Knitted English Breakfast: Egg and Chips

We dare you to make and wear this vintage pattern for a bag that looks like english breakfast: Eggs and Chips!

by Craftbits (shellie wilson)

What you need

A pair of 4mm needles.
3 x 40g balls of Lemon,
oddments of beige, brown, pink, white, yellow and green.
A 15cm nylon zip for the bag.



22sts and 28 rows to 10cm square stocking stitch.

K – knit, P – purl, STS – stitches, TOG – together, K – increase by knitting into front and back of next stitch, making 2 sts from 1 stitch.


Cast on 121 sts and work 8 rows K1, P1 rib. Continue in stocking stitch (1 row knit, 1 row purl).
Work 2 rows.
Next row: (inc and K, K 13, inc and K), repeat to last 1 st, K1 (137 sts).
Work 3 rows. Next row (Inc and K, K 15, inc and K), repeat to last 1 st, K1 (153 sts).
Work 7 rows.

1st row: (K2 tog, K15, K2 tog), repeat to last 1st, K1. 2nd row: Purl. 3rd row: knit. 4th row: Purl. Repeat these last 4 rows, decreasing the amount of sts in brackets by 2 every time round – eg next row: (K2 tog, K13, K2 tog) to last 1 st, K1.

Continue until 25 sts remain on the needle and a block of 4 rows have completed.
Next row: (K3 tog) to last 1 st, K1 (9sts).
Next row: purl. Break off yarn,thread through sts on needle and pull up. Join the seam.


make 2 of these… cast on 153 sts and work 4 rows stocking stitch. Repeat as for beret from * to end.


With beige wool cast on 6 sts and work 20 rows in garter stitch. then Cast off.

Stocking stitch. With brown wool cast on 20 sts and work 40 rows. then cast off.

With pink wool cast on 60 sts and work 8 rows in Garter stitch. Work 4 rows beige, 2 pink, 2 beige, 2 pink, 6 beige. Cast off in brown.


With white wool cast on 56 sts and work 4 rows in stocking stitch.
Next row: (K2 tog, K3, K2 tog) to end.
Work three rows. Change to yellow wool and work 2 rows. Next row: (K2 tog, K1, K2 tog) to end.
Work 3 rows. Next row: (K3 tog) to end.
Next row: purl . Break off yarn, thread through sts on needle and pull up. Join seam. Repeat the process for second egg.


Using green wool cast on 19 sts.
1st row: K1, make bobble by knitting into front and back of next st twice (4sts from 1), turn and purl 4, turn and knit 4, turn and P 4, turn and K4 tog, (K3, make bobble) to last st, K1.
2nd row: purl. 3rd row: K2 tog, K to last 2 sts, K2 tog. 4th row: P2 tog, P to last 2 sts, P2 tog. Repeat these last 4 rows three more times (3 sts left on needle).
next row: K1, make bobble, K1.
Next row: P3.
next row: K3 tog and cast off.

Making It Up

Sew ends in and Iron all the pieces lightly on the wrong side with a damp cloth. Sew the bag pieces together leaving a 15cm opening. Sew in the zip. Cut a 12 metre length of wool and fold it in half and half again to make 4 stands. Make a loop in the open end and slip over a door knob or hook.

Pull yarn taut and twist tightly. Bring ends together and yarn will twist. Attach to the ends of the bag opening. Join the long side of chips to make tubes.

Gather short ends of the sausage and sew along the length leaving an opening. Stuff with wadding and sew up. Attach egg to beret by sewing around the yolk line, padding yolk lightly with wadding. Sew edges of egg to beret.

This project is from Jackie Annual 1979.

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