Easter Egg Surprise by Mariù AlpiKnit

Easter Egg Surprise

Knitting
March 2013
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
6 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch
in stocking stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
55 - 77 yards (50 - 70 m)
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Easter Egg Surprise consists of two pieces: an egg-shaped case and one tiny little chicken which nests in the egg. Both are knit in the round, while chicken comb, tail and wings are knit back and forth separately and attached to body later on.

For both egg and chicken I used small amounts of yarns from my stash of Campolmi Roberto Colorado (but any worsted weight yarn will work great) and I worked on ‘undersized’ needles, in order to make fabric as tight as possible and prevent it from slackening once chicken is filled with fibre.

Gauge

6 sts and 8 rows to measure 2.5x2.5 cm 1x1” over stocking stitch using size 3.5 mm US 4 needles.

Materials and Notions

  • A set of 4 size 3.5 mm US 4 double pointed needles or a set of circular needles of the same size to knit pattern using Magic Loop method
  • A small amount of worsted weight yarn in Main Colour (for body and egg case)
  • A small amount of worsted weight yarn in two colours of choice for stripes on egg case
  • A bit of worsted weight red yarn for chicken comb and beak
  • A small amount of fibrefill to stuff chicken body
  • A cut length of black embroidery floss for eyes
  • A tapestry needle

Finished measurements
Chicken is approximately 8 cm 3.2” high (including comb) and 6.5 cm 2.5” wide if measured from wing to wing.
Egg is approximately 11.5 cm 4.5” high and 7.5 cm 3” wide.