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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd, 2009 8:23pm (Aug 22nd 2009)
    Here are the jumper patterns that Neil asked me for. The first one is the Little Hen pattern. The second one is the one I adapted from it making it easier to follow and giving an alternative neck that doesn't need crochet around it.

    If you could make some for the Little Hen people, it would be much appreciated as the bald hens get sent to their new owners wearing one during the cold weather so as you can imagine they do get through loads of them. It doesn't matter what colour yarn you use and they can even be stripey to use up oddments as well. The important thing is to keep the hens warm.

    If you have any difficulties with the patterns please don't hesitate to ask me and I will help you if I can.

    The address to send the completed jumpers to is:-

    Little Hen Rescue
    The Stables
    NR15 1QL
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd, 2009 8:30pm (Aug 22nd 2009) edited
    Little Hen Version


    Double knitting yarn (100g makes approximately 3 jumpers)

    2 buttons or 10cm Velcro

    1 pair of number 8 (4mm) knitting needles

    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.

    Work buttonholes; (work these 2 rows straight if using Velcro).

    (K2, yf k2tog) 3 times, work to end keeping edges in garter St.

    Repeat this row for buttonholes on the other tab.

    Cast off 10 sts at beginning of next row.

    Next row – cast off 10 sts, k4, p2 tog, p to last 6 sts, p2tog, k4.

    Dec 1 St at each end on every fol 6th row until 25 sts remain.

    Divide for neck;

    Work 11 sts, cast off 3, work to end – complete this half first.

    1) k4, p to end

    2) cast off 2, k to end

    3) k4, p to end

    4) k2tog, k to end

    5) k4, p2tog, p to end

    Work 4 rows straight

    10) K to last 5 sts, Inc in next St, k4.

    11) K4, p to last St, Inc in next St.

    12) Cast on 2 sts, k to end, (11sts)

    13) K4, p to end

    14) K

    Break yarn and rejoin to the other side of neck.

    Work to match, reversing shaping’s and ending at winghole edge.

    Next row – k, cast on 3, k across sts from other side of neck.

    Next row , k4 Inc in next St, p to last 5 sts, Inc in next St, k4.

    Inc 1 St at each end of every fol 6th row until there are 41 sts on the needle.

    Work 6 rows straight.

    Change to gst and knit 4 rows.

    Cast off.

    Sew on buttons or Velcro as desired.

    Work double crochet around neck.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd, 2009 8:32pm (Aug 22nd 2009) edited
    Nanny Norths Version

    Materials;- Double knitting yarn (100g makes approximately 3 jumpers). 2 buttons each jumper
    I pair No 8 (4mm) knitting needles 4mm crochet hook
    Jumper knitted in stocking stitch with garter stitch borders

    Cast on 41 sts.
    Knit 4 rows straight.

    Tabs and button holes.

    1/ cast on 10sts @ beginning of row. K14. P to last 4 sts. K4.
    2/ cast on 10sts @ beginning of row. K to end
    3/ (K2. yf. K2tog) 3 times. K2. P33. K14.
    4/ (K2, yf. K2tog) 3 times. K to end.
    5/ Cast off 10sts. K3. P33. K14.
    6/ Cast off 10sts.K3. K2tog. K to last 6 sts K2tog. K4.

    Dec. I st at each end on every following 6th row until 25 sts remain, keeping edges in garter stitch.

    Divide for neck.

    Work 11 sts. cast off 3 sts work to end and complete this half first.
    1/ K to end
    2/ P1. P2tog twice P2. K4.
    3/ K to end
    4/ P1. P2tog. P2. K4.
    5/ K4. K2tog. K2.
    Work next 4 rows straight.
    10/ P2. Inc in next st. K4.
    11/ K6. Inc in next st. K1.
    12/ P1. Inc in next 2sts P2. K4.
    13/ K to end.
    14/ p7. K4.
    Put these 11 sts onto holding pin.
    Break yarn and rejoin to other side of neck.
    Work to match, reversing shapings and ending at wing hole edge. Thats row 13.
    Next row K4. P7. Cast on 3sts then from the sts on holding pin P7.K4.
    Now K4. Inc into next st. K to last 5sts. Inc in next st. K4

    Inc I st at each end of following 6th row until there are 41sts on needle.
    Work 6 rows keeping to pattern
    Knit 4 rows.
    Cast off.
    Sew on buttons. Work I row double crochet round neck edge if desired.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd, 2009 8:35pm (Aug 22nd 2009) edited
    They are like little tabbards real cute, here are the pictures of the three I have made so far;-
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd, 2009 8:38pm (Aug 22nd 2009) edited
    Goldie Corn was a real good girl and offered to model one for us all with Sootz and Sylvi supervising. Don't forget that they would be worn by bald hens rather that a fully plumed bird.
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd, 2009 8:59pm (Aug 22nd 2009)
    Bless her, I can't quite tell if she likes being in her jumper or not? They are great, and too have done 3 already is great. keep up the good work. T
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd, 2009 9:03pm (Aug 22nd 2009)
    She was real calm about it so they must be comfy. I will e-mail you the second pattern for your Mum.
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd, 2009 11:15pm (Aug 22nd 2009)
    Sootz and Sylvi are sitting there like fashion critics ...

    "hmm, blue is just so last season".

    They are fantastic NN, maybe I should dig out my needles - I haven't knitted anything since [gulp] The Blanket!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd, 2009 11:32pm (Aug 22nd 2009)
    Ha ha it is some wool I had left over from a jacket I made for Aurelia so it is def last season ha ha.

    Yes go on dig your needles out they are real easy to make and don't take long to do, plus you will be helping a poor little abused hen. Plus if you get stuck I am here to try and help you.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd, 2009 6:04am (Aug 23rd 2009)
    NN, those are great little jumpers..and Goldie is a darling little model.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd, 2009 6:24pm (Aug 23rd 2009)
    Thank you Lynn I took her back out to the others with a portion of grated cheese so they were all well pleased with her and her wages Ha ha.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd, 2009 7:20pm (Aug 23rd 2009)
    she's not one of those supermodels who don't get out of bed for less than ten grand, then?
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd, 2009 8:45pm (Aug 23rd 2009)
    Well, she was a very good lookin' bird!!

    She'll be tapping on your door tomorrow with a sign saying "will model for food"! Maybe I will do some - now that we have a staff room at work I can always do some in my lunch break to keep me busy. It was lovely to see the picture so that I know what the finished article should look like!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd, 2009 9:18pm (Aug 23rd 2009)
    No she is very down to earth CC and is happy for any tasty morsel to come her way. She is my little girl who likes to ride in the wheel barrow !!

    It will be good if you can do some Kate every one helps. I had to make the first one not knowing what it would be like so thought a picture would be helpful. Doing them at lunch time is a good idea, you never know you might be able to rope someone in to make some as well.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd, 2009 9:35pm (Aug 23rd 2009)
    N.N. Well I haven't had such a laugh for quite some time!
    My next door must think I have gone quite bananas - at last!

    That Chook all dressed up - fantastic.

    I intend to set G'daughter knitting but not telling her what it is!!!
    What a laugh!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2009 4:48am (Aug 24th 2009)
    Wicked woman, Ollie. And Kate's workmates will think that she has a strange-shaped grandchild...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2009 6:47am (Aug 24th 2009)
    I wish I could knit, but I never was able to master it. My best friend's Mom spent years trying to teach me..I just couldn't get the hang of it. maybe I could make some on the sewing machine out of wool that would work...or sweatshirt material.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2009 9:48am (Aug 24th 2009) edited
    I know it looks funny on a fully feathered hen, and I dont mind you having a laugh, but when you see it on a battery hen it gives you a much different perspective about it.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2009 9:51am (Aug 24th 2009) edited
    This is the design made from fleece, with adjustable Velcro straps.. They are 4 inches across the middle with a hole for their heads to come through. The holes itself is 2 inches across. The large ends are 7 inches... The length from one end to the other is 17 inches long. These do not have to be perfect, the girls really don't mind as long as they are warm for their first few weeks out of the farm..
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2009 9:59am (Aug 24th 2009)
    I hope this is of some use Lynn, if you do manage to make a couple can you post a photo of them for me. I have loads of oddments of wool that I can use up so dont want to have to go out and buy fleece until I have used most of the wool.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2009 3:54pm (Aug 24th 2009)
    Thank you for the pattern, NN. I'll see if I can make one of them.
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2009 6:16pm (Aug 24th 2009)
    Hi NN - can you email me the fleece option - I've got a couple of old fleece blankets that I could use and some odd bit of velcro. Thanks
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2009 7:39pm (Aug 24th 2009)
    It is on its way Tracy good luck and don't forget to post a pictue of them thanks
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2009 8:07pm (Aug 24th 2009)
    I'll get the old blankets out at the weekend and have a look and see what I can come up with.
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2009 11:27pm (Aug 24th 2009)
    I have some left over fleece from making rat hammocks - I'll have a go this weekend if I get chance.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 25th, 2009 12:41am (Aug 25th 2009)
    Oh wow thank you so much, I got five knitted so far so with a bit of luck we can get a fair few sent out to them from the hen cam girls.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 25th, 2009 3:12am (Aug 25th 2009)
    Posted By: KatebI have some left over fleece from making rat hammocks - I'll have a go this weekend

    Poor Caitlyn when she gets to school comparing notes in the playground...'My gran makes cakes.' 'My gran makes bread.' 'My gran makes doll's clothes.'

    'Well MY gran makes chicken vests and rat hammocks...'
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 25th, 2009 9:44am (Aug 25th 2009)
    The other kids would probably go oh wow does she can we come and see them. Ha ha.
    • CommentTimeAug 26th, 2009 7:05pm (Aug 26th 2009)

    Keeper of the hens

    Brilliant pics NN! Now if only i could knit...
    • CommentTimeSep 1st, 2009 11:47pm (Sep 1st 2009)
    I went to buy velcro today for the fleece ones I've cut out. I told one of the women at work and she thought I was joking - she looked at me like I was mad! When I got back she had googled "chicken jumpers for ex-battery hens" and found the web site that has the patterns on it. She was amazed and didn't realise how terrible they are in battery conditions. She said if she could knit she'd do some but she can't so she won't, but good luck to us!!!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2009 3:40am (Sep 2nd 2009)
    She could have a go with the velcro and fleece though, could hold masterclasses at lunchtime!
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2009 8:57pm (Sep 2nd 2009)
    NN - can you email me the picture of your girl modeling her beautifuly knitted coat and the one of the girl in the fleece jacket. I couldn't find hte thread the other day to show my mum. thanks T.
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2009 9:39pm (Sep 2nd 2009)
    I'm just reading this thread. In tears, actually. You women just warm my heart.

    Tracy you may already know this - but since it took me ages to figure out... The *search* tab (up at the top of this page) is excellent for finding lost threads.

    Lynn where are you sending your chicken vests? Overseas or somewhere around here?

    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2009 11:25pm (Sep 2nd 2009)
    Here's an update. My friend e-mailed the link to the site to her friend who retired recently and keeps moaning she needs a hobby. My friend said "take up knitting" and explained about the hens. Her friend mailed back to say she can't knit (where HAVE all the knitters gone?!) but her next door neighbour has just taken in 6 ex-batts, so she might make them some fleece jackets in return for the occasional egg!!! (She thought ex-batts didn't lay anymore so is pleasantly surprised!)
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd, 2009 4:28am (Sep 3rd 2009)
    Posted By: Kateb(where HAVE all the knitters gone?!)

    They knitted blankets which gave them nervous exhaustion and swore never to knit again, Kate...:tooth:
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd, 2009 9:37am (Sep 3rd 2009)
    Hmmm. just read this thread with interest and I'll have to get the sewing machine going again. It might be quicker then me taking up the knitting needles again.
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd, 2009 9:11pm (Sep 3rd 2009)
    Another friend at work (yes, I've got 2!) was laughing at me for knitting the jumpers. She told her relative about it expecting her to laugh, and it turns out she's just taken in 6 ex batts too, and very seriously said that they need the jumpers and explained all the whys and wherefores. My friend has now realised that its a very good thing to do - "a bit like charity" she said. She almost spoilt it by suggesting that when they don't lay any more (she also thought ex-batts couldn't lay) they could be eaten (sorry!) as they "were no use anymore". I asked if she was intending to ask a doctor to euthenise her when she reached menopause as her 'use' would be gone. She said "fair comment".

    They will be converted - however slowly!!!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2009 2:05pm (Sep 4th 2009)
    well done Kate, you are a legend!!:sun:
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2009 6:07pm (Sep 4th 2009)
    What a woman...:045::cheer::clap:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2009 6:54pm (Sep 4th 2009)
    Way to go Kate!!:thumbup::clap:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2009 11:04am (Sep 7th 2009)
    Hi sorry I haven't been about for a few days, I haven't been slacking though and am now on my twenty second hen jumper !!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2009 11:09am (Sep 7th 2009)
    Did you manage to find the site in the end Tracy or do you still want me to e-mail the pictures ??

    Well done Kate, it is nice to know the battle is going strong !! Could you post a picture of the fleece jackets you have made and let us know of any adjustments you have had to make to the original pattern. Thank you.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2009 4:48pm (Sep 7th 2009)
    Blimey, NN, you're a one-woman production-line!
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2009 10:46pm (Sep 7th 2009)
    Blimey, I'm only on knitted jacket no.2, and have only done about 16 rows of it so far!!!

    I have cut out the fleece but not sewn any velcro on yet. I cut it exactly to the pattern - as I don't have any chickens I can't try it for fit. I thought about using the rats (too small) or the cats (too aggressive) or the granddaughter ... there's a thought! LOL!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2009 9:00am (Sep 8th 2009)
    I don't have to go to work now Kate so have more time than you do. I knit quite quickly anyhow. I had to go out and get some more buttons yesterday. I was chatting to my neighbour before I went. Bless her she wanted to take me to save me walking, she is everso kind, I said the walk would do me good, as I know how busy she is.
    The lady in the shop was interested as to why I needed so many buttons. She didn't turn a hair when I told her what I was making and why. I was quite surprised as I expected her to laugh. She told me to put the expensive ones back and went out the back and came out with about two hundred beige buttons and said here the hens wont mind what colour they are. How kind is that and when I got home there was more buttons in a little packet pushed through the letter box from my Neighbour, she must have sorted out her button box for me.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2009 2:26pm (Sep 8th 2009)
    Holy cow NN you are just an amazing woman, all those knitted jumpers for the dear little hennies, just wonderful, it warms the heart!!!!
    I have a huge button collection in a large round tin, I would post it, but it weighs a ton!!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2009 6:55pm (Sep 8th 2009)
    Why thank you Trev's Mum,I do enjoy knitting and it is good for me to keep my joints going rather than letting them seize up !!
    I also like to put something back into life if you know what I mean. I will be makeing some cards for the Macmillan nurse charity next week as they have a nation wide coffee morning coming up soon. Molly will have a card table there she did real well last year and made over a hundred pounds for them.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2009 6:59pm (Sep 8th 2009)
    oh I forgot to tell you my Mum had a wonderful button box and like yours it weighed about a ton. We used to love going through it and saying things like oh these were off that old purple cardigan, and these were from that horrid floral dress I had to wear to Susies wedding !!!! I don't know what happened to it but someone had a real treasure trove for sure.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2009 8:06pm (Sep 8th 2009)
    I used to play for hours with our button tin when I was little; glass (no I lie, real diamond!) buttons were princesses, gold (real, of course) buttons were wonder I grew up insane...:tooth:
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2009 10:12pm (Sep 8th 2009)
    NN, that is so nice of your neighbour and the lady at the shop! I feel I should be knitting now instead of typing!! I'm quite a slow knitter - I think it comes from being self-taught. My mom is right handed and I'm left handed, so I struggled to learn from her because it was all backwards and I had to find my own way of doing things.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2009 10:17pm (Sep 8th 2009)
    Mum-in-law had a terrific button box, only to be expected with six children. It was amazing how much pleasure we got from it.
    I have never been able to replicate it, maybe 'cos my old garments go to charity shops and the buttons go with them!
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2009 10:20pm (Sep 8th 2009)
    Things don't tend to have buttons now - its all zips and stretchy material!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeSep 9th, 2009 1:04am (Sep 9th 2009)
    Ah the stories some of those buttone could tell.
    I also use them on some of my cards I sell. I sometimes put buttons and tulle together, sounds weird but looks ok.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 10th, 2009 9:12pm (Sep 10th 2009)
    We had a lot of buttons because we used to make rag rugs and Mum used to make quilts as well so all the buttons had to be cut off.
    We also used to unpick jumpers so the wool could be reused. One would hold the knitted part slightly stretched while the other wound the wool into a ball.
    • CommentTimeSep 10th, 2009 11:09pm (Sep 10th 2009)
    I can remember winding wool like that with my nan. It was very therapeutic!
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeSep 28th, 2009 7:17pm (Sep 28th 2009)
    Nanny North - thoose jumpers are amazing - if you could email me a couple of pictures I'd appreciate it - I wanted my mum to see them.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2009 4:23pm (Oct 11th 2009) edited
    Pictures on there way Tracy. I have made fifty and will be posting them off tomorrow all being well
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2009 5:43pm (Oct 11th 2009)
    Fantastic! Well done NN, I'm afraid I have only completed one, have one that's a third done, and some fleece ones awaiting velcro. I must get my backside into gear.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2009 7:20pm (Oct 11th 2009)
    Those are wonderful, NN..I wish I could knit, but *sigh* I'm no good at it at all. There are going to be several hens that are going to be warm and stylish this Winter.
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2009 8:27pm (Oct 11th 2009)
    Wow - they look really good NN, you've put us all to shame.
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2009 8:36am (Nov 4th 2009)
    NN. they look great and yes, you put me to shame as well.
    I did think that I'd have a go at knitting again.
    Have saved the knitting pattern too.
    Perhaps when I have time to put my posterior on a seat and some time to spare.
    • CommentAuthormoxie
    • CommentTimeNov 19th, 2010 10:19pm (Nov 19th 2010) edited
    Just read this whole forum and am really impressed by you all.

    I have just found this site while looking for some sort of chicken clothing. I have four bantams which i had been keeping seperatly- two in one house and two in another, letting them all out in the garden to socialise together. Thought they were friends so put them all in the larger house only to find and that one has been pecked badly by the others. (interestingly it was the one who has always been the top hen, the others have obviously decided they have had enough of her bossing them about!) Unfortunatly she has lost quite alot of her feathers and is now looking a little worse for wear and its getting rather cold now.

    Anyway now have the pattern and have set my Mum to work. Thanks Nanny North.
    • CommentTimeNov 19th, 2010 11:37pm (Nov 19th 2010)
    Welcome Moxie! I hope your mum is a quick knitter - with the forecast change in the weather next week your girl will be very glad of the jumper I'm sure!!
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2010 1:44am (Nov 20th 2010)

    Keeper of the hens

    :welcome: moxie!

    Good luck with your banties, what breed are they? :face-smile:
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2010 5:21pm (Nov 20th 2010)
    Helloo, Moxie; hope your banties are snug!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2010 10:07pm (Nov 20th 2010)
    :welcome: Moxie
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2010 5:14pm (Nov 22nd 2010)

    Keeper of the hens

    NN, I thought that was really lovely, and you have a very laid back hen to agree to modelling - a supermodel in the making!

    Agree too that the pic of the 'real' ex-bat wearing one is very sobering though and definitely shows how much use they are.
    • CommentAuthormoxie
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2010 12:23pm (Nov 28th 2010)
    Hello all
    I have two Rhode Island Reds (Ruby and Scarlet) and two peking bantams (Aggie and Freda)
    My mum has come up trumps, the jumper is brill, beacause they are smaller than full size chickens it took a bit of working out the corect size, but Ruby is walking round with a nice new multi coloured jumper, and being a twin with my 16 month old nephew who happens to have the same jumper!! however I am pleased to say that her feathers are re growing really quickly. I must say the timing was great! its REALLY cold here in Bath and my garden is covered in snow! funnily enough they dont want to venture out of their house and run at the moment.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2010 2:29pm (Nov 28th 2010)
    Hello there Moxie, Nanny North here with a big welcome to hencam. I am so pleased you found us via the hen jumpers, and that the pattern was of use to you. Maybe your Mum would be so kind to add her "modified for Bantums" pattern on here as it could be of help to others. How cute she has a twin jumper of your Nephew see if you can get a picture of them together, it would be brill for the family album.
    Now you have found us please call in again and join in with all the discussions and banter. It would be nice if you have a couple of pictures you could share of your girls, we adore pictures and new company.
    It is bitterly cold here in the East Midlands at the moment. My three new hens hadn't seen snow before and were very comical as they tried to fly over it. just to land in the deepest part. I had to pick them up and carry them to the gazebo in the end. My older ones knew the snow drill which saved a lot of time !!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd, 2011 9:42pm (Dec 22nd 2011)
    kirgem the neck should look neat enough thats why I re- styled the pattern especially for those of you unable to crochet. As to re-sizing you could try thinner wool and smaller needles. I only have full sized hens so am not to sure how small they would have to be. Have a go and see what you can come up with. Then you can always share it with every one on here. Oh by the way you don't have to whisper just enter your comments in the box, I will notice it quicker that way.
    • CommentAuthorMidsummerKnit
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd, 2012 8:38pm (Jun 2nd 2012)
    Hello All,

    I found this forum by searching for chicken jumpers on the internet.

    Some friends and I are holding a Knitlympics during the olympics. I have decided that my project for the Knitlympics will be to knit as many chicken jumpers as possible.

    I'll post pictures to show progress.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd, 2012 10:13pm (Jun 2nd 2012)
    What a fantastic project; keep us posted!
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd, 2012 10:42pm (Jun 2nd 2012)
    That's a great idea! Good luck with your project!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2012 6:53am (Jun 7th 2012)
    What a wonderful idea for your project, MidsummerKnit..we'd love to see pictures!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJun 10th, 2012 11:57am (Jun 10th 2012)
    yes yes a great idea and we'd love to see pics.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 10th, 2012 4:26pm (Jun 10th 2012)
    Hi, Julie..long time no are you feeling????:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2012 12:39am (Jun 13th 2012)
    Feeling pretty good Lynn, just still missing my kitty so so much. I miss holding Thomas in my arms so we're off to the vets today for some cat therapy to cuddle a beautiful 'we think' British Blue named Pandora. Gorg grey heavier looking cat, she is looking for a home as the owner has had to go into a nursing home. Met her a few weeks ago and they have been bringing her health up to standard as she had teeth and kidney problems. One of the vet nurses is fostering her at present. Would love to consider her for us but just cant afford it. I know, I know I shouldn't even be going but I need to so much hold something live. Brian says 'well what am I then, dead' he he he:face-devil-grin:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2012 11:36am (Jun 13th 2012)
    Maybe Brian just isn't furry enough!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2012 5:37pm (Jun 13th 2012)
    Would she be expensive then Julie?
    Or could Brian grow a big bushy beard...?
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2012 11:16pm (Jun 13th 2012)
    Does Brian have a trade-in value?!

    Could you foster her? Do you have a cat protection organisation over there? Here you can foster for the CP and they will provide a pen for the cat to live in, food, vet care etc. All you have to do is be willing to allow people to come and meet the cat with a view to adopting. I've thought about it but am not home enough to allow people to come around!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2012 9:48am (Jun 17th 2012)
    Ha ha it's funny to read this now girls, for an update see my topic Trev's mum's new arrival,
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2012 11:20pm (Jun 19th 2012)
    Yes it is TM, especially as you still got to keep Brian!!! :cheer:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2012 2:19am (Jun 22nd 2012)
    he he that's right Kate, lucky him!:face-devil-grin:
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2012 11:05pm (Oct 10th 2012)
    I've just been reading my Dogs Trust magazine and they are requesting knitted jumpers for dogs that belong to the homeless and live on the streets. They suggest medium to large size, to do an internet search for 'dog jumper patterns' or email for a pattern. Jumpers should be sent to:
    Dogs Trust Head Office
    17 Wakley Street
    EC1V 7RQ
    no later than 23rd November.
    (Wish they'd given more notice - I'm such a slow knitter!)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2012 1:29am (Oct 11th 2012)
    The only one who could knit that fast would be Nanny North. I don't know how to knit at all, so by the time I'd get one done and mailed off it would take over a year to get it there.
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2012 10:55pm (Oct 11th 2012)
    I'm surprised they don't accept them all year round - after all, there are always homeless on the streets with their dogs, and the British weather guarantees a jumper is needed! Maybe it was in the magazine before and I missed it.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2012 6:36am (Oct 12th 2012)
    Maybe they want to give them out as Christmas gift to the homeless people who have dogs with them. It does seem funny that they don't do it year round though, Kate. You'd think they would.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2012 2:45pm (Oct 12th 2012)
    Or start the campaign earlier to give people time to get knitting, I agree, Lynn.
    I can't knit, otherwise I'd give it a go. But nobody has a dog the same shape as anything I would knit. Or at least, I hope they don't!
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2012 11:51pm (Oct 13th 2012)
    A lot of the patterns I looked at relied on measuring your dog to knit a jumper to fit. As I don't have a dog it makes it a bit hard! Perhaps I should borrow next door's German Shepherd or Labrador or Collie. They're all mad as a box of frogs so I don't think they'd stand still long enough for me to take a chest size!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2012 1:14am (Oct 14th 2012)
    I got three little girls to knit for now so don't get much time to do other knits. Just finished a white and pink cardigan. I get a tad fed up with pink and thats what they want!!
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2012 8:49pm (Oct 24th 2012)
    Just saw this on - a metro story about hens in jumpers. As an aside, there could be a nice little earner on ebay for the knitters amongst us!!
    • CommentAuthorKnittingForHens
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2015 11:59am (Oct 9th 2015)
    Hi, just joined forum and have printed out copies of the knitting pattern for me, Mum and some of her friends, might even get my kids involved too! My sister is looking to get some ex batts once she has settled into her new home and I'm really looking forward to helping the new ladies keep warm! Such a good cause!
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2015 1:50pm (Oct 9th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Excellent news :)

    Please let us know (and show off!) your completed jumpers, and we'd love to actually see them on some hens when your sister gets them - the weather is definitely turning chillier so it's the right time to get started on those jumpers.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2015 7:48pm (Oct 9th 2015)
    Yes, we need to see pics - there's nothing like seeing a hen in a sweater!:face-smile:
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2015 8:42pm (Oct 9th 2015)
    It's a great sight isn't it and a really good thing to do. Welcome to the forum KFH!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2015 8:42pm (Oct 11th 2015)
    Welcome to the forum, KFH. We'd love to see your sweaters when you get them finished.:welcome:
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2015 4:16pm (Nov 18th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    I get asked occasionally for my address so kind-hearted knitters can send their completed chicken jumpers to us. (I think they think we are the hen rescue).

    I'm not sure if Little Hen Rescue are still going, but I did find Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare that also request chicken jumpers, so it might be worth sending them there (tell them hencam sent you!)

    Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare
    The Broyle
    East Sussex
    BN8 5AJ

    • CommentAuthorMother hen
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2016 1:44pm (Feb 10th 2016)
    Hi all

    I need help, we have four ex. 'free range' commercial hens (black rocks). We normally take ex. batts and never have a problem with them, but this time we had these ex. commercial 'free range' ones offered. They are living with one of our cockerels as it stops much of the scrapping that often ensues when we keep hens alone. Unlike the ex. batts these ex. 'free rangers' came to us with no feathers on their backs several months ago, and still have no feathers on their backs despite plenty of TLC. So it got cold and we knitted Nanny North's jumpers think to a) get them warm and b) give their feathers a chance to grow. However, despite all the photos of hens modelling jumpers on the net, ours hated them - they turned around and started to peck them off, they seemed to ride up on their backs and worst of all the cockerel started to attack them. Has anyone else had teething problems with them and does anyone have any tips for getting the hens to accept their jumpers please?
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2016 5:36pm (Feb 10th 2016)
    What if you just put the coats in the run for a day or so to take on the smell of the run? Do you think that might help?
    • CommentAuthorMother hen
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2016 6:35pm (Feb 10th 2016)
    Hi Chief chicken, that might be worth a try. We don't know if they don't like the sight, the smell or the feel of them, so I guess it is worth trying to eliminate one or more of these.