Adoption with a Difference

Our friends at Pocket Farm have got us thinking about adoption, but adoption of the feathered variety.

Their recent article on adopting ex-battery hens provided useful information and websites in order to try your hand at some very rewarding hen keeping.

One thing about ex-battery hens is the sorry state you can find them in, few feathers can mean they get the chills if temperature drops.  Therefore we have a useful knitting pattern, if you’re feeling crafty, for knitting a Hen Jumper!


If you’ve read the Pocket Farm article and want to adopt but not sure about the knitting, they can be purchased ready made from ‘Knits by Sue’ for the excellent price of £3.50 per jumper (unusual or hard to find colours may cost more).  Contact ‘knits by Sue‘ to inquire and order.


Knit your own Hen Jumper

Hen Jumpers

Nanny North’s 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. That’s 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.

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