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How to Crochet Easter Eggs - a free pattern

Updated on April 13, 2017
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Anna is a life long crafter and crochet instructor who enjoys trying new techniques, learning new skills and sharing them with others.

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!

Abbreviations:

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

Difficulty: medium

Cost: variable

Materials:

  • Medium weight acrylic yarn
  • Stuffing such as polyester fibrefill

Tools:

  • 5.00 mm hook
  • Split ring stitch marker or bobby pin
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Instructions:

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)







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2. Rd 2: 2 sc into each st around. (14 st)

Rd 3: 1 sc into each st around. (14 st)







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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)






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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.







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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)






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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)




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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.





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8. Rd 15: [inv dec over next two st] 8 times (8 st)








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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.





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10. Go around a second time to anchor the final round closed.








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11. Draw the remaining yarn through the body of the egg several times; trim closely, to hide the tail end.







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12. Roll and squeeze the egg to evenly distribute the stuffing into the egg shape.







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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.



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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

gottagetcrafting @ gmail.com

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.

Crafter's Choice Polyester Fiberfill-20 Ounces FOB:MI
Crafter's Choice Polyester Fiberfill-20 Ounces FOB:MI

It always surprises me, just how much of this can be stuffed into a little egg!

 
Bernat Super Value Yarn, Lotus, Single Ball
Bernat Super Value Yarn, Lotus, Single Ball

Inexpensive acrylic yarn is durable for a project meant to be left outdoors.

 
Clover 1047/H Deep Blue Amour Crochet Hook, Size H, 5.0mm
Clover 1047/H Deep Blue Amour Crochet Hook, Size H, 5.0mm

This hook is very comfortable in the hand and pleasant to use.

 
Susan Bates Steel Yarn Knitting Needle, 2-3/4-Inch, 2 Per Package
Susan Bates Steel Yarn Knitting Needle, 2-3/4-Inch, 2 Per Package

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?

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Egg-bombs - Some photos of crochet egg yarn bombs

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Brightening up a raised bed garden.A bit of hidden colour!It snowed, just in time for Easter.In a small public park.In a small public park.Beside a sidewalk, overlooking the river valley.Beside a sidewalk, overlooking the river valley.Beside a sidewalk, overlooking the river valley.
Brightening up a raised bed garden.
Brightening up a raised bed garden.
A bit of hidden colour!
A bit of hidden colour!
It snowed, just in time for Easter.
It snowed, just in time for Easter.
In a small public park.
In a small public park.
In a small public park.
In a small public park.
Beside a sidewalk, overlooking the river valley.
Beside a sidewalk, overlooking the river valley.
Beside a sidewalk, overlooking the river valley.
Beside a sidewalk, overlooking the river valley.
Beside a sidewalk, overlooking the river valley.
Beside a sidewalk, overlooking the river valley.

Tell me what you think, or share your own yarn bombing experiences.

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      AnnaMKB 2 years ago

      That's awesome!!! Thanks for sharing - I was wondering how that worked out for you. :-D

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Returning to greet you here on HubPages and to tell you I DID make up about two dozen of these crocheted Easter Eggs last Spring and put them out on the playground at my apartment complex the last school day (while the kids were in school) before Easter vacation. When the children arrived, 2 boys found the ones sitting on the two swings and a girl was trying to talk them into letting her have one --- when all 3 suddenly discovered there were a whole bunch more on the rest of the playground equipment -- and they very excitedly gathered them all up in a mad rush. I was watching from my window. I'd hoped more of the children would be there, as they usually are, but the eggs were all gone by the time other children arrived to play. But the 3 who did find the eggs seemed to find it exciting and fun. I think next Spring I will go into Savannah to several of the many Squares Savannah is famous for, and hide them around for MANY people to find them.... and wonder. It was fun to do. I also mailed several to my 5-year-old grandson for an Easter surprise! Thanks again for your delightful tutorial.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Nice craftsmanship!

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      I enjoyed your article, haven't heard of yarn bombing, even though I have been crocheting for over 50 years. I like Wednesday_Elf idea, isn't she an angel sharing with the children.

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      AnnaMKB 3 years ago

      @Wednesday-Elf: That sounds awesome! I hope you come back and let me know how it went over with the kids. :-D

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Anna, this is an adorable idea. I've printed off your pattern (also 'Pinned' it) and plan to make a bunch. I live in an apartment complex and the view from my living room looks down on the complex's playground. On any given day -- after school -- the playground is filled with children who live here. Many of the kids wave at me when they see me coming and going from my apt. so I decided I'd make a batch of crocheted Easter Eggs and leave them on the swings and slides and jungle gym and see how long it takes the children to 'find' them. :) Sort of like my own little version of an 'Easter Egg Hunt'. I have lots of small balls of yarn - several left-over variegated ones - which should make up nicely. I'll do this closer to Easter to get the kids in the 'spirit' of the holiday and to welcome Spring! :)