Less then two weeks ’till Easter Sunday now (which, incidentally, also happens to be my birthday this year!). Aside from a religious holiday, to me, Easter has always been a celebration of Spring as well. One way or another, it’s a celebration of (new) life. For that reason, I feel knitted toys are very suited for the season. Cute little cuddly toys to be enjoyed by cute little humans.
Bunnies, are of course, the obvious choice. I’m no big fan of the Easter bunny personally (and he was barely known where and when I grew up) but it’s hard to deny that bunnies and Easter go together. I like bunnies anyway, they’re really cute. There’s plenty of them in our local park, and we spot them regularly when we’re out around dusk, much to the toddler’s delight.
is a seriously hot pattern right now, and one that I’ve been eying up myself.
The chicken and the egg
What would Easter be without chicks and eggs? Nothing, that’s what. Knit your own with this free pattern.
Spring flowers also go with Easter, from the earliest snow drops to the full cherry blossoms. The same designer as the chick and eggs pattern also has patterns for lovely flowery wreaths. And free too!
The crochet Easter net
Not a toy, and not knitting, but something I wanted to mention anyway is the Dutch tradition of the paasnetje, or Easter net. It’s probably only a tradition in some limited regions of the countries, probably mostly the north (though I’m just guessing that). We grew up with them, in the west, but none of my friends knew what they were. We had other ‘weird’ traditions in our family that my parents, both northerners, had brought with them.
The Easter net was a crochet net; each of us would have one on Easter sunday. It would be filled with nuts, an orange, and some chocolate eggs. An individual portion of Easter treats. The nets were made out of white crochet cotton, and reused each year. I think the ones we used may have been made by my grandmother; I must ask my mother, as I expect she still has them stored somewhere.
In a way, I suppose the tradition is not that dissimilar from the way you’d put your stocking out for Santa (though we never did that in Holland, but that’s a different story). The nets would be hanging from doorhandles though, as I recall. It was a nice tradition, and one I’m considering reinstating for my own daughters. They may be Irish, like their father, and growing up in Dublin, but they are also Dutch, and they might as well maintain some Dutch traditions.
I’ve been looking for a pattern, and there’s a few around, though all are in Dutch. If you’re interested though, check this youtube video. Again, it’s in Dutch, but you can probably follow along if you know anything about crochet at all. It’s really not a complicated pattern.