With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Crochet Easter Eggs & Tutorial Video is Coming

Friday, March 30, 2012

Crochet Easter Eggs & Tutorial Video is Coming

Because so many have commented that they would like to crochet but don't know how, I am working on a video tutorial showing you just what to do and how easy crocheting really is.
I hope to get it finished this weekend.

I have already shared the Chocolate Diorama Easter EGG, the EGG that opens in half and now I am sharing a solid egg version.
I still have two more different projects I will post using variations of this pattern.


 These Easter eggs were crocheted by my mom way back in 1978 and are adapted from a pattern from a Woman's Day Magazine.
Materials:
  • yarn of choice in any color you like.  My mom made hers smaller by using a sport-weight yarn.  You can use a worsted-weight yarn for larger eggs.
  • Choose a hooks size for a nice tight-ish stitch.
  • fiberfill 
Crochet 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: Sc in each around decreasing every 4th sc (20 sc). Continue stuffing your egg.
Rnd 22: Repeat last rnd. (16 sc)
Rnd 23: Sc in each sc around, decreasing every 3rd sc (12 sc)
Rnd 24: Sc in each sc around, decreasing every other stitch for two rounds till closed.  Break off.
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You can leave your egg plain or decorate with ribbon or other embellishments.  My mom crocheted a length of chain stitches and then tacked it onto the egg and finished by tying into a flower. 
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The cute critters below were also made from the patterns in that same Woman's Day magazine.
I am so sad that I don't have those pages any longer.
I searched the internet but so far cannot find the patterns. I will be sure to share if I can locate them. 
 You can see the difference in size of the bunnies.  My mom's little white bunny was stitched using a baby yarn and my brown rabbit was done with worsted weight.  Mommy always crocheted very tight and my rabbit looks to be rather loose.


 Embroidered face
The article also included this duck pattern.
I remember Mommy and the time we spent together crocheting. I am sure we were doing some laughing and some ripping out and re-doing as we worked through the patterns.
I am especially happy to still have her work.
Here is a page from the original Woman's Day Magazine.  I sure hope I can fine the rest of the article someday.
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Update: I now have the missing pages sent to me from someone who accidentally came across my blog while searching for the same patterns.  She thought it would be easier to find the patterns online than searching her own files.  She did find her magazine and kindly scanned and emailed me all of the pages from the article.
:)  sweet

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29 comments:

NanaDiana said...

I would LOVE to learn to crochet. It is the one thing I have never attempted. I have all Gramma Hazel's crochet hooks! I will be looking forward to your tutorial. xo Diana

Snap said...

How wonderful that you shared crocheting with your Mother! All those great memories. Thanks for more patterns! YeeHaw!!!!

La Tea Dah said...

Adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!

SerenaB said...

So adorable! I wish I could crochet but knitting seems to be what I am good at! Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

Shelia said...

Oh, Mary! How precious! I know these mean so much to you being made by your mom and you! I'm going to keep this pattern and maybe make some for me or my grand! :) Thank you so much for thinking of me.
You are the sweetie,
Shelia ;)

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Melissa Bo said...

These are so cute!

My Grandmother did alot of crocheting in her life, and I treasure everything that she made for me and my Children. =)

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

These are so adorable L. I can cook, sew, knit and do handwork and the only thing I really can't do is crochet. I have tried several times and don't have the patience! Know how much I appreciate each of your talents...you do everything so well!

podso said...

I like all the little crochet projects you do--inspiring and far easier to contemplate doing than a large project! I'm sure many will enjoy your tutorial --and I may learn some fine tuning! Always welcome!

MIRJANA(Ruza123) said...

These are so cute !!!!!

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Love this post, Lorraine. What adorable crocheted things to cherish. You're so right, crocheting is so easy and not difficult to learn either. I've been enjoying making a few small projects while on the road. My work isn't as pretty as yours (or my mom's), but it's still lots of fun and very relaxing.

Ann said...

I taught myself to crochet years ago but I'm still finding things that I've been doing wrong so I would love to see your video when you get it done.
I love all your Easter crochet things, so cute

Michelle said...

these are so sweet! I can't wait for the video.

Patrice said...

Love it!

Maryann said...

Can't wait to see the video...I would love to know how to crochet. Your work is beautiful

Leann said...

Oh I'm in for the tutorial! Yeah, Yeah Yeah!

Enjoy your weekend!
Leann

Pamela said...

Absolutely adorable! What fun to make a "chocolate" bunny in place of the one we don't need. You make the greatest tutorials. Your Pineapple Spoonbread looks wonderful--a perfect addition to Easter Dinner.

Buttercup said...

These are adorable. I especially like the bunnies and the duck, and your pictures are fabulous.

Cindy said...

Wouldn't my grandchildren love to see these sweet critters! I'll have to have my 84 year old mother help me. She is a master at crochet.

Carol said...

Your crochet work is adorable! Such sweet projects. Such a nice craft you got to share with your mom, wonderful memories for you, lovely post :)

KALDesign said...

I have these patterns. When I saw your picture I remembered making them for my son who will be 31 this month. I got my old folder of patterns out and sure enough, I had torn the pages out of the magazine.

Petra said...

You're one of the reasons I've started crocheting after eons! You inspire me to try new things! Blessings!

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Those are absolutely adorable! I just started crocheting last fall. Still trying to improve.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I'm in love with your crocheted bunnies and eggs, wow, so adorable! I love the vignette with the pretty bowl with pedestal! I will remember these lovelies for next year. HAPPY EASTER and many blessings to you and yours!
FABBY

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh, I'm sorry...I must add sweet lady, that you are one talented gal!!
Hugs,
FABBY

Unknown said...

I would love to have this pattern from 1978. My mother made these for my cousins and was in the process of making ours when my sister passed away and she never finished. She lost all her patterns in a fire this last year and I know that having this one would mean a lot to her.

Tante Izzy said...

I really would love the pattern for the bunny. I would like to make it for my grandmother (90) and my daughter.

Crafty Lady said...

You mentioned you were sent the instructions for the animals and egg as well. How would one get those? I have a set I made in 1978 (I put each child's name on the egg), but have moved and haven't found the instructions. Thanks for your help

Crafty Lady said...

Have added email in case instructions are out there.

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