I rediscovered my love of crochet around three years ago after I had had my first child, Etta. She wasn’t a sleeper then and still isn’t a sleeper now, so I would spend long evenings lying next to her in bed secretly crocheting until my eyelids were heavy.
The reason I say rediscover, is that my great grandmother was an expert at crochet. She taught me when I was about six or seven and I can remember making a ‘granny square’ blanket. But the years past and I seemed to forget how to crochet until I picked up a hook again.
Interestingly the movements of the hook and the wool instantly put me back on the stool next to her in her sun lounge. Watching as her nimble fingers moved so quickly and from – single ball of wool beautiful creations would magically appear. I can smell the cat food biscuits and the tomatoes ripening on the windowsill and the feeling of time standing still on a sunny afternoon.
In a way, relearning crochet is a tribute to her.
So once I had got to grips with the basic stitches again I moved on to amugari, where you crochet in rounds rather than straight lines. One of the first things I made were crochet eggs.
I found a pattern at the time but tweaked it a little into the one below. I am certainly not a crochet pattern expert, but hopefully you will get the gist.
You will need:
- DK wool and 3mm crochet hook. (Or equivalent weight and hook)
- Stuffing – I used synthetic toy stuffing
- Darning/tapestry needle to see the ends in
This is a great pattern for using up scraps and you can make all sorts of weird and wonderful colours, changing wools to make stripy eggs, whatever takes your fancy.
As a simnel cake has 11 balls (representing the disciples), I made 11 eggs for my twigs.
Round 1: Ch4 join, ch1 5sc ( or sc5 into magic ring)
Round 2: 2sc in each st (12 sts)
Round 3: 12sc (12 sts)
Round 4: 1sc, 2sc in next, repeat (18 sts)
Round 5: 2sc, 2sc in next, repeat (24 sts)
Round 6: 24 sc
Round 7: 24sc
Round 8: 10sc, 1 dec, repeat (22 sts)
Round 9: 22sc
Round 10: 9sc, 1 dec, repeat (20 sts)
Round 11: 8sc, 1 dec, repeat (18 sts)
Round 12: 1sc, 1dec, repeat (6 sts)
Round 13: Dec to close
Chain 30-40 depending on length of desired loop. Darn in ends and secure loop.
I hope you’ll have a go and share some pics. (They are fascinating for babies too!!)