Free Pattern - Mr. & Mrs. Chirp Egg Cosies

Here's a cute little freebie for the Easter Weekend, for a couple of cute egg cosies - perfect for keeping your boiled eggs warm on Easter Sunday morning. You could even hide a chocolate egg underneath Mr. or Mrs. Chirp.



Yarn:
Sirdar Bonus Toytime dk, 1 ball of each in the following shades:
Sunflower (978) - Yarn A
Bright Orange (981) – Yarn B
Signal Red (977) – Yarn C
Oddments of black yarn for eyes
(Note: the egg cosies only use a small amount of yarn, so you may prefer to use up oddments of double knitting yarn in similar shades from your stash)

Notions:
2.75mm needles
Darning needle

Abbreviations:
k: knit  -  p: purl  -  st(s): stitch(es)  -  st st: stocking stitch (one row knit, one row purl) - skpo: slip one stitch, knit one stitch, pass slipped stitch over the knitted stitch – k2tog: knit next 2 sts together as one stitch (to decrease 1) - p2tog: purl next 2 sts together as one stitch (to decrease 1)  -  sk2po: slip one knitwise, knit two together, pass slipped stitch over the knit 2 together.

Mr. & Mrs. Chirp Cosy Body (make two for each cosy)
Using Yarn A and 2.75mm needles, cast on 21 sts.
Rows 1-4: [k1, p1] to the last st, k1.
Rows 5-24: starting with a k row, st st 20 rows.
Row 25: k1, skpo, k to the last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (19 sts).
Rows 26-28: starting with a p row, st st 3 rows.
Row 29: repeat row 25. (17sts).
Row 30: p.
Rows 31-32: repeat rows 29 & 30. (15 sts).
Row 33: k1, sk2po, k to the last 4 sts, k3tog, k1. (11 sts). Cast off. Cut yarn and pull through last st. Pull tight to fasten off.

Beak:
Using Yarn B, cast on 8 sts (starting at the top of the beak).
Rows 1-2: starting with a k row, st st 2 rows.
Row 3: k1, skpo, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (6 sts).
Rows 4-6: starting with a p row, st st 3 rows.
Row 7: k1, skpo, k2tog, k1. (4 sts).
Row 8: p.
Row 9: [k2tog] twice. (2 sts).
Row 10: p2tog (1 st). Cut yarn and pull through last st. Pull tight to fasten off. Stitch a horizontal line across the top of the beak in Yarn A, then stitch beak to the centre of one cosy body piece. Using the black yarn, stitch two eyes above the beak.

Next, stitch the two cosy body pieces together, as follows:

Either place right sides together with wrong sides facing out and use a whip stitch or back stitch. Or, place wrong sides together with right sides facing out and use mattress stitch. Tie off all loose yarn ends on the inside and turn cosy right way out.

Cone:
Using Yarn C and 2.75mm needles cast on 7 sts using a two needle cast on method and work as follows:
[cast sts off until one st remains on right needle. Transfer this st back to the left needle then cast on 6 more sts using a two needle cast on method (7 sts)] twice. Cast off all sts. Cut yarn and pull through last st. Pull tight to fasten off. Stitch cone to top of head either front to back for Mr. Chirp or side to side for Mrs. Chirp.
 
Wings (for Mrs. Chirp)
Using Yarn A an 2.75mm nedles, cast on 12 sts.
Rows 1-2: starting with a k row, st st 2 rows.
Row 3: k1, skpo, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (10 sts).
Row 4: p.
Rows 5-8: repeat row 3 & 4 twice. (6 sts).
Row 9: k1, skpo, k2tog, k1. (4 sts).
Row 10: p.
Row 11: [k2tog] twice. (2 sts).
Row 12: p.
Row 13: k.
Row 14: p.
Row 15: [kfb] twice. (4 sts).
Row 16: p.
Row 17: kfb, k to last st, kfb. (6 sts).
Row 18: p.
Rows 19-24: repeat rows 17 & 18 three times (12 sts). Cast off knitwise. Fold the wing in half (so that the wrong sides are together and the right sides is facing you). Stitch the row ends together using blanket stitch and Yarn C. Next, stitch the cast on and cast off edges to the side of the chicken body. 

Happy Easter Knitting xx

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