tête d'oeuf

February 12, 2014

Here's a sweet Easter project to use up those little scraps of treasured yarn that are too beautiful to toss.  These little egg hats turned out so cute I decided they'll be on my Easter table this year.  They knit up so fast you can make a dozen in no time!  I've written up the pattern and offer both two needle and four needle versions.

tête d'oeuf on two needles

Rowan Purelife Revive,  Small amounts of Marble, Pumice, Basalt, Ironstone, Loam, Flint
Needles:  US #5

Cast on 30 stitches

Rows 1-4:  Knit
Row 5: (RS) Knit
Row 6 and all even rows:  Purl
Row 7: Knit
Row 9: K2, (K3, K2 tog) 5x, K3 (25 sts.)
Row 11: K2, (K3, K2tog) 4x, K3 (21 sts.)
Row 13: K2, (K2, K2tog) 4x, K3 (17 sts.)
Row 15: K1, (K1, K2tog) 5x, K1 (12 sts.)
Row 17: K2 tog 6x (6 sts.)
Row 19: K2 tog 3x (3 sts.)
Row 21: S1, K2tog, PSSO
Fasten off and seam. 

tête d'oeuf on 4 needles

Cast on 28 stitches and knit in the round as follows:

Round 1, 3: Knit
Round 2, 4: Purl
Round 5-8 and following even rows: Knit
Round 9: K1, (K3, K2 tog) 5x, K2 (23 sts.)
Round 11: K1, (K3, K2tog) 4x, K2 (19 sts.)
Round 13: K1, (K2, K2tog) 4x, K2 (15 sts.)
Round 15: K1, (K2, K2tog) 3x, K2 (12 sts.)
Round 17: K2 tog 6x (6 sts.)
Round 19: K2 tog 3x (3 sts.)
Round 21: S1, K2tog, PSSO
Fasten off.

To blow eggs:  With sharp knife pierce a small hole in the top and bottom of egg.  Holding egg over a bowl, place your lips over the hole and blow...channel you inner Lauren Bacall;)  Now you can make scrambled eggs!

To make the eggs stand upright:  Put a little blob of hot glue on baking parchment paper and rest the egg on top.  It dries in seconds and peels off easily from the paper.  You won't see the glue if you don't use too much and gives it just the tiniest base to sit upright.

I fell in love with the Rowan Purelife Revive (made from recycled cotton, silk and viscose) after starting Guido for my son.  I just loved all the colors together and how it knits up with it's gorgeous texture.  The egg hat idea came when I gathered the beautiful colors together in a basket.  I thought, ok, this is my inspiration for my Easter table this year.

I also knit these with bits of Rowan Kid Classic, Silkystones, Pure Linen and Felted Tweed DK.  All worked with the same pattern and needle.  However any DK or Worsted weight will do for your egg hat.  I made some with Felted Tweed DK, Kid Classic and Silkystones and they're all pretty darn cute.  Even with the different weights I still used the same pattern and needle.  My oeufs did not seem to mind that some hats were more snug than others.  Let me know if you make any because I'd love to see them! xo Kristen

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  1. adorable, Kristen! thanks so much for sharing the pattern!

  2. These are great. My eggs are always complaining because it is too cole in the refrigerator.


  3. What an adorable Easter arrangement! Thanks for sharing the pattern! I can only imagine what a fun little table you could create with these as ornaments!

  4. These will be cute for the grandchildren's Easter basket!

  5. You SO need to sell these! You could make a killing!!! They are just TOO cute!!!

  6. These are so cute.........good idea. :) Gentle Joy

  7. So cute! Our chickens will be so happy to see we are keeping there little ones warm. There will be a colored egg with an Easter bonnet in each of my grandkids baskets this year!


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