Check out these stylin’ sweaters (or jumpers, as they call ‘em in England) that were knit for bald and underweight retired battery hens, that is those caged chickens whose sole purpose is to lay eggs. The Knit and Crochet Club, a group in Somerset, has donated its talents to Little Hen Rescue in
Norwich, which re-homes former battery hens, but for those of us who don’t live anywhere near the UK, the crafty knitters have provided instructions on how to make a sweater to donate to Little Hen Rescue, another chicken rescue group closer to you, or for your own lovely pet chicken!
Here’s how you do it:
Pattern for Knitted Hen Jacket
- Double knitting yarn (100g makes approximately 3 jumpers)
- 2 buttons or 10cm Velcro
- 1 pair of number 8 (4mm) knitting needles
- use 9 (3.75mm) if you are a loose knitter
- 4mm crochet hook
Knitted in stocking stitch with garter stitch borders
Cast on 41 sts,
Work 4 rows K
Increase for tabs;
Cast on 10 sts at beginning of next row, k14, p to last 4 sts, k4.
Cast on 10 sts at beginning of next row, k14, p to last 14sts, k14.
Choose either buttonholes or Velcro
For button holes :
Next row: (K2, yf k2tog) 3 times, work to end keeping edges in garter st.
Repeat this row for buttonholes on the other tab.
work these 2 rows straight if using Velcro
The site also provides instructions for making a fleece sweater for chickens.