I actually found the picture with the chicken in the sweater online. After doing a little research, I found these patterns. Enjoy!

Here are the instructions For The Crocheted Version:

Hen Sweater

Yarn: worsted weight
Hook: H/8 or size needed for gauge
Gauge: 14 sts = 4 1/8”. 12 rows = 4”.

Ch 29 loosely, leaving an 18 inch tail.
1) Sc in second chain from hook and in each chain across. Ch 1, turn. (28 sc)
2-4) Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
5) Dec sc in first two sc, sc across to last 2 sc, dec sc. Ch 1, turn. (26 sc)
6-8) Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
9) Dec sc in first two sc, sc across to last 2 sc, dec sc. Ch 1, turn. (24 sc)
10-12) Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
13) Dec sc in first two sc, sc across to last 2 sc, dec sc. Ch 1, turn. (22 sc)
14-16) Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
17) Dec sc in first two sc, sc across to last 2 sc, dec sc. Ch 1, turn. (20 sc)
18-20) Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
21) Dec sc in first two sc, sc across to last 2 sc, dec sc. Ch 1, turn. (18 sc)
22-24) Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
25) Dec sc in first two sc, sc across to last 2 sc, dec sc. Ch 1, turn. (16 sc)
26-28) Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
29) Dec sc in first two sc, sc across to last 2 sc, dec sc. Ch 1, turn. (14 sc)
30-32) Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
33) Dec sc in first two sc, sc across to last 2 sc, dec sc. Ch 1, turn. (12 sc)
34-35) Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
36) Sc in each sc across. Ch 4, turn. Ch 4 counts as first treble crochet.
37) Tr in second and third sc. Sl st around post of last tr made. Sl st in next 7 sc. Ch 4, tr in last 2 sc. Ch 4, turn.
38) Tr in second and third tr. Ch 6. Tr in last three tr. Ch 1, turn.
39) Sc in each tr and chain across. Ch 1, turn. (12 sc)
40-41) Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
42) Sc twice in first sc. Sc across to last stitch. Sc twice in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (14 sc)
43-45) Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
46) Sc twice in first sc. Sc across to last stitch. Sc twice in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (16 sc)
47-49) Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
50) Sc twice in first sc. Sc across to last stitch. Sc twice in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (18 sc)
51-53) Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
54) Sc twice in first sc. Sc across to last stitch. Sc twice in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (20 sc)
55-57) Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
58) Sc twice in first sc. Sc across to last stitch. Sc twice in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (22 sc)
59-61) Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
62) Sc twice in first sc. Sc across to last stitch. Sc twice in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (24 sc)
63-65) Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
66) Sc twice in first sc. Sc across to last stitch. Sc twice in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (26 sc)
67-69) Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
70) Sc twice in first sc. Sc across to last stitch. Sc twice in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (28 sc)
71-74) Sc in each sc across. Cut yarn, leaving 18 inch tail.

Finishing: Fold in half, matching sides. Using yarn tails, stitch up the sides at the bottom about 3 inches, leaving the rest of the sides open for the wings. Weave in ends.

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I am a woman in transition. Working hard to build my little mini farm, and be a good mom, and grandma! I have my own Harley, and love to feel the wind in my face. I am a Christian, tree hugger, homesteader, biker chick! Now that is a combination.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Alright Diane, Normally I’m with you. I just can’t make myself knit a chicken sweater 🙂

    Although that looks like it could be a good idea for juvies just feathering out. I saw some nice ones that were seamless made of polar fleece. They didn’t have ties or velcro, just wing holes. I guess they were more like aprons. Everytime I try to imagine me knitting all 40 of my chooks sweaters I start to crack up 🙂

    Do you use them for your chicks??

    • If I thought that the cold was actually bothering them, I might consider it, but honestly it doesn’t phase them. they run around outside in 6 inches of snow. I have thought of sadles for the girls. I think I’ll get rid of the roos, and that will take care of that. 🙂

  2. Actually, I learned something from this research. Barn chickens, and battery hens, who are kept in small confined spaces, have trouble with their feathers falling out, and they get cold. Believe it or not their is a chicken rescue place in Europe that I got a lot of information from. I will post the link. They rescue chickens and place them in foster homes and adoptive homes. They use the sweaters and jumpers to help the chickens till their feathers come back in.

  3. Hi Diane –

    Just came upon your site (through the Dervaes family website). We must be kindred spirits!
    Not only is my name Diane too, I also love the wind in my face, am a Christian, a big time tree hugger, but until I can afford a Harley and am done homeschooling my kids, I drive a waste veggie oil, fueled Ford Excursion (a bit safer). However, I will ride a horse, anytime!

    I am researching and reading on up how to farm, raise chickens and basicially set up and establish a thriving mini-farm and don’t know where to begin. Can you share any advice as to where to begin with chickens?

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom (and those cute sweaters!).

    Blessings to you and yours,
    Mom to Tom and Tessa <

  4. I love my hens. They bring me such joy. Just this morning I was asking God why was I doing all this with the chickens any way. He is teaching me things through these chickens. Most recently, I have incubated eggs and have had the enjoyment and luxury of having a hen adopt them as her own. When I see the chicks peeking out from under her wings, it brings Psalms 91 to mind but especially vs. 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

    I don’t know that I would be able to crochet as you do, although I wish I knew how but I could make a sweater for them out of fleece. Some of them are looking a little naked right at the moment and could probably use a little extra warmth. Thanks for sharing. Margaret

  5. I *knew* there had to be instructions out there somewhere for a crocheted chicken sweater! I’m beyond excited. Thank you for posting this! God bless.

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