Crocheted Silkie Chicken Beanbags

If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen that my new obsession is crocheting. Well, I'm still loving my chickens so when I found a pattern for crocheted beanbag chickens on Petals to Picots, it was an obvious project to take on but of course, I had to make some changes to better fit my flock.

Crocheted Silkie Chicken Beanbag

These are quick and easy to make and super cute to boot.

Let's back up the truck a little first. Here's what I made using the pattern exactly as written:

Crocheted chicken

But we have two silkies so I had to alter the pattern to make a chicken beanbag to reflect the cutest members of our little flock. I present to you the grey silkie beanbag chicken:

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How to make your own Crocheted Beanbag Silkie Chicken

Here's what you'll need:

Crocheted Silkie Chicken

  • Main yarn color
  • Comb yarn color (red most likely)
  • Beak yarn color (yellow most likely)
  • A bit of black yarn for the eyes
  • Sizes G and H crochet hooks
  • Yarn needle
  • Cotton balls or batting
  • Beans
  • Scissors
  • Stitch markers (I use bobby pins)
Body:

Petals to Picots did a wonderful job of outlining how to make the body. I'm going to let you refer to her post to see specific directions but for this sized chicken (she outlines how to make bigger ones too), the body should be 12 stitches by 28 rows using a size H hook and I left a really long tail.

Crocheted Silkie Chicken

After making the rectangle, I veered from her instructions a bit.

When I folded the body in half, I whip stitched the pieces together using the long tail I left on the rectangle when I finished off. If you didn't leave a long tail, just use a new piece of yarn.

Crocheted Silkie Chicken

Pull all tails to the inside of the body.

Comb:

Using red yarn and a size G hook

Join the red yarn in 2nd stitch from slip stitched corner. Make sure the opening is towards the back of your hook hand, not facing down.

Crocheted Silkie Chicken

Chain 3, work 2 double crochets (dc) in same stitch as join, 1 single crochet (sc) in next, dc 3 in next stitch (around the front of the square), slip stitch in next, fasten off.

Crocheted Silkie Chicken

Pull all tails to the inside of the chicken body.

Beak:

This part is straight from Petals to Picots.

"Join yellow in next st, ch 1, work 1 sc in same st as join, ch 3, 1 sc in furthest ch from hook, 1 sc in next st, Sl st in same st, fasten off."

Pull in ends.

Crocheted Silkie Chicken

Eyes:

Using black yarn, make a french knot for each eye.

Crocheted Silkie Chicken

Wing: 
*Make 2, use H hook

Chain 9, turn
skip 1st stitch, sc 8, ch 1, turn
sc 6, sc2tog, ch 1, turn
sc 7, ch 1, turn
sc 3, sc2tog, sc2tog, turn
sc 5, ch 1
Finish off leaving a long tail.

Position as shown below and use the long tail to whip stitch in place. Poke the ends through to the inside.

Crocheted Silkie Chicken

Signature silkie hair

Create a lose pom pom in the same color as the body. Wrap the yarn around your fingers 40 times.

Crocheted Silkie Chicken

Tie off at the middle and snip the loops (snipping is optional but I prefer the look). Using the middle tie, secure it to the body of the chicken just behind the comb. I just threaded one half of the center tie through and tied it in a knot to the other side.

Crocheted Silkie Chicken

Finishing

Open the back of the chicken, stuff some fiber fill or some cotton balls in at the face. Fill the rest with beans. Make sure your beans are bigger than the holes in your crochet stitches. Nobody wants a bean pooping chicken.

Crocheted Silkie Chicken

Fold top seam down to center of bottom fold. This back fold goes perpendicular to the front of the bird. Whip stitch closed the back of your chicken and enjoy!

Crocheted Silkie Chicken


Thank you for reading,
Julie



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