I’ve got a great, easy, fast crochet pattern for you! First, a little back story. When I was young, my grandma and my great aunt crocheted everything under the sun. They were actually the ones that taught my cousin and me the basics of crocheting. Anyway, one thing they made at Easter was chickens with a plastic egg inside. They would put goodies inside the egg of course. I’m sure they can be used as a hard-boiled egg cover as well. I absolutely loved these chickens! I have no idea what happened to mine. A few years ago I remembered these cute little fellers and began a search for a pattern because it was so long ago I really had no idea how to even begin to make some. Well, I found a pattern and have been making them every Easter since. Here’s the link for the pattern I found. Thank you April Moreland at The Left Side of Crochet blog!
April’s pattern is great, but I had an idea to modify her pattern and make a smaller baby chick. You know those mini plastic eggs? They fit right inside my baby chicks. So you can make a mama and baby. I’ve been making these this month as a fundraiser for our local volunteer fire department. Keep in mind that I’m not the best at writing out a crochet pattern, but here’s what I came up with. 🙂
- Using an H or I hook, ch 12, join with sl st
- ch 3, 2 dc in the next st, dc in the next, all the way around, join (18)
- ch 3, dc all the way around, join (18)
- ch 1, 1 sc in the same st, sc in the next three sts, hdc in the next two, dc in the next 6, hdc in the next two, sc in the next 4, join (18)
- ch 6, sl st in last chain from hook, ch 5, sl st in same st, ch 5, sl st in same st (this is the tail)
- flatten your work and crochet through both layers of the chick: sc in the next 5, hdc & dc in the next st, dc & tr in the next, 2 tr in the next 2 st, tr & hdc & sl st in the last st, finish off.
- for the beak, ch 2, sl st & sc in the last ch, finish off and attach to the chick.
There may be a little trial and error with the opening of the baby chick, depending on your stitch sizes, type of yarn and hook, for the small egg to fit. I have also made these with no egg opening and stuffed it.
I hope you enjoy. Happy crocheting!