Introduction: How to Knit a 'proper' Egg Cosy for a Faberge Egg!

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If you are the proud owner of a jewel encrusted (or other) Faberge type egg, you most certainly want your treasure kept free of plebian dust! Alternatively if you just have a common or garden hard boiled egg and want to keep it warm while you sip your tea, or eat your toast, this little cosy will do the job! An egg cosy is a miniature tea cosy with no handle or spout, and many of the techniques are the same!

With yarn of your choice (preferably four ply or double knitting) Cast on 33 stitches on 3mm needles in the colour of your choice, and knit 6 rows knit 3, purl 3 rib. The odd rows will start purl 3.

Row 7, knit 3 in colour A, knit 3 in colour B, being careful to twist the yarns to avoid making an unintentional hole ater the first 3 stitches. Continue across in this manner, ending with knit 3 A.

Step 1: Knitting Tiny Stripes

Row 8, purl 3 B, purl 3 A, across until the last 3 stitches - purl 3 B. Continue in stripes in this way

Step 2: Knit 7 Rows in Stripe

Knit seven rows in stripes, alternating 3 colour A, 3 colour B in stockinette stitch.

Discontinue striped effect and

Row 1- continue in knit 3 colour Be, knit 3 colour B.

Row 2 - purl three B, purl three colour A
for about an inch

Step 3: Decrease

When you have worked about an inch you will need to decrease for the top.

First decreasing row

slip 1 stitch as if to knit, knit 2 together in Colour B.
knit 1, knit 2 together A to last three stitches
knit 2 together B, knit into back of last stitch B.

Next row
purl two color B, purl two colour B to last two stitches, purl 2 colour B.

Next row
knit 2 colour B, knit 2 colour A to last two stitches, knit 1 colour A, knit 1 colour A in back of loop.

Continue working 3 more rows as the last two rows , remembering to slip the first stitch of the row as to knit on each row and knitting into the back of the loop on the knit row.
Ending with the purl row.

Make sure you are still twisting the two colours of yarn round each other at the beginning of each colour change at the start of each row to avoid holes.

Step 4: Finishing Off

Knit two together B, knit two together A to end.

Take a darning needle and run the threads through all the stitches left on the needle and bind of tightly.

This is the first side of your egg cosy.
Now go ahead and knit another one exactly the same

Step 5: Detail of the Two Sides

Here are the two sides and here they are sewn together, inside and out. Make sure you darn all yarn ends in neatly so they don't show.

Step 6: Sew the Two Sides Together and Top With Crochet Loops

Knit a crochet chain in either colour A or B, and affix on top of your egg cosy - and you have finished your task!

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