The Knitting & Stitching show, Harrogate. 24th- 27th November 2016

21 Oct



I have been offered 5 pairs of complimentary tickets to give away to the Knit and Stitch Show in Harrogate which is to take place from Thursday 24th November, 2016 until Sunday 27th November, 2016.

These tickets can be used on any of the days   EXCEPT SATURDAY 26th NOVEMBER

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, please comment that you would like to win the tickets, on this blog, or on Instagram, @Eviesgran or on my twitter account @Eviesgran

All names will be entered in the draw and the winners will be notified by Sunday 13th November. The tickets will then be posted out to the lucky winners.

I also have available a discount code which will allow you to buy tickets at a reduced price.  Using this code there is a discount of £2.50 on adult advance tickets and £1 reduction on advance concession tickets.  This will make the ticket price £12.

The code is     EVIE16

Good luck with the ‘giveaway and have fun.


13th November 2016

I’m pleased to say that the winners of the competion are:

Victoria Marks, Isma Almas, Bridget Mellor, Jasmine Whiting and Karen Dodgson.

Thanks to all who entered.


Easter chick. Easy knit.

15 Mar


Size 10 needles (UK old size)        

     I believe that is 3.25mm in metric or size 3 US needles

Double knitting wool

Cadbury’s creme eggs or eggs of similar size

Cast on 36 stitches

Knit 8 rows in garter stitch

Row 9. Increase 1 st at each end of row

Row 10. knit

Row 11. As row 9

Row 12. Knit

Row 13. As row 9    (42 sts)

Knit 3 more rows

Cast off 11 sts at beg on next 2 rows. (20 sts left)
Knit 11 rows

Leave long thread to draw through sts. Fold in half and sew up. Fill the head cavity with cotton wool if required

Embroider eyes and add felt beak

Perfect size to hide a Cadbury’s creme egg (or similar) inside.

Making Up Instructions (added on 22nd February,2013)

After making another 3 dozen chicks, I’m adding a few tips for making up the chick after knitting.

Its much easier to sew the eyes (I used one stitch of black wool for each eye) and to sew on the beak before sewing up the chick.

Also, I now invisibly sew a row of yarn, along the row between the head and body, to gather up later, to accentuate the head shape.

When the chick is sewn up, this thread is pulled gently and only slightly to accentuate the head.


This photo above shows the position to place the gathering thread.


After knitting the chick, instead of casting off the stitches, the yarn is threaded through them and drawn up tight to form the top of the head, as shown above.

I like to sew up the chick from the right side using the method below. I can’t remember whether it my Mum or one of my Grandmas who showed me this method but its my method of choice for most knitted garments.


Sew from the wrong side to the right side of the item


I also sew along the bottom of the chick (about one centimetre or so) so the egg is trapped and doesn’t easily fall out.


Now add a creme egg of choice.


The head has been stuffed with toy filling. You could use cotton wool too.

Take care of course if you give these to small children. Be aware the filling will be loose in the head cavity, the nature of the chick being, to be open at the bottom to add an egg of your choice.


The finished chick …and a group of them.


Here is a link to the pattern for a larger size of chick to fit a Kinder egg or similar

If you read this blog and like it and knit a chick I’d love to see a picture. Tweet me @eviesgran.

24th February 2017

Another version of this chick is to sew up the bottom and leave the space between head and tail open. This way a chocolate egg can be inserted from the top.