How to Crochet an Egg Popping Chicken – Free Pattern

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This free crochet pattern is called the Egg Popping Chicken. And as the name suggests it is literally a small chicken that can pop out an egg when you squeeze it.

Have you ever scrolled through social media and suddenly found one video that made you stop scrolling? Well, that happened to me when I was recently inspired by an Instagram video of a knitted chicken that had an egg pop out. It was cute, simple and so eye-catching. But it was knitted. I took it upon myself to create a crochet version. The result? A cute and hilarious Egg Popping Chicken as a free crochet pattern.

You will need a small amount of yarn (in different colors) and some other materials listed below. I made my chicken and its nest in under 40 Minutes.

Furthermore, I decided to create a full video tutorial on the chicken to make it easier for everyone. As the nest is extremely easy to make, I did not show how to make it in the video. But the instructions for it can be found below as well.

So, let’s prepare for Easter and make lots of Chickens that pop out eggs. By the way, this adorable Egg Popping Chicken can also be used as an ideal egg warmer for morning breakfasts.

In case you need a Mini Easter Basket crochet pattern, check out my free pattern HEREit features the Turkish Star Stitch which is a stunning and unique crochet stitch pattern.

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So let me now get started and tell you what you will need in order to crochet the Egg Popping Chicken using the Linked Double Crochet Stitch.

How to crochet the Egg Popping Chicken

Material List:

Stitches used (US terms):

Click HERE to learn these basic stitches

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • inc = increase
  • inv dec = invisible decrease
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • flo = front loop only
  • LDC = Linked Double Crochet


4 sc x 4 rounds = 1 square inch

Final Size:

3.5 in height  x 3.5 in diameter (with tail) inches


Begin with yellow and a stitch marker as you are going in continuous rounds

Round 1:

Make a magic ring and crochet 8 sc into it, pull tightly closed (8 sts)

Round 2:

*1 sc, 1 sc inc, repeat from * all around (12 sts)

Round 3 – 4:

1 sc in each st

Round 5:

*1 sc, 1 sc inv dec, repeat from * all around (8 sts)

Round 6:

1 sc inc in each st (16 sts)

Round 7:

*1 sc, 1 sc inc, repeat from * all around (24 sts)

Round 8 – 12: 

1 sc inc in each st (24 sts)

You are working on the tail now.

Row 1:

ch 3, 2 LDC in FLO in each of the next 5 sts, ch 3, turn

Row 2 – 6:

1 LDC in each st, ch 3, turn

Now fold the flap in half and start going in rounds again (but connecting the flap to the body connecting 2 LDC to the back loop of 1 sc that was skipped in row 1)

Round 1: 1 sc in the blo of skipped st (2 LDC dec to 1 sc) for the next 10 sts (now connected the tail to the body), 1 sc in all the rest of the sts of this round (24 sts)

Round 2: *1 sl st, 1 dc inc, repeat from * all around

Fasten off and weave in the ends.


Use really red

Squeeze the head together a bit. Then, attach the yarn to round 3. After that, work your way upwards:

* 1 sc, 1 sl st, repeat from * 2 more times. Fasten off and weave in the ends.


Attach the eyes if they are plastic, or sew them on with just yarn.


Using Flame Orange

Attach the yarn to round 3 on the opposite side of where the crest on the head is and do the following: 1 sl st, 1 sc, 1 sl st

Fasten off and weave in the ends.


Using brown

Round 1:

Make a magic ring and add 8 sc to the center, pull yarn end to close the hole, sl st to the first st (8 sts)

Round 2: 

ch 1, 1 sc inc in each st, sl st to the first st (16 sts)

Round 3:

ch 1, *1 sc, 1 sc inc, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st (24 sts)

Round 4: 

ch 1, *1 sc in next 2 sts, 1 sc inc, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st (32 sts)

Round 5: 

*1 sc in next 3 sts, 1 sc inc, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st (40 sts)

Round 6:

ch 1, *1 sc in next 4 sts, 1 sc inc, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st (48 sts)

Round 7 – 8:

ch 1, 1 sc in each st, sl st to the first st

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Now you are ready to use your Egg Popping Chicken! Doesn’t it make a great gift?

If you more of a visual learner, then check out my full video tutorial for the Chicken below.

Video Tutorial on how to crochet the Chicken

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