Something happens to me in the spring. Suddenly, I need something (else) to take care of. I used to call it rabbit fever, during all those years that I was living rurally and raising chickens. Each spring and overwhelming sense that NOW was the time to start my home rabbitry would take me over, until allergy season hit and I was wiped out.
Now that we live in the city, and we have no flock and only an urban garden to satisfy my penchant for homesteading, I’m afflicted with the symptoms of a similar condition: chicken fever.
A backyard flock is out of the question right now, so to cope I created these little chicks.
They are just the right size to fit into those little snap together plastic Easter eggs, so they’re a really quick project.
The softest, fluffiest yarn you can find in the chick color of your choice
Size I crochet hook
Tiny black buttons for eyes
Orange pipe cleaner
Yellow or orange craft felt for the beak
Sewing needle and color coordinated thread (black and chick colored)
Step 1: Make the body
Round 1: Chain 2. SC 5 into first ch to make a round.
Round 2: SC 2 into each SC in round to increase to a total of 10 sts in round 2.
Round 3-6: SC 10.
Round 7: Sc2tog, SC 1, repeat four more times for a total of 5 sts in round 7
Round 8-10: SC 5
Round 11: Sc2tog, repeat twice, slst into next st to close, pull last loop through to create a long tail
Weave in bottom end.
In the top end, weave in working toward row 7 (where you did the decrease to 5 sts) When you get to row 8, take the remaining long tail of the yarn and loop it around the head of the chick to create a more defined head. Tie securely then pull the remaining tail through the body several rows down. Trim any excess.
Step 2: Make the Face
Cut a semi circle with about a ¾” diameter. Fold into a cone shape and stitch into place.
Stitch beak onto face.
Stitch black buttons onto each side of the head for eyes. You can do both eyes with the same threaded needle by sewing straight through the head. This technique also helps keep the eyes even.
Step 3: Make the Feet
Trim the orange pipe cleaner to about 5”. Insert through the stitches in the body of the chick where you want the legs to be.
Fold the ends of the pipe cleaner to make feet.
Insert into plastic egg and enjoy.
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