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Tutorial: Gradient Easter Eggs

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Gradient Easter Eggs

Designed by Premier Yarns Design Team

Skill Level: Basic

With Easter fast-approaching, we’ve created a simple, fun, and quick tutorial to make these colorful, gradient eggs! This project is great for beginners as it’s a great way to practice your chain stitch! Our Premier® Garden™ has a bright color story and beautiful self-striping effect making it a great choice for these colorful eggs. One ball can make over a dozen or use multiple balls to create many unique color combinations. These gradient eggs have the hand-dyed look of the classic Easter Egg, without the mess. And bonus—they will never spoil!

If you make some Gradient Easter Eggs this Easter, be sure to snap some pics and tag us on Instagram & Facebook, we would love to see your creations! Tag us @PremierYarns or with hashtags: #premieryarns #makeitpremier

Materials

Premier® Yarns Garden™ (100% Micro Acrylic; 3.5oz/100g 284yds/260m)

  • 1 ball in any color will make well over a dozen Easter Eggs! (15-20 total)
  • For this tutorial, we used:
    • #1076-05 Snapdragon
    • #1076-06 Azalea
    • #1076-07 Mountain Heather
    • #1076-09 Dahlia

Hook: US Size F/5 (3.75 mm) crochet hook

Notions: Plastic Easter Eggs, double sided tape (or adhesive of choice), scissors

Gauge

20 chains= 4”

Gauge is not essential for this project. It is more important to keep an even tension throughout so that the chain stitches have an even, uniform look when wrapping.

 

Easter Egg Instructions

To begin, chain 350 stitches, making a chain approximately 70’’ long.  Don’t fasten off just yet, as you may need to adjust your stitch count to fit the egg perfectly when finishing.

Note: Make sure not to twist your foundation chain and be sure to keep your stitches facing the same way so that your chain lays flat when wrapping.

Using your double sided tape, stick 4 pieces over the top of the egg in a star shape. If you are using another type of adhesive, begin by covering just the top third of the egg for now.

 

 

You will now begin wrapping your egg. As shown in the photo, lay the end of the chain flat and begin to wrap it in a spiral, tucking the tail underneath. This is the trickiest part, but once you get to wrapping, it’s a piece of cake. Continue wrapping and pressing the yarn down as you go, continuing to wrap over the tail. Make sure you aren’t twisting your chain.

 

 

 

You’ve now wrapped your egg about a third of the way, covering all of the adhesive you’ve placed so far.

 

 

Now using your tape or adhesive of choice, beginning to cover the body of the egg, making sure to continue to cover your yarn tail.

 

 

After covering about half of the egg, cut your yarn tail if there is any remaining at this point.

 

 

If you are using double sided tape, cover the bottom half of the egg in the same method from the beginning. If you are using another adhesive, simply cover the remainder of the egg.

 

 

 

 

Continue wrapping and pressing around the body of the egg. When you are near the bottom, you may have too few or too many chain stitches. Determine what you need to cover the remainder of your egg and fasten off. (I had too many so I undid about 20 stitches to achieve the correct length).

 

 

Cut your tail leaving about 1/2” of length. To secure the end, lift the last few stitches and press the tail in place. Place another small piece of tape (or small dot of adhesive) on the tail and press the last stitches back in place, securing the tail underneath.

 

 

And there you have it, some quick and colorful Easter Eggs that have the hand-dyed look without the mess!

Make them in all different colors or use 1 ball to create many unique, gradient eggs!

1 comment

  • Daphne: May 07, 2019

    This is a really cool project! I might make a few for some special Easter baskets this year. A cool way to use up some leftover yarn.

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