How to Crochet Easter Eggs - a free pattern
Join me in this Get Crafting! Challenge.
It's March of 2014 as I write this, and we are at the tail end of one of the longest, coldest winters Canada has had for quite some time. My own city has gone from extreme cold to unusual warmth, sometimes from one day to the next. The end result is that there are huge piles of snow all over the place, half melted. They and the streets and sidewalks are black with street grit, broken by flecks of colour from the garbage slowly being revealed by the melt.
It's really quite ugly out there.
I think we need to add some colour and springtime cheer to our surroundings! With Easter soon upon us, what better way to do it than with brightly coloured eggs?
I hereby invite you to my first ever, Get Crafting! challenge. At only 15 rounds, these eggs are quick to make up, and it won't take long to have a whole bunch of them. In the spirit of Yarn Bombing, I invite you to use the free pattern below to make your own crochet Easter Eggs, then leave them in public places. Hang them from leafless trees. Tuck them into thawing plant pots. Place them on park benches. Leave them along hiking trails or bicycle paths. Wherever you think a bit of colour and cheer may be needed!
Once you've found a nest for your eggs, feel free to take a photo. Post them online, with the Get Crafting! challenge. If you wish, email a photo to me at gottagetcrafting @ gmail.com (minus the spaces) and I'll post them on my Get Crafting! blog. Or, email me a link to where you've posted photos online, and I'll share the link on my blog, too.
I hope you have fun making these eggs, and helping bring a bit of spring-time cheer!
Special Techniques - Video tutorials
There are three techniques used in the pattern that I suggest: the magic ring (or magic circle), the invisible decrease and the "ultimate finish". If you are not familiar with them, watch these video tutorials below. Once you learn them, I'm sure you'll find them useful for many other crochet projects.
How to Crochet Easter Eggs - A Step-by-Step
Using a variegated or graduated yarn makes it easy to created multi-colour eggs without having to change yarns - and no two will ever be quite alike!
This is also a great way to use up little bits of leftover yarn from other projects. Add in a bit of polyester fibrefill, and you're all set!
Rd = round
St = stitches
Sc = single crochet
Inv dec = invisible decrease
This pattern is worked in a spiral. To help keep track, place a stitch marker in the first stitch of each round, moving it up as the pattern is worked.
Instructions in [brackets] are pattern repeats.
Time required: under 1 hour
- Medium weight acrylic yarn
- Stuffing such as polyester fibrefill
- 5.00 mm hook
- Split ring stitch marker or bobby pin
- Yarn needle
1. Rd 1: 7 sc into a magic circle. Do not join. Pull the beginning tail of yarn to draw the circle tightly closed. (7 st)
2. Rd 2: 2 sc into each st around. (14 st)
Rd 3: 1 sc into each st around. (14 st)
3. Rd 4: [2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next st] 7 times. (21 st)
Rd 5: [2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next two st] 7 times. (28 st)
Rd 6 - 7: 1 sc in each st around. (28 st)
4. Flip your work inside out. Sew beginning tail into the magic ring to draw it tight and anchor it. Trim the beginning tail short. Flip right side out again.
5. Rd 8: [inv dec over first two st, 1 sc into next 5 st] 4 times. (24 st)
Rd 9 - 10: 1 sc into each st around (24 st)
6. Rd 11: [inv dec over first two st, 1 sc into next 4 st] 4 times. (20 st)
Rd 12: 1 sc in each st around. (20)
Rd 13: [inv dec over next two st, 1 sc into next 3 st] 4 times. (16 st)
Rd 14: 1 sc into each st around. (16 st)
7. Stuff egg firmly, pushing the stuffing clear of the top stitches.
Hint: If the hook is in the way, remove it and use your stitch marker to hold the working loop while you stuff it.
8. Rd 15: [inv dec over next two st] 8 times (8 st)
9. Cut yarn, leaving a tail long enough for sewing.
Thread yarn needle onto tail end and weave it through the tops of the st, gently pulling the circle closed in the process.
10. Go around a second time to anchor the final round closed.
11. Draw the remaining yarn through the body of the egg several times; trim closely, to hide the tail end.
12. Roll and squeeze the egg to evenly distribute the stuffing into the egg shape.
13. Make it Yours: Once you've got the hang of this pattern, it's easy to change it up. Try using sock-weight yarn (fine or superfine) and a 3.25mm hook to make tiny "quail eggs," or a larger hook with bulky yarn to make larger eggs. Or, stitch the egg in a solid colour, then leave it plain or add surface embroidery.
Don't Crochet? No problem!
If you don't know how to crochet, but still want to take part in the challenge, go right ahead! Use whatever crafting method you like. Send me a photo and tell me how you made them, and I'll include it in my blog.
Get Crafting! Challenge
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Materials for this project
If you're a crafter, chances are you already have the materials to make these eggs. If not, you can get what you need here.
It always surprises me, just how much of this can be stuffed into a little egg!
Inexpensive acrylic yarn is durable for a project meant to be left outdoors.
This hook is very comfortable in the hand and pleasant to use.
I much prefer the feel of steel yarn needles over plastic ones.
Yarn Bombing - yay or nay?
Have you ever done a yarn bomb before?
Egg-bombs - Some photos of crochet egg yarn bombsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Tell me what you think, or share your own yarn bombing experiences.