Look for “chickens” in a pattern search on Ravelry and you’ll find more than 300 patterns each for knitters and crocheters, but none is as charming as “Esther, Ernie and Enid.” Their added value is just how easy they are to make.
While there’s one size only for the yarn given in the pattern, simply by changing the gauge of the yarn and/or the needle size you can make them bigger or smaller. The biggest here is about 6″ tall, the smaller one, a little over 4″. I used a sport weight cotton for the smaller and Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece for the larger.
The beauty is they take less than 100 yards of yarn each, not including the accents, which can be made with scrap yarn of any type. In fact, you could really have some fun by using novelty yarn there.
The legs and the crown are a simple chain stitch, and the eyes and circles on the body are embroidered on. Just think how cute a little bow tie would be! You could garter stitch or seed stitch a small rectangle, wrap some yarn tight around the center and sew it on. Easy!
My little chickens perch on top of the microwave in my kitchen, and they add a lot of character to that small space. They sit flat because, while they’re mostly stuffed with regular poly fill, the bottom is rice.
They don’t lay eggs, but that’s okay, what would I do with all those eggs anyway?