As it was Easter I thought I would make a cute little chick for my friends baby daughter. It was very cute but I realised watching her play that at 18 months she is really enjoying putting things together and hiding things. So I thought I should put the chick inside something and made the little egg case!
Finger's crossed she will like it, but on finishing it I loved it so much I made one for myself for a nice Easter decoration. While I was making mine I took note of the pattern and a few snaps so if anyone else would like to have a go here it is!
You will need:
DK (8 ply) yarn in yellow, orang and multi colours for egg.
Safety Eyes or black yarn to stitch eyes for younger children
Stitches used (US terms):
ch = Chain
sc = Single Crochet
blsc = Back loop Single Crochet (miss the first loop and stitch through the back loops only)
dc = Double Crochet
hdc = Half Double Crochet
Amigurumi continuous spiral
Mostly single crochet stitches worked in the round without joining. You make a continuous spiral to build up the shapes. To keep track of the start or end of each round place a stitch marker. You can choose to join each round but I find this creates a seam and doesn't look as smooth. See here for a good tutorial on how to work up amigurumi shapes. There are lots more on youtube too.
Body (worked in the round)
round1: Ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook. (Place stitch marker in last stitch of each round here and throughout)
round2: 2sc in each st around (12sc)
round3: *2sc in first st, sc in next st* Repeat between ** around. (18sc)
round4: *2sc in first st, sc in next 2 st* Repeat between ** around. (24sc)
round5: *2sc in first st, sc in next 3 st* Repeat between ** around. (30sc)
rounds 6-8: sc in each st around (30sc)
round 9: sc in next 10 st, blsc in next 5 st, sc in next 10 st, blsc in next 5 st. (30 sc)
rounds 10-12: sc in each st around (30sc)
round 13: *sc2tog, sc in next 3 st* repeat between ** around. (24sc)
round 14: sc in each st around (24sc)
round 15: *sc2tog, sc in next 2 st* repeat between ** around. (18sc)
round 16: sc in each st around (18sc)
Stuff firmly and attach safety eyes if using.
round 17: *sc2tog, sc in next st* repeat between ** around. (12sc)
round 18: sc in each st around (12sc)
round 19: sc2tog around until closed. Fasten off leaving a tail.
stitch opening closed firmly and hide yarn end inside body.
Wings (worked in rows with turning ch)
round 1: attach yellow yarn to first front loop remaining from round 9 of the body. sc in each loop across. (5sc)
round 2: ch1, turn. sc in each st across (5sc)
round 3: ch1, turn, hdc in next st, dc in next st, hdc in next st, sl st in last st. Fasten off.
Repeat rounds 1-3 on other side.
stitch yarn ends into the wings and they should curl in a little to create the right shape.
Feet (make 2)
row1: Using orange yarn ch4, sc in second ch from hook, sc in next ch, sl st in last ch.
row2: ch3, sc in second ch from hook and in next ch, sl st in beg ch of row1.
row3: repeat row2. Fasten off leaving a long tail.
You should end up with three crocheted claws, joining together at the base.
Stitch eyes (if not using safety eyes) in black yarn and beak in orange yarn.
stitch on feet at base of body and hide yarn ends inside body.
Stitch in any loose yarn ends.
EGG (worked in the round)
rounds 1-5 (repeat from Body instructions using starting colour yarn)
round 6: *2sc in first st, sc in next 4 st* Repeat between ** around. (36sc)
rounds 7-13: Change to new stripe colour. sc in each st around. (36sc)
Fasten off and stitch in yarn ends.
The chick should sit snugly inside this bottom half with the eyes just showing (if you positioned them where I did!)
Change colours on each round as preferred. I did my first 5 rounds in the same colour and changed every round after that.
round1: Ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook.
round2: 2sc in each st around (12sc)
round 3: sc in each st around (12sc)
round 4: *2sc in first st, sc in next st* Repeat between ** around. (18sc)
round 5: sc in each st around (18sc)
round 6: *2sc in first st, sc in next 2 st* Repeat between ** around. (24sc)
round 7: sc in each st around (24sc)
round 8: *2sc in first st, sc in next 3 st* Repeat between ** around. (30sc)
round 9: *2sc in first st, sc in next 4 st* Repeat between ** around. (36sc)
round 10-12: sc in each st around. fasten off and stitch in ends.
That's it! You should have a cheeky little chick hiding inside a stripy easter egg all ready to give as a gift or decorate your home with. Maybe a bit late for this year but next year you could have some fun with it I am sure. This is a great little starter pattern if you are looking at getting into Amigurumi toys. If you make the body of the chick you could do this in any yarn colour and turn it into a different bird, add a tail or some yarn to the top to make a crest, anything really! I would love to see what you make if you can send me the pics or tag me on instagram @twobirdscraft.
Happy Hooking! x
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