Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Easter Basket Babies -- FREE Crochet Amigurumi Pattern



When I was little there was a gift shop in my hometown that sold lots of little stuffed animals. They had some that turned inside out to turn into something else; I remember a caterpillar that turned into a butterfly, and some eggs that "hatched" into little birds. I loved those things! I made my own version, easy to crochet, that will be a perfect Easter springtime gift. 

* This pattern was originally written for Michaels.com.

Easter Basket Babies
by Allison Hoffman, craftyiscool.com

On one side, a colorful trio of eggs rest in a soft bed of Easter grass. Push the eggs through to the other side, flip it over, and three sweet Easter babies are hatched!

Materials List
Loops & Threads "Impeccable" – Aqua (A, 1 skein), Lavender (B, 1 skein), & White (C, 1 skein)
Loops & Threads "Impeccable Ombre" -- Luxury (D, 1 skein)
Loops & Threads "Charisma Baby" -- Yellow (E, 1 skein)
Martha Stewart Crafts "Glitter Eyelash" -- Peridot (F, 2 skeins) *I believe this is discontinued but  green fur/eyelash yarn is available from other brands
Crochet Hooks, Sizes 3.5mm (US E/4) and 4mm (US G/6)
Tapestry Needle
Black, Pink, White DMC Embroidery Floss (1 skein each)
Embroidery Needle
Blue, white, and orange felt
Craft glue
Pink blush

Notes:
The pieces are all crocheted in the round in unjoined spirals. Use a locking stitch marker if necessary to mark the beginning of each round. When you complete a round, move the marker to the loop on your hook and continue crocheting.


Egg (Make three; one each with yarns A, B, and D)
With yarn and E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 4 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (15 sts)
Rnd 3: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 5 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnd 4: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 6 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (21 sts)
Rnd 5: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 7 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (24 sts)
Rnds 6-13 Sc into each st around.
Rnd 14: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 5 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnd 15: Sc into each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a long strand of yarn for sewing. Set aside.

Chick (Make two with yarn E)
With yarn and E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnds 3-5: Sc into each st.
Rnd 6: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 4 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (15 sts)
Rnd 7: Sc into each st.
Rnd 8: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 4 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnd 9: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 2 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (24 sts)
Rnd 10: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 7 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (27 sts)
Rnds 11-12: Sc into each st.
Rnd 13: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 7 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (24 sts)
Rnd 14: Sc into each st.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. 

Cut two tiny circles from blue felt, two slightly larger circles from white felt. Layer the blue and white circles for eyes and sew onto Chick with a tiny stitch (or French knot) of white or black embroidery floss. Glue an orange triangle onto Chick for a beak. Set Chicks aside.


Bunny Body (Make one with yarn C)
With yarn and E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, and sc 6 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnds 1-8: Repeat pattern for Chick, ending up with 18 sts at the end of Rnd 8.
Rnd 9: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 5 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (21 sts)
Rnd 10: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 6 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (24 sts)
Rnds 11-14: Sc into each st around.
Rnd 15: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 6 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (21 sts)
Rnd 16: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 5 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Fasten off and leave a long tail.
Cut two tiny circles from blue felt, two slightly larger circles from white felt. Layer the blue and white circles for eyes and sew onto Bunny with a tiny stitch (or French knot) of white embroidery floss.
Stitch an elongated X onto the Bunny's face with black embroidery floss for nose and mouth. Stitch tiny straight stitches at the edges for an upturned smile. Fill in the top of the X with satin stitch in pink embroidery floss. Set Bunny aside.

Bunny Ears (Make two with C)
With yarn and E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, and sc 3 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st around (6 sts)
Rnds 2-6: Sc into each st.
Rnd 7: Sc2tog around (3 sts)
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Flatten Ears and sew to Bunny on the top of his head. Fill in inside of Bunny's Ears with pink blush.

Bunny Arms (Make two with C)
With yarn and E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, and sc 6 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnds 1-4: Sc into each st.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Flatten Arms and sew to the front of Bunny. Stuffing is not necessary.

Nest (Make one with F)
With yarn F and G hook, ch 48, keeping stitches loose. Join with a sl st into the first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Sc into each st around (48 sts)
Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 7 sts), rep from * around (54 sts)
Rnd 3: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 8 sts), rep from * around (60 sts)
Rnd 4: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 9 sts), rep from * around (66 sts)
Rnd 5: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 10 sts), rep from * around (72 sts)
Rnd 6: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 11 sts), rep from * around (78 sts)
Rnd 7: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 12 sts), rep from * around (84 sts)
Rnds 8-9: Sc into each st around.
Rnd 10: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 12 sts), rep from * around (78 sts)
Rnd 11: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 11 sts), rep from * around (72 sts)
Rnd 12: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 10 sts), rep from * around (66 sts)
Rnd 13: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 9 sts), rep from * around (60 sts)
Rnd 14: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 8 sts), rep from * around (54 sts)
Rnd 15: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 7 sts), rep from * around (48 sts)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Flatten the tube you've just created. Thread the tail onto a yarn needle and sew the first and last rounds together. Weave in ends.

Assembly
Sew each Egg to a Chick or Bunny, lining up the bottom row of each piece, stitch to stitch. No stuffing is necessary. Weave in ends.


Line up the seam of the Egg/Bunny with the inside edge of the Nest. Using a strand of white yarn C and a yarn needle, sew along the front of the Egg/Bunny, stitching it to the edge of the nest, for 12 sts. Weave in ends. Repeat for the remaining Egg/Chicks, using yellow yarn E, evenly spaced around the inner edge of the Nest. Chicks may be facing forward with the Bunny or they can all face outward.


For a Nest full of eggs, push each Chick and the Bunny up into the Eggs, stuffing them. To "hatch", invert the Nest and pull out the Chicks and Bunny, stuffing the Egg into them.

Abbreviations
Ch: Chain
Sc: Single Crochet
St: Stitch
Rnd: Round
Rep: Repeat
Sc2tog: Single Crochet 2 stitches Together

Techniques
Adjustable ring: Make a ring with yarn. Insert hook into ring, yarn over and draw up a loop. Ch 1, as directed in pattern. Work the stitches required in pattern into the ring. When complete gently, but firmly, pull tail to close up the ring.



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