I knitted these in Lamb’s Pride worsted weight, on homemade dowel needles (near a size 8). The finished egg is 2.5 inches tall, and it can also be felted! Just run through a hot cycle(s) on your washing machine. Have fun experimenting with different sizes and yarns, embroidery, or multiple colors!
Cast on 6 stitches (I always use 2 needles to ensure gauge) and divide onto three double pointed needles (2 on each needle)
1: Join and knit (6 stitches)
2: K1, KFB* on each needle (x3) (9 stitches)
4: K1, KFB, K1* x3 (12 stitches)
6: K1, KFB, K2* x3 (15 stitches)
8: K1, KFB, K3* x3 (18 stitches)
10: K1, KFB, K4* x3 (21 stitches)
16: K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1* x3, (15 stitches) stuff generously with wool.
17: K2tog, K1, K2tog * x3 (9 stitches), break yarn with a long tail and thread onto a yarn needle. Pull through those nine stitches and cinch like a drawstring. Weave in around the base and pull yarn through the egg, then snip excess. Do the same for the initial tail.
That’s all there is to it! I’d love to see what you come up with!
Editors Note: Please see Kendra’s companion project, the Sprouted Basket.
Kendra Ortner is constantly inspired by the beauty and wonder of the natural world, reclaimed sweaters, thrifted treasures, and her two year old. She lives in Portland, Oregon and works by hand at home, with support from her loving partner.