As some of you may know, my family has a flock of four backyard chickens. Their names are Harriet, Clementine, Blanche, and Pearl, and they’re wonderful pets. My chicken, Harriet, is a Plymouth Barred Rock, and she’s a sweet, very pretty, stripey birdie. So when my mom stumbled across a plush striped hen, I was a goner.
I got a commission to crochet a sweater for another one of these hens, which I did, and now I’m sharing the pattern with you! Your mileage may vary depending on how big your plush hen (or real hen) is. Just try the sweater on the hen as you go and modify if need be. My hen is fairly close in size to the real Harriet, so I’ll hazard a guess that this would fit a real hen as well. But I’m not going to try it out. Remind me to tell you about the time I actually crocheted a sweater for Harriet. :O
- Size J (6.00 MM) crochet hook
- Red Heart Super Saver yarn in yellow, or whatever color you want. Or substitute any thicker worsted-weight yarn.
- Yarn needle
- For the picot stitch, I used Astri from Apple Blossom Dream’s variation.
- Side note: Thanks Sonia for helping sort out the stitch count in Row 4!
Row 1 (WS): Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc in next 5 sts. *Ch 10, sk next 10 sts*, sc in next 10 sts, rep from * to * once, sc in last 5 sts – wing holes made.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st across, making 1 sc through 2 loops of each ch.
Row 4: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first st, sc across to last st, 2 sc in last st.
Row 5: Ch 1, turn. *Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st* 6 times.
Row 6: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
Row 7: Ch 1, turn. *2 sc in next st, sc in next 7 sts* 6 times.
Row 8: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
Row 9: Ch 1, turn. *Sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st* 6 times.
Row 10: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
Row 11: Ch 1, turn. *2 sc in next st, sc in next 9 sts* 6 times.
Row 12-17: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
Row 18: Ch 1, turn. Work a picot stitch across.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Fold the sweater right sides together and whipstitch the sides closed. Weave in ends. Turn right side out.
What do you think? I’m pretty pleased with how it came out, and I think I’ll make another non-commission one for my own plush hen. 😉 I hope the recipient likes her hen in a sweater!
Hope you’re all having a lovely week!