Welcome to the second pattern of my Easter Crochet A-Long, the Easter Bunny Creme Egg Cover.
These can also be made into pencil toppers instead, by following the pattern below and then adding a Pencil Topper insert.
Contents List For Making A Creme Egg Cover
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What You’ll Need to Crochet My Creme Egg Bunnies
You will need some Chunky (US Bulky) weight acrylic yarn in your chosen bunny colour, an inner ear colour, and if you’d like, a different tail colour. I have used a range of colours of Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky acrylic yarn.
You will also need a small amount of DK weight yarn or embroidery floss in Black for embroidering the eyes, and Pink for the nose.
A 5mm crochet hook, or hook needed for the gauge.
A stitch marker, yarn needle, and scissors.
Pattern Notes for making the Easter Egg Bunny
Gauge For The Crochet Bunny Covers:
These cosies are designed to fit a standard 40g size Cadburys Creme Egg chocolate.
As it’s quite difficult to work and measure a gauge swatch in the round, I recommend trying the piece over the egg as you go. It should fit over comfortably without having to stretch or being too loose. If you find it too tight to fit over your egg, go up a hook size. If you find it very baggy around your egg, go down a hook size.
The finished egg cover opening will need to be stretched over the egg when fitting. The last round should sit beneath the egg, giving it a cushion to stand up on.
If you just want to make the pencil toppers, gauge isn’t too important.
Invisible Join – Crochet Technique:
We will be using an invisible join technique to finish off the egg animal bodies. This will give you a neat, seamless, edge around. To do this, cut your yarn after the last stitch, leaving a couple of inches of tail, and pull the end up through the last stitch made. Use your yarn needle to thread the end through under both loops of the second stitch along, and back into the middle of that last stitch. Pull to tighten, creating a faux stitch top over the first stitch. You may notice the real first stitch top poking out a little at the back. Thread the end up through the back loop of the real first stitch, and weave the end into the inside of the body to secure. Trim off any excess.
Crochet Stitches & Terms Used For the Creme Egg Bunny Cover
This pattern is written using US crochet terms. Please refer to my Crochet Terms Conversion Chart for help with translating into UK terms.
The pattern uses the following basic US crochet stitches:
(mr) Magic Ring, (sl st) Slip Stitch, (sc) Single Crochet, (hdc) Half Double Crochet, (inc) Increase – 2sc in the same stitch, (dec) Decrease (Invisible) – hook through the front loops only of the next 2 stitches and work a single crochet. Invisible Join finishing technique as explained above.
When slip stitching to level off, ensure you keep the stitch the same tension as your other stitches, do not pull this tight as if joining rounds.
Numbers shown within ( ) indicates the number of stitches you should have at the end of the row/round.
To help you read this pattern, the commas represent each stitch or the number of stitches after x. For example: “sc, inc,” would mean sc into next st, increase (2sc) in the following st. Or “sc x3, inc,” would mean sc into each of the next 3 stitches, increase in the following st.
Crocheting the Main bunny Body
We will be working in continuous rounds. Keep track of your rounds by marking your first stitch with a stitch marker.
Using your chosen bunny colour yarn, start with a magic ring,
6sc into mr, pull closed (6)
inc x6 (12)
*inc, sc x3*, repeat between * a total of 3 times (15)
*sc x4, inc*, repeat between * a total of 3 times (18)
sc in each st (18)
*inc, sc x5*, repeat between * a total of 3 times (21)
sc in each st (21 for 3 rounds)
*sc x5, dec*, repeat between * a total of 3 times (18)
*sc x4, dec*, repeat between * a total of 3 times (15)
sc x14, sl st into the last stitch to level off, fasten off with an invisible join (15)
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Embroidering the Face onto Your Easter Egg
Embroidering The Bunny Eyes:
Using your thinner Black yarn, embroider the eyes over R5. of the body. Start by threading through the inside of the body to secure the yarn end.
Step 1. Thread out through a stitch gap below R5., and make an outwards diagonal line, going into a stitch gap above R5..
Step 2. Following the direction of the diagonal slant, come out through the next stitch gap along on the same row and make back stitch.
Step 3. Thread out through the end of the previous back stitch and make an outwards diagonal line down through below R5.. This makes the basic eye shape, we will now add eyelashes (you can skip the eyelashes if you’d prefer).
Step 4. Thread out through the next stitch gap along outwards of this lower row, and make a line up to the previous diagonal line, piercing through the middle of the R5. row.
Step 5. Thread out through the next stitch gap along on the row above and make a line inwards, towards the end of the centre back stitch. Eyelashes complete.
Thread through the inside of the body, towards the beginning, to secure the yarn.
(For step by step photos, please refer to the Chick’s instructions here.)
Skip 2 stitch gaps of the lower row and come out through the 3rd stitch gap along to start the second eye. Repeat the above steps for the second eye. Trim off excess yarn.
Embroidering The Bunny Nose:
Using your thinner Pink yarn, embroider the nose in between the eyes. Secure your end inside again, make a line along the row below R5., using the 2 stitch gaps you skipped in between the eyes. Stitch over this line again to thicken the mark.
Come out through the central gap below this line and make a straight line upwards, piercing through the middle of the previous line. Secure the yarn inside and trim to finish.
Crocheting the Bunny Ears
For the ears, we will start by making the inner ear sections in Pink (or your chosen accent colour), then work the outer ear, joining both pieces together.
Make 2 as follows:
Bunny Inner Ears:
Using Pink yarn, start by chaining 7. Working along the back bumps of the chain, starting from the 2nd chain from hook, hdc x2, sc x4, cut the yarn and pull through the loop on hook to fasten off. (You would have made 6 stitches, but we will be using both sides of these stitches plus the turning chain, giving a total of 13 stitches to work in to.
Bunny Outer Ears:
Using your main bunny colour yarn, start by chaining 7.
Step 1. Working along the back bumps of the chain, starting from the 2nd chain from hook, hdc x2, sc x4, ch1 and turn your work.
Step 2. Take the Pink inner ear piece and place it in front of the working piece (wrong side against wrong side) and work through both pieces together. sc x5, inc x3, sc x5, sl st into the first st to pinch the two sides together, fasten off leaving a tail for attaching. (16)
Attaching The Bunny Ears:
Use your yarn needle to tuck the short loose ends in between the 2 layers, and trim off excess. Use the long tail end to attach the ears by whip stitching them on to either side around R2. of the body.
Tip: If you find that your inner ear colour is showing through the back of the ears, use the excess tail end to weave through to cover up any gaps.
Optional Bunny Tail:
If you like, you can add a mini pompom to the back for a fluffy tail.
To make a mini pompom, wrap yarn around 2 fingers approximately 10 times, cut the yarn and cut a separate length (approx. 4” long). Feed the length of yarn in between your 2 fingers and tie it around the middle of the wrapped yarn. Slip the yarn off your fingers, tighten the knot and double knot to secure. Cut through the folded sections of the yarn, shake out, and trim to round off the shape. Pinch out the pompom to fray the ends for a fluffier look.
You have now completed your Bunny Easter Egg Cover.
If you would like to convert this into a pencil topper, just follow the instructions here:
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