Anyone who’s owned or had contact with a galah knows they are the perfect subject for a crochet pattern for puppet.
Full of fun and mischief and with a big dose of arrogance thrown in, they will entertain and show off for their audience whenever they get the chance. Talking, dancing, and laughing along with their countless other antics and attitude make them a ton of fun. Just the look of a galah with it’s crest raised inspires laughter.
My pet bird,"George", is pictured above. Cute isn't he? He was the inspiration for this hand puppet crochet pattern. Don't be fooled by the innocent look! There's a devious mind lurking underneath those pretty pink feathers.
This crochet pattern for puppet will give a lot of pleasure to babies and small children. Whether the child is the operator of the galah toy or the audience, they will be happily entertained.
My crochet pattern for puppet is worked in synthetic yarn so is easily laundered and will keep it’s shape for a long time.
You can use buttons for eyes, or buy plastic eyes from your craft shop, or even crochet or embroider them on. I happened to have a couple of small metal baubles that used to hang off a belt, so I made use of them.
If the terminology used in this pattern differs from what you're used to, check my equivalency tables for easy conversion.
Crochet Pattern for Puppet - Galah
Measurements: Approximately 30cm [12ins] high over all.
Materials: 50g ball rose pink 8ply yarn, 50g ball light gray 8ply yarn, small amount of very pale pink, small amount dark gray, 5.00mm crochet hook, 2.00mm crochet hook, sewing needle and thread.
Tension: First 4 rows – approximately 4cm [1.5ins].
1st Row: Miss 3ch, work 1tr into each ch to end. Turn.
2nd Row – 15th Row: Work 3ch, 1tr into each tr to end.
Place a marker at each end of 15th row.
16th Row: Ss across 6sts, 3ch, 1tr into each of next 7sts.
17th Row: Work 3ch, 2tr in 1st tr, 1tr in next tr, [2tr in next tr, 1tr in next tr] to end.
18th – 20th Row: Work as per 2nd row.
21st Row: Decrease 4 times evenly.
22nd Row: Decrease 3 times evenly.
23rd Row: Decrease twice. Join head and shoulder seams with right sides facing. Fasten off.
Working with 5.00mm crochet hook and 8ply pale pink yarn, work 19ch.
1st Row: Miss 1ch, 1dc into next ch, 1htr into next ch, 1tr into each of next 6ch, miss 1ch, 1dc into next ch, make 9ch, 1dc in 1st of these ch, 1htr into next ch, 1tr into each of next 6ch, ss across side of last tr, and next ch on foundation row, positioning 2nd feather partly behind 1st feather.
Work 9ch, miss 1ch, 1dc into next ch, 1htr into next ch, 1tr into each of next 6tr, ss across side of tr, ss through bottom of tr and bottom of last tr on 1st feather, so that 1st feather is positioned as shown below. Fasten off.
Sew onto galah’s head.
Using 2.00mm crochet hook and light gray 8ply wool, work 6ch.
1st Row: Work 1dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc in each of next 4ch.
2nd Row: Dec. over 1st 2dc, 1dc into next dc, dec over last 2dc.
3rd Row: Dec. over 2st 2 sts, 1dc in last st.
4th Row: Dec. once. Fasten off.
Fold beak in half so that it forms a curve with a point at one end, and sew the edges together. Sew the straight edge onto galah’s face.
Leaving a short strand of yarn, and using 5.00mm crochet hook and dark grey 8ply yarn, work 6ch.
1st Row: Miss 1st ch, work 1dc into each of next 5ch, [6ch, miss 1st ch, work 1dc into each of next 6ch [twice]. Fasten off leaving a short strand of yarn.
Using short strands of yarn on feet, attach feet around 5th and 6th sts in from edges of 1st row of body front.
1st Row: Using light grey and 5.00mm crochet hook, work 20tr evenly between markers.
2nd Row: Work 1 ss across 1st tr, 2ch, 1tr in each tr except last tr. Turn.
3rd – 10th Row: As 2nd row.
Join wing edge as follows: Using 2.00mm crochet hook, with wrong sides facing, work together with a row of dc.
Edge: The back of this shell edging should face the front on both wings. * Miss 1dc, work 5tr into next dc, miss next dc, 1dc into next dc. Repeat from * finishing last shell at armpit.
Join side seams with right sides facing.
Using 5.00mm crochet hook and light gray yarn, work 15ch.
1st Row: Miss 2ch, 1tr in each ch to end.
2nd Row: Work 2ch, 1tr in each tr to end.
3rd Row: Ss across 1st 2tr, 1tr in each tr except for last 2tr.
4th – 6th Row: Work as per 2nd row.
Join tail to bottom edge of back.
My crochet pattern for puppet - galah is a lot of fun to make. I hope you enjoyed creating him as much as I did.
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