Larger knitted chick to fit a Kinder Surprise egg.

26 Mar

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My knitted chick pattern to fit a Cadbury Creme egg has proved very popular

(https://eviesgran.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/knitted-chicks/)

and I decided to adapt it to take a larger Easter egg, the Kinder Surprise egg.

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These are the instructions

With double knitting wool and Old UK size 10 needles (I’ve had these knitting needles for many years) I think the new UK sizing is 3.25

Cast on 46 stitches

Work 12 rows in garter stitch (all knit rows)

Row 13  Increase 1 stitch at each end of this row

Row 14  Knit

Row 15  Increase 1 stitch at each end of this row

Row 16  Knit

Row 17  Increase 1 stitch at each end of this row

Row 18 Knit

Row 19 Increase 1 stitch at end of this row. You should now have 54 stitches on the needle.

Rows 20, 21, 22  Knit

Row 23 Cast off 15 stitches at the beginning of the row. Knit to end of row

Row24 Cast off 15 stitches at the beginning of the row. Knit to end of row. You should now have 24 stitches on your needle.

Knit a further 13 rows in garter stitch (all knit).

Break off yarn at approx 18inches from knitting and thread the yarn through these last 24 stitches to draw up and make the round top of the chicks head. This long thread can be used to sew up the chick.

These are the making up instruction copied from the pattern for the small version of this chick

Making Up Instructions 

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 felt 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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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.

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4 Responses to “Larger knitted chick to fit a Kinder Surprise egg.”

  1. little poppits March 26, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    Awwww so cute! X

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