This amigurumi hen is a great project for improving beginners as well as seasoned crocheters! There’s a video tutorial on my YouTube channel, in case you need visual guidance. The hen will be just under 3 inches tall, if using the recommended yarn weight and hook size.
You can find the free pattern below on this page. For those who prefer a printable pdf pattern, I created one for the whole chicken family. You can purchase it for a small fee on Etsy.
I also have a free pattern for a little rooster.
This pattern is written in US crochet terms. You can convert it to British terms using my conversion chart.
I would love to see your little amigurumi hen! Share your creation on Instagram and tag me @stellasyarnuniverse for the monthly chance to win a pdf pattern of your choice from my Etsy shop! Winners are announced on my Instagram page @stellasyarnuniverse every 1st of the month!
Materials for the amigurumi hen
DK/light worsted weight cotton yarn in brown or white, red, yellow or orange (I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in Soft Fudge (410), Rose Red (414), and Buttercup Yellow (423)
2.5mm/size B or C crochet hook
4mm (0.16″) safety eyes or black embroidery floss/yarn
16cm / 6.5″ long piece of orange pipe cleaner or craft wire
2 stitch markers
R = row
Rd = rd
St(s) = stitch(es)
Ch = chain
Sl st = slip stitch
Sc = single crochet
Hdc = half double crochet
Dc = double crochet
Inc = single crochet 2 in same st
Dec = invisible decrease: Insert hook in front loops of next 2 sts, yarn over, pull through both front loops, yarn over, pull through 2 remaining loops
Sk = skip
Tog = together
[…] = series of stitches to be repeated
(…) = stitch count once round is completed
Crochet the tail feathers in brown
Ch 4, sc in next 3 ch (starting in 2nd ch from hook), ch 5, sc in next 4 ch, ch 6, sc in next 5 ch, ch 7, sc in next 6 ch, ch 6, sc in next 5 ch, ch 5, sc in next 4 ch, ch 4, sc in next 3 ch
Crochet the legs/lower part of the body in brown
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring (6)
Rnd 2: [sc in next 2 st, inc in next st] repeat 2 times (8)
Fasten off. Repeat rnd 1 and 2 for the second leg. This time don’t fasten off.
Continue from here:
Rnd 3: Sc in next 8 st of leg, sc 1 in ch, sc in next 8 st of leg, sc 1 in other side of ch (18)
Rnd 4: [sc in next 2 st, inc in next st] repeat 6 times (24)
Rnd 5: Sc in all 24 st (24)
Rnd 6: [sc in next 3 st, inc in next st] repeat 6 times (30)
Rnd 7: Sc in all 30 st (30)
Rnd 8: [sc in next 4 st, inc in next st] repeat 6 times (36)
Rnd 9 – 11 (3 rnds): Sc in all 36 (36)
Attach and shape the feet with a 16cm/6 1/2 inch long piece of pipe cleaner or craft wire. The easiest way to learn how to do this, is to watch this part of the video tutorial.
If you find the pipe cleaner feet too fluffy, you can trim some of the fluff off, like I did in the video tutorial.
Start filling the body with fiberfill. Press both sides of the body together to determine the front and back.
Divide the round in 21 stitches in the front and 15 stitches in the back. Continue with the round of 15 st for the tail.
Rnd 12: Sc in all 15 st (15)
In rnd 13 we’ll crochet on the tail feathers. Make sure the last stitch of the round is at the center back. If it isn’t, sc as many stitches as necessary to get to the center back and mark this stitch as the last of the round.
Each tail feather is crocheted on at the base, together with 2 stitches of the round. The last stitch at the back won’t be crocheted together with the tail feather base. (7 tail feathers = 14 st + 1 in the center back = 15 st)
The feathers should be facing downwards with the “wrong” or left side up. I recommend you watch this part of my video tutorial.
Rnd 13: Sc base chain of the tail feathers together with next 14 st, sc in next st (15)
Add more fiberfill.
Rnd 14: [sc in next st, dec] repeat 5 times (10)
Rnd 15: Sc in all 10 st (10)
Fill with some more fiberfill, if necessary.
Rnd 16: Dec 5 times (5)
Fasten off, leaving a long yarn end and close the round. Use the long yarn end to stitch down the tail feathers.
Join brown yarn at the beginning of the round of 21 stitches, leaving a long yarn tail for closing the small gap between neck and tail later on. See this part of the video, if you need help with this.
Rnd 12: Sc in all 21 st (21)
Rnd 13: [sc in next 5 st, dec] repeat 3 times (18)
Fill the body with fiberfill.
Rnd 14: [sc in next 4 st, dec] repeat 3 times (15)
Rnd 15: [sc in next 3 st, dec] repeat 3 times (12)
Rnd 16: [sc in next 2 st, dec] repeat 3 times (9)
Fill with more fiberfill, if necessary.
Rnd 17: Sc in all 9 stitches (9)
If the last stitch isn’t at the back of the head, sc as many stitches as necessary to get there and fasten off.
Attach safety eyes or embroider the eyes between round 16 and 17.
Crochet the comb in red
Please go to this part of the video, if you need help with this.
Sc 2 st on opposite sides of the head together, starting with the last and first st of the round at the back of the head, ch 2, sc next 2 st on opposite sides tog, ch 2, sc next 2 st on opposite sides tog, ch 2, sc next 2 st on opposite sides tog (don’t crochet in the last st at the front of the head)
Do not fasten off!
Continue crocheting the wattle
Ch 5, hdc in 3rd ch from hook, sc in next ch, sl st in next ch, ch 5, hdc in 3rd ch from hook, sc in next ch, sl st in next ch
Fasten off and use the yarn end to attach the wattle at the left side of the head. Weave in the yarn end.
Crochet the beak in orange or yellow
Ch 2, leaving a long enough end to attach the beak, sc in 2nd ch from hook Fasten off, leaving a long enough end to attach the beak.
Attach the beak at eye level, on top of the wattle. You can tie or weave in the yarn ends on both sides of the body where the wings will cover them.
Crochet the wings in brown (make 2)
If you’d like visual guidance on how to crochet the wings, please go to this of the video tutorial. The wings are crocheted in rows.
R 1: Sc in next 2 ch (starting in 2nd from hook), ch 1, turn (2)
R 2: Inc in both st, ch 1, turn (4)
R 3: Inc in next st, sc in next 2 st, inc in next st, ch 1, turn (6)
R 4: Sc in all 6 st, ch 1, turn (6)
R 5: Sc in next st, sk next st, sc in next 2 st, sk next st, sc in next st, ch 1, turn (4)
R 6: Sc in all 4 st, ch 1, turn (4)
R 7: Sk next st, sc in next st, sk next st, sc in next st (2)
Do not fasten off. From here we crochet all around the wing.
Sc in the side of the wing (6 sc), sc in 2 base ch, sc in other side of wing (6 sc)
Fasten off with an invisible finish, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Weave in the other yarn end or hide them under the wing when sewing them on. Use the long yarn end to sew on the wings on each side of the body.
Your little hen is now complete!
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