Easter is just around the corner and Spring is already in the air!
I was in the mood to crochet something simple and quick, but also cute, colourful, springy and bright. I think these chubby little spring chicks fit the bill perfectly.
I love the little added surprise when they pop out of their shells to reveal their little feet! You could also embroider a little flower on the chicks for an additional surprise when taken out of their shell.
They would make a sweet addition to an Easter basket and would even make a great hiding spot for some tasty Easter treats! I think the chubby chick in the video below has the right idea!
You could also size down to a light or fine weight yarn and make a sweet keychain or bag charm for Spring. And because they are so quick to make, you could easily whip up a bunch as Easter treats for a class or maybe even for a spring birthday party. Mix and match their eggshells for endless colour combinations!
Let’s get started! (Or Pin for later!)
As usual, this pattern is made in the same style as our Ragdoll patterns; separate pieces worked in flat rows and then joined together to give them that unique 2-D look. Each chick has just 4 separate pieces so they whip up in no time. This project is also a great stash-buster, since you will only need very little amounts of each colour.
Here’s what I used:
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- 3.25mm hook for the chicks and 3.5mm hook for the eggshells (I use THESE hooks!);
- For the chicks:
- For the beaks and feet:
- For the eggshells:
- Safety eyes (I used 12mm and 8mm), and/or black crochet thread for eyes;
- Tapestry needle
Stitches and Special Terms:
Ch – Chain
Slst – Slipstitch
Sk – Skip a stitch
Sc – Single crochet
Inc – Increase. Work 2 sc in the same st.
Dec – Decrease. Work a regular sc decrease.
Hdc – Half double crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Body (make 2 panels) with 3.25mm hook:
The panels are worked from the bottom up. Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row.
Row 1: Ch 16, sc across (15 sts)
Row 2: Inc, sc 13, inc (17 sts)
Row 3: Inc, sc 15, inc (19 sts)
Rows 4-9: Sc across (19 sts)
Row 10: Dec, sc 15, dec (17 sts)
Row 11: Sc across (17 sts)
Row 12: Dec, sc 13, dec (15 sts)
Rows 13-14: Sc across (15 sts)
Row 15: Dec, sc 11, dec (13 sts)
Row 16: Dec, sc 9, dec (11 sts)
Row 17: Dec, sc, hdc, dc 3, hdc, sc, dec (9 sts)
Tie off. Repeat rows 1-17 for the back panel. Put aside for assembly later.
Egg Shell (make 2 panels) with 3.5mm hook:
The shell panels are worked from the bottom up. Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row (except after row 6; you will ch 2 at the beginning of row 7 instead).
Row 1: Ch 13, sc across (12 sts)
Row 2: Inc twice, sc 8, inc twice (16 sts)
Row 3: Inc, sc 14, inc (18 sts)
Row 4: Inc, sc 16, inc (20 sts)
Rows 5-6: Sc across (20 sts)
Row 7: Ch 2, dc 1, sk 1, slst 1, *[sc 2, dc, sc 2] all in the same st, sk 1, slst 1, sk 1*, repeat * four times, dc 2 in last st.
Repeat rows 1-7 for second panel but do not tie off second panel. Place both panels together, matching up all sides, then join the panels by ch 1 and sc around the bottom of both panels as shown in the pictures below to create a bowl shape. Weave in ends.
Move on to assembly below!
Step 1: Face
The first thing we need to do is add our facial features to the front panel.
I inserted safety eyes, or stitched on happy eyes (you could also do sleepy eyes!) using black crochet thread.
Then I stitched on the beak by stitching an upside triangle shape (spanning 3 or 4 stitches) and finished it off by stitching across the top (flat part) of the triangle a couple of times.
Next, stitch on the little feet by making a long stitch straight up and down and making three little stitches coming off of it.
Feel free to stitch on some pink cheeks as well!
Step 2: Body
Here are the pieces you should now have (your eggshell will already be joined!):
Place the two body panels together, matching up all sides.
**Make sure the front of your chubby chick is facing you as you crochet around the outside.**
Starting on the left side of the head, begin attaching the panels together by chaining one and single crocheting around the outside of the panels.
Crochet most of the way around. Stuff when you reach the top of the head on the other side. Continue crocheting around, topping up stuffing as you go. Close with a slst to first st and tie off. Poke the yarn tails back inside the piece.
As a finishing touch, I added some little “feathers” to the top of the head by taking a piece of yarn, attaching it through the stitch in the middle of the head and then separating all the strands. It really adds character to the chicks, don’t you think?
That’s it! Enjoy!
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