I’m a bit of a squirrel — whenever I come across a craft pattern in a magazine that I like, I tear it out (or online, pin it) and keep it safe for a rainy day. That’s how I am in possession of a 15 year old pattern for these cute crocheted Easter chicks. Since the pattern is so old, I assume it’s no longer protected by copyright, so I can safely share it with you. Lucky us, right?
Use leftover yellow or white yarn and a crochet hook that suits the yarn. I used hook number 2,5 (European) and a cotton knitting yarn. If you use thinner yarn, the chicks will be smaller, and vice versa.
The chicks are a very simple basic crochet projecta and they only take about 7 minutes to make once you get the hang of it. I’ve tried to make the instructions as easy to follow as possible, so even novice crocheters can understand them. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you are stuck, though, so I can improve them further.
Pic 1: Make a slip knit knot, crochet 6 slip stitches
Pic 2: Join in a loop with a slip stitch
Pic 3: 3 slip stitches (= 1 double crochet), 15 double crochet in the loop
Pic 4: I crochet in the end by laying the thread along the loop and crocheting over it
Pic 5: When you get to the end of the row, pull the thread tightly to decrease the size of the hole in the middle and cut the thread
Pic 6: Join with 1 slip stich in the third slip stitch at the beginning of the row
Pic 7: 3 slip stitches (= 1 double crochet)
Pic 8: 2 double crochet into every stitch until 16 double crochet
Pic 9: Now make the legs: 4 slip stitches
Pic 10: 1 single crochet in the third slip stitch from the needle
Pic 11: 1 single crochet in the 4th slip stitch from the needle
Pic 12: 1 single crochet along the side of the previous double crochet on the top half
Pic 13: 1 double crochet in the previous row
Pic 14: Make another leg in the same way
Pic 15: Continue with double crochet as before until 25 in total
Pic 16: Now make the tail feathers: 2 slip stitches
Pic 17: 2 single crochet along the side of the last double crochet — one in the top half…
Pic 18: …and one in the bottom half
Pic 19: It should look like this
Pic 20: 2 single crochet in the previous row
Now make the hanging loop: 40 slip stitches
Pic 21: 1 slip slip stitch in the first of the 40 slip stitches
Pic 22: 2 single crochet to finish the row
Pic 23: 1 slip stitch in the 3rd slip stitch at the beginning of the row
Pic 24: This is how it should look. Now its just the head left!
Pic 25-26: 6 double crochet stitches into the second stitch on the row, so the stitches lie sideways
Pic 27: Now make the beak: 2 slip stitches
Pic 28: 1 single crochet in the first of these slip stitches…
Pic 29: …and it looks like this
Pic 30: Continue with 4 double crochet stitches into the same stitch as before. The hole creates the eye
Pic 31-32: Join with 1 slip stitch in the second stitch on the previous row
Pic 33: Cut the thread…
Pic 34: …and fasten off. I sew the thread down to the last row and weave it it along the row
Now make a whole bunch of them for yourself and your friends! They look great hung up in pussywillow branches or in birch branches where the leaves are just coming out (bring them in a week before you want them to come out).
Happy Easter preparations!