Saturday, 11 January 2014

Crocheted Peacock

A few days back, I got a call from my friend who informed that a competition was announced in metro plus for crocheting. I checked the paper and it said that participant needs to crochet a peacock and the completed applique size should be 1 feet x 1 feet.

I wanted to give it a try. So i began my search for peacock images. Choosing the image was the most difficult part of the whole project because the final crocheted piece should be only 1x1 feet. I decided on  2 things before starting the project.
1. The background will be white
2. Feathers will be done separately and attached to the main piece.

Initially, I took the gauge with my crochet needle and woolen thread. I used 1.75 mm needle and normal acrylic / woolen thread for this project. For 1 feet, it took only 100 stitches with my 1.75 mm needle. So whatever image I select, the cross stitches should count to 100.

When I select an image and get the cross stitch pattern ( using a software ),  the size would exceed  1 feet. Then I had to search for another image. It nearly took 2 days for me to finalize on the image.

This was the image that I selected for crocheting.

This is the cross stitch pattern.

Everything was set and I started off with crocheting...

This is the back side of the work

After the main piece was completed ( I took a week to complete it ), I started the feathers. This was yet another challenge.  I searched and searched for the feather pattern, but I couldn't find the right one. So I came up with my own.

Here's the making of the feather. I planned to do 20 feathers. I made the inner round first, for all the 20 feathers. Then followed with each row around.

The thread that I used had 4 plys. When I used it as such, the feather was getting bigger by each round. So, I separated 2 ply and used them.

Finally, I made 20 feathers.

I laid them on the main piece roughly, and checked if the pieces were enough to cover the tail.

And here is the final crocheted peacock.


  1. I would love to make one just like this! Is the cross stitch pattern you posted exactly how you crocheted it?

    1. I'm glad that you want to make this one. I'd love to see your work. Yes, it is exactly the pattern that I followed. Share your work when you're done and please don't forget to link back to this blog. Thanks again !


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