Easter has strong religious connections still to this day but if we put the matters of belief aside, I think it's all around the world about bunnies, painted eggs, daffodils and lilies not forgetting chocolate eggs which are my favourite Easter treat. But most of all, it is a holiday in many countries and you get to spend some wonderful time with your family. Of course as this pandemic is still going strong, it might not be a family gathering for most of us but we can still give a call to our loved ones and be connected.
Every country has their own Easter traditions, here in Finland on Easter children dress up as little witches. They wear colourful clothes, cover their heads with scarves and with little freckles painted on their cheeks they go house to house carrying baskets and old coffee pots filled with decorated willow twigs wishing you a healthy year saying: “Virvon, varvon, tuoreeks terveeks, tulevaks vuodeks; vitsa sulle, palkka mulle.” As an exchange for the decorated willow twig they are expecting a small treat like chocolate eggs.
To have some Easter on your needles too, Tuuli has designed a cute Easter colourwork Munat-pattern (eggs in Finnish) for Fine Merino, perfect for those left overs and to try out stranded knitting if you're new to it. You can use thinner or thicker yarn if you want, this will obviously alter the size of the eggs.
Joanna and Tuuli
Free Knitting Pattern - Munat Eggs
Height approximately 6-8 cm/ 2.5-3 inches.
6-10 g of Fine Merino in two colours (100% Merino; 150 m/ 164 yds per 50 g).
2.50 mm / US 2 circular needle for Magic Loop or double pointed needles or needle size to obtain gauge
Toy stuffing or plastic eggs
Cast on 6 sts with main colour, PM to mark beginning of the rnd. Join to work in the round.
Rnd 1: kfb x 6; 12 sts
Rnd 2: *kfb, k1; rep from * to end of rnd; 18 sts
Rnd 3: *kfb, k2; rep from * to end of rnd; 24 sts
Rnd 4: *kfb, k3; rep from * to end of rnd; 30 sts
Rnd 5: *kfb, k4; rep from * to end of rnd; 36 sts
For 6 cm/ 2.5 inch egg stop here and begin colourwork chart A. Work Rnds 1-5 from the chart.
Rnd 6: *kfb, k5; rep from * to end of rnd; 42 sts
Rnd 7: *kfb, k6; rep from * to end of rnd; 48 sts
For 8 cm/ 3 inch egg stop here and begin colourwork chart B or C. Work Rnds 1-16 from the charts.
Charts B and C start here
Rnd 1: *k2tog, k6; rep from * to end of rnd; 42 sts
Rnd 2: k all sts
Rnd 3: *k2tog, k5; rep from * to end of rnd; 36 sts
Rnd 4: k all sts
Chart A start here
Rnd 5: *k2tog, k4; rep from * to end of rnd; 30 sts
Rnd 6: k all sts
Rnd 7: *k2tog, k3; rep from * to end of rnd; 24 sts
Rnd 8: k all sts
Cut yarn and thread it through the remaining sts. Weave in the ends inside the egg. Place the plastic egg inside or fill with toy stuffing, pull yarn tight and thread through the sts once more, cut yarn and weave in the end.