Easter is the time we celebrate the coming of Spring, and all the new life that it brings. This Spring Garland is lovely way to display any Easter crafts that have been made. Whether it be decorated blown eggs, fluffy yellow chicks, little bunnies or paper flowers, they can all be tied to this garland of springtime, celebrating all the joys of the season!
We made the garland earlier in the year for Valentines Day, and by changing the decoration to fit the season, we intend to keep it all year, as a way to display our crafts and the changing palette of nature. There are lots of ideas for making little chicks and bunnies, and it really depends on your particular resources and whether you prefer to sew, knit or crochet, but here are the patterns for our knitted chicks and bunnies.
Knitting Pattern For a Little Easter Chick
These patterns are perfect for using up all those little bits of leftover wool that are too small for anything else. They are also really quick to knit, and can be put together from beginning to end in less than an hour. Depending on the wool and needles used, your chick will knit up bigger or smaller. It is always a good idea to knit a 10st by 10st tester patch, to see how big it turns out, then adjust the stitches accordingly.
Using yellow double knitting wool and 4.5mm or size 7 needles:
Garter stitch (knit every row)
Cast on 5 sts. Knit one row.
Increase one stitch at each end of every row until there are 13 sts.
Continue knitting straight on these stitches for 10 rows.
Reverse the shaping, decrease one st. each end of next 4 rows, until you have 5 sts left.
With the same wool, or contrasting colour, cast on 4 sts.
Knit 3 rows. Dec.1 st at beg. of next row. Knit 1 row. Dec. 1 st beg. of next row. Knit 1 row. Knit 2 together. and pull thread through the last stitch. Attach on either side of the body.
Fold the circle in half and stuff with soft wadding or wool scraps and sew into a crescent shape.
Make one corner pointed, but gather up the other corner by tucking the point inward and sewing a couple of stitches across to soften the end and make a rounded head. Sew some little running stitches across the back of the neck and pull tight to give the head more definition.
Attach the wings on either side of the body.
Sew on eyes and beak with embroidery thread.
Knitting Pattern For Little Easter Bunny
BODY: Cast on 12 sts. Knit a square & cast off.
HEAD: Cast on 6 sts. Knit 12 rows.
EARS: Cast on 2 sts. Knit 2 rows. Increase 1 st. Knit 3 rows. Decrease 1 st. Knit 2 rows. Knit 2 tog. Pull thread through last stitch.
Fold the body in half and sew along one side and bottom edges drawing the stitches together slightly to make a rounder shape. Stuff the body with soft wadding or wool scraps (you can place a pebble inside to weigh him down if you like). Make a tuft for his tail and secure it when you sew and gather up the other end.
Fold head in half and sew along edges, stuffing and shaping, softening the corners by drawing the thread a little tighter. Sew his ears in place, and secure the head to the body. Use black embroidery thread for eyes and pink for the nose.
Whilst making your Spring time ring, it is the perfect opportunity to sing some Spring & Easter time songs, here are a few to get you started:
The Easter Bunny Song (perfect for singing whilst hunting for Easter Eggs)
6 Brown Eggs in a Nest of Hay (ideal for practicing counting backwards)
Hot Cross Buns! (An Easter time staple!)
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