Easter Egg Rabbit Vintage Egg Cosy Vintage Crochet Pattern

Vintage Easter Egg Doll Cosy in Crochet

Ye Old Eggs Under Cover... hee hee

This pattern is styled on a clipping from an early Australian newspaper describing vintage cottage style egg cosies as quaint and jaunty. They are made from scraps of wool with novel suggestions for economy and trimmings. I have designed a felt half-doll for those who don’t have a penny doll handy. Made entirely from natural gleanings, they fit the bill for Depression knitting.

Ideal for Spring Celebrations ~ Easter, Equinox, Ostara, Ishtar and Morning Frivolity.




An older child with crochet experience can make this. The pattern requires a small penny doll. If you do not have a vintage plastic one, then sew a sweet, spring doll from pure wool felt. A scrap of peach or whatever you have on hand is all that is required.

A Little List of Needfuls for the Doll:

100% wool felt in body colour
Matching fine sewing cotton
Hand-sewing needle to suit thread
Two glass beads for eyes (not for tiny children)
Red embroidery silk or cotton for a smile
3ply Mohair for wig
3mm crochet hook
Matching fine sewing cotton for wig

Pure wool for stuffing doll, or washed and fluffed cream knitting wool
Cotton lace edging for bonnet
British/Australian terms


The pattern instructions begin with a crochet chain of 44, but you will find that 48 fits perfectly.
After row 7, you have 35 treble. After row 9 you have 28. Leave a length of yarn at the end to sew up the back seam.
Wash cosy in soap and warm water. Rinse three times. Pat out to shape and allow to dry on a clean tea towel.
Place the item flat on a chair facing a sunny window. (While waiting you can make the felt doll.)

Sew the cosy seam, weaving in ends neatly. Crochet a chain to tie around the wait and form into a bow. Finish ends.
Wash tie as for cosy dress. Roll between your hands and leave to dry. Take a large, blunt needle and thread the tie through.
Go under and over each treble. Leave ends to tie in a bow.

Cut two identical pieces of felt for doll back and front. You might copy the picture below. Pin, tack and sew these together with an overcast stitch, leaving the base open. Remove tacking.

Wash doll as for cosy. 
Sew on here eyes and mouth carefully. Perhaps a little bloom on her cheeks applied with a cotton bud?

Fill the doll body lightly with stuffing. Draw a circle on felt for base of doll. Perhaps a lipstick tube will be right. Cut around. Mark centre back on cosy and doll with a pencil. Line up these points and sew to the doll's waist using thread to suit the colour of the skirt cosy. Attached arms with a few stitches.

Make hair with the mohair. If not obtainable,
use knitting wool. It can be brushed with a teazle after washing. Crochet 3 chain stitches. Chain 1 for turning chain and for every other row. Work 2 dc in each stitch giving 9 dc. Work 4 rows. Finish ends. Wash with pure soap. Dry and tease out. Sew wig around head forming hair shape.

A lace bonnet can sit on top of the hair and be sewn down with a few French knots as rosebuds. Sew doll (at waistline) to inside of cosy so she sits well. To do this, turn cosy inside out. Insert doll facing upside down. Pin evenly. You may need to draw up tie a little. Sew with small over stitch. Pull ties, knot or make a bow.


Here is another old pattern for a crochet egg cosy doll from a reader in England.


"This is the way they keep their eggs warm in England. Dresses are made of different colours, so that the cosies are kept for individual members of a family. A celluloid doll forms the foundation for each. The pattern is by Good Needlework, London."

Weekly Times Saturday, 22nd August 1931 


Cosy Dolls English Vintage



Take the legs from the doll.
Abbreviations (British Terms): ch/chain, d.c./double crochet, tr./treble, sl-st./slipstitch.

Scraps of 4ply fingering
a ball of white crochet cotton No. 30
No. 0 steel hook for the wool, and a No. 5 for the cotton
The Wool Work—This begins at the bust line. Make 19 ch.
1st round: Miss first ch, then 1 d.c. into each ch and sl.st. to first st. to form a ring.
2nd round: 2 ch. for first d.c., then miss first d.c., over which tire 2 ch. stands, 1 d.c. in each st. to end.
Here sl.st. to top of the 2 ch. at the beginning.

Repeat the 2nd row twice more to complete the bodice.
5th round: 3 ch. for first tr., 1 tr. On second tr., 2 tr. in next st.. 1 tr. in each of the next 2 st., and repeat from all round:
join each round with a si .st. to top of 3 ch., which represents first tr.

6th round: Tr. as last round, but put 2 tr. in each alternate st.
7th round: As 5th round.
8th round: 1 tr. in each st.
9th round: As 5th round, and fasten off.
The Woollen Fichu: Makes 50 ch., or a piece long enough to double and reach over each shoulder from centre back to centre front.
The double piece is sewn to the woollen bodice.

The Apron: Make 19 ch.
1st row: 1 tr. in 4th ch. from hook. 1 tr. in each ch. to end. 3 ch. Turn.
(End each row in this way and let this chain stand for the first tr. of next row).
2nd row: Miss first tr. over which the 3 ch stands. 1 tr. in each st. to end.
Work 5 rows more as second row and fasten off.
Join the cotton to the first ch. Of foundation; and work d.c. down the side, putting 1 d.c. at top of a tr., and 2 d.c.
under side of each tr.,
then 1 d.c. in each st. across the last row, and work up the second side like the first; make 1 ch. to turn, and do 2 rows more of d.c.
three sides of the apron.

The picot row: 1 d.c. in each of the first 5 st., 5 ch., 1 d.c. in each of the next 3 st.. and repeat from all round, working 5 d.c.
at the end after the last picot. Do not break off but make a chain long enough to go round the doll's waist; fasten
off and sew to opposite corner of apron.

The Cap: Begin at centre of crown by making 10 ch. and sl.st. to first st to form a ring, 3 ch.. then 26 tr. into the ring.
Without joining at end of rounds, continue 2 rounds more of 1 to. in each st, then a round of 1 dc in each st. until within 7 st.
of end of round; here turn, miss 1 d.c., then 1 d.c. in each of next 5 st.. turn, miss 1 d.c., work 4 d.c.,
then sl.st. along the end of the two short rows, and work 1 d.c. on each of the last 7 st. of the round (this is the face edge of the cap).
1 d.c. on each of the next 5 d.c., turn and work 1 d.c. on 4 d.c.

Fasten off. These side pieces cover the ears.


Crochet These Quaint Egg Cosies For Spring

(Australian Women's Weekly, Saturday November 25th, 1933)

"Here is a suggestion to help you who have oceans of friends eliminate that problem of "What shall I give for Christmas?" charmingly and inexpensively.

"Crochet from colourful scraps of wool tiny replicas of Dutch and Swiss dresses and caps as shown here, to fit miniature celluloid dolls. Simply twist yellow wool for the plaits of the Swiss maiden. They make such novel egg-cosies—besides being practical enough to keep the proverbial breakfast of many invitingly hot."


Easter Gifts

Home Made from Wool Scraps

Table Talk Thursday, 10th December 1931


“What could be nicer for a Christmas gift than a set of three or four of these quaint egg cosies? They are quickly made, and you can use up odd scraps of four-ply wool left over from your winter knitting. The cosies depicted here were made of orange and white wool, but you can use any combination of two colours, or one that will match your friend's breakfast service.

With orange wool and four No. 14 needles cast on 60 stitches. Knit one plain, one purl, for two rows (as for a sock); now change to white wool and knit six plain rows, two purl rows, six plain rows, two purl rows, six plain rows, two purl rows.

Now knit six plain rows, taking two stitches together at middle and end of each needle, in row 4. This leaves 18 stitches on each needle. Knit two purl rows.

Now change to orange wool and knit six plain rows, taking two stitches together at middle and end of each needle, in row 4.
This leaves 16 stitches on each needle.

Still using orange wool, knit two purl rows, then six plain rows, taking two stitches together at middle and end of each needle, in row 4. This leaves 14 stitches on each needle.

Knit two purl rows. Knit nine plain rows, taking two stitches together at the middle and end of each needle in rows 4 and 7.
This leaves 10 stitches on each needle.

*Knit two together and bring wool forward over needle, repeat from* all round. Knit five plain rows, and cast off.

With wool or ribbon thread the holes at top and draw up. A woollen pom-pon or a tiny doll inserted in the top makes a very effective finish.

If you prefer to put the colours in in stripes, the sixth plain row in each section, as well as the two purl rows,
must be worked in orange wool, and the last three plain rows at the top should also be in orange. When the top is drawn in,
these rows turn over and complete the ridged effect.”



The Australasian Saturday, 15th April 1933


"Easter time suggests eggs, and as winter follows the festival so quickly it is a splendid time to begin and make a set of bright little egg cosies for the family breakfast table. They can be made from scraps of white or coloured flannel, ripple-cloth, velvet, or any warm material, and lined with bits of muslin, silk, or sateen, with a thin layer of cotton-wool between. All sorts of quaint shapes can be cut for the tops of the cosies, and faces, flower-petals, worked with coloured wools or silks. Use an egg in an egg cup, and get the right size, and be sure to allow plenty of room for the cotton-wool interlining."

Write a Spring Wishing Spell ~ Coax it into Your Cosy. See You for May Day.

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