Ben Weatherstaff’s Friend

Inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden.

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The pattern and accompanying essay “A Friend in Need”, is found in the book, What (else) Would Madame Defarge Knit? (2013) edited by Heather Ordover and published by Cooperative Press.

The pattern was also published in Knit Now, Issue 23, June 2013.

Additional information

Suggested Yarn

Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light (50% alpaca, 50% Peruvian wool; 144 yds / 132m per 50g skein, 12 wpi)
MC Dark Chocolate #4205; 1 skein
CC1 Mahogany Mix #4280; 1 skein
CC2 Pitch Black #4245; 1 skein
Note: Since very little of the black is use, you can substitute and similar weight such as DMC Tapestry Wool, (100% wool; 8.7 yds), 1 skein Noir


Working in the round
Judy's Magic Cast On
affixing safety eyes/embroidering French knots


1 set US #3 / 3.25mm double-point needles or US 3 (3.25mm) circular needle, 40” / 100cm or longer
Additional needle for three-needle bind off

Additional Materials

Yarn needle
Safety eyes, 6mm (optional, you can embroider the eyes instead)


Exact gauge is not important; the size of your robin can vary based on needle and yarn choice. Regardless of yarn chosen, strive to create a dense fabric so fiberfill won't sneak out

Finished size

Height: 2" / 5cm; wingspan: 4.5" / 11.5cm