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Friday, 20 March 2015

INSPIRATION - Easter knits

http://www.ravelry.com/Ravelry is almost always a long, exciting fall down a rabbit hole for me. I meander over there with an idea for a project that I'm thinking about, and emerge clutching more than I need and a head singing with ideas many hours later!

This was definitely the case with my search for some cute, quick Easter knits. I had some scraps of Naturally Soft Merino in some delicious pastel colours that I wanted to make into something to decorate our Easter table. Of course, I found the perfect pattern . . . I just happen to have a few other too cute knits that I couldn't resist either.

The Easter Egg Hats by Knitca is a FREE pattern and top of my Easter pattern pick. This is a great scrap buster - with each hat taking only 6gms of yarn including the pompom, and around 1/2 hour to knit, they are quick and satisfying to make.

The pattern actually calls for DK weight yarn but the NSM (colours daisy yellow, lilac blossom, petal and forget-me-not) worked a treat and the hats fit really well. Knitted in the round, I used my trusty circular needle for magic loop rather than the DPN's specified just as a personal choice but either would work equally well.


My family love boiled eggs, so these little Easter egg bonnets will be a welcome - and very cute - addition to the table, although I imagine that chocoholics could equally hide a Cream Egg under a hat for a tasty Easter treat.

Our very own Erik the Easter Bunny insisted on coming in at the number 2 spot (also a FREE pattern) but if you are a crocheter then you will love this adorable bunny pattern from All About Ami. Spring Bunnies is FREE and calls for DK yarn too, but the lovely tight twist on our smooth merino makes this great for crocheting with - just make the relevant adjustment to hook size if necessary. Stephanie, the incredible talent behind All About Ami has helpfully provided step by step photos on her Blog to guide you through making these adorable bunnies find it HERE.

http://millamia.com/pat_size.php?name=Erik The Easter Bunny&sort=&type=

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/spring-bunnies-2

Straight in at number 4 are the Easter Cupcakes by Louise Watling. These inedible versions may just be the perfect panacea to all the calorific Easter food - and they look almost as good as the real thing! The pattern costs £3.99 and is available from Womens Weekly pattern store (link via Ravelry).

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/easter-cupcakes

And finally, Easter wouldn't be Easter without a cute chick or two. This sweet and funny take on the old saying 'Which Came First' is the latest offering from Frankie Brown. An egg inside a chick . . . no wait, a chick inside an egg . . . you get the picture! Another FREE pattern - Frankie doesn't charge for any of her patterns but just suggests you may like to support a charity she is really passionate about - link HERE. This also calls for DK weight, but as size and fit is not important for a toy, Naturally Soft Merino would work well - again just adjust your needle size accordingly. You could even match the colours in the picture for a funky chicken - daisy yellow, claret and Limited Edition pumpkin.


We're running a competition on Facebook and Instagram for the next two weeks just because we love to see what our followers are making with our Naturally Soft Merino and Aran. Remember to post your pics over on our Facebook page or on Instagram with the hashtag #millamiacompetition for a chance to win 4 balls of merino and a MillaMia paperback book of your choice.

Eggsiting isn't it!
(posted by Max)

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