The pattern is based on the chicken from the Fuzzy Farm pattern, but with the shaping adjusted to make it look more like a chick. The weight of yarn isn't specified, so just use whatever nice yellow yarn you have on hand. If you have no yellow, knit a sparrow from brown, or a robin from grey with some red felt stitched to it's breast. There are m1 increases on the purl side, which are not too hard: just lift the yarn between stitches with your left hand needle (inserting the needle from the back) and purl into the front of the loop. I can't seem to find a nice tutorial for this stitch, but if you know of one, please link to it in the comments, or email me. Happy knitting!
approx. 15-20 m (or yards) of yellow yarn, small amount of black yarn, 3x3" piece of orange felt, orange thread, stuffing, pair of straight knitting needles, tapestry needle, hand-sewing needle
Whatever weight of yarn you use, select knitting needles that are 1-2 sizes smaller than recommended for the yarn. This way the knitted fabric will be dense enough that the stuffing will not show through. The finished size of the chick will depend on the yarn you use. I used DK weight yarn on 3.25 mm needles, and mine turned out 8 cm long.
Cast on 21 sts. P 1 row.
Row 2-3: k1, m1, k7, k2tog, k1, skpo, k7, m1, k1. P 1 row.
Repeat rows 2-3.
Work 6 rows in st st.
Row 12-13: k9, m1, k3, m1, k9. (23 sts) P 1 row.
Row 14: k10, m1, k3, m1, k10. (25 sts)
Row 15: p11, m1, p3, m1, p11. (27 sts)
Row 16: [k1, skpo] 3 times, k3, m1, k3, m1, k3, [k2tog, k1] 3 times. (23 sts)
Row 17: p10, m1, p3, m1, p10. ( 25 sts)
Row 18: [k1, skpo] 3 times, k7, [k2tog, k1] 3 times. (19 sts)
Row 19: bind off 3 sts, p to end. (16 sts)
Row 20: bind off 3 sts, k to end. (13 sts)
Work 2 rows in st st.
Row 23: p1, [p2tog] 6 times. (7 sts)
Break off yarn leaving a long end. Thread end through remaining sts and pull tight to gather.
Embroider eyes by making a french-knot for each eye with the black yarn. Use end of yellow yarn to sew up seam, starting from head, working along belly, and ending at bum. Make sure to stuff firmly before closing seam. Cut out a beak and two feet from the orange felt and sew in place. The open beak is a diamond shape, folded across the middle, with the fold stitched onto the face of the chick. The closed beak is a half-circle, rolled into a cone, with the flat sides stitched together. Place open end of cone on chick's face, with the seam facing down, and stitch on.
[ ] = repeat instructions in brackets the number of times stated ("to end" means repeat until you reach the end of the row)
K or k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together
m1 = make one by picking up loop between stitch just worked and next stitch, and knit/purl into the back/front of this loop
P or p = purl
skpo = slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over (or use ssk if you prefer)
st or sts = stitch or stitches
st st = stocking stitch
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