Knitting

One of the first chickens that we hat was called Claire, who was a sliver gray dorking. She was our longest lasting chicken so I had a go at writing a knitting pattern and made a chicken, though my brother wasn’t  to impressed by it. Here’s the pattern anyway if you want to have a go –

What you need-

  • 4 double-pointed needles uk 10 (3.25mm)
  • Small amount of four ply wool in grey, red and white – or what ever colour you want your chicken
  • 2 small black beads for eyes
  • stuffing

Abbreviations

k- knit

p – purl

sts – stitches

kfb – knit into the front and back of the stitch (so you increase by one)

k2tog – knit 2 together (so you decrease by one)

p2tog – purl 2 together (so you decrease by one)

The Body –

On one of the needles cast on 3sts in grey. Push these 3sts onto the other end of the needle,pulling the wool across the sts tightly and kfb x 3 (6sts)

Now distribute these 6sts onto 3 needles, so 2 sts on each.

Row 1 (and all odd rows) : k

Row 2 : k1, (kfb)x6, k1 (10sts)

Row 4 : k1, (kfb)x2, k4, (kfb)x2, k1 (14sts)

Row 6 :k1, kfb, k2, kfb, k4, kfb, k2, kfb, k1 (18sts)

Row 8 :k2, kfb, k3, kfb, k4, kfb, k3, kfb, k2 (22 sts)

Row 10: k3, kfb, k4, kfb, k4, kfb, k4, kfb, k3 (26sts)

Row 12: k4, kfb, k5, kfb, k4, kfb, k5, kfb, k4 (30sts)

Row 14 : k5, kfb, k6, kfb, k4, kfb, k6, kfb, k5 (34sts)

Row 16 : k6, kfb, k7, kfb, k4, kfb, k7, kfb, k6 (38sts)

Row 18 : k7, kfb, k8, kfb, k4, kfb, k8, kfb, k7 (42sts)

Row 19 – 25 : k

Row 26 : k7, k2tog, k8, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k8, k2tog, k7 (38sts)

Row 28: k6, k2tog, k7, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k7, k2tog, k6 (34sts)

Row 30 : k5, k2tog, k6, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k6, k2tog, k5 (30sts)

Row 32 : k4, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k4 (26sts)

Row 34 : k3, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k3 (22sts)

Row 36: k2, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k2 (18sts)

Row 38 :k1, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k1 (14sts)

You now want to stuff the chicken.

Row 41- k2tog x7 (7st)

Cut a long end of wool and pull through remaining sts to fasten off.

Wings (make 2) –

Cast on 10sts in grey

Knit 6 rows in stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row) starting with k row

Row 7: k2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (8sts)

Row 8 (and all evens) – p

Row 9: k2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (6sts)

Row 11: k2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (4sts)

Row 13: k2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (2sts)

 Row 15: k2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (1st)

Pull yarn through last sts.

Feet (make two) –

Make a 3st i-cord 5 rows long in white

Kfb into 1 sts and turn, working on these 2 sts separately

Purl one row, then cast off knitwise.

Reattach yarn to last 2 sts

Kfb into 1 sts and turn, working on these 2 sts separately

Purl one row, then cast off knitwise.

Reattach wool to last st.

Kfb into 1 sts and turn, working on these 2 sts separately

Purl one row, then cast off knitwise.

The beak –

Cast on 5 sts in white

Row 1 – k

Row 2 -p

Row 3- k2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (3)

Row 4 – p2tog, p to last 2sts, p2tog (1)

Pull wool through last st.

The comb –

Cast on 5 sts in red

Row 1 : kfb x 5 (10 sts)

Row 2: kfbx10 (20 sts)

Cast off knitwise.

All you need to now is sew it all together. Sew the wings one on either side. Chose your favorite end as the face and sew the beak in the middle and the comb on the top, with the eyes either side. Sew the feet in the middle of the belly of the chicken. Sew  all the ends and you are done 🙂

It makes the chicken on the left

 Laters

Sus 🙂

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