How to Knit a Little Chicken and Crochet a Tiny Bunny

Updated on April 10, 2018
Knit Chicken Egg Cover
Knit Chicken Egg Cover

What's a creative way to give an Easter egg?

This is the story of my little knit chicken. Back in the late 1960s or 1970s, my Grandmother gave each of us grandkids a chicken with a plastic egg that was filled with jelly beans inside as an Easter gift. After I learned how to knit, I wanted to recreate this chicken for a class I was teaching at the time because it was an easy, simple pattern. I asked her a few times for a copy of the pattern or where she had found it, but I never got an answer.

Since I could not get the pattern, I ended up creating my own by counting rows and stitches on the knit chicken I had from her. I came up with a pattern very similar to the original. It was a simple garter stitch pattern for the body, ribbing for the base, and a pom-pom tail. The eyes were sequins with beads on top (to hold the sequin in place) and were accompanied by a crocheted beak and comb.

The pattern can be made with any color of yarn. It fits the basic plastic egg available around Easter season that is about the size of a regular (real) egg. I guess it could also be used as an egg cozy for people who cook 3-minute eggs that they want to keep warm. A bigger chicken could fit a bigger plastic egg, but I think those are hard to find. The final product should fit an egg between a Grade AA Large and AA Medium.

I have seen patterns for other egg-cover chickens but never another one exactly like this one.

I hope you enjoy making it.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Starting with the Ribbing on the bottom.Bind off on one side for back of hen.Bind off on the other side for the back.Now work on the neck/head part.Bind off the top of the head when done with the neck/head part.Make the Beak with about 3-4 chain stitches. Leave long ends to attach it.Attach the 3-4 chains for the Beak to the middle front of the face.Pull the ends to the inside and tie off the Beak.Finished Beak.Fold in half to start sewing body from the top of the Head.Sew down the neck and then the back.Sew down the ends of the rows for the bottom.Now you are ready to add the Comb to the top of the head.Insert the crochet hook at the back of the head.Start crocheting the comb from the back of the head.Work towards the front of the head and work through both sides, keeping the opening closed.Tuck in the loose ends to the inside. Make the Pompom for the tail.Pull the long ends of the tie on the pom to the inside through the back end.Tie the ends from the pom inside the body.You can put on the wiggle eyes with sewing thread, or you can glue them on with a fabric glue. Other side of chicken looks the same. Now insert an egg and you are done!
Starting with the Ribbing on the bottom.
Starting with the Ribbing on the bottom.
Bind off on one side for back of hen.
Bind off on one side for back of hen.
Bind off on the other side for the back.
Bind off on the other side for the back.
Now work on the neck/head part.
Now work on the neck/head part.
Bind off the top of the head when done with the neck/head part.
Bind off the top of the head when done with the neck/head part.
Make the Beak with about 3-4 chain stitches. Leave long ends to attach it.
Make the Beak with about 3-4 chain stitches. Leave long ends to attach it.
Attach the 3-4 chains for the Beak to the middle front of the face.
Attach the 3-4 chains for the Beak to the middle front of the face.
Pull the ends to the inside and tie off the Beak.
Pull the ends to the inside and tie off the Beak.
Finished Beak.
Finished Beak.
Fold in half to start sewing body from the top of the Head.
Fold in half to start sewing body from the top of the Head.
Sew down the neck and then the back.
Sew down the neck and then the back.
Sew down the ends of the rows for the bottom.
Sew down the ends of the rows for the bottom.
Now you are ready to add the Comb to the top of the head.
Now you are ready to add the Comb to the top of the head.
Insert the crochet hook at the back of the head.
Insert the crochet hook at the back of the head.
Start crocheting the comb from the back of the head.
Start crocheting the comb from the back of the head.
Work towards the front of the head and work through both sides, keeping the opening closed.
Work towards the front of the head and work through both sides, keeping the opening closed.
Tuck in the loose ends to the inside.
Tuck in the loose ends to the inside.
Make the Pompom for the tail.
Make the Pompom for the tail.
Pull the long ends of the tie on the pom to the inside through the back end.
Pull the long ends of the tie on the pom to the inside through the back end.
Tie the ends from the pom inside the body.
Tie the ends from the pom inside the body.
You can put on the wiggle eyes with sewing thread, or you can glue them on with a fabric glue.
You can put on the wiggle eyes with sewing thread, or you can glue them on with a fabric glue.
Other side of chicken looks the same. Now insert an egg and you are done!
Other side of chicken looks the same. Now insert an egg and you are done!

What You'll Need

  • 4-Ply Worsted Weight Yarn: Use whatever color yarn you want for the body of your chicken, a little yellow or orange for the beak, a little red for the comb, and something for the eyes like sew-on wiggle eyes. If you have "specialty" yarn (like silk and boucle) that needs to be handwashed only, it might be nice to make up a chicken that does not need to be washed at all. I found one that I made, and it looks unique compared to regular worsted weight yarn.
  • USA Size 3 Straight Knitting Needles: You'll need bigger needles if you knit tightly and smaller needles if you knit loosely.
  • Pom-Pom Maker: I use a great little pom-pom maker, but any way you want to make one will work. Just leave about 3-4” tail of yarn when you tie the pom-pom so you can fasten it to the tail end of the chicken.
  • Size E Crochet Hook

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Novelty yarn used for the body instead of worsted weight yarn.Used a worsted weight yarn for body in a variegated color.Used a worsted weight yarn for body in a solid color. (Plastic egg fits inside underneath.)
Novelty yarn used for the body instead of worsted weight yarn.
Novelty yarn used for the body instead of worsted weight yarn.
Used a worsted weight yarn for body in a variegated color.
Used a worsted weight yarn for body in a variegated color.
Used a worsted weight yarn for body in a solid color. (Plastic egg fits inside underneath.)
Used a worsted weight yarn for body in a solid color. (Plastic egg fits inside underneath.)

Grandma’s Knit Chicken pattern

  • Cast on 36. Knit 2, Purl 2 for ribbing for 4 rows.
  • Now make 20 rows of garter stitch (for the body) which is knitting every row.
  • Bind off 11 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows (which will leave a center part to work for the head).
  • Make 12 more rows of garter stitch.
  • Bind off the remaining stitches and leave an end for sewing the seam down the head/neck and across the back, and down the back end.
  • Beak: With yellow, chain 3 and fasten off. Put in the middle of the head/neck piece where the fold will be when the seam is done. Tie the tail ends of the yellow inside the body (on the wrong side).
  • Sew on the eyes.
  • Now, Fold in half and sew the seam down the head/neck (leaving the top of the head open), down the back and then down the remaining open side to the bottom of the ribbing where the cast on was started, leaving the part at the bottom open for the egg.
  • Comb: Made with the red yarn. Join with slip stitch at the back of the head and work toward the front, working through both loops on the top of the head.
  • Chain 3, work 1 double crochet in each of the next 3 stitches, 1 half-double crochet in the next stitch, 1 single crochet in the next, 1 half-double crochet in the next stitch, 1 double crochet in each of the next 3 stitches, 1 half-double crochet in the next stitch, and fasten off. Hide ends inside the head/body.
  • Make 2” pom-pom for the tail and sew on securely on the tail end of the chicken.
  • For a bigger chicken:
  • Use size 8 knitting needles.
  • Cast on 36 stitches. K 2, P 2 rib for 4 rows.
  • Work 22 rows of garter stitch.
  • Bind off 12 stitches as the beginning of the next 2 rows.
  • 12 more rows of garter stitch for head.
  • Bind off remaining stitches.
  • Finish as for above but use size F crochet hook for beak and comb.

Experiment With the Chicken Pattern

I experimented with a larger chicken to cover a L'Eggs egg (the L'Eggs pantyhose people used to have these in the 1970s with a pair of pantyhose sold inside a large plastic egg about 6" in length). Unfortunately, they have not had the L'Eggs eggs for many years, and patterns I have for other L'Eggs egg crochet covers (like a puppy and a penguin) won't work on anything else.

Stuffing with colored tissue paper or maybe several eggs would work for the larger chicken. I'll leave that up to your design ideas.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Actual size of Crochet Bunny using #10 Crochet Thread. About 1.5 inches with ears. Hand drawn showing stitches in the round.
Actual size of Crochet Bunny using #10 Crochet Thread. About 1.5 inches with ears.
Actual size of Crochet Bunny using #10 Crochet Thread. About 1.5 inches with ears.
Hand drawn showing stitches in the round.
Hand drawn showing stitches in the round.

How to Crochet an Easter Bunny

You can attach a pin or a magnet to the back to make this bunny decoration. It might even look cute attached to the handle of the Easter basket.

What You'll Need:

  • 4-Ply Worsted Weight Yarn: You'll need it in white or a pastel color.
  • Size G Crochet Hook
  • 8mm Wiggle Eyes: If you don't want to use these, you can use felt to make an eye. For the tiny bunny version, use a small black pom-pom.
  • Pom-Pom Maker: You'll need to make a 1” yarn pom-pom for the tail. For the tiny one, use a 5-8mm size pom-pom. You can also make this with a size #10 crochet thread and a steel hook size 6 to get a tiny version.
  • Magnet: I glue a small magnet on the back for a fridge decoration.

Easter Bunny Pattern

  • Chain 5, slip stitch to form a ring.
  • Round 1: Chain 3, make 12 double crochet in ring (count chain-3 as one double crochet), slip stitch to top of beginning chain 3.
  • Round 2: Chain 3, make 1 double crochet in same stitch as the beg chain 3, 2 double crochet in each stitch around, slip stitch to top of chain 3. DO NOT fasten off.
  • Head: Chain 3, Make 4 or 5 loose double crochets in the same stitch as the chain 3, chain 10, turn work. Make a single crochet between the last 2 stitches made, chain 10, single crochet between 2nd and 3rd double crochet. This forms the ears. Single crochet over the other double crochet made and down the side of the chain 3 to the “neck” of the bunny. Fasten off.
  • Glue eye in place. Sew 1” pom-pom for tail in place. Can also tie a strand 8” long of yarn around the neck and make a bow.

Comments

Submit a Comment

  • crochetkid24 profile imageAUTHOR

    Nancy Pawlowski 

    17 months ago from Casper WY

    Updated with step-by-step photos of the chicken making process.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, feltmagnet.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://feltmagnet.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)