How to Crochet Easter Eggs: Free Pattern
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 created 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:
- 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.
Egg BombsClick thumbnail to view full-size
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!