Knitted Easter Egg Pattern Tutorial

Hi everyone, thanks so much for all your lovely comments in my previous post, you are all so kind and I really do appreciate all of you:) I have been putting this tutoiral together this afternoon while I was sitting at baseball watching my little ones play:) I have knitted these Easter eggs with a magic loop on circular needles.
The magic loop is really fantastic, I love knitting in the round this way, because no matter how few stitches you have on your needle, you can still knit with ease:) I have taken a few photos of how I knit with the magic loop, I hope they are easy to understand. Please just email me if anything is unclear and I will try to help:)
I thought I would explain the magic loop first and then write the pattern down for you… On your circular needle, cast on 9 stitches.
Slide the stitches around to the middle of the wire.
Pull the wire through and out and move the stitches towards the ends of your needles.

Pull the back needle through and keep your stitches on the end of the front needle.

Bring the back needle around and start knitting your stitches on the front needle.
   
Once you have knitted the front stitches move your needles around again and pull the back one out and through and move the stitches on to the end of your front needle. Don’t forget to keep that little loop on the side where we divided up the stitches, this must always be there.
Turn your work around, pulling the back needle through again and the front needle holds the stitches on the end of the needle and knit them again. Just keep going round like this in the round.
This is how it will look after a while, your work in the middle of the needles with a loop on the left and a  needle continuously coming through the back and knitting the stitches on the front needle.
I hope this is kind of clear, there are videos on You Tube which I think would help instead of my photos and explanations:) My wonderful friend Heidi shared this lovely technique with me, she is an amazing knitter!
You Tube Videos:
K has sent in a You Tube link for how to knit with the Magic Loop:  Thanks so much K:)
Here is a You Tube video link on how to change colours while knitting in the round.
And now for the pattern:
Knitted Easter Egg Pattern:
Cast on 9 stitches on circular needles and divide up as seen in the photo above to start knitting:)
Knit 1 round
Knit into the front and back of each stitch in next round increasing your stitches to 18.
Knit 1 round
Knit into front and back of each stitch in next round increasing your stitches to 36.
Knit 6 rounds
Change colour, knit 4 rounds,
Change colour, knit 4 rounds,
Change colour, knit 4 rounds,
Change colour
(Knit 5 stitches knit 2 together) continue this across the entire round and knit 1 stitch at the end of the round.
Knit 1 round.
(Knit 5 stitches, knit 2 together) continue this across the ertire round, knit 3 stitches on the end. 
Knit 1 round.
(Knit 5 stitches, knit 2 together) continue this across the round, knit 1 stitch on the end.
Knit 1 round.
(Knit 2 together) continue all across the round.
(Knit 2 together) continue all across the round, knit 1 on end.
Finishing off:
Break your thread and thread your yarn onto a wool needle and thread your stitches from your circular neeldes onto your wool needle and pull tight to close the opening. I normally fill the egg from this end and make sure the the wide base is firm and then fill the rest of the egg. Close both ends by threading tight in a circle with your thread and pulling tightly closed.
Roll your egg in your hands to get the required egg shape, and there you have an Easter Egg!
This photo is of a finished egg knitted in different colours.
I have also started adding knitted eggs to my shop.
Happy knitting, please only use this pattern for personal use:)
I would love to see your finished Easter eggs, if you would like to share your creations, please do share your link 🙂
Warmly
Linda

Please note, this pattern is for personal use only, and not for resale, items knitted from this pattern may not be sold for commercial purposes, thank you.

Congratulations to Valarie for winning my Mamma4earth giveaway over at Garden Mama! I will send your Easter treasures off soon:)
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25 Responses to Knitted Easter Egg Pattern Tutorial

  1. Elizabeth March 5, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

    Lovely! Thanks for sharing. I think I will have to try and make a few of these. Wish me luck!

  2. CHILDHOOD MAGIC March 5, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    My mom is the knitter around here, so I’ll have to put her to work!

  3. K March 5, 2010 at 5:24 pm #

    Linda!! THANK YOU. I’m excited to do it this way. Funny how the world can just open up and spill answers to old questions!! You are so wonderful to share these things!

  4. goldenbird March 5, 2010 at 6:24 pm #

    Thank you for the tutorial. The easter egg is lovely, and so it the yarn that you used.

  5. Heather March 5, 2010 at 8:30 pm #

    Thank you so much for this, it is beautiful

  6. momma rae March 5, 2010 at 9:05 pm #

    yay! thanks for sharing the magic! 😉 i think this will really help me as that is where i was struggling…how to deal with only a few stitches on the circulars! i will apply this to my nest making and look forward to starting some eggs, too! you are so generous for sharing. thank you, thank you! 😉

  7. K March 7, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    Okay. I did get a bit confused, as I have never done anything like this before. So I went to YouTube and found this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cB1sSOr0fG0

    She’s a down-to-earth person who explains EVERYTHING clearly and shows you – some of the other tutorials assume that you will pick up the details, like which needle is the back one and how to handle the live yarn. So this is a good addition to the lovely one you did.

    Thank you again – I love feeling like I’ve learned something BRAND NEW. Doesn’t happen often these days, but I love when it does.

  8. Linda March 8, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    Thanks so much K! I have added your link and added another one for how to change colours while knitting in the round:)
    Warmly
    Linda

  9. K March 10, 2010 at 8:28 am #

    YAY!! Thank you!!

  10. Mrs. D January 11, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    These are beautiful! What kind of knitting needles are you using?

  11. Linda January 12, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    Dear Mrs D
    Thank you:)
    These needles are my circular Knit Pro Needles, size 4mm. They are wonderful.
    Take care
    Linda

  12. Jenn January 20, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    I used to be a member of the Natural Kids team and made toys for children. I quit a few years ago but I still love making toys. I am just now finding your site and I am thrilled with the knit goodies. I cannot wait to get started on making some of these for my children for Easter coming up. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and your patterns with others for free!! That is such a blessing to a large family like mine! Happy to be a new reader here. Blessings~

  13. Rachel@oneprettything.com January 23, 2011 at 6:53 am #

    That’s lovely! I’ll have to knit up a few of these for my Easter table. I would also love to link to this if you didn’t mind. I just found you via Craft Gossip.

  14. Ali March 27, 2011 at 1:47 am #

    Thanks so much for sharing. I was looking for a handmade knit present for my Mom this Spring. How perfect – your egg & nest patterns.

  15. Altocumulus March 7, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    Thanks for this. I used this pattern to make an egg for my son who loves Angry Birds. 🙂

  16. Anonymous April 2, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

    This sounds great – could they be felted afterwards by putting in a hot washer?

  17. Elaine March 2, 2013 at 3:14 am #

    Wow! These look fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Jan March 10, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    Can you or anyone else, please explain this…I have no idea what your talking about here.
    Or is there a youtube or link telling me what this is.

    Break your thread and thread your yarn onto a wool needle and thread your stitches from your circular neeldes onto your wool needle and pull tight to close the opening. I normally fill the egg from this end and make sure the the wide base is firm and then fill the rest of the egg. Close both ends by threading tight in a circle with your thread and pulling tightly closed.

    Thanks.

  19. Lisa March 1, 2016 at 7:23 pm #

    What size yarn and needles are used in this pattern. If I missed it I’m sorry. I’m just starting to make eggs. Please help me

  20. Kara May 4, 2017 at 12:07 am #

    Did I miss where it says miss where it said needle size and yarn?

    • Linda May 6, 2017 at 3:29 pm #

      Hi Kara,
      You can use double knitting with 4mm needles
      🙂

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