Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Easter Chicks - Tutorial

My urge to knit small furry animals has continued... as has my urge to share it!

Here is a pattern for these cute little baby chicks. They can be used either as babies in a nest with chocolate eggs, or as hanging decorations for some easter branches.

Yarn: yellow and thin (4ply, dk); small amount of orange yarn for feet and beak; small amount of black or brown yarn for eyes; 3.25mm needles; darning needle; stuffing.

cast on, cast off, moss stitch, seam sewing

k - knit; p - purl; st - stitch; inc.1 - increase 1(knit into front and back of same stitch); dec - decrease; k2tog - knit 2 stitches together; psso - slip 1 stitch, knit 1 stitch, pass slipped stitch over the knitted stitch

Moss stitch - *k1, p1* repeat from * to * across row. Next row, *p1, k1* repeat from * to * across row.

Cast on 3
K 2 rows
Next row: inc. 1, k1, inc. 1 (5 sts)
K 4 rows
Next row: k2tog, k1, k2tog (3 sts)
k6 rows
Next row: inc.1, k1, inc.1 (5 sts) 
K 4 rows
Next row: k2tog, k1, k2tog (3 sts)
K2 rows
Cast off

Sew side seams, and turn inside out. Stuffing this small tube is quite fiddly! But at least it's small. When it is stuffed, sew the bottom seam.
Then, to make the head, tie a piece of yellow yarn around the middle of the chick where the decreases are, and pull it tight. Tie into a double knot, and thread the ends through the middle of the body to hide them before cutting.

Wings (make 2)
Cast on 3
K 1 rows
Next row: k1, k2tog
K 1 row
Cast off

The wing tips will be pointing slightly in one direction. Position the wing onto the body so that the cast on edge is lined up with the neck of the chick, and the wing tip is pointing backwards (you have to decide which is the front of your chick first). Sew the wing firmly onto the body across the cast on edge, and thread the cast off yarn through the wing up to the neck. Then pull the ends through the body and cut.

Face and Feet
Stitch the feet using a long piece of orange yarn. It only takes a couple of vertical stitches at the bottom of the bird. Then thread the yarn through the body to where the beak will be. A couple of horizontal stitches will make a beak. Then thread the yarn through the body again, and cut it.
Use black or brown thread for the eyes, and make just one stitch, pulled tight. Thread the ends through the body and cut.

To use as a hanging decoration, simply thread some cotton or embroidery silk through the top of the chick's head (it's ok, it doesn't hurt!)

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