Liven up your breakfast table with this egg cosy knitting pattern from Patons! These stripy zig-zag cosies would make sweet Easter gifts, and they're also ideal for charity knitting.


This easy beginner pattern is a great introduction to Fair Isle and knitting from a chart, so if you're new to colourwork don't be afraid to have a go! Why not have fun mixing and matching the yarn shades for your egg cosy to make your own unique colour combinations?

This design is taken from the 'Commit to Knit' booklet that came with Simply Knitting issue 147, which featured eight patterns to knit for charity. UK Hand Knitting would like you to pledge to make one item for a good cause as part of its annual Commit to Knit campaign – they recommend making these egg cosies for Oxfam to sell in their shops. You can also encourage others to get involved, and perhaps even organise a charity knitting event.

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Get set for spring with our bright and cheerful knits! If you like these egg cosies, you won't want to miss our adorable animal baby hats (including a cute bunny rabbit) and Easter egg decorations knitting patterns.

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To make this egg cosy you will need:

This pattern is written in UK metrics but it's really easy to convert, just check out our yarn weight conversion chart and beginner’s guide.

Patons Wool DK (100% wool, 50g/125m), or alternative DK yarn, 1 ball of each:

  • Beach Blue (165)
  • Passion Fruit (121)
  • Pink (137)
  • Natural (102)
  • Black (199)

A pair of 3½mm knitting needles

Cast on an egg cosy:

We use our standard knitting abbreviations in this pattern.


Tension is not critical for this project.


14cm diameter and 6cm high.

Egg cosy

Cast on 37 sts using 3½mm needles and Yarn A.

Row 1 K1, *P1, K1; rep from * to end of row.

Row 2 P1, *K1, P1; rep from * to end of row.

Now continue in st st, working rows 1–13 of Chart.

Egg cosy knitting pattern chart

How to use our charts

Start at the bottom right-hand corner. Read right side rows from right to left and wrong side rows from left to right. A row of squares represents a row of knitting.

Shaping the top of the egg cosy

In Yarn A, *P1, p2tog; rep from * to last st, P1. [25 sts]

Knit the next row.

Next row *P1, p2tog; rep from * to last st, P1. [13 sts]

Next row K2tog, rep to last st, K1. [7 sts]

Thread yarn through rem sts and pull tight. Sew in the ends and make a pompom for the top of the cosy.

Want more knits for your home? Try our spring flowers tea cosy, heart blanket, knitted cactus pattern and cupcake pincushion.

Download your egg cosy knitting pattern:

To get your free knitting pattern, follow the link below to open the PDF in a new window.


Egg cosy knitting pattern PDF


Sarah WinsperDigital Assistant, Simply Knitting and The Knitter

As well as spending her working life thinking about yarn, Sarah designs knitting patterns in her spare time, too!

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