Free Patterns

Little Chickens

from “The Chicken or the Egg, to Infinity and Beyond”

© Copyright Kaye B. Judt, 2021.

 

 

Materials:

Tatting thread, size 20, Lizbeth® white, black, 691 or 715

Seed beads: black, red, yellow

One shuttle or one tatting needle

Usual tatting supplies

Tray for beads

Key:

R        ring

B        bead

ds       double stitch

dd      2 first half of the double stitch

ss       2 second half of the double stitch

cl r      close ring

^         joining picot

--        decorative picot

+        join

LJ       lock join

 

Directions for chickens:

Shuttles tatters:  Wind 2 yards chicken colored tatting thread on a shuttle.  Cut thread off of ball.  Load 1 black seed bead, then

3 red seed beads, and lastly 1 yellow seed bead on tatting thread.

 

Needle tatters cut 2 yards of tatting thread off the ball and thread tatting needle.  Place 3 red seed beads, and 1 yellow seed

bead on other end of tatting thread. Black seed bead will be added onto the needle.  Be sure it fits over the eye of the needle

(Rings Only Method).

 

Head

Begin with red and yellow seed beads in loop.  Do not hide beginning thread end.

 

R 3 ds, B(yellow), 2 ds, B (black from shuttle on core thread), 2 ds, B(red), 1 ds, B(red), 1 ds, B(red), 5 ds ^(make joining picot

slightly larger than normal to accommodate 2 joins plus 2 lock joins), 2 ds, cl r.

 

Body

No thread space.  Picots are 5/8” (15mm) space.

 

R 2 ds +(to ^ of previous R) 8 ds, [-- dd -- ss] 3 times, 5 ds ^ 9 ds, cl r.  Note: the ^ at the bottom of the chicken is to attach the

chicken to the mobius.

 

Front side wing

Carry shuttle thread across front side of chicken and LJ to ^ of the first R.  No thread space.  Picots are ¼” (6mm) space.

 

R 5 ds [-- dd -- ss] 2 times, -- 5 ds, cl r.  Tie shuttle thread to beginning thread below beak in a double knot.

 

Back side wing

Carry shuttle thread across back side of chicken and LJ to ^ of the first R.  No thread space.  Picots are ¼” (6mm) space.

 

R 5 ds [-- dd -- ss] 2 times, -- 5 ds, cl r.  Tie shuttle thread to beginning thread in a double knot.

 

Cut off shuttle thread leaving enough thread tail to hide the thread ends.  Hide both thread ends on the underside of the wings.

 

Make 4 chickens for mobius.