Baby rainbow chicks are just about the cutest creatures on the planet. Each spring, a rainbow chicken will lay between six and twelve pastel-colored eggs. These eggs are often mistaken for candy, so the female rainbow chicken must guard her nest very diligently against sweet-toothed woodland critters.
Baby rainbow chicks are very rambunctious. They hop around like bouncy balls on a sugar high. But they’re ridiculously adorable, so most everyone puts up with them.
They whip up super quick, so you can crochet a dozen in no time flat. They fit comfortably in plastic Easter eggs too.
I think we’ll call this one Pepito. Thanks to Sheena (NotAPunkRocker) for the name!
Baby Rainbow Chick Crochet Pattern
Finished size: 1 1/2″ tall and 5″ around at the widest point
small amount of worsted-weight yarn in white (Caron Simply Soft in White, 6 oz [170 g] / 315 yds [288 m])
small amount of worsted-weight yarn in purple (Caron Simply Soft in Orchid, 6 oz [170 g] / 315 yds [288 m])
small amount of worsted-weight yarn in yellow (Caron Simply Soft in Sunshine, 6 oz [170 g] / 315 yds [288 m])
F-5 (3.75 mm) crochet hook
1 set of size 6 mm safety eyes (if you are making this for a child, please embroider eyes)
5 sts = 1″
5 rows = 1″
Note for changing color: This chick is crocheted in joined rounds in order to create almost perfect jogless stripes. In other words, each round ends with “join with slst, ch 1.” On the rounds with a color change, join with slst as usual, but use the next color to ch 1.
Of course, you could always fasten off each color and reattach the new color. This will give you a more precise stripe, but you’ll have to weave in some ends (or just tie them on the inside), which could be annoying… unless it’s your favorite part, then by all means, knock yourself out!
With white, ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around, join with slst, switch to purple, ch 1. (12)
Rnd 3: * Sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times, join with slst, switch to white, ch 1. (18)
Rnd 4: * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times, join with slst, switch to purple, ch 1. (24)
Rnd 5: Sc in ea sc around, join with slst, switch to white, ch 1.
Rnd 6: Sc in ea sc around, join with slst, switch to purple, ch 1.
Rnds 7-8: Rep rnds 5-6.
Rnd 9: * 2 sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times, join with slst, switch to white, ch 1. (18)
Insert posts of safety eyes between stitches in Rnds 5 and 6 and pop on the backs to secure. Stuff chick firmly.
Rnd 10: * Sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times, join with slst, switch to purple, ch 1. (12)
Rnd 11: Dec 6 times, join with slst. FO, leaving a long tail. Using tapestry needle, thread this tail through the remaining sts and pull tight to close the hole. Weave in end.
Wings (Make 2)
With white, ch 2.
Rnd 1: In 2nd ch from hook: sc, hdc, 4 dc, hdc, sc. Join with slst. FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Sew wings to sides of the body.
Using yellow yarn, embroider a beak.
I made my beak by embroidering the outline of a triangle that points down. Then I threaded through the two bottom sides of the triangle twice to fill it in and hid the end inside the bird.
Thread tapestry needle with yellow yarn again and double it up. Insert the needle through the back of the bird (anywhere is fine) to a spot on the bottom (toward the front) where you want to position a foot. Pull the yarn so there’s only a few inches sticking out the back (we’ll take care of those in a bit).
Insert the needle back through this same hole in the bottom front of the bird and out through a corresponding hole on the other side at the bottom of the bird.
Pull through until the two loops are about a 1/4″ long.
Insert your needle back through the same hole you just came out of and thread it through to the back of the bird again (anywhere is fine). Pull through until the two loops on this side are about the same size as your first two loops.
Trim your yarn and push the ends inside the bird.
Every rainbow chick needs a mama.
Crochet a Mama Rainbow Chick with the free pattern here at the picnic.
April 18, 2014 at 5:30 am
Oh, I’m glad you liked the name 🙂
April 18, 2014 at 1:11 pm
Very cute, indeed. It’s the perfect name I think. Oops, I meant to link that to your blog too. I was half asleep when I blogged this morning. There, all better. 🙂
April 18, 2014 at 11:21 am
You always have the cutest little patterns to post. Shared on my FB Fan Page Sanderellas…..just adorable!! Happy Easter! Sandy
April 18, 2014 at 12:51 pm
Thank you so much, Sandy! And thank you for sharing my baby rainbow chick with your friends. You are the best!
April 18, 2014 at 12:58 pm
Oh your welcome! You always have the cutest little patterns to share with everyone, and especially those that have small children, they really appreciate it!!
April 18, 2014 at 1:08 pm
That’s so good to hear. It just tickles my heart to know that there are kids out there having a fun time with toys made from my patterns. How wonderful! Happy Easter to you too!
April 22, 2014 at 9:38 am
Thank you! Hope your Easter was lovely too!!
April 24, 2014 at 8:54 am
Aw…..I know they do enjoy them!
Have a lovely day!
April 19, 2014 at 12:18 am
such a cutie.. thank you for the tutorial.. happy Easter to you. 😀
April 19, 2014 at 11:40 am
You’re welcome! Happy Easter to you too!
April 19, 2014 at 12:21 am
I saw it, I saw the baby chicken yesterday but with all the preparations and post I made, I forgot to give you huge like and drop a note. 🙂 Really hope I’ll have time to make a baby or two for this years Easter. They would make great addition to the chick and eggs.
Thank you for all these wonderful patterns. I really, really enjoy your work.
Have a blessed and happy Easter dear friend.
April 19, 2014 at 11:39 am
Vanja, you are simply the best. I am so overjoyed and tickled and just thrilled that you are making my chicks. That is so cool! I love your patterns too and I hope to find some time soon to make more of yours. My mooshka doll looks so cute sitting on my sewing table. She makes me smile every day. Hugs to you always!
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