The whole Easter season is just so stinkin cute! The colours, the decorations, the animals; I could go on and on... Anyways, I decided that my little ladies, who love anything cute, soft and cuddly would be thrilled to recieve some little Easter animals. An Easter bunny, chick, and lamb, complete with a little basket home, what more could you ask for?
The first item I started with was the basket, I figured if nothing else got completed, I could at least give them a basket to collect their Easter treats in. Luckily that didn't happen and all of the little buddies got finished.
I found the pattern for this basket on the Lion Brand yarn website. You can easily find it by clicking here. The pattern as written, was much smaller then I wanted so to make my basket bigger, I just continued making rounds until the base of the basket was the diameter I wanted. As called for in the pattern you crochet with three different yarn colours at the same time. I have never crocheted like this before, but I love how it turned out and the colour effect was great.
Once I had the diameter I wanted, I followed the pattern directions for starting the sides of the basket. From there I deviated a lot. To give the basket some texture and sturdiness, I alternated a few rows of treble crochet with single crochet. I just continued to make the basket rows until the basket was the height I wanted. I followed the handle directions pretty closely, except just made my starting chain longer to fit my larger basket.
Once my basket was done, it was time to begin the animals! I chose to start with the chick because after working so long on the basket, the chick seemed easy and quick to work up. I used a very soft, fluffy yarn because chicks are, well, soft and fluffy. It was Pitter Patter Eyelash Yarn by Baby Bee. I wouldn't recommend using this yarn if you are new to crochet as the fluffiness makes it pretty difficult to see the stitches. If however, you are a more experienced 'hooker' or just ambitious (good for you) then it is completely worth it to use, as the finished product looks so good. It looks more like the chick was made from a textured fabric and not crocheted with yarn. I found the pattern for this sweet little guy on Ravelry by Carrie Au.
My next animal was the Easter lamb. I chose to do him next because I got to use a different yarn. (I like to switch it up). The yarn I used for him was perfect, as it was a mostly white yarn, with flecks of grey, and brown. Exactly the way a real sheeps wool looks. Unfortunately I don't know what kind of yarn I used for him. (I love when my kiddos rip the paper wrapper off of the skeins....) His contrasting yarn was just a grey worsted weight yarn.
In hindsight, I think I would have liked my lamb to be a bit bigger. He looks so tiny next to my chick and behemoth bunny, haha. He is incredibly cute though and I love him. :) His pattern can also be found on Ravelry by Carrie Au.
My last and final animal was the one animal that you can't forget at Easter; the bunny! He was also made out of the Pitter Patter yarn. I found it even more challenging to work with the white, but again, the final product is heart melting.
The only changes I made to this pattern, was to make his ears kind of floppy and I added a cute little pink nose.
As I mentioned before, he is quite a bit bigger than I expected, but he is the Easter bunny afterall and I guess it is fitting that he is a little larger than the other two. This pattern was created by Tricia at Darncat Crochet and can be found here.
I am thrilled with how well my little trio turned out and so were my girls when they saw them!
Miss J with her new Easter friends!
I am so ready for Easter to get here. What crafts or recipes have you done for Easter? I would love for you to come and share them on our first ever Linky Party!