Tuesday, April 12, 2011

CROCHET CHICKEN

When I was in the 5th grade my teacher, Mrs. Finley, would allow some of us girls to stay inside during recess and she would teach us new crochet and finger weaving projects.  A crochet chicken was one of those projects she taught us.  A few years ago when I was teaching crochet to grade school children I looked for such a pattern.  I finally ended up designing one. The one with the purple comb was the final result.   It is a perfect addition to your childs Easter basket...or maybe just a shelf sitter in your country kitchen decor. Either way, its a cute and quick pattern!!

To find the printable pdf and a video tutorial click HERE

CROCHET CHICKEN
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Materials needed:  Small amounts of white, yellow and red worsted weight yarn, plastic refillable Easter egg, size G crochet hook and tapestry/yarn needle.

HEAD
Chain 4, join with slip stitch in 4th chain from hook to form ring.
Rnd 1:  Ch 1, work 12 single crochet into ring. Do not join round.
Rnd 2:  *single crochet in next 3 stitches, 2 single crochet in next stitch.  Repeat from * 2 MORE times.  Do not join round. (15)
BODY
Rnd 1:  Chain 1, turn.  Single crochet in next 5 stitches on head.  Chain 8, work 3 single crochet in second chain from hook.  Single crochet in next 6 chains.  Turn your work so that rnd 1 of body is facing up. Working in FRONT LOOP ONLY, single crochet in next 5 stitches, 2 single crochet in loop made by turning chain.  Turn, single crochet down other side in remaining loops of stitches and bottom of chain.  Do not join end of round. Place stitch marker in last stitch. (28)
Rnd 2:  Single crochet in each stitch around. 
Repeat rnd 2 until body of chicken fits over top ¾ of the plastic Easter egg.  End of row should be at the end opposite of the head.  Do not finish off.
Last rnd:  *Skip next stitch, single crochet in next 2 stitches.  Repeat from * around.  (18 sc) Slip Stitch in last stitch. Finish off. 
BEAK
With yellow, attach yarn in second single crochet on front of head.  Chain 3, slip stitch in 2nd and 3rd chains from hook.  Then slip stitch in same stitch as joining.  Finish off.
COMB
With red, attach yarn in 2nd stitch from beak.  Chain 1, single crochet in same stitch.  *Chain 2, single crochet in next stitch.  Repeat from * 2 MORE times.  Finish off.

Weave in all loose ends.