Celebrate Easter with this adorable reversible knitted Easter chick to bring smiles to llittle ones.
Note: This pattern is knitted in an aran weight yarn, but elle family knit chunky works with the yarn weight and can be substituted as such.
- 1 x 50g African Expressions Harmony: 2280 (D)
- 1 x 50g African Expressions Harmony: 2029 (C) shell
- 1 x 50g elle chunky family knit in Banana Split (A)
- 1 x 50g elle chunky family knit in Citron Yellow (B)
- yarn needles
- stitch markers
- sewing needle and embroidery thread
- 4 x 4mm double pointed needles
- 4mm straight needles
Height: +- 9cm tall
Dpns – double pointed needles; k – knit; m – make; sts – stitches; rnd – round; pm – place marker; st st – stocking stitch; dec – decreases; folls – follows; ssk – slip slip knit; k2tog – knit two together; rem – remaining
Using 4mm dpns and yarn A, cast on nine stitches and distribute them evenly over three needles. Join in the round taking care not to twist sts, pm in in first st.
Rnd 1: k (NOTE: take care not to knit too tight; this helps when you begin working in st st)
Rnd 2: *k1, m1, k1, m1, k1, rep from *on each needles. 15 sts.
Rnd 3: k
Rnd 4: *k1, (m1, k1) four times, rep from * on each needle. 27 sts.
Rnd 5: k
Rnd 6: *k1, m1, k8, rep from * on each needles
Pm on Rnd 6, turn and beg working back and forth in st st
Beginning with a p row, work in st st until work measures 3.5cm from marker. Change to yarn 8.
Continue in st st until work measures 5cm from marker, ending after a k row.
Rejoin work in the rnd and commence decs as folls:
Rnd 1: *k3, k2tog, rep from * to end of rnd. 24sts.
Rnd 2: k
Rnd 3: *k2, k2tog, rep from * to end of rnd. 18 sts
Rnd 4: k
Rnd 5: *k1, k2tog, rep from * to end of rnd. 12 sts.
Rnd 6: k
Rnd 7: (k2tog) to end of rnd. Six sts.
Cut yarn leaving a tail, thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off. Embroider hole at bottom of chick closed.
Wings (make 2)
Using 2 4mm dpns and yarn B pick up and k eight sts on each side of Body right below colour change. Place four sts on each needle and hold them parallel (ws facing inwards), beg working in rnd and pm on first st.
K every rnd until Wing measures 3cm from pick up rnd.
Next rnd: (ssk, k2tog) on each needle. Four sts.
Cut yarn leaving a tail, thread tail through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off.
Weave in ends.
Feet (make 2)
Using 2 4mm dpns and yarn D, pick up and knit six sts. Place sts on 2 dpns, purl sides facing, and knit in the round until it measures 2.5cm. Close with a tapestery needle in Kitchener stitch. Weave in ends.
Using tapestry needle and black yarn, embroider two 1.5cm spider’s webs for Eyes. Using sewing needle and white embroidery thread sew a small straight stitch in the upper right part of Eye (use photo as a guide).
Using tapestry needle and yarn D sew six straight stitches as for Widow’s Peak between eyes to make a beak.
Work as for chicken body using yarn A throughout.
To make up
Place egg inside chicken body with purl sides together. Using a length of yarn A, oversew the two layers together aligning edges as you stitch. Weave in ends.
Pattern localised and adapted from Susan B Anderson’s ‘Hamish the Penguin’ design, found in Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys: Magical Two-in-One Reversible Projects
Magazine issue date: April, 2014