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knit easter egg tutorial

As an Easter gift, I am sharing my pattern and a tutorial for my knit Easter eggs!
(for personal use only please)

For this project you will need:

approximately 5 yards of cotton dishcloth yarn
a set of US#5 double pointed knitting needles (dpn’s)
a tapestry yarn needle
scissors
wool for stuffing

supplies for knitting an easter egg by the artful acorn
 

The Pattern (tutorial below)

long-tail cast-on 6 stitches and join for knitting in the round
round 1: kfb all stitches. (12 stitches)
round 2: knit
round 3: (k1, m1, k1) (18 stitches)
rounds 4 – 9: knit
thread the tapestry needle with the tail yarn and draw through the cast-on stitches, drawing the hole closed. Secure, sew in and cut off tail
round 10: (k2tog, k4) (15 stitches)
round 11: knit
round 12: (k2, k2tog, k1) (12 stitches)
round 13: knit
round 14: (k2, k2tog) (9 stitches)
round 15: knit

Stuff your egg gently with wool fleece or an alternative (take care not to overfill).

Cut yarn, thread tapestry needle and run needle through the nine stitches. draw the opening closed and secure by going through the nine stitches again before sewing in the end and cutting it off.

Roll the egg between your palms to shape it, and you’re done!

The Tutorial

long-tail cast-on 6 stitches

hold the yarn with about six inches of tail on the left

long-tail cast-on tutorial by the artful acorn

 

grasp the yarn with your lower three fingers and tension it between your thumb and index finger

long-tail cast-on tutorial by the artful acorn

 

place a needle pointing down behind the tensioned yarn

long-tail cast-on tutorial by the artful acorn

 

turn the needle clockwise to twist a loop onto it

long-tail cast-on tutorial by the artful acorn

 

scoop the yarn in front of the thumb

long-tail cast-on tutorial by the artful acorn

 

then catch the yarn in front of the index finger

long-tail cast-on tutorial by the artful acorn

 

draw the yarn through the space created by the thumb

long-tail cast-on tutorial by the artful acorn

 

remove the thumb from the loop

long-tail cast-on tutorial by the artful acorn

 

use the back of the thumb to tension the yarn

long-tail cast-on tutorial by the artful acorn

 

and draw the loop on the needle snug

long-tail cast-on tutorial by the artful acorn

 

repeat until you have six stitches on the needle (the first loop created by the twist counts as a stitch)

long-tail cast-on tutorial by the artful acorn

 

join for knitting in the round – ensure your stitches are not twisted

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

 

round 1: kfb* all stitches

*(knit into the front of the stitch, then, leaving that stitch on the right needle, knit into the back of the stitch before lifting both stitches off the left needle)

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

(12 stitches)

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

 

round 2: knit

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

 

round 3: (k1, m1*, k1)

*(lift up the bar between the stitches on the needles and place it on the left needle before knitting through the back of it)

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

(18 stitches)

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

 

to prevent “laddering” (where stitches between dpn’s are loose, resembling a ladder), knit your first stitch on the needle, then insert the needle for the second stitch – pull the yarn very snug, then continue knitting with regular tension

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

 

rounds 4 – 9: knit

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

 

thread the tapestry needle with the tail yarn and draw through the cast-on stitches, drawing the hole closed

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

secure, and cut off the end

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

 

round 10: (k2tog*, k4)

*(knit two stitches together at the same time)

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

(15 stitches)

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

 

round 11: knit

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

 

round 12: (k2, k2tog, k1)

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

(12 stitches)

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

 

round 13: knit

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

 

round 14: (k2, k2tog)

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

 

(9 stitches)

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

 

round 15: knit

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

 

stuff your egg gently with wool fleece – take cart not to overstuff

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

 

cut yarn

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

 

thread the tapestry needle and run needle and yarn through the nine stitches

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

 

draw the opening closed

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

 

secure the yarn by going through the nine stitches again

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

 

sew in the end and cut off

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

 

roll the egg between your palms to shape it, and there’s your easter egg!

knit egg tutorial by the artful acorn

 

This pattern works beautifully with other fibers, such as Paton’s Classic Wool and cotton embroidery floss (for faerie sized eggs). Simply adjust the size of your dpn’s to suit the yarn. If you make some, please let me know how they turn out!

knit easter egg tutorial by the artful acorn

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