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• 100g Aran yarn for the main body

• 50g Aran yarn for contrasting base

• Small amount of DK yarn in red

and golden brown for the comb

and beak

• 5½mm (UK 5) and 4mm (UK 8)

knitting needles

• Tapestry needle

• Toy stuffing

• Gravel in small bag to weigh




With its cheerful, eye-catching comb and beak,

this sturdy knitted hen is perfect for propping

open doors to let the fresh air in as days warm up


Pattern notes

The chickens can be knitted in any

Aran weight yarn. These were both

made with West Yorkshire Spinners

100 per cent Shetland/British wool:

Red chicken: The Croft – Wild

Shetland, in Fired Earth.

Grey chicken: The Croft – Shetland

Colours, in Lunna.

Base: The base of both chickens

was knitted in Jacob Fleece, in

Medium Grey.

Tension: Tension is not crucial in

this project.


DK – double knit

k – knit

rs – right side

ws – wrong side

m1 – pick up the horizontal bar (between

the stitch on the left needle and the stitch

on the right needle) with the left needle,

and knit into the back of the stitch. It is

important to make the new stitch twisted,

to avoid creating a hole (increase)

st(s) – stitch(es)

rpt – repeat

k2tog – knit 2 stitches together (decrease)

rem – remaining

Chicken (side 1)

*Using 5½mm needles and Aran yarn,

cast on 34sts (starting at base).

Row 1: k (RS)

Row 2: k1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1

Rows 3-14: rpt row 1 and 2, 6 times


Rows 15-22: k

Change to contrast Aran yarn.

Rows 23-60: k**

Shape tail (RS facing).

Next row: k12, k2tog, turn, work on these

13sts only, leave rem sts on needle

Next row: k2tog, k to end

Next row: k to last 2sts, k2tog

Rpt last 2 rows until 4sts rem.

Cast off.

With RS facing, rejoin yarn and cast off.

15sts, k to end (19sts).

K12 rows.

Next row: k2tog, k to end

Rpt last row, 9 times (9sts).

Cast off.

Chicken (side 2)

Work from * to **

K1 row.

Continue as side 1 to shape tail (WS).

Note: When rejoining yarn to cast off 15sts,

WS will be facing.

Make up body

Sew 2 sides together, matching head and

tail. Stuff until firm and insert bag of gravel

into the base to create weight. Refer to

photo as a guide. ❯

The comb and beak are attached

along the seam where the front and

back of the body are joined.

The base of the chicken is knitted in a

contrasting yarn. Choosing one that is

less likely to show any dirt is advisable.


Comb (make 2)

Using 4mm needles and DK yarn, cast on 10sts.

Rows 1-4: k

Row 5: cast off 7sts, k to end (3sts)

Row 6: k

Row 7: cast on 7sts, k to end (10sts)

Rows 8-10: k

Rpt rows 5-10, twice.

Cast off.

Make up comb

Sew 2 sides together. Stuff lightly and sew to top

of head. Refer to photo as a guide.

Beak (make 2)

Using 4mm needles and DK yarn, cast on 10sts.

Rows 1-2: k

Row 3: k1, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k1 (8sts)

Row 4: k

Row 5: k1, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k1 (6sts)

Row 6: k

Row 7: k1, k2tog, k2tog, k1 (4sts)

Row 8: k

Row 9: k2tog, k2tog (2sts)

Row 10: k2tog (1st)

Fasten off.

Make up beak

Sew 2 sides together. Stuff lightly and sew to

front of head. Refer to photo as a guide.

• Pattern: Marisa Bailey • Photography: Richard Faulks


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