Pocket Hens

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Pocket Hen - Black ShumanLooking for a fun knit? Maybe with a tiny bit of crochet thrown in? Maybe even a little sewing? You’re not chicken, are you?

If not, then meet the ladies; the gals that belong to the Pocket Hen flock! They’re a friendly bunch, oh so cute, quiet, don’t eat much and don’t leave a mess. Of course, they don’t give you eggs either, but I think it’s a fair tradeoff, don’t you?

These gals are your traditional breeds – we’ve got Leghorns, Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons and Black Shumans. If you’re more adventurous though and prefer your hens to match your purple cows, well, then be my guest and use your imagination.

These little ladies go together quickly and are great for stash busting and using up those little bits of leftovers that are “too good” for the dust bin, but not enough for your typical small project. Each hen’s body is worked with worsted weight yarn, including the beak. The comb and wattle are crocheted directly onto the body, while the feet are crocheted separately and then sewn on. The combs, wattles and feet are made with fingering weight scraps.

My girls are diminutive and petite. Each finished hen measures approx 3-3/8” (8.6 cm) from tip of beak to back of tail fan  and 2-3/4” (7 cm) tall. Hence, their name as they fit nicely into a pocket!

Pocket Hen - Leghorn and FlockAs always, this downloadable, PDF pattern has been professionally tech edited and test knit to reduce the potential for error.

Have I got your interest in a fun, little project to keep away the winter blues? Maybe make someone’s Easter a little more special? I hope so! Full pattern details for my ladies, the Pocket Hens, can be found here.