How to knit Easter egg cosies
Cast on Ann Franklin’s cracking selection of brilliantly bright egg
cosies – we’re not yolking when we say they’ll be perfect for Easter!
Cheer up your breakfast table with these Easter cuties! These knitted Easter egg cosies are easy to make and are ideal for keeping your soft boiled egg warm. Or, why not hide a cheeky chocolate egg, instead?
Here's a top tip: Once all the knitting has been done it can be tempting to rush the finishing. With these egg cosies being so small you’ll notice when something doesn’t look quite right, so take your time when sewing them up and pay special attention to getting the facial features spot on.
If you like this project, why not try your hand at some of our other knitted Easter favourites? We love the idea of knitted Easter eggs, or how about knitting these adorable Easter pompom hats for your eggs? And for more knitting projects and inspiration sign-up to our newsletter!
To make these knitted egg cosies you will need:
- King Cole Dollymix DK, (100% acrylic, 25g/73m), 1 ball of each:
- Yarn A White (001)
- Yarn B Black (048)
- Yarn C Gold (055)
- Yarn D Orange (144)
- Yarn E Pink (006)
- Yarn F Sky (005)
- 1 set of 2.75mm double-pointed needles (DPNs)
- 6 black sequins
- 2 silver sequins
- Black and white sewing thread
Knitted Easter Egg cosies pattern
20 sts and 50 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over garter st using 2.75mm needles
Height 6cm (21/2 inches)
B&T Break yarn and thread through rem sts to fasten off
You’ll find our standard knitting abbreviations in this pattern. 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.
BASIC BODY (FOR ALL COSIES)
Note Use Yarn A for the Lamb, Yarn C for the Chick, Yarn E or F for the Bunnies.
Cast on 24 sts using 2.75mm DPNs and yarn required.
Making sure not to twist the stitches, join them into the round, and work as follows:
Rounds 1 and 2 *K1, P1; rep from * to the end of the round.
Round 3 Purl.
Round 4 Knit.
Repeat Rounds 3 and 4 eight more times and then Round 3 once.
Round 22 *K2tog, K4; rep from * to the end of the round. [20 sts] Rounds 23, 25 and 27 Purl.
Round 24 *K2tog, K3; rep from * to the end of the round. [16 sts] Round 26 *K2tog, K2; rep from * to the end of the round. [12 sts] Round 28 *K2tog; rep from * to the end of the round. [6 sts]
Make the Basic Body as given above in Yarn A.
FACE AND HEAD
Cast on 6 sts using two 2.75mm DPNs and Yarn B.
Note If preferred you can use a separate pair of single-pointed needles, but as the items are so small, it is just as easy to use two of the needles from the set of double-pointed needles. However, here you will be using the needles to knit back and forth rather than in the round.
Row 1 Knit.
Row 2 *Kfb, knit to the last 2 sts, kfb, K1. [8 sts]
Knit 7 rows.
Row 10 K2tog, knit to the last 2 sts, k2tog. [6 sts]
Row 11 Knit.
EARS (make two)
Cast on 4 sts using two 2.75mm DPNs and Yarn B. Knit 3 rows.
Make the Basic Body as given above, using Yarn C.
- Neaten the cast-on and cast-off ends of the body.
- With the cast-on edge of the Face at the bottom, embroider a small capital ‘Y’ at the centre bottom of the Face using Yarn A.
- Using the white sewing thread, sew a silver sequin above and to either side of the ‘Y’ for eyes.
- Sew the Face to the centre front of the Body, 5 rounds up from the ribbing.
- Sew one of the side edges of each ear to the top of the face on either corner of the face.
WINGS (make two)
Cast on 8 sts using two 2.75mm DPNs and Yarn C. Knit 13 rows.
Cast on 2 sts using two 2.75mm DPNs and Yarn D. Row 1 Kfb, K1. [3 sts]
Row 2 Purl.
Row 3 Kfb twice, K1. [5 sts]
Purl 3 rows.
Row 7 K1, sl1, k2tog, psso, K1. [3 sts]
Row 8 Purl
Row 9 Sl1, k2tog, psso and fasten off.
- Neaten the cast-on and cast-off ends of the Body.
- Neaten the ends of the Beak and fold it in half to form two small triangles. Sew the seam between the two triangles to the front of the Body, 15 rounds above the ribbing.
- Using black sewing thread, sew two black sequins above and on either side of the Beak.
- On each wing, gently gather one side edge, and sew to either side of the body. Catch the top of the other side edges to the Body at the back of the chick to hold the Wings down in place.
(one in yarn E and one in yarn F)
Make the Basic Body as given above, using Yarn E or F.
EARS (Make two)
Cast on 9 sts using two 2.75mm DPNs and Yarn E or F. Knit 6 rows.
- Neaten the cast-on and cast-off ends of the body.
- Using Yarn B, embroider a small horizontal stitch at the centre front of the Body 15 rounds up from the ribbing.
- Sew a small inverted ‘V’ below this stitch. Using black sewing thread, sew a black sequin on either side of the embroidered nose.
- Gently gather both side edges of the Ears to round the top and bottom of the Ears. Sew one end to the top of the cosy’s Head.
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Ann Franklin has many years of knitting experience, having been taught to knit, crochet and sew as a very young child by her mother, who was hugely skilled in all three. She combines knitting and designing with her full time job as a HLTA in a local primary school . Her designs first appeared ten years ago in Knit Today magazine, and she also had designs published in Love Knitting for Baby magazine. She currently designs for Simply Knitting magazine. Her designs can also be found on Love Crafts and Ravelry.
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