Charted Chicken Chart

Just a few weeks ago, I made and entered this chicken in a local knitted chicken contest at Renaissance Yarns, for LYS Tour 2009. Guess what? It won! All of the chickens were so wonderful, and I really had fun. Thanks to Renaissance Yarns and everyone who voted, and congrats to our local knitters for their beautiful entries.

(Update September 2009: it also won a ribbon at the Puyallup Fair!)

Blue Sky Alpacas “Knit Chickens” pattern by Susan B. Anderson, with chart modification by yours truly

Interestingly enough, the chicken has also become quite popular on Ravelry. As of this writing, its project page has had 2600 views and it’s been favorited 831 times. I’m a bit mystified, but I’m glad people like it. There has been some interest in the chart, so, as promised, I’m now making the chart available to the public.

Download the chart from Flickr

The chart is for personal use only. Please do not sell the chart or finished objects based on it.


  • This is the chart for my colorwork modification to the chicken body only. For the chicken pattern itself, you must purchase the printed Blue Sky Alpacas “Knit Chickens” pattern from a store. (Update: a PDF is now available for purchase at that link.)
  • The chart is 105 stitches wide and 41 rows high, which will work with the small chicken in the Knit Chickens pattern, or any item of similar size.
  • The chart assumes that the start of the round is in the back. If you do apply this to the chicken pattern, you’ll have to knit some extra stitches to move the start of the round to the back, then move it again to its original location when you get to the neck.
  • The front and back center stitches are noted by green lines in the chart.
  • If you are knitting this in the round (as you would for the chicken pattern), you can try some jogless joins in the back as you move to each new row. It won’t line up perfectly, but it should smooth it out. Can you find the heart?
  • Some of the floats may be long, which can affect tension. You may have to experiment to keep them under control.

That’s it. If you have any questions, feel free to send them to me at ellemennop (at) live (dot) com. Enjoy!

Note to shop owners, teachers, knitalong organizers, and others:
If you want to use my chart for your activity, please do the following:

  • First credit Susan B. Anderson for the Blue Sky Alpacas pattern, with instructions or suggestions about how to buy it.
  • Then credit me, Michelle Mooney, for the charted colorwork, and link to this post to obtain the chart.
  • If you use images, I prefer that you use a picture of your own charted chicken, and include a picture of a chicken from the base pattern (BSA stock photo, if permitted, or your own).
  • If you want to use my photo, or distribute printed copies of my chart directly, please contact me at ellemennop (at) live (dot) com.
  • Any of my photos must be credited to me, and the chart must remain as-is, with notices intact.

Thanks very much!

see this project on ravelry

2009 LYS Tour, Day 3

500 miles, and I’m done!
Today I hit the suburbs, what I called last year my "ring around Seattle." Yes, technically some of the stores are still Seattle, but it’s a big place, you know?
Cultured Purls, Issaquah
This one was easy. I drive through Issaquah almost every day on my way to and from work, so I like to stop in on occasion. So glad they got on the tour this year. The free pattern for the tour was for knit fingerless gloves, in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.
Another very lovely store. The free pattern was a choice between a knit Drop Stitch Market Bag or a flower scarf, both in SWTC Tofutsies. I chose the bag, and a skein of blue Tofutsies.
Main Street Yarn, Mill Creek
A hop, skip, and a jump up to Mill Creek to this great store. The free pattern is for Shedir Fingerless Gloves, in Rowan Calmer. They also had some great substitution yarn, Rowan Felted Tweed and an alpaca yarn that escapes me at the moment. Duh.
This shop smells so good, I’m convinced it’s part of a nefarious plan to keep us there buying yarn. The plan is working. Two free patterns: knit Ultra Pleasure fingerless mitts in Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine, and crochet felted Spring Tea Cozy in Kauni sock. I bought some Kauni (again) in a pink/purple colorway. I think I’ll make a felted laptop tote with it instead.
Seattle Yarn, Seattle
Over to West Seattle. So much yarn there! Their free pattern was for a Perfect Face Cloth in Louisa Harding Mulberry Silk. Mmmm.
Down to Burien. I love this shop. The free pattern was a crochet jewelry bag in Zitron Savanna and knit felted clog slippers in Cascade Eco Wool. I got the Savanna in a deep purple color.
All Points Yarn, Des Moines (not on tour)
This shop isn’t on the tour, but I met Morgan at Alpacapalooza this year, and told him I’d be by while on the tour, which also coincided with his shop’s anniversary. When I got his newsletter about some new knitter’s looms (like I need another fiber toy, but whatev), I decided it was a sign that I should stop by for sure. Well, Morgan decided to take off to Oregon for a show this weekend, and took his looms with him! Harumph! Now I’ll just have to go back! :P
The Knittery, Renton
Another great little shop that’s been around for, like, ever. I had a quick chat, and was witness to a new knitter’s first completed project, a lovely yellow cap. Congrats! The free pattern was a choice between a knit lace sampler scarf in Classic Elite Silky Alpaca, or a sock (I think!) in… something else. They were almost out of the Silky Alpaca, but I got some in black. They also had some great substitutions.
Last but not least, my home LYS. I turned my passport in to some fanfare (admittedly of my own making!). They had some knit chickens on display for a local contest, and, what do you know, one of them was mine! They were all so cute and creative, it was hard to choose one to vote for (and no, I didn’t vote for my own). The free pattern was for a pair of knit fingerless Evergreen Mitts in a great new yarn I hadn’t seen before: Punta Yarns Merisoft. I bought some in a bright pink colorway.
Man, was it gorgeous today. The sun was out, I took the tops off my car, vroom vroom bask bask bask. What can be better than sunshine and good yarn?
So, it was another successful year, I think. I’m bushed. I’m so glad I have tomorrow to rest!

2009 LYS Tour, Day 2

Ok, day 2. Today I focused on the Seattle stores, getting to 8 tour stores, plus 1 that wasn’t on the list. I did Seattle on day 3 last year, but this time I decided to switch it up.
Churchmouse Yarns & Teas, Bainbridge Island
The ferry ride over to Bainbridge Island is such a treat. This store takes the longest time to get to and back, but boy, is it worth it. The free pattern was knit Turkish Bed Socks in Koigu KPPPM. I was sidetracked by a lovely linen stitch scarf and ended up with some Misti Alpaca sock yarn instead.
So Much Yarn, Seattle (not on tour)
This is another shop that didn’t make the list this year. As I heard it, they weren’t sure they’d be open at the time. They moved, and their new location is great, tucked above Whole Foods near Pike Place Market. They did have free patterns in honor of the tour: a knit baby jacket in Pagewood Farms Yukon, a knit baby hat & booties in Cascade Superwash 220 Handpaint, and a feather-and-fan scarf in… darn, I forget. I got some of the Pagewood Farms Yukon yarn in a fun "Mardi Gras" colorway.
Hilltop Yarn, Seattle
Now up to Queen Anne. The free pattern here is a choice of crochet fingerless mitts in Hazel Knits Artisan Sock yarn and a knit neckwarmer in. I chose the mitts, and bought some Hazel Knits Artisan DK yarn in a stunning blue.
Onward to Ballard! The free pattrns were for a knit felted octopus in SWTC Karaoke and a crocheted phone case in Jo Sharp DK Cotton.
East now to Fiber Gallery. The pattern here is for a knit Starry Lace Beret in Dream in Color Starry. Sparkly!
This is an awesome shop. I try to get by every time I’m in Wallingford, which isn’t often enough. The free pattern here was for a knit lacy cravat in Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy. There was a crochet scarf pattern in Noro Kureyon sock, also. What’s really nice about this shop is that they provide a list of substitute yarns, to make it easy to choose the right yarn. I like Hempathy, though, so I bought some in red. I also broke down and bought some Trophy cupcakes down the hall. Yum.
Weaving Works, Seattle
So much fiber here! The free pattern was for a knit cashmere lace hood in Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 2-ply. Luxurious.
I really dig this shop, too. The free pattern was for a cute knit Happy Garter Jacket in JJ’s Montage Collection 10-ply. It was so cute, I had to get some, in the Lollipop colorway.
Tricoter, Seattle
This was the last shop of the tour for me last year. I was their first finisher, and they remembered me! Such great people here. The free pattern was for a special LYS ’09 knit scarf, with a chart to emboss "LYS 09" in seed stitch on the scarf. The yarn is Socks that Rock by Blue Moon, in an exclusive Tricoter LYS 2009 colorway. So cool.
That’s it for Seattle proper. Suburbs are next.

2009 LYS Tour, Day 1

It’s time for the 2009 LYS Tour! I wasn’t sure I was going to do it this year, because I knew I’d end up buying more yarn. But I started it anyway, and I’ve already bought more yarn. Sigh. I’m not going to fight it.
The tour runs today through Sunday. I managed to hit 7 stores today, plus one that wasn’t on the tour. My schedule today was virtually the same as it was last year, starting with stores to the north.
Great Yarns, Everett
I started my journey north with a stop in Everett. The free pattern was for a prayer shawl, one knit and one crochet, in Marble Chunky yarn. I ended up purchasing some of the Marble Chunky in a purple colorway.
Beach Basket Yarns, Birch Bay
Next, I booked it straight to Blaine. On the coast is Birch Bay, a lovely little resort village, with a great little yarn shop right on the bay. I have to admit, I groaned when I saw how far it was, but now I’m glad I went. The patterns there were for a knit boucle cowl in JJ’s Mystique Mohair, and a crochet scarf in Super Ten Butterfly Cotton. I bought neither yarn, but did get some Zitron Trekking Fach.
J&J Needle Art, Bellingham (not on tour)
Since I traveled all that way, I stopped in at the shop. J&J wasn’t on the tour this year, but it was nice to see Jeaninne and Joseph again, and we had a nice chat. Since they weren’t on the tour, there wasn’t a free pattern, but I left with some lovely Plymouth Baby Alpaca Brush yarn and a baby pattern book.
Apple Yarns, Bellingham
I’m glad to see Apple Yarns on the list this year. They didn’t get on the list in time last year, but I visted them then anyway. This year, it was official. Their free pattern was Totally Seamless Booties (knit) and Last Minute Cowl (crochet). I couldn’t resist, and bought some Huckleberry Knits Trilliom Superwash worsted in a bright green colorway.
NW Handspun, Bellingham
I really like this shop. And, since I started spinning last year, a whole new purchasing opportunity has opened up to me. The free pattern was for a knit Ditty Bag in Plymouth Boku. I bought some handpainted BFL fiber for my spinning wheel instead. I also bought the 2009 LYS Tour binder, which is a branded 3-ring binder with 23 page protectors in it to save all the free patterns from the shops. Great idea, really.
Knot Just Yarn, Burlington
This is a great shop, too. The free pattern was for knit Dragonskin Legwarmers in Dream in Color Classy. I ended up with some Kauni sock yarn. Can’t resist those colorways!
Ana-Cross Stitch, Anacortes
I really like Anacortes for some reason. Makes me wonder why I hardly ever go there! The free pattern was for a knit Ear Flap Hat, in Classic Worsted Tapestry. I couldn’t help feeling up most of the yarn in the store. So yummy.
WildFibers, Mount Vernon
Last stop for the day was in Mount Vernon. Cool shop, as always, and the free pattern was for knit Eclectic Mitts in SWTC Tofutsies. I’ve been meaning to try Tofutsies, and they have so many colors to choose from. I ended up with two skeins and a sock book for my trouble.
The north stores taken care of, I’ll be moving on to Seattle in the morning.