If you want a fat-bottomed, anatomically almost accurate hen-type egg shape that can be whipped up with a tiny bit of yarn in a (relatively) tiny bit of time then this might just be the pattern for you.
This is an all in one recipe. Top down, worked in a spiral, no slip stitches between rounds.
Gauge is not important as you can make this from a yarn of your choosing along with a hook that’s appropriate.
For the eggs in these pictures I have used a variegated 4 ply/fingering/sock yarn from the Natural Dye Studio and a 2.75 mm hook. I measured as I crocheted and I reckon I used 10 metres of yarn and I think that you might need an hour from picking up your hook to putting down your finished egg.
Along with yarn and hook have these other things handy:
A pair of scissors, a tapestry needle, something safe to stuff into your egg and a stitch marker (a small safety pin works well).
Not tooo bad. We’re starting with a magic ring, increasing and decreasing (try your hand at an invisible decrease) and most absolutely, definitely using the ultimate finish.
I’m using UK crochet terms, here’s a UK/US conversion chart. We’re creating our egg from the pointy (top) end downwards to the fat bottom all in one go. We’re going to spiral around, there will be no slip stitches to join between rounds because I don’t like how it looks. Feel free to do that if it’s your thing. Sitting comfortably? Yarn, hook and hot beverage of your choice at the ready? Let’s begin:
For this part of the egg we’re going to be increasing in groups of three .
Round 1: Using a Magic Ring, chain 1, 6 double crochet. Tighten the Magic Ring. Mark the last stitch that you made and continue to mark the last stitch of each round that you make. 6 stitches.
Round 2: (1 double crochet in the first stitch, 2 double crochet into the next stitch) x3. 9 stitches.
Round 3: (1 double crochet into the first two stitches, 2 double crochet into the next stitch) x3. 12 stitches.
Round 4: (1 double crochet into the first three stitches, 2 double crochet into the next stitch) x3. 15 stitches.
Round 5: (1 double crochet into the first four stitches, 2 double crochet into the next stitch) x3. 18 stitches.
Round 6: (1 double crochet into the first five stitches, 2 double crochet into the next stitch) x3. 21 stitches.
Round 7: (1 double crochet into the first six stitches, 2 double crochet into the next stitch) x3. 24 stitches.
There are no increases on this round.
Round 8: 1 double crochet into each stitch. 24 stitches.
In this section we are going to be doing our decreases, these will be in groups of four.
Round 9: (1 double crochet in each of the first four stitches, 2 double crochet together*) x4. 20 stitches. *Do have a go at that invisible decrease method i.e. front/outside loops only.
Round 10: (1 double crochet in each of the first three stitches, 2 double crochet together*) x4. 16 stitches.
Round 11: (1 double crochet in each of the first two stitches, 2 double crochet together*) x4. 12 stitches.
You might want to stuff your egg at this point.
Round 12: (2 double crochet together) x6. 6 stitches.
Now finish off in your chosen method. I do, do recommend that ultimate finish.
Here’s a link to the pattern on Ravelry.
This is a free pattern. Please let me know if you make a version or if you find any mistakes. This is my intellectual property, don’t use the pattern to your commercial advantage without asking first and then, you know, gaining permission. I retain the moral right to be identified as the author.
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Clever idea – I love it!