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FAT ROBIN

by Susan B. Anderson

Fat Robin
» photos: Brandy Fortune
Intermediate

Every spring I anxiously wait for the robins to appear. I feel like it is a true sign that spring is coming and we desperately need spring in our cold Wisconsin climate.

One day I was out for a run when I came across a neighborhood park. Sitting in the grass was the largest group of robins I have ever seen, maybe 20 or so just sitting there. I stopped in my tracks and soaked it in for a while. This really inspired me to get going on designing a robin which was something I have always wanted to do. The other aspect of robins which I love are their gorgeous tiny blue eggs. I had to include a few of these in the design as well.

Fat Robin got its name because my kids and I always comment when we see a fat robin with "That's a fat Robin!" The fatter the better for us. When my daughter picked up the Fat Robin she said, "Awwww." Then she turned it over, saw the eggs tucked under the wings and exclaimed, "Ohhhhhhhhhh!!" That pretty much sums it up. Of course, every robin needs a place to sit so I whipped up an accompanying nest.


Finished Measurements

F at Robin: 5 inches tall and 3½ inches wide across the front
Eggs: 1¼ inches long
Nest: 1¾ inches tall and 5 inches across

Materials

Spud & Chloë™ Sweater [55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 160 yards / 146 meters per 3.5 ounce / 100 gram hank];

Fat Robin:
#7503 Rootbeer; 1 hank
 #7509 Firecracker; 1 hank
#7500 Ice Cream; 1 hank
#7505  Firefly; small amount for beak

Nest: #7511 Chipmunk; 1 hank
Eggs: #7510 Splash; 1 hank

Recommended needle sizes
Fat Robin and eggs: US #5/3.75 mm dpns (set of 4) and either 24 inch circular needle or straight needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Nest: US #7/4.5 mm dpns (set of 4) and 16 inch circular needle or size to obtain gauge

Notions

Stitch markers
Yarn needle
Rulers or tape measure
Scissors
Black and white embroidery floss
Poly-pellets (optional and should not be used for young children/toddlers/babies, poly-pellets are considered a choking hazard)
Fiberfill

Gauge

Fat Robin and Eggs: 6 sts per inch in St st
Nest: 5 sts per inch in St st

Pattern Notes

This knit Robin has a separate wing piece that holds three tiny blue eggs underneath. It is a sweet surprise when you discover the eggs gently tucked under the Robin's wings.

INSTRUCTIONS

Body

Starting at the bottom of the robin, cast on 9 sts with Ice Cream and place 3 sts on each of 3 dpns. Join to knit in the round being careful not to twist the sts and placing a stitch marker on the first stitch.

Increase rounds
Rnd 1 and every odd round: Knit around.
Rnd 2: Kfb in each stitch: 6 sts per needle, 18 sts total.
Rnd 4: [K1, kfb] around: 9 sts per needle, 27 sts total.
Rnd 6: [K2, kfb] around: 12 sts per needle, 36 sts total.
Rnd 8: [K3, kfb] around: 15 sts per needle, 45 sts total.
Rnd 10: [k4, kfb] around: 18 sts per needle, 54 sts total.
Place a stitch marker on round 10 and leave it there.
Knit 2 more rounds in Ice Cream.
Switch to Firecracker.
Continue to knit every round in Firecracker until the body measures 2½ inches above the stitch marker left on Rnd 10.

Decrease rounds for top of body
Rnd 1: [K4, k2tog] around: 15 sts per needle, 45 sts total
Rnd 2: Knit around.
Rnd 3: [K3, k2tog] around: 12 sts per needle, 36 sts total.
Rnd 4: Knit around.
Rnd 5: [K2, k2tog] around: 9 sts per needle, 27 sts total.
Rnd 6: [K1, k2tog] around: 6 sts per needle, 18 sts total.
Switch to Rootbeer.
At this point, place the end from the cast on sts on a yarn needle. Weave end through cast on sts to gather and close the hole tightly. Secure end and pull to the inside; weave in the end and trim.

Clover

Head

Rnds 1-3: Knit around.
Rnd 4: [K2, kfb] around: 8 sts per needle, 24 sts total.
Rnds 5-9: Knit around.
Rnd 10: [K2, k2tog] around: 6 sts per needle, 18 sts total.
Rnd 11: Knit around.
At this point, fill the body about ⅓ full with poly-pellets (optional) and then continue stuffing with fiberfill OR only fill with fiberfill if the robin is for a young child/toddler/baby. Stuff the body until firm but do not overstuff or distort the sts. The fiberfill should not show through the knit fabric. Continue to stuff the robin as you work to the top of the head.
Rnd 12: [K1, k2tog] around: 4 sts per needle, 12 sts total.
Rnd 13: [K1, k2tog, k1] around: 3 sts per needle, 9 sts total.
Finish any remaining stuffing.
Cut the yarn and thread yarn needle with end. Pull through the remaining sts and pull up tight to close the hole. Pull end to the inside and trim.

Wings and Tail Feathers

Starting at the top, cast on 12 sts in Rootbeer with circular or straight needles.
Row 1: [K1, kfb] across: 18 sts.
Row 2: Purl across.
Row 3: [K2, kfb] across: 24 sts.
Row 4: Purl across.
Row 5: [K3, kfb] across: 30 sts.
Row 6: Purl across.
Row 7: [K4, kfb] across: 36 sts.
Row 8: Purl across.
Row 9: [K5, kfb] across: 42 sts.
Row 10: Purl across.
Row 11: Knit across.
Rows 12-14: Repeat Rows 10 and 11 once, then repeat Row 10 once more.
Row 15: K1, ssk, knit to the last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: 40 sts.
Row 16: P1, p2tog, purl to the last 3 sts, p2tog tbl, p1: 38 sts.
Rows 17-20: Repeat Rows 15 and 16 two more times: 30 sts.
Continue on to make the tail feathers.

Tail Feathers

Row 1: Bind off 10 sts, knit to end: 20 sts.
Row 2: Bind off 10 sts, purl to end: 10 sts.
Row 3: Knit 10 sts, using the backward loop method, cast on 10 sts.
Place first 10 sts on 1 dpn, place next 10 sts on a second dpn. Join to work in the round, placing a stitch marker on the first stitch.
Knit every round until the tail measures 1 inch above the cast on tail sts.
Next Rnd: [K2, m1] around: 30 sts.
Knit one round.
Cut the yarn leaving an 8 inch end. Thread yarn needle with end and use the kitchener stitch to close the end of the tail.
Stuff lightly.
Whipstitch the tail closed on the underside at the cast on sts.

Thread yarn needle with a length of Rootbeer. Starting at the bottom front (where the bind off row is) of the right side of the wings, whipstitch the front of the wings to the body, continue around the neck and then down the left front of the wings ending at the bind off row at the bottom edge of the wings.
Pull the end to the inside and trim.

Beak

With Firefly and smaller dpns cast on 6 sts, placing 2 sts on each of 3 dpns. Join to work in the round being careful not to twist the sts. Place a stitch marker on the first stitch.
Rnds 1-3: Knit around.
Rnd 4: [K2tog] around: 3 sts.
Cut the yarn and thread yarn needle with end. Pull through the remaining sts and pull up tight to close the hole. Pull end to the inside and trim. Thread yarn needle with the end from the cast on sts. Whipstitch the beak to the front of the robin’s head. Pull the end to the inside and trim.

Eyes

Thread yarn needle with a length of white embroidery floss. Using photo as a guide for placement, make three small straight stitches horizontally and stacked right next to each other. Next, with a length of the black embroidery floss, make two tiny vertical straight stitches in the center of the eye and going over the middle strand of the white straight stitch only. Pull all ends to the inside and trim.

Clover

Egg (make 3)

With Splash and smaller dpns, cast on 9 sts placing 3 sts on each of 3 dpns. Join to work in the round being careful not to twist the sts. Place a stitch marker on the first stitch.
Rnd 1: Knit around.
Rnd 2: : Kfb in each stitch: 6 sts per needle, 18 sts total.
Rnds 3 and 4: Knit around.
Rnd 5: [K4, k2tog] around: 5 sts per needle, 15 sts total.
Rnd 6: Knit around.
Rnd 7: [K3, k2tog] around: 4 sts per needle, 12 sts total.
Rnd 8: Knit around.

Thread yarn needle with cast on end and weave through cast on sts to gather and close the hole tightly. Secure end and pull to the inside; weave in the end and trim.
Stuff the egg with fiberfill and continue to stuff as you work to the top of the egg.
Rnd 9: [K1, k2tog, k1] around: 3 sts per needle, 9 sts total.
Rnd 10: Knit around.
Rnd 11: [K1, k2tog] around: 2 sts per needle, 6 sts total.
Finish any remaining stuffing and make sure it is egg-shaped. Cut the yarn and pull end through the remaining stitches. Pull up tight to close the hole. Pull the end to the inside and trim.
The eggs tuck neatly under the robin’s wings around the back side of the body for storage or hiding.

Nest

Starting at the bottom center of the nest with Chipmunk, cast on 9 sts with larger dpns, placing 3 sts on each of 3 dpns. Join to knit in the round being careful not to twist the sts and placing a stitch marker on the first stitch.

Clover

Increase rounds
Rnd 1 and every odd round through Rnd 10: Knit around.
Rnd 2: Kfb in each stitch: 6 sts per needle, 18 sts total.
Rnd 4: [K1, kfb] around: 9 sts per needle, 27 sts total.
Rnd 6: [K2, kfb] around: 12 sts per needle, 36 sts total.
Rnd 8: [K3, kfb] around: 15 sts per needle, 45 sts total.
Rnd 10: Knit around.
Rnd 11: [K4, kfb] around: 18 sts per needle, 54 sts total.
Rnds 12 and 13: Knit around.
Rnd 14: [K5, kfb] around: 21 sts per needle, 63 sts total.
Rnds 15 and 16: Knit around.
For the next round work onto the 16 inch circular needle.
Rnd 17: [K6, kfb] around: 72 sts.

Place a stitch marker on Rnd 17 and leave it there. Knit every round until the ball measures 1¼ inches above the marker.

Clover

Fringe rounds

Rnd 1: [Knit the next stitch but leave it on the left needle, with your fingers, pull out the loop about 2½ inches, tie an overhand knot close to the needles, knit the stitch on the left needle again through the back loop, knit the next stitch] repeat to the end of the round.
Rnd 2: [K1, knit the next stitch but leave it on the left needle, with your fingers pull out the loop about 2½ inches, tie an overhand knot close to the needles, knit the stitch on the left needle again through the back loop] repeat to the end of the round.
Rnd 3: Purl around (this round becomes the edge of the nest when folded in together).
Continue to knit every round until the nest measures 1 inch above the purl round.

Decrease rounds
Switch back to dpns when necessary.
Rnd 1: [K6, k2tog] around: 63 sts.
Rnds 2 and 3: Knit around.
Rnd 4: [K5, k2tog] around: 54 sts.
Rnds 5 and 6: Knit around.
Rnd 7: [K4, k2tog] around: 45 sts.
Rnds 8 and 9: Knit around.
Rnd 10: [K3, k2tog] around: 36 sts.
Rnd 11: Knit around.
Rnd 12: [K2, k2tog] around: 27 sts.
Rnd 13: Knit around.
Rnd 14: [K1, k2tog] around: 18 sts.
Rnd 15: Knit around.
Rnd 16: [K2tog] around: 9 sts.
Cut the yarn and pull end through the remaining sts. Pull up tight to close the hole. Attach the top center to the bottom center by making a few stitches. Pull the end to the inside and trim.
Cut the loops to make fringe.

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Susan

Susan lives in Madison, WI with her four kids and husband. She is the author of four books, Itty-Bitty Hats, Itty-Bitty Nursery, Itty-Bitty Toys and Spud & Chloë at the Farm. Susan keeps busy writing for Spud & Chloe and her personal blog.



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