Modification Monday: Raro Chooks

Original Pattern: Cooped Up 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Tanya (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed the pullover to a cardigan! Made it a bit smaller to fit her daughter, changed twisted ribbing for the hem and cuffs, and steeked the sweater and added a button band. Great detailed information can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: The original sweater is an adorable pullover, but I love Tanya’s downsized cardigan version to fit her young daughter. She knit it in the round and adjusted the chicken placement so that they would be balanced once the sweater was steeked, which is so very important when converting a colourwork yoke pullover into a cardigan. Using twisted ribbing for the button band, collar, cuffs and hem provided a nice textural detail to the sweater. Such an impressive, beautiful cardigan!


  1. Ellen   •  

    This cardigan is so sweet! Tanya did a great job with the modifications. And I always admire any knitter brave enough to tackle steeks!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Ellen,

      I’m with you on that- I still haven’t tried steeking yet, but I don’t find working colourwork on the wrong side that big of a deal, so I’m probably not a likely candidate for steeking.



  2. Wanda   •  

    Adorable! And I am also a big admirer of the intrepid knitters who steek!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Wanda,

      So true, steeking does look like magic! I haven’t done it yet either!



  3. Cute. I have this thing for chickens. Which reminds me… I should probably go feed ours! This is a perfect kid knit for sure.

    • Julie   •     Author

      You have chickens! I don’t think I knew that, or I had forgotten. There are lots of great chicken knits, but this cardi would be so cute on you!

  4. Stefanie   •  

    How brave of her to go forth and put in all of those modifications. The chicken design is fun.

  5. Melissa   •  

    This sweater has long been in my Rav “favorites”–I love the mods for the smaller version. Who could go wrong with chickens, and balanced ones at that!

  6. miss agnes   •  

    Really cute! We do not often see chickens in patterns, a proof that this bird works as well as other animals.

  7. Jessica   •  

    I love this, it reminds me of a vintage cardigan! So detailed and pretty!

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