Worsted weight cotton yarn:
1 oz white or cream
small amount yellow
black embroidery floss (I used size 10 crochet cotton)
scraps of a smooth waste yarn in a contrasting colour
US size 7 DPN's (set of 5)
blunt end needle (for weaving in ends, and embroidery)
Gauge: approx 5sts to the inch, but not terribly important
STst- stockinette stitch (knit all stitches when in the round)
K2Tog- knit two stitches together
SSK- slip, slip, knit- individually slip two stitches knitwise, insert left needle into the front of these two slipped stitches and knit together
WY- waste yarn
3 needle Bind off- holding 2 needles with live stitches side by side use a 3rd needle to bind off as you normally would, except each time you would knit a stitch from the left needle you will knit the next stitch from both left needles together, and pass the previous stitch over, as in a 2 needle bind off.
Special Instructions: When WY is used in pattern, instructions will read (for example) WY K3. The 3 sts should be knit in the WY, leaving a tail of a few inches at both ends, and then those stitches should be slid back onto the left needle and knit again with the main yarn. If the WY sts cross over 2 needles be careful to return them to the correct needle after knitting them with the main yarn. These instructions will not be repeated in the pattern directions.
Cast on 36 sts
divide between 4 needles, 9 sts to each
being careful not to twist, join stitches, placing a marker on the first needle (this will be needle 1, followed by needle 2, and so on)
knit in STst until piece measures 3" in length
next rnd) K5, WY K8, K to end (this creates the space for the lower beak)
Knit 5 rnds in STst
next rnd) K3, WY K12, K to end (this creates the space for the Upper beak)
Knit 8 rnds in STst
rnd 1) needles 1 & 3: SSK, K to end needles 2 & 4: K to last 2sts, K2tog
rnd 2) K all
Repeat these 2 rnds until 16 sts remain (4 to each needle) ending with rnd two.
Using a scrap of waste yarn and a blunt end needle, thread yarn through all the sts and remove needle. Be careful to remember where the round started (stitch 1 of needle 1). Turn work inside out.
Pick up the live stitches onto two needles, 8sts to each. The sts from needles 1 & 2 should now be on one needle, and the sts from needles 3 & 4 on the other.
Bind off all sts using 3 needle bind off. Cut yarn, and secure.
(using 4 needles)
Remove WY, slide bottom right 4 sts onto needle 1, slide bottom left 4 sts onto needle 2, slide top 8 sts onto needle 3
With needle 4 and yellow yarn:
pick up 2 sts from right side of opening and K across needle 1 (needle 1 6sts)
K across needle 2 and pick up 2 sts from left side of opening (needle 2 6sts)
K across needle 3 (needle 3 8sts)
rnd 6) K4, SSK, K2tog, K8
rnd 7) K all
rnd 8) K3, SSK, K2tog, K to end
rnd 9) K all
rnd 10) K2, SSK, K2tog, K2, SSK, k4, K2tog
rnd 11) K all
rnd 12) K1, SSK, K2tog, K1, SSK, k2, K2tog
rnd 13) K all
rnd 14) [SSK, K2tog]2x
cut yarn, thread through remaining 4 sts, cinch tight and secure.
needle1: 6 sts from top left to top center
needle 2: next 6 sts
needle 3: 12 bottom sts
rnd 1) pick up 2 sts on left side of opening, K to end of needle 1 (needle 1 8sts) kto end of needle 2 and pick up 2 sts on right side of opening (needle 2 8sts) k to end (needle 3 still 12 sts)
rnds 2,3,4) K all
rnd 5 and 7) needle1- K to last 2 sts, K2tog needle2-K2tog, K to end needle3- K all
rnd 6 and 8) K all
rnd 9, 11, 13) needle1- K to last 2sts, SSK needle2-K2tog, K to end needle3-SSK, K to last 2 sts, K2tog
rnd 10, 12, 14) K all
cut yarn, thread through remaining sts, and cinch tight. Secure yarn, weave in all ends.
embroider on eyes.