Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Crocheted Chicken and Duck Egg Cozies for Easter


Previously I posted instructions for knitted chicken and duck Easter egg cozies to share on ravelry.com but members kept prodding me for crocheted versions so here they are. The instructions on this page are for a chicken and duck as seen in this photo.











The egg cozies are open on the bottom for inserting hard boiled, plastic or candy eggs into them for Easter baskets. Other ideas: silly putty eggs inside for younger children and plastic eggs with money, jewelry or hair accessories for older kids.


Note: You may want to copy and paste these instructions into a Word document to print out to use at your convenience. 



Crocheted Easter Chicken Instructions


Getting Started: For both the chicken and duck, you will need a size H crochet hook and a small amount of regular worsted weight yarn (about half an oz). Yarn suggestions: Red Heart, I Love This Yarn, Vanna's Choice, Loops and Threads' Impeccable. Cotton is also an option. Other items you will need: tapestry needle and scissors.


It is important to note that yarns vary so much that, even using the same pattern and hook size may result in varying size chickens. The photo just above and to the right is an example. All four chickens were made using a H hook but different densities of worsted and cotton yarns.


Before starting, there is another caution: For the first few rows (which will simulate ribbing), your work will want to turn inward. Be aware of this or the simulated ribbing you are about to make will be on the inside, instead of the outside where it belongs.


Instructions: Loosely chain 23 st. With a sl st, join together the first and last st's on your chain to form a circle, making sure that your chain does not twist.


Row 1: Ch 3 (first st), dc around and join to the beginning with a sl st. (even number: 22 st)


If you are unfamiliar with crocheting into the front post, you may want to view a youtube how-to on doing it before tackling the next two rows. Here is a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56eTH2LxBWw

Rows 2-3: Ch 3, *(dc in front of post, dc in next st). Repeat from * around ending on a front post dc. Sl st to join to start of round.
Row 4: Ch 2 *(hdc in next 3 st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 4 st, 2 hdc in next st). Repeat from * around. End with hdc's in last stitches and join with sl st to ch 2 start. (27 st)
Rows 5-6: Ch 2, hdc around. Join with sl st. (27 st) Leave off row 6 if you are using very thick yarn and think the chicken seems large.

Head shaping in rows 7-11
Row 7: Ch 2, hdc in next 19 st. Turn.
Row 8: No ch st. Hdc into next 9 st. Turn.
Row 9: No ch st. Hdc into next 8 st. Turn.
Row 10: No ch st. Hdc into next 7 st. Turn.
Row 11: No ch st. Hdc into next 6 st. Sc down the side of the head (this should be the left side as it faces you) about 3 st to get to the base of the head. Hdc in next 7 st. (start of tail shaping). 2 dc in the next st, which should be the very center back end/tail. Hdc in next 2 st, Sl st in next st. Turn.
Row 12: Hdc in second st from hook, hdc in next 2 st, sc in next st, sl st in next. Break off yarn leaving a 12 inch tail. Draw yarn through.


Using your tapestry needle and the yarn tail, close the chicken back from the tail to the top of the head. Secure loose ends on the under side.


Details: Add a chicken comb on the top of the head, a beak and eyes. Wattle is optional.

Comb: Using a thinner yarn or size 3 crochet thread and a smaller hook, *(insert hook into the top of the head on the right side and pull up a loop. Ch 5, sc in the second ch from hook. Sc in the remaining ch st down to the top of the head). Repeat from * twice more. Using a tapestry needle, secure yarn tails on the inside of the head.

Eyes: French knots, beads, wiggle eyes are some of the possibilities.

Beak: Beaks may be crocheted right on the chicken or cut from felt or fleece and either sewn or glued into place. A simple beak is to cut a diamond shape from felt or fleece and hand stitch it to the chicken at the widest part.

Crocheted Easter Duck Instructions



Getting Started
: Read the opening paragraphs above about the chickens before getting started.

The first six rows of the duck are the same as for the chicken.

Instructions: With an H hook, loosely chain 23 st. With a sl st, join together the first and last st's on your chain to form a circle, making sure that your chain does not twist.

Row 1: Ch 3 (first st), dc around and join to the beginning with a sl st. (even number: 22 st)
Rows 2-3: Ch 3, *(dc in front of post, dc in next st). Repeat from * around ending on a front post dc. Sl st to join to start of round.
Row 4: Ch 2 *(hdc in next 3 st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 4 st, 2 hdc in next st). Repeat from * around. End with hdc's in last stitches and join with sl st to ch 2 start. (27 st)
Rows 5-6: Ch 2, hdc around. Join with sl st. (27 st) Leave off row 6 if you are using very thick yarn and think the duck seems large.

Head shaping in rows 7-11
Row 7: Ch 2, hdc in next 16 st. Fold duck in half so that the ch 2 start of your row (tail end) is on your left and the hdc you just completed is in front of you. You are going to join the last hdc you made across the other side of the body to form a circle. Before joining, count that you have 11 total sts to start your round. Sl st to join.
Row 8: Neck shaping decreases: Ch 2, hdc in same st, *(dec, hdc in next 2 st) repeat from * and end with 2 hdc's in last st. Join with sl st to top of your starting ch 2. (9 st)
Row 9: Head shaping increases: Ch 2, hdc in same st *(hdc in next 2 st, hdc in next st) repeat from * and end with 2 hdc in the last st. Join with sl st to start of round. (13 st)
Row 10: More head shaping increases: Ch 2, hdc in same st, *(2 hdc's in next st, hdc in next st). Repeat from * to end of round. Sl st to start of round. (19 st)
Row 11: Head shaping decreases: Ch 2, hdc in same st. Dec every other st around. Hdc in last st. Sl st to start of round. (11 st)
Row 12: Ch 1, sc in every other st. Pull yarn through to secure. Break off yarn leaving 5-6 inch tail for closing up with tapestry needle at the end.

Row 13: With duck flat and tail end on the left and leaving an 8 inch starting yarn tail, join yarn at base of head on the side nearest you. Ch 2, hdc in next 8 st. Start of tail shaping: 2 dc in next st (center back), hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next 2 st, sc in next st, sl st in next st. Break off leaving a 4 inch tail. Draw yarn through.

Use the longer tail, the starting yarn tail, and your tapestry needle to close up the duck from the neck to the tail. Close up the top of the head, too and secure all yarn ends. 

Details: Little buttons, beads or French knots will work for eyes. The bill can be crocheted right on the front of the duck or cut from felt or fleece and attached after it is cut and shaped. 




These provided pictures demonstrate an easy way to cut and shape the bill by making two small gumdrop shapes, then overlapping one over the other and hand stitching securely in place before hand stitching it onto the front of the duck.




Special Thanks: I want to acknowledge all of the gals in the Crochet-A-Long in the Good Things Together Group on Ravelry who not only tested the pattern but found new and creative ways of making chickens and ducks with personality and flair. You will just have to imagine the innovations of many talented women from around the globe who came together for this fun event.


A special nod goes to Christina for always being first to test my patterns and always making good suggestions for clarity and understanding. 


Thanks also to Audry, the moderator of Good Things Together for supporting and participating in the CAL and being such an inclusive leader.

You are welcome to make oodles of cozies for personal use or for selling. I only ask that you do not claim the pattern as your own or sell it. 
Copyright 2011, "delights" (C. Lowman). All Rights Reserved. 

8 comments:

  1. Its so great that you have posted instructions for your lovely chicken & duck cosys in crochet. I have completed several knitted ones. I now know what my project will be tonight - crocheted chicken cosys! Thanks for your generosity in sharing the pattern. I hope you don't mind if I sell some finished items for greyhound charities?

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  2. Really cute. I seriously need to learn to crochet already!

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  3. This is great - new follower!

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  4. LOVE these! The pattern is very well written. I've already made a set of six in different colors. I posted pictures of them on my blog and of course linked back to your post. Thank you so much!
    http://zween.wordpress.com/2011/04/23/little-hens-for-easter/

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  5. my sister had a chick put out last Easter and I thought I would be able to copy it but got lost in the stitches so I hunted down a pattern that I liked which happened to be yours and joined ravelry also as I found that to be a really good site. Thank you so much for sharing. (I like your pattern better than my sister's now...but don't tell her) :)

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  6. hi there, I'm just trying to work the duck but I'm stuck on the Row 8 from the neck shaping, I'm totally lost. Looks like there should be 9 stitches but from how I read this row I can only get 5. Could you please help me? thank you in advance

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  7. Thanks for your questions. I hadn't crocheted one of these ducks in a few years so I had to stop and make one this morning. t have made some revisions to the pattern. In row 7, it should have read to hdc in 16 st, not 18. I also made some revisions to the next few rows. I hope these changes help.

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  8. These are precious! Thank you so much for sharing the patterns. I will be definitely "hooking up" some of these!

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