Free Pattern – Lens Chick

As promised, here is the pattern for the “Lens Chick.” I have not tested it personally, so if you find any errors or ways in which it can be improved, please contact me and I will fix it right away. I hope you enjoy this!

Materials: Yellow and orange worsted weight yarn of your choice (I used good old Red Heart), 4mm crochet hook (or whatever size you find works with your tension), googly eyes, tapestry needle, black hair elastic (“ouchless” kind – without the metal joining part).

Pattern notes: This pattern can and should be modified to fit your lens. The first lens chick I made was for my 17-55mm f2.8 lens, which is huge and has a 77mm filter thread. When I put that one on my 50mm f1.8 lens (much, much smaller), it ruffles. This pattern that I have written out was made for my 35mm f1.8 lens, which is an average size lens. It looks good on my 50mm, but is a little stretched out on my 17-55mm. Once you make one of these, you’ll see how it works and you’ll have no problem adding or subtracting stitches where necessary to make it bigger or smaller.


Round 1: with yellow yarn sc 35 around elastic, sl st in first sc

Round 2: *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around

Now you will work back and forth

Row 1: ch 8, turn, sc in each ch back to body, *sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc* three times, sc in next 3 sc, ch 8, turn

Row 2: sc in each ch back to body, sc in next 17 sc, turn

Row 3: sl st in next 4 sc, *2 dc in next sc, dc in next sc* five times, fasten off


attach orange yarn to appropriate place on bottom of body

Row 1: ch 10, turn, sl st back into previous 3 ch, ch 4, sl st back into previous 3 ch plus one sl st slightly above the first ‘toe’ (this anchors second toe to the foot), ch 4, fasten off

Make one more leg in appropriate place


Hot glue googly eyes to head and embroider a beak (or use orange felt). Use a crochet hook to attach some ‘hair’ to the top of his head (insert crochet hook where you want the hair, bring middle of piece of yarn through, bring ends through loop and tighten). Weave in all loose ends.

[...] A lens chick. Quite literally. And it’s be pretty easy to make a heart, or cloud, or frog, or whatever. You’d just have to experiment with the shaping. [...]

chrystieNovember 28, 2012 - 2:45 pm

How many stitches for a 55 size lens? I want to make for a gift. I do not have a lens to measure.

SarahDecember 9, 2012 - 5:12 am

Hmmm, a 55mm lens or lens thread? That is tough without seeing the lens. It’s a forgiving pattern. I think if it’s a 50mm lens, the instructions I have here should work out. Let me know how it works out!

Smile for Elmo! « Knit1Kids4December 20, 2012 - 12:08 pm

[...] This one was the pattern that I started with but then I just went on my own looking at pictures of others on Etsy. [...]

RitaJune 20, 2013 - 6:20 pm

Oh! I love it!!!

SarahJune 22, 2013 - 12:17 am


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vanessa schnursteinJuly 27, 2013 - 3:45 pm

This is the cutest idea. I love it and my niece is a photographer, I can’t wait to surprise her.

MichelleJuly 28, 2013 - 3:50 am

Love this! Shared it on my blog, thanks! :)

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