Monday, March 19, 2012

Crochet Chocolate Diorama Easter Egg

I am sharing a crochet project my mom and I came up with during one of her visits when I was living in Ohio. We were several states away from one another and I was expecting my first child. By the time we were finished we had crocheted a basket full of sweet Easter decorations that I bring out and displayed each spring.

DUTCH TRANSLATION of this pattern, graciously written by NanskePanske. Click here for the PDF

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Materials:
  • worsted-weight yarn.  I used chocolate brown and small amount of white but you can use whatever yarn you like as size is not important. 
  • Choose a hooks size for a nice tight-ish stitch. I used F hook
  • various color embroidery floss
  • embroidery needle
  • satin ribbon for bow
  • tiny figure for diorama
  • tiny flowers
  • fiberfill 
Crochet Chocolate Diorama Easter Egg

NOTE: When working in rounds, I mark the end of each round with a piece of contrasting yarn and move it as I complete each round.

Starting at the bottom of the egg
ch 3.  Join with sl st in 3rd ch from hook to form a ring
Rnd 1: Work 8 sc in ring
Rnd 2: *sc in next sc, inc in next sc. Repeat from *around (12 sc)
Rnd 3: Repeat rnd 2 (18 sc)
Rnd 4: sc in each sc around, increasing 1 sc in every 3rd sc. (24 sc)
Rnd 5: work even for one round  (24 sc)
Rnd 6: sc in each sc around; increasing in every 4th sc. (30 sc)
Rnd 7-8: work even for two rounds (30 sc)
Rnd 9: sc in each sc around, increasing in every 10th sc. (33 sc)
Rnd 10-15: work even (33 sc)
Rnd 16: sc in each sc around decreasing in every 10th sc (30 sc)

Begin stuffing your egg.  You will need to add more at the end but I think you can get a better shape if you begin at this point.

Rnd 17: Work even (30 sc).
Rnd 18: sc in each sc decreasing every 5th sc (25 sc)
Rnd 19-20: work even (25)
Rnd 21: switch to white yarn. Sc in each around decreasing every 9th sc (18 sc). Do NOT cut yarn.

At this point, refer to the photo below as you will slip stitch around the outside of the egg creating a 'frosting'.
To help keep stitching even, I use a rubber band as a guide.
Slip stitch evenly around the egg. End off at the opening; finish off.
Finishing:
  • Using embroidery floss in colors of your choice, add Lazy-Daisy and French Knots to the top side of your chocolate egg being sure to conceal your knots inside the egg.
  • Stitch on a bow to the top and add figure and flowers as desired in the opening of the egg.
Adding embroidery stitches 
Lazy Daisy and French Knots in springtime colored embroidery floss

I've included the following links for convenience if you need supplies for this project but want to mention I have not personally ordered the bunnies or the ducks. They look nice from the description but can't vouch personally. When I made these diorama Easter eggs, I had a hard time finding tiny pieces to fit into the opening.
There are  Amazon affiliate links in this post. That means if you buy something from that link, I will earn a small commission, but it won’t cost you anything additional.

42 comments:

Snap said...

This is wonderful! My fingers are itching!!!!!

podso said...

Just as cute as can be! I've always loved Easter eggs with a scene inside but have never seen one like this! Great tutorial!

Zhenya and Nika Aksutin said...

Very interesting idea! Thank you Lorrain!

momto8 said...

oh this is soo cute! what a fun Easter gift too!

kitty said...

Oh my goodness, thanks for sharing this adorable idea!! My mom and sister are coming to visit and this might be a great project to teach my sis how to crochet!! It is TOO cute! xoxo

NanaDiana said...

Oh! How cute! This looks like something Gramma Hazel would have made. It reminds me of the sugar eggs she used to make- xo Diana

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Beautiful! Hope you're having a nice day!

Barbara F. said...

These are so adorable, I have seen crocheted eggs but not in brown to look like chocolate! Great project. xo

Maple Lane said...

Such sweet memories with your Mom. You are so creative to make one of these with crochet! Mama had a few eggs done this way that were Christmas ornaments - one with a deer, and one with the Nativity.

Your blog needs to be published into a coffee table book, Lorraine. I've never known anyone with so many talents. It's always a pleasure to see what you post next!

Keri On said...

What a fun idea! Thank you for sharing it! They are beautiful!

myrecentfavoritebooks said...

I love this! Your Egg is such a wonderful Easter idea!

EMMA said...

This is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing it, I'm definitely going to 'try' making one.

Adrienne said...

Absolutely darling! Just think - no calories!
~Adrienne~

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

You are so talented - I can't believe you made this! It is beautiful!

Gypsy Heart said...

Soooo cute! I can't crochet but your directions are easy to follow.

xo
Pat

Beansieleigh said...

This is so sweet! Thank you so much for sharing your pattern, and have a great week! ((hugs)) ~tina

Ann said...

oh I like those. I'll have to put these on the list of things to do. Right now I'm working on crocheting a bunny so he'll need an egg :)

Susan said...

Darling, darling, and so darned cute. They look good enough to eat. Nice job, LDH!

By the way, do you have any idea why the photo part of my entry on the Think On These Things disappeared. The box is a blank space on my blog, LDH. Is it the same on yours? Just curious. Thanks for hosting, by the way. You're a sweetheart. Susan

Jacqueline said...

Oh my! Pretty enough to eat! That is just beautiful and such a fun treasure to use year after year! You are so creative!

Janette... said...

That is so cute- my children would love it- thanks for sharing!!!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

So cute! You did a great job.
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Mary Howell Cromer said...

How sweet is that, oh so charming!

Mary Lou said...

That is amazing! Look good enough to eat!

Lallee said...

This is just too wonderful! Such a precious treasure and memory for you. Thank you for including the pattern. Panorama eggs take me right back to my childhood.

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Wow! Your Easter eggs are wonderful!

Dee

Ivy and Elephants said...

These are just adorable! I'm all thumbs when it comes to sewing. I think it is so wonderful that these are things that you and your mom made together. What sweet memories and treasures to pass down through the family. Thanks so much for sharing them with us.
Hugs,
Patti

~Claire~ said...

Absolutely adorable- reminds me of something my Grandmother would make :)

Blessed Serendipity said...

This is so cute and brings back memories of the sugar eggs that I used to receive as a child. I really love your blog too. Thanks for sharing.

blessings,
Danielle

Antiques And Teacups said...

Oh my goodness that is the cutest thing! How clever! I loved those sugar ones as a child. I am no crocheter, but wish I were! Thanks for the wonderful post!
Ruth

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

So very cute!! It has been years since I crocheted but I am saving this pattern and maybe I will find tha time to try it myself!I am going to send it to a friend that crochets. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Hugs,
Deb

Richella said...

Oh, my goodness. One of my treasured possessions is my collection of Easter eggs. Actually, it's only been MY possession for 12 years now--it was built over a number of years by my mother, who passed away when she was only 58 years old. Many of her eggs were given to her my grandmother, who was amazing with a crochet hook. They both would have loved these eggs! :)

Gluten Free and Loving It said...

Oh how cute! Makes me wish I could crochet.

Mindie Hilton said...

Very impressive! That is beautiful work. I am hosting a Spring Battle of the Cookers and Crafters linky, with prizes, and this would be fabulous to enter. You are so talented.

MiaB said...

This is just TOO CUTE!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Sharing Saturday. hope to see you again next week :)

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Really too cute. So very pretty, I love the white lace you created. Such beautiful work. I will be giving it a try. I don't crochet much but believe I can do this. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best!

SusieQTpies said...

This is so beautiful!

We would LOVE for you to stop in and link it up to our National Craft Month in March Link up. It is for any project that has ribbon or bows on it. http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/03/14/bowdabra-celebrates-national-craft-month-with-a-linky-party/

Feel free to link up any of your other bow/ribbon projects.

We are now following you on Pinterest and can't wait to see what all you pin.

Susie@Bowdabra

Gorete Cerdeira said...

It´s lovely!!!

Sherry said...

Thanks for sharing this pattern! I had the real sugar egg when I was little. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Six Sisters said...

These crocheted eggs are just so cute! I've seen sugar eggs with a scene, but these are even better!! We loved having you at "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

Natasha Mairs said...

wow!! how great!
thanks for sharing on Serenity Saturday.
hope to see you there again tomorrow

Natasha xx

serenityyou.blogspot.com

Dear Lillie said...

Absolutely beautiful! Happy Easter!

Gelia said...

Very, very special and pretty Easter egg! Thank you so much for sharing! I was so inspired that I grab the crochet hook immediately. The pattern was wonderful. Yet, there was one thing about the last row... In case someone is wondering the same thing.

The pattern says:
Rnd 21: switch to white yarn. Sc in each around decreasing every 9th sc (18 sc). Do NOT cut yarn.

Round 20 had 25 st, so I noticed that to reach 18 stitches in last round, I needed to decrease every 4th stitch.

Thank you so much for these sweet Easter inspirations you've on this blog! With the best wishes!!!

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