Knit cute and colourful egg cosies
The fantastic thing about handcraft is that you can create individual, quirky items which less talented folks could never dream of having! In this case, we're talking egg cosies. Yep, our latest knit pick from Mollie Makes features cute colour combos and a mixture of knitting techniques to create sweet little hats for your boiled eggs. Brekkie in bed, anyone?
This egg cosy is knitted as one long rectangle, which is then sewn together down two sides to create the shape. You’ll start knitting at the bottom of the cosy, with the patterned side. Follow the chart to create the colour pattern, using the techniques described.
Read the odd-numbered Right Side rows of the chart from right to left, and the even-numbered Wrong Side rows of the chart from left to right. The ‘back’ section is worked in Yarn A throughout and is not charted.
You will need...
- 1 ball each of Yarns A, B, C and D (Key with chart):
Yarns A and B, Rowan Cashsoft 4ply (160m/175yds per 50g ball); yarns C and D, Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (125m/137yds per 50g ball)
Forest 442 (A) and Kiwi 443 (B), Bluebottle 449 (A) and Cherish 453 (B), Bark 432 (A) and Arran 456 (B), Loganberry 430 (A) and Jewel 461(B); Yarn C, Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, Shade 101,Off white; Yarn D, Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino,Shade 001,Primrose
- 1 pair of 2.25mm (UK 13/US 1) knitting needles
- Tapestry/darning needle
32 stitches and approx. 46 rows to 10cm measured over charted stocking stitch using 2.25mm needles and Yarn A.
To make the egg cosies...
Fair Isle technique
For patterns that appear across the entire length of a row, work with two balls of yarn, stranding the colour not in use loosely across the back of the work. If you need to strand across more than 5 stitches, try weaving the yarn into the back of the piece, by twisting the two colours together.
This technique may need a little practice to create an even fabric.
For the egg white and yolk pattern, which doesn’t go across the entire length of a row, cut individual lengths of yarn, or use mini balls of yarn to create the colour pattern.
At the ‘edge’ stitches, where you are changing from yellow to white, twist the two different colour yarns together. This will prevent holes appearing.
The cosy is knitted as one piece.
Using Yarn B cast on 28sts.
Knit 16 rows.
Begin working the chart as follows:
Next row (RS): Knit 1 row in Yarn B (Row 1 of the Chart)
Next row (WS): Purl 1 row in Yarn B (Row 2 of the chart)
Continue in stocking stitch, knitting on right side rows and purling on wrong side rows, working until you have completed all 34 rows of the chart.
Work the word ‘EGG’ using the Fair Isle method and Yarn A as charted.
Work the white and yolk using the intarsia method and using Yarns B, C and D as charted.
Change to Yarn A and knit 58 rows.
To make up...
Sew in ends.
Press on the wrong side of the piece lightly, using a cool iron with a wet cloth between the iron and the knitted piece.
Fold in half with wrong sides on the outside.
Sew down both sides using running stitch or back stitch.
Turn the right way out, boil an egg for 5-7 minutes, pop the cosy on it, and admire your handiwork!