helen the hen

Another free pattern, using UK terminology. Use any yarn and hook to suit it.

With cream, magic ring, and ch1.

1. 6dc in ring (6)
2. Inc around (12)
3. [Dc, inc] around (18)
4. [2dc, inc] around (24)
5. [3dc, inc] around (30)
6. [4dc, inc] around (36)
7. [5dc, inc] around (42)
8-19. Dc around (42)
Stuff body.
20. Slst the opening closed using front loops only. (Start by flattening the work, with the start of the round being at the end of the row. Then slst the first and last sts together [flo], then the second  and penultimate sts [still using flo]. Continue this until you run out of sts) (21)

The finished seam on the top of the chicken

FO and weave in ends. Embroider eyes.


1. In the 5th st from left end, join the red yarn with a slst. Ch8, slst in next st. Ch7, slst in next st. [Ch6, slst in next st] x2.

FO and weave in ends.

With yellow, magic ring and ch1.

1. 5dc in ring (5)
2. Dc around (5)

Flatten and sew to the front of the face, with about 3 rows of the body above it.

With red, ch 5.

1. Dc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch1, turn (4)
2. Dc across. Ch1, turn (4)
3. Dc2tog x2 (2)

Sewing up the wattle

Thread the yarn through the front loops of the sts from row 3, and pull the yarn tight. Fold the piece in half (side to side) and mattress stitch up the side seam. Sew up the bottom using mattress stitch too, then pop yarn into the wattle and out at the point at the top of the wattle. Sew the top half of the wattle to the front of the chicken.

Sewing up the wattle

FO and weave in ends.

And that's it! Have a good time with your Helen!


  1. so cute....and easy !
    Thanks from Toulouse (South of France)

    1. Thankyou so much, I'm glad you like her! If you're on Ravelry, you can share your project on this page: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/helen-the-hen :) xx