This pattern will make these fabulous little knitted chickens and has been kindly given to us by Jacqui Turner! We’d love you to make us a few – they go down so well at shows and, more importantly, bring in lots of donations to help save more hens! Be as crazy and colourful as you like with your creations!
You will need:
DK yarn in white, red, and orange.
3.25mm / US size 3 knitting needles
2.50mm / US size 2 double pointed needles (two)
Size: Chicken is 11cm/ 4.5 inches measured in sitting position.
k – knit
p – purl
k2tog – knit the next two stitches together
p2tog – purl the next two stitches together
m1 – make 1 (increase by picking up the loop between the stitches and knitting into the back of it.
sts – stitches
inc – increase
A note about tension: This is a small toy and tension is not that important as long as you use the right needles for your yarn to produce a firm fabric for stuffing.
How to knit an I-cord:
Use double pointed needles for this. For a 3st I-cord needed for the legs cast on 3 sts or pick up the stitches as instructed. Knit across the 3 stitches. Without turning the knitting, slide the stiches to the other end of the needle and knit them again. Your working yarn will be at the wrong end when you start but by gently pulling as you knit the first stitch it will close the gap on the back. Keep doing this until the I-cord is the right length.
Beginning at the bottom of the chicken:
Using white yarn and 3.25mm/ US 3 needles
Cast on 7 sts leaving a long tail for sewing with later
Row 1: Purl
Row 2: K1, (m1,k1) repeat to end of row (13sts)
Row 3: Purl
Row 4: K1, (m1,k1) repeat to end of row (25sts)
Row 5: Purl
Row 6: K1, (m1,k2) 4 times, k2, (m1,k2) twice, k2, (m1,k2) 4 times(35sts)
Row 7: Purl
Row 8: K1, (m1,k3) 4 times, k2, (m1, k3)twice, k2, (m1,k3) 4 times (45sts)
Row 9: Purl
Rows 10 – 23: work in st.st. beg with a knit row.
Row 24: k1,(k2tog,k2) 4 times,k2, (k2tog, k2) twice, k2, (k2tog,k2)4 times (35sts)
Row 25: Purl
Row 26: K1,(k2tog,k1) 4 times,k2, (k2tog,k1)twice, k2, (k2tog,k1) 4 times (25sts)
Row 27: Purl
Row 28: k1, k2tog,k2,(k2tog)twice,k2,(k2tog)twice,k2,(k2tog)twice,k2, k2tog (17sts)
Rows 29 -41: work in st.st. beg with a purl row.
Row 42: k1, k2tog to end (9sts)
Cut yarn and thread end through 9 sts and draw up to close top of the head. Using mattress stitch, sew the seam two thirds of the way down and fasten off. This leaves a gap for stuffing. Thread the tail left from cast on sts through those 7 sts and draw up. Use the same yarn to close the gap after stuffing. Stuff firmly, moulding the shape of the chicken and then close the seam.
Wing 1 (wings knitted for left and right side of chicken)
With 3.25mm needles and white yarn, cast on 11sts
Row1: cast off 6 sts, K 4
Row 2: Purl 5sts, turn
Row 3: cast on 5sts knitwise
Row 4: cast off 5 sts, K4
Row 5: purl 5sts turn
Row 6: cast on 4 sts knitwise
Row 7: cast off 4 sts, k4
Row 8: purl 5, turn
Row 9: cast on 4 sts knitwise
Cast off all stitches.
With 3.25mm needles and white yarn, cast on 9 sts
Row 1: cast off 4 sts, k4
Row 2: purl 5sts, turn
Row 3: cast on 4 sts knitwise
Row 4: cast off 4sts, k4
Row 5: purl 5sts, turn
Row 6 cast on 5 sts knitwise
Row 7: cast off 5 sts, k4
Row 8: purl 5sts, turn
Row 9: cast on 6 sts knitwise
Cast off all sts.
Sew the edge of a wing to each side of the chicken, longest feathers to the top. See photo for placement.
With 2.50mm needles and red yarn, cast on 7sts.
Knit 1 row.
Next row: K1, slip this st back on to left needle, *cast on 2 sts, cast off 4 sts. Slip the stitch on right needle back to left needle, repeat from * until all sts are cast off.
Sew in position along top of head.
With 2.50mm needles and orange yarn cast on 2sts.
Row 1: purl
Row 6: K2 tog, k1
Row 2: kfb, k1
Rows 3, 4 and 5: purl
Row 7: P2tog Fasten off. Fold in half and stitch sides together to form a triangle. Attach to head.
Wattle (make 2)
With 2.50mm needles and red yarn cast on 5 sts
Row 1: Knit 3sts turn
Row 2: Purl 3 sts, turn
Cast off all sts knitwise.
Sew both pieces just under the beak and note they should be touching at the top.
Leg (make two)
With two 2.50mm double pointed needles and orange yarn.
Cast on 5 sts for one toe and cast off all sts, leaving the last st on the needle (it will form the I-cord leg).
Turn, cast on 5sts, cast off sts leaving the last st on the needle (you will now have 2 sts on the left hand needle)
Cast on 5 sts, cast off sts leaving last st on needle (3sts remaining on needle).
To make the I-cord legs:
Knit across the 3 stitches left on the needle after making the toes. Without turning the knitting slide the stiches to the other end of the needle and knit them again. Your working yarn will be at the wrong end when you start but by gently pulling as you knit the first stitch it will close the gap on the back. Keep doing this until the I-cord is 3 cm long and then cast off.
Sew the legs to the underside of the chicken, 1 cm apart.
Using 3.25mmneedles and white yarn:
cast on 15 sts.
*Cast off 12 sts, k2 (3sts on needle)
Next row: Purl 3, turn
Next row: Cast on 12 sts knitwise
Repeat from * until you have 6 or 7 feathers, cast off all sts.
Fold this piece in half and sew to the chicken.
(You can vary the length of the feathers by casting on and then casting off a different number than 12 sts.)
Using black yarn make a single vertical stitch for each eye above the beak. Alternatively use small black circles of felt, glued in place.
©Pattern written by Jacqui Turner and Eileen Taylor, February 2009.