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An Egg-cellent Apron: Free Crochet Pattern

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I’ve always had a vision of being a homesteader; raising animals and tending to my fields. The good news: you can have a handful of chickens within (most) city limits and while I have not yet added chickens to my brood, I do understand the need for an egg apron for those of you that do! Hopefully I will be among your ranks soon. 😉

An Egg-cellent Apron: Free Egg Gathering Apron Crochet Pattern

An Egg-cellent Apron

Enter my NEWEST free crochet pattern: An Egg-cellent Apron. Great for Easter Egg hunts as well! This is a free crochet pattern. If you would like an ad-free version, that is available here on either Ravelry, Etsy, or here in the Heart Hook Home shop. If you’re looking for child size, the Child Size Egg-cellent Apron pattern is fresh on the blog – as fresh as those eggs!

An Egg-cellent Apron: Free Egg Gathering Apron Crochet Pattern

For this egg-cellent apron we will first create a the main body of the apron. Then we will make three strips that we will use for pockets. One large pocket is placed last, for your cell phone, to-do list, pen… whatever you need on hand. Then we will add a strap, doubled-up for added durability. You’ll be able to harvest up to NINETEEN eggs in your apron each morning.

Materials: 

Worsted Weight Cotton/Acrylic blend yarn (approx. 725 yards)
*Comfy Worsted Weight Cotton would work great, or you could use a 100% cotton, such as Dishie.

Crochet hook in size J/6mm or size needed to obtain gauge

Upholstery needle for sewing

Bobby pins (for stitch markers)

Gauge: 12 hdc sts wide x 11 rows = 4″ square

Pattern Notes:

Pattern written using US terms.

The turning chain does NOT count as a stitch.

Each individual egg pocket is 10 stitches wide across the back and 15 stitches wide across the front.

Egg Apron PATTERN

Main body:

Row 1: Ch-77, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across. (76)

Rows 2 – 39: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st across. (76)

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Bottom pocket:

Make one

Row 1: Ch-71, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across. (70)

Row 2: Ch-1, turn, * hdc in next, 2hdc in next * repeat between * * to end. (105)

Rows 3 – 9: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (105)

Fasten off and weave in all ends.
***all pocket strips will look curved and funky, like this: 

Middle pockets:

Make two

Row 1: Ch-61, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across. (60)

Row 2: Ch-1, turn, * hdc in next, 2hdc in next * repeat between * * to end. (90)

Rows 3 – 9: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st across. (90)

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Cell phone/To-Do list pocket:

Make one

Row 1: Ch-11, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across. (10)

Row 2: Ch-1, turn, 2hdc in each st to end. (20)

Rows 3 – 20: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st across. (20)

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Construction

Before sewing anything, plot out the pocket placement. Using bobby pins (or stitch markers) mark where the bottom corners of each pocket will be. All three of the horizontal pockets will be placed three stitches in from the right edge of the apron.

Start with the bottom pocket. Find the fourth row up from the bottom and three stitches in on each side. Place your first two markers. (“bottom pocket” pictured below)

We allow for four rows in between each pocket. From where you placed your first (bottom right) marker, count up 12 rows to place the next bobbin pin, also three stitches in from the right edge. Count up another 12 rows to place the next stitch marker, also three stitches in from the right edge. Right edge ready!

An Egg-cellent Apron: Free Egg Gathering Apron Crochet Pattern

To find and mark the left edge of the “middle pocket” and “top pocket”, count 60 stitches to the left of each bobby pin. Mark that stitch.

Mark the cell phone pocket last. Move one stitch to the left of the “middle pocket” and mark that stitch. Then move 10 stitches to the left of that and mark again.

You’re ready to sew! Definitely check out the VIDEO tutorial below for tips and tricks on sewing this bad boy together.

Start by sewing just the bottom edge of the bottom pocket. Sew the entire bottom edge (all 70 sts) to the corresponding stitches on the apron back.

Each individual pocket will be 10 stitches wide across the back to 15 stitches wide across the front (total pocket circumference per egg = 25 sts)

An Egg-cellent Apron: Free Egg Gathering Apron Crochet Pattern

Place bobby pins (or stitch markers) every 15 stitches along what will be the top edge of the pocket. (see photo above)

Flip the pocket up and begin by sewing the outer pocket edge first (maintaining the three stitches for margin). Sew each individual pocket so that there are 15 sts across the front to 10 sts across the back and it looks like the photo below. (It may help to mark every 10 stitches on the apron back.)

Now you’ll carefully sew in between each egg to make sure the eggs won’t touch. (tip: instead of fastening off in between each individual pocket, feed the yarn through to the next pocket and sew a few stitches, then feed through to the next, then the next, etc) See what I mean in the video below.

An Egg-cellent Apron: Free Egg Gathering Apron Crochet Pattern

An Egg-cellent Apron: Free Egg Gathering Apron Crochet Pattern

Bottom row done; placed bobby pins (stitch markers) for middle row. (pictured below)

Sew the “middle pocket” and top pocket” in the same manner, then move on to the cell phone pocket.

An Egg-cellent Apron: Free Egg Gathering Apron Crochet Pattern

Strap

Row 1: Ch-75, sc in each stitch across apron top, then ch-76. (227)

You should have one chain on either side of the apron.

Row 2: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across. (226)

Rows 3 – 10: Ch-1, turn, sc in each st to end. (226)
Fasten off leaving a super long tail for sewing.

Fold strap back on itself and sew bottom edges together. This will create added durability.

An Egg-cellent Apron: Free Egg Gathering Apron Crochet Pattern

Crochet Egg Apron VIDEO Tutorial:

YouTube video
And. You. Are. DONE! Check out my super-chic friend Cassy (mother to many hens) as she models her new egg-cellent apron. Thank you, Cassy, for letting me borrow your chickens!

An Egg-cellent Apron: Free Egg Gathering Apron Crochet Pattern

Will you be making An Egg-cellent Apron as well? Perfect for Easter Egg hunts as well! Remember if you would like an ad-free version, that is available here on Ravelry and here on Etsy or right here in the Heart Hook Home blog shop! Thank you and enjoy!!

An Egg-cellent Apron: Free Egg Gathering Apron Crochet Pattern

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388 Comments

  1. Thanks for the cute and free pattern! Under materials you listed a 4.5 hook, but on your Ravelry listing it has a "J" hook. My gauge swatch was an inch too small with 4.5, so I'm assuming it should be "J", right?
  2. Thanks for the pattern and directions. It helped me. I wanted to send you a picture of the apron finished but I don't see a place to do that.
    1. Hi Linda! You can share your photo with me across any social media by tagging @hearthookhome or you can send me a photo to my email ashlea@hearthookhome.com
  3. Just finished making this egg apron for my sister. Thanks for the “easy to follow” directions and video. It turned out so cute! Tried to paste a photo, but didn’t work. Deb
  4. I just found out that after WWII the federal government made a law that allows all homes to have up to 6 chickens, even within city limits. Cities and states cannot change that.
  5. The patterns are great an pretty easy to follow. Thank you. Any way you can make the site so you can just print out the patterns? Not all the advertisements and comments etc. It took 28 pages, just to print this 1 pattern. There's allot of wasted space in between. Thank you, Linda
    1. It's easy. Select the actual pattern (not the comments, not the end picture) and copy paste it into a word processor. If you don't have MS Word, use Wordpad. It will eliminate all the pictures, though. After saving your document, prune out all the things you don't want, resize the pictures to a smaller size if needed, adjust the font if needed, make your document as you like it, save again. Now you're ready to print. I actually never print anything, because my eyesight is not that great, and if it's on the laptop, I can enlarge it as much as I want to see details. Printing is good for portable projects, when you don't have your laptop with you (although a tablet or phone can help as well).
    2. I cut and paste the pattern (doesn't matter if ad's are included) insert into notepad and then go line by line and delete ad's and other info that is not related to the pattern. Then print out...you will have an ad free pattern.
  6. Hi thank you for a great and fun pattern. Just one quick question, when you fold over the strap to sew, do you also fold over the part in the middle, (being the actual apron body)? Thanks Sharon
    1. I don't think so. It remains as in the picture. Folded up to the point where the actual apron body begins.
  7. Fantastic report! Pretty insightful and properly written. You lined The subject in fantastic detail and offered great examples to back up your details. This article will be an awesome useful resource for people looking to learn more with regards to the topic. Thanks for The nice do the job!
  8. I’m having issues attaching the pockets there is a reason I chose crochet I hate sewing and I’m having issues is there a video on this or can you guide me through this
    1. Hi Penne! The directions state to ch 77 and hdc across, but you can do 76 foundation hdc if you like.
  9. Since the cotton blend by lion brand is a thinner yarn, how would I change the pattern to fit the sizing of regular yarn?
    1. Measure your waist and hips, decide the size you want, mark down how many inches should be your starting chain. Make a swatch of 4X4 inches cm with the yarn you have and see how many stitches are for 4 inches. Her yarn was 12 hdc sts wide x 11 rows = 4″ square. Your yarn is thinner so it will take MORE stitches to reach 4''. Count them! Suppose you want your apron's size to be exactly like hers, about 25" wide and 14" tall.. Then do that thing we learned as school: If for 4 inches the yarn takes Z stitches, for 25'', how many stitches you need? then your result will be Z stitches multiplied by 25 and the result divided by 4. You write it as: X = (Z*25) / 4 Example: your yarn needs 14 stitches to reach 4 inches. Then X = (14*25)/4 = 87,5 stitches for your starting chain (of course you can't make a half stitch, so choose either 87 or 88)
  10. I was super confused until I did a little research and realized that the HDC has a third loop. I’m wondering if you crocheted into the third loop or not? I did some of both until I figured out what was going on. Eventually I decided to crochet into the “v” that was created by the third loop and the back loop of the row before because it was in the front after I turned my work. Is that how you did it?
    1. Hi Katrina! You can do it however you like best...I go into the V at the top, not using the 3rd loop at all.
  11. Could you give me the basic measurements of the apron length and width? Didn’t mark each row and having trouble counting them. Thank you. Daughter has 5 hens and want to make this for her upcoming birthday.
    1. She said it's about 25" wide. Take a tape measure, and see whether that much is comfortable to you. An apron doesn't need to go all around, but it should go more than halfway (all the front and a little bit at the back). If you like, you can make it larger, just by adding a few inches more in the starting chain. You can make the straps a bit longer as well. As for the egg pockets, you can leave them as they are or add one more pocket.
    1. You can use acrylic, but it could possibly stretch a bit over time, which is why I prefer something with a cotton content.
  12. HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO MAKE THIS? HOW MUCH YARN SHOULD I BUY? I WANT TO MAKE THIS FOR MY DAUGHTER AS A SURPRISE FOR HER BIRTHDAY. THEY HAVE 25 LAYING CHICKENS ON THEIR FARM.
    1. Hi Lindis! It just depends on how fast you crochet...it took me several hours to complete this. You will need approximately 725 yard of yarn.
  13. I adore this! What type of yarn do you recommend? (I’m assuming something that won’t stretch too much?) I admire your creativity and know-how! Bravo! Xoxo
    1. Thank you Karrie! I would recommend any worsted weight yarn with at least a 50% cotton content.
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