Thus the egg cosy was born. Now, in the interests of full disclosure, I haven't tested these out yet, so I'm not going to make any guarantees that eggs will be totally protected in these, but if nothing else, it's a fun little project that is a good way to bust my tiny little wool scraps stash, and surely no more frivolous than all those apple cosies that are out there. UPDATE: Ella took an egg to school in one of these yesterday and she said it made ALL the difference - not a crack in sight.
And, for those looking for a little sugar free gift for easter, wouldn't this be be cute? You could even decorate a boiled egg and put it inside.
And since Easter is fast approaching, I made up a quick little tutorial for these this morning. Should give those inclined enough time to make a few of these.
Warning, I'm not so good with crochet terminology and language - please feel free to ask me what I mean, if I haven't explained it clearly.
To make these, I used wool scraps that were fairly light DK /worsted weight yarn. I played around with both a size 4.25mm/G/6 and 5mm/H/8 crochet hook as that's what I had on hand. While both work, I prefer the look of the smaller hook.
To start, I made a magic loop. ( If you are unfamiliar with how to make a magic loop, there are good online tutorials which can be found here and here. It's well worth learning as it is such a useful thing to know in crochet- I tend to use it all the time now.)
Start by chaining 2 and then continue to crochet 9 half double crochet (hdc)/half treble UK (htc) around the circle.
At this point it is helpful to get a boiled egg to measure your work. When it reaches just past the fattest part of the egg (roughly 6 rows), you will need to bring the shape in a little. To do this, in the next row you will decrease. Skip 1 stitch, crochet 4, repeat 3 more times until you are at the end of the round.
Continue to crochet with the last 16 stitches for 1 or 2 rounds. When you get to the end of the round, chain 7 stitches and join to the following stitch in the round. Weave in your end.