Three French Hens by Susan B. Anderson
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Three French Hens

Knitting
March 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
7.5 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette stitch
US 2 - 2.75 mm

The pattern will be available in my Ravelry pattern shop in 6 months from the magazine release date.

Barrett Wool Co. will be having kits for the Hens very soon!

Introduction:
These adorable French Hens are the perfect size to sit on a windowsill or, better yet, to fit lovingly into the small hands or pocket of a child. The completely seamless construction makes for a fun and fast knit. The hen is worked from the bottom up starting with a flat garter stitch piece for the base. Stitches are picked up around the edges of the base for the body, which is then knit in the round. The body is completed with a bit of grafting at the top, leaving live stitches from which the head is then knit, followed by the crown. The beak is then picked up and knit on. Before you know it you have created a beautiful little hen.

Three French Hens have a fun, smooth and slick construction with lovely results. Knitting the hens can be somewhat addicting. You may end up wanting to knit an entire brood!

Finished measurements: 3 ½-inches (9 cm) tall, 3-inches (7.5 cm) in length.

Yarn: Barrett Wool Co. Home Fingering Weight (100% American Wool; 370 yards (338 meters)/100 grams), 1 skein each in Picket Fence, Red Flannel, and Peppercorn.

Samples:
Hen #1:
Main Color (MC): Picket Fence (Background color)
Contrast Color 1 (CC1): Red Flannel (Base)
Contrast Color 2 (CC2): Peppercorn (Woven lines)

Hen #2:
Main Color (MC): Peppercorn (Background color)
Contrast Color 1 (CC1): Red Flannel (Base)
Contrast Color 2 (CC2): Picket Fence (Woven lines)

Hen #3:
Main Color (MC): Red Flannel (Background color)
Contrast Color 1 (CC1): Peppercorn (Base)
Contrast Color 2 (CC2): Picket Fence (Woven lines)

Needles: US size 2 (2.75mm) set of 4 double-pointed needles or size needed to obtain gauge.

Gauge: 7.5 stitches and 9 rows per inch (2.54cm)

Materials:
Detachable stitch marker
Tape measure or ruler
Yarn needle
Polyester fiberfill
Poly-pellets – Optional: considered a choking hazard for small children!
Black embroidery floss for the eyes
Scrap yarn to hold stitches