Since my daughter is only 11 months old, we will not be doing much with her to celebrate Easter this year. There will be no Easter crafts or games. She’s too young to dye Easter eggs and join in on an Easter egg hunt. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still get into the Easter spirit. No, I did not go out and buy a ton of chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies. Instead, I decided to try my hand at amigurumi. Say what? I know, I can’t even pronounce it myself. Let’s call it ami for short. Ami is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed dolls, which can be animals or inanimate objects. As you know, I crochet during my spare time, usually when baby is sleeping. I actually began crocheting as a hobby about 6 months ago and have been “hooked” ever since. So, I still consider myself a beginner, even though I have a massive yarn stash that can revival those of long-time crocheters, I’ve spent many, many hours crocheting (late at night, instead of sleeping) and made many, many hats, scarves and headbands. I thought, crocheted Easter eggs can’t be too difficult to make. It’s just a round ball, really. And ami is usually crocheted with just one stitch, the single crochet stitch, which I already know how to do and I already had most of everything needed (yarn, G hook, stitch marker, yarn needle). All I had to buy was the polyester fiberfill to stuff the inside of the egg, which can be found at any craft store or online. Alternatively, you can also stuff the insides with scrape pieces of yarn.
These eggs are super easy to make. I followed the free pattern from Petal to Picots. She gives great suggestions on how to change yarn colours to make striped eggs. But if you’re lazy, I mean, short on time like me, just use multi-coloured yarn and let the yarn create the pattern for you. 🙂 I whipped these little eggs up in no time! Aren’t they so cute?
Not bad for my first go at ami, right? Maybe next year, I’ll try crocheting a bunny. In the meantime, this little guy is going to have to fill in. 😉
You can include these crocheted eggs in your little one’s Easter baskets. Or why not include them in your Easter egg hunt as decoys? You can also use them as centerpieces to decorate your coffee or dining table. Whatever you do with them, the best thing about these eggs, is that they’ll never go bad. Use these handmade mementos again and again. 🙂
Looking for other things to put in your little one’s Easter basket? Check out Charlie’s post on 7 Non-Candy Easter Gift Ideas for Toddlers. Have a wonderful day!