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back to the yarn: Easter eggs

I tried the pattern for the Easter eggs in this book:

easterknitsbookAnd I’ve got a lot to share about it!  Firstly, I made 2 of them with more leftover Stylecraft Special DK and some 6in. 3.25mm DPNs that I had lying around (they’re not KnitPicks, but they were OK).  So I wanted to start out with an egg that consists of only 2 colors, not being too confident in my abilities.  Here’s the picture in the book of it:

heneggIt’s got hens going around it!  How cute!  Not being too comfortable with DPNs, I was nervous with this ungainly looking beginning:

henegg1Even at this point, I was thinking the whole thing might just be a recipe for disaster:

henegg2It started to look pretty good, though, and even the back looked pretty decent:

henegg3And here’s the finished egg:

henegg5I think it turned out great!  A little bigger than I expected, but super-cute.  I had a problem, though, with the increases at the beginning.  Here’s how the book says to do increases:

easterincreasesHave you ever seen that before?  It turned out to be really difficult for me, and very frustrating, so I started using a crochet hook to get into that stitch and pull a loop through.  For my second egg, therefore, I decided to use M1L and M1R increases instead, and it looked almost exactly the same.  Here’s the book’s example of the second egg I made:

fabergeeggAnd here’s how that one went:

fabergeegg2I like it a lot, although perhaps I should have picked more contrasting colors than the pink and blue/green.  Here are the two eggs together:

eggsThe second one is a little smaller, and I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting tighter with my DPN skills or if I pulled the yarns too tight when changing colors.  In any case, I love both of them!

I also apologize for the darker pictures — I took the pictures of the eggs at 3AM, right when I finished them, so it was very dark in the house.

That’s all for today, except I want to say thanks to everyone who responded to my last post about rape culture.  It sparked some conversations on and off the Internet, and that’s really what I wanted, so thanks!  And thanks for stopping by again — I’ll be posting again soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Your eggs are even nicer than the ones in the book 🙂

  2. Aw, they’re so cute! Well done!

  3. Wow! I’m properly impressed Hannah.

    I can’t work out from the small pic on my iph what the inc entail according to the book. You look like you’ve cracked it (ha ha) anyway.

  4. It can be intimidating to knit with dp needles but it looks like you have conquered it. The eggs are very cute.
    I always take the increase suggestion as a recommendation and usually you can use the method you prefer and it will come out nicely. On very small needles I find that making the increase by picking up the yarn between the sts and making a loop by twisting it (so you don’t leave a hole) works best for me. I probable explained that badly but if you want write me and I will take some pictures to send you to show you how.

  5. Your eggs came out perfect! You did a great job. I would have never known that you hadn’t used DPN before. I’m so proud of you 🙂

    • Thank you! I did have a little practice with DPNs at the top of hats when I first started but I’ve long since been using the magic loop method. I think I might actually prefer the DPNs…

  6. Double point needles feel awkward when you first start out but you have done a beautiful job!!
    I think the method of increasing in most patterns are a suggestion and you can substitute your favorite method usually.
    One of my favorite methods for increases when I am working on small needles and sock yarn with a tight gauge is to knit into the yarn that runs between the stitches. this is similar to a YO except you twist the yarn when you knit into it so that it doesn’t leave a lacy hole.
    reading over this I might have made it seem confusing but if you write to me I could write me and I could try to take some pictures to explain it.

  7. loulou downtown says:

    Very nice! They turned out so well.

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