1 March 2013

CHICK AND NEST PATTERN

 
 
THIS PATTERN IS COPYRIGHT PROTECTED.
 DO NOT REPRODUCE PATTERN.
DO NOT SELL ITEMS KNITTED FROM THIS PATTERN FOR PROFIT - ONLY FOR PERSONAL OR CHARITABLE USE
 
NOT SUITABLE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN DUE TO SMALL PARTS
 
ABBREVIATIONS
rd(s): rounds(s)
st(s): stitch(es)
k: knit
p: purl
ssk: decrease, slip, slip, knit
kfb: increase, knit front and back into same stitch
tog: together
 
MATERIALS
Nest
4 dpns size 6.5mm (US 10.5)
double knit (8ply) yarn - two different colours, works well if one type of yarn is textured / fluffy
darning needle
 
Chick
4 dpns size 3.00mm (US 2.5)
double knit (8ply) yarn
scarps of fluffy yarn
polyfill stuffing
two 6mm beads or embroidery thread for eyes
scraps of felt similar colour to yarn to line the head
scraps of orange felt for beak.
darning needle, long sharp needle, sewing needle
sewing thread for eyes and beak
 
 
NEST


With 6.5mm (US10.5) dpns and two strands of dk (8ply) yarn, cast on 10 sts.
Divide sts between three needles, join in the round and place marker.
Rd 1: kfb into each st (20sts)  wrong side.
Rd 2: k.
Rd 3: (k1, kfb) rpt to end of rd (30 sts).
Rd 4: k.
Continue k for a further 17 rds.
Rd 22: (k1, k2tog) rpt to end of rd (20 sts).
Rd 23: k.
Rd 24: (k2tog) rpt to end of rd (10 sts).

To Assemble
  • Break yarn leaving long yarn tails.
  • Thread yarn tails through stitches on the needles but do not pull tight.
 
 

  • Return to the yarn tails at the cast on edge. Stitch around the cast on edge and pull tight so there is no gap. Make a few stitches to secure and weave away ends on the side facing front.
  • Turn work through the top end so that loopy side is facing front.
 
 

  • Pull yarn tight. 
  • Fold the top half down to form nest shape and with yarn tails stitch back and forth through layers to secure.
  • Loose yarn tails.
 
 

 CHICKS

 
 
BODY
With 3.00mm (US 2.5) dpns and dk (8ply) yarn, cast on 18 sts, leaving a long yarn tail.
Divide sts between three needles, join in the round and place stitch marker.
Rds 1 - 2: k.
Rd 3: p.
Rds 4 – 5: k.
Rd 6: k4, (ssk, ssk, k2, k2tog, k2tog), k4, pull yarn tight between sts,
forms tail  (14 sts).
Rd 7: k.
Rd 8: k4, (ssk, k2, k2tog), k4, pull yarn tight between sts (12 sts).
Rds 9 – 12: k.
Rd 13: (k2tog) rpt to end of rd, pull sts tight between sts, forms neck (6 sts).
Rds 14 – 16: k.
Rd 17: (kfb) rpt to end of rd (12 sts).
Rds 18 – 24: k.
Break yarn leaving a long yarn tail and thread through stitches on the needles.
Do not pull tight. 
 
WINGS (make 2)
With two 3.00mm (US 2.5) needles and dk yarn cast on 4sts. Leave a long yarn tail on one of the wings.
Continue with i-cord for 4 rows.
Do not slide sts down needle instead turn work.
Next row: knit flat – p.
Cast off knitwise.
Weave away yarn tails except for the long one on one of the wings.

To Assemble
  • Return to body cast on edge, with yarn tail, stitch around base, stuff, then pull yarn tight. Fasten off with a few stitches to secure then loose yarn in body of chick
  • Place a rectangle of felt measuring 3.5cms (1.25ins) by 2cms (0.75ins) on the inside behind the "face" of the chick. This will be used for a backing to sew the eyes and beak on later. Stuff head. Then pull yarn tail tight, make a few sts to secure and loose yarn tail in head.
  • Cut a diamond shape of orange felt for beak. Vertical axis - 2cms (0.75ins) / horizontal axis 1cm (0.5ins). Fold in half and attach to chick head using a sewing thread in a matching colour. Sew along fold line and a few stitches at both corners of the beak.
  • Sew beads onto head or alternatively embroider two French knots.Sew wings to body. With a long sharp needle and the long yarn tail sew a few sts back and forward through the body


  • Attach fluffy yarn to top of head and tail. Alternatively ordinary dk yarn can be used but split.
  • First thread the doubled yarn through a darning needle. Pull the yarn through the head.


 
  • Insert the two end tails through the loop and pull tight. Separate yarn by pulling a darning needle through to split it and give a fluffy appearance.
 

 
 copyright alison hogg 2013

12 comments:

  1. Love it Ali! Thank you so much for the pattern - I know what I'm going to be busy with this weekend.
    P xx

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    1. let me know how you get on and how you find the pattern, ali

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  2. Love those little chicks, so cute. The nest is brilliant for holding little eggs, such a good idea.
    Happy weekend Ali,
    V xxx

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  3. Because I love my chickens so much I might even have a go at these.

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    1. hi angela, you should have a go at my chick / hen creme egg cover...its knitted flat on two needles....the link is on the right handside under knit it

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  4. You are a wee bit mad though. In a good way.

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    1. i think youre probably right.....sure keeps me out of mischief thinking up crazy projects!

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  5. Yes, nothing wrong with crazy projects..keep it up! There's quite a bit of work in writing a knitting pattern I think - and the wee chicks in the nest are sweet.

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    1. thanks, cant wait untill i see how your book progresses, alison

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  6. Those chicks are just adorable! Loev 'em :)

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  7. What a sweet pattern. I have just enjoyed a lovely wander around your blog. Thank you

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Id love to hear what you think about my blog, knits etc.