Welcome to the final pattern of my Easter CAL, the Easter Egg Lamb Creme Egg Cosy.
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 Your Lamb Cosy
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What You’ll Need to Make The Egg Cosy Lambs
You will need some Chunky (US Bulky) weight acrylic yarn in your chosen Lamb Colour (LC) and Fleece Colour (FC). I have used Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky acrylic yarn.
You will also need a small amount of DK weight yarn or embroidery floss in Black or a contrasting colour for embroidering the face.
A 5mm crochet hook, or hook needed for the gauge.
A stitch marker, yarn needle and scissors.
Pattern Notes for making the Lamb Egg Cosy
Gauge for crocheting the Lamb Cosy:
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.
Please note: Due to the bulkier texture of the mini bean stitch, this lamb cover will fit slightly looser than the previous chick and bunny covers, as shown here in the photo.
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 Finishing 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.
Starting and Joining Rounds – Hidden Join Crochet Technique:
To make the join less visible, we’ll skip the first stitch and start each round from the next stitch along, and then finish the round by working into the skipped first stitch. Then slip stitch into the first mb stitch to join.
Crochet Colour Change Technique:
We will be changing colours from R4.. Switch colours by chaining 1 with the new colour and pull the previous colour yarn tight. We will carry the fleece colour yarn forward by crocheting around it, but drop and pick up the lamb colour yarn to prevent it from showing through the lighter colour. Work the first mb stitch after the lamb colour over the lamb colour yarn to help hold it in place, then drop the lamb colour yarn and continue with the fleece colour only.
When picking up the lamb colour again, leave enough slack in the carried yarn to run across the previous lamb colour stitches. Crochet the next row of lamb colour stitches over both the carried lamb colour yarn and the fleece colour yarn. This will bulk up the sc stitches to keep them more in line with the puffy stitches.
Crochet Stitches & Terms Used For the Easter Egg Lamb
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, (sk) Skip, (sl st) Slip Stitch, (sc) Single Crochet, (dc) Double Crochet, (mb) Mini Bean Stitch – explained below, (dec mb) Mini Bean Stitch Decrease (Invisible) – explained below. Invisible Join finishing technique as explained above.
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.
How to Crochet the Mini Bean Stitch
Crochet Fleece texture – Mini Bean Stitch:
To give the lamb a puffy fleece texture, we’ll be working mini bean stitches as follows:
(mb) Mini Bean Stitch – hook through the stitch/space, yarn over and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), yarn over and insert back into the same stitch/space, yarn over and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook.
Decreasing Mini Bean Stitches:
For the last 2 rounds, we will work Mini Bean Stitch decreases. These are made like single crochet invisible decreases:
(dec mb) Decrease Mini Bean Stitch – hook through the front loops only of the next 2 stitches and work a mini bean stitch.
Crocheting the Main Lamb Cosy Body
Work the main lamb body in joined rounds to keep the texture and colour changes level. We will fasten off the last round with an invisible join for a neat finish.
Using your chosen fleece colour yarn (FC), start with a magic ring,
ch1, 6mb into mr, pull closed, sl st into the first mb to join (6)
ch1, sk the first st below, 2mb in the following st, *mb, 2mb*, repeat between * once more, mb into the skipped first st, sl st into the first mb to join (9)
ch1, sk the first st below, 2mb in the following st, *mb x2, 2mb*, repeat between * once more, mb, mb into the skipped first st, sl st into the first mb to join (12)
ch1, sk the first st below, 2mb in the following st, mb, 2mb, change to LC, *sc, 2sc*, repeat between * 2 more times, change back to FC, mb, 2mb, mb into the skipped first st, sl st into the first mb to join (18)
ch1, sk the first st below, mb x4, change to LC, sc x9, change back to FC, mb x4, mb into the skipped first st, sl st into the first mb to join (18)
ch1, sk the first st below, mb x3, change to LC, sc x9, change back to FC, mb x5, mb into the skipped first st, sl st into the first mb to join (18) Cut your LC yarn here and weave it into the back of your work to secure.
ch1, sk the first st below, mb x17, mb into the skipped first st, sl st into the first mb to join (18)
ch1, sk the first st below, *dec mb, mb x4*, repeat between * once more, dec mb, mb x3, mb into the skipped first st, sl st into the first mb to join (15)
ch1, sk the first st below, *dec mb, mb x3*, repeat between * once more, dec mb, mb x2, mb into the skipped first st, fasten off with an invisible join (12)
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Embroidering the Face onto Your Easter Egg
Embroidering the Lamb’s Eyes:
Using your thinner Black/Contrasting colour, 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. Continue onto the Nose & Mouth.
Embroidering the Lamb’s Nose & Mouth:
Thread through the inside of the body towards the middle of the eyes and make a line along the 2 skipped stitch gaps. Come out 1 row below, centrally from the previous line and pierce through to connect to the middle of the line. Come out 1 stitch gap over from the lower point, and go in 1 stitch gap over to the other side, to make a longer line across the bottom of the face for the mouth.
Crocheting the Lamb’s Ears
Make 2 as follows:
Using your Lamb Colour (LC) yarn, start by chaining 4.
Working along the back bumps of the chain, starting from the 3rd chain from hook, dc, sc, cut yarn and pull through the loop on hook to fasten off. (2)
Attach The Lamb’s Ears:
Feed the yarn ends through the body at the top corner of the face and 1 stitch gap over. Weave the ends into the inside of the body to secure into place, and trim off excess yarn. Tip: Feed both ears into place and then flip the body inside out for better access for weaving in.
You have now completed your Easter Lamb Egg Cover.
If you would like to convert this into a pencil topper, just follow the instructions here:
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