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Cabled Chicken Sweater

By: Heather Tucker from stitcheryprojects.com

Cabled Chicken Sweater
Cabled Chicken Sweater
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If you've never considered knitting a chicken sweater, now's your chance. This easy knit sweater pattern is a unique way to keep your chickens warm and their feathers protected. The free knitting pattern was designed with a medium sized hen in mind. Don't waster another minute - work up this sweater knitting pattern today and your feathered friends will be happy you did.

From the blogger: "This little sweater was made with the unique shape of a chicken in mind. It fastens with two buttons on the sides. This sample was made with Patons Classic Wool DK Superwash."

Easy

Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

Materials List

  • 142.5 yards (130.3 meters), 2 oz (57 grams) DK weight yarn (Light #3)
  • Size 6 (4 mm) needles (can be straight or circular)
  • Stitch holders or short circular needle (to hold neckline stitches)
  • Yarn needle
  • 4 buttons shank

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My mother always said that a sweater is something you put on when your mother is cold. Just last week, I saw a report where the girls that get to wear sweaters laid more eggs during the cool months. The pattern is not hard, just follow it row by row. Could be a real plus during molting.

Thanks for the explanation! 3

Normally, it's true that chickens don't need sweaters unless they are a tropical breed in a northern climate perhaps. However, to all the haters out there, stop the hate! Just this week I encountered a very real reason to need chicken sweaters. I live in a northern climate (Idaho). Two of my chickens were attacked by a predator. They lost a lot of feathers on their back and wings. Their skin is wounded. It's cold outside (about 6 degrees some nights). They can't just stay in the house until their feathers grow back in. They need to be outside with the rest of the flock. They've been inside two days but they are ready to go back out. So today I started a search for chicken sweaters to cover their wounds and bare skin to protect them from being pecked by the rest of the flock as well as to protect them from the cold. There really are genuine reasons to need chicken sweaters, not just fashion. I had two friends step up today and offer to make sweaters for them and asked me to find patterns. One friend needs a Crochet pattern so I don't know that the knitting pattern will help but I saw the comments here and thought some people might like to know that chicken sweaters go beyond fashion. They can help an injured chicken recover from a terrible attack also.

I'm so sorry your chickens were attacked!! I really hope they have recovered. It's really nice that your friends were able to make sweaters for them while they recover. It's nice to know this pattern has such a practical use!

I don't know about this sweater, but chicken sweaters are useful if one has only a few hens and an amorous rooster. To mate, a rooster holds the hen by her feathers on her back. If a hen has to endure that often, she loses a lot of back feathers, so some people cover the hens with sweaters to keep them warm as well as safe. Also, if hens molt during a cold spell, a sweater will keep them warm, just like a human. I can't tell for sure by the picture, but it looks as if the sweater doesn't cover the back completely. If that's true, then it's not very practical for anything other than fashion! But fashion it is, right?

obviously, someone with too much time on their hands

I mean, even chicken needs to look fashionable right? I think this is a great idea. Plenty of people grow up with pet chickens.

I never thought there would come a day when I would need a pattern like this... Low and behold one of my old high school teachers has a few chickens in his possession. He'd probably really appreciate this, so I'm thinking about giving it a shot.

I also know a few people who raise chickens in their backyard. I've heard that chickens can tolerate the cold really well. But hey, they look cute and if it doesn't interfere with laying eggs, why not? I've taken care of chickens, though, and it might be a challenge catching them and holding them long enough to get it on!

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