Since we are named Wicked Chickens Yarn, you knew we had to do a united chicken kit asap! Here it is, our mascot chickens! These adorable friends are so much fun to knit, with their long stripes legs and lovable and huggable round tummies. And made in fingering weight yarn included in our kits, they are small enough to sit in your hand. Make up a whole brood to give to your farming friend, or your urban homesteading friend without room for live chickens!
This pattern was written by Rebecca Danger for Wicked Chickens Yarn. Rebecca is a prolific knitting pattern designer and author with more than 150 published designs. She is known for her whimsical monster and creature patterns, making her the perfect fit to design some wickedly cute chickens for us!
Skill Level: Intermediate as determined by the Craft Yarn Council. We would recommend this pattern for beginning knitters that are comfortable knitting in the round or who want a bit of a challenge. We have rated it "intermediate" because according to the Craft Council skill level guidelines, anything knitted in the round is intermediate.
Skills used: Basic knit and purl stitches, changing colors, increases, decreases, knitting in the round, picking up stitches, leaving live stitches and coming back to them later, Kitchener Stitch, and basic sewing skills. This pattern is written using Magic Loop Method for knitting in the round. See Rebecca's Frequent Questions page for more info on dpn's vs Magic Loop: http://rebeccadanger.typepad.com/rebecca_danger/frequent-questions.html
Pattern Format: Instant download Adobe .pdf file
Yarn: 125-150 yards of white yarn for big chicken’s body 55-80 yards of yellow yarn for baby chicken’s body 40-65 yards of red yarn for legs 25-50 yards of beige or off white yarn legs 25-50 yards of light orange yarn for beaks and feet The heavier the yarn weight, the more yardage needed.
This pattern is written round by round so that you can use any weight yarn you want to create all sorts of sizes of farmy friends. Try sock weight yarn for adorable small friends perfect for tucking on a windowsill or bookshelf, or bulky weight yarn for jumbo chickens! The final photo shows worsted weight samples next to fingering weight samples so you get an idea of the different sizes that can be made from this pattern. The heavier the yarn weight, the more yardage needed.
Gauge: You pick! Simply knit with your choice of yarn on needles 2-3 sizes smaller than called for to get a tight knit fabric your stuffing wont show through.
Needles: You pick! A 40" or longer circular needle (for Magic Loop Method) in a size right for your yarn. You can also optionally use two double pointed needles in the same size as your circular, but it is not necessary. See the pattern for more info.
Notions: Scissors, tapestry needle, 3 stitch markers (removable or fixed), waste yarn or stitch holders, and optional row counter. 18 removable stitch markers for big chicken, and 8 removable stitch markers for baby chicken (if you finish the big chicken first you don’t need additional markers for the baby). Stuffing and two sets of safety eyes, or other eye choice such as buttons or scrap yarn for embroidery.
Finished size: Varies depending on the yarn you use. The worsted weight big chicken sample was knit on US size 4 needles and is 8.5” for just the body and 15” head to toe. It has 12mm safety eyes. The worsted weight chick sample was also knit on US size 4 needles and is 4.5” for just the body and 8.5” head to toe. It has 9mm safety eyes.The fingering weight big chicken sample was knit on US size 1 needles and is 5.5” for just the body and 10” head to toe. It has 9mm safety eyes. The fingering weight chick sample was also knit on US size 1 needles and is 3” for just the body and 6” head to toe. It also has 6mm safety eyes.
This 7 page pattern is very clearly written, and Rebecca offers many tutorials on the techniques used in it on her blog to keep you from feeling confused while knitting: www.rebeccadanger.typepad.com. She also has a Frequent Questions page for instant pattern help: http://rebeccadanger.typepad.com/rebecca_danger/frequent-questions.html.
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