I came across a bag of Spring-colored cotton yarn balls at the thrift store for just a buck fifty. The colors reminded me of Easter, especially. I hadn’t crocheted in a long long while, so I thought this would be a great project to get back into it, since you only need to make a crochet chain. So, here’s how I made my Crochet Chain Wrapped Easter Eggs.
- Yarn in different colors (a palm-sized ball should be plenty)
- Crochet hook (I used size “I”)
- Plastic Easter eggs (preferably pilfered from your kiddos’ stash they’ve been hoarding for the last four years)
- Hot glue (use a small glue gun as the glue stream from a large glue gun might be too thick, and low temp should be fine)
Directions: If you have never crocheted before or you need a refresher (like me), I really love Crafty Minx’s Crochet School. I have it bookmarked on my phone! Specifically check out this link with videos on how to create a slip knot and how to create a crochet chain. I think the videos are way better at explaining the specifics than I would be, so my instructions will be less specific; if you need more detailed instruction, be sure to watch the videos. So first make a slip knot, and insert your crochet hook through the loop.
Then make your chain. First, make the chain long enough to cover one of the egg halves (we want the egg to be able to open, so we will make two chains for each half and avoid gluing over the egg opening). For the smaller half of the eggs I have, I needed about a 2.5-foot chain. But, it will depend on your yarn, your crochet hook, and how tight or loose your chain is. If you crochet your chain too short or long, it will be okay, as you will see (as long as you don’t cut your yarn).
Once you think you have enough for one of the halves (I’m doing the smaller half first but it doesn’t matter), you can start gluing the chain onto your egg. Start by putting a dab of glue onto the middle of one of your halves.
Then, pull the tail at the very beginning of your chain to tighten the knot. Trim off the tail about half an inch or so and place the very first chain stitch on the glue dollop.
Then apply glue around and around, about an inch or so at a time, laying the chain over your glue so it wraps around that first chain stitch in the middle. Glue the chain down so that the top (the “V” side or the braided-looking side) is on top.
Keep going and going until you either reach the edge of the egg, or you have run out of chain. The whole time you are wrapping the chain, keep your crochet hook in the last loop in case you need to add more stitches. In the pic below, my chain wasn’t long enough so I will have to add more.
So go ahead and add more stitches, with the egg attached!
As you approach the edge, remove the other half. This will help you to avoid applying any glue to the edges of the egg opening.
When you’ve finished gluing, undo your stitches if you have too many, leaving a loop right over the last little bit of egg left to cover. Then, trim off your yarn, leaving a few inches.
Use your crochet hook to pull the yarn strand through the loop, and pull tight to form a knot.
And finally, glue down the end and trim off the tail right next to the knot. All done with one half! I put the uncovered half back on to see if the egg would close properly, and it looks like an acorn! I will probably revisit this idea in the fall :).
Now, repeat for the other half. For me, the other (larger) half needed about 3 feet of chain. Again, remove the other half and make sure you don’t apply any glue on the edges of the egg opening.
All done. Here’s a green egg I made as well.
And here’s one using variegated yarn, resulting in stripes.
My little bag of thrifted bag of yarn contained a few types of multicolored yarn balls, so I had lots of different eggs!
Covering one half of the egg and then the other allows you to open the egg to fill with goodies to give as gifts.