Friday, March 20, 2020

Plushy Watercolor Easter Eggs + Garland, Free Crochet Pattern + Video


The Plushy Watercolor Easter Eggs are a fun little springy crochet project!  Set them in a basket, hide them around the house, or string them up into a beautiful garland like I did (garland instructions and video down below).  Completed in just 6 rounds, you can whip up a bunch of them with just one ball of yarn too.  I love that these sweet eggs add a little springtime cheer to the home...fun!

Want a little help? There's a full video tutorial below too! 


Plushy Watercolor Easter Eggs
By Jennifer Dickerson

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Materials:
  • L (8.0 mm) crochet hook 
  • 1 ball of Bernat Baby Blanket (I used the "Jelly Beans" colorway) *Note: You can get lots and lots of eggs with just one ball of this yarn.
  • Tapestry Needle 
  • Scissors 
  • Tape Measure
  • Poly Fill to stuff the eggs (you can also use yarn or fabric scraps, cotton balls, or even repurpose some plastic bags too!
  • Optional ribbon if you choose to make your eggs into a garland.  I used narrow satin ribbon to string them up and wide grosgrain ribbon (pink ribbon shown is 1.5 inch grosgrain) to tie in between the eggs.

Sizing for each egg:
  • 11 inch circumference
  • 5 inches long


Instructions: Ch 4, then join with a slip stitch in the chain furthest from the hook to make a ring. Round 1: Ch 2, then work 11 hdc into the center of the ring. Join to close round with a slip stitch.

Round 2: Ch 2, then *work a hdc into the first stitch. Work 2 hdc into the next stitch. Repeat from * around. Join to close round with a slip stitch.

Round 3: Ch 2, then work a hdc into each stitch around. Join to close round with a slip stitch.

Round 4: Ch 2, then work a hdc into each stitch around. Join to close round with a slip stitch.

Round 5: Ch 2, then *work a hdc2tog across the first two stitches. Work a hdc into the next stitch. Repeat from * around. Join to close round with a slip stitch.

Round 6: Ch 2, then *work a hdc2tog across the first two stitches. Work a hdc into the next stitch. Repeat from * around. Join to close round with a slip stitch.

Fasten off leaving a long tail. Stuff egg with poly fill or filling of your choice into the small hole at the top of the egg. With a tapestry needle and the tail, seam up the top and pull tightly to close hole shut. Weave in any ends and you're finished!

Instructions for Garland:

Thread a long piece of narrow ribbon with your tapestry needle and run it through the middle of each egg. I chose to string them from top to bottom, but if you like you can string them so that they are upright too.

Cut a piece of wide ribbon (6-8 inches long) and tie in between each egg for a little extra contrast and texture. Trim even and neatly at an angle for a finished look.

You can slide both the eggs and ribbon ties into position for hanging. I chose to have mine snugly together (touching) for a more compact look. However, you can spread things out for a more open look too.

Hang using ribbon ends on a mantle, window, mirror, plain wall, etc.


© Jennifer Dickerson 2020

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