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Let's Crochet A Pink Flamingo Decoration, Hair Clip or Applique

Updated on November 4, 2014
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

Come On Out, Flamingo Girls!

You know who you are! You stop and admire those pink flamingo earrings, you know you do! There is probably at least one pink flamingo in your possession in some form, somewhere right now among your possessions!

Let's come on out of that Pink Flamingo Closet and show our Flamingo Pride, once and for all!

I'll admit it... I'm a Flamingo Girl. My collection is limited to a couple of pieces of garden art and an adorable stuffed shelf sitter Flamingo I could not resist her, she argued hard to come home with me and won! Oh - can't forget the Quacker Factory embellished sweater with two big pink flamingos on the front!

The thing that has always intrigued me about Flamingos is their perfect balance. I can stand on one leg for oh, five seconds on a good day! You could use the flamingo as a reminder to keep everything in life in balance! And in fact, from now on, so will I!

It occurred to me I do not have any flamingo accessories for the days when I decide to "Go Flamingo," so I'd better design some! Here is the result and I hope you enjoy making her into lots of cute things from earrings to hair barrettes. Or really use your imagination and turn her into a doily, a windchime, an applique...

Get The Hooks I Use! - You Will LOVE Them!

Clover Soft Touch 2.75-mm Crochet Hooks, Size C
Clover Soft Touch 2.75-mm Crochet Hooks, Size C

This is the hook I reach for most often for my projects. Simply the best crochet hooks I've ever used, and I'm still collecting all the sizes! The ergo handle allows me to continue crocheting despite arthritis in my hand.

 
Flamingo Feet
Flamingo Feet

What You Will Need

The Flamingo shown used:

- Clover crochet hook size C

- DMC Senso Pink cotton size 3

- DMC Senso Pink thread with colored accents

- DMC Senso Gold Metallic

- DMC Senso Black sparkle

- Small amount green satin embroidery floss

- Small amount brown embroidery floss

- Sequins, glass and crystal beads for embellishment, if desired

Optional Things

-Safety pin or pin back finding to make a wearable pin.

-Barrette or hair clip "blank" (available where jewelry making supplies are sold)

You Will LOVE This! My Favorite Yarn Tote!

ArtBin Yarn Drum 12-inches round by 12-3/4-inches high, Raspberry
ArtBin Yarn Drum 12-inches round by 12-3/4-inches high, Raspberry

The Artbin Yarn Drum is the easiest, lightest, and most convenient yarn tote I have ever used! It smashes down totally flat when empty making it perfect to carry along and stuff later. You'll love it, I promise! It even has a convenient little zipper pouch that clips on to hold your hooks and other goodies securely.

 

How To Make Your Flamingo!

FOOT (Make 1)

With Black, Ch 3. SC in 2nd chain from hook. CH 3, SC in 2nd chain from hook, SC in next base chain. CH 3, SC in 2nd chain from hook. SC in next base chain. Fasten off.

CHAISE LOUNGE

With Gold Sparkle, Chain 15. Work 7 DC in 2nd chain from hook. (Skip 1 chain, work 5 DC in next chain) twice. Skip 1 chain, work 5 DC in next chain (working counterclockwise around to other side of foundation chain). Skip 1 chain, SC in next chain. Work 5 DC in center chain of next cluster. Skip 1 SC, join with sl stitch to top of first DC. Ch 12. Work 5 DC in 2nd chain from hook. DC in each of next 10 DC. Work 4 DC in next DC. Slip stitch to chaise edge. Fasten off.

FLAMINGO LEG

Attach Pink to one point of either foot. Ch 1, work 3 SC across edge of foot. Ch 1, turn.

Rows 2-8: SC in all SC across, Ch 1 and turn. (on last row, CH 2 and turn)

Row 9: Work HDC in first 2 SC. Work SC in last SC. CH 1, turn.

Row 10: 2 HDC in first stitch, SC in next stitch, slip stitch in last stitch. CH 1, turn.

Row 11: Slip stitch in first stitch. CH 2, HDC in next 2 stitches. SC in last stitch. CH 1, turn work to LEFT. (We will be working down side of leg now)

Row 12: SC and HDC in same corner stitch. HDC in next two rows alongside of leg. Ch 2, turn.

Row 13: CH 2, HDC in all 3 stitches across. Ch 2, turn.

Row 14: Repeat Row 13.

Row 15: Repeat Row 13.

Row 16: Repeat Row 13.

Fasten off. Slip stitch top of leg to back seat of chaise lounge as shown in photo below. Tack foot point to top of chaise lounge seat as shown.

(Bring all thread ends to back of work as you go).

FLAMINGO BODY

Attach pink loopy Senso at top of last row of HDC (You will be filling in the corner between leg and chair). Work 3 HDC in corner where leg and chair meet. Slip stitch to chaise lounge. SC in next stitch on chaise lounge. HDC in next stitch. CH 2, turn.

Work HDC in next two stitches. Work 2 HDC in next stitch. Fasten off.

BEAK

Attach Black where you left off. Ch 1, HDC in next 2 stitches. CH 1, turn. Slip stitch in first stitch of next row, CH 2, HDC in next stitch. Work 2 HDC in last stitch. Fasten off.

WING

With Pink loopy Senso, chain 3. Work 7 DC in 2nd chain from hook. Ch 2, turn.

Row 2: *Work 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next stitch. Repeat * across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 3: 2 SC in each stitch until halfway point of row. 2 HDC in next stitch. Work 3-DC Cluster in next stitch. CH 2, SC in base of ch 2 just made. Work 2 SC in each remaining stitch.

Attach Wing to Body:

Tack wing in place with pink loopy Senso.

CHAISE LOUNGE LEGS

Attach Gold sparkle to lower edge of chaise straight down from top of flamingo head. CH 2, work DC in next 2 stitches. Ch 2, turn.

Row 2 - DC in next 2 stitches, CH 2, turn.

Row 3- Repeat row 2.

Fasten off.

Top Back of Chaise Lounge:

Attach gold sparkle to top right edge of chaise lounge. Ch 2, DC in each st. Ch 2, turn.

Row 2: DC in each st across, ch 2, turn.

Row 3: Repeat row 2, fasten off.

PALM TREE

With Brown embroidery floss (use as crochet thread with all 6 strands) chain 5. Work 1 DC in each ch across. Ch 2, turn.

Rows 2-5: DC in each stitch across, ch 2, turn.

Row 6: DC in first stitch, work decrease over next 2 Stitches, DC in last stitch. Ch 2, turn. Fasten off.

With Green satin embroidery floss, ch 5, join with sl st to form ring. *Ch 4, TRC in ring. Ch 3, SC in base of ch 3 just made. Ch 4, TRC in base of ch 4 just made. SC in ring. Repeat from * twice (3 palm leaves). Fasten off.

Tack leaves to tree trunk. Tack tree to Chaise lounge.

FINISHING

Weave in all ends. String beads on thread for necklace and attach to flamingo. Sew bead in place for eye.

Enjoy your new Pink Flamingo!

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A Word About Embellishment Thread Selection...

I love really special embroidery threads. My favorite is Kreinik. You should've seen me last fall when I saw the Kreinik boxed gold threads collection 1/2 off on a clearance aisle. Anyway yes, the threads are expensive but you use so little of it on each project, it's a good investment in my book.

Hug A Flamingo Today!

The Most Important Thing

If you mix different brands of crochet thread, great! Just try to keep them of similar thickness or it will affect how the pattern turns out.

Celebrate National Pink Flamingo Day!

Flamingo With Wings

Making The Palm Leaves

Flamingo Wing

 

Making The Palm Tree

Pink Flamingo Fun on YouTube!

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      Sheila 3 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Hi Wednesday Elf! It is so good to see a familiar face!!! Thanks for stopping by to comment! I have been staying very busy getting all my old lenses edited here, as I'm sure you have been too!

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I had no idea there was a National Pink Flamingo Day. :) I used to live in Florida and Flamingos are VERY popular down there from lawn ornaments to clothing to everything in-between. So, since I'm so familiar with flamingos and since I like to crochet, this pattern is perfect.

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      bikerministry 5 years ago

      Great ideas here - you're so creative.