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Crochet a Surprise Egg
with a Thingie Inside

pattern and images by Carole Terwilliger Meyers

crochet eggs with thingies inside
crochet eggs with thingies inside

For this simple crocheted surprise egg, a little thingie–a chick- or bird-like animal–fits inside.  You can add on little wings if so inclined. 
    The egg is crocheted in two halves that are stitched together along the back.  The top half has a button loop, and the bottom half has a button. You can make them all in the same color, or different colors, or use up your leftover yarn. 
    Kids love this surprise inside an egg and also love buttoning up the egg to store the little thingie inside.  Testing these on my own grandchildren, I found that kids up to around age 13 LOVE them, teenagers not so much.
             Before I visited my three granddaughters (twins age 6, and another age 8), I finished all items except for one egg.  I worked on that egg the last few days while visiting.  The observant 8-year-old asked me how I was able to finish three thingies and three eggs since she last saw me working on just the one egg.  I told her it was magic.  I gave them the eggs as a good-bye gift and early Easter item.

finished size:  The egg with animal inside measures about 4-inches high.

materials
●worsted weight yarn is ideal, but I used a mixture of leftovers
●G crochet hook
●yarn needle
●scissors
●buttons
●filling:  fiberfill, cotton (I collect it from pill bottles), or beans (I used small white beans).  If you use beans, be prepared that some might escape through the bottom.  I told my granddaughters that these escaped beans were thingie eggs and that they should just push them back into the thingie. 

crochet abbreviations
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc -double crochet
tc – triple crochet
st or sts – stitch or stiches
sl st – slip stitch
tog – together
beg – beginning of row

directions

You do not need to join rounds.  These are worked in a spiral.  Mark your starting stitch with a safety pin that you move up as you finish a round.

thingie–basic body
Starting at the top of the animal, working to the bottom: 
round 1: ch 2, 6 sc in first ch (6 sc)
round 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc)
round 3: [2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next] repeat around (18 sc)
round 4: 1 sc in each st (18 sc)
round 5: 1 sc in each st (18 sc)
round 6: [2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 5 st] repeat around (21 dc)
round 7: 1 sc in each st (21 sc)
round 8: 1 sc in each st (21 sc)
round 9: 1 sc in each st (21 sc)
round 10: [sc 2 tog, 1 sc in next 5 st] repeat around (18 sc)
round 11: [sc 2 tog, 1 sc in next st] repeat around (12 sc)
   Stuff; continue adding more stuffing as needed as you work
round 12: sc 2 tog (6 sc)
    End off.  Cut yarn leaving 1 foot.  Thread yarn into yarn needle and weave through last row.  Pull to cinch, and stitch to secure.  Weave in end.  Thread more yarn into yarn needle and pull through a few threads at the top for hair.

finishing
Embroider faces onto the animals.  Thread yarn needle with about 2 feet of yarn.  Position first eye, leave a tail for lashes, thread through to nose, do a couple stitches, then thread through to second eye, ending with a cut that makes eyelashes. 

egg
top half
round 1: ch 2, 6 sc in first ch (6 sc)
round 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc)
round 3: [2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next st] repeat around (18 sc)
round 4: [2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 2 st] repeat around (24 sc)
round 5: [2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 3 st] repeat around (30 sc)
round 6: 1 sc in each st (30 sc)
round 7:  Repeat round 6.
round 8:  Repeat round 6.
round 9:  Repeat round 6. 
    Make button loop:  Sl st to next st, ch 10, sl st to same st.  Finish off, and weave in ends

bottom half
round 1: ch 2, 6 sic in first ch (6 sc)
round 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc)
round 3: [2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next st] repeat around (18 sc)
round 4: [2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 2 st] repeat around (24 sc)
round 5: [2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 3 st] repeat around (30 sc)
round 6: 1 sc in each st (30 sc)
round 7:  Repeat round 6.
round 8:  Repeat round 6.
round 9:  Repeat round 6.
round 10:  Repeat round 6.
    Sl st to next st.  Finish off.  Cut yarn leaving 12-inch tail for sewing.

finishing
Turn inside out if need be so that the puffier stitches are on the outside and so the rims come together nicely. 
Fold in half to find the center back directly opposite the button loop.  Count 5 stitches to the side, and using the yarn left on the bottom half, stitch the two halves together with a yarn needle or slip stich with a crochet hook (across 10 stitches, 5 on either side of the center back).  End off.  Weave in ends with yarn needle.

Sew a button to the bottom half (determine location by folding down the top and marking where the loop hits).

(www.berkeleyandbeyond2.com; copyright Carole Terwilliger Meyers)