I know that for many of you, Sidney the Seagull is the highlight of this project! We revealed him as one of our sneak peeks way back in the beginning of lockdown and he was such a hit with you all.

We’re going to be making three Sidneys in total – or a Sidney, Steve and Sandra Seagull – to adorn our bunting. It sounds like a lot to make – but remember you have two days for this part of our trip.

Please note, there’s a small typo in Round 21. It should say 20 dc, not 20 sts:

Round 21: 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts, (dc2tog) x 4, 20 dc

I start with a Magic Ring

Magic Ring tutorial

and begin working Sidney’s head:

The pattern is worked in continuous rounds so to ensure I don’t lose my place (I find it hard to count those rounds of double crochet), I mark the first stitch of each row with a stitch marker and I use a sticky Post-It note to mark where I am in the pattern booklet. Its not a hard pattern but it is a pattern that requires careful reading so take your time. From round 10 onwards, the pattern begins to create the flow of Sidney’s chest and back.

Watch out for the arrival of htrs, trs and dtrs from Round 16 onwards. I always find them a surprise when I’m working amigurumi – you get so used to just working in double crochet. In this case, they’ll help create Sid’s tail shape.

I change from IVORY to SILVER GREY and then to MOUSE GREY when the pattern indicates and do this by working the last yarn over in my new colour:

I work the yarn tails in as I continue the pattern to save myself sewing them in.

I decide to stuff Sidney (!) at the end of Round 21 before I begin closing up. I’ve also decided to¬†use little safety eyes for him but even if I’d decided to use French Knots like Kate, I’d still probably have done them at this stage (before stuffing) as it would enable me to hide the yarn tail away inside Sidney’s body. If you need reminding of how to work a French Knot, here’s a little tutorial:

French Knot tutorial

Here’s my poor beak-less, tail-less, wing-less Sidney so far:

 

He looks like Casper the Friendly Ghost!

For Round 22, I work 3 dc and then using Picture B as a reference I fold the two edges together to begin closing up by working through both edges. I finish off with about 4 stitches left unworked on both side, leaving a long yarn tail. This will form the beginnings of Sidney’s tail. I pinch to flatten (sorry, Sidney!):

and use the yarn tail to stitch across here:

Sidney’s beak is made in that yummy SAFFRON yarn. Just a simple triangle. I leave a long yarn tail when fastening off that I then use to stitch into a beaky shape y folding the triangle in half.

Sidney’s legs are in SAFFRON too. Kate’s photos are a great guide as to where to work my stitches into that original chain to make those fabulous webbed feet.

The wings are worked from their pointy tip to a curved finish and completed with slip stitching all round to give them a defined edge:

Finally we work Sidney’s tail. The fork of the tail is made by working stitches into our chain 5:

Repeat to make the other fork and then slip stitch in the final stitch (marked *) to finish.

I use my glue gun to attach Sidney’s wings, tails, legs and beak but you can sew if you’d prefer. And he’s all done.

Gosh, I love him! I can’t wait to make his little flock of mates xxx