Patterned Easter Egg Decorations by Anna Funnell

Patterned Easter Egg Decorations

March 2019
both are used in this pattern
DK (11 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
50 - 75 yards (46 - 69 m)
One size
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This pattern is for knitted Easter eggs in three different sizes, with optional decorative variations around the middle section.

The small size is slightly smaller than a hen’s egg, the medium size slightly larger than a hen’s egg. The large size is quite a bit bigger, around the size of a goose’s egg.

Yarn: a few grams of DK yarn (up to around 25g for a large egg)

Gauge: 25 st / 32 rows to 10cm / 4”

Needle size: US 3 / UK 10 / 3.25mm

Needle type:

  • double pointed needles; or
  • circular needle at least 23” / 60cm long (for magic loop) (or longer if you want to knit 2 eggs at once); and
  • tapestry needle


  • toy stuffing; or
  • large polystyrene egg (11cm / 4.25” long; 18cm / 7” circumference); or
  • medium polystyrene egg (6cm / 2.5” long; 11.5cm / 4.5” circumference); or
  • small polystyrene egg (5cm / 2” long; 9cm / 3.5” circumference)

Finished size:
(slightly bigger if using toy stuffing)
Large: 11.5cm / 4.5” long; 19cm / 7.5” circumference
Medium: 7.5cm / 3” long; 12.5cm / 5” circumference
Small: 5cm / 2” long; 10.5cm / 4.25” circumference

Time required (per egg):
Large – 1½ to 4 hours
Medium – ¾ to 1½ hours
Small – ½ to 1 hour

Difficulty: advanced beginner to medium – knitting a small circumference in the round, plus optional colourwork

Each egg starts and finishes the same, but there are a variety of options for the ‘flat’ section in the middle between the increases and decreases. These are presented as coloured charts for ease.

Lettering can also be added to the central band in chain stitch if desired (use thinner wool or just a strand or two of DK for this).

These eggs make great chocolate-free Easter gifts or decorations and can be displayed in a bowl or propped on a window sill, or threaded with a hanging cord to hang them up.

Knowledge required:
How to knit a small circumference in the round (on magic loop or double-pointed needles)
Colourwork using stranded/Fairisle technique (optional - can be knitted plain or with simple horizontal bands of colour)

Number of pages: 10
Language: English only