1. Cast on 18sts in Aran or DK yarn and 4mm needles (or ones to suit your yarn)
2. Knit (in garter stitch) rows to create a square
3. Cast off
4. Fold in half across the diagonal - corner to corner
5. Fold in half across the diagonal again
6. Over-sew the outer row ends of each diagonal side together - this become the hen’s back
7. Over sew the folded ends leaving about 2cm from the hen’s back down - splay this open part out to become the hen’s tail feathers
8. Shape the hen to create a slight curve along the back
9. With embroidery thread or similar work a short row of blanket stitch from the point (beak) created at the diagonal edge
10. Then work either a single lazy daisy petal for each wattle or just a couple of straight lines per wattle to complete
Posted by Claire Garland at Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Mohair - I used Take Care Mohair by Wool and the Gang
Set 4 x 7mm dpns
Spare yarn or toy stuffing
Cast on 8 sts.
Divide over 3 needles – 3 – 2 – 3
Work in the round placing a marker at the beginning to show where rounds begin/ end.
R1 - Kfb all sts. 16sts
R2 - K.
R3 - [K1, kfb]. 24sts
R4 - K.
R5 - [K2, kfb]. 32sts
R6 - K.
R7 - [K3, kfb]. 40sts
R8 - K.
R9 - [K4, kfb]. 48sts*
R10 - R16 K 7 rounds.
R17 - [K1, skpo] to last 2 sts of round, k2 tog.
R18 - K.
Rep last 2 rounds until there are 16 sts remaining.
Stuff to make the bauble as good and as round a ball shape as you can get.
Cut yarn to 20cm, thread end through the remaining sts – twice pull up to close the hole - this is the top of the bauble.
Join a length of twine or ribbon to the top of the bauble to make a hanging loop.
Posted by Claire Garland at Wednesday, December 07, 2016