Easter chick. Easy knit.

15 Mar

Required

Size 10 needles (UK old size)        

     I believe that is 3.25mm in metric or size 3 US needles

Double knitting wool

Cadbury’s creme eggs or eggs of similar size

Cast on 36 stitches

Knit 8 rows in garter stitch

Row 9. Increase 1 st at each end of row

Row 10. knit

Row 11. As row 9

Row 12. Knit

Row 13. As row 9    (42 sts)

Knit 3 more rows

Cast off 11 sts at beg on next 2 rows. (20 sts left)
Knit 11 rows

Leave long thread to draw through sts. Fold in half and sew up. Fill the head cavity with cotton wool if required

Embroider eyes and add felt beak

Perfect size to hide a Cadbury’s creme egg (or similar) inside.

Making Up Instructions (added on 22nd February,2013)

After making another 3 dozen chicks, I’m adding a few tips for making up the chick after knitting.

Its much easier to sew the eyes (I used one stitch of black wool for each eye) and to sew on the beak before sewing up the chick.

Also, I now invisibly sew a row of yarn, along the row between the head and body, to gather up later, to accentuate the head shape.

When the chick is sewn up, this thread is pulled gently and only slightly to accentuate the head.

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This photo above shows the position to place the gathering thread.

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After knitting the chick, instead of casting off the stitches, the yarn is threaded through them and drawn up tight to form the top of the head, as shown above.

I like to sew up the chick from the right side using the method below. I can’t remember whether it my Mum or one of my Grandmas who showed me this method but its my method of choice for most knitted garments.

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Sew from the wrong side to the right side of the item

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I also sew along the bottom of the chick (about one centimetre or so) so the egg is trapped and doesn’t easily fall out.

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Now add a creme egg of choice.

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The head has been stuffed with toy filling. You could use cotton wool too.

Take care of course if you give these to small children. Be aware the filling will be loose in the head cavity, the nature of the chick being, to be open at the bottom to add an egg of your choice.

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The finished chick …and a group of them.

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Here is a link to the pattern for a larger size of chick to fit a Kinder egg or similar

If you read this blog and like it and knit a chick I’d love to see a picture. Tweet me @eviesgran.

24th February 2017

Another version of this chick is to sew up the bottom and leave the space between head and tail open. This way a chocolate egg can be inserted from the top.

chick

 

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10 Responses to “Easter chick. Easy knit.”

  1. contraryscarymary January 14, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

    Hello, I just want to say thank you for putting up this knitting pattern. I was given a written copy of this off a friend but have misplaced it and i feel rude asking for another. They are so nice and easy (but also a little challenging for a new knitter, better than a scarf!). I had a knitted chick as a child and i loved getting it out every year,

    • eviesgran January 14, 2015 at 10:43 pm #

      Thanks Sarah. I’m glad you found it. I was given it by a work colleague about 20 years ago and I’ve made lots since then.

  2. Julie ryan January 24, 2016 at 11:56 am #

    I have knitted 20 or so of these lovely wee chicks will be selling them and give money to charity

    • eviesgran January 26, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

      Thanks Julie for your comment. Its good to hear that my pattern has helped the charity.

      • june February 22, 2016 at 4:24 pm #

        Mine will be sold on ward 5 @Derby Hospital ,all proceeds back to ward,Thank you

  3. LORRAINE LANCE March 24, 2016 at 6:56 am #

    THANKYOU SO I AM ALSO A EVIESGRAN

    • eviesgran March 24, 2016 at 8:35 am #

      Thank you Lorraine. I am also Isaac’s gran but when he arrived, I already had my blog, Twitter and IG set up so didn’t change my name.

  4. Sally March 28, 2016 at 2:57 pm #

    Hi I can’t seem to figure out what to do when you say cast of the stitches to leave 20

  5. Jill March 19, 2017 at 6:41 am #

    Thank you for sharing your chick pattern, I’ve knitted the beak in orange in rows 23/24 centre two stitches, then eyes in black on rows 25/26 5 stitches from each end. Think it looks OK

    • eviesgran March 19, 2017 at 8:05 am #

      Thanks for that Jill. I like your idea. I’ll try knitting in the beak and eyes when I make some more.

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