Early Easters are great to break up the dreary months before the long-awaited Summer Holidays, but they always catch me unawares from a “ready to celebrate” point of view. The weather is not sunny enough to think of Spring and such like. This year I made a mental note and I’ve been browsing and experimenting with chicks, rabbits, flowers and all things Eastery. Everything I touched seemed complicated, fiddly and just wrong. My children are well past the stage of cuddly toys and how do you then “recycle” the very-dated bunnies and chicks?! And what is it with the obsession with 2mm DPNs? So after my somewhat grumpy approach, here is my Easter Craft Idea which I love because it is pretty and versatile long after its usefulness at Easter.
Not original, I hear you say? Well, maybe not. However, Easter IS about rebirth/renewal and what better way to show this than eggs. The additional benefits to these colourful eggs are too numerous to mention but here are some:
* you get to use up spare sock yarn;
* if you fill them with dried lentils rather than stuffing: you can reuse them after Easter as worry balls or gift them as a set for budding jugglers or teach your retriever-type dog to fetch with a soft mouth or decorate them with monster faces and hide them in odd places around the house to make people laugh;
* there is no real need to spend lots of time colouring your ordinary brown/white hens eggs as the knitted ones are colourful enough;
* they are big enough (size of goose eggs) for little hands to hold safely on an Easter Egg Hunt without squashing hollow chocolate eggs (no resulting mess).
If you are still not convinced, here’s a close-up of the eggs as I’m sure you’ll like their colour.
I adore circular needles as it allows me to knit unhampered on public transport without regularly spearing my neighbours. However I do not enjoy using DPNs. I have provided the pattern for circular knitting, but for those who would prefer using regular needles, just change K to P stitches every alternate row, work in the increases/decreases evenly before the last stitch and sew neat seams!
Pattern for Sock-Yarn Knitted Easter Eggs
Self-patterning sock yarn
CO 8 stitches
Distribute onto three needles and join with stitch marker between first and last stitches.
Row 1 – Knit all stitches
Row 2 – *K2, M1″, repeat from * to * to end of row (12 stitches)
Row 3 – Knit all stitches
Row 4 – *K1, M1*, repeat from * to * to end of row (24 stitches)
Row 5 – Knit all stitches
Row 6 – *K3, M1*, repeat from * to * to end of row (32 stitches)
Row 7 and 8 – Knit all stitches
Row 9 – *K4, M1*, repeat from * to * to end of row (40 stitches)
Row 10-13 – Knit all stitches
Row 14 – *K10, M1* repeat from * to * to end of row (44 stitches)
Row 15 – 26 – Knit all stitches
Row 27 – *K9, K2tog*, repeat from * to * to end of row (40 stitches)
Row 28 and 29 – Knit all stitches
Row 30 – (K4, K2tog) x5, (K3, K2tog) x2, (33 stitches)
Row 31 and 32 – Knit all stitches
Start stuffing the egg. Keep stuffing after each couple of rows to make sure it has the right shape and firmness.
Row 33 – (K4, K2tog) x5, K3 (28 stitches)
Row 34 and 35 – Knit all stitches
Row 36 – K2, K2tog, (K4, K2tog) x4 (23 stitches)
Row 37 – (K3, K2tog) x4, K3 (19 stitches)
Row 38 – (K2, K2tog)x4, K3 (15 stitches)
Row 39 – (K1, K2tog) x5 (10 stitches)
Cut yarn with a long tail, threat through remaining stitches and pull tight. Weave in end and if you like turn into a hanger if you’re intending to use for pure decoration.