Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Spring Chick Applique Pattern

Aren't the little chicks cute! Here is how you can make one!

So Cute on a Little Hat!!!

You can use any yarn with appropriate size hook for this.  The yarn type & hook size will determine the finished size of the chick. The yellow one is made with worsted weight yarn & a 5mm hook. The finished size is 2.75 inches beak to tail & 2.5 inches top to bottom.

Here is the basic technique.
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
trc = triple crochet
quadc = quadruple crochet, yo 3 times, insert hook into st, pull up loop, yo pull through 2 loop 4 times
pentc = penta crochet, yo 4 times, insert hook into st, pull up loop, yo pull through 2 loops 5 times

Sorry for the weird names of quadc & pentc, but I don't know the names of these stitches, so I called them what made sense to me. Does anyone know their official name? Couldn't find it on google.

R1 - 10 sc in a magic loop. If you don't know how to crochet in a magic loop you can watch a video here.  Tighten your magic loop but do not join with a slip stitch as you may be accustomed to doing. Instead just make the first stitch on the second round in the first sc of the first round.

R2 - 2sc in the first st (you may want to mark the first sc with a stitch marker), sc in 2nd, hdc then dc in 3rd, 2dc in 4th and 5th, 2sc in 6th, sc then dc in 7th,  2 trc in 8th, 2 quadc in 9th,  2 quadc in 10th. Again do not join.

R3 - Now your next stitch should be the first sc of the second round. In this stitch do 2 quadc & 1 pentac. Ch1, sl st in the same space (this will give a tiny point to the tail feathers). Now sl st down the side of the pentc going right to left. Join when you meet up with the next stitch.  It will look like this.

Now you should see the shape of the chick, but the tail part has such long stitches that it doesn't hold together.  So, tie off leaving a long tail to sew with. Flip the chick over and sew up and down the backs of all those stitches.  You will see little loops going up the back of each stitch.
Sew up and down under these little loops in rows to secure your stitches together.

For the eye sew a french knot between the 7th & 8th stitch of the second round. I first sewed a small straight stitch between the two catching a few threads from each and then sewed the french knot into the straight stitch to give it something to hold on to.

For the beak - join beak yarn in the 10th stitch of the second row. sc in the same stitch. fasten off and weave ends.

Hope you enjoy making these chickies! If you do please let me know! I'd love to see pic's! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask in comments or email me at mail.oodles4noodles@gmail.com

 © 2011 Carrie A. Piper
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  1. Thanks Christine! You should try one!

  2. Cute chickie!!
    Thanks for the pattern.

    The correct terms for your quad and penta stitches are double treble crochet (dtr) and triple treble crochet (ttr). If you Google these terms you will find many references, both written and video/you tube.

    Here's one to start (http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa101897.htm)

  3. Thanks for the info Hapi. Good to know!

  4. Hi LM,

    There is somebody on Reddit inquiring how to make this pattern "backwards". So that the duckie is facing right, not left. The post is here:


    I was thinking that you could help us out and post there yourself, since you know the pattern best. Please consider it!


  5. Thanks for the pattern ! Like it very much :)
    Thank you ;)

    From me at www.walnutshoppe.blogspot.com

  6. Cute, thank you so much, I made one from this tutorial I found here also a better way:

  7. This is so cute. Thanks for sharing, I signed up to follow your blog. I would for you to follow mine too. I do crochet however dont post alot of crochet, I might should change that!

  8. the quantc and pentac.... we call them dtr and ttr (double treble and triple trebles... and so on quadruple trebles etc) in England... but it makes sense what you've called them and the pattern follows easy enough so no worries!! Cute chick, I'll be making a few as magnets for Easter gifts!

  9. Oh, I love them! I have been looking at chick patterns and although I haven't tried yours yet, it looks the best I have seen. Thank you for sharing your pattern. Sylvia

  10. Adorable patterns. Thank you so much. The stitches are also called Bullion Stitch and there are long thin neck hooks available to work this type of stitch, making it easier to pull the loop through all of the "yarn overs".

  11. These Spring Chicks are just too darling! I just have to make some as appliques for something...maybe a skirt...who knows ;o)

    I am also your newest follower! Cannot wait to see the other things you have made.

  12. These would be cute as a "Fridgie." Put a magnet on back and put on refrigerator.

  13. After the ch1 in round 3 you say to sc into the same space, what space? Do you mean where you put the last penta and quad stitches or into the chain itself, I realise you posted this pattern a few years ago but they have just put it on allfreecrochet for Easter and I'd like to make one. You then say to slip stitch down the side of the Pentac from Rt to left. How many do you do? Thanks for the pattern and I do hope you're able to answer my questions. Or someone who has made one could help me.