Thursday, March 22, 2012

Crochet Easter Egg

Each Easter I bring out a basket full of crochet decorations that my mom and I made way back in 1978.
John and I had moved several states away and I was expecting our first child.
My Mom was visiting and we had a great time making some items from patterns featured in an issue of Woman's Day magazine.

I still have the pattern for a couple of the decorations.
Here is one for a two-part egg that can be filled with goodies and tied closed. 
Crochet Easter Egg
Pattern from 1978 Woman's Day Magazine

PRINT INSTRUCTIONS

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.

Made with worsted weight yarn and size F crochet hook.

Bottom half of 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 10-12: work even (33 sc)
At the end of the last round, sl st in the next sc and break off.

EDGING:
With contrasting color yarn, make loop on hook.  Working below both top loops of each stitch on the last round, sl st in each sc around (2 loops forming chain edge of sc will show above sl sts).  Join with sl st in the 1st sl st; then ch 32 for tie. Break off.

Top Half of egg:
Work the same as for bottom half through 2nd round (12 sc).
Rnd 3: sc in each sc around, increasing in every 3rd sc (16 sc).
Rnd 4: sc in each sc around, increasing in every 4th sc. (20 sc)
Rnd 5: repeat last round.  (25 sc)
Rnd 6-7: Work even (25 sc)
Rnd 8: sc in each sc around increasing in every 5th sc (30 sc)
Rnd: 9: Work even (30 sc)
Rnd 10: sc in each sc around inceasing in every 10th sc. (33 sc)
Rnd 11-12: Work even (33 sc)

At the end of the last round, sl st in the next sc and break off.

EDGING:
Rnd 1: Work one round sl st with same contrasting color used for the bottom half; join with sl st in 1st sl st (do not chain for tie); ch 1.
Rnd 2: Working in top loop only of the sl st, sc in each sl st around. Join with sl st in the 1st sc; then ch 32 for tie. Break off.
To hinge the two egg halves together, I threaded a large needle with matching yarn and made four (whip stitch) stitches and then went back in the opposite direction to form "x's". Knot and work in ends of yarn to complete.

You might also like my Crochet Diorama Chocolate Easter Egg,

46 comments:

Suzanne said...

Just adorable Lorraine!

Heather said...

That is so cute!! I love it .....I am still a beginner though hopefully one day I could tackle this...my washcloths are just starting to look better lol! ~Love Heather

Desires of the Heart said...

Wow, this brought me back. Would you believe in March of 1978, my mother and I were also waiting for our baby boy to be born and busied ourselves making the same eggs and the chicks that went in them. I stil have one or two even after giving all the kids or two. These are so cute and really helped us pass the hours while waiting on our two weeks overdue baby boy! Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day... Linda

Snap said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful crochet Easter goodies! It means a lot to know you made them with your mom ... I'll share the story! :D :D :D

Beth said...

Your crochet ornaments are adorable! How lucky you are to have such treasured family keepsakes.

Veronica and Daniel said...

How cute!!! I wish I knew how to crochet well enough to make these...I am pretty much just able to make straight lines for pot holders and scarves :)

Sue said...

What a beautiful crochet egg, LDH, and of this precious memory with your mom. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Sue

T's Daily Treasures said...

How cute is that! I might have to give it a good this weekend. Would be so sweet to give out to a few friends at school who celebrate Easter. Best wishes, Tammy

EMMA said...

Oh yeh! will be making this one too! Thank you for sharing all your lovely ideas.

NanaDiana said...

Those are so cute, Lorraine. What a sweet memory of your Mom and you spending some fun time together- xo Diana

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

Oh my stars Lorraine. You crochet TOO! What don't you do! You are just SO amazing. I'm blown away by all your talent!

Nann

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a lovely story. My love of crotchet goes back to my mother who taught me how before I was a teenager. I still love it. Adorable eggs!

Past and Present said...

Ever so cute! Thanks for popping in, have a lovely day

Flora said...

So cute. Thanks for sharing!

Cyn said...

I am not very good at crocheting in the rounds..BUT I am going to try..this is so adorable..thanks for sharing.

Ann said...

Those are really cute. They would look so much nicer in a basket than the cheap plastic ones :)

Maple Lane said...

So very sweet and a delight to receive by old and young alike!

podso said...

As cute as can be .. and I love how these remind you of your mom!

kitty said...

oh my, another darling egg to crochet!! Thank you for sharing the directions.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

What a lovely story. I probably should have paid better attention when my grandmother and mother wanted to teach me to crochet. Adorable eggs! I'm going to ask mom if she will crochet me one ;o)

Michelle said...

This is so sweet, thanks for sharing the directions. I am also very much a beginner but would love to take this on one day. Maybe next Easter?

Anne@A Little Fur in the Paint said...

This is so sweet, Lorraine! My Mom used to get Woman's Day and Family Circle magazines, and we used to make so many of the things featured in them... Lovely blog! I'm a new follower!
Best,
Anne ♥♥

Jacqueline said...

This one is so cute too. I love how it ties together. What fun memories too.

Zhenya and Nika Aksutin said...

Very pretty color!!!!! I will do it for my kids!!!!

Zhenya and Nika Aksutin said...

Thank you!

Michelle said...

I just had to come back and tell you how much I love this egg, I featured it today on my wrap up of favourite easter crafts. Feel free to check it out and again thanks for the instructions :)

http://michellescraft.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/favourite-easter-crafts.html

Debbie Huffaker said...

So sweet....and you know I love to crochet, too!!!

Pondside said...

I've just had a lovely catch-up on your last few posts. The eggs are so sweet - I can just imagine the delight of the children at untying them.
Loved the pink, spring pedicure!

Sara said...

This is amazing! Hope you won't mind me linking up on Tangled Happy in April... I'm in love with this pattern!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

So very sweet!

Thanks for linking it up!

:)

Linda
www.itallstartedwithpaint.com

Mindie Hilton said...

Love your crochet egg. It's so pretty.

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

This looks so lovely. I would love for you to drop by My Dream Canvas as well :-) I’m visiting from Wow Us Wednesdays. Really like your blog.

Natasha in Oz said...

I wish I was as crafty as you! I would love to be able to make something like this. I will just have to admire your gifts and talents instead!

Thank you for joining in with my Say G'day party! I am so thrilled that you linked up!

Best wishes always,
Natasha in Oz

Baye said...

So cute! I'd love to try these but don't know what that "inc" or increasing means. Do I do two single crochets in one place? Thanks.

Eclectically Vintage said...

Makes me want to run out and take a crochet class!

So glad you joined our Cinch party.
Kelly

Judy said...

I have to pin this and add it to my "to make" list. It's simply adorable. Thanks for sharing at the Bunny Blog Hop.

thistlewoodfarm said...

I like your egg! So sweet and such a perfect way to welcome spring. That little peep is so cute peeking out of the egg!

Thanks for linking up to our party :)

blessings,
karianne

Sara said...

You're very welcome Lorraine. Thanks so much for letting me share this. It seemed to be quite popular. Wishing you a very happy Easter weekend. :)

richardwilkins said...

Thanks for this we'll gonna try that one.

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Jenniwalker77 said...

Thank you for the instructions. My mother made these for me and my brothers. Does anyone have the pattern for the chick that goes inside? She has lost the pattern but would like to make some for my son and the baby on its way this June.

Jenniwalker77 said...

Thank you for the instructions. My mother made these for me and my brothers. Does anyone have the pattern for the chick that goes inside? She has lost the pattern but would like to make some for my son and the baby on its way this June.

CrochetGramma said...

I was so surprised to see this egg as I too made one in 1978 from the same magazine! I also crocheted a little duck that fit into it. My daughter now has them. Thanks for bringing back memories!!

CrochetGramma said...

I was so surprised to see this egg as I too made one in 1978 from the same magazine! I also crocheted a little duck that fit into it. My daughter now has them. Thanks for bringing back memories!!

Heidi Littlefield said...

oh my ! I have been thinking about this pattern ever since I found one the other day while going threw my mothers things,she had saved everything I crocheted for her. I didnt think I would ever see the pattern again ! thank you so much Heidi

Gelia said...

Thank you so very much for sharing these beautiful Easter Crochet patterns! I've made both the chocolate Panorama egg, and the two-piece egg.
I liked both of the patterns very much that I've shared about your precious blog and links the to the patterns in my Easter Crochet Top Ten roundup: http://www.free-homemade-gift-ideas.com/easter-crochet.html
I thank you from my heart, your work is inspirational!!

Tan in a tree is me said...

Oh dear I seem to have missed the bit about joining it at the back. Do I just sew it together a few stitches at the back..? Love the egg. Thanx

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