2012-04-05 / Front Page

Tuttle shares family Easter tradition with knitters world-wide


Even though Helen uses the same pattern to make her Easter egg laying chickens, she said by the time she puts the eyes on them they take on a personality of their own. No two chickens are the same. 
(Pioneer-Tribune photo) Even though Helen uses the same pattern to make her Easter egg laying chickens, she said by the time she puts the eyes on them they take on a personality of their own. No two chickens are the same. (Pioneer-Tribune photo) She’s been making them for about 30 years now and if you ask her how many she’s constructed over that time period, she can only shrug her shoulders and raise her hands questionably.

Germfask resident Helen Tuttle has knitted her Easter egg laying chickens for all seven of her children, now in their 40s and 50s; her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. With a little squeeze and making your favorite chicken sound, the chickens produce a plastic egg filled with candy.

She has continued to make them yearly, dropping them off at the homes of friends and relatives and most recently, selecting a local adult foster care home, bringing one for each resident. She even sent 29 of them to her daughter-in-laws family in Okinawa Japan.

Helen uses Red Heart yarn to make her chickens and while making them one day she noticed the pattern that was included on the wrapper. She then got to thinking “Wouldn’t it be great if I could share my pattern with other knitters”. Not having a computer, Helen sent off a handwritten letter to the company describing her chickens that lay Easter eggs.

That one little hand written letter peaked an interest by Red Heart and she recently sold her pattern to the company giving other families the opportunity to carry on her family tradition.

Red Heart then sent Helen the yarn they wanted used to make the prototypes. Originally planned to be included on the wrapper before Easter, the company changed it to a free pattern available online at www.redheart.com. They have also changed the name of the pattern to Mama Hens Cozies.

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