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EASY-TO-KNIT<br />

CHICKEN<br />

DOORSTOP


MATERIALS FOR<br />

ONE CHICKEN<br />

• 100g Aran yarn for the main body<br />

• 50g Aran yarn for contrasting base<br />

• Small amount of DK yarn in red<br />

and golden brown for the comb<br />

and beak<br />

• 5½mm (UK 5) and 4mm (UK 8)<br />

knitting needles<br />

• Tapestry needle<br />

• Toy stuffing<br />

• Gravel in small bag to weigh<br />

doorstop<br />

A FARMYARD<br />

HELPMATE<br />

With its cheerful, eye-catching comb and beak,<br />

this sturdy knitted hen is perfect for propping<br />

open doors to let the fresh air in as days warm up<br />

THE PATTERN<br />

Pattern notes<br />

The chickens can be knitted in any<br />

Aran weight yarn. These were both<br />

made with West Yorkshire Spinners<br />

100 per cent Shetland/British wool:<br />

Red chicken: The Croft – Wild<br />

Shetland, in Fired Earth.<br />

Grey chicken: The Croft – Shetland<br />

Colours, in Lunna.<br />

Base: The base of both chickens<br />

was knitted in Jacob Fleece, in<br />

Medium Grey.<br />

Tension: Tension is not crucial in<br />

this project.<br />

Abbreviations<br />

DK – double knit<br />

k – knit<br />

rs – right side<br />

ws – wrong side<br />

m1 – pick up the horizontal bar (between<br />

the stitch on the left needle and the stitch<br />

on the right needle) with the left needle,<br />

and knit into the back of the stitch. It is<br />

important to make the new stitch twisted,<br />

to avoid creating a hole (increase)<br />

st(s) – stitch(es)<br />

rpt – repeat<br />

k2tog – knit 2 stitches together (decrease)<br />

rem – remaining<br />

Chicken (side 1)<br />

*Using 5½mm needles and Aran yarn,<br />

cast on 34sts (starting at base).<br />

Row 1: k (RS)<br />

Row 2: k1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1<br />

Rows 3-14: rpt row 1 and 2, 6 times<br />

(48sts)<br />

Rows 15-22: k<br />

Change to contrast Aran yarn.<br />

Rows 23-60: k**<br />

Shape tail (RS facing).<br />

Next row: k12, k2tog, turn, work on these<br />

13sts only, leave rem sts on needle<br />

Next row: k2tog, k to end<br />

Next row: k to last 2sts, k2tog<br />

Rpt last 2 rows until 4sts rem.<br />

Cast off.<br />

With RS facing, rejoin yarn and cast off.<br />

15sts, k to end (19sts).<br />

K12 rows.<br />

Next row: k2tog, k to end<br />

Rpt last row, 9 times (9sts).<br />

Cast off.<br />

Chicken (side 2)<br />

Work from * to **<br />

K1 row.<br />

Continue as side 1 to shape tail (WS).<br />

Note: When rejoining yarn to cast off 15sts,<br />

WS will be facing.<br />

Make up body<br />

Sew 2 sides together, matching head and<br />

tail. Stuff until firm and insert bag of gravel<br />

into the base to create weight. Refer to<br />

photo as a guide. ❯<br />

The comb and beak are attached<br />

along the seam where the front and<br />

back of the body are joined.<br />

The base of the chicken is knitted in a<br />

contrasting yarn. Choosing one that is<br />

less likely to show any dirt is advisable.<br />

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Comb (make 2)<br />

Using 4mm needles and DK yarn, cast on 10sts.<br />

Rows 1-4: k<br />

Row 5: cast off 7sts, k to end (3sts)<br />

Row 6: k<br />

Row 7: cast on 7sts, k to end (10sts)<br />

Rows 8-10: k<br />

Rpt rows 5-10, twice.<br />

Cast off.<br />

Make up comb<br />

Sew 2 sides together. Stuff lightly and sew to top<br />

of head. Refer to photo as a guide.<br />

Beak (make 2)<br />

Using 4mm needles and DK yarn, cast on 10sts.<br />

Rows 1-2: k<br />

Row 3: k1, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k1 (8sts)<br />

Row 4: k<br />

Row 5: k1, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k1 (6sts)<br />

Row 6: k<br />

Row 7: k1, k2tog, k2tog, k1 (4sts)<br />

Row 8: k<br />

Row 9: k2tog, k2tog (2sts)<br />

Row 10: k2tog (1st)<br />

Fasten off.<br />

Make up beak<br />

Sew 2 sides together. Stuff lightly and sew to<br />

front of head. Refer to photo as a guide.<br />

• Pattern: Marisa Bailey • Photography: Richard Faulks<br />

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