foundation single crochet -- lots of photos and a video to help you learn. Foundation single crochet, this is an excellent tutorial for this fabulous method for your first two rows, keeps them from getting too tight, and it's very easy.
Using freezer paper and an inkjet printer to apply embroidery patterns directly to fabric. May be worth a shot since my own idea of printing onto a piece of sewing interfacing nearly took out my printer!
original pinner says: "chickens! - I made such little chickens - it's easy: just knit a simple square, sew it in half, stuff it with cotton and stitch with red yarn the comb, tail and details." (these link back to etsy)