Knit by Bit: free Easter egg knitting pattern
Easter is less than a week away – why not prepare with this free Easter egg knitting pattern? Fill up your baskets or use them as festive toys.
Amidst the avalanche of chocolate (yum) and the brightly colored foil wrappers, I wanted to make an Easter egg that I wouldn’t have to eat this year. When I was young my mother made gorgeous Easter eggs by hollowing out an egg and delicately dyeing it. I don’t have the artistic skills needed for delicate painting, so I decided to continue the inedible Easter egg legacy with an Easter egg knitting pattern instead.
This egg is knitted in the round. I used the two-circulars method, but you can use DPNs or magic loop – as long as you’re knitting in the round, you’re good to go. Because they are so small, they knit up quickly, which means you get to the fun part (decorating) fast. These eggs are a good opportunity to break out your embroidery or cross stitch skills to impress. I’ve never been much of a sewer (except for a failed quilt square in 4th grade and 2 pairs of decent pajama pants from 2012), so my egg designs are simple. You could also ask your little ones to help you, it’s a great way for them to learn basic stitches.
2.75 mm (US 2) needles (DPNs, magic loop, or 2 circulars)
Oddments of 4 ply or fingering weight yarn in several shades (I used DMC Natura Just Cotton)
Cast on 10 stitches, and knit one round.
Round two: *K1f, K1* Repeat between ** to end of round.
Round three: knit
Round four: *K2, K1f* repeat between ** until the last stitch, K1.
Round five: knit
Round six: *K2, K1f, K2* repeat until the last two stitches, K2.
Rounds 7 – 20: knit
Round 21: *K2tog*, repeat until end of round to reduce stitches by half. It’s at this point that you should stuff your egg – it’s much harder once you cast off!
Round 22: Knit
Round 23: *K2tog*, repeat until the last stitch, K1.
To finish your egg, draw the yarn through the remaining stitches, and tighten. Weave in ends and decorate as you please!
For the record, I already ate all of that candy, and it’s not even Easter yet! I guess I’ll just have to go buy more. Poor, poor me! You can make a whole carton of these eggs and let your family decorate them to keep for many Easters to come. It’s a great stashbuster pattern for all those oddments of yarn hanging around in the stash, even for tiny amounts, to use as the decoration on the eggs. Happy knitting and happy Easter!
How do you celebrate Easter? With an Easter egg knitting pattern, or with good old-fashioned chocolate?
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Last updated: April 4th, 2016.