Americana, a longtime staple of the Country Kitchen everywhere. And what do we often see in Country Kitchens? Chickens. Let me introduce you to Clucky the Kitchen Chicken!
So Clucky here was born just a few days ago. A dear friend of mine came to me with a request; make a piece of kitchen decor with a chicken theme. I pondered – I wanted something homey, easy to make, and cute. A chicken potholder? Maybe … and thus, Clucky was born!
Using the Magic Circle technique, and some bulky yarn, Clucky is a fast, easy, and adorable project that even beginner crocheters can master! But the best part about Clucky isn’t the speed in which she can be created, but the countless ways you can customize the pattern. She can be made to fit right in with whatever style decor you may have!
Consider using double stranded worsted weight yarns for a speckled look. Also, researching chicken breeds for color variations is a fun way to customize your hen. In addition to color varieties, consider Cotton vs Acrylic yarns. Only use acrylic yarn if you intend to use your kitchen hen as decor – high heat melts acrylic yarn. If you want a potholder that can withstand high heat, opt for pure cotton alternatives.
So with all that said, let’s get on to the pattern!
But wait! Are you familiar with the Magic Circle technique? If not, I got you covered. Below, I have a video tutorial for the Magic Circle. Be sure to Like and Subscribe – Video Tutorial for Clucky the Kitchen Chicken is also available now! See below.
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Video Tutorial here:
- a size 5 yarn of your choice (I recommend Premier Serenity Bulky) OR double stranded worsted weight yarn for the body and feather accent available here – Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky (3 Ounce; 109 Yards)
- a size 6 yarn (I recommend Lion Brand Hometown USA or anyequivalent) for the comb available here – Lion Brand Yarn Hometown USA Yarn
- a size 4 yarn (I recommend Mainstays Basic Yarn) for the beak
- 3 crochet hooks – a size 9mm (US size M)(for the chicken body), a size 5mm(US size H)(for the feather accents), and a size 3mm (US size D)(for the beak) —- (you can get an awesome set with multiple sizes here: 72 Pcs Crochet Hooks Set, Crochet Hooks Kit Plus Large-Eye Blunt Needles Ergonomic Yarn Knitting Needles Marking Clips Tools Set with Crochet Accessories
- yarn needles and scissors for weaving in ends
Ch – chain
Dc – double crochet
Sl st – slip stitch
Shell Stitch – 1 sc in first stitch, skip 1 stitch, 5 Dc in next stitch,
then 1 sc in next stitch
Make a Magic Circle and do 12 Dc inside it. Sl st circle together.
- Row 1 – ch 1, then 2 Dc in each stitch around . Sl st circle together (24 stitches)
- Row 2 – ch 1, then *Dc 1 in next stitch, then 2 Dc in the stitch after that – repeat from* all the way around, Sl st circle together (36)
- Row 3 – ch 1, then *Dc 2 stitches, then 2 stitches in one Dc – repeat from * around for 38 stitches. Stop here, then Sl st across to finish circle (6 slip stitches)
- Row 4 – ch 1, create shell stitch border (1 Sc in first stitch, skip 1 stitch, 5 Dc in next stitch, then 1 Sc in next stitch) (12 shells) Dc across previously slipped stitches
- Row 5 – ch 1, turn – 6 Dc across
- Row 6 – ch 1, turn – 1 Dc in next stitch, then 1 shell stitch into next stitch. Work 1 Sc in following stitch (after shell). Tie off.
So, here’s a fun part. Now you can go ahead and choose an accent color for your feathers! With a feather accent color of your choice (white, or black, in my examples) Insert crochet hook into top of first shell, join colors, and work single crochets along tops of each shell stitch, working the yarn underneath each joining stitch between shells. That said, see the pictures below for an idea of what I mean:
Beak – ch 4, sc into 2nd ch from hook, SC across, ch 1, turn
3 sc across
Don’t chain one – turn, 2 Sc across
Turn, one sc – tie off
Weave in ends, sew onto chicken face
Comb – attach red yarn and make one Sc to anchor shell stitch as previously instructed. Next, make 3 shell stitches
across top of head. To conclude, weave in any loose ends.
Your Clucky is Complete!
And ta-da, you should now have an adorable kitchen chicken for your space or for a friend! Surely this is the easiest chicken pattern ever, am I right? And not to mention, absolutely adorable by all accounts. To be honest, I was surprised at the reception my first Kitchen hen received. I had no idea so many would want the pattern! But I am sure glad you’re here reading this. And I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I did! Have a happy weekend!