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.  The chicken with the red comb is the pattern I found.....not completely thrilled with the look of it so I revamped it and came up with the chicken with the purple comb.  It is a perfect addition to your childs Easter basket...or maybe just a shelf sitter in your country kitchen decor. 

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:  Work 12 single crochet into ring.
Rnd 2:  *single crochet in next 3 stitches, 2 single crochet in next stitch.  Repeat from * 2 MORE times.  Do not finish off.
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.  Working in FRONT LOOP ONLY of next 5 stitches (loop clostest to you) single crochet in next 5 stitches, 2 single crochet in loop made by turning chain.  Turn, single crochet in remaining loops of stitches and bottom of chain.  Do not join end of round.
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.  Finish off row at end opposite of head.
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.