Knitted chicks.

5 Jan

Now Christmas is over I am re posting a blog from last year. There is no time like the present to start making some of these for Easter.

Easter Sunday is on 31st March, 2013 and so there is loads of time to ‘get knitting’.


Size 10 needles (UK old size)

Double knitting wool

Cadbury’s creme eggs or eggs of similar size

Cast on 36 stitches

Knit 8 rows in garter stitch (plain knitting)

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

Do not cast off the stitches.

Leave long piece of yarn.

Thread a needle with the long yarn and draw through sts. Pull tight.

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 11th 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.


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


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.


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


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.


Now add a creme egg of choice.


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.


The finished chick …and a group of them.


26th March 2013


I have now adapted this pattern to take a Kinder Surprise egg. This is the link to the pattern.


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.



5 Responses to “Knitted chicks.”

  1. Sally March 28, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

    Hi I’m a bit lost about the cast off 11 stitches part.could any one advise?

    • eviesgran March 28, 2016 at 2:29 pm #

      Sally, if you are right handed, knit a stitch, knit a second stitch and then pass the first stitch over the second so that only one remains. Repeat by knitting a stitch so you have 2 on the right hand needle, then pass first one over second. Repeat until you have done this 11times and have 11 less stitches than at the start. Then knit to the end if the row . Repeat this row so that you only have the middle 20 stitches remaining. These 20 form the head of the chick. Please see photos for a picture of how your work should look. I hope you understand these instructions.

    • eviesgran March 28, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

      Sally, if you go through the process of first knitting 2stitches and passing the 1st over the second, then knitting another stitch, passing 1st over 2nd stitch until you have cast off 11 you then knit to the end of this row. You repeat this ‘cast off 11’ for the next row and knit to the end. You will find you have 20 stitches left which you continue to knit till you have completed all rows required. These 20 stitches appear to be in the centre of the work (please look at photo of chicken before it is sewn up) and form the head part.


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