One question I received a lot while growing up was "What ethnicity are you?" It was sort of fun to respond with "Well, what do you think I am?" 95% of the time, they've never heard of of Mien.
"I'm Mien" I would say and most of the time they have a blank face. Mien are also known as Yao or Iu-Mien or Dao. We're tribal folks, farmers living in the mountains of South East Asia.
Read more about Mien Folks here.
I was born in Nan, Thailand in 1980 at a Refugee Camp where my family waited to fly over to the United States. We arrived here in California in August of 1984. At age 4, I didn't have any memory of what life was like in Thailand, only fragments of memories that feels like it may have been a dream.
As early as I can remember, right before the New Lunar Year, my mother would frantically wash everything she could and "start fresh" in the new year. This part of the culture, I didn't care for as a child. What's exciting about doing chores? lol The one fond memory I do have is New Years morning. We would dye so many eggs red. I loved helping with the netting to hold the eggs. This was probably how my relationship started with yarn ;) The red egg represents luck & fortune & we wear it around our neck. We pass them to others to wish them good luck and fortune.
We haven't dyed eggs in many years since we've gotten older and started families of our own. I actually tried a couple of years go and failed horribly! This time, I decided that I would crochet it! It's easier (in my opinion) and will last forever!
So, today, i'm sharing this pattern and a bit of my story with you. I hope you enjoy making this little red egg as much as I did! May your family have a wonderful New Year and good luck & fortune!
Worsted Weight Yarn. I'm using Lion Brand's Feels Like Butta in Red for the egg. White or desired color for the egg net.
3.75mm Crochet Hook | I'm using the Clover Amour
ch - Chain
sl st - Slip Stitch
st(s) - St(es)
sc - Single Crochet
rep – Repeat
sc2tog - Single Crochet 2 sts together
Pattern Notes: This egg is worked in a continuous round. Use stitch marker to mark the first st of each round to keep track.
EGG | 2.25" Diameter | 2.75" Tall
Starting with a magic ring OR ch4 and sl st to the first ch to form circle,
Round 1: ch1, 4sc in magic ring (4sc).
Round 2: 2sc in each sc around (8sc).
Round 3: *1sc in next st, 2sc in next st. Rep from * around. (12sc)
Round 4: *1sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st. Rep from * around. (16 sts)
Round 5: *1sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st. Rep from * around. (20 sts)
Round 6: *1sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st. Rep from * around. (24 sts)
Round 7: *1sc in next 5 sts, 2sc in next st. Rep from * around. (28 sts)
Rounds 8-9: 1sc in each st around.
Round 10: 1sc in next 13 sts, 2sc into next st. Rep once more (30 sts).
Rounds 11–15: 1sc in each st around.
Round 16: *1sc in next 13 sts, 2sctog. Rep once more (28 sts)
Round 17: *1sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog. Rep from * around. (24 sts)
Round 18: *1sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog. Rep from * around. (20 sts)
Round 19: *1sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog. Rep from * around. (15 sts)
Fill egg with batting/filler
Alternative: Use same color yarn (This is what I did because I had no batting/fill around at the time).
Rounds 20-21: sc2tog around until you have approx 4 sts.
If you're circle has not closed (loose tension crocheters), continue to sc2tog around.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Weave through the remaining sts to tighten. Secure and weave through egg.
Cut 4 strands of yarn approx 42" each. If you want it longer, cut another 14" (total of 56")
Fold strands in half 21"
Tie a knot 12" down. If you have a longer piece, tie the knot lower. The top is the "necklace" part that goes around your neck.
Separate the strands in 2 below the knot
Tie a knot 1" from the main knot (first knot). Rep for each set
Separate 1 strand from each set to make a new set below. Make sure to make a new set with the strand right next to it and not crossing it.
Tie another knot 1" below the last knot. Rep for each new set
Separate 1 strand from each set again to make a new set. Make sure to make a new set with the strand right next to it and not crossing it.
Tie another knot 1" below the last knot. Rep fro each new set
Place egg in with the pointier side up.
Tie a knot at the bottom of the egg.
Trim strands below so they're even. If it doesn't reach to the bottom, you may have tied the knots too close together so just rep the last step again.
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