Family Tradition of Crocheted Easter Chickens ~ by Augar’s Crafts
Easter is on its way and we thought we would share our super cute Crocheted Easter Chicken Pattern for you. First let me share with you how our chickens began.
Here is what I know about our family tradition. My grandmother, Bessie Mae, came across this pattern that she shared with her best friend, Margret Gwen. Bessie Mae began making these every year not only for her own children, but also for the children she babysat, kids around the neighborhood, or anyone who requested a chicken. She taught my mother and aunt how to make them when the girls were learning to crochet. Now my mother, aka Augar, is continuing this tradition. She crocheted these chickens for my sister and I when we were young. Then as we had our own children, they received their own crocheted chickens. Now Augar is crocheting these awesome hens for her great-grandbabies. I asked her to write down the directions for me as she is making them this year.
These cute chickens are fast and easy to create, use small amounts of yarn, and the perfect tradition to pass along each Easter. You will probably want to make a lot of chickens using a variety of color as they will be very popular.
How do you use the crocheted chickens? Just insert a plastic egg filled with wonderful goodies into the opening on the bottom. Your little chicken will sit and pose beautifully in the Easter grass of a basket or centerpiece on your table.
Suggestions: for little ones, fill plastic eggs with candies, stickers and small surprises, or maybe a silly putty egg. For older kids, put some money, jewelry or hair accessories into an egg.
Small and Medium Plastic Easter Eggs
Skein of yarn – choose your color
Crochet Hooks – E and F
Crocheted Easter Chicken Pattern
Instructions are for a 2 ½” plastic egg. Gauge is not important with this pattern. Feel free to adjust the starting chain as needed.
With H hook, ch 25, join with ss.
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in each chain around. Join with ss.
Rows 2-7: Repeat row 1.
Row 8: SS in next 8 stitches, ch 1, sc in next 9 stitches; turn. (This starts the chicken’s head.)
Rows 9-11: Ch 1, sc in next 9 stitches; turn.
Fasten of leaving about 8” of yarn to whip stitch back of chicken closed.
Wrap yarn around three fingers 8 or 9 times. Slip yarn off of your fingers and tie it tightly in the middle with matching yarn. Leave enough yarn to pull through and tie the tail to the back of the chicken.
With orange yarn, embroider beak.
With black yarn, embroider eyes on each side of head with a single stitch.
With red yarn, loosely whip stitch the top of the chicken’s head.
Stitch back of chicken closed. Pull yarn to inside and tie off.
*For mini eggs (1”), use E or F hook and follow directions above.
Will the tradition survive?
Well, try as they did, my grandmother and mother just could not get the crochet bug to bite and leave its mark on me. They had less luck with my sister. However, I have a cousin who loves to crochet and take’s on challenges of new projects all the time. It is like she thrives on that challenge. I hope she will get the Crocheted Easter Chicken bug to teach our next generation to carry on this 70+ yr. tradition, next generation being her girls because my daughter has no desire to learn.
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE
I have included the links for you to order and have the supplies delivered directly to your front door.
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Yellow – Click Here
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Black – Click Here
Red Heart Soft Yarn in Red – Click Here
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Orange – Click Here
Crochet Hook Set to include both hooks mentioned – Click Here
Medium Easter Eggs – Click Here
Mini Easter Eggs – Click Here
** Be sure to comment below after you have made you own comparison to let me know which you prefer best. Let me know if you discover a better ice pack recipe. I would love to try it out.