Chicks; Egg Brooders;
A few hours of knitting and finding an old knitting pattern donated from my sister in law and I have made a few egg brooders for my youngest to play with. It has been nice to take a little time as my youngest sleeps to make something new. I additionally found a formatted pattern on;
Cast On 26 stitches
Knit 1, increase 1 stitch, Knit to end
Pearl 1 row, increase 1 stitch, pearl to end
- repeat last two rows 5 times (36 stitches).
Knit 2, slip 2 stitches, knit to end
Pearl 2, slip 1 stitch, pearl to end
- repeat last 2 rows twice. (36 stitches)
Knit 4 rows
Cast off ten stitches on the next two rows (16 stitches in centre)
repeat on pearl row
Knit 1, knit 2 stitches together, knit 2 together, knit 1 on last three stitches.
repeat until eight stitches remain
cast off (8 stitches)
Cast on 7 stitches
Stitch to stitch three rows
Cast off 7 stitches
Step 1; Using mattress stitch with the material knit side in and follow from cast on to the top of the head.
Step 2; Turn it the knit side out and stuff a small handful of stuffing and stitch the head at a graduate drop from the neck. Once secure centralise the beak stitching down to the last 5mm. Use the last of the thread to stitch the eyes, knotting through as you go.
Step 3; For a tidy finish sew through the back of the neck and pull tightly, to cut off the excess thread to secure inside the stuffing and out of view.
These were made with; UK 6 needles as they were the nearest size available and are more suited to the plastic egg or cup egg sizes than the Cadbury originals. I however find them perfect as knitted characters to add to a nest or Easter prop for your collection. I shall be reducing the cast on and building myself a Bunny Brooder over the weekend and maybe a unicorn for one of my daughters if I get the time.
Cast on using a three or four size needle and I feel they will be perfect for Cadbury eggs, I found this on a simple knit of around an hour maximum. This is perfect for a dinnertime knit or to complete in an evening, the larger the needles the larger the character. If you used a sized ten needle with a stiff Arran wool they would easily make cup or tea cosy size covers with a few additional cast on stitches to the pattern.
Enjoy the sunshine!