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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern: Chicken Dish Rag or Pot Holder


This pattern was originally inspired by another chicken that I saw online a couple years ago, when I went to find a pattern the link was broken (way before I discovered Ravelry!). I really wanted to make a set for my grandmother so I came up with this cute chicken. It’s been a couple years since then and now there are many chicken patterns out there but I've decided to get this back on the blog anyways. 

You can use this pattern two ways, as a dish rag or a pot holder. The pattern is written for the dish rag option but here’s what I do to use it as a pot holder: First I crochet two chicken body/heads, sew them together and then move on to the wattle, feathers, comb and beak. Be sure to sew through all four loops of both bodies. 

This chicken pattern now has a version 2, made without the slit here:
Chicken Dish Rag or Pot Holder Version 2

Thanks so much for stopping by!
-Jenni


Skill Level: Easy

Size: 8” x 10”

Supplies:
Size H (5.0 mm) Crochet Hook
Size I (5.5 mm) Crochet Hook
100% Cotton Worsted Weight Yarn, approx. 150 yds.
           Example Shows: Lily Sugar n Cream White
                                       Bernat Handicrafter Pale Yellow
                                       Bernat Handicrafter Country Red
Tapestry Needle
Scissors

Stitch Abbreviations (US Terms):
Ch – Chain
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl st – Slip Stitch
Tr - Treble Crochet

Notes:
-It’s important that you use 100% cotton yarn if you are planning to use this to set hot pans on, acrylic will melt if you set a hot pan on it.
-Joins are made with sl st.
-Ch 1’s & 2’s do NOT count as a stitch.
-Join to the first stitch in the row, NOT the beginning chain.
-Stitches listed between these brackets: [ ] should all be worked in to the same space.
-Gauge is not important for this pattern but 4 dc = 1"


Body & Head
With Size I Hook

Row 1: Magic circle, ch 1, 7 hdc. Join. (7 hdc)
Row 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in same and in each around. Join. (14 dc)
Row 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in same and in each around. Do not Join. Ch 2, turn. (28 dc)
Row 4: 2 dc in same, dc in next. *2 dc in next, dc in next.* Repeat *to* around. Ch 2, turn. (42 dc)
Row 5: 2 dc in same, dc in next 2. *2 dc in next, dc in next 2.* Repeat *to* around. Ch 2, turn.  (56 dc)
Row 6: 2 dc in same, dc in next 3. *2 dc in next, dc in next 3.* Repeat *to* around. Ch 1, turn. (70 dc)
Row 7: 2 hdc in same, hdc in next 4. *2 hdc in next, hdc in next 4.* Repeat *to* around. Ch 1, turn. (84 hdc)
Row 8: Sc in same, skip 2, in next stitch: [3 dc, 2 tr, 3 dc], Skip 2, sl st in next. Ch 1, turn.
Row 9: Sc in same, hdc in 3, 2 hdc in next 3, hdc in 2, sc in last. Ch 1, turn.
Row 10: Sc in same, hdc in 4, 2 hdc in next 3, hdc in 2, sc in next, sl st in last two, sl st into next open stitch on the body. Fasten off and sew in ends.

At this point if you have decided you would like your pot holder to be double thick and you have made 2 bodies, sew them together just below the loops. You will still need to work along the edges of the body & head to add the remaining details. When you move on make sure you are working through the loops on both bodies.


Wattle
With Size H Hook

Join red yarn with a sl st in the same stitch as you just fastened off in.
Row 1: Ch 1, 2 hdc in next, hdc in next. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Hdc in same, sl st in 2. Fasten off, knot these two ends together then sew them in.


Feathers
With Size H Hook

Skip 3 spaces from where you fastened off for the wattle and join with a sl st in the next space (leave 3 spaces unworked).The feathers will be worked over the next 71 spaces. Double check count before starting, if you missed a stitch somewhere and only have 70 (for example) you may need to skip only 2 spaces. It’s always good to double check before starting.

Ch 1, *sk 1, 5 dc in next, sk 2, sc in next* repeat *to* 12 more times for (13 feathers made). Sk 1, 5 dc in next, sk last 2 stitches and now rotate your piece to the right so you can sl st down the V and up the other side of the V. Fasten off when you get to the corner by the head, sew in ends.


Comb
With Size H Hook

Now using red join with a sl st on top of the head right next to where you just fastened off with white.

*Ch 2, dc in same, in next space: [dc, ch 2, sl st into same], sl st in next.* Repeat *to*  4 more times (5 made). Fasten off and sew in ends.


Beak
With Size H Hook

If you have gotten the correct stitch count throughout the pattern you should have 6 open stitches on the face part of the chicken head (don’t worry if your stitch count is off, just place the beak where you think it looks best). With yellow join with a sl st in the 4th stitch away from where you just fastened off with red. Ch 2, dc in next. Fasten off and sew in ends.


Optional Hanging Loop
With Size H Hook

If you would like a loop to hang your potholder: Join with slip stitch a couple spaces down in to the V. Ch 6 and join with sl st on the other side of the V. Fasten off.


Optional Eye

With tapestry needle, stitch on a little eye above the beak. I usually leave this off of the pot holders I make that are only one layer because I don’t like that the end can’t be hidden easily. Maybe a small wooden button would work well, a plastic button may melt if a very hot pan is placed on the pot holder.

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