Happy Easter – Free Pattern Easter Chicken.


I put this little guy together for a friend of mine who requested a little chicken toy to go along with some of my little fruit pieces.  I decided to add some little eggs and a straw nest for them to sit in as a little centrepiece as my lovely customer has a little store of her own with a chicken themed logo.  So I thought if she decided have a market stall this little hen could keep her company.

I figured I should take a note of the pattern as I created it to share with you guys for easter.  So here goes.


Acrylic yarns in 8ply:  I used white, red and gold.

5mm crochet hook

Safety eyes

Wool needle to sew in ends and attach pieces.



Body: (white)

Round 1: Start with a magic circle and Sc 6 stitches into it.

Round 2:  Continue working in a spiral.  Sc 2 in the first stitch and Sc 1 in the next.  Repeat around.

Round 3: Sc 2 in first stitch and Sc 1 in the next two stitches.  Repeat around.

Round 4: Sc 2 in first stitch and Sc 1 in the next three.  Repeat.

Round 5: Sc 2 in first stitch and Sc 1 in the next four.  Repeat.

Round 6: Sc 2 in the first stitch and Sc 1 in the next five stitches.  Repeat.

Round 7-11:  Sc around all stitches.

(Begin stuffing the body and continue to fill it as you close the hole. )

Round 12:  Decrease in the first stitch and Sc in the next five stitches.  Repeat Around.

Round 13-15: Sc around all stitches.

Round 16:  Decrease in the first stitch and Sc in the next four stitches.  Repeat Around.

Round 17-19:  Sc around all stitches.

(Attach your safety eyes  or buttons if using them.  Otherwise close the body as normal and simply sew on little circle shaped eyes at the end. )

Round 20:  Decrease in the first stitch and Sc in the next three stitches.  Repeat Around.

Round: 21:  Sc around all stitches.

Round 22: Decrease in the first stitch and Sc in the next two stitches.  Repeat Around.

Round 21:  Sc around all stitches.

Round 22:  Decrease in the first stitch and Sc in the next one.  Repeat Around.

Round 23:  Decrease in each stitch until the hole is closed.


The Comb: (Red)

Row1: Chain 10 stitches.

Row 2: Sc across them. Ch1 and turn.

Row 3: Sc in the first stitch. *( Hdc, Tc, Hdc) in the next stitch, Slip in the next stitch*.  Repeat * until the last stitch and then Sc into it.  Tie off leaving a long tail for attaching.


Wattle under beak.  (Red)

Row 1: Chain 5 stitches.

Row 2: Sc in next, Hdc in the next two stitches and Sc into the last stitch.  Tie off leaving a long tail.


Beak: (Gold)

Round 1:  Start with a magic circle and Sc four stitches into it.

Round 2:  Sc two in the first stitch and then one into the next. Repeat.

Round 3: Sc two in the first stitch.  Sc one into the next two stitches.  Repeat.

Round 4:  Sc around all stitches.  Tie off leaving a long tail.

Squeeze the beak flat and stuff lightly.


Wings: (White)  Make 2. 

Row 1:  Chain 12 stitches.

Row 2-4:  Sc across all stitches.

Row 5-7: Decrease one stitch at each end 0f the next row.  Sc across the rest of the stitches.

Row 8: Sc around the edges and Sc three stitches into the corners.  Tie off and leave a tail.



Row 1: Sc 8.

Row 2-3:  Sc across all stitches.

Row 4: Decrease into the first stitch.  Slip into the next stitch,  (Hdc, Tc,Hdc) in the next stitch, slip into the next stitch and then decrease into the last two stitches.


Feet: (Gold) Optional.  Make 2.  

Repeat the same steps as the tail.  Attach under the body at the front.  I didn’t feel it’s necessary as my chicken had a nest.



Attach the comb to the head.  Attach the wattle to the beak and then attach the beak to the body.  Attach a eyes if not using safety eyes or buttons.

Attach wings, tail and feet if making them.  And that is it.


Please let me know if you come across anything that is unclear and I will try to adjust it asap.

You are free to sell your creations made from this pattern if you like.  Just remember to credit me and share my link.  Sharing is caring right?












Featured on Plushka’s Craft.

I have exciting news.  I had the great pleasure of writing up a guest post and pattern for the delightful Plushka.  I just adore her sense of style. 

The pattern is for this cute little hat I made for a beautiful little friend Miss Lily’s first birthday.  So here you can see it on that sweet little head.  It’s so nice to finally know a few little baby girls I can make things for.  Everything had been so boy orientated for me up until now.


Little Red Riding Hood Bonnet.

This is a free use pattern with a short tutorial and photos of the progress for you to follow.  Enjoy the pattern and give it a try!


Feature Pattern – Buddy Bear

I wanted to share with you a nice pattern from Lion Brand Yarns. It’s a cute little crochet bear Amigurumi called Buddy Bear that I am rather fond .  I of course customised and modified it to my tastes but there is no reason why you could not follow the pattern exactly.  Check my guy out.  I’ve decided he is an Éclair Bear.  Oh, and I put a little bell in his foot too, so he jingles.  Why not give it a go?


I love this hat!

If you are a member of the Ravelry community then you are probably not a stranger to the awesome patterns by Just Jussi. She makes some beautiful bits and bobs for babies.  Simple yet delightful and unique.  A few months ago I made my first Aviatrix Helmet.   To my delight the weather has cooled down and Benjamin is now able to wear it.  I have to say I just love it.  And even better yet this pattern is free.  These designs very much inspire me to work on creating my own patterns for children because I think there is just nothing more adorable then kids in knits.

I hadn’t yet attached my button when I took these photos so the strap is not done up but buttoned up or not its just so cute.  And I managed to make it with some leftover scrap yarn to boot.  The pic with the dummy is when he was a little bub not yet able to fill the hat.  As you can see now he is a big juicy boy fitting the hat almost snuggly.

I have this pattern to thank for teaching me about short rows and wraps which are commonly found when knitting socks so that was also a handy skill to learn along the way.  Maybe one day when I have the time and patience I will be able to knit myself some nice warm socks.  I wont hold my breath.

I will certainly be making more of these for my boys and gifts for friends too.  Thanks Just Jussi for a fantastic free pattern!


Easy Peasy Bulky Baby Beanie

Easy Bulky Baby Beanie
preemie, (0-3mths, 3-6mths)
Yarn:  MODA VERA “CHANTILLY” YARN,70% ACRYLIC & 30% MILK, bulky 12ply
(this is a very soft and lightweight yarn)
needles 5.5mm, 6.5mm circulars or dpn’s (or size to achieve gauge)
(I prefer to use the magic loop method rather then dpn’s or 2 circulars)
gauge: rib stitch on 5.5mm needles 15sts x 20 rows
c/o 28(35,42) sts on the 5.5mm needles in the thumb cast on method (this allows plenty of stretch and an attractive edge) spread evenly between needles and join in the round making sure stitches are not twisted.
rib (k1,p1 = rib) for 5(8,10) rounds
change to 6.5mm needles
alternate purl and knit rows (to make garter stitch in the round) for 3.5(4.5,5.5) inches finishing on a purl row
Crown Decreasing:
k5, k2tog to end of round
purl next round
k4, k2tog to end of round
purl next row
k3, k2tog to end of row
purl next row
k2, k2tog to end of round
purl next row
k1, k2tog to end of row
purl next row
k2tog to end of row
cut a long tail of yarn and pull through remaining stitches and fasten off tightly
sew in ends
This beanie is made in rather stretchy, generous sizing to ensure a bit of growing room whilst still fitting nicely on the small end of the scale.  I have tried to make it as accurate as possible using my owns sons head as a guide.  He is a big boy however so please feel free to modify your needle size to make a better fit for your child.

Please credit and link to me if you use my pattern.  I do not mind if you use it for charity, sell items made from it or if you just want it for personal use.  But please be nice and credit me and also show me what you have done with it.


Bendigo Woollen Mills & Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles

So..  As I am working through my stash I am trying to take note of patterns as I knit them up, the sizing ect,  so I can post a few basic patterns.  It is interesting because I have been using various thickness of yarn and have had to play around a fair bit with gauge.   It has been fun to get a feel for different types of yarn and I am quickly developing a list of favourites.

I’ll put out a “shout out” to Bendigo Woolen Mills here in Australia.  I’ve been using the Luxury 10ply and I have to say I am very happy with it.  It is thick and warm but still soft and cozy.  I am loving the look of thick yarn knitted up in baby sizing.  And the bonus is its fast to boot.

The pricing is very reasonable as you purchase it straight through the mill.  You get nice big 200g balls for about the price of two 50g balls of similar yarn from retailers.

While on the topic of things that I recommend I should also point out how much I love my Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needle Set.  It is a set of various knitting needle size tips that attach to cables so you can interchange most combinations of needles that you generally need.  They don’t include the really fine point needles below 3.75mm but go all the way up to 10mm.  For most general purpose knitting this is usually acceptable.  You can make a wide variety of circular knitting needles without having to rush out an buy a new size every time you come across a different one that you need.  Great value for money IMO.  You can find a review over here on Knitty.

That’s it from me for now.