Pocket Chicken

I swear I didn’t mean for this to turn into the year of the chicken, but that’s just how things are turning out right now!

Last night I needed a small gift for Max to celebrate a little milestone, and it had to be something I could make with the things I had on hand. (Spoiler: I made a chicken.)

Pocket Chicken - free crochet pattern by Melissa Mall

Is that not just a ridiculously cute little chicken? It turned out really, really well.

He loves his little chicken.

Max loves it. He named it Nugget.

Pocket Chicken - free crochet pattern by Melissa Mall

If you would like to make your own little Pocket Chicken, continue reading.

Pocket Chicken


  • Less than 20 yds Yarn Bee Cameo Bulky (color – quartz crystal)
  • G/6 – 4.00mm hook
  • 2 – 1/4″/7mm black shank buttons
  • Sewing needle and matching thread
  • Scraps of felt in red and orange
  • Small amount stuffing
  • Stitch marker (optional, to keep track of rounds)

Note: This yarn is tricky to work with. I’d recommend a hook with a pointed tip! If you want, instead, you should be able to make this with smooth yarn, but the general look will be quite different.


Rnd 1: Ch 2; make 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Rnd 2: (Sc inc) in each st around. (12 sc)

Rnds 3-6: Sc in each st around.

Sl st in next st, finish off.

Rnd 1: Ch 2; make 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Rnd 2: (Sc inc) in each st around. (12 sc)

Rnd 3: [Sc in next st, (sc inc) in next st] around. (18 sc)

Rnds 4-11: Sc in each st around.

Rnd 12: (Sc dec) 3 times, sc in next 2 sts, make 3 tr in each of the next 2 sts (6 tr total), sc in next 2 sts, (sc dec) 3 times. Sl st in next st, finish off.


  1. Stuff body, sew end shut so that tail is still sticking up nicely.
  2. Embellish head. With needle and thread, sew eyes in place. Cut comb, wattle, and beak out of felt scraps, sew in place.
  3. Stuff head, sew to body. Be sure all ends are woven in and trimmed.

Nugget and Egger (that would be the Big Fat Hen) love each other. I’ve been told that they’re a family.

True chicken love.

True chicken love.

New Year, New Project

It’s January 1st, and I have a project in mind for 2015. Max is ten years old, and I just realized the other day that he doesn’t sleep under a full twin-sized blanket. He has a 3/4 size fleece blanket that he uses, which up until now has worked just fine…but he’s growing, and he’s going to need more, and if I want to make it, I need to give myself enough time!

Especially since I’ve got big, crazy plans. (Like I always do, you know me!) According to the size charts at Bev’s Country Cottage (I like to refer to these, they’re super useful), twin sized is 48″ x 72″. So, if I plan to break it up into 12 inch squares (which I do, I think I can convince myself to make squares much more easily than a whole afghan) that’s 24 squares for a twin sized afghan.

Here’s my sketch.

The chickenghan!

As you can see, that’s going to be a LOT of work. If I can manage two squares a month, I can get it done for Christmas. Look at me! I’m planning ahead!

…Let’s hope it helps.

Nobody Here But Us Chickens

Have I mentioned before how in love Max is with our chickens? It seems like I must have. That boy is obsessed with every kind of poultry he can get his hands on.

Exhibit A:

No exaggeration here. He LOVES his chickens.

So it seemed only natural that I should make him a chicken that he’s ALLOWED to have in the house. (The living ones occasionally make it in, but not too often.)

Today I’m presenting the Big Fat Hen:

Big Fat Hen by Melissa Mall

If you’re into chickens, you can buy the pattern in my pattern store!

I hope you like it as much as I do. It’s a fun little chicken (approximately chicken sized, it sits about a foot tall when you ignore the legs), it was pretty fast to make, and I’m actually planning some more chicken-y projects in the near future.

Big Fat Hen by Melissa Mall

…but then, we might be a little too into chickens around here.

Chicken falconer? Chickener?