Anna is a lifelong crafter and crochet instructor who enjoys trying new techniques, learning new skills, and sharing them with others.
How to Crochet an Easter Egg
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? At only 15 rounds, these eggs are quick to make up, and it won't take long to have a whole bunch. In the spirit of Yarn Bombing, I invite you to use the free pattern below to make your own crochet Easter eggs and leave them in public places. Need ideas?
- Hang them from leafless trees.
- Tuck them into thawing plant pots.
- Place them on park benches.
- Leave them along hiking trails or bicycle paths.
- Place them wherever you think a bit of colour and cheer may be needed!
I hope you have fun making these eggs and that they bring a bit of spring-time cheer!
Easter Egg Notes
Using a variegated or graduated yarn makes it easy to create multi-colour eggs without having to change yarns. No two will ever be quite alike! Crocheting Easter eggs 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
What You'll Need:
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- Medium weight acrylic yarn
- Stuffing such as polyester fiberfill
- 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 the beginning tail into the magic ring to draw it tight and anchor it. Trim the beginning tail short. Flip it 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 the 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 the egg.
8. Rd 15: [inv dec over next two st] 8 times. (8 st)
9. Cut yarn, leaving a tail long enough for sewing. Thread the 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 and leave it plain or add surface embroidery.
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.
You Made It!
Tell me what you think of these crocheted eggs, or share your own yarn bombing experiences below!
Yarn Bombing - yay or nay?
Leave a comment!
AnnaMKB (author) on October 09, 2014:
That's awesome!!! Thanks for sharing - I was wondering how that worked out for you. :-D
Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on October 03, 2014:
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.
Charito Maranan-Montecillo from Manila, Philippines on April 10, 2014:
Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on March 25, 2014:
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.
AnnaMKB (author) on March 25, 2014:
@Wednesday-Elf: That sounds awesome! I hope you come back and let me know how it went over with the kids. :-D
Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on March 24, 2014:
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! :)