5: Sc 2, Inc*2, Sc 2 (8)

Round 6: Sc around (8)

Round 7: Sc 3, Inc, switch to light pink – Inc, Sc 3 (10)

Continuing in light pink:

Round 8: Inc, Sc 8, Inc (12)

Round 9: Sc 5, Inc*2, Sc 5 (14)

Round 10: Inc, Sc 12, Inc (16)

Round 11: Inc, Sc 5, switch to pink – Sc 9, Inc (18)

Continuing in pink:

Round 12: Inc, Sc 3, Inc*2, Sc 3, Inc, Sc 3, Inc*2, Sc 3 (24)

Round 13: (Sc 3, Inc)*6 (30)

Round 14: (Sc 4, Inc)*6 (36)

Rounds 15-19: Sc around (36)

Round 20: (Sc 4, Dec)*6 (30)

Round 21: (Sc 3, Dec)*6 (24)

Stuff the beak using a chopstick or similar, and start stuffing the head firmly. Continuing stuffing the head as you complete the last few rows.

Round 22: (Sc 2, Dec)*6 (18)

Round 23: (Sc 1, Dec)*6 (12)

Round 24: Dec*6 (6)

Finish off and weave in all ends except for the black end from Round 1. You will use this black end to help shape the beak.

Thread the black end onto a needle and run it through the stitches on the underside of the beak. The underside is where the colour changes are. Pull tight so the beak curves downwards, then weave in the end securely.

Santa Hat

The Santa Hat is made using worsted weight yarn & the 3.75mm hook.

Using white:

Round 1: Ch 36, 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)*17 (36)

*See Bobble Stitch instructions above

Switch to red:

Rounds 3-4: Sc around (36)
You will Sc into the top of the first bobble from Round 2 – skip the initial Ch 3.

Round 5: (Sc 10, Dec)*3 (33)

Round 6: Sc around (33)    

Round 7: (Sc 9, Dec)*3 (30)

Round 8: Sc around (30)

Round 9: (Sc 8, Dec)*3 (27)

Round 10: Sc around (27)

Round 11: (Sc 7, Dec)*3 (24)

Round 12: Sc around (24)   

Round 13: (Sc 6, Dec)*3 (21)

Round 14: Sc around (21)

Round 15: (Sc 5, Dec)*3 (18)

Round 16: Sc around (18)

Round 17: (Sc 4, Dec)*3 (15)

Round 18: Sc around (15)   

Round 19: (Sc 3, Dec)*3 (12)

Round 20: Sc around (12)

Round 21: (Sc 2, Dec)*3 (9)

Round 22: Sc around (9)

Round 23: (Sc 1, Dec)*3 (6)

Round 24: Sc around (6)

Round 25: Dec*3 (3)

Switch to white to make the top ball:

Round 26: Inc*3 (6)

Round 25: Dec*3 (3)

Switch to white to make the top ball:

Round 26: Inc*3 (6)

Round 27: Inc*6 (12)

Rounds 28-29: Sc around (12)

Stuff ball and continue stuffing as you finish the last round.

Round 30: Dec*6 (6)

Finish stuffing the ball and close up the hole. Weave in all ends except for the long white end from Row 1.

Eyes (Make 2)

The eyes are made using DK weight yarn & the 2.75mm hook.

Using black:

Round 1: Sc 6 in a Magic Circle (6)

Switch to yellow:

Round 2: Inc*6 (12)

Finish off, leaving a long end. Take a length of white yarn and embroider a small highlight at the edge of the pupil.

You will leave the long yellow end to sew the eyes to the head, but the rest of the ends need to be hidden. The eyes aren’t big enough to weave in all those ends, so you have a couple of choices. You can leave the ends hanging and run them through the head when you sew on the eyes, or you can cut and tie them (since the back is hidden anyway).

If you choose the cut and tie method then you’ll need to cut the ends quite short so they don’t poke out from
under the eyes. However be careful not to cut them too short, or they might unravel.

Assembly

Pin the hat and the eyes on the head to make sure you are happy with the placement before sewing any of them down. I started by pinning on the hat, making sure the front was centered and then stretching the hat over his head and pinning down the bottom and sides. Don’t worry about the fold in the hat yet, you will do that after everything is sewn down.

Pin the eyes on either side of the head and make sure they are evenly placed around the beak.

Sew the hat to the head, using the long white end from Row 1 of the hat. Sew just above the bobbles, along the line of the colour change to red.

Sew the eyes to the head using the long yellow end from Round 2 of the eyes.

Fold the hat back so it’s at an angle as shown in the below images. Take a length of red yarn and stitch the fold in place. Weave in all ends.

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 Santa Flamingo can hang out on your Christmas tree!

Fold the hat over and stitch in place
Completed back view of hat

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 Santa Flamingo 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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