For these simple Easter eggs I used various yarn scraps. Any yarn will do, you can even mix and match scraps into stripes or colour work patterns. Obviously, a sock weight yarn will create a small egg, and an aran weight will create a larger egg. Most of my eggs were made with my go-to worsted weight yarn.
You will need:
- 4 yards (or so) of yarn scraps
- A crochet hook appropriate to your yarn (I often use a hook smaller than recommended to ensure a tight stitch, resulting in a solid fabric.)
- Stitch marker (use your stitch marker to mark stitch number 1 of each round.)
- A small amount of fibre fill
- Darning needle
magic loop (magic ring, magic circle): Make a loop a few inches from the end of your yarn. Grasp the join of the loop (where the 2 strands of yarn overlap) between your left thumb and forefinger. Insert hook into the loop from front to back. Draw up a loop (also known as a chain [ch 1]). Insert hook into the loop, so you are crocheting over the loop and the yarn tail. Draw up a loop to begin your first sc of Round 1.
yo = yarn over: Yarning over (abbreviated yo) in crochet is the most basic step when making a stitch. Yarning over means wrapping the yarn over your crochet hook. Yarn overs are used before or after you insert the hook into the next stitch, and depending on the stitch you are working, you may yarn over two or more times.
sc = single crochet stitch Insert the hook through stitch space, yarn over and pull through from back to front.
sc inc = single crochet increase stitch Two single crochet stitches into one stitch of the previous round.
sc dec = single crochet decrease stitch Combining two stitches from the previous round into one stitch. Hook through the front loops of the following two stitches, yarn over and pull through both loops of the stitches, yarn over again and pull through the two loops on the hook, continue on to the next stitch.
fasten off = pull the working yarn through the stitch to close the loop to finish the project
Begin with a magic circle of 6 sc crochet stitches.
Round 1: sc in each (12)
Round 2: sc, sc inc – repeat (18)
Round 3: 2 sc, sc inc – repeat (24)
Round 4-10: sc in each (24)
Round 11: sc, sc dec – repeat: (18)
Round 12: sc in each (18)
Round 13: sc, sc dec – repeat: (12)
Stuff your egg with a small amount of fibre fill.
Round 14: sc in each (12)
Round 15: sc dec repeat: (6)
Use a darning needle to stitch the remaining six stitches closed, then thread the yarn end though the egg to hide it, and snip off any remaining yarn end.
Decorative tip: Consider using other yarn scraps to decorate your egg using embroidery techniques.
If you’re interested in an Easter egg pattern that opens up allowing you to hide a small treasure or treat inside, check out my pattern for opening eggs:
Designer’s choice: not all my eggs are the same size – some have an extra round of stitches, others have a row less. The size is often dictated by the amount of yarn I have, and remembering that this is not an exact science, and some variation makes the end result a lot more interesting.