The Big Chick Knit

The Big Chick Knit is back at Alexander Devine by popular demand. Each year, incredible knitters from the local area make hundreds of adorable knitted chicks and friends, each with a chocolate egg inside. The chicks and friends are then sold to raise vital funds for our children’s hospice service. This year, we are taking these chicks to new heights and want to get all of Berkshire involved.

For more information, to download our patterns, or to find out other ways to get involved view The Big Chick Knit Guide.

Knit or crochet for us

Get those knitting needles or crochet hooks ready to create as many chicks and friends as you can manage.

You can use whatever colours you have available to you,  don’t worry if you’re unsure how to knit these adorable Easter friends, we have a handy guide to help you, download the patterns here.

Please make sure we receive your finished chicks by 26th February 2024!


Collect or donate chocolate eggs

We need hundreds of chocolate eggs for our chicks and friends. Each chick and friend needs a chocolate egg, these need to be Crème Egg size to fit inside the chick.

We have collection places out in the local community where you can donate any eggs, or you can send them directly to us via our Amazon Wishlist.

We are always looking for new places in Berkshire to collect these eggs, if you would like to organise a collection then please do let us know so we can send you the collection box.

Please make sure we receive your eggs by 26th February 2024!


When it’s time for the chicks to fly the nest, you can purchase your very own unique chick. These will be for sale out in the community or you can purchase them via our online shop.

Alternatively you can have a box of our chicks and friends to sell out in the community, these are EGG-tremely popular in offices, schools or local shops. And 100% of the money raised from these adorable knitted friends goes directly to our charity, making a huge difference to the children and families we support!

Other ways to get involved

We are so grateful for any time and support you can spare for The Big Chick Knit, but if you would like to continue supporting our campaign once the knits are made, there are plenty of ways to do so!

Egg Taxi Drivers

We need ‘Egg Taxi’ volunteers to pick up the chocolate eggs in their area, kindly donated by companies, schools and other organisations, and drop them off at our children’s hospice in Maidenhead.

Egg Filling

Filling thousands of chicks isn’t an easy task! We need volunteers to fill and prep chicks in the run up to Easter. We can arrange ‘filling sessions’ at our hospice, or at a group near you to ‘get filling’!

Chick Hospital

Unfortunatly, some chicks we receive need a few repairs from their travels. Our chick hospital needs volunteers to stitch our chicks back to good health either at our children’s hospice in Maidenhead or at home – sewing skills will be needed!

Chick Delivery

As well as picking up eggs, we need volunteers to deliver boxes of ready-to-go chicks from our hospice to venues all across Berkshire. If you have a venue near you that you think would be a perfect place for our chicks, please let us know!

Download the guides

Easter Chick Knitting Pattern
Easter Bunny Knitting Pattern

Easter Chick Crochet Pattern
Easter Bunny Crochet Pattern

If you would like to support The Big Chick Knit, or if you have any questions then we would love to hear from you. Please email us at or give us a call on 01628 822777.

Need our help?

The word hospice should not seem scary and getting support from us doesn’t have to mean a child’s death is imminent. Helping to enrich the lives of the children and their families is at the heart of our service, our end of life and bereavement support is just a part of what we do.

Our children’s hospice service covers the whole of Berkshire and into surrounding counties. If you think your child may be eligible for our services, please do get in touch.

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