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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An easy knitting pattern for Easter egg ornaments in three different sizes, with optional decorative variations around the middle section.

These eggs make great chocolate-free Easter egg alternatives, or can be threaded with a ribbon to make hanging Easter egg tree decorations.

This listing has been updated to replace the previous free knitting pattern. You can still obtain the original pattern for small eggs only free on my blog at

NEW to this updated pattern:

  • Slightly adjusted patterns for better shaping
  • New instructions to knit your eggs flat on straight needles as well as in the round
  • Tips on eco-conscious choices when making your knitted eggs
  • New middle section designs (19 in total)

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
  • straight needles to knit flat
  • tapestry needle


  • toy stuffing; or
  • solid egg – instructions given are to cover the following sized eggs: ~ large polystyrene egg (8.5cm / 3.25” 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: your finished eggs will be around 1cm / 0.5” larger than the solid egg sizes above

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

Difficulty: advanced beginner to intermediate:

  • optional knitting a small circumference in the round
  • 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:
Stitches: knit, purl, right lifted increase or knit front and back, knit 2 together or slip slip knit (instructions given)
Optional: knitting a small circumference in the round (on magic loop or double-pointed needles)
Optional: colourwork using stranded/Fairisle technique

Number of pages: 16
Language: English only

I now have a knit kit available for a version of this pattern, using sustainable efo wooden eggs and Hoooked Eucalyps yarn in my Etsy store.